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Crowley Announces Promotions

Ismael Estrada has been promoted to director of Port Operations for Crowley Liner Service's Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In his new role, he is responsible for all operational activities of the terminal including equipment control, freight services, security and maintenance. Estrada joined Crowley in 1990 as Supervisor of Vessel Cargo Operations and was subsequently promoted to Manager of Terminal Operations. Estrada will report to Roberto Lugo, Jr., Vice President and General Manager. Jose F. Nazario has been promoted to Director of Finance and Administration for Crowley Liner Service's Puerto Rico operations. In his new role, he is responsible for the direction and administration of the budget process, forecasting, tax interpretation, financial planning, accounting services and other reporting activities. Nazario joined Crowley in 1985 and has held a number of key managerial positions including his latest as Director of Port Operations. Nazario will continue to report to Roberto Lugo, Jr., Vice President and General Manager.


Petrobas Signs for US$1.5-Billion Japanese Bank LOC

The lines of credit are for Petrobras to purchase equipment & services from Japanese companies in Brazil & abroad, based on an earlier MOU that established a strategic partnership between JBIC and Petrobras.
 Petrobras has signed two financing programs with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation - JBIC for the offer of two lines of credit amounting to US$ 1.5 billion. Mizuho Bank, Ltd. is the agent bank for these programs and the lines of credit will be 60% financed by JBIC and


Offshore Wind Investment Survey – Summit Planned

A  'Wind Energy Update' survey identified key factors determining investor's choice of contracts; an offshore wind risk summit is planned “Experience of the team” was recently named as the principal trait to accumulate capital for current offshore wind projects as found in Wind Energy Update’s survey on offshore wind investment and finance. Further to this, survey participants also saw that: ”the use of proven technologies’’ and the


Energy, Finance & the GoM

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Some positive market indicators could presage an investment revival in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico – and beyond.   The good news, reported by Bloomberg, is that in the third quarter of 2016, the largest oil companies increased cash from operations by nearly $26 billion. This reflects a 67 percent increase from the previous quarter and more than twice the amount of the first quarter of 2016. Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron


Offshore Wind Spend to Average $21B per year

Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecast offshore wind installations averaging 3.2 GW per year over the next ten years with capital expenditure hitting a peak of $24.1B in 2016. The fifth edition of DW’s World Offshore Wind Market Forecast launched today presents a new longer-term forecast and examines the key commercial developments since the last publication to provide detailed insight to established players and new entrant alike.


Ince & Co Advises Fugro on Vessels Sale

International law firm Ince & Co has announced that it has advised Fugro on a sale and lease back agreement with ICON Investments regarding two of its geotechnical drill ships Fugro Scout and Fugro Voyager. ICON financed the acquisition of the vessels by loan facilities from a syndicate of lending banks led by Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. Dutch stock exchange listed offshore operator Fugro is the world’s largest integrator of geotechnical, survey


VIKING, Daemyung Marine Invest in Korea

Courtesy VIKING

Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S is to establish a local presence in Korea through a joint venture agreement with leading Korean marine safety equipment and servicing company Daemyung Marine Co. Ltd. The new joint venture, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment Korea LLC, has VIKING as the majority shareholder.   The venture aims to bring faster access for Korean-based and foreign-flag ship managers in the cargo


Cat Financial Announces Second-Quarter 2014 Results

CAT Brand

  Cat Financial reported second-quarter 2014 revenues of $728 million, an increase of $34 million, or 5 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2013. Second-quarter 2014 profit after tax was $146 million, a $35 million, or 32 percent, increase from the second quarter of 2013. The increase in revenues was primarily due to a $36 million favorable impact from higher average earning assets. Profit before income taxes was $206 million for the second quarter of 2014


Multi-National Consortium to Construct Russian Far East Shipyard

Russia's Rosneft, Gazprombank, Sovcomflot with Korean shipbuilding company Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on key terms of co-operation to establish a shipbuilding and industrial cluster in the southern part of Primorskiy Krai (Russian Far East). The parties agreed to jointly complete the construction and launch a new shipyard – shipbuilding complex Zvezda – in 2016


Awilco Exercises Option for Jackup Drilling Rig No. 8

Awilco Offshore (AWO) has exercised an option with PPL to build a 375-ft. jackup drilling rig with drilling depth of 30.000 ft. The rig will be named WilConfidence. The rig is to be delivered in the second quarter of 2009, and has a delivered cost of $149m. The delivered cost includes contract price with the yard, site supervision, pipe handling equipment, spare parts and finance costs during construction.


Heading Towards the 2020 Sulphur Limit

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The need for all stakeholders to work towards effective and consistent implementation of the 2020 0.50% global sulphur limit has been highlighted during maritime industry events in Denmark this week.    International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Edmund Hughes spoke about


Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

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Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal


Libyan Oil Output Rises after Port Fighting Ends

Libya's oil production has reached 700,000 barrels per day (bpd), the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday, recovering from a drop earlier this month caused by fighting at two key oil ports.   "We are working very hard to reach 800,000 barrels by the end of April 2017, and


Maersk Reaches Key North Sea Tax Deal with Denmark

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Shipping and oil company A. P. Moller-Maersk on Wednesday reached an agreement with the Danish state that means it will pay less tax on its North Sea oil and gas activities through 2025.   The deal, which has been under negotiation for months


Danish Finance Minister to Report on North Sea Oil Negotiations with Maersk

Denmark's finance minister Kristian Jensen will hold a news conference about the government's ongoing negotiations with the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) about a new tax agreement for North Sea oil and gas operations at 1745 CET on Wednesday, the finance ministry said in a statement.


Shipping Confidence Steady despite Industry, Political Pressures

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Shipping confidence held steady in the three months to end-February 2017, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.    In February 2017, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5


MAN 48/60CR Engines for New US Navy Tankers

The FM-MAN 14V48/60CR engine (T-AOX will use 2 x 12V46/60CR Engines) (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Fairbanks Morse to build 34 × 12V48/60CR engines for TAO-205 program   The U.S. Navy has chosen the Fairbanks Morse MAN 12V48/60CR engine as main propulsion for a new series of 17 ships as it begins plans to phase out its existing tanker fleet


Finnish Firms Present Oil Recovery Project Results

Hanna Suutarla, Arctia’s Development Manager, presents the results of the IMOR Project. (Photo: Arctia)

 A recent seminar held March 7 and 8 in Porvoo, Finland, saw Finnish companies Arctia and Lamor Corporation present the results of the IMOR (Ice Management & Oil Recovery) project, which seeks to enhance oil recovery in ice conditions.  


Will LNG Remain a Key Energy Source?

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Industry expert predicts LNG will remain a key energy source; energy authority expect that Japan’s reliance on LNG will continue to grow   Japan imported 8.3 million metric tons of LNG in January, an increase of 1.06 million metric tons compared to the previous year


Russia Plans Sovcomflot Privatization in First Half

File photo: Sovcomflot

Russia plans to reduce its holdings in the state shipping company Sovcomflot in the first half of this year, Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin told reporters on Tuesday.   He said the sale would be split between new and existing shares so the company can raise funds for its own development.


Arctic Matters

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code took centre stage at the Arctic Council in Juneau, Alaska, United States (8-9 March) where IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered a speech on the importance of the Code.   


VIKING's Set to Unveil New Safety Solutions

Photo courtesy of VIKING

VIKING has chosen Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale to showcase a host of new safety solutions and servicing concepts.   Marine and offshore safety equipment provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) has a trio of new products in store for ship owners and operators attending


Star Bulk Acquire Two Modern Kamsarmax Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Kamsarmax drybulk carriers from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of approximately


HMM, Korea Shipping Company Pact for Sale and Leaseback for Ten Boxships

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd

 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-backed Korea Shipping Company (KSC) for vessel sales worth up to Won850bn ($739.4m) book value, which will strengthen HMM's financial position.  


Britain to Review Tax to Speed up North Sea O&G Deals

Britain will look at ways of making it easier to sell North Sea oil and gas fields by changing tax rules in order to keep them producing for longer, the finance ministry said.   The move, which is due to be announced in finance minister Philip Hammond's budget on Wednesday






 
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