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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


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.


Remembering Bob Hope

The Department of Defense issued a statement memorializing Bob Hope, the legendary comic who was well known for entertaining many audiences laugh and for entertaining troops through the ages. Today, we mourn the loss of a true American patriot. The first and only American ever to be made an honorary Veteran of America s Armed Forces, Bob Hope holds a special place in the national security pantheon. He called the troops his "best


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


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.


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.


Drydocks World Allies with Ship Management Company

Drydocks World announced that an Alliance Agreement has been signed with EXMAR Shipmanagement Drydocks World, whose business is in ship repair, conversion and new building, has announced that it has signed an Alliance Agreement  with EXMAR Shipmanagement, a company that offers high-end ship management services to the maritime industry. The two companies hope to strengthen their relationship on the basis of the new Alliance Agreement


Gibdock Opens Doors to Royal Visitor

Gibdock HRH visitweb.jpg

As part of a three day Royal tour of Gibraltar in June, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex set time aside to inspect work under way at Gibdock, the territory’s strategically located repair and conversion yard. Accompanied by Gibraltar Governor, Sir Adrian Johns and Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, the Earl was welcomed by the Minister for the Port, Neil Costa, Gibdock Chief Executive, Joe Corvelli, Commercial Director, Richard Beards, Finance Director, Paul Singleton


Tankship Overcapacity Blights the Market

With seasonally weak demand in the second quarter, the short-term view for freight rates does not look positive finds Drewry. Global oil demand declined by 1.0% in the first quarter of the year to 89.9 million bpd, although some recovery in demand is likely in the second half of the year based on seasonal demand, which will push overall tonnage demand higher by 2% in 2013. This will be countered by a continuing supply of fresh tonnage through the year


Offshore Ship Repairs Keep Gibdock Full in 2013

Wellservicer in dock: Photo credit Gibdock

Gibraltar ship repair facility Gibdock say that it has been operating close to full capacity throughout 2013, with offshore sector business the main driver. Edited comments by Richard Beards
, Managing Director, Gibdock follow: "We have seen a number of high profile offshore vessel-operating customers returning. Repeat business from such demanding clients is a testament to our performance, with everyone from project planners and managers to yard craftsmen closely involved in ensuring


Canadian Ferries Welcome Govt. Funding

Photo: CFOA

The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) welcomed today’s announcement of $58 million over two years to support ferries in Eastern Canada. “We are happy to see the government reaffirming its commitment to Canada’s ferries


China Seeks to Build Shipping Railways in Brazil

Brazil hopes that during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping it can boost ties with its biggest trade partner beyond the exchange of commodities for manufactured goods, but that may be wishful thinking. Accords China will sign with Brazil when Xi meets with President Dilma Rousseff on


Foster Wheeler-Led JV to Develop Nafusah Onshore Oilfield

Roberto Penno Chief Executive Officer of Global Engineering & Construction Group

  Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq:FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, in joint venture with Taknia Libya Engineering Company (Taknia), has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Nafusah Oil Operations B.V


Bureau Veritas Kick-starts LNG Bunkering

Jean-Francois Segretain

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published a comprehensive set of guidelines on LNG Bunkering, with the aim of speeding adoption of LNG as a ship’s fuel by kick-starting the LNG bunker chain. Jean-Francois Segretain, Technical Director, Marine and Offshore Division


Statoil Awards Mariner Contracts to UK Suppliers

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production (U.K.) Limited

  Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field to Aker Solutions UK.  The offshore services contract has been awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited, also based in the UK.


Meyer Werft, Finland Plan to Buy STX Shipyard

STX Europes Turku shipyard in southwest Finland specializes in building post-Panama class cruise vessels. (Photo courtesy of STX Europe)

Germany's closely held Meyer Werft and the Finnish government are nearing a deal to buy the Turku shipyard in southwestern Finland from STX Europe , the Finnish economy ministry said on Monday. STX Europe belongs to Korean STX. The Turku shipyard specialises in building cruise ships and has


China's STX Dalian Shipbuilding Affiliates in Bankruptcy

An STX Shipyard scene: Photo STX

Six affiliated companies of STX Dalian Shipbuilding, China's largest wholly foreign-funded shipbuilding company, are to start bankruptcy reorganization procedures, reports Xinhua, citing a court statement in Dalian City in northeast China's Liaoning Province.


London International Shipping Week Set for 2015

U.K. Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP

The British Government has once again thrust its weight behind London International Shipping Week with an official visit to the LISW2015 stand at Posidonia in Greece by the British Ambassador in Athens followed by public shows of support at additional events by the head of the Maritime and


Top 5 Start-Ups Present at DP World's Turn8

DP Worlds turn8

Five start-ups presented at round two of the TURN8 Seed Accelerator initiative recently, which was attended by more than 70 delegates, including investors and media professionals at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai. A DP World initiative that was launched last year


US Imports Surge as Ports Contract Remains in Limbo

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the United States at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail


Tesoro Refining Wins 2011 Long Beach Oil Spill Case

Robert S. Crowder: Photo FF&S

Freeman Freeman & Smiley say that its lead trial attorney  Robert S. Crowder (assisted by attorneys Russell R. Fisk and John D. Van Ackeren) have celebrated a win with their client, Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC in a lawsuit filed by Plaintiffs North of England Protecting


Costa Concordia Refloating Begins

Refloating Costa Condordia: From Parbuckling Project video

The Concordia refloating operation has started informs the 'Parbuckling Project' web site. At 6 am Monday,  the Senior Salvage Master, Nick Sloane, reached the Remote Operations Center located on the Concordia with the rest of the team, having been given the green light by the Italian


Iran Oil Tanker Firm Still Faces Sanctions

Iran's main oil tanker firm NITC will struggle for some time to call at European ports, get foreign insurance and overcome obstacles under western sanctions, even after a top court has annulled its blacklisted status in the European Union.


Mexico Tries to Relaunch Stranded North Korean Ship

Mexican rescue workers were trying to refloat a North Korean vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico a few miles from a port where it had planned to load fertilizer, authorities said on Tuesday. The 6,700-metric-ton freighter Mu Du Bong, which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef on Monday


WISTA-UK Welcome for New Trasport Secretary

Claire Perry, Photo courtesy  UK Parliment

WISTA-UK  welcomed the announcement of Devizes MP, Claire Perry as the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. The organization which represents women working in the shipping industry recognises the importance of new female members of the Cabinet.






 
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