Sea-Fit Inc. introduces its new heavy lift shackle (patent pending), the “Super Shackle.” According to the company, this shackle is an advancement in shackle design and is designed to surpass the primary features of existing wide-body shackles.

The Super Shackle has 10% more radius in the sling contact area for greater D/d ratio. Also, the sling/rope bearing surface is completely smooth through 240° of contact area versus 137° for existing designs. This means the load distribution on the shackle and sling or rope is greater and this better protects expensive slings from damage, the company says. The smooth contact area also eliminates chafing currently experienced by synthetic ropes or slings caused by edges that concentrate loads on existing wide body shackle designs.

To facilitate easier handling, the Super Shackle has lifting lugs cast into the body where smaller shackles can be attached.

Sea-Fit Super Shackles are offered in sizes from 30 tons through 2,150 tons. Later this year, two of the 2,150-ton models are expected to be produced and would then become the largest shackles ever built, the company says.

As with all Sea-Fit products, each Super Shackle is individually serialized. In fact, the body, pin and nut are all individually serialized for maximum traceability. In addition to this, the pin and body are fitted with RFID chips that can be scanned to download material certificates on the spot.

Sea-Fit, based in New Orleans, is a new provider of rigging fittings whose product designs incorporate input from end-users and operators. All Sea-Fit products are made in the USA by Ulven Co.s in Hubbard, Oregon.

Wellbore Integrity Solutions, an affiliate of Rhône Capital, has agreed to acquire the businesses and associated assets of DRILCO, Thomas Tools, and Fishing & Remedial services, along with part of a manufacturing facility on Rankin Road in Houston from Schlumberger.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has terminated its merger agreement with Chevron Corp. and has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Chevron Corp. said it will not make a counterproposal to Occidental Petroleum’s Corp. revised bid to acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Anadarko Petroleum’s board has declared that Occidental Petroleum’s revised takeover offer constitutes a “Superior Proposal,” compared with the Chevron merger agreement.

Saudi Arabia’s Industrialization and Energy Services Co. (TAQA) aims to complete the acquisition of two companies in the North American oilfield services technology and manufacturing sectors by year-end.

Petrobras and ConocoPhillips have signed up to a joint industry project concerning certification for additively manufactured industrial parts.

BP has awarded Craig International a three-year, £20-million ($26.2-million) procurement contract in the UK offshore sector.

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co. has agreed to terms for the acquisition of Spectrum, a provider of 2D and 3D seismic data.

Spirit Energy has awarded oilfield procurement specialist Craig International a five-year contract with a two-year extension option.

Wintershall and DEA Deutsche Erdoel have completed their merger, following approvals from all relevant authorities and shareholders BASF and LetterOne.

Three groups have established the International Diving Industry Forum with a view to lessening the risks associated with energy industry diving operations worldwide.

WorleyParsons has completed the $3.2-billion (A$4.55-billion) acquisition of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.’s Energy, Chemicals and Resources division.

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said it intends to resume negotiations with Occidental Petroleum Corp. in response to its acquisition proposal delivered on April 24.

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