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Weak markets and extensive seasonal lay-up impair Q1-17 results for Island Offshore

The Group reports revenue of NOK 259 mill in Q1-17, down from NOK 363 million in Q4-16, and NOK 419 million in Q1-16. Fleet utilization in Q1-17 was 49% including vessels in lay-up, but has improved in April and May 2017 following mobilization of vessels for contracted work. The fleet comprises 25 vessels. Three vessels were divested in January/February 2017 as part of the ongoing restructuring of the Group. A total of 5 PSV vessels are currently in lay-up, and are expected to remain out of market until sustainable term work can be secured. Revenue this quarter is significantly reduced due to vessels in seasonal lay-up in addition to vessel sales. All three LWI units were in seasonal lay-up this quarter, in addition to PSVs and SCVs now mobilized for contracted work from Q2-17. As a result, EBITDA in Q1-17 totals NOK 60 mill versus NOK 116 mill in Q4-16, with the reduction mainly due to low utilization and lay-up. Cost improvements provide important contributions to earnings, and will be continued but market conditions must improve fundamentally to enable significant earnings improvement. Due to the continued state of the market and the implications for cash flow, the Group initiated negotiations for a Standstill and Deferral Agreement with all secured creditors effective 22nd November 2016. Negotiations with the secured lenders are progressing but establishing a sustainable long-term solution will take more time than initially anticipated. Target closing date is 30th June 2017. Important recent contract awards allow for certain vessels to be taken out of lay-up and into operation. Day rates are low but acceptable considering the alternative of continued lay-up. The awards have been secured with strategically important and recurring customers. Overall spot and term rates in the PSV and AHTS markets continue to be depressed by reduced activity and vessel oversupply. However there are signs of increased activity enabling opportunities for certain vessels. Island Offshore do however not expect to see a more extensive market recovery until a more sustainable oil price is established, inducing increased E&P investment and market activity. The order backlog excluding charterers options totals NOK 2.7 billion at 31.3.2017. Contract coverage for the remainder of 2017 is 55% and has improved following recent awards. Island Offshore Shipholding, L.P. (the Company or Island Offshore) is the parent company in the Island Offshore group (the Group). At present the Group has 25 vessels in operation within the vessel segments PSV, AHTS, Well Stimulation (WS), Subsea Construction (SCV) and Light Well Intervention (LWI). The fleet operates in Norway, Denmark, UK, Holland, India and Angola. The fleet is modern and versatile and Island Offshore has taken a leading position in attractive market segments. The Group is privately owned. To read the complete report, please follow this link: http://www.islandoffshore.com/Installations/fwk/sites/island2/islandoffshore_q1_financialreport_2017.pdf For more information, please contact the Island Offshore Group: Henning Sundet, CFO /Investor relations Tel. (47) 913 65735 E-mail: hsundet@borgstein.no

29.05.17 09:51

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12.05.17 15:44

ISLAND CROWN TAKES A SHARE IN PLANNED TITANIC EXPEDITION

Island Offshore has entered into an agreement with OceanGate Expeditions for the use of Island Crown as a surface support vessel during a planned deep water expedition next year- the first manned submersible survey of the wreck of the RMS Titanic since 2005.The assignment will have a duration of ten weeks for the Island Crown from the end of May 2018, when the vessel will depart from St. Johns, Newfoundland, with the primary operations crew on board. Each of the mission specialists will join the expedition by air for a designated 8 day mission. The ship has accommodations for up to 30 operations crew, mission specialists and content experts which will enjoy private living quarters on board. We could not turn down this rare opportunity; to be part of such an extraordinary and interesting project! At the same time, the Island Crowns role in it doesnt differ that much from the vessels regular work in the offshore industry: She will do what she does best; carry people and equipment, and taking care of the clients on board. We are very pleased to have secured work for the summer months next year, says Managing Director of Island Offshore Management AS, Hvard Ulstein. At 3.800 meters depth Since her sinking 105 years ago, fewer than 200 people have ever visited the RMS Titanic. Now, OceanGate is constructing a carbon fibre and titanium submersible which will carry five crew members at a time to the Titanic at 3.800 meters depth. The whole site is a memorial, hence the mission will be undertaken with great respect for those who lost their lives in the sinking. No artefacts will be collected during the expedition, all in accordance with UNESCO guidelines for the preservation of underwater world heritage sites. Experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will collaborate on the expedition, and will lead the efforts to capture the images of the wreck from the submersible and then assemble these overlapping images into a 3D photographic model of the wreck after returning to the surface. This will document the gaps in the current knowledge of the wreck and increase the understanding of what is needed to preserve and protect this world heritage site. Summer season 2017 The Island Crown has also secured work for the summer season this year, with walk-to-work assignments until the end of September. The vessel just completed a month-long job for Bluestream at Nordsee One Windpark, and moved uninterrupted on to the next job for Van Oord at the same wind farm. About Island Crown The Island Crown is a subsea construction vessel which since delivery in 2013 mainly has performed walk-to-work services at oil-, gas and wind installations. The vessel is 96.8 meters long and 20 meters wide with accommodations for a total crew of 100 persons on board. The Island Crown is equipped with a gangway system, subsea crane, helipad, large tank capacity and a cargo deck area of 561m2. For more information, please contact Island Offshore Management AS: Hvard Ulstein, Managing Director Tel. (47) 7040 0021 havard@islandoffshore.com or Marianne Hovden, Communications Manager Tel. (47) 70 40 00 60 marianneh@islandoffshore.com

27.04.17 15:11

Island Offshore shipholding Lp Q4-16 financial report

The 2016 fourth quarter financial report for Island Offshore Shipholding LP was published today. Investor relations: Mr. Henning Sundet, Chief Financial Officer: hsundet@borgstein.no, +47 913 65 735

10.03.17 15:49

3rd quarter 2016 financial report -Island Offshore shipholding Lp

The 3rd quarter 2016 financial report for Island Offshore Shipholding LPis now available. For more information please contact: Mr. Henning Sundet, Chief Financial Officer: hsundet@borgstein.no, +47 913 65 735

30.11.16 19:24

ISLAND OFFSHORE SHIPHOLDING LP ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ADRESS THE LONG TERM FINANCING STRUCTURE OF THE GROUP

Island Offshore Shipholding LP, acting through its general partner Amnor LLC (“IOSH”) together with the entitites where IOSH owns more than 50% of the shares/ownership interests (The “Group”) announces its decision to formally address its long term financing structure with the aim of restructuring the groups balance sheet. To read more, please follow this link: http://www.newsweb.no/newsweb/search.do?messageId=413660 Investor Relations Contact: Mr. Henning Sundet, Chief Financial Officer: hsundet@borgstein.no, +47 913 65 735

15.11.16 09:28

q2-16 financial report for Island offshore shipholding lp

The second quarter 2016 Financial Report for Island Offshore Shipholding LP is now available. For more information please contact: Mr. Henning Sundet, Chief Financial Officer: hsundet@borgstein.no, +47 913 65 735

27.09.16 15:38

NEXT STEP FOR ISLAND OFFSHORE – RISERLESS HEAVY WELL INTERVENTION

Winning this years ONS Innovation Award has aroused quite some interest for Island Offshore and its riser-less coil tubing (CT) technology. Now Island Offshore is ready for the next step; performing heavy well intervention with coil tubing in producing subsea wells.This success story started in 2014 when Island Offshore drilled three wells for Statens Vegvesen (Norwegian Public Roads Administration) utilising the monohull vessel Island Performer. 450 meter of well were drilled, whereof over 150 meters of core samples were collected from the three locations in order to obtain information about the geological conditions of the upcoming worlds longest and deepest subsea road tunnel. With this successful project the riser-less CT-technology was considered proven. In 2015 Island Offshore made history when drilling a pilot hole for Centrica by means of riser-less coil tubing, in order to check for shallow gas at the location. The technology had never been utilized in the offshore petroleum-industry before and proved to be a safer and cheaper alternative to traditional drilling. The system comprised of a relatively standard coil tubing spread from Baker Hughes, rigged up on the LWI vessel Island Constructor in combination with a custom made subsea coil tubing injector and a subsea guidebase solution from Island Offshore. Specialized drilling procedures allowed unconsolidated sand and shale formations to be drilled safely without any major issues, says Manager for Top Hole Drilling and P&A Activities in Island Offshore, Per Buset. To use a rig for pilot hole drilling is much more costly than using a mobile offshore unit like the Island Constructor. Due to less manning and lower capital expenditure for smaller size well intervention vessels compared to a drilling rig, a lower daily rate for the riser-less coil tubing operation can be offered to the market. This will apply both for heavy intervention in subsea-producing wells, and for drilling pilot-holes to check for shallow gas. According to Centrica they saved about 30 – 50% by using this riser-less method on the Butch field project together with Island Offshore last year. No riser Instead of using a rigid work-over riser, the coil tubing is kept in tension between the vessel and the subsea injector by means of a second injector installed on board the vessel. Pressurized drilling-fluid pumped into the coil tubing drives the mud- motor which makes the bit rotate. The subsea injector pushes the coil tubing into the well creating weight on bit, and pulls the coil tubing out of the well when drilling is completed. The next step will be to adopt the system to perform heavy intervention with coil tubing in subsea wells. Intervention in subsea wells today are performed from Light Well Intervention (LWI) vessels, with wireline through a subsea lubricator. Obviously, wireline has its limitations compared to coil tubing, says Buset. Heavy intervention with coil tubing are rarely done, due to the high cost and challenges with meeting good HSE-standards. Using coil tubing for heavy intervention today requires use of a drilling rig and a complex work-over riser-system. A more reliable and less costly way to do heavy intervention in the future will be to run the coil tubing in open water without a workover riser system; same methodology as for LWI with wireline through a subsea lubricator. For the coil tubing application, a subsea injector (controlled and powered by a ROV), will be installed on top of the subsea lubricator. Island Offshore have built and proved the innovative injector and is now awaiting the delivery of a stripper element between the subsea-injector and the subsea lubricator in order to hold back pressure from the well. As soon as the stripper is qualified for offshore use, Island Offshore can offer heavy well intervention in producing subsea wells with coil tubing, perhaps as early as second/third quarter 2017. HSE impact The use of riser-less coil tubing operations in subsea completed wells will result in less discharge to the environment. This due to the fact that less and smaller equipment is required, and less time spent, compared to a full drilling rig spread. The same benefit will be achieved when drilling a pilot hole using this method (like the well for Centrica) compared to drilling the pilot hole from a drilling rig. Another important aspect is that a rig will need far more time than a vessel to move away, should a well-control situation occur. In addition the coil tubings flexibility makes the vessel able to keep pumping mud down the well to hold back or stop a potential shallow gas influx, while moving the vessel to a secure area. Should one come across gas and the well needs to be cemented back, it will imply large costs to move the rig to a new location for a possible new pilot hole. During coil tubing operations on drilling rigs there is also a risk for injured personnel, while working on compensated equipment inside the derrick in riding belt. When using the riser-less coil tubing method personnel will not be working on compensated equipment, there is no use of riding belt, and personnel will not be working under suspended load. The risk for personnel during running and pulling the rigid work-over riser is eliminated 100% as there is no need for this riser. And for same reason, time spent on running and pulling the riser is also eliminated 100%. There has been no coil tubing operations performed from drilling rigs in Norway due to this in the last eight years. With riser-less coil tubing operations the amount of equipment is reduced compared to riser operations on a drilling rig. In other words, much less equipment to handle results in less personnel required, explains Buset. Potential With riserless coil tubing one can perform heavy maintenance to increase production and get more oil and gas out of the reservoirs. Such maintenance can be removal of sand, scale and wax (restrictions) in order to achieve the original inner dimension of the production tubing. Nitrogen lifts, cement jobs, plug and abandonment in general, are other potential examples. The oil companies are rarely doing heavy well intervention because of the high cost (drilling rig + work-over riser-system), but they have expressed numerous times that there is a need, and if the cost is low enough, they will do it. This will be a game changer for intervention work in subsea producing wells, including the plug & abandonment market. The future is still to come and the potential for all parties, both oil companies and service providers is huge. In the current situation the industry will leave no stone unturned in the search for new and cost effective solutions. We have already been asked to present our riserless coil tubing technology on important arenas in the time to come, and explain what possibilities this system provides, Buset rounds off. For more information, please contact Island Offshore: Hvard Ulstein, Managing Director Tel. (47) 70 40 00 21 E-mail: havard@islandoffshore.com or Per Buset, Manager Top Hole Drilling and P&A Activities Tel. (47) 51 81 71 07 E-mail: per.buset@islandoffshore.com

13.09.16 15:56

To stolte skuter i Bergen havn: Statsraad Lehmkuhl og Island Vanguard. Hper vre fylgjarar fr glede av denne vakre filmsnutten delt av Livetombord.se: http://www.livetombord.se/artiklar/artiklar/20170324/tv-har-gor-segelskeppet-en-maktig-entre-som-ger-gashud/

To stolte skuter i Bergen havn: Statsraad Lehmkuhl og Island Vanguard. Hper vre fylgjarar fr glede av denne vakre filmsnutten delt av Livetombord.se: http://www.livetombord.se/artiklar/artiklar/20170324/tv-har-gor-segelskeppet-en-maktig-entre-som-ger-gashud/

10.05.17 08:39

Eit oppdrag utanom det vanlege ventar Island Crown neste r! D skal ho nemleg vere overflatefarty under ein planlagd djupvassekspedisjon – den frste bemanna kartleggingsekspedisjonen av Titanic sidan 2005. Oppdraget for OceanGate Expeditions vil ha ei varigheit p ti veker for Island Crown fr slutten av mai 2018, d fartyet vil legge ut fr St. Johns, Newfoundland, med operasjonsbesetninga for ekspedisjonen om bord. Titanic ligg p 3800 meters djupne, og frre enn 200 personar har inspisert vraket sidan det sakk for 105 r sidan. For kome til vraket har OceanGate no ftt laga eit undervassfarty, Cyclops2, i karbonfiber og titan som vil ta ei besetning p fem personar ned mot 4000 meter. Vitenskapsmenn og spesialistar skal flygast inn i puljer til vekeslange opphald om bord, med dykk i djupet inkludert. Island Crown skal vere “basecamp”, og syte for husrom for alle deltakarane heile ekspedisjonen igjennom. Vil du vite meir om ekspedisjonen kan du lese her: http://www.oceangate.com/expeditions/titanic-survey-2018.html Foto: Bluestream

Eit oppdrag utanom det vanlege ventar Island Crown neste r! D skal ho nemleg vere overflatefarty under ein planlagd djupvassekspedisjon – den frste bemanna kartleggingsekspedisjonen av Titanic sidan 2005. Oppdraget for OceanGate Expeditions vil ha ei varigheit p ti veker for Island Crown fr slutten av mai 2018, d fartyet vil legge ut fr St. Johns, Newfoundland, med operasjonsbesetninga for ekspedisjonen om bord. Titanic ligg p 3800 meters djupne, og frre enn 200 personar har inspisert vraket sidan det sakk for 105 r sidan. For kome til vraket har OceanGate no ftt laga eit undervassfarty, Cyclops2, i karbonfiber og titan som vil ta ei besetning p fem personar ned mot 4000 meter. Vitenskapsmenn og spesialistar skal flygast inn i puljer til vekeslange opphald om bord, med dykk i djupet inkludert. Island Crown skal vere “basecamp”, og syte for husrom for alle deltakarane heile ekspedisjonen igjennom. Vil du vite meir om ekspedisjonen kan du lese her: http://www.oceangate.com/expeditions/titanic-survey-2018.html Foto: Bluestream

27.04.17 15:50

Btar ut av opplag og folka vre i arbeid igjen – lite slr den gode flelsen! ๐Ÿ™‚ http://sysla.no/2017/03/02/maritim/tar-inn-igjen-300-permitterte-nar-flere-skip-forlater-kai_193566/

Btar ut av opplag og folka vre i arbeid igjen – lite slr den gode flelsen! ๐Ÿ™‚ http://sysla.no/2017/03/02/maritim/tar-inn-igjen-300-permitterte-nar-flere-skip-forlater-kai_193566/

02.03.17 10:14

I dag har vi markert ein milepl i Island Navigator-prosjektet!Nringsminister Monica Mland var tilstades i Japan, og sette hgtideleg i gong brenninga av stlet til Island Navigator saman med Parliamentary Vice-Minister Mr. Ohno, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport And Tourism. P bilda ser du ministerane saman med administrerande direktr i Island Offshore Hvard Ulstein, samt ein representant fr Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Foto: KHI

I dag har vi markert ein milepl i Island Navigator-prosjektet!Nringsminister Monica Mland var tilstades i Japan, og sette hgtideleg i gong brenninga av stlet til Island Navigator saman med Parliamentary Vice-Minister Mr. Ohno, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport And Tourism. P bilda ser du ministerane saman med administrerande direktr i Island Offshore Hvard Ulstein, samt ein representant fr Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Foto: KHI

24.01.17 14:26

Vi ynskjer vre fylgjarar ei retteleg God Jul, og eit Godt Nytt r! / We wish our followers a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Vi ynskjer vre fylgjarar ei retteleg God Jul, og eit Godt Nytt r! / We wish our followers a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

23.12.16 13:48

Administrerande direktr Hvard Ulstein traff ein nerve i gr med hjartesukket sitt. Om du ikkje har ftt med deg saka kan du lese den her: http://maritime.no/nyheter/grundig-lei-negativt-miljofokus/

Administrerande direktr Hvard Ulstein traff ein nerve i gr med hjartesukket sitt. Om du ikkje har ftt med deg saka kan du lese den her: http://maritime.no/nyheter/grundig-lei-negativt-miljofokus/

11.11.16 10:10

Island Offshore is appointed finalist for yet another Innovation Award! Together with Centrica, Island Offshore is one of three finalists nominated by the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter. The two companies have been shortlisted for a new method of using existing coiled tubing equipment which has resulted in the industrys first open water coiled tubing drilling operation being successfully completed on the Butch field in the Norwegian North Sea. The announcement of the 2016 Innovation Award winner will be at the SPE/ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference at the AECC Aberdeen on 9-10th November.

Island Offshore is appointed finalist for yet another Innovation Award! Together with Centrica, Island Offshore is one of three finalists nominated by the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter. The two companies have been shortlisted for a new method of using existing coiled tubing equipment which has resulted in the industrys first open water coiled tubing drilling operation being successfully completed on the Butch field in the Norwegian North Sea. The announcement of the 2016 Innovation Award winner will be at the SPE/ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference at the AECC Aberdeen on 9-10th November.

06.10.16 14:12

Island Offshore is ready for the next step; performing heavy well intervention with coil tubing in producing subsea wells. Follow the link to find out how: http://www.islandoffshore.com/media/news-archive/2016/next-step-for-island-offshore-riserless-heavy-well-intervention

Island Offshore is ready for the next step; performing heavy well intervention with coil tubing in producing subsea wells. Follow the link to find out how: http://www.islandoffshore.com/media/news-archive/2016/next-step-for-island-offshore-riserless-heavy-well-intervention

14.09.16 13:27

Island Offshore og oljeselskapet Centrica stakk av med seieren, og kan kalle seg stolte vinnarar av ONS Innovation Award! Prisen er tildelt selskapa for utvikling og satsing p kveilerrsteknologi til boring av subseabrnnar. P bildet ser du f.v. Per Buset, avdelingsleiar for toppholsboring og P&A i Island Offshore, saman med prosjektleiar Espen Kopperud fr Centrica. #ons2016

Island Offshore og oljeselskapet Centrica stakk av med seieren, og kan kalle seg stolte vinnarar av ONS Innovation Award! Prisen er tildelt selskapa for utvikling og satsing p kveilerrsteknologi til boring av subseabrnnar. P bildet ser du f.v. Per Buset, avdelingsleiar for toppholsboring og P&A i Island Offshore, saman med prosjektleiar Espen Kopperud fr Centrica. #ons2016

30.08.16 12:49

Island Offshore skal halde to foredrag under Technical Sessions p oljemessa i morgon formiddag! Om du er i omrdet, stikk innom Hall 6 kl.10.15 og f med deg kva vre dyktige medarbeidarar har meddele industrien om kveilerrsteknologi, LWI og framtida. #ons2016 http://www.ons.no/2016/technical-sessions/

Island Offshore skal halde to foredrag under Technical Sessions p oljemessa i morgon formiddag! Om du er i omrdet, stikk innom Hall 6 kl.10.15 og f med deg kva vre dyktige medarbeidarar har meddele industrien om kveilerrsteknologi, LWI og framtida. #ons2016 http://www.ons.no/2016/technical-sessions/

29.08.16 16:02

Island Offshore has been chosen to speak at the ONS Technical Sessions during ONS 2016 in Stavanger. Together with Centrica we will present the Butch pilot: The industrys first riser-less coiled tubing drilling. Dont miss out! In addition we will share our thoughts about: 10 years with RLWI- What about the future? To find out more, please follow the link: http://www.ons.no/2016/?event=session-2-new-concepts-for-drilling-operations Where: Hall 6 When: Tuesday 30th August 10:00 AM #ons2016

Island Offshore has been chosen to speak at the ONS Technical Sessions during ONS 2016 in Stavanger. Together with Centrica we will present the Butch pilot: The industrys first riser-less coiled tubing drilling. Dont miss out! In addition we will share our thoughts about: 10 years with RLWI- What about the future? To find out more, please follow the link: http://www.ons.no/2016/?event=session-2-new-concepts-for-drilling-operations Where: Hall 6 When: Tuesday 30th August 10:00 AM #ons2016

15.08.16 15:50

Island Offshore, together with Centrica, are appointed finalists for the ONS Innovation Award! The two companies are nominated for developing a Riser-less coil tubing drilling system utilized to check for shallow gas at the Butch field last year. This was the first time ever in the oil and gas industry that riser-less coiled tubing drilling operations were performed. There were 58 applicants for the award and the five finalists were carefully selected by a jury. The winner will be presented at the conference session Long Term Perspective for the NCS on the second day of the ONS conference in Stavanger; Tuesday 30 August 2016 10-12 AM at the Clarion Hotel Energy. The winner will present its technology at the Technical Session ONS Innovation Award at 15.00 the same day. This session is free and open to everyone. Read more about the nomination here: http://www.ons.no/2016/news/finalists-ons-innovation-awards-techinvent-and-island-offshorecentrica/ #ons2016

Island Offshore, together with Centrica, are appointed finalists for the ONS Innovation Award! The two companies are nominated for developing a Riser-less coil tubing drilling system utilized to check for shallow gas at the Butch field last year. This was the first time ever in the oil and gas industry that riser-less coiled tubing drilling operations were performed. There were 58 applicants for the award and the five finalists were carefully selected by a jury. The winner will be presented at the conference session Long Term Perspective for the NCS on the second day of the ONS conference in Stavanger; Tuesday 30 August 2016 10-12 AM at the Clarion Hotel Energy. The winner will present its technology at the Technical Session ONS Innovation Award at 15.00 the same day. This session is free and open to everyone. Read more about the nomination here: http://www.ons.no/2016/news/finalists-ons-innovation-awards-techinvent-and-island-offshorecentrica/ #ons2016

09.08.16 15:38

Island Offshore er kra til Oil man of the year 2016, av Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)! Island Offshore vart tildelt prisen for oppbygginga av lett brnnintervensjonsteknologi (LWI) samt gjennomfringa av kveilerrsoperasjonar fr farty, og i grunngjevinga str det mellom anna: – Dette er tankar fleire operatrar har jobba med i fleire r, men ikkje klart gjennomfre. Island Offshore har satsa og gjennomfrt dette med stor suksess, og med auka tilgjenge til subseabrnnar med auka ressursutnytting som resultat. – SPE Stavanger legg til grunn ei stor grad av nytenking og satsing over fleire r. Dette hadde ikkje vore mogleg utan ei leiing og ein eigar som ser verdien av langsiktig tenking, og som har mot til satse utradisjonelt. Ein stolt administrerande direktr Hvard Ulstein var i Stavanger og tok i mot prisen i gr: – Island Offshore blitt bygd opp av drivande dyktige ingenirar, bde i Stavanger og i Ulsteinvik. Desse folka har starta tidleg, og jobba til seint p kveld. Dei har blitt gitt vide fullmakter til utvikle tenester som har gitt auka utnytting av fartya vre, og dei har levert med glans. Uttallige suksessfulle prosjekt kan vitne om det. – Det er ei stor re motta denne prisen, og ein fantastisk motivasjon til halde fram med tye grensene. Island Offshore skal halde fram med nyskaping!

Island Offshore er kra til Oil man of the year 2016, av Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)! Island Offshore vart tildelt prisen for oppbygginga av lett brnnintervensjonsteknologi (LWI) samt gjennomfringa av kveilerrsoperasjonar fr farty, og i grunngjevinga str det mellom anna: – Dette er tankar fleire operatrar har jobba med i fleire r, men ikkje klart gjennomfre. Island Offshore har satsa og gjennomfrt dette med stor suksess, og med auka tilgjenge til subseabrnnar med auka ressursutnytting som resultat. – SPE Stavanger legg til grunn ei stor grad av nytenking og satsing over fleire r. Dette hadde ikkje vore mogleg utan ei leiing og ein eigar som ser verdien av langsiktig tenking, og som har mot til satse utradisjonelt. Ein stolt administrerande direktr Hvard Ulstein var i Stavanger og tok i mot prisen i gr: – Island Offshore blitt bygd opp av drivande dyktige ingenirar, bde i Stavanger og i Ulsteinvik. Desse folka har starta tidleg, og jobba til seint p kveld. Dei har blitt gitt vide fullmakter til utvikle tenester som har gitt auka utnytting av fartya vre, og dei har levert med glans. Uttallige suksessfulle prosjekt kan vitne om det. – Det er ei stor re motta denne prisen, og ein fantastisk motivasjon til halde fram med tye grensene. Island Offshore skal halde fram med nyskaping!

28.05.16 10:09

Denne veka kan vi glede oss over plattform forsyningsfartyet Island Champion som har sikra seg to-rs kontrakt for ASCO Marine Limited! Island Champion gikk p jobb for ASCO i gr, og skal operere ut fr Aberdeen.

Denne veka kan vi glede oss over plattform forsyningsfartyet Island Champion som har sikra seg to-rs kontrakt for ASCO Marine Limited! Island Champion gikk p jobb for ASCO i gr, og skal operere ut fr Aberdeen.

21.04.16 08:35

Island Valiant og Island Constructor har sikra seg jobb p Draugen utover vren og sommaren, og frst ut er Island Valiant som skal utfre IMR-arbeid p tre brnnar no i april. Dette for frebu jobben som Island Constructor skal gjere seinare p sommaren. Sistnevnte har sikra seg tre oppdrag p feltet, og skal utfre lett brnnintervensjon, scale squeeze og IMR-arbeid p fleire brnnar. Kontraktene er signerte med A/S Norske Shell, og samla har dei ein verdi p om lag NOK 100 millionar for Island Offshore. Med dette er alle tre brnnintervensjonsfartya ute av vinteropplag: Island Wellserver og Island Frontier tok til p kontraktene sine for Statoil 1. april.

Island Valiant og Island Constructor har sikra seg jobb p Draugen utover vren og sommaren, og frst ut er Island Valiant som skal utfre IMR-arbeid p tre brnnar no i april. Dette for frebu jobben som Island Constructor skal gjere seinare p sommaren. Sistnevnte har sikra seg tre oppdrag p feltet, og skal utfre lett brnnintervensjon, scale squeeze og IMR-arbeid p fleire brnnar. Kontraktene er signerte med A/S Norske Shell, og samla har dei ein verdi p om lag NOK 100 millionar for Island Offshore. Med dette er alle tre brnnintervensjonsfartya ute av vinteropplag: Island Wellserver og Island Frontier tok til p kontraktene sine for Statoil 1. april.

06.04.16 11:22

Island Condor brillierer med lave utslepp, og viste seg vere den mest miljvennlege bten som beskte hamna i Rotterdam i 2015. Du kan lese meir her: https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/news-and-press-releases/island-condor-cleanest-sea-going-vessel-to-ever-call-on-rotterdam

Island Condor brillierer med lave utslepp, og viste seg vere den mest miljvennlege bten som beskte hamna i Rotterdam i 2015. Du kan lese meir her: https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/news-and-press-releases/island-condor-cleanest-sea-going-vessel-to-ever-call-on-rotterdam

08.03.16 14:51

Ein liten stemningsrapport fr Nordsjen i gr ettermiddag: Island Crusader og Island Innovator nyt siste solstrlane for dagen. Fotograf: Tor Voldsund

Ein liten stemningsrapport fr Nordsjen i gr ettermiddag: Island Crusader og Island Innovator nyt siste solstrlane for dagen. Fotograf: Tor Voldsund

12.02.16 09:59

Ei fin og viktig sak om kadetten vr Espen Skjegstad: http://maritime.no/nyheter/jeg-har-alltid-dromt-om-a-bli-styrmann/

Ei fin og viktig sak om kadetten vr Espen Skjegstad: http://maritime.no/nyheter/jeg-har-alltid-dromt-om-a-bli-styrmann/

10.02.16 08:34

I dag vart Island Offshore tildelt prisen som “rets maritime lrebedrift” for 2015! Dette er ein pris som vert tildelt ei bedrift som har utmerka seg i srs positiv retning for rekruttering av norsk maritim kompetanse, og med 56 opplringsstillingar i flten str Island Offshore fram som ein klar kandidat. Dette er langt over det behovet rederiet sjlv har for pfyll av offiserar og matrosar. – Det betyr mykje for oss motta denne prisen, og spesielt no nr markedet er s krevjande. Folka vre er vr viktigaste ressurs, og denne utnemninga reflekterer nettopp det: Sjlv om det er drlege tider, s kan vi ikkje berre gi slepp p desse unge som faktisk er framtida vr. Det har hg prioritet for oss fortsatt kunne tilby opplringsplassar, seier Hvard Ulstein, administrerande direktr i Island Offshore. P biletet ser du Training Manager Svein Magne Tenfjord saman med Nringsminister Monica Mland som delte ut prisen.

I dag vart Island Offshore tildelt prisen som “rets maritime lrebedrift” for 2015! Dette er ein pris som vert tildelt ei bedrift som har utmerka seg i srs positiv retning for rekruttering av norsk maritim kompetanse, og med 56 opplringsstillingar i flten str Island Offshore fram som ein klar kandidat. Dette er langt over det behovet rederiet sjlv har for pfyll av offiserar og matrosar. – Det betyr mykje for oss motta denne prisen, og spesielt no nr markedet er s krevjande. Folka vre er vr viktigaste ressurs, og denne utnemninga reflekterer nettopp det: Sjlv om det er drlege tider, s kan vi ikkje berre gi slepp p desse unge som faktisk er framtida vr. Det har hg prioritet for oss fortsatt kunne tilby opplringsplassar, seier Hvard Ulstein, administrerande direktr i Island Offshore. P biletet ser du Training Manager Svein Magne Tenfjord saman med Nringsminister Monica Mland som delte ut prisen.

02.02.16 12:52

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August 22, 2017 Restoration Tribute

Thanks to a group of Brad Smiths friends, the first aquatic hot rod owned by the famed engine builder has been given new life.

Nigel (Captain) Hook and Jay Johnson charted a course into the offshore racing history books via their Lucas Oil SilverHook 48 GP vee hull to a record-setting ride on August 17th.

The Poker Runs America team is set for its popular 1000 Islands then Rock the Bay poker runs following a successful Sault Ste. Marie Can-Am Poker Run.

Getting prepped for the Key West Poker Run in November, the new American-made ZRX 47 Carbon Series from Adrenaline Powerboats is going to be a must-see boat at the Florida Powerboat Club season finale.

By the time Devin Wozencraft reaches Key West, Fla., in November, hell have run his 30-foot Skater catamaran in more than a half-dozen go-fast boating events across the country.

Thanks to her entire offshore racing family, Kellie Hibdon-Broaddus racing dream came true last weekend.

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ACT offers to resettle refugees held in ‘inhumane’ offshore detention centres – The Guardian

Refugees and asylum seekers protest inside the Manus Island detention centre. The ACT government has passed a motion describing offshore processing centres as unsafe and degrading.

The ACT government has offered to resettle refugees from Australias offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru.

A motion passed the unicameral ACT legislative assembly, without division, declaring that the ACT government is willing and ready to settle refugees and asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru in Canberra as part of a national program of resettlement.

The motion, put by Greens MLA and minister for justice Shane Rattenbury, said the offshore processing centres were inhumane and degrading and had been unequivocally shown to be unsafe.

Refugees in these processing centres have been subjected to violent attacks, sexual violence, inadequate medical care, and harassment of mothers, fathers and children as young as six.

The motion was unanimously supported by Labor and Greens members in the chamber. Liberal members did not rise against it or call a vote, effectively abstaining.

The ACT is the only Australian state or territory to have declared itself a refugee welcome zone, one of 148 zones across Australia, including shires and councils from every state.

The declaration is likely to have little practical impact. Decisions on granting visas are the bailiwick of the commonwealth, not state or territory governments. Amnesty International Australia said it hoped the ACTs commitment would establish a precedent for other states and territories.

This sends a strong message to prime minister Turnbull and immigration minister Dutton that their deliberately abusive policies are not welcome and that they must come to an end, Amnesty refugee campaigner Ming Yu Hah said.

Refugees and people seeking asylum who Australia has trapped on Nauru and Manus Island are not safe and further tragedy is inevitable unless Australia acts responsibly.

About 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers are held on Australias offshore immigration islands of Nauru and Manus, either in the regional processing centres or in communities.

Three pregnant refugees held on Nauru who have requested terminations and have been recommended by doctors for transfer to Australia, remain on the island, after being refused transfers by the Nauru hospital overseas medical referral (OMR) committee.

More than 50 refugees and asylum seekers are on the OMR list but have been refused transfers or not considered, raising concerns among medical and departmental staff.

There is particular medical disquiet over pregnancy terminations being referred to the OMR committee. Pregnancy terminations are illegal on devoutly Christian Nauru, and the hospitals doctors are essentially being asked to approve a procedure overseas that is illegal on the island.

Psychiatrists treating the pregnant women have raised concerns the women may self-harm, commit suicide, or attempt a home abortion if they are denied access to the procedure.

The Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians have both said refugees and asylum seekers needing advanced medical care should immediately be brought to Australia.

The opposition immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann and Labor senator Lisa Singh, have both written to the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, over the delayed medical transfers.

Neumann wrote he was concerned by the imposition of an additional step reference to the hospital OMR committee for politically sensitive medical transfers.

I seek your urgent assurance that asylum seekers and refugees residing in Australian-funded offshore processing centres, in particular women and children in Nauru, will have access to medical transfers when required.

Singh wrote the Australian government was aware refugees and asylum seekers held offshore were consistently exposed to harm, violence and abuse and questioned, too, the involvement of the OMR committee in approving terminations.

What is the rationale for this decision by the Australian immigration department, that seems only to serve as a political means of preventing these women from being brought to Australia for medical care? What outcome does your department expect from this looming tragedy?

The Guardian has sought comment from the office of the immigration minister .

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Report: IRS Assumes All Individuals With Offshore Accounts Are Suspect of Fraudulent Activity – Washington Free Beacon

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BY: Ali Meyer August 23, 2017 11:50 am

The Taxpayer Advocate Service, a division of the IRS, says the agency assumes individuals with offshore accounts are suspect of fraudulent activity.

“The National Taxpayer Advocate has previously raised a number of issues regarding implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the IRS’s international withholding and refund policies,” the division states in its report to Congress.

This act, according to the IRS, is an effort to prevent tax evasion by individuals who have financial assets and other accounts offshore. For those who have assets more than $50,000 offshore, the act requires that they report information about them on their tax return.

The National Taxpayer Advocate says individuals who are subject to this law are treated by the IRS as if they are suspected of fraud: “Lacking either statistically valid data or analytical justification, the IRS has adopted a coercive approach to international taxpayers, reflecting an assumption that all such taxpayers are suspect of fraudulent activity.”

“Financial organizations face substantial record-keeping burdens and economic risks as a result of the manner in which the IRS has implemented FATCA,” the report continues. “This has prompted some financial organizations and their representatives to energetically seek repeal of the legislation.”

In addition, “A return by the IRS from its current withholding and enforcement orientation to its prior information gathering approach would reduce the burdens placed on FFIs and potentially minimize some of the remaining FATCA opposition.”

Chris Edwards, director of Tax Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, says the act should be repealed: “Not just the IRS, but Congress, seems to assume that Americans are guilty just because they hold foreign financial accounts. But holding foreign accounts is integral to international business activities and foreign trade. FATCA is a bureaucratic abomination, and should be repealed.”

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Oil and gas companies begin evacuations of offshore rigs as tropical storm Harvey looms – CBC.ca

Tropical storm Harvey has gained strength over the Gulf of Mexico and is still forecast to develop into a hurricane on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest update.

The storm, located about 600 kmsoutheast of Port Mansfield, Texas with maximum sustained winds of 70 km/ris likely to approach the Texas coast on Friday, the NHC said on Thursday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level, making state resources available for possible rescue and recovery actions. Abbott also pre-emptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties on or near the coast to speed deployment of state resources to any areas affected.

“Heavy rainfall is likely to spread across portions of eastern Texas, Louisiana, and the lower Mississippi Valley from Friday through early next week and could cause life-threatening flooding,” the NHC said.

Emergency officials asked residents along the upper Texas coastline to move or prepare to move inland. Those in low-lying areas were urged to seek higher ground, and those elsewhere were told to monitor official announcements closely.

On South Padre Island, people filled sandbags and loaded them into cars and vans to take to protect exposed homes and businesses. Others in the forecast path of the storm sought out generators, plywood and other goods from hardware stores.

Rainfall totals of 25 to 38 cmwere possible over the middle and upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through Tuesday, the Miami-based hurricane centresaid.

Royal Dutch Shell, Anadarko Petroleum and Exxon Mobil announced they were curbing some oil and gas output on at facilities in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Harvey.

Leo Sermiento, left, and Emilio Gutierrez, right, fill sandbags on South Padre Island, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level and is making state resources available for preparation and possible rescue and recovery actions. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald/Associated Press)

Shell said it was evacuating all personnel from the roughly 100,000 barrel-per-day Perdido oil and gas production platform as a precaution. Anadarko said it had shut in production and was evacuating workers from its Boomvang, Gunnison, Lucius and Nansen platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Exxon was in the process of reducing production at its Hoover facility in the Gulf of Mexico, company spokeswoman Suann Guthrie said. The company said it was also working on transportation plans for staged evacuation of its personnel from its offshore facilities, expected to be in the path of the storm, to shore.

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico is home to about 17 per cent of Americancrude oil output and 5 per cent of dry natural gas output, according to the U.S. Energy InformationAdministration. More than 45 per cent of the nation’s oil refining capacity is along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Atwood Oceanics reaches agreement with Australian offshore employees – Splash 247

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Offshore driller Atwood Oceanics has come to an agreement with the offshore employees of its Australian operating subsidiary for a new four year enterprise bargaining agreement .

The agreement provides clarity on working conditions for Atwood Oceanics Australian offshore employees and resets wage levels to better align with current offshore market conditions.

The agreement is anticipated to be approved by the Australian Fair Work Commission in September and will take effect upon the expiry of the nominal term of the current EBA on November 24.

Through application of cost reduction initiatives and innovative approaches to offshore employment, this agreement will reduce offshore personnel costs by more than 19% in its first year and will allow Atwood Oceanics to provide our clients in Australia superior drilling services at more competitive day rates over the next years. We have operated in Australia since 1972, and we look forward to a bright future in this important offshore energy market, said Rob Saltiel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atwood Oceanics.

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Earthquake: Magnitude 3.0 quake strikes offshore near San Francisco – Los Angeles Times

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reportedoff the Northern California coast Tuesday morning aboutseven mileswest of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:36 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter wasfive miles from Muir Beach, six miles from Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, eight miles from Mill Valley, nine miles from Daly City and 81 miles from Sacramento, Calif.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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China ‘Wolf’ Howls At $470M; ‘Apes’ Swings To $148M Offshore; ‘Dunkirk’ Channels $314M WW International Box Office – Deadline

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: In another weekend crowded with holdovers, expansions and no new wide studio releases, the international box office was again led by China and blackout action smash Wolf Warriors 2. Now at an estimated $470M after 11 days, the film is on its way to devouring The Mermaids 2016 record as the biggest movie ever in the Middle Kingdom.

Hollywood is currently shut out of that market, but had business to get on with in the rest of the world. Foxs War For The Planet Of The Apes came out swinging at No. 1 in each of its 14 new markets, including France, Brazil and Germany; and was the top studio movie this frame. The weekend added $31.5M to the critically praised film its best score since offshore rollout began in mid-July for an international total of $147.8M before Korea (August 15), China (September 15) and Japan (October 13) get in on the action.

The No. 2 Hollywood movie at offshore turnstiles, Dunkirk channeled $25M in its third voyage. In the UK, the running cume is $49.8M, surpassing the lifetime of Christopher Nolans Inception. The drop was 44% overall for an overseas cume of $180.6M and a global total at $314.2M. It crossed $300M yesterday.

Elsewhere, Illumination/Universals Despicable Me franchise got even Gru-vier this weekend. It is now the top-grossing animated series ever worldwide with $3.528B, passing the Shrek films for the record. Despicable Me 3 has lifted its worldwide cume to $879.5M.

In other milestones, Universals The Mummy crossed $400M at the global box office.

New titles in soft rollout this session include Sony/MRCs The Dark Tower with $8M in 19 markets (Russia was the only major); and New Line/Warner Bros Annabelle: Creation at a No. 1 $1.1M in Italy (only opening).

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While we are waiting on estimates for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, breakdowns on the films above and more have been updated below.

NEW THE DARK TOWER

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The action fantasy bowed at No. 1 in 11 of 19 markets as The Gunslinger and The Man In Black faced off on 3,800+ screens. Russia launched to $4.1M from 2,150 screens.

Stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey should make for some of the draw internationally, led by the huge King brand and general curiosity with little in the way of major titles to come. The offshore release continues over the next three weeks, including France, Germany, Italy, Australia, the UK, Spain, Korea, Brazil and Mexico.

ANNABELLE: CREATION

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Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto star as a dollmaker and his wife whose daughter died 12 years earlier. They open their home to a nun, and several girls from a shuttered orphanage. But the shelter turns horrific as the possessed Annabelle sets her sights on the girls.

International box office on The Conjuring 2 rose more than 19% from the first film, while Annabelle did more than 62% of her business offshore. Mexico, Brazil, France, the UK and Indonesia were the biggest plays on that film.

Next weekend adds 38 international markets which go day-and-date with the U.S. including France, Russia, Korea, Australia and the UK.

HOLDOVERS/EXPANSIONS WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

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DUNKIRK

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The UK continues, natch, to be the lead play with another No. 1 hold and $6.1M on 1,163 screens. Maintaining a nearly 50% share of the Top 5 films, Dunkirk also had 14% of its weekend there in IMAX. The total local cume has topped Nolans Inception with $49.8M (38.1M). Australia likewise held No. 1 and has a cume of $13M.

The Top 5 markets are the UK, followed by Korea ($20.1M), Australia, France ($12.7M) and Spain ($6.7M). In the Netherlands, Dunkirk is still No. 1 with a slight drop and a $4.7M cume that beats the lifetime of Nolans Interstellar. There are still Italy, China and Japan on deck.

DESPICABLE ME 3

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The Despicable movies passed the Shrek stable of pics that also includes Puss In Boots at $3.501B global. DM3 also outdid DM2s $607.7M earlier this week to become the No. 7 biggest animated move of all time at the international box office.

DM3 is still in play in 64 territories where the international box office total is $638.7M. Combined North America, the worldwide heist is $879.5M.

New this frame was Slovenia (No. 1/$137K). In holds, Korea kept Gru and Dru at No. 3 behind two local titles (A Taxi Driver and The Battleship Island). The weekend estimate is $4.7M for a total of $17.1M. It will pass Minions today and The Secret Life Of Pets tomorrow to become the highest grossing Illumination movie ever in the market.

In Japan, DM3 dipped 31% during its 3rd frame. That total there is $27.9M across 16 days. As it wraps up in China, the film held at No. 6 behind five local blackout movies. The total there is now $149.2M (RMB 1.01B) to take it past Kung Fu Panda 3 (RMB 1.002B). That makes it the No. 2 animated movie of all time in the PROC behind Zootopia.

Following China, the top grossers are the UK ($51.5M), Brazil ($37.2M), Germany ($34.8M) and Mexico ($34.4M). Still on deck are Italy, Turkey and Greece.

THE EMOJI MOVIE

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The UK launched with $3.5M (including previews) on 780 screens, while Germany pulled in $1.2M from 835 screens. Releases continue overseas with Spain, Russia and Brazil throughout August followed by Australia in September and France in October.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

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CARS 3

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Holds were strong in the Netherlands (-23%), Belgium (-28%), and Finland (-12%). Leading the overall markets is Mexico with $15.6M, followed by Japan ($11.8M), the UK ($11.5M), Russia ($10.5M) and Brazil ($10.3M). Key releases still to come are in China (August 25), Italy (September 14) and Germany (September 28).

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Optimus Prime sharpened up his sword in Japan this frame with a No. 1 start of $4M at 685 locations. Spain also debuted at No. 1 for Paramount with $1.2M at 515; and Israel started in 3rd place with $196K at 74.

In all, Michael Bays last installment in the franchise captured $9.4M from 55 markets. The international cume is $454M.

BABY DRIVER Now in 42 offshore markets, Edgar Wrights getaway romance has lifted $57.5M internationally. Thats with a weekend heist of $7M for the Sony pic on 3,175 screens. Holds have been solid. Leading cumes include the UK at $15.3M, France with $4.7M and Germany at $2.1M.. Mexico drives in next this week.

ATOMIC BLONDE Universal is releasing the Charlize Theron/James McAvoy-starrer in 24 international territories and kicked off its boots in Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador and Venezuela this weekend. The estimate is $2.1M for on the Universal books. Sierra/Affinity has released the film in 26 markets through its distribution partners. The weekend they kicked in $2.9M. That takes the full international total to $11.7M with $45.8M globally.

Australia opened to No. 3 with a good $1.8M including previews; New Zealand opened No. 2 with $225K for the weekend. Ecuador got off to a fair start at $40K in a very slow market. Conversely, Venezuela, which is currently in the throes of a constitutional crisis, topped comps Lucy and Kingsman: The Secret Service with a $19K bow. Next weekend, Theron takes her ass-kicking to the UK, Netherlands and Colombia.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES The 5th installment in Disneys Pirates franchise is saying yo-ho-ho in Japan where it is now the No. 2 Western release of the year, behind the studios own Beauty And The Beast. The total there is $51.9M. Japan is typically a top market for the series, although (in non-restated dollars) this one is currently at about half of the last film, On Stranger Tides.

Overall, the weekend was worth $1.9M in 20 markets for $609.9M internationally and $781.2M globally. Holds were good in the Netherlands (-37%) and Belgium (-31%) in the films 11th week of overseas play.

GIRLS TRIP Universals breakout comedy opened to No. 1 in South Africa and Trinidad, and held steady at No. 4 in the UK. The weekend is $1.7M internationally for an early total of $5.4M. Worldwide, the cume is $90.8M. The Malcolm D Lee-directed pic scored a better South Africa opening than all comps including Bridesmaids and The Hangover with $192K. In Trinidad, its a similar story with a strong $125K bow. The UKs 2nd session was down just 9% with a 10-day total of $5M.

THE MUMMY With a $1.5M weekend in 47 overseas markets, Universals Dark Universe entry crossed $400M at the worldwide box office today. The offshore total is $322.2M for $402.1M global. Japan, the final market to release, made up the bulk of this weekends tomb take at $1.3M. The cume there is $7.8M after two frames. The rest of the world has essentially completed runs on the Tom Cruise pic.

MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (FOX): $1.3M intl weekend (5 markets); $18M intl cume Baywatch (PAR): $882K intl weekend (28 markets); $117.3M intl cume The Beguiled (UNI): $300K intl weekend (16 markets); $4.9M intl cume

LOCAL LANGUAGE While Wolf Warriors 2 has been chomping its way through the Chinese box office, another local film, Once Upon A Time was the No. 2 movie internationally this weekend. At $38M for the FSS as reported by comScore, its got a local take of $61.5M thus far. A romantic fantasy thats based on a book and a TV series, it was still no match for big dog WW2. Its IMAX weekend on 427 local screens was a solid $4M.

In Korea, A Taxi Driver drove away with $25.7M for the weekend. The Showbox movie is directed by Jang Hun and based on a true story. Starring Song Kang-ho and Germanys Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist, Avengers: Age Of Ultron), its set in the 80s when a Seoul cabbie becomes involved with a German journalist on a drive down to Gwangju city and back. The North America release is on Friday.

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Hearings set for potential offshore oil and gas activities off North Carolina coast – Port City Daily

BOEM could start leasing off-shore property for use by oil rigs-similar to this one-off the North Carolina coast. This particular rig is on a BOEM property on the West Coast. (Port City Daily photo / FILE PHOTO)

WILMINGTON The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced it would be holding three meetings across coastal North Carolinaregarding the proposed 2019-24 national outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program. The first is today in Wilmington.

According to the DEQ, these hearings seek to gatherpublic input and information on the potential impact of oil and gas exploration, and development on the biological, social, economic and aesthetic values of North Carolinas coast.

The information gathered at these hearings will go into consideration for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Managements new five-year national outer continental shelf program, in accordance with the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which could open the Atlantic Coast for seismic testing and eventual oil and gas exploration.

This after President Trump announced his America First Offshore Energy Strategy back in April, an executive order removing many Obama-era regulations that were designed to protect the Atlantic Coast from offshore drilling.

If approved, the plan will allow for five separate companies to being exploratory seismic testing in an area from Delaware, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, extending out 350 nautical miles.

Environmental groups, like the Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Oceana, Dont Drill NC, as well asstateand community leadersare concerned about the potential for negative impacts to the states natural resources and environment.

Upon completion, the program for 2019-24 will replace the program for 2017-22, which was approved on Jan. 17.

The first meeting will be held in Wilmington on Monday, Aug. 7, at the New Hanover County Government Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Two more will follow; the first in Morehead City on Aug. 9, and a final meeting in Manteo on Aug. 10.

These meetings will give residents a chance to voice their opinion to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to comment, written comments can be sent to Timothy Webster with the NCDEQ at 217 West Jones St., 1601 Mail Center Drive, Raleigh, N.C., 27699, or by email to timothy.webster@ncdenr.gov.

All comments are due by Aug. 15. For information, visit The Bureau of Ocean Energy Managements website at boem.gov.

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New fight over drilling offshore South Carolina could be about exports – Charleston Post Courier

The fight over offshore drilling is heating up again in South Carolina.

A committee of lawmakers researching the state’s prospects meets Aug. 22, the group’s first attempt to tackle the contentious issue.

After the Trump administration re-opened the leasing process last spring, S.C. House members introduced warring bills: onerequiring state agencies to approve the onshore infrastructure needed to support oil and natural gas drilling, and the other blocking them.

Faced with those bills, House officials formed a subcommittee last spring the Off-shore Drilling Ad Hoc Committee. Only one of its nine members, though, represents the coast.

The subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Bill Hixon, R-Aiken, called it an exploratory group to advise the House on an issue that few representatives who live away from the coast are aware of.

“We want to see what the benefits or harm to our state would be,” Hixon said. “Georgia and North Carolina are looking at the same thing. We don’t want to do anything to harm South Carolina but we don’t want to be sitting on our hands while North Carolina and Georgia bring in the royalties.”

Shortly after the subcommittee was formed, Hixon invited federal Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who strongly supports opening the offshore waters to drilling, to speak at the meeting. Hixon has not heard back.

Not waiting for the meeting, which has two pro-drilling group representatives on the agenda, Coastal Conservation League and Conservation Voters of South Carolina staffers met this week to voice their drilling opposition to Hixon and Rep. David Hiott, R-Pickens, chairman of the Agricultural, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs committee.

The conservationists’ fight is about to get much tougher.

A natural gas pipeline pumping 1.5 billion cubic feet per day is in the works to run from from West Virginia to the North Carolina-South Carolina border near Interstate 95. It’s among a web of other gas pipeline expansions plotted through or near the Palmetto State.

After decades of running natural gas out of the Gulf of Mexico to feed the country, fuel companies are now running natural gas and crude oil fracked from shale supplies in the Midwest and Northeast. The surplus is getting exported out of the Gulf of Mexico.

That’s partly why groups opposed to offshore drilling are slowly turning their concern from the potential for spills and wildlife harm in the ocean to the possibility of the “green” South Carolina coast becoming industrialized. A fear is the new push to open the Atlantic offshore of South Carolina to oil and natural gas exploration and drilling has less to do with what could be found, and more to do with getting the onshore industry in place to export from those pipelines to Europe.

That means ports such as Charleston and possibly even Georgetown. And that means money for local and state governments.

“The (pipe) lines are all heading our way. There’s something afoot,” said Peg Howell of Stop Oil Drilling in the Atlantic, a Pawleys Island-based grassroots group. Howell is a former petroleum engineer.

“The real urgent need for this country is to export,” she said.

The export factor so far has not been as prevalent in the discussion as the drill-or-don’t drill controversy that cuts to the heart of coastal life. But interests already are divided between exploring for the potential economic benefit of fossil fuels to restricting exploration to protect marine life and a billion-dollar tourism economy.

State legislators who were asked including members of the newly formed House subcommittee said they were unaware of the export potential. But a first-ever state energy plan focuses in part on the natural gas pipeline expansion and mentions several times the moves to exporting the supply.

“With the shale gas growth that has occurred over the last several years, natural gas supply sources and traditional pipeline flows across the nation are in the process of changing,” reads a draft of the plan. “There are currently multiple projects underway to build out current (natural gas) export capability, especially in the Gulf Coast,” it reads at another point.

Drilling proponents argue the country needs to supplement the oil fields already in place. The United States exports more than 5 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The country also is poised to become to third largest natural gas supplier in the world by 2020. It’s competing with Russia for the European market, according toJ.D. Supra, a business analyst. The ports that move the fuels now are in the Gulf of Mexico a farther, more expensive transport than from the Southeast Coast.

The infrastructure would be the industry needed to ship the product.

State legislators who live along the coast are aware of the concern for the potential impact of an oil industry on the tourism economy.

“Obviously, the state relies on tourism,” said Rep. Lee Hewitt, R-Murrells Inlet, who is on the nine member subcommittee.”I find it interesting that I’m the only member who represents the coast. My question is, just what is this committee trying to get to?”

Though not on the committee, Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms, has told people in his district of the threats that industrializing the coast would bring to its tourism economic engine. He and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., have pointed to the large-scale industrial footprint the industry has on Port Fourchon, Louisiana, a town the size of Sullivan’s Island, Campsen said.

“Is this push to drill actually a push to export? I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “But I do know it’s not about drilling for oil offshore,” he said, pointing to the economics of low prices brought by the shale industry making it unprofitable to build or maintain offshore rigs here.

“The notion that you’re really going to have offshore oil platforms, I think is pretty remote,” he said.

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W&T Offshore’s (WTI) CEO Tracy Krohn on Q2 2017 Results – Earnings Call Transcript – Seeking Alpha

W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:WTI)

Q2 2017 Earnings Conference Call

August 4, 2017, 10:00 AM ET

Executives

Lisa Elliott – IR

Tracy Krohn – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Murphy – Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.

Daniel Gibbons – Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Schroeder – Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

Analysts

Richard Tullis – Capital One Southcoast

Aloke Agarwal – Phoenix

Operator

Greetings and welcome to W&T Offshore Incorporated Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It is now my pleasure to introduce your host for todays call, Lisa Elliott. Thank you. You may begin.

Lisa Elliott

Thank you, operator and good morning, everyone. We are glad to have you join us for W&T Offshore’s conference call to review the financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2017.

Before I turn the call over to the Company, I would like to remind you that information recorded on this call speaks only as of today, August 4, 2017 and therefore, time-sensitive information may no longer be accurate as of the date of any replay. Also, please refer to the Companys second quarter of 2017 financial and operational results announcement that WT released yesterday for a disclosure on forward-looking statements and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures.

At this time, I’d like to turn the call over to Mr. Tracy Krohn, W&T’s Chairman and CEO.

Tracy Krohn

Thanks, Lisa. So, good morning, everyone and thanks for joining us today. With me this morning is, Tom Murphy, our Chief Operations Officer, Danny Gibbons, our Chief Financial Officer and Stephen Schroeder, our Chief Technical Officer as they will be available to answer questions later on during the call.

So, before we review our second quarter results, Id first like to update you on the Ocean Energy Management issue which we expect to have completely resolved in a few weeks. On June 28, the BOEM filed a Motion with the Department of the Interior to rescind its four orders issued in 2016 that instructed us to provide additional supplemental bonding of $260.8 million. And on June 31 excuse me July 31, the DOI demanded the orders back or excuse me remanded the orders back to BOEM which is the first important step to the BOEM reversing or rescinding the bonding requirements.

So we anticipate that sometime this month necessary steps will have been taken to allow the BOEM to rescind the orders. When this does occur, we will make an announcement accordingly and hopefully put this behind us. So we are very pleased with both our financial and operational results in the second quarter. Production was in line with our expectations and was up modestly from last years second quarter and from the first quarter of this year.

We produced 3.9 million barrels of oil equivalent or 43,848 Boe per day. Oil and liquids represented about 58% of production which was also up slightly. Undoubtedly, weve continued to drive down our lease operating expense, or LOE rather which declined $5.1 million or 14% compared to last year and down $8.6 million or 22%, compared to the first quarter of this year.

Weve been very successful at reducing our base LOE for the last two years. So our base LOE which does not include variable operating cost such as insurance premiums workovers cost and facilities maintenance costs was $26.7 million in Q2 2017 compared to $30.7 million in Q2 of last year and $34.5 million in Q2 2015.

By driving down base LOE, weve greatly improved our operating margins. So in addition to managing our base LOE down, which weve also been able to significantly reduce our insurance premiums. Most variable element of our operating cost is our workover faculties and maintenance expenses which were much lower in the second quarter.

As a result, our LOE was well below our guidance for Q2. We may see an increase in this cost during the third quarter, but this will be somewhat weather and storm dependent because absence storm downtime weather is normally pretty good in the third quarter. So the better the weather offshore, the more work we can get done.

Regardless, we are projecting a very good operating expense outcome for the full year with the midpoint of our guidance at a $157 million for 2017, which is down a full $12 million from our expectations in guidance at the beginning of the year.

Our estimated production volumes for the third quarter include an allowance for unexpected storm and weather-related downtime of about 3,000 Boe per day. Additionally, we had anticipated that 12 million cubic feet per day recompletion of higher than 22, and oil is only generated at a rate of 2600 Mcf per day.

Third quarter production is predicted is projected to be somewhat lower than our second quarter volumes before ramping back up. In the fourth quarter, with the 87 wells behind of these other wells, will have an impact on our production. We believe this to be a conservative estimate of our production for the rest of the year.

The combination of slightly higher production volumes in Q2 along with a much reduced LOE resulting in EBITDA margins that we havent seen since oil prices were more than twice what they are now. In the second quarter, we generated adjusted EBITDA of $72.6 million, up 31.8 million over the same period in 2016, and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 59%, up from 41% in the same period last year.

So excluding special items, our adjusted net income was $31.1 million, and our earnings per share were $0.22 per share. We have clearly turned the corner this year and are generating solid bottom-line results. Our mid-year 2017 SEC proved reserves or 1P was 74.4 million barrels oil equivalent of which 56% was liquids, up slightly from the year end 2016.

The increase in proved reserves is more than sufficient to replace production proved developed producing reserves increased almost 6 million barrels oil equivalent or 13% compared to year end 2016. The present value of our reported SEC proved reserves discount at a 10% was $955 million or a 27% increase from $754.9 million at year end 2016 and thats due to upward revisions of previous estimates and higher average prices.

We continue to offset most of the natural production declines or asset base, so a substantial portion of this comes from our Mahogany Fields. In April at Mahogany we placed the A-16 well on production which reached a peak production rate of 1625 barrels of oil equivalent per day, thats about 83% oil.

At the end of the second quarter, we completed the A-8 well which is still on completion full back and we expect to in a position next quarter to talk about the A-8 well reserves.

Most of the excuse me both of these test wells were lower cost and low risk wells drilled to more fully exploit the T-sand. That continues to be an amazing another source and the main producer of Mahogany. To-date, the T-sand has contributed approximately 75% of Mahogany Field Q production of almost 45 million barrels of oil equivalent.

So our next Mahogany well, the A-17 is targeting the deeper T-sands for testing and hopefully expanding the further limits of that sand in the field. Operations have recently commenced on the oil and we are looking forward to seeing these well results which we expect in the fourth quarter.

So in addition to the primary T-sand to our A-17 holds additional opportunities with some other interesting potential for stacked pay above the deeper T-sand. The A-17 could be a high impact well for the company with the potential to materially expand the Mahogany field volumes and value. It is possible that the P-sand could prove to be an even larger and more liquid reducer than the T-sand.

So assuming success, the A-17 well could be on production during November and we expect it to make a meaningful contribution to our year-end production exit rates. So as a reminder, our A-18 well at Mahogany was completed in the T-sand and placed on production in mid-January of 2017.

So that well reached the peak initial production of around 5100 barrels of oil equivalent per day and cumulative production so far has already exceeded three quarters of a million barrels of oil equivalent production since it came on line.

The Mahogany Field 2 reservoir was the primary contributor to the meaningful increase in our mid-year 3P reserves with a 48% increase in volumes or 80 million barrels oil equivalent and a 73% increase in value or $1.3 billion from year end 2016. This significant appreciation of 3P reserves is an indication of upside potential if the nominal values exists for this field.

From the Ship Shoal area, we have mobilized the platform linked to our Ship Shoal 300 Field to commence drilling the B-5 well. This seismic led us to map some strong amplitude features in multiple stacked pay intervals in an undrilled fault block, very close to some excellent offset production wells in the field.

Assuming the B-5 well is successful, wed expect to have it on production in the October, November timeframe. W&T operates this well with a 79% working interest and we expect wells with cost of about $8.4 million to drill and complete. So in line with our project selection and hydrating criteria, we expect this well to provide fast payback of under a year and a half.

The well holds the potential for a significant stacked pay with upside cases realized and can trigger a follow-up of the further increase reserves and value. And, we assume we would in that case, we will drill the next well. So we recently added two relatively low risk exploration wells for 2017 drilling program with one at South Timbalier 224 and another at Main Pass 286.

The well at South Timbalier 224 is a shelf-exploratory opportunity located in 170 feet of water near existing infrastructure which is expected to spud in the fourth quarter. W&T operates and holds a 39% working interest, if successful, the South Timbalier 224 well can be tied back to any number of by existing production platforms and placed on production quickly and hopefully cost-effectively and they also spur additional follow-up drilling opportunities on our acreage.

The well at Main Pass 286 is also an excellent exploratory shelf. This is an open water location. It wont be drilled off with the platform. So its 300 feet of water that is near existing infrastructure owned and operated by W&T. Again the prospect exhibits strong seismic amplitude features helping to derisk the opportunity. Drilling will likely begin in the fourth quarter of 2017 and W&T holds a 100% working interest in the prospect.

So, as we previously mentioned, weve planned to commence our Phase 2 drilling program in our Ewing Banks 910 Field area which follows our very successful Phase 1 drilling program when we drilled and completed two successful wells about a year ago from our Ewing Banks 910 platform.

Phase 1 wells have contributed to the increase in production in the field. Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter. We will include two new low risk exploration wells which are planned to be drilled and produce in the South Timbalier 311 platform.

These are both low-risk, stacked pay prospects that can be put on production quickly reducing cycle time and advancing project economics. The Viosca Knoll 823 “Virgo” Field, we have a two to three well program planned to commence later this year with production contributions expected in 2018.

So these low-risk exploitation wells with strong risk reducing seismic attributes coupled with nearby well control and logs, especially essentially have good adding place. These wells can be drilled from the existing platform and can be brought online again relatively quickly.

Weve made great progress and our amendment program over the last few years is assumingly complete all the projects planned for 2017. ARO expenses next year could drop to around the $10 million mark from around $80 million this year. So our total liquidity was $255 million on July of 26, 2017, that included a cash balance of $105 million.

So as we indicated in the last quarter, compared with the quality of solid growth opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico right now we will review in a number of strategies to find opportunities to enhance our growth prospects.

As we mentioned previously that we have engaged agency folks to help us create a drilling and acquisition fund. We are gaining traction in this process and expect that positive news in the not too distant future.

So with that, operator, we can open up the lines for questions.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Richard Tullis with Capital One. Please proceed with your question.

Richard Tullis

Hey, thanks, good morning everyone.

Tracy Krohn

Good morning, Richard.

Richard Tullis

Tracy, it sounds like good news potentially on the way from the BOEM. Once that order would be rescinded regarding the supplemental bonding, where do you expect total bonding cost, say in 2018 to be versus what it is currently? Any change there?

Tracy Krohn

No, no change. We might actually see a reduction in it.

Richard Tullis

Okay, good, good. From a follow-up, WT has done a good job over the years of drilling the sub-salt wells at Ship Shoal, do you see the opportunity to kind of transfer that success and knowledge to other fields where you have sub-salt prospects?

Tracy Krohn

Absolutely.

Richard Tullis

Could you elaborate a little bit? Do you expect to start drilling some of those, say, in 2018? And where might those be?

Tracy Krohn

We are a little bit variable on the timing right now as we get a little bit close to that, I will be able to reveal that to you. We are keeping that a little closer to this right now.

Richard Tullis

All right. Thanks a bunch.

Tracy Krohn

Thank you, Richard.

Operator

Our next comes from Aloke Agarwal with Phoenix. Please proceed with your question.

Aloke Agarwal

Tracy, Danny, great quarter all around. Now that, now levels are back up, how are you guys thinking about the capital structure? You have these 2019 bonds coming due and in the past, you had talked about an exchange. I was just curious what you think here?

Tracy Krohn

I dont know exactly. I dont recall exactly what I talked about in regard to an exchange on the 2019 bonds, I believe thats exactly correct. I expect to generate enough cash to paying off.

Aloke Agarwal

Excellent. Thats good news and just as a quick follow-up, on the last call, I believe you had talked about 2017 plugging an abandonment coming in a little bit lower. Its not still the case?

Tracy Krohn

Yes, I think so. Hopefully, we dont have too many storms out here and we should be pretty close to our estimate if we have some more storm activity then naturally that will get – that will be a little bit volatile, it will be deferred into the following year.

Aloke Agarwal

And my last question is, just on the tax refund, the $69 million, is that expected to come in next year?

Tracy Krohn

Yes.

Aloke Agarwal

Thanks for taking all the questions. Good luck

Tracy Krohn

Good.

Operator

We do have another question. Its from Richard Tullis with Capital One. Please proceed with your question.

Richard Tullis

Yes, Tracy, I thought I jump back in.

Tracy Krohn

Sure.

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Taiwan’s 1st offshore wind farm to boost capacity 1500% by 2019 – Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Miaoli County has generated 6.5MW as of late July since the launch of commercial operations in April, with capacity expected to grow to 120MW by 2019, according to local company Swancor Renewable, the lead developer for the project.

The wind farm project — Formosa I — is one of the three projects supervised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Bureau of Energy as part of its stated goal to install 1,000 wind turbines by 2030, in support of the Taiwanese government’s plan to produce 4GW of electricity through offshore wind.

Two 4MW wind turbines with a capacity of 8MW were installed in November 2016 under the first phase and became operational in April 2017. The second phase involves the addition of another 30 turbines with a combined capacity of 120MW. Construction on phase two is expected to start in 2019 and begin commercial operation in the same year, according to Swancor Renewable.

Formosa II, which will be located off Miaoli, will have a planned capacity of 300-500MW and is expected to pass environmental impact assessment and obtain a commercial operating license in 2017.

Formosa III, which is located off Changhua County, has a planned capacity of 1,900 MW and is also expected to pass the environmental impact assessment and obtain a commercial operating license in 2017.

In addition to offshore islands, such as Penghu, the areas with the greatest wind energy potential in Taiwan are mainly along the western coast where wind speeds can reach an annual average of 6 meters per second, according to a study commissioned by the bureau.

The study shows that good spots for wind power electricity generation in northern Taiwan are mainly to be found in areas from Dayuan to Hsinwu in Taoyuan, Hsinfeng to Hsiangshan in Hsinchu and Houlung to Yuanli in Miaoli.

The entire coastal area of central Taiwan, from Tunghsiao in Miaoli, through Tachia, Wuchi and Tadu in Taichung, to Changhua and Mailiao are all suitable for wind power generation, according to the study.

In the south, coastal areas in Chiayi and Tainan, as well as Kenting in Pingtung are all areas with high wind energy potential, according to the study.

In addition to Swancor Renewable, Denmark’s largest energy firm Dong Energy is developing offshore wind sites in the Changhua area.

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Are there over $4 trillion of untaxed corporate earnings offshore, as Donald Trump said? – PolitiFact

Are there over $4 trillion of untaxed corporate earnings offshore, as Donald Trump said?

President Donald Trump said U.S. companies have anywhere from $4 trillion to $5 trillion in offshore accounts a substantial increase from just last year.

Trump blamed the large sum of money on what he (inaccurately) considers the highest tax rate in the world in a July 25 Wall Street Journal interview obtained by Politico.

“Were the highest-taxed nation in the world, essentially, you know, of the size,” Trump said. “But were the highest-taxed nation in the world. We have nobody knows what the number is. I mean, it used to be, when we talked during the debate, $2.5 trillion I guess its $5 trillion now. Whatever it is, its a lot more. So we have anywhere from 4 (trillion) to 5 or even more trillions of dollars sitting offshore.”

Weve already rated Trumps previous claims that were the highest-taxed nation in the world False.

This time we took a look at the amount of U.S. money sitting in offshore accounts. How much untaxed foreign revenue is out there, and could the figure have doubled since Trump cited the $2.5 trillion figure during the 2016 campaign?

The White House did not provide information for this fact-check.

Well start off by saying there is no public estimate on untaxed earnings overseas, as there is no law requiring they be reported.

Researchers can instead look at the indefinitely reinvested earnings on financial statements of publicly traded companies.

Indefinitely invested earnings arent making their way back to the United States anytime soon, which lets them off the hook for taxes and thus fatten after-tax profits. They might go to overseas factories, prospective acquisitions or other investments. Other companies may instead take on a deferred liability, which entails a future tax bill — but while currently untaxed, most go undisclosed, so they arent counted in the researchers figures.

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation can provide a fuller picture, because the committee has access to total untaxed foreign earnings. However, that information is only turned over to members of Congress.

The last time the committee made its findings public was in an August 2016 memo to two congressmen. In 2012, the committee said, $2.3 trillion of foreign earnings went untaxed.

Using predictive models, they estimated the number at $2.6 trillion for 2015.

The committee cited Audit Analytics, a third-party research service, to corroborate these findings. Audit Analytics found $2.4 trillion in indefinitely reinvested earnings. There was a $200 billion difference between the JCTs estimate of untaxed foreign earnings and Audit Analytics calculation of indefinitely reinvested ones, which is what experts estimate the current discrepancy to be.

Audit Analytics ran its latest numbers for us. The company found $2.8 trillion of indefinitely reinvested earnings are sitting overseas, as of July 2017 far short of what Trump described.

“It is possible that analysts are still working on entering information from small companies, but it would not change the number from the rounded-off figure of 2.8 trillion,” Audit Analytics research director Don Whalen said.

We also turned to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which found that Fortune 500 companies a slightly smaller pool report $2.6 trillion offshore.

ITEP included total untaxed earnings, not just indefinitely reinvested ones, in their studies of Apple and Pfizer, as these companies provide a disclosure allowing for a fuller estimate of their untaxed offshore income and generate a significant amount of earnings through this mechanism.

“There is no reason to believe that this figure is substantially higher than what companies report and certainly not double the reported amount as President Donald Trump has contended without citing any source,” said Taxation and Economic Policy senior policy analyst Richard Phillips.

So what else could cause the discrepancy?

Edward Kleinbard, the Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law at the USC’s Gould School of Law, said that firms double down their offshore tax planning when they expect a tax holiday, which is when they get to bring back offshore earnings while paying little to no taxes on them.

“Its plausible that people have accelerated their gamesmanship in the anticipation that in tax reform there will be another tax holiday,” Kleinbard said. “But its not plausible to think the number could be as high as the 2 trillion-dollar difference between the data and what the president said.”

Another possibility is for Trump to have counted tax inversions, which is when a small foreign company in a lower taxed country acquires a larger U.S. company and thus reduces their taxes. But that would entail a change in the definition of untaxed revenue. And even if we were to make that calculation, Kleinbard said the number wouldnt expand by so much in such a short time span.

Our ruling

Trump described untaxed corporate earnings in overseas accounts as growing monumentally, from around $2.5 trillion to “anywhere from 4 (trillion) to 5 or even more trillions of dollars sitting offshore.”

The highest reported number of offshore earnings is $2.8 trillion. That could be off by a couple hundred billion dollars due to undisclosed untaxed earnings. But experts agreed the discrepancy could not add up to Trumps $4 trillion or $5 trillion estimate.

Business optimism and altered definitions of untaxed revenue couldnt bridge that gap either.

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Donald Trump said allowing some refugees currently held on Manus island and Nauru would kill him politically. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump told the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, that a deal to admit to the US refugees currently held on Manus island and Nauru was stupid and would kill him politically, given his status as the worlds greatest person that does not want to let people into the country.

A White House transcript of the contentious 28 January phone call was published by the Washington Post on Thursday. The Post also published a transcript of a 27 January conversation with the Mexican president, Enrique Pea Nieto, in which Trump seems to dismiss his much-vaunted border wall as a political ploy and asks Pea Nieto not to state publicly that he will not pay for it.

The published transcript showed that in the Turnbull call, which was previously reported to have become angry in tone, Trump complained about the domestic political consequences of the Obama-era Nauru agreement.

Referring to the first iteration of his controversial travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, Trump said: I just called for a total ban on Syria and from many different countries from where there is terror, and extreme vetting for everyone else and somebody told me yesterday that close to 2,000 people are coming [from Manus island and Nauru] who are really probably troublesome.

And I am saying, Boy, that will make us look awfully bad. Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people. Really, it looks like 2,000 people that Australia does not want, and I do not blame you, by the way, but the United States has become like a dumping ground.

Turnbull explained, repeatedly, that the US was only obligated to look at taking 1,250-2,000 basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and that Australia had committed to actions in return.

I think we should respect deals, he said.

Why havent you let them out? Trump asked. Why have you not let them into your society?

OK, said Turnbull, I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize-winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people

Trump interjected, to say: That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.

OK, this shows me to be a dope. I am not like this but if I have to do it I will do it but I do not like this at all

The US president continued however to complain and to misstate the terms of the deal as stated by Turnbull, saying: This is going to kill me. I am the worlds greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people and I agree I can vet them, but that puts me in a bad position. It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week.

The president even linked the agreement to his election win, saying: Look, I do not know how you got them to sign a deal like this, but that is how they lost the election. They said I had no way to 270 [electoral college votes] and I got 306.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.5m ballots.

That is why [the Democrats] lost the election, Trump repeated, because of stupid deals like this. You have brokered many a stupid deal in business and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal. This is a stupid deal. This deal will make me look terrible.

Turnbull insisted on the importance of the US honoring its commitments and said the deal was consistent with the principles set out in the Trump travel ban.

The president yielded, if grudgingly. OK, he said, this shows me to be a dope. I am not like this but if I have to do it I will do it but I do not like this at all.

Trump then complained again and asked Turnbull for a guarantee that anyone admitted would not become the Boston bomber in five years.

Before ending the call, he said: I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. [Russian president Vladimir] Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.

The conversation had begun pleasantly enough, with small talk about the Australian golfer Greg Norman, a mutual friend who had given Trumps number to Turnbull.

In subsequent days, Trump returned to the subject. On 2 February, for example, he tweeted: Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!

The US commitment to take the refugees remains unclear.

At the end of the call, Turnbull asked Trump: Do you want to talk about Syria and [North Korea]?

Trump answered with a remark transcribed as inaudible and said: This is crazy.

Thank you for your commitment, said Turnbull. It is very important to us.

It is important to you and it is embarrassing to me, Trump said. It is an embarrassment to me, but at least I got you off the hook. So you put me back on the hook.

You can count on me, said Turnbull. I will be there again and again.

In February Trump tweeted that reports that the conversation had been anything but civil were fake news.

He repeated the claim when Turnbull went to New York in May. In a joint media appearance, Turnbull agreed after Trump said: We had a good call. You guys exaggerated that call, that was a big exaggeration. We had a great call. I mean, were not babies, but we had a great call. That was a bit of fake news.

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$50 oil "magic" boosts offshore drillers’ hopes of competing with shale – WorldOil (subscription)

By David Wethe on 8/3/2017

HOUSTON (Bloomberg) — The magic of $50 oil is now in the sights of deep-sea drillers as they try to lure customer spending from shale wells on land.

And after more than three years of pain, that prospect has some investors excited. Transocean Ltd. rose the most in more than eight months after the worlds biggest provider of offshore rigs predicted explorers could soon shift their spending from land to sea as crude futures inch closer to the key level. Shares of other deepwater service providers like Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. and Noble Corp Plc also surged on the heels of Transoceans rally.

“Break-even costs in multiple deep-water basins around the world are consistently coming in below $50 and are now often around, if not below, $40,” CEO Jeremy Thigpen told analysts and investors Thursday on a conference call. “Deepwater break-evens are starting to compare favorably with onshore, which by the way is now experiencing some fairly significant price inflation across most products and services.”

The global oil downturn hit offshore drillers with the double whammy of a drop in customer demand for their services and a glut of new rigs rolling out of shipyards. More than three quarters of Transoceans sales have been carved away since hitting a peak of $3.3 billion at the end of 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

A little more than half of the oil industrys 817 offshore rigs were working in the second quarter, down from the 92% utilization rate for global rigs in 2008, Jud Bailey, an analyst at Wells Fargo, wrote last month in a note to investors.

New contracts

The Vernier, Switzerland-based owner of deepwater rigs said its signed a dozen new drilling contracts or extensions to pacts so far this year, adding $221 million in future work. The entire offshore industry has announced almost as much new work this year as it had in the past two years combined, Terry Bonno, the companys senior vice president of industry and community relations, said on the call.

“It is beginning to feel a lot like we are moving off bottom,” she said. Explorers are expected to sanction more deepwater projects next year if oil holds above “the magic $50-level,” Bonno said. But if oil falls below that mark, those projects could be re-evaluated and delayed.

Transocean rose 7.7% to $9.30 at 1:38 p.m. in New York, after earlier climbing as much as 11% for the biggest intraday rise since Nov. 30. Transoceans comments were enough to boost shares for its six closest offshore peers, which all climbed at least 5% on Thursday.

While the development costs for deepwater projects have fallen below $50 in many cases, the time to bring offshore projects to production is still several years, compared to a matter of months for shale work, J. David Anderson, an analyst at Barclays, said Thursday in a phone interview.

“Shale wins in every race,” Anderson said. “As oil starts to move up above $50, shale will come on much faster.”

Longer-term

But shale wells can fade in a matter of months, too, while offshore wells can gush oil for decades after theyve been developed. Average hydraulic fracturing prices for onshore work are up 50% to 100% from the lowest point in the downturn, Brad Handler, an analyst at Jefferies, wrote last month in a note to investors.

About an hour after Transoceans comments on the $50 oil outlook for offshore, land-rigs provider Nabors Industries Ltd. said prices in the high-$40s mark works for many explorers in the U.S. The worlds biggest land driller forecast that the industry would add another 30 to 40 rigs by now and the end of the year in the lower-48 U.S. states.

To be sure, Thigpen conceded hes not ready to declare victory yet.

“Were not saying this is a start of a great upturn thats going to last three to four years,” he said. “What were saying is today looks better than yesterday.”

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