Russian embargo not working


#1

This article about ENI drilling in the Russian sector of the Black Sea in defiance of the US embargo appeared in Bloomberg yesterday:


It does contain some inaccurate statement however:

This is not true. There are lots rigs using technology “which is not American”. I fact nearly all new offshore rigs are not.

The Scarabeo 9 is of the Frigstad D90 type, designed by Frigstad Engineering in Singapore, originally ordered from CMIC Raffles by Frigstad Offshore, also in Singapore.

It is a development from the original Semi-submersible Tender concept T60, designed by a very small team of Engineers, Naval Architects and Mariners in the early 1990’s.

The drilling equipment is indeed a bit unconventional, equipped with a dual RamRig in place of the conventional derrick and drawworks, but it is not unique.

Here is detailed specs:
http://www.saipem.com/SAIPEM_en_IT/scheda/Vessels/Scarabeo+9.page

PS> I notice this article also appears in the gCaptain newsletter today.
http://gcaptain.com/sanction-proof-rig-beats-u-s-policy-from-cuba-to-russia/?goal=0_f50174ef03-9056a7d72a-169863069&mc_cid=9056a7d72a&mc_eid=4674ba0fbe


#2

My understanding is that Trump signed off on new sanctions, but did not implement same.


#3

I hope this US Marine General is wrong in his assumptions:

The Norwegian reaction to his speech:


There is also a video of US Marines training in Northern Norway in the winter exercise Cold Response this year


#4

well, that didn’t take long

http://www.kitco.com/news/2018-01-24/UPDATE-1-Eni-halts-drilling-in-Rosneft-led-offshore-project-over-U-S-sanctions.html