COLUMN | Correcting course: Aramco and jackups; Siem Offshore and Kristian Siem; Ferguson Marine; MMA Offshore; Maersk/Svitzer [Offshore Accounts]

Harold Macmillan was supposedly once asked what the most troubling problem of his time as British Prime Minister was. “Events, my dear boy, events,” was his reply. I thought I had this week’s column nailed well in advance, but offshore is an industry especially susceptible to unexpected and hard to predict “events”. So, we must […]

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COLUMN | Reaping what you sow: McDermott, Seatrium, Gunvor and Trafigura [Offshore Accounts]

It seems appropriate to get all biblical this week, just after Easter. When Saint Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians that “a man reaps what he sows,” he probably wasn’t thinking about corruption in the oil and gas industry two millennia later. But the last month has seen no less than four...

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COLUMN | US Army vessels in the vanguard of Gaza relief effort [Naval Gazing]

The US Army is usually perceived as being an exclusively land-based force. Few realise that the service incorporates a 135-vessel-strong maritime contingent under the auspices of the US Army Transportation Command. This fleet features a very wide range of vessels, including landing craft, support ships, maintenance vessels, and small raiding craft. It supports amphibious warfare […]

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COLUMN | Perenco’s shame and Gabon’s lax standards: a fatal combination [Offshore Accounts]

In an industry is awash with cash and record profits, it is tragic to see five people confirmed dead in an accident on a Perenco platform offshore Gabon, and one other worker still missing, presumed also killed, as per the most recent update. Last Wednesday, there was a fire on the Becuna platform...

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REMINISCENCES | The lessons of “Supership” half a century on

Fifty years ago, the shipping “establishment” was plunged into angst and indignation by the publication of a book that opened up many of the mysteries of the modern maritime industry to critical public scrutiny. Noel Mostert’s “Supership” was the account of a voyage he had taken from North Europe...

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OPINION | China’s grey-zone provocations: time to reciprocate

It’s time to send a signal to Beijing that a crisis is approaching. China’s use of grey zone tactics is intensifying. This worsening trend line has been evident for several years and seems headed towards an unintended violent incident, a crisis, and possibly armed conflict. Attempts need to be made...

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COLUMN | Communication as a safety tool [Tug Times]

In my last column I criticised the manning of a tug – not because the crew were female, but because there were only two of them. My friend Ron Burchett kindly responded and pointed out that the tugs involved in the job I was describing always travel in pairs for mutual support. This no doubt […]

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COLUMN | Petrofac-ed, the Wood Group and Petroserv: restructurings and transformation [Offshore Accounts]

“Fix the balance sheet before you fix the business.” This was the sage advice we gave two weeks ago when we compared Tidewater to its moribund and indebted competitors. We noted that Hornbeck, Bourbon, and Edison Chouest still have some way to go in resolving their balance sheet problems. But if...

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OPINION | Understanding China’s efforts to bridge the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait disputes

Two Asia-Pacific flashpoints – the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait – stand at a critical juncture, but their connection is not always well understood. In the South China Sea, China has ramped up its military assertiveness against the Philippines while at the same time holding out the prospect of...

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