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Red Tape, Industrial Relations Could Stifle LNG Potential

Woodside LNG tanker Photo APPEA

  Australia could develop the world’s most technologically advanced LNG industry, according to a report by Accenture. But if industry is to reach its potential and maximise its contribution to the national economy, it must first overcome some significant hurdles. The report — Ready or not? Creating a world-leading oil and gas industry in Australia — found that the Australian LNG industry must improve its international competitiveness, and governments must remove regulatory constraints and make the workplace relations system more flexible. With seven new projects entering production between 2015 and 2018, Australia’s LNG production is set to rise more than 90 per cent over the next five years and the LNG industry is tipped to contribute $55 billion to GDP by 2020, Accenture said. “The speed, scale and scope of the transition is unprecedented,” Accenture’s energy industry group Asia Pacific managing director Bernadette Cullinane said. “The industry must be ready to support and maintain safe, efficient and reliable operations for the next 40 years. “Greater industry and regulatory collaboration, accelerated workforce retraining and further investment in digital and automation will be required. “If operators, the service sector and government can work together to get the transition right

World Petroleum Congress Poll on Energy Careers

Pekka Paasivaara, Member of the GL Executive Board

Delegates at the World Petroleum Congress believe the oil and gas industry is not doing enough to encourage future generations to join the sector, according to research from GL Noble Denton.   Oil and gas industry professionals believe that the sector needs to work harder to encourage future generations to choose a career in energy, according to a poll conducted yesterday at the World Petroleum Congress in Doha

Sustainable Ocean Summit, Belfast, Ireland

Senior representatives from a wide range of industries that use ocean space and resources will come together to discuss sustainability issues that face the ocean business community in a summit in June. The Sustainable Ocean Summit is an international cross sectoral business conference on ocean stewardship.  The conference, organized by the World Ocean Council in association with Golder Associates is being held in Belfast

Yachting Industry Future Debated at Monaco Yacht Show

Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosts Monaco discussions with international grouping on the future of the yachting industry. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) recently played host to twenty-six industry notables representing twelve industry associations interested in promoting professionalism within the yachting industry. The invite only luncheon, held at the Monaco Yacht Club

WOW Moves to California Maritime Academy

The second annual Women on the Water conference will be held on November 6 – 8, 2008 at the California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, Calif. Originally scheduled to be held in Galveston, Texas, the conference was relocated to California due to the extensive damage Galveston Island sustained during Hurricane Ike. The conference will bring together midshipmen with some of the most successful women in the maritime industry to discuss current issues affecting women and the maritime industry

New DPO Certification Authority Announced

OSVDPA seeks to start training and certifying DPOs by the end of this year. A new organization, the Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, Inc. (OSVDPA), held its first board meeting Thursday, March 12, charting the course toward a new dynamic positioning operator (DPO) certificate specially designed for the offshore service vessel industry.   Incorporated as a non-profit, the OSVDPA is seeking to improve the safety of the maritime industry by improving the quality

GL Noble Denton Commissions Report on Outlook for Oil and Gas 2012

Pekka Paasivaara, Member of the GL Group Executive Board

GL Noble Denton commissions new Economist Intelligence Unit report on the outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2012. • Delegates at Offshore Europe 2011 and professionals from across the industry are invited to have their say on the future of the sector • Senior industry figures to participate in report research, which will be published in January 2012 GL Noble Denton, the independent technical advisor to the oil and gas industry

GL Garrad Hassan: Policy and Grid Shape Wave and Tidal Risk Profile

Photo: GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan has carried out new analysis questioning the perception that the risk profile of wave and tidal projects is primarily driven by technical challenges. The work was launched as part of RenewableUK's Annual marine energy report "Conquering Challenges, Generating Growth" at the industry association's 10th Wave and Tidal conference. Adopting a bird's eye view of the industry, the work demonstrates that much of the risk associated with marine energy projects emerges

IBIA Plans to Establish Professional Bunkering Qualifications

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has commissioned an independent study into the feasibility of instigating professional qualifications for the global bunkering industry workforce. It has put the study out to tender, and expects to announce the successful bidder by the end of June this year. IBIA secretary-general Ian Adams says, “IBIA does not want to become a training establishment itself. But it recognises the need to improve the capabilities of the bunkering

Container Shippers Join Forces for Safety

Photo courtesy of CMA CGM

The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. Founding members CMA CGM Group, Costamare Shipping Company S.A., E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG, Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft KG, Maersk Line, Rickmers Shipmanagement and Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd

ICS Backs Climate Change Deal

Image: ICS

Press release - The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change.   The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire

Norway's Offshore Shipping Sector Faces Bleak Year

Norwegian companies that provide supply ships and drilling rigs to the global oil industry face a bleak year ahead as contracts disappear and financing options dwindle in the face of weak global crude prices.   They could increasingly be forced to sell or write down the value of assets

Shipping Industry Supports Global Climate Change Deal

Courtesy Singapore Shipping Association

  The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change. The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire world merchant

DNV GL Approval for DSIC's LNG-fuelled VLCC Design

VLCC AiP presenting to Madame Guan

  DNV GL has presented Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (DSIC) with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for a new LNG-fuelled very large crude carrier (VLCC) design at the first day of the Marintec China trade fair. The new

Damen’s Norway Foray

Aquaculture Designs: Damen’s STD-UV 3711

The Damen Shipyard Group’s man in Norway likes picking up the phone these days. With offshore markets in the doldrums, a unique phenomenon is occurring: “Norwegians are talking to me,” said Damen’s Norway sales boss, Remco Hottentot

Big IT: How Fast, How Far Will IT Drive Maritime?

Steve Driver

The IT industry doesn’t like to stand still. Upgrades, updates, new versions and enhanced functionality are released on a regular basis. New services are enabled, bottlenecks eliminated, more joined up operations enabled. The underlying platform remains the same but, over time

Bauer Gear Motor Hosts Energy Efficiency Tech Forum

Image: Bauer Gear Motor

Electric motors are estimated to consume 70 percent of all the energy used in industry. Bearing this in mind, it’s no small wonder that there is an ongoing process of legislation requiring new technologies to adhere to ever higher standards of efficiency

Thyssenkrupp Bids for Australian Sub Contract

German industrial group Thyssenkrupp has submitted an offer to the Australian government for a contract to build stealth submarines potentially worth tens of billions of euros, the company said on Monday. The contract to build up to 12 submarines, including decades of maintenance

Australia Moves Forward its Submarine Program

Evaluation of Australia’s Future Submarine program proposals will now commence with all three potential international partners submitting their proposals in full, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne announced.   “The Government’s Competitive Evaluation

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal Launched

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal Credit Wärtsilä

  Wärtsilä, the marine and offshore industry's leading solutions and services provider, introduces an innovative new seal that can be fully serviced underwater, without setting up a habitat. The new Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal is the first product of its kind on the market

Australia Submarine Program Enters Next Phase

Marise Payne  courtesy Parliament of Australia

  Evaluation of Australia’s Future Submarine program proposals will now commence with all three potential international partners submitting their proposals in full, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne announced. “The Government’s Competitive Evaluation

ESL Orders LNG-fueled Bulker following Transport Deal with SSAB

ESL Shipping’s fleet comprises 14 vessel units with a combined total tonnage of about 287,000 tons. Photo ESL Shipping

  ESL Shipping Ltd and the steel company SSAB have signed a long-term frame agreement covering SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transports within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea. The purpose of the agreement is to enable mutual

Opportunities for Shipping from Decarbonisation Through Windpower

Wind challenger Credit IWSA

  As the interconnector of global trade shipping facilitates every other part of the economy, and decision making around low-carbon pathways in other transport modes and industries will both influence and constrain decarbonisation in shipping.

Marintec China Indicates Growth

Image: UBM Maritime Events

 Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk of a slowdown in China and its hard-hit shipyards.   The two years since the last Marintec China event have not

Sustainable Shipping Initiative leans on shipping ahead of COP21

Logo: Sustainable Shipping Initiative

 The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is stepping up pressure on the shipping industry ahead of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, says The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.   SSI want the IMO to support the UNFCCC global CO2 reduction targets on the basis that

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