Offshore Drilling Comes With Big Risk, Hit-or-Miss Return

Offshore Drilling Comes With Big Risk, Hit-or-Miss ReturnDrilling companies often face blowback for offshore rigs—local citizens and environmental groups alike worry about the long-term consequences of these platforms. In response, oil companies have committed significant time and effort to improve safety and lower the risk of failure. As noted by Motley Fool, exploratory success is down to just 40 percent this year, meaning companies can’t afford any slowdown in production—let alone rig failure—if they want profit reality to match speculation.

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Exxon Spill Spells Pipeline Problems

Everyone remembers the Exxon Valdez tanker ship and Deepwater Horizon drilling platform—both spilled millions of barrels worth of oil into Alaskan and Mexican waters, respectively, killing thousands of animals and severely impacting local environments. It’s no surprise, then, that both consumers and government agencies now watch oil companies very closely, and as a recent Exxon Mobil spill in California demonstrates state decision-makers aren’t afraid to shut down operations as required.

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Shell Gets Go-Ahead to Drill Alaskan Coastline

Shell Gets Go-Ahead to Drill Alaskan CoastlineAny talk about offshore drilling prompts a strong response. Those in favor of tapping this natural resource using offshore platforms rightly say that the industry creates thousands of jobs and fills a necessary economic need. Those opposed, meanwhile, have valid concerns about the safety of drilling rigs and pipes used to move tons of crude on a daily basis.

The debate is especially heated when it comes to Alaska’s northwestern coast, home to both Alaska Natives and a number of endangered animal species. According to Komo News, however, Shell has just crossed a major administrative milestone with approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to conduct a multi-year exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea. Does this mean going offshore in Alaska is now a foregone conclusion?

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Electric Sea Crossing? New Ferry Design Charges Ahead

Electric Sea Crossing? New Ferry Design Charges AheadMixing water and electricity doesn’t usually end well, but marine engineering group Knud E Hansen A/S sees this rocky relationship as a challenge.

According to the Handy Shipping Guide, the company has designed a new ferry capable of making an entire voyage on electric power. Many shipbuilders are following suit, looking for ways to create more eco-friendly, sustainable seafaring options. But all-electric propulsion systems come with their own unique issues especially in terms of maintenance; how do engineers and operators make sure their boats stay afloat?

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Clean HVAC Systems Prevent Virus Outbreaks on Cruise Ships

Outbreaks of viral infections on cruise ships have been appearing frequently in the headlines this year.

In the first week of February 2012, approximately 500 cases of norovirus reportedly occurred on two Princess Cruise ships, according to CNN. Both ships are based in Florida. On the Ruby Princess had 92 passengers and 13 members became ill with the virus. The Crown Princess ship reported that 364 passengers and 30 crew members came down with the virus.

In the same week as the Florida cases, about 200 passengers on a ship departing from New Orleans became ill with norovirus, according to the Associated Press. The Royal Caribbean ship Voyager of the Seas was forced to depart late due to the illnesses. In May the cruise ship Boudicca reported 170 norovirus illnesses, causing the passengers to be quarantined. The ship, owned by Fred Olsen, experienced similar outbreaks in 2010. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed the passengers had a virus that caused gastroenteritis symptoms, according to the UK’s Mail Online.

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