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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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.    


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."


ROV Saab Seaeye Panther Bests Persian Gulf Currents

Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus: Photo credit Saab Seaeye

Abu Dhabi-based, CCC (Underwater Engineering), saves on operational costs with Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus ROV. “Its ten-thruster power easily overcomes the four-knot currents,” says CCC’s ROV Manager, Tavis Letherby, “and having two powerful Schilling manipulators to hand is a combination that stands out from everything else.”  He finds that 90 per cent of the tasks normally undertaken by CCC’s 150 HP hydraulic work-class ROVs is now possible


SC Ports See Record Box Volumes in 2016

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced a record container volume of nearly two million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in 2016.   SCPA handled 1.996 million TEUs in 2016, surpassing the previous record of 1.985 million TEUs handled in 2005. Container volume in TEU was up 1


Interview: Remi Eriksen, CEO of DNV GL

Remi Eriksen - CEO, DNV GL (Photo: DNV GL)

At SMM 2016 in Hamburg Maritime Reporter & Engineering News had the opportunity to sit with Remi Eriksen, the CEO of DNV GL. After his first year on the job in the top spot, Eriksen shares with MR his blunt assessment of the maritime and offshore O&G markets in the near-term


Dryships to Expand into VLGC sector

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DryShips Inc. announced today that, it has agreed to enter into a “zero cost” Option Agreement (“LPG Option Agreement”) with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas


Iron Ore Exports to China from Port Hedland hit record

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (CREDIT: Vale)

Port is world's biggest iron ore export terminal; iron ore prices soared 80 pct in 2016.   December iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal hit a record 37.4 million tonnes in December, boosted as users such as BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group ramped up


JERA Imports Japan's First Liquefied Shale Gas Cargo from U.S.

File Image: an LNG carrier (CREDIT: Parker Bestobell)

Japan's JERA Co said on Friday it imported the country's first liquefied shale gas cargo from the United States as part of efforts to diversify its supply.   This also marks Japan's first import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in the contiguous United States


Samsung Wins $1.26bln Contract from BP

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea's major shipyard, build a floating production unit for British oil multinational BP that will be used in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, says a report in Yonhap.   The 1.5 trillion won ($1


DryShips Expands to Gas Carrier Market with Four New VLGCs

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc. has agreed to enter into a "zero cost" LPG Option Agreement with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) capable of carrying liquefied petroleum


Russia Plans Maritime Drills with Philippines

Russian Federation Navy Ship Admiral Tributs. File photo: Indian Navy

 Russia sent its anti-submarine destroyer and a replenishment oiler to the Philippines in a bid to hold maritime exercises with the latter, according to various media reports.   The two ships — Admiral Tributs, an anti-submarine vessel


4 People, Dog Rescued 290 miles off Savannah

Resue operation underway Photo USCG

Four people and a dog were rescued from a sailboat approximately 290-miles off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, Wednesday. Members of Coast Guard Sector Charleston were notified by Boat U.S., that the 38-foot sailboat Luna C. suffered engine failure and damage to the sailboat’s mast


Antwerp Port Hits Record Volume

Container terminal Photo port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp will close 2016 with an expected record volume of more than 214 million tonnes of freight handled. The shipping container volume for its part has risen above 10 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) for the first time in the history of the port


FSC Denies Mergers Between Big Three Shipbuilders

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 The chairman of South Korea's Financial Services Commission, Yim Jong-Yong, reiterated  that Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) would not be merged with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), according to a report in Korea Times.  


Chilean Wood Products Export to Shrink in 2016

Chilean forestry exports will total $5.3 billion by value in 2016, 3 percent less than last year, as supply has increased and the economies of key export markets remain sluggish, an industry body said on Tuesday.   The Chilean Wood Corporation (Corma) said in a statement that exports in


UK Eyes Part-Privatisation of Ship Register

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The Bulletin Panama reported that a report by KPMG, commissioned by the Department for Transport, recommends that the Ship Register become a “govco”, a privately held state-owned company that is subject to government oversight but has more commercial freedoms


Tanker Docks at Libya's Es Sider Port to Load First Crude Cargo in Two Years

An oil tanker docked at the east Libyan port of Es Sider on Monday to load the first cargo of crude since the terminal reopened following a two-year closure, port officials said.   Es Sider, Libya's biggest export terminal, had been shut due to a blockade by a military faction since 2014


Frontline Sees Strong Start to 2017

Crude tanker operator Frontline expects strong demand for its vessels at the start of 2017 and could benefit from oil producers' pact to cut output if it forces Asian buyers to go further afield for supplies, its chief executive said. Spot rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) have






 
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