Category Archives: Offshore

Visiting the Oleg Strashnov

In one of my first blogs, titled “A citizen of Lilliput in Gulliver’s World” in November 2010, I wrote about astonishing large man-made objects and made the following comment: ” I can’t wait to have a look or maybe visit the … Continue reading

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Bigger, better, tougher

In the offshore and (heavy) lifting industry boundaries are pushed constantly. We aim for deeper water, larger vessels, heavier lifts, explore the arctic and consequently need to adapt methods and equipment to withstand the brute forces of the environment. It … Continue reading

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Dutch (Engineering) Pride

Today I read that a Dutch engineering company, Van den Noort Innovations, was awarded the Innovation Award 2012 of the Wall Street Journal. The company was awarded for their innovative Twin Wing Tsunami Barrier, a clever device that use both … Continue reading

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Is the market picking up again – second attempt

On April 13, 2011, I wrote a blog titled “Is the market picking up again?” in which I stated that the first 2 weeks of April reminded me of October 2004. In October 2004 I noticed a turn-over from crisis … Continue reading

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Enjoying a really good trade show: Offshore Energy 2012

Some people just love to go to or to exhibit on trade shows/exhibitions. They like walking around, chatting to everybody, drinking a beer or two at the after-parties (and afterwards in the local establishments) and do it al over again … Continue reading

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Alaska vs Norway, Shell vs ENI, Chukchi Sea vs Barents Sea: Arctic drilling

Shell seems to encounter a lot of criticism in general, but with regard to its onshore operations in Nigeria and her scheduled offshore operations in Alaska in particular. With regard to Nigeria, nobody will be surprised: onshore Nigeria is a … Continue reading

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Moving forward to the 90’s

It’s been a little quiet as far as my blogging is concerned. Moving to a new premises, starting up a new company, it all takes a lot of time, leaving little space for other activities. Especially in difficult economic times, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the year of possibilities – exciting new developments ahead

The last weeks, I did not spend any time on updating my blog, but have been very busy with other things. On the last day of this year, it gives me pleasure to reveal what has been going on behind … Continue reading

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Offshore wind farms, are they worth the effort? – Part 2

In part 1 I wrote about the suppliers and servicing companies in the offshore windfarm (OWF) sector. They are making a significant profit on OWF’s, but you could question whether the same applies to the owners of the OWF’s. Last … Continue reading

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Offshore wind farms, are they worth the effort? – Part 1

Earlier this week, a report was released which stated that the offshore windfarm industry in the Netherlands generated a turn-over of around 1 billion EUR and created around 2200 jobs in 2010. The link to that report is mentioned below … Continue reading

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