Russian embargo not working


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:

PS> I notice this article also appears in the gCaptain newsletter today.


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


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


well, that didn’t take long


Good day, comrades!
Sorry to hear that you do not be friends with Motherland, our ballistic missiles and national social network “Don’t drink vodka alone” (DDVA) are looking for new faces to meet and to drink with, so please, stop listen to this political crap ( war won’t be good for anyone) and let’s meet and greet each other.
Still, if you wiling to speak native language of Chehov and Tolstoy, check russian language school Moscow and you will get Boris respect.