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MAY 2013

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gin fulflling the requirements of the production-sharing contract, which calls for an exploration well to be drilled within three years. Liberia Block 13 is 30 kilometers offshore Liberia's central coast. BSEE Completes Rule to Strengthen Workplace Safety To promote offshore safety, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the fnal rule in a series that expands the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources. The Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) II fnal rule enhances the original SEMS rule, also known as the Workplace Safety Rule, which was issued in October 2010. It provides greater protection by supplementing operators' SEMS programs with greater employee participation, empowering feld-level personnel with safety management decisions and strengthening oversight by requiring audits to be conducted by accredited third parties. The Workplace Safety Rule became effective on November 15, 2010. Operators were required to implement a SEMS program by November 15, 2011 and must submit their frst completed SEMS audit to BSEE by November 15, 2013. The SEMS II fnal rule that was released becomes effective on June 4, 2013, but does not affect an operator's frst audit cycle. As part of U.S. President Barack Obama's administration's energy strategy, domestic oil and gas production has grown each year the president has been in offce. Domestic oil production is currently higher than at any time in the last two decades, and natural gas production is at its highest level ever. Foreign oil imports now account for less than 40 percent of the oil consumed in the U.S., the lowest level since 1988. well as the generators, electrical distribution system, water maker, storage system, sewage treatment equipment, stairs and platforms. The units, outftted at HB Rentals' Broussard facility, were shipped via ocean freight to HB Rentals' Trinidad facility. Fairmount Sherpa Delivers Rig Arctic I The tug Fairmount Sherpa delivered the rig GSF Arctic I from offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. GSF Arctic I is a semisubmersible drilling rig for deepwater operations, owned by Transocean (Vernier, Switzerland). It is designed to drill up to depths of 10,000 meters. The rig is 78 meters long and 61 meters wide. The voyage covered almost 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean with an average speed of 4.1 knots. Fairmount Marine's (Rotterdam, Netherlands) feet of tugs consists of fve modern super tugs and a multipurpose support vessel. The tugs are designed for long-distance towing. n HB Rentals Completes 10-Building Package HB Rentals (Broussard, Louisiana) was awarded an A60-American Bureau of Shipping-approved, 10-building package to accommodate 58 personnel on a fxed platform off the northern coast of Trinidad. In addition to the 58 beds, HB Rentals also supplied the galley, diner, laundry facilities and medic's room, as www.sea-technology.com MAY 2013 / st 71

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