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Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is a Eurasian island country in the Eastern Mediterranean, east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and north of Egypt. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Croatia: Viktor Lenac to Convert SHCV Sampson into Crane and Pipelay Vessel

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Viktor Lenac Shipyard has been recently awarded a contract for the conversion of the vessel SHCV “SAMPSON” (managed by Cyprus’s „VShips“ and Great Britain’s „Zafiro Marine“) by “CARVAL INVESTORS”, a leading global alternative investment manager.

The existing vessel is an offshore gas and oil field installation vessel, built in 2010. She is 180 m long and 32 m wide, carrying a crane of 1.600 ton capacity. “SAMPSON” will be converted into a crane and pipelay vessel, one more conversion on Viktor Lenac’s respectable reference list of complex projects in conversion and offshore among which Helix Producer I, Seminole, Kommandor 3000 and others, establishing its position as one of the few specialized shipyards for ship conversions and gas platform construction in the entire region of the Mediterranean.

Six new Diesel generators (2200 kW each) will be installed in two independent engine rooms. New ship systems will be installed with more than 40 tons of piping. Two new thrusters will be installed i.w.o. existing fresh water tanks. HiPAP for dynamic positioning will be relocated in newly built structural trunks. New A&R winch room will be built and outfitted i.w.o. existing hold no.1.

Complete pipe laying equipment (tensioners, track supports, conveyors, pipe loader etc.) will be installed with hydraulic systems on main deck. A new pipe lay tunnel (300 t) and A-frame structure (276 t) will be built and installed. A new stinger structure (390 t) for laying offshore pipelines will be built.

The existing ship systems will be modified to accommodate new equipment, propulsion and power generation.

Two engine rooms, two switchboard rooms and two thruster rooms will be outfitted and HVAC system will be installed in new ship spaces.

More than 150 km of cables will be installed in total.

The superstructure will undergo considerable modification including gym, sauna, swimming pool etc.

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Cyprus to Press Ahead with Offshore Drilling Despite Turkish Objection

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EU member Cyprus vowed on Wednesday to keep Turkey’s entry talks on hold as long as Ankara challenges the island’s rights to launch offshore gas drilling, in an escalating row among east Mediterranean neighbours over hydrocarbon reserves.

Rhetoric over ownership of speculated oil and gas deposits has sharpened after a deterioration of relations between Turkey and Israel, the discovery of massive gas fields by Israel and plans by Cyprus to drill as early as next month.

Cyprus, split during a 1974 Turkish invasion after a brief Greek-inspired coup in which Turkey took control of the island’s north, has blocked the opening of several negotiating chapters in Turkey-EU entry talks. One of those is energy.

“The position of Cyprus has not changed. Turkey must make a formal commitment to the EU that it will end its provocations towards the Republic of Cyprus and stop obstructing Cypriot efforts in the field of energy,” said Stefanos Stefanou, the Cypriot government spokesman.

Cyprus is represented in the EU by its internationally-recognised Greek Cypriot government.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said last week Ankara was ready to deploy its navy across the Mediterranean in a dispute with Israel over an Israeli sea blockade of Gaza.

Cyprus falls under the radar of the warning since it coincides with Cypriot drilling southeast of the island, a right Turkey contests, and possible cooperation with Israel, whose rights to offshore reserves has also been questioned by Ankara.

Turkey, the only country to recognise a Turkish Cypriot breakaway state in north Cyprus, says any hydrocarbon reserves do not only belong to Greek Cypriots, but also to Turkish Cypriots.

Turkish Cypriots have not been part of any Cypriot government since 1963, when there was a constitutional breakdown just three years after independence from Britain.

The row could complicate peace talks launched between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides in 2008, while the drilling coincides with a major push from the United Nations to resolve the Cyprus conflict by mid-2012.

Timing of the drilling itself, however, is unrelated to the Cyprus talks and stipulated in contractual obligations between Cyprus and Noble , the U.S. company poised to launch an exploratory drill in one offshore sector southeast of Cyprus around the beginning of October.

Cypriot President Demetris Christofias on Tuesday denounced what he said were Turkish threats and said the island would press ahead with drilling as its sovereign right.

Noble reported a massive gas discovery off Israel, and close to the Cypriot field, last year.

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Cyprus: Prosafe Announces Rig Utilisation of 61 pct for 1Q 2011

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Rig utilisation in the first quarter of 2011 was 61 per cent. Safe Esbjerg, Safe Lancia, Jasminia, Safe Hibernia, Safe Britannia and Safe Regency have been fully utilised in the first quarter.

MSV Regalia(photo) operated for BP at Valhall on the Norwegian Continental Shelf from mid March.

Safe Scandinavia operated for BP at Valhall on the Norwegian Continental Shelf until mid March.

Safe Caledonia commenced operation for BG on the UK Continental Shelf in the beginning of March.

Safe Astoria and Safe Bristolia were idle in the first quarter.

MSV Regalia, Safe Scandinavia and Safe Caledonia have carried out parts of their annual maintenance work in the first quarter. Safe Bristolia has undertaken a five year Special Periodic Survey (SPS) during the first quarter.

In the first quarter, Safe Concordia was mobilizing to Brazil and arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 10 April. The rig will go through the necessary approval process and is expected to commence on contract with Petrobras in the near future.

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