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Aker Floating Production Wins $1b Contract

Aker Floating Production ASA said it had won a 10-year contract from Reliance Industries Limited worth $1.1b. Aker said Reliance Industries Limited had exercised an option to call a 10-year bare boat contract with Aker's subsidiary Aker Contracting for the FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading vessel) Aker SMART 1.


LLMC Increases – ICS Supports IMO Agreement

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents all sectors and trades and over 80% of the global shipping industry, and leads shipowner representation at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee, has expressed strong support for the agreement reached by IMO this week to increase the limits of liability under the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Convention 1996 (LLMC), by 51%.  


Keppel Hitachi Zosen To Buy Selected Businesses

Keppel Hitachi Zosen Limited (KHZ) has agreed to purchase the shiprepair/shipbuilding and related businesses of Keppel Marine Industries Limited (KMI) for $167 million in cash. Total net assets include $69 million, resulting in a gain of $4 million for KMI. KHZ will acquire all of KMI's investments in Keppel Singmarine Dockyard Pte, Eagle Engineering Company (100 percent), Keppel Philippines Marine (11.6 percent) and Penguin Boat International (16.5 percent)


Danaos Upgrades Vessel Sizes

Danaos Corporation agreed with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited the upgrading of its earlier order for four 6,800 TEU containerships to four 8,400 TEU vessels and signed the amendments to the relevant shipbuilding contracts. These vessels will be built by the Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry Company Limited and are expected to be delivered to Danaos during 2010. The total capital expenditure commitment for this project is in the region of $500 million and is expected


Boat Manufacturer Introduces Warranty Scheme

Smoker Craft Inc. give warranty on hull & superstructure, other components on most of its models An industry leading warranty gives even more reliability to the confidence in the Smoker Craft family of boats. The warranty includes a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and structure, and a six-year warranty on all components, carpet, upholstery and electronics on most models. It is fully transferable to a second owner, and includes parts and labor. 


Swissco Steps Into Offshore Rig Chartering Business

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Singapore based marine service provider for the offshore oil and gas industry, Swissco Holdings Limited, informs it has entered into a definitive Sale and Purchase Agreement for the  S$285.0 million acquisition of Scott and English Energy Pte. Ltd. which will enable Swissco to move into the offshore rig chartering business. Swissco adds that the SPA was signed with Double Dragon Energy Holdings Limited for the acquisition of the entire issued and paid-up share capital in Scott and English


MAN B&W Tier-II Engine Ready for Delivery

Photo courtesy MAN Diesel

The first Tier-II compliant MAN B&W engine has finished production at HHI-EMD (Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine & Machinery Division) in Korea and is ready for delivery. The low-speed, two-stroke MAN B&W 6S50ME-C7 type engine will power a shuttle tanker (hull number 1749), currently under construction by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., and ordered by Teekay, global provider of marine services to the oil and gas industry. Ship delivery is planned for July this year.


Baltic Trading to Buy Two More Ultramax Bulkers

Bulk carrier: File photo

Baltic Trading Limited continues to execute its growth strategy with the exercise of its option to acquire two additional Ultramax newbuildings. The two option vessels, which will have the same specifications and purchase price as the Ultramax newbuildings Baltic Trading previously agreed to acquire, are expected to be delivered to Baltic Trading during the second and third quarters of 2015. John C. Wobensmith, President and Chief Financial Officer, commented


Swiber Holdings Hit the Ground Running in 2014

Francis Wong: Photo courtesy of Swiber Holdings

Construction & support services provider to the offshore oil and gas industry, Singapore's Swiber Holdings Limited (Swiber), announce they have already been awarded 5 sizeable contracts in 2014. Three of these contract, which amounted to approximately US$145-million, were awarded for works that will be executed in Latin America and Southeast Asia. The remaining two contracts, which aggregated to approximately US$90-million


UK Minister Rebuffs Plea to Delay SOx Limit Implementation

Minister Stephen Hammond

An attempt by the UK’s Chamber of Shipping last week to persuade the British government that the industry needed more time to comply with new sulphur emission limits entering force on 1 January next year received short shrift from the shipping minister. However the Chamber, along with other European shipowners' associations, is reported to be determined to continue its campaign, reports shipping trade association Maritime London.


Sembcorp Marine Posts 17% Fall in Q2

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 Low oil prices and muted sentiment in the industry continued to take a toll on Sembcorp Marine's second-quarter earnings.   The rigbuilder has announced that net profit for the three months ended June 30 sank 17 per cent to to $79.58 million (SGD 109 million), compared to $96


South Korea Okays Casinos on Cruise Ships

Sapphire Princess. Image by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 South Korea has given the go-ahead for cruise ships to operate onboard casinos for foreign guests, , reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   South Korean cruise vessels voyaging overseas will be able to operate casinos on board – but casino admission will be only for


NOIA Applauds Senate Passage of OPENS Act

NOIA President Randall Luthi

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the OPENS Act, which will open new areas of the OCS to energy exploration and development, extend revenue sharing to participating coastal states


Cruise Industry Wins Key Norovirus Judgment

Maria Pittordis (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

In what is being seen as a landmark decision, Hill Dickinson is the first law firm to have successfully defended a UK class action case involving a Norovirus outbreak onboard a cruise liner.  The case, which involved an outbreak of gastroenteritis onboard the “THOMSON SPIRIT”


Big Data: Big Value or Big Risk?

Danelec Marine proposes to use the ship’s VDR as a data hub for ship telematics.   (Credit: Danelec Marine).

We wish we had a dollar for every time we heard or read the words Big Data at the Nor-Shipping exhibition last month.  We might even have collected enough cash to buy a round of expensive Norwegian beers for the gang at the Fridtjof bar.


Tracking Field Equipment in Harsh Environments

Geoforce (Image: OriginGPS)

OriginGPS’ Spider GPS Module Provides Geoforce GTx Series with Low Power Consumption and Precise Location to Track Container Fleets and Oil and Gas Assets    OriginGPS announced that Geoforce, an international provider of asset management solutions for oil and gas and other


Golar Inks Deal for Third FLNG Conversion

 Golar LNG Limited has executed agreements for conversion of the 126,000 m3 LNG carrier Gandria to a Golar floating liquefaction facility (GoFLNG), the company announced today.   As with the GoFLNG Hilli and Gimi conversions, the primary contract for the GoFLNG Gandria was entered into


DP World Opens London Gateway Logistics Centre

London Gateway. Photo by DP World

 DP World's first distribution centre at the London Gateway Logistics Park opened officially, with the UK's shipping minister, Robert Goodwill MP, in attendance.   Goodwill and DP World chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, formalised the opening of the centre during a ribbon cutting


Goldenport Sells Thira

Goldenport Sells Container Vessel Thira

  Goldenport Holdings Inc.  the international shipping company that owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk and container  vessels, announces today the sale of a container vessel, 'Thira'.   The Company has agreed the sale of the 1997 built container vessel to an unaffiliated


Shippers Demand Probe of Abandoned Calabar Port Dredging

Calabar port. Photo:  Nigerian Ports Authority

 The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in Cross River State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the N20 billion contract awarded to Calabar Channel Management (CCM) for dredging Calabar Port by former President Goodluck Jonathan.   


Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test

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The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer


Important Milestones for BTP

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  Brazil’s newest and most modern container terminal hits a series of major efficiency milestones   Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), Brazil’s newest and most modern container terminal, has reached a number of important milestones:  


NAT Buys 2 Suexmax Tankers

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) acquires two modern Suezmax tankers, increasing the fleet to 26 vessels    Tanker shipping company NAT announced that it has agreed to acquire two Far East built Suezmax tankers for a total price of approximately $122 million.  


ABS Grants AIP for Jensen’s LNG ATB Design

Image: Jensen Maritime

A Jensen Maritime-designed, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB) has been granted approval in principle (AIP) by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The designation establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept


BTP Handles Millionth Container

Photo: APM Terminals

Brazil’s newest container terminal hits a series of efficiency milestones   Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), Brazil’s newest container terminal in the Port of Santos, has reached a number of important milestones.  






 
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