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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


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


BP, Sinopec JV for Marine Fuel

Pic: BP

 British oil major BP and China’s Sinopec Fuel Oil have formed a marine fuels bunkering joint venture (JV), BP Sinopec Marine Fuels Pte Ltd.   Under the deal, the 50-50 percent joint venture, BP Sinopec Marine Fuels Pte Ltd


CSD, Cosco JV to Buy Vale's Bulk Carriers

Ma Zehua (Chairman of Cosco Group),  Xu Lirong (Chairman of China Shipping Group) Murilo Ferreira (President&CEO of Vale) and Gurinder Singh(Director of Shipping & Distribution of Vale) attended the Signing Ceremony and signed the agreement on behalf of each party. Photo by Cosco

 China Shipping Development (CSD) and Cosco have established a joint venture (JV), China Ore Shipping Pte., in Singapore to purchase four 400,000 dwt ore carriers from Vale and operate them.   CSD and Cosco’s bulk shipping division Cosco Bulk Shipping holds 49% and 51% equity


HSH Nordbank Looking to Split Off Bad Shipping Loans

Image: HSH Nordbank

 HSH Nordbank AG, the world’s second-largest financier of ships, plans to split off a "bad bank" for non-performing shipping loans as part of a plan to create a sustainable business model, reports Reuters.   The city of Hamburg was willing to inject billions of euros in


Solarworld Wants Duties on Chinese Solar Goods in U.S. Extended

  German solar manufacturer SolarWorld will apply to the United States for an extension of duties on Chinese panel imports that are due to end this year, weekly Euro am Sonntag said. Chief Executive Frank Asbeck justified his intention by saying Chinese panel makers would still receive


Rough Seas Force Port Closures in Peru

Port of Callao Courtesy APM Terminals

  Peru, the world's third biggest copper producer, closed its main port, Callao, and dozens of others because of rough seas, a local newspaper reported Saturday. The ports will likely remain closed through Monday, when a storm in the South Pacific is expected to have moved north


Massive Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Docks in Norfolk

Brilliance of the Seas. Pic by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, one of the biggest ships on the seven seas, docked in port at Nauticus, Norfolk for a short time and fueled big business across Hampton Roads.   Nearly 3,000 people on-board flooded on the streets of Norfolk


Montreal Readies for Peak Cruise Season

Image: Tourisme Montréal

 The Port of Montreal is expecting a banner year of tourism. The emergence of spring marks the beginning of a brand new cruise season, says Tourisme Montréal.   With no fewer than 19 ships expected, including 5 new ones (the Oceania Marina, Oceania Insignia, AIDA Diva


Asia-N.Europe Boxship Freight Rates Soar

image: file photo

Freight rates for the shipping of containers from Asia to Northern Europe jumped by 151 percent per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


China Crude Imports Expected to Surge

China's appetite for crude oil is expected to pick up later this year as storage comes online and new buyers emerge, even after its inbound shipments surpassed United States imports last month for the first time, traders and analysts say.


Germany Subsidizes Warships Sale to Israel

Israel bought four German-made corvette warships on Monday to help secure its Mediterranean gas rigs, with Berlin heavily subsidizing the deal, Israel's Defence Ministry said on Monday. The ships, worth 430 million euros ($480 million), will be built by Thyssen Krupp and delivered within five


Daewoo Shipbuilding Eyes Maersk Boxship Order

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME) is in talks with a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk for a potential order to build ultra-large container ships, a DSME spokesman said on Monday. DSME is close to winning an order for some 11 container ships of 20


Greece Unblocks Piraeus Port Sale

Greece has asked three firms to submit binding bids by September for a majority stake in the country's biggest port, Piraeus, a senior privatisation official told Reuters on Thursday, unblocking a major asset sale. Greece had shorlisted China's Cosco Group and four other groups for a 67 percent


Cosco in Talks with Greece on Piraeus Port Deal

Greece is in advanced discussions with China's Cosco to boost their cooperation in the country's biggest port Piraeus, the Greek defence minister said on Friday. Cosco, which currently manages two container piers at Piraeus Port, is also interested in acquiring a majority stake


India to Launch Anti-sub Vessel INS Kavaratti

INS Tarkash. Photo credit: Indian Navy

 India is all set to launch the last of the four anti-submarine warfare (ASW) class stealth corvettes INS Kavaratti, reports Press Trust of India.   Kavaratti, which is 90 percent indigenous, is the last of four ASW class stealth corvettes being built for the Indian Navy under Project


Vale Concludes Sale of VLOCs to Cosco

Vale Brasil. Photo by Vale

 Brazilian miner Vale has completed the sale of four other large iron ore carriers to China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), which was agreed last September.    This transaction is related to the agreement signed with Cosco on September 12, 2014.  






 
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