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Banks Won't Fund Coal Port Expansion near Reef

Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank AG, has declared it will not finance a controversial coal port expansion in Australia near the Great Barrier Reef, responding to calls from environmental groups and tourism operators. HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, also signalled on Friday it would be unlikely to finance the project. Deutsche Bank's stand marks a win for those opposed to $26 billion worth of coal projects that plan to use the Abbot Point port, already facing delays due to weak coal prices. But one company involved said the bank's position made no difference. "This doesn't impact our proposed projects in any way," Indian firm GVK Hancock spokesman Josh Euler said. Green groups and marine operators fighting to protect the World Heritage-listed reef took their campaign to Europe this week, urging Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale and HSBC not to back the Queensland coal projects. They want to stop a government-approved expansion of Abbot Point that would involve dumping 3 million cubic metres of dredged soil about 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the Great Barrier Reef, an issue that is also of concern for UNESCO's World Heritage committee. Campaigners against the Abbot Point expansion failed to win support from Societe Generale on Tuesday, according to their web site, but were successful at Deutsche Bank's annual meeting on Thursday. (http://www.marketforces.org.au/europecoalfinance)


MacGREGOR Signs Offshore Orders

During November MacGREGOR won offshore equipment orders with a total value of over $73.5 million (50 million euros); the equipment will be delivered during 2009-2010 Offshore equipment orders recently signed by MacGREGOR’s Offshore division include the single biggest order in the history of the newly acquired Norwegian company Hydramarine AS. This is for two Hydramarine active heave compensated (AHC) cranes for an offshore vessel being delivered in 2010 to a Norwegian shipowner


First Phase Completed at Changxing Shipbuilding Base

The first phase of the Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Base has been finished and is already in operation on Changxing Island, Shanghai. Built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), it has three production lines and four boatyards capable of holding 300,000-ton ships. Almost unparalleled in the world, it is the biggest shipbuilding project ever to be undertaken in China. Shanghai has the potential to be the world's largest shipbuilding base.


J. Ray McDermott’s Mid-East Lay Barge

Since 1960, J. Ray McDermott's Middle Eastern facility has fabricated and installed over 630 structures, 330,693ST of steel, and has installed over 2,610 miles of pipeline throughout the Arabian Gulf, Egypt, India, the Caspian, Africa and the North Sea. Recently they have upgraded one of the assets that make these remarkable numbers possible. The firm’s Derrick Lay Barge-27, owned by Hydro Marine Services but operated by McDermott, now has an impressive set of specifications


Lloyd's Register Foundation Funds Big Data Study

Towards data-centric engineering

  The Lloyd’s Register Foundation today launched its Foresight review of big data and announced a conditional grant offer of £10 million to support research by the Alan Turing Institute on engineering applications of big data. The Foundation’s Foresight review of big data: towards data-centric engineering, looks forward at how developments in the area of big data might impact the safety and performance of the engineering assets and infrastructure on which modern


ABP Port of Southampton Welcomes its Latest Record-Breaker

Photo: ABP Port of Southampton

 The biggest container ship in the world, the MSC Maya, made its maiden call at Southampton on Tuesday 15 December.    The 395.4m vessel, which can carry a world-leading 19,224 containers, is just the latest giant container vessel to call at the port in recent weeks.   As well as being the biggest, the vessel, which is named after Maya Aponte the four-year-old daughter of MSC President and CEO Diego Aponte


Petrobras Announces Four Oil Field Finds

Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras said on Thursday that it had made four "important" new oil finds that should boost its oil reserves by about 1.4 percent. Petrobras said the discoveries in Brazil's northeast region would eventually increase reserves by more than 130 million barrels, or 1.4 percent. Brazil's current reserves are 9.278 billion barrels. The finds were made in four mature fields where production was thought to be declining.


Cargill Dumps Shipping Arm

Cargill has announced a change in shipping strategy, following the sale of its last four remaining Panamax bulk-carriers, and from here on will charter in ships for all its cargo requirements. "The widespread trend towards consolidation and size within the ship owning segment implies one either gets bigger or scales back," said Vice President of Cargill International Tom Intrator in a statement. "And in our case we have chosen the latter."


Len celebrates 100th on the Ship Canal

Len Jones (2nd left) at QEII Dock with (l-r) former colleagues Jim Cordiner, David Ogilvie, Ray Howells and current Ship Canal general manager Dean Hammond.

Len Jones was born in 1911, the coronation year of King George V and the year the Titanic was launched at Harland & Woolf in Belfast. During his lifetime there have been four British monarchs, 19 Prime Ministers, two World Wars and the break up of the British Empire. Women have won the vote, man has landed on the Moon and the world has seen the invention of television, computers, the internet, mobile phones and SatNavs.


MSC Ships Get Bigger

MSC Divina. Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises, the 4th largest cruise line, confirmed the existing STX France options to build an additional two ships in the Meraviglia class.    The ships, valued by MSC at $1.7 billion, will be longer and bigger versions of the Meraviglia-class ship, which is scheduled to begin with the 167,600-gross-ton MSC Meraviglia in 2017.   MSC now has four firm orders on the books from STX France, plus another three ships at Fincantieri.    


BW Group Grabs Control of Tanker Firm DHT from Fredriksen's Frontline

File photo: DHT Holdings

Shipping tycoons Sohmen Pao, Fredriksen battle over DHT; Sohmen Pao's BW Group becomes top DHT owner with 33.5 percent to surpass Frontline as DHT's top shareholder. The move likely ends Frontline's ambitions to take over DHT, as DHT had twice rejected Frontline's advances.  


Pirates Seize Somali Vessel to Use as Floating Base

Pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base from which to attack larger ships, police said on Friday, a week after Somali pirates hijacked their first commercial vessel since 2012.   Ten Yemeni crew aboard the boat were dumped on shore, officials told Reuters.


Eight Damen Interceptors for Panama

(Photo: Damen)

The National Air and Naval Service of Panama (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval - SENAN) has taken delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group. The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, performed the christening ceremonies of all four vessels on February 6, 2017.  


Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve.   The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering


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


Major Containership Drugs Bust in the Mediterranean

Customs inspectors in Malta have seized more than 300 kg (660 lb) of cocaine worth millions of euros on a container ship heading from Ecuador to Spain, Maltese officials said on Thursday.   Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the find as the biggest drugs seizure in the history of the


Skilled Workers Needed to Build Trump's Navy Vision

File Image: AdobeStock CREDIT Bogdan Vasilescu

U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan.  


Borr Drilling Scoops up Transocean Rigs for $1.4 Bln

   Borr Drilling, founded by former executives of financially troubled Seadrill, has snapped up Transocean's fleet of shallow-water drilling rigs for $1.35 billion.   The rig market deal is Borr's biggest since it was set up last year by Tor Olav Troeim and other executives who


Thessaloniki Port Workers Plan Stoppage to Protest Port Sale

Photo: Thessaloniki Port Authority

Workers at Greece's second-biggest port, Thessaloniki Port, will walk off their job for a few hours on Wednesday to protest the port's sale, a key condition of the country's international bailout.   The sale was launched in 2014 but has been plagued by delays and political resistance


Maersk Line, Hamburg Sud Offer Merger Concessions to Gain EU Approval

File photo: Hamburg Süd

Maersk Line, the world's biggest container shipping firm and part of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators in an attempt to get approval for the takeover of German rival Hamburg Sud.  


ASIS Debuts New 9.8m Amphibious RIB

Photo: ASIS Boats

ASIS Boats has debuted its last release, a 9.8m Amphibious RIB able to achieve speeds of 55mph on water.   Special composite material and Kevlar  has been used in the boat construction to keep it light weight and strong at the same time.  


Capsized Cargo Ship Refloated in Sweden

(Photo: Ardent)

Ardent salvage crews used a parbuckling method to right and refloat the cargo vessel, M/V Sternö, which was loaded with 1,400 tons of grain when it suffered a collision and rested on a jetty structure with a 54-degree list.   Ardent crews were mobilized in late February 2017


China Says Hopes New Japanese Carrier Doesn't Mark Return to Militarism

China said on Thursday that it hoped the entry into service of Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, did not mean a return to the country's past militaristic history.   The ship, along with its sister the Izumo, gives Japan's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores


Top LNG Buyers Form Alliance to Push for Flexible Contracts

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The world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move that further shifts power to buyers rather than producers.   Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with


Baltic Index Inches Up on Firmer Panamax Rates

Photo: FotoFlite / DS Norden

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged up on Thursday as panamax rates increased. The overall index, which also factors in rates for capesize, supramax and handysize vessels, closed up 6 points, or 0.5 percent, at 1,196 points






 
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