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www.sea-technology.com February 2017 / st 55 ration wells in 2017, an increase of about 30 percent compared to 2016. More than half of the wells will be drilled on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Statoil expects 16 to 18 NCS exploration wells to be complet- ed in 2017. Hoover Ferguson Group Acquires Uniteam Offshore Hoover Ferguson Group has ac- quired the rights and obligations of Uniteam Holding AS's offshore con- tainer rental business. The transaction, which includes a specified fleet of standard and customized offshore con- tainers in Norway and Malaysia, in- creases Hoover Ferguson's established portfolio within the Norwegian oil and gas market and strengthens the group's footprint in Asia. Hoover Ferguson's Norwegian man- agement team will continue to lead Uniteam's operations, supporting its customer base through the transitional period. The offshore assets of Uniteam's rental fleet will be incorporated into Hoover Ferguson's Offshore strategic business unit, which designs, engi- neers and manufactures workspace and accommodation modules, IBCs and CCUs for the global oil and gas industry. In October 2016, Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers final- ized a merger to form Hoover Ferguson Group. Deep Coral Protection In Mid-Atlantic NOAA Fisheries published the fi- nal rule for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's action to des- ignate a large offshore protected area for deep-sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. The Council approved the Deep Sea Corals Amendment to the Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan in 2015 to protect deep-sea cor- als from the impacts of bottom-tending fishing gear. Most deep-sea corals are slow- growing and fragile, making them vul- nerable to damage from certain types of fishing gear that contact the seafloor. This final rule designates a large "deep- sea coral zone" in areas where corals have been observed or where they are likely to occur. Under the Magnuson- Stevens Act (MSA), regional fishery management councils have the discre- tionary authority to designate zones where fishing may be restricted to pro- tect deep-sea corals. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is the first of the eight U.S. regional fishery man- agement councils to use this discretion- ary authority. The new protected area is named after the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a five-term U.S. senator from New Jersey who was responsible for several im- portant pieces of ocean conservation legislation, including the MSA provi- sions allowing for deep-sea coral pro- tections. The Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area encompasses sites of known or highly likely coral presence in underwater canyons or slope areas along the continental shelf edge, as well as deeper areas where the presence of corals is uncertain, but where little or no fishing effort currently occurs. The coral zone encompasses more than 38,000 sq. mi. of federal waters off the Mid-Atlantic coast. Commercial fishermen are prohibited from using most types of bottom-tending fishing gear in the area, such as trawls, dredg- es, bottom longlines and traps. ST

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