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THE BIG FOUR

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


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.


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


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."


L&T Wins Contract

  Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) has won a contract valued at about $240m to build four specialized ships for Dutch company RollDock BV. Indian companies are currently building about 245 ships worth more than Rs20,000 crore. Of this, about 70% are for overseas clients, who are placing orders at Indian yards as shipbuilding facilities in maritime strongholds such as , and are fully booked till 2011. Each ship will cost about $60m to build


UAE: Jebel Ali Port Handles Simultaneous Visits by Mega Ships

Jebel Ali Port Handles Simultaneous Visits by Mega Ships

For the second time in a week, global marine terminal operator DP World welcomed and simultaneously handled two mega container vessels at its flagship Jebel Ali Port, reinforcing its relentless efforts and capability to continuously meet customers’ demands. The ships, MSC Beatrice and MSC Lauren, sailed in within 10 hours of each other, barely a week after the MSC Daniella and the MSC Bettina. All the four vessels are owned by Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and


Maersk: No Issue in Funding Greek Operations

Photo: Maersk Line

Oil and shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday it was experiencing no problems funding operations in Greece or getting paid by Greek customers despite the imposition of capital controls by Athens. Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company


US Refiners' Group Wants Wide Debate on Oil Exports

The U.S. oil refining industry's association is not opposed to lifting the country's 40-year-old ban on crude exports as long as the move is part of a bigger effort to lower barriers to trade, the group's new head said on Tuesday.   "We're not opposed to lifting the export ban


Kenyan Port Workers Strike Over Higher Health Costs

More than 2,000 workers at East Africa's biggest port in Kenya's coastal city Mombasa went on strike on Wednesday protesting an increase in the amount they will have to pay for state-run health insurance.   Cargo ships remained unattended as workers gathered and held discussions in groups


KPA: Striking Mombasa Port Workers Must Return by Friday

The Kenya Ports Authority said on Thursday striking workers at the Mombasa port should resume work by Friday morning or lose their jobs, and that normal activities at East Africa's biggest port will resume July 6. The workers are disputing higher deductions for the government's national health


National Oilwell Varco to Cut 1,500 Norwegian Jobs

National Oilwell Varco Inc., the largest U.S. oilfield equipment maker, said it will cut its Norwegian workforce by 1,500 by the end of this year as low oil prices have reduced investments.   It plans to cut 900 permanent jobs and 600 contractors, the firm said in a statement on Wednesday.


Responders Conduct Spill Exercise

A boat crew deploys boom during a prep exercise in Cleveland. Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland to participate in a preparedness response exercise. (Coast Guard Photo Petty Officer 3rd Jim Connor

Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland this week to participate in a preparedness response exercise. Exercises such as this one are designed to improve communication, planning and emergency response proficiency across local


NLNG Eyes $1.5 bln Debut Shipyard in Nigeria

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  Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) is sponsoring the construction of the first major ship yard in Africa's biggest economy at the cost of $1.5 billion, in its attempt to turn the country into a hub for maritime operations on the continent.


Crowley Vessels Receive AMVER Awards

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that 65 of its vessels were recently recognized for participation in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to


Anadarko in Talks with Jera for Mozambique LNG Deal

Anadarko Petroleum  is in talks with newly formed Japanese joint-venture vehicle Jera, set to become the world's biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), to sell long-term supply from its Mozambique export scheme.   The U.S. oil major's gas finds in Area 1 of Mozambique's Rovuma


ICBC Finances EXMAR for FLNG project

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  EXMAR stated that on June 23rd 2015 under the witness of King Philippe of Belgium and President Xi Jinping, Mr. Jiang Jianqing, Chairman of Board of ICBC and Mr. Nicolas Saverys, CEO of EXMAR, signed the financing agreement for the world’s first floating LNG unit (FLNG –


A chat with John Murray, Chief Executive, Society of Maritime Industries

John Murray,  Chief Executive,  Society of Maritime Industries

The Society of Maritime Industries is the voice of the U.K. maritime engineering sector, and its Chief Executive John Murray is the very public and indelible face of the organization. SMI promotes and supports the interests of organizations with activities and interests in this sector both to its


Cosco Orders of 20,000-TEU Ships may Go Up to 13

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 Several media outlets now report confirmations that Cosco is also targeting ultra-large vessels by ordering nine ships of 20,000 teu, with options for four additional vessels.  It was confirmed that China’s Cosco has sealed deals for nine plus four options on 20


Port of LA to Start Yusen Terminal Improvements

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Project will enhance wharf, rail and yard infrastructure to optimize terminal operations   The Port of Los Angeles will begin construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC


Hyundai Sees Mega Ships Leading Global Demand

Pic: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

 As the demand for mega vessels has increased, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. expects mega- sized container ships to lead global orders until early next year as shipping companies seek ways to cut costs, reports Bloomberg. Hyundai Heavy is the world’s biggest shipbuilder.  


ShipServ opens Singapore office

Sharon Gill, VP of Sales, Singapore

  ShipServ, the leading marine and offshore marketplace with an expected annual trade of $3bn in 2015, has cemented its position in Asia with the opening of a new office in Singapore. The office will be managed by ShipServ’s VP of Sales Sharon Gill and will be open for business from






 
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