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NSA: Cuts Coming for Offshore

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) had high hopes of maintaining status quo while the White Paper on shipping policy was still pending. These hopes were not met in the Government's proposal for a National Budget, put forward last week, according to NSA. The net-wage scheme for ferries is to continue, but cuts are proposed for offshore vesssels. According to NSA, there are no proposals affecting the tax regime for shipowning companies or owners in the National Budget. NSA contends that Norway is still out of sync with the rest of Europe, and the maritime industry in Norway has growing expectations for this to be righted in the forthcoming White Paper, says Marianne Lie, Director General of The Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The Government announced a full evaluation of the tax system this fall. NSA calls on the Parliament to hold on to the agreement that was reached for the seafarers three months ago. It is clearly a need to determine a long-term policy for seafarers in connection with the ongoing development of a White Paper on shipping policy, which is due in the spring 2004, says Lie. In relation to economic support for using Norwegian seafarers, NSA was hoping the Government would continue supporting this in the Budget. However, according to NSA, the Government proposes to abolish the net wage system for seafarers on shuttle tankers and offshore vessels that was introduced on 1 July 2003, and instead introduce a 19 percent refund scheme


Israeli Shipping Data Firm to Enter Commodities Game

Analysts say intelligent analytics could give firm an edge. A young Israeli technology company believes the expertise it has built up in tracking ships for governments and security agencies could help it break into the much larger market for providing information on seaborne commodities. Windward, founded just over five years ago by two former Israeli navy officers, plans to launch a maritime information service later this year for banks, investors and trading houses


Expanded Suez Canal Opening to High Hopes, Some Doubts

Photo: Suez Canal Authority

Egypt will open an expansion to the Suez Canal to great fanfare on Thursday, the centrepiece of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's plans to revitalise the country's economy after years of damaging political turmoil.   Some analysts and economists say, however, that the mega-project may fail to meet the great expectations.   The Suez extension was announced by Sisi a year ago and billed as a major national accomplishment on a par with President Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalisation


Jurong Shares Surge on Newbuilding Order

Jurong Shipyard shares reportedly surged more than eight percent, or Singapore $0.60, to a year high of S$8.10 morning on hopes that the yard had won a multi-million dollar new building order.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Mixed on Uncertainty

Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market. Charterers are hoping rates are going to drop again," said a Shanghai-based ship broker on Thursday. "Sentiment is not good," the broker added.


Hyundai Heavy Wins Record Orders in Feb.

Hyundai Heavy Industries has set a new record in the global shipbuilding history by winning $5.7b in orders in February, the highest figure ever for a single month. The Korean shipbuilding giant said Sunday that it won $5.7 billion in orders for 25 ships last month, including a $1.6 billion contract with the French energy corporation Total for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The February orders also include a deal for a $660 million deep-sea oil and gas


SIA to Honor Honeywell's Gordon Hope

Gordon Hope: Photo SIA

The Security Industry Association (SIA) says it has chosen Gordon Hope, general manager of Honeywell's AlarmNet communications network, as the 2014 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. Hope, who celebrates 25 years with Honeywell this year, joined the company in 1989 when it was Ademco. He began in marketing, with responsibilities including the control panel family. Over time, he added responsibilities, ultimately becoming director of marketing and then vice president of


UK O&G to Address Decommissioning Issues

The UK oil and gas industry will be looking for a firm step towards resolving the fiscal uncertainty surrounding North Sea decommissioning when Chancellor George Osborne delivers his 2012 Budget on March 21, according to business advisory firm Deloitte. Over the next decade, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) can expect to see a number of fields and installations cease production and commence decommissioning, potentially leading to the loss of critical infrastructure.


High-Tech Hull Coating Receives NYSERDA Funding

Greenfield Manufacturing Inc., a Saratoga Springs chemical manufacturing company, has received New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding of $183,000 to help commercialize and deploy a high-tech hull coating that can improve boat engine efficiency by reducing friction.   HullSpeed High Performance Coatings, a division of Greenfield, produces eco-friendly alternatives to current marine paints and coatings that can be environmentally harmful


Wave Power Generation – US Navy Hawaiian Project

Wave power site visited by NAVFAC: Photo credit USN

Navy eyes Kaneohe wave power testing expansion The Navy hopes to expand its testing for ocean wave energy power generation in Hawaii, having been testing an energy buoy in about 100 feet of water off Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for about 10 years. The Navy now hopes to put two more buoys in water more than 200 feet deep, and the greater depth will allow it to test larger devices closer to the size it needed to generate energy for customers.


Singapore to Hong Kong: Give us back our troop carriers

Singapore welcomes Hong Kong pledge on handling of dispute. Singapore's defence minister on Monday said the nine armoured vehicles seized in Hong Kong could not be detained or confiscated, but that he welcomed Hong Kong's pledge for the dispute to be handled in line with its laws.


Fresh Hopes in Container Shipping: Alphaliner

Table: Alphaliner

 The new year brings with it fresh hopes for a recovery in container shipping although the market remains fundamentally imbalanced, says an Alphaliner report.   A slew of new records were set in 2016 but most of them marked new lows for a container shipping market that continues to


2016 Review: Lots Of Records But Not All Welcome!

Table: Clarksons Research

 There have been plenty of record breaking facts and figures to report across 2016, unfortunately mostly of a gloomy nature, says Clarksons Research.   From a record low for the Baltic Dry Index in February to a post-1990 low for the ClarkSea Index in August


Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer.  


Incheon port Targets 3m teu Throughput

Participants are vowing to reach 3,000,000 TEUs early at Incheon Port  Photo Incheon port

The Incheon Port Authority or IPA (www.icpa.or.kr, IPA) proclaimed a new voyage to make the top 30 ports in the world in a ceremony to celebrate the achievement of 2.5 million TEU annual container volumes at Incheon New Port located in Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, on December 16.


Dryships to Sell $200 mln of Stock to Kalani Investments

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc., an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Kalani Investments Limited, an entity organized in the British Virgin Islands and that is not affiliated with the Company.   


Incheon Port Cargo Volume Crosses 2.5mln TEUs

Participants are vowing to reach 3,000,000 TEUs early at Incheon Port while shouting a catchphrase in a ceremony commemorating 2.5 million TEU annual container traffic volumes at Incheon Port on Dec. 16.  Photo: Incheon Port Authority

 Incheon Port's annual container volume surpassed 2.5 million TEUs as of December 16, the largest-ever volume in the history of Incheon Port, in 11 years since hitting 1 million TEUs in 2005 and in three years since reaching two million TEUs in 2013.  


Shipping Faces Possible EU Levy on Carbon Emissions

© Akihiko Ohama / Adobe Stock

The shipping industry faces the threat of paying a levy to the European Union on its greenhouse gas emissions as lawmakers from the bloc grow increasingly impatient with the slow progress being made by the global effort to tackle the issue.


Bulk Carrier Secondhand Sales Booming

 The festive season is here, so shoppers are out and looking to buy. However, when it comes to the bulk carrier sale and purchase market, business has been booming throughout 2016, says Clarkson Research Services.   The depressed earnings environment and limited availability of finance


A New Maritime Forum?

Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office, Japan Govt

 Japan and Indonesia are planning to establish a new high-level bilateral maritime forum.  The Japan-Indonesia Maritime Forum will discuss maritime cooperation., says a report in The Japan News.   Under the new framework, Tokyo will support Jakarta’s efforts to protect its


ORCA Pilot Chart Mapper: Pilot Chart within Seconds

(Photo: SevenCs)

ORCA Pilot Chart Mapper is a new tool for SevenCs PPU software, ORCA Pilot G2.   The product is developed to make Pilots more independent, flexible and up to date, when it comes to high precision charts in local areas. Chart Mapper is a tool to create an optional chart layer with high


DMA Powerboat license: Yes or No?

The Danish Maritime Authority has added a new function, making it possible for you to insert your boats length and output and then see whether a powerboat license is required for your boat. Photo Danish Maritime Authority

Now it has become easier to find out whether a powerboat license is required for your boat. The Danish Maritime Authority has added a new function, making it possible for you to insert your boat's length and output and then see whether a powerboat license is required for your boat


Maritime Museum Rotterdam Launches Offshore Experience

Opening of Offshore Experience by Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands

Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands, officially opened the Offshore Experience exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam on Friday, 16 December. Over fifty leading companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have helped fund the


Danish Maritime Authority Powerboat License

 Now it has become easier to find out whether a powerboat license is required for your boat.   The Danish Maritime Authority has added a new function, making it possible for you to insert your boat's length and output and then see whether a powerboat license is required for your boat


St. Lawrence Seaway Expecting a Strong Finish

The Canada-flag Algolake loading wheat at the CHS elevator in the Port of Duluth-Superior. (Photo: Terry White / Chamber of Marine Commerce)

A strong finish to the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 2016 shipping season is expected as freighters deliver raw materials and exports for North America’s industrial and agricultural sectors before the waterway closes December 31.  






 
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