Vår Energi received consent to use Scarabeo 8

PSA Norway informed that it has given Vår Energi consent to use the Scarabeo 8 mobile drilling facility for activities on the Marulk field. The well was built at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and completed at Westcon’s yard in Ølensvåg in Rogaland county in 2011. Vår Energi operates the Marulk field, having 20% ownership interests.

Cost to repair frigate Helge Ingstad could be more than $1.3 billion

Despite the fact that the frigate Helge Ingstad was raised and set afloat after four months underwater, it still has a long way to go and needs massive investments. In fact, the cost of repairing the frigate will be more than NOK 12 billion ($1.37 billion), which is three times more the original cost.

IMO joins forces with Norway to halve GHG emissions

IMO has launched a joint project with Norway to help the shipping industry cut emissions by at least 50% from 2008 levels by 2050. This was announced as the IMO’s MEPC is meeting in London for its 74th session this week (MEPC 74), to address key environmental challenges for shipping.

Philippines is amongst the top 5 polluters globally

CNN Philippines highlighted the fact that they’re amongst the top 5 polluters, referring to the striking example of a young goosed beaked whale that died in the Davao Gulf as researchers pulled out approximately 90 pounds of plastic from inside it.

Gard joins Norwegian cleaning local initiative

Gard presents Norway’s local approach on the problem of pollution, as Norwegians teamed up to clean marine litter from Norway’s shoreline. The majority of plastics found on the shorelines, sea surface and sea floor are not biodegradable so discarded or lost plastic items accumulate over time on shorelines.

Railway between Finland and Norway to link Arctic shipping routes

A Finnish company plans to establish a railway to connect north Finland and Norway’s Kirkenes port. This aims to link potential Arctic shipping routes, while the cost of this project is estimated to be between 3-5 billion euros. The Port of Kirkenes is located above the Arctic Circle, 350 km from the northernmost parts of Finland’s railway network. The line of the railway could begin at Kemijarvi or Kolari in Finland.

Class action lawsuit made against Viking Cruises for Viking Sky

Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman informed that they have filed a Class Action lawsuit against Viking Cruises regarding the Viking Sky incident where the cruise ship stranded off the Coast of Norway, raising the need for hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated by helicopter.

First hybrid rig for low emission drilling offshore Norway

Aiming to open route for low-emission drilling on conventionally powered offshore rigs, Maersk Drilling announced it is entering a series of upgrades to convert its jack-up rig ‘Maersk Intrepid’ to a hybrid rig with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2.