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Satellites Reveal Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300%

Global shipping routes crisscross the world’s oceans. Credit: Grolltech

Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, according to a new study quantifying global ship traffic. The research used satellite data to estimate the number of vessels on the ocean every year between 1992 and 2012. The number of ships traversing the oceans grew by 60% between 1992 and 2002. Shipping traffic grew even faster during the second decade of the study, peaking at a rate of increase of 10 percent per year in 2011. Traffic increased in every ocean during the 20 years of the study, except off the coast of Somalia, where increasing piracy has almost completely halted commercial shipping since 2006. In the Indian Ocean, where the world’s busiest shipping lanes are located, ship traffic grew by more than 300 percent over the 20-year period, according to the research. International trade and the sizes of merchant fleets have both enlarged rapidly over the past two decades, explaining the steep rise in ship traffic, the study reports. The new analysis has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. Jean Tournadre is a geophysicist at Ifremer, the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea in Plouzane, and the study author. The new dataset will provide scientists with invaluable insights into the patterns of ship traffic and the traffic’s effect on the environment, said Batuhan Osmanoglu


A.P. Moeller Shares Bounce Back

Danish A.P. Moeller shares rebounded on Friday after news of its purchase of Dutch tug and salvage company Wijsmuller Group Holding on Thursday, brokers said. The two A P Moeller stocks, D/S 1912 and D/S Svendborg, traded at 69,500 crowns ($7,898) and 91,500 crowns respectively, 2.2 percent and 1.7 percent up from Thursday's close. The Copenhagen bourse's top 20 index KFX was down 0.4 percent at 316.15. Moeller shares have underperformed the KFX index by more than three percent the


E&P Spending 2000: Boom or Bust?

While the theoretical jury deciding which direction the offshore drilling market will take is still out, recent data suggests that the level of spending internationally will disappoint. Calling a 10.2 percent gain in spending may seem a bit harsh, particularly given the depths to which the market has sunken in the previous two years. But considering that the price per barrel has catapulted from the $10 level early in 1999 to the mid-20's by the beginning of 2000


Millennium Fever Should Drive Panamax Market Up

Fixing to cover the millennium holiday period is expected to kick-start the Panamax market in the fourth quarter, shipping broker Simpson Spence & Young (SSY) said. "The belief is that the fourth quarter will see a major improvement as people look to fix for the holiday period," SSY said in its latest monthly report. Capesize supply/demand fundamentals were also looking strong for the period, the broker said. However


Kirby Corp. Records Solid Results

Kirby Corp. has apparently had success incorporating Hollywood Marine, a move which effectively created the largest inland barge operator in the country. In February, the company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.38, versus $0.31 a year ago. While the company appears strong, poised for further growth, there are some concerns as noted in a research report from Lazard Freres & Co. LLC. Management expects the slowing U.S


Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300% Since 1992

Global shipping routes crisscross the world’s oceans in this map of shipping lanes derived from a 2008 study of the human impact on marine ecosystems. (Credit: Grolltech)

Satellite data reveals major boost in shipping traffic Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased fourfold over the past 20 years, according to a strudy recently published by the American Geophysical Union which examined international ship traffic. The research, which used satellite data to estimate the number of vessels on the ocean every year between 1992 and 2012, found that the number of ships traversing the oceans grew by 60 percent over the time span


Carib Tanker Rates Tank In New Year

Caribbean dirty tanker trades have sustained a massive hit, tumbling from W255 at the end of last week to W202.5, New York brokers said. "The holiday doldrums have left a lot of spare tonnage and that has affected rates. With both Christmas and New Year's Day falling on Mondays this year, we've had two short weeks in a row and the market simply couldn't take that," said one dirty tanker broker. He pointed to Exxon's fixture of the 70,000 tonr Lucky Lady from Covenas to the U.S


ABB Wins $26m Marine Repeat Order

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ABB won a $26m order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two next generation ‘Ramform’ vessels, capable of three-dimensional (3D) seismic data acquisition for deep sea resource exploration. The ships will be constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and delivered in 2015 to Norway’s Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS), a leading company in marine seismic and reservoir data acquisition, processing and analysis/interpretation services


MHI Contracted for 3D Seismic Survey Vessels

Ramform Seismic Survey Ship: Photo courtesy of MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) gets additional order to build 2 seismic vessels for Norway's Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS). The order for the two vessels was placed upon exercise by PGS of the option right that was provided when two same type vessels were ordered to MHI in April 2011. The two newly ordered vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first and second half, respectively, of 2015. With this latest order


US Imports Above Average as Port Contract Talks Continue

Container lift: File photo

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, and excerpted here. “The negotiations have made progress and retailers have been stocking up


3 Rescued from Vessel on Sheboygan Breakwall

A Coast Guard crew member from Station Sheboygan assesses passengers aboard a 29-foot vessel after it ran up onto the Sheboygan breakwall, July 22, 2015.

  The Coast Guard and local agencies rescued three people after their 29-foot vessel ran up onto a breakwall ouside the Sheboygan River as they were heading into the Sheboygan Marina, Wednesday. The Coast Guard has not released the names of the passengers.


Nigeria LNG to Receive Four Ships in 2015

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) expects to take delivery of four LNG carrier ships before year-end and another two next year, its chief executive said, positioning the state-backed gas exporter to expand its share of the growing market.


Four Rescued from Boat Fire in California

U.S. Coast Guard and firefighter crews helped rescue four people from a boat fire Tuesday afternoon in Alameda, Calif.   Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center personnel received a 911-relay report at 3:51 p.m stating an engine room fire broke out aboard a 32-foot pleasure craft


Puget Sound Reports Container Volume Growth

Less congestion and efficient cargo movement helped international container volumes through the Puget Sound gateway improve 14 percent in June compared to June 2014, the port reported.   Cargo has been rerouted through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma as other U.S


S. African Competition Watchdog Fines Japanese Shipping Firm

South Africa's competition watchdog has recommended Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Ltd (NYK) pay a 104 million rand ($8.5 million) penalty for price-fixing and collusion in the transport of cars. The Competition Commission said on Tuesday NYK had admitted guilt and agreed


US Imports Rising Ahead of Back to School Season

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports is expected to increase 7.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers stock up for the busy back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National


Typhoon Glances off E. China Coast

Typhoon hits China

  China's eastern coast took less of a battering than feared after Super Typhoon Chan-hom changed course and lost much of its strength shortly after making landfall near Shanghai late on Saturday. Chan-hom, which Chinese government meteorologists feared would be the powerful typhoon to


Fatal accident on Skandi Pacific

Skandi Pacific. Photo: The DOF Group

 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said that a 39-year-old New South Wales man has been crushed to death onboard a supply vessel off the Pilbara coast after a wave came over the back deck.   The ATSB said crew members on the Skandi Pacific were attempting to shelter from


Saudi-backed Yemen Forces Take Aden Port

Saudi-backed Yemeni militiamen took over the main port of the southern city of Aden and the adjoining district of Mualla on Wednesday, residents and the fighters said, as part of an offensive against the country's dominant Houthi group. Local gunmen supported by a Saudi-led Arab coalition have


Washington Maintain Service with Back-up Ferries

Photo: WSDOT

 In order to meet demand and keep the system moving, all available back-up Washington State Ferries vessels will be called into service while two larger ferries are out for emergency repairs between Monday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 22.


Long Beach Sees June Cargo Dip

Container cargo volume dipped in June at the Port of Long Beach, decreasing 4.4 percent compared to the same month last year.   A total of 583,621 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were moved through the Port in June. Imports were recorded at 297,189 TEUs, a 6 percent decrease


WSDOT Ferry Fleet Banks on Back-up Vessels

Olympic Class (144-Car) Ferries Samish. The states newest ferry, Samish, officially joined the AnacortesSan Juan Islands route on June 14, 2015.

  In order to meet demand and keep the system moving, all available back-up Washington State Ferries vessels will be called into service while two larger ferries are out for emergency repairs between Monday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 22.


Uruguay LNG Terminal on Schedule

Image: Gas Sayago

 Uruguay's state-owned Gas Sayago said civil works for an LNG regasification terminal are due to begin again after five months of delays, putting back on track a $1.1 billion project for the country's first such facility.   Gas Sayago, a joint venture by two state-owned companies


Sanction Free Iran to Accrue Strong Investment

After 10 years of diplomatic negotiation, the UN P5+1 countries (the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany) reached an agreement to unwind economic sanctions on Iran in return for significant international control and surveillance over its nuclear activities


US Senate Panel Ends Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

U.S. Senate panel passes amendment to end restrictions on travel to Cuba   The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 on Thursday to end restrictions on Americans travel to Cuba, a committee spokesman said.   Four committee Republicans joined 14 Democrats to back the






 
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