WorldOil Baker Hughes, Shell Offshore win 2020 COS Safety Leadership Awards The Center for Offshore Safety announced the winners of the 2020 Safety Leadership Awards, recognizing companies for their outstanding leadership in developing safety management and performance practices and projects that advance the offshore industry’s culture of safety. Survivtec air system improves chances of offshore helicopter crash survival A new compressed air Emergency Breathing System (EBS) for offshore helicopter passengers and crew introduced by global safety and survival solutions provider Survitec has been designed to offer personnel a greater chance of survival in a water impact scenario. Society for Underwater Technology names Dr. Cheryl Burgess new Chief Executive The former Director General of the Pipeline Industries Guild, Dr. Burgess’ extensive international expertise from her years with UK Trade and Investment and the Society of British Gas Industries will bring benefit to the SUT’s international Branches and interests. Petrofac partners with Intoware to drive value through digital deployment Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, a leading provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy workflow automation software that is specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry. U.S. sanctions China’s CNOOC on drilling in disputed South China Sea CNOOC’s operations in the South China Sea have run into controversy because China claims drilling rights in waters far from its borders, and within 200 miles of countries like Vietnam and the Philippines. ADNOC considering purchase of key UAE offshore oilfield services firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is a potential contender to buy a local offshore oil-services firm that counts the state-owned crude producer among its major clients, according to people familiar with the matter. Greece wearies of Turkey’s provocative energy hunt in disputed waters European leaders in October called on Ankara to abstain from unilateral hydrocarbon exploration in disputed waters, saying it’s in breach of international law. Turkey nonetheless resumed the surveys, making any negotiation with Greece on delimitation of sea borders even more problematic. Total taps Maersk Drilling for two-rig Suriname campaign The campaign is expected to commence in early 2021, with an estimated firm combined duration of 500 days. The estimated firm total contract value is approximately USD $100MM, including rig upgrades and integrated services provided. Increase in offshore lease bids shows continued importance of the Gulf of Mexico "Continued safe and responsible development of the Gulf of Mexico will continue to benefit every American. Otherwise the energy will be produced elsewhere, serving to diminish our energy, economic and national security,” National Ocean Industries Association president Erik Milito said in a statement. TGS announces new Brazilian seismic acquisition projects TGS will mobilize the COSL vessel HYSY720 to commence acquisition of the Espirito Santo 3D survey by year-end.