Owing to overcapacity in its rig portfolio, Statoil will suspend its contract with Saipem for the "Scarabeo 5" from the autumn of 2014, provisionally for the remainder of the year which means that the rig will be laid up for a brief period. Statoil was planning to re-commission the rig after the turn of the year. The rig is currently engaged in operations on Visund and is scheduled to complete its work there in August 2014. The period for which the rig is being taken out of operation is equivalent to less than 3 % of Statoil’s drilling capacity on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) this year. The rig is on contract until 2017 and will be used for the drilling and completion of production wells on various NCS fields, thus boosting recovery from existing fields. Taking Scarabeo5 out of commission for a brief period will not affect Statoil’s production targets or planned exploration activities on the NCS. In 2014 the company will still be drilling 20-25 exploration wells on the NCS. Out of these 20-25, Statoil will be the operator of approximately two-thirds of the wells.
The "Baltic Navigator", which had been so0ld to India breakers jointly with the "Baltic Novator" and the former Dutch heavy lift ship "Sky Tethys" have arrived in North Asia to discharge prior to heading to India. The "Baltic Navigator" sailed from Busan on June 24, 2014, with an ETA as of July 9 at Bhavnagar.
The Transport Authority has levied a fine of MVR 508.6 million upon the "Viet Long" that had run aground near Summer Island Village resort in Kaafu atoll on May 31. The accident had resulted in a lot of damage to the surrounding reefs. The damages were assessed by the nvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the fine was determined based on its report. The Transport Authority had informed Haneen Shipping, the ship's local agent, of the fine on July 3 under Article 14 of the law concerning shipping vessels that go asunder or wrecked. Transport Authority has also stated that the ship had sunk in the process of its retrieval on July 3. The ship's deck broke and the ship sank on a water depth of 2500 metres. There were going to be more fines levied on the ship for the oil that had spilled into the sea and the damages it had caused. However, the exact fine figures remain unknown yet. The government has also imposed a travel ban on the ship’s crew.
Enroute to Fort Lauderdale the "Carnival Freedom" ran across a small boat taking on water on July 4, 2014, between Cuba and the Florida peninsula. The cruise ship stopped and turned towards the raft which was crowded with at least 29 or 30 people, bailing out water. The crew supplied the boat's passengers food and water while they waited for the Coastguard. The boat was from Haiti. The "Carnival Freedom" arrived in Fort Lauderdale as scheduled on July 5.
On July 4, 2014, the "Mia B" suffered a technical error and ran aground in Roskilde Fjord, about a mile off Frederiksværk around 5 p.m. The ship was en route from the Dan Steel in Frederiksvaerk to Norway with a cargo of steel plates when she was hit by a snag which made it impossible for the ship to maneuver. A vessel of the Danish Naval Home Guard has inspected the ship which was stuck on sand and mud flats.
On July 5, 2014, at 8:15 p.m. the "TUI Sonata" ran aground on the Rhien at Lorch. The ship was on a river cruise from Düsseldorf to Worms and back. The 213 passengers and Crew attended the Event "Rhein in Flammen" (Rhine in flames). A tug was unable to refloat the ship which was stuck outside the fairway. The salvage attempts werre continued in the morning of July with the passengers remaining aboard. The ferry "Mittelrhein" took them off and taken to Lorch where they boarded another passenger ship. At 12.30 p.m. the ship was refloated by two tugs and continued to Bingen, where divers surveyed the hull. They only found scratches at the foreship so the passengers reboarded the ship in the evening and continued their voyage to Düsseldorf. The grounding occurred due to a navigational mistake of the captain who steered the ship off the fairway.
German reports with photos and video:
Fugro has taken delivery on July 5 of the first of three Fugro Offshore Coastal Survey Vessels (FOCSV) being built by Damen. The first of a new class, the Fugro Proteusis a compact, surveyship capable of undertaking a wide range of survey, monitoring and inspection operations.
The vessel is designed for a variety of survey and inspections duties including light geotechnical work, environmental baseline surveys, monitoring and inspection, and moonpool deployments. Diesel electric propulsion delivers excellent economy at all speeds.