Top News of the Week of Jan 14 – 19, 2013

Exxon Hires Eirik Raude for Drilling Offshore Ireland

Ocean Rig UDW Inc., an international offshore drilling contractor,  signed definitive documentation, following the  previously announced Letter of Intent, for one of its semi-submersible drilling rigs,  the Eirik Raude, with the oil major.


Taqa Confirms Hydrocarbon Leak from North Sea Plaform (UK)

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) today confirmed that an indication of hydrocarbons was detected in one of the legs of the Cormorant Alpha platform in the northern UK North Sea at 16.15 hours local UK time on January 14.


Subsea 7′s Seven Borealis Nominated for Ship of the Year

Subsea 7’s flagship ‘Seven Borealis’, a customised SOC 5000 design designed by ULSTEIN has been nominated for the prestigious Ship of the Year Award organised by the Offshore Support Journal.


Frigstad Orders Two Rigs from CIMC Raffles (China)

Subsidiaries of Frigstad Deepwater Ltd have entered into turnkey construction contracts for the delivery of two ultra deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs from CIMC Raffles in Yantai, China, with options for another four units.


Toisa Warrior: Biggest Vessel Charter for Bibby

UK’s Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL), a division of Bibby Offshore, signed a contract to charter the multi-purpose offshore vessel the Toisa Warrior in its biggest vessel charter to date.