Nova Algoma Shortsea Carriers, a joint venture company between Nova Marine Carriers and Algoma Central Corporation, has bought a 2007-built bulk carrier.The newly named Sider Sirios is a single-decker featuring an updated deadweight of 8,005 tons.The company said that the bulker is off to a busy start having already completed its first voyage.The latest purchase brings the fleet of Nova Algoma Shortsea Carriers to 30 ships of 8,000 dwt.The company’s vessels predominantly trade in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Northern Europe.Based on the valuation data from VesselsValue, the ship is worth USD 3.28 million.Sider Sirios, previously known as Chyra, was originally built by Chinese shipbuilder Jiangsu Yangzijiang for Peter Dohle Schiffahrts and sold in 2015 to Greek Sirios Shipmanagement.The fleet built-up continues from last year. Back in December 2017, the company bought a mini bulker from Norwegian owners, Oslo Bulk. M/V Sider Venture, of 13,497 dwt, was built in Japan in 2006.The purchase reunited the vessel with five other sister vessels already under NASC’s commercial management.Based in Lugano, Switzerland, Nova Algoma Short-Sea Carriers was established in April 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has unveiled the design of its new dedicated terminal at PortMiami, which will have the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship.Pending final approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, the project will commence in May 2018, and is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2019, as Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of the Breakaway Plus class, makes its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.The cruise company, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, said that the terminal represents the continued relationship between Norwegian and Miami, which has been the company’s home since its launch in 1966.“Norwegian has been sailing from Miami for over fifty years, longer than any other cruise line, and we are honored to be partnering with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County to construct an iconic terminal that will contribute to Miami’s world famous skyline and strengthen its position as the Cruise Capital of the World,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said.Del Rio informed that the terminal marks the latest step in the company’s efforts to strengthen its presence in strategic home ports around the world.As a result of the continued relationship, Miami-Dade County will invest USD 100 million to build the new terminal dedicated to Norwegian Cruise Line, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings augmenting the county’s allocated funds with its own contribution to PortMiami. “The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. We are grateful for Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued partnership,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, said.
Shell approves LNG Canada investmentThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell has taken a final investment decision on LNG Canada, a major liquefied natural gas export project in Kitimat, British Columbia.Inpex ships first Ichthys LNG cargo to JapanJapan’s Inpex said on Tuesday it has shipped the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from its giant Ichthys project in Australia.Shell’s Prelude FLNG kicks off productionShell’s giant Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility located offshore Western Australia has started production on Tuesday, December 25.BP sanctions Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG projectUK-based energy giant and LNG player BP, said that with its partners it has reached a final investment decision for Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project off Mauritania and Senegal.Woodside picks Bechtel for Pluto LNG train 2 FEEDAustralian LNG player Woodside has awarded a contract to Bechtel to undertake front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Pluto train 2 project located north-west of Karratha, Western Australia. LNG World News Staff LNG vessel Pacific Breeze loading first Ichthys LNG cargo (Image courtesy of Inpex)
The new 6,500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Hang Jun 6008 has successfully completed sea trials in the area outside the Yangtze Estuary in China.The new dredger was built at the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) shipyard with basic engineering and dredging automation systems for the vessels supplied by Royal IHC in the Netherlands.In total, IHC delivered the design, the dredging installation, automation, electrical installation and onsite support.The newbuild is the first of the two 6500m³ TSHD’s for IHC customer CHECD (CHEC Dredging Company Ltd.) – a subsidiary of CCCC Shanghai Dredging Company Ltd.The second TSHD named Hang Jun 6009 will go on sea trials this March.
Australian energy giant Santos has informed that the Dorado-2 appraisal well has confirmed a major oil and gas resource in the Bedout Basin, offshore Western Australia, which significantly de-risks a future development.MMA Coral supporting the Santos Drilling Campaign of the Noble Tom Prosser rig offshore Australia. Source: MMA OffshoreThe Dorado-2 appraisal well, located in WA-437-P, was spud at the beginning of May 2019, using the Noble Tom Prosser jack-up rig.Santos is the operator of WA-437-P with an 80% interest and Carnarvon Petroleum is its partner with a 20% interest.The well was drilled down-dip approximately two kilometers from the Dorado-1 discovery and encountered 85 meters of net reservoir in the primary Caley Formation.Santos said on Thursday that, as expected, an oilwater contact was intersected at 4,003 meters measured depth, with 40 meters of net oil pay encountered. An additional 11 meters of pay was encountered in the Upper Caley sands. Preliminary wellsite analysis indicates this upper zone is oil-bearing, but is subject to further analysis to confirm the hydrocarbon phase.Santos added that a further 32 meters of net pay was encountered in the underlying Baxter and Milne sandstones, with no fluid contacts intersected. Both sands are currently interpreted to be gas bearing, although similar to the Upper Caley, the Milne hydrocarbons will require further analysis to confirm the hydrocarbon phase. The well result has increased confidence in the presence of large hydrocarbon columns in the Baxter and Milne reservoirs, which should result in a significant increase in gas resources relative to pre-drill estimates, said Santos.Wireline pressure testing has confirmed that all the reservoirs are in pressure communication with the equivalent intervals in Dorado-1, mitigating one of the key pre-drill risks to a future development. Hydrocarbons have also been recovered from each reservoir interval via wireline sampling. Initial indications are that fluid compositions are similar to the light oils and gases that were sampled in Dorado-1, where condensate yields ranged from 190 to 245 barrels per million standard cubic feet in the Upper Caley, Crespin and Milne Formations, and from 70 to 90 barrels per million standard cubic feet in the Baxter Formation. Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said: “This is a great result which indicates the Dorado discovery is larger than anticipated and which significantly de-risks a future development.”“The value of the discovery is greatly enhanced by the high quality reservoirs and fluids and the shallow-water setting, which should facilitate a cost-competitive development,” Gallagher said.“Dorado opens a new basin with high prospectivity in permits where Santos has a high equity position and rich exploration inventory with potential to substantially grow the resource base.”“Acquisition of a major new seismic survey, the Keraudren 3D survey, is in progress to mature additional exploration opportunities for drilling along this significant hydrocarbon resource play,” Gallagher said.Once wireline logging operations are completed, the well will be plugged and abandoned as planned, and the rig will move to the Roc South-1 exploration well before returning to drill Dorado-3.Carnarvon Managing Director Adrian Cook said: “The Dorado-2 well was very important to Carnarvon because of its potential to transition the company into a significant producer in the future. This highly successful result makes this a very tangible reality.“Dorado has been proven to be a world class resource, located in an ideal jurisdiction and operated by a quality partner. The Joint Venture can now confidently continue with its plans for a fast-tracked Caley oil development and a more substantial full field development, which is expected to incorporate the Roc discovery, on a staged basis.“Overall, I’m very pleased with the result from this well and incredibly excited for the future of our company.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Dorado discovery ‘larger than anticipated’
Heerema Marine Contractors has signed a contract with Jan de Nul, to install 21 jacket foundations (4 legged) for the Changhua project in Taiwan.The Changhua wind farm Phase 1 project is situated in Taiwanese waters and is a project of the Taiwan Power Company (TPC) and executed by a consortium of Jan de Nul and Hitachi.The installation will take place 8 km off the coast of Changhua county, at a water depth of 18 to 28 meters.The installation will be done by Heerema’s fast sailing heavy lift vessel ‘Aegir’.Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors said: “This is our first contract in Taiwan, thus another major milestone. This Changhua project re-emphasizes Heerema’s commitment to operate in wind projects all over the world and strengthen our position in the Asian offshore wind market.”Van Brouwershaven added: “The willingness to constantly seek cooperation between partners is what drives this team and Heerema as a company. With such a mindset we can jointly achieve anything.”For Heerema, the offshore phase of this project will start in March 2020 with planned completion in early June 2020.
Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum has issued a tender seeking corrective maintenance work for the Trianel Windpark Borkum offshore wind farm in Germany.The contractor will be in charge of the corrective maintenance and optional repair/refurbishment of major components such as gearboxes, generators, blade sets and rotor hubs.The tender also covers work on the MV converters, MV switchboards, main transformers, blade and YAW bearings, as well as rotor bearing for 40 AD5-116 energy converters on tripod foundations with a nominal output of 5MW each.The contract will begin on 17 December 2020 and is set out for 5 or 10 years, on which a decision will be taken during the award procedure before querying the final offer.Interested parties can submit applications until 11 November by 22:00 local time.The first Trianel Windpark Borkum phase comprises 40 5MW Adwen turbines which have been operational since 2015. Trianel Windpark Borkum II, currently under construction, will add 32 Senvion 6.2M152 turbines scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Hunter Tankers, a part of Hunter Group ASA, has taken delivery of the second of seven identical ECO design VLCC newbuildings, the Hunter Saga.The vessel was handed over from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on October 19.One additional VLCC is scheduled for delivery in 2019, while the remaining four vessels will delivered between March and July 2020. The company said that all seven of its VLCCs “are built to the highest standards and will be fitted with scrubbers.”With reference to the sale-and-leaseback transaction revealed in early September 2019, Hunter Saga was today, simultaneously with acceptance from DSME, delivered to and immediately bareboat chartered back from Ship Finance International Limited at a rate of USD 11,500 per day for the first 6 months. SFL acquired Hunter Tankers’ three new 300,000 dwt VLCCs at a price of USD 180 million, or USD 60 million per vessel.Hunter Saga will join the first vessel from the batch, the Hunter Atla, in the Tankers International Scrubber Pool, and will commence trading in the spot market.
Signed with an unnamed European shipowner, the contract also includes options. What is more, HMD announced on Monday, 20 July, a contract worth KRW 85.9 billion ($71.9 million) for two petrochemical product tankers. The ships are expected to be delivered by 30 September 2021, HMD said in a stock exchange filing. The 50,000-ton ships will feature a length of 183 metres and a width of 32.2 metres. The construction is expected to start in November 2020, Yonhap News Agency reported. On July 21, HMD said it inked a KRW 86.8 billion (around $72.6 million) deal with an undisclosed Asian shipowner for two petrochemical tankers. The contract also includes two options. Shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), part of Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co., has received orders for the construction of four petrochemical carriers. The units are slated for delivery by 30 November 2021, according to a stock exchange filing issued by HMD. They will have identical dimensions as the abovementioned ships. Korea Shipbuilding has so far this year secured orders to construct a total of 22 petrochemical carriers.
Legalize Polygamy! No, I am not kiddingSlate 15 April 2013 – Jillian KeenanRecently, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council reintroduced a tired refrain: Legalized gay marriage could lead to other legal forms of marriage disaster, such as polygamy. Rick Santorum, Bill O’Reilly, and other social conservatives have made similar claims. It’s hardly a new prediction—we’ve been hearing it for years. Gay marriage is a slippery slope! A gateway drug! If we legalize it, then what’s next? Legalized polygamy?We can only hope. Yes, really. While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let’s not forget that the fight doesn’t end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families. For decades, the prevailing logic has been that polygamy hurts women and children. That makes sense, since in contemporary American practice that is often the case. In many Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints polygamous communities, for example, women and underage girls are forced into polygamous unions against their will. Some boys, who represent the surplus of males, are brutally thrown out of their homes and driven into homelessness and poverty at very young ages. All of these stories are tragic, and the criminals involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. (That goes without saying, I hope. But legalizing consensual adult polygamy wouldn’t legalize rape or child abuse. In fact, it would make those crimes easier to combat.….Finally, prohibiting polygamy on “feminist” grounds—that these marriages are inherently degrading to the women involved—is misguided. The case for polygamy is, in fact, a feminist one and shows women the respect we deserve. Here’s the thing: As women, we really can make our own choices. We just might choose things people don’t like. If a woman wants to marry a man, that’s great. If she wants to marry another woman, that’s great too. If she wants to marry a hipster, well—I suppose that’s the price of freedom. And if she wants to marry a man with three other wives, that’s her damn choice.http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/04/legalize_polygamy_marriage_equality_for_all.html