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Floating Production Systems: US$11+ Billion on Order

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The floating production sector has been especially active over the past several months. Ten production floaters have been ordered since March, reports International Maritime Associates Inc. (IMA). Contracts include a  $3 billion FPSO for Nigeria (a record price for an FPSO), two $1.8 billion FPSOs for Brazil, a $1.8 billion FPSO for the UK, a $1.3 billion production barge for the Congo and a $1.0 billion FPSO for the Gulf of Mexico, 269 floating production units now in service or available – This figure is 22% greater than five years ago, almost 80% higher than ten years back. FPSOs account for 61% of the existing systems. The balance is comprised of production semis, tension leg platforms, production spars, production barges and floating regasification/storage units. Thirteen units (12 FPSOs, 1 Semi) are off field and available for reuse – resulting in an overall utilization rate of 95.2%. Another 93 floating storage/offloading units (without production capability) are in service. 72 production floaters are on order – Current order backlog consists of 40 FPSOs, 6 production semis, 5 TLPs, 4 spars, 1 barge, 4 FLNGs and 12 FSRUs. Delivery of the equipment will grow the production floater inventory by 27%. In the backlog are 46 units utilizing purpose- built hulls, 26 units based on converted tanker hulls and 1 unit being modified from an existing production semi Of the production floaters being built, 41 are owned by field operators

Happy Birthday to Us!

Greg  Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

This year Maritime Reporter & Engineering News celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Founded by  in 1939, the publication today reigns as the largest audited publication serving the global maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000. While the publication, with its signature size and booming red logo, easily remains our most recognizable brand, unlike 1939 when it was the stand-alone information product of the company

Expo Attracts Top Officials

Top security and maritime officials from more than 22 countries will come together in New York next week to explore solutions for improving the security of international maritime trade in the United States and abroad. ”The Expo has become a truly global event, with speakers and exhibitors coming from all over the world,” said Michael Rosenberg, vice president, Security Division at E.J. Krause & Associates, the Expo organizer. “Maritime security is a crucial piece in the U.S

Seebald Wins Port Authority Bid for Security Officer Training

Buffalo, N.Y. – Seebald and Associates International announced that they have been awarded a two- year contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to provide Facility Security Officer (FSO) training to approximately 400 individuals throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey. All Facility Security Officers (FSO) and alternates for companies which own or operate a designated 105 facility are required by law to be trained in accordance with 33 CFR 105

SMART Institute Conference Focuses on Skilled Professionals

Colton Hendrick & Blake Snapp are back preparing for their next journey out on the waters as new maritime interns with Higman Marine Services

  After 20 days offshore, Colton Hendrick and Blake Snapp are back on land, preparing for their next journey out on the water as new maritime interns with Higman Marine Services. And they love it. "It can be tough work at times, but the beauty is seeing the sun rise and set each day," said Snapp. Plus, the money and job security are incentives as well. Both Snapp and Hendrick stand to earn approximately $100,000 by the fifth year of their first maritime job

MarAd Appoints new Associate Administrator for National Security

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has appointed Kevin M. Tokarski its new Associate Administrator for National Security.  In his new role as associate administrator, Tokarski will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the Office of Sealift Support, the Office of Ship Disposal, and the Office of Ship Operations and its three divisions: Atlantic Operations, Gulf Operations and Pacific Operations. 

SHIPPINGInsight Conference Makes Debut in 2012

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Charlottesville, Va.  –  A new maritime industry conference, scheduled for October, 2012, in Stamford, Conn., will provide a forum for discussion of fleet optimization and efficient ship operations, according to its organizers. The SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference is being co-produced by Soccoli Associates LLC, a maritime consultancy, and Rhodes Communications Inc., an international communications firm specializing in the maritime industry

Somali Pirates Try to Seize Dutch Ship

According to a report from the Associated Press, Somali pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked a Dutch-operated container ship off the coast of Tanzania but failed to hijack the vessel, a maritime official said Dec. 7. Eight pirates in two speedboats chased and opened fire at the ship about 520 miles east of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, starting a fire on the vessel that was quickly doused by the crew

MarAd Approves Vessel Sale and Transfer

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has approved a vessel sale and transfer under section 9 of the Shipping Act, of 1916, as amended. MarAd has given approval to Dewey Seymore & Associates, of Folsom, California, to sale the deck barge EM1005, to China Harbour - Costain Mexico S. de. R.L .de. C.V., Mexico and transfer of said Vessel to Mexican registry and flag. The deck barge was built by Bollinger Marine Fabricators and has a gross tonnage of 1072.

Atchafalaya River Temporary Closure

The US Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone closing to navigation the Atchafalaya River from Mile Marker 117 (Morgan City Railroad Bridge) to Mile Marker 0 (Simmesport, Louisiana). This action is necessary to protect against destruction, loss, or injury due to hazards associated with rising flood water. The safety zone will be in effect through July 31. 76 Fed. Reg. 35104 (June 16, 2011).   Source: Bryant’s Maritime News

Retailers Well Stocked as Holidays Approach

Photo: Alex Sergienko

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers make final preparations for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail

Foss Hires VP, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime announced that Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull has joined the company as the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer.   Based in Seattle, Nguyen-Bull will lead Foss's Legal and Risk Management Group, where in addition to providing counsel on legal issues and business

Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

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  The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation.

Friendship to Green Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies.    The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of

EfficienSea2 Rolls out Maritime Cloud

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Danish-led e-navigation project, EfficienSea2, got one step closer to being launched when a core element of the project – Maritime Cloud – was debated by a group of international maritime organisations and companies.  

ABP Marine Conference at Port of Ipswich

Attendees today at ABP’s annual Marine Conference which is being held at the Port of Ipswich

  The Port of Ipswich is hosting Associated British Ports’ (ABP) two-day annual Marine Conference for the first time starting today.   Held at the Old Custom House on the Ipswich waterfront, the conference is an annual event for more than 30 marine professionals who represent

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


  The Port of New Orleans is set to host the 2nd Annual Maritime Workforce Summit and Career Expo presented by WWL-TV’s ‘We Choose Louisiana.”   Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career

MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions. The first is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion demonstration project

Wärtsilä Debuts Package for hydropower & industrial plant

Wärtsilä Hydro & Industrial services - Keeping the power flowing

  Wärtsilä Corporation, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets, expands into a new market segment, offering a comprehensive package of seals, bearings and associated solutions to hydropower installations and industrial plants

Keeping a Watchful Eye

Maritime surveillance technique & technology in the new millennium In 2014, Forbes Associate Director for Maritime Services at Control Risks stated that maritime risks are on the rise. Mariners and ship owner/operators experienced a 26% spike in maritime piracy and armed robbery since

Kumar to Lead MARAD Education and Training

Shashi N. Kumar, Ph.D

Dr. Shashi N. Kumar, Academic Dean at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), has accepted a position to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at the headquarters of the Maritime Administration (MARAD).  

UK Chamber signs MOU with Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Maritime Industries and British Marine, to set out the basis for the three organisations to work together for the benefit of the industry as a whole.  

New CEO Takes the Helm at Transas

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Frank Coles has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Transas Marine, a provider of equipment, software and system integration for the maritime industry.   A maritime business professional, Coles brings to the position leadership experience in

Maritime Security Threats ‘Far from Eradicated’ -MAST

The need to regulate and police the maritime domain to tackle global threats is as pressing as ever, according to Phil Cable, CEO and cofounder of maritime security company MAST.    “The global threats faced by the maritime environment, whether it be terrorist, pirate

IMO Warns on Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

Photo: IMO

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced it has taken action to warn ship masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier

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