Foreign Flag Vessels in GOM


They’ve been slow rolling all these hulls, Harvey and HOS, by mutual agreement. These are just upgraded tiger sharks, just like every other OSV out of ESG since Ares Marine. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, they seem to be money makers.


A new type of vessel for offshore installation is making first appearance in US GoM soon:


The Floatel POSH XANADU is now operating in the GoM for Chevron U.S.A Inc.’s on the Big Foot tension-leg platform project.
This is a purpose built 750 bed, DP3, Semi-submersible Accommodation cum Construction support unit, built in 2014. Owned and operated by POSH in Singapore, but flying Bahamas flag:


Another Subsea company setting up office in Houston and bring more CSVs to the Americas:


Another foreign company setting up shop in Houston to serve the markets in the Americas:

Maybe some job opportunities for US mariners?


Another Dutch company with good ideas:

They MAY want to set up operation in USA to serve not just the US market.
Free idea for someone with the right contacts and background. (cmakin, are you listening?)


A foreign company is planning to install a SPM off Galveston to load VLCCs without transhipment and without the need to enter port:

Trafigura is already the biggest exporter of US Crude oil, but 11 MMbls./day may be an exaggeration.
What is left for domestic consumption then??


I don’t know if McDermott is planning to deploy this one primarily, occasionally, or not at all in the GoM:,mcdermott-to-convert-vessel-for-ultradeepwater-jlay-work_53766.htm


Correction; not one but five companies are planning VLCC Terminals along the GoM coast:


One foreign flag vessel is leaving US waters after completing it’s stay at Chevron’s Big Foot Field in the GoM:


Will this mean that more foreign vessels and mariners will be seen in the GoM?:


I dont get you gulf guys you hate unions but want job protection from a written contract.


Subsea 7 picks up another contract in deepsea GoM:

It doesn’t say which vessel(s) they will be using, but most likely something looking like the one shown in the article will be involved, as well as some US flag vessels on charter to Subsea 7 USA.

More work for Subsea 7 in GoM:


McDermott is gearing up to compete for the deepwater GoM work, but presently their CSVs are mostly engaged in shallow water and abroad:


Looks like there are resistance against offshore loading off Corpus Christie:

The argument are under built by really well founded arguments and great knowledge:

Single Point Mooring (SPM) loading and discharging of crude oil is used worldwide and has been for several decades. The risk of spillage exists equally, if not more so, if the VLCCs are brought into shallow and heavily trafficked ports to load/discharge. Controlling a spill before it hits the shoreline is also more difficult when it happens in a confined space and close to shore.


The CSV Rem Saltire (ex Fugro Saltire) is on her way to Galveston on a long term contract with an “unknown charterer”:

Anybody know for whom she will be working, or if it will be working in the US GoM?

In her element:


I’d bet you are trilled the ship is in US waters now and will likely be for a long while now with all its Norwegian officers and Filipino crew which we all know are superior to those miserable unwashed Americans who lack all necessary brain capacity to complete complex offshore construction support.



The Rem Saltire is a Cypriot vessel. I have no idea who is crewing her. Do you??
She left from The Netherlands 3 days ago, so not in US waters yet:

I also don’t know if she is going to work in the US GoM, or going to Galveston to pick up additional equipment and crew. (Possibly Americans who will be working on board wherever she will be heading next)



Foreign flagged, still the way to go.


Why do you try to bring down your own people?
I’m sure that there are lots of American mariners that, if given the opportunity to work on a vessel like the Rem Saltire, or larger CSVs, like McDermott’s Amazon:
could do the job after some experience working worldwide.