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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

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

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

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

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

ABB Wins $26m Marine Repeat Order


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

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

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

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33.  

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Slide with Voume Drop

File Image: a Valemax bulk carrier alongside the pier.

Capesize rates nearing the bottom - Shanghai broker; Global iron ore demand to hit 3 bln tonnes by 2030 (Rio Tinto) Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could hold around current levels or nudge slightly lower next week as cargo volumes fail to match the number of ships available for charter

Port Truckers Take Wage Theft Grievances to City Hall, LA

Courtesy Port of Long Beach

  Striking Southern California port truckers who accuse shipping companies of wage theft took their grievances on Friday to City Hall in Los Angeles, where they gained new political backing for their cause. The City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution voicing support for

Is Oil Industry Backing Away From Offshore Arctic Drilling ?

Prirazlomnaya platform. Photo: Information Directorate, Gazprom

 The principal difficulty for Arctic offshore drilling right now, according to oil industry think tank, is economic.  The companies may be back for another try at Arctic offshore drilling, in U.S. waters or elsewhere, if economic conditions change, reports AP.  

Bids for Greek Piraeus Port Sale Pushed Back

Greece has pushed back the date to submit binding bids for a majority stake in its biggest port Piraeus to Dec. 3, the head of its privatization agency said on Friday. China's Cosco Group, Danish container terminal operator APM Terminals and Philippines-based International Container Terminal

ALMACO: New Crew Cabins for RCI Mega Cruis Ships

Photo: RCL/Almaco

Press Release -- ALMACO’s Modernization team sailed onboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas to perform turnkey deliveries of 17 new crew cabins on deck 2. The scope of work for each of the ships involved the dismantling of the existing crew-dedicated

Greek Dock Workers Walk Out Over Privatisation

Greek dock workers walked out on Thursday in protest at the planned privatisations of the country's two biggest ports, a condition of a multi-billion euro bailout from international lenders. Setting a date to submit binding bids for Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports is one of the actions that

Ferguson Signs $150mln LNG Ferries for CMAL

Image: Caledonian MacBrayne

 Scotland-based Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) has signed a deal to build two 100-meter, dual-fuel ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in a contract worth £97 million (USD 150 million) that will boost shipbuilding on the River Clyde and secure 150 shipyard jobs.

GasLog Raises $1.3B for Eight LNG Newbuilds

Photo:  GasLog Ltd

 Peter Livanos-backed Monaco-headquartered owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers GasLog Ltd. has completed a USD 1.3 billion credit facility with fourteen international banks to finance the construction of eight 174,000 cbm newbuilds.  

Tanzania Starts Work on $10 bln Port Project Backed by China and Oman

Tanzania started construction work on a $10 billion port and special economic zone on Friday, a project backed by China and Oman that aims to transform the East African country into a regional trade and transport hub.   The port, which will be Tanzania's biggest, is being built at Bagamoyo

Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016

Photo: Star Bulk

Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday.   The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown

MN 100: The General Ship Repair Corporation


The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, has become the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area and is enjoying a strong year

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Impacted by China Holidays

Weak holiday demand to pressure rates lower. Rebound seen after China returns to market on Oct 8. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could come under pressure next week as lower cargo volumes due to holidays in China thwart shipowners efforts to push rates higher, ship brokers said.

Glencore Assets Plunge But Hope for Bondholders Remains

Glencore's debt and equity plunged on Monday on the back of a damning analyst note, with only the commodity firm's shortest bonds maturing this year managing to resist the sell-off.   But the outlook for the debt-laden firm does not appear to be as bleak as the headline figures suggest

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