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Maersk Drilling Mulls Leviathan Contracts

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Jonas Bjork, commercial manager Maersk Drilling Denmark, a subsidiary of Maersk Group, says that Israel is in his radar in the near future and hinted that his company targets Leviathan contracts, reports Globes.  Bjork added that the Israeli government may make things difficult, but it is also willing to listen and to learn. His impression is that the regulation in Israel in the natural gas sector is difficult, but the government is prepared to study the energy field, is open to change, and is flexible.   According to Bjork, he came to Israel to investigate whether there is a market for drilling here. He knows that the Leviathan reservoir will need rigs for both drilling and production of gas and oil, he pointed out.   The expectation is that 8 wells will be drilled at Leviathan. The drilling alone will take a year, and the entire contract will be for 2-3 years, because there are other things to do beyond the drilling activity. Developing Leviathan, for example, includes the construction of a floating facility to produce and store the condensed gas at sea. Establishing such a facility take much longer than the drilling itself.   He says Maersk Drilling is a contractor of sorts. Maersk carries out the actual drilling, and the gas company pays it a daily rate, regardless of whether or not gas or oil is found

Igor Sechin discusses Rosneft with Putin

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin (Pic by Russian Federation)

  The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held a working meeting on Wednesday with the Head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, who reported on the Company’s 2014 operational results to the President of the country. The overall hydrocarbons production at year-end was approximately 252 mln toe, which is amounts to a 4.6% organic growth compared to 2013 levels. Daily production level exceeds 5 mln boe, which is by one third higher than ExxonMobil’s level

Australian Tugboat Crewing Dispute Escalates

Australian towage operators threatened by foreign competition were at standstill with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) last Tuesday as a dispute over tug boat manning levels escalated. "Increasingly we are seeing overseas towage companies tendering for towage contracts in our ports," said Adsteam Marine Ltd. CEO Clay Frederick, noting that comparable offshore ports operated with mostly three man crews. "I don't think our customers are going to cop the fact that we are there with four men

Nakilat Seeks $2.5b for Tankers

Qatar Gas Transportation (Nakilat) is considering tapping the Islamic finance market as part of plans to raise $2.5b early next year to pay for tankers, Reuters said. The company has ordered 54 tankers to cope with growing global demand for its gas. Nakilat considered borrowing in accordance Islamic law when it raised $4.3 billion in December but decided instead to use a mix of conventional bonds, loans and export credits.

Aker Solutions Reports 4Q 2011 Results


Aker Solutions ASA: Fourth quarter and preliminary annual results 2011. Aker Solutions reported an 18 percent increase in revenues and a solid operating result in the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting strong market conditions and high activity in the oil and gas industry.   Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011 amounted to NOK 11 600 million, compared with NOK 9 794 million in the same period one year ago

Aker Solutions Report Solid, Not Spectacular Financial Progress

Aker Solutions ASA release fourth quarter and preliminary annual results 2012. Aker Solutions reported revenues of NOK 12.0 billion and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of NOK 1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. Based on the preliminary annual results, which show revenues of NOK 44.9 billion and EBITDA of NOK 4.7 billion, the Board of Directors proposes to pay a dividend of NOK 4.00 per share.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Implements Fuel Supplement

In an effort to deal with the sharp increase in fuel prices, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced the implementation of a fuel supplement of $5 per guest per day for sailings that depart on or after February 1, 2008. The company has taken measures to soften the impact of this decision. For example, the company will not apply the supplement on any bookings where the guest has already paid the full cost of the cruise

Greek Shipowners Hit by Tax Changes

Greek shipowners must now pay tonnage tax on ships operating under flags other than the Greek flag which are managed by companies based in Greece, or offshore companies which have a branch in Greece, operating under Law 89 of the Greek constitution. Michael Kotsapas, a partner with the Moore Stephens shipping team, said, “This new requirement to pay tonnage tax, effective from January 1, 2013, mirrors that which is already in existence for the Greek-flag merchant fleet

Caterpillar Maintains Dividend Rate

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  The Board of Directors of Caterpillar Inc. voted today to maintain the quarterly cash dividend of seventy-seven cents ($0.77) per share of common stock, payable November 20, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on October 26, 2015.  “I am pleased to announce we are maintaining Caterpillar’s dividend,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. “Even in this challenging environment

Caterpillar Maintains Dividend Rate

Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Photo credit Caterpillar

The Board of Directors of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) voted today to maintain the quarterly cash dividend of seventy-seven cents ($0.77) per share of common stock, payable August 20, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 20, 2016. “Our balance sheet and operational performance are strong, even after several years of challenging market conditions. We are maintaining an attractive dividend for our stockholders and positioning the company for growth once our

Olympic Shipping to Get Finance

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 The struggling Norwegian supply vessel shipping firm Olympic Shipping said a consortium of investors is willing to invest about 500 million Norwegian crowns ($61.79 million) in a refinancing of the company, reports Reuters.   Olympic Shipping is one of the shipping companies that are

Iran Calls for Oil Majors to Bid for New Projects

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 Iran has invited global energy giants to a tender for the development of several of its key oil sector projects.     The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) via an announcement has called on foreign exploration and production companies to submit the required pre-qualification

UK Chamber of Shipping, MNTB Apprenticeship Seminar

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 The UK Chamber of Shipping and the  Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) jointly hosted an Apprenticeship Seminar on the 11th October.    The purpose of the event was to brief attendees from the industry about the Apprenticeship Levy and how apprenticeships can play a role in

Industy Supports EU's Call for Financial Incentive to Enhance Sustainable Recycling

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 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship”

FMC Collects $338,000 In Penalty Payments

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $338,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with one vessel-operating common carrier and six ocean transportation intermediaries (both

BP Decries Deepwater Horizon Film as Inaccurate

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BP has criticized the new "Deepwater Horizon" film as being an inaccurate Hollywood dramatization of the deadly oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. "The Deepwater Horizon movie is Hollywood's take on a tragic and complex accident

Hajioannou Takes on Safe Bulkers Newbuilds

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Safe Bulkers, Inc. announced today that the Company has agreed to novate an existing newbuild contract for Hull No. S835, a Japanese Panamax class vessel, and sell, upon delivery, Hull No. 1551, a Japanese Kamsarmax class vessel, in each case, to entities owned by Mr

Hanjin Chairman: Firm Lost a 'game of chicken' with Rivals

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Hanjin's failure largest ever among container shippers; collapse has disrupted global trade networks. The collapsed Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd could not compete against global rivals that were supported by their governments, the chairman of its parent firm told a South Korean parliamentary hearing

Navig8 Cancels Five Newbuildings at STX

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Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. announced that it has cancelled contracts to construct five IMO2 49,000 DWT Interline-coated medium range tankers at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. which were to be delivered during 2017. Contracts ordering the cancelled vessels were previously announced

CGB to Invest $30 mln in Indiana Port

CGB, investing $30 million at Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Photo Port of Indiana

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (CGB) announced plans today to expand its operations at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, investing more than $31 million to increase its soybean processing capabilities in southwest Indiana. “Indiana is a state known around the world for building things

NGO Shipbreaking Calls for ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle

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The NGO Shipbreaking Platform called today on the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States to support the introduction of a financial mechanism that will enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in line with the standard set by the European Ship Recycling

Hanjin Shipping to Lay Off U.S. Staff

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 South Korean liner carrier Hanjin Shipping has announced job cuts in the U.S., but says the move is not connected to its failure and filing for bankruptcy protection, says a report in Bloomberg.   Hanjin will lay off about 180 members of its 500 person workforce in the United States

Crowley Liner Services Earns AQUA Lane Certification

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Crowley Liner Services said it has been certified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the new Marine Port Terminal Operator (MPTO) designation, known as the AQUA Lane program, which essentially gives the shipper a “fast lane” for cargo operations by allowing incoming

Euronav Pushes Delivery of Two VLCCs at HHI

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Euronav NV announces today that it has agreed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (“HHI”) shipyard in South Korea to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017. Thanks to the excellent relationship that the Company enjoys

Euronav Defers VLCC Resale Deliveries into 2017

Euronav NV said it has agreed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017.      The vessels, previously expected to be delivered between October and

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