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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


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.


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


Aker Solutions Reports 4Q 2011 Results

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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


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.


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


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


Royal Caribbean Raises Dividend

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. directors raised the quarterly dividend to $0.13 per share from the $.011 paid previously. The company said the dividend will be paid Sept. 29 to shareholders of record Sept. 18 and noted this is the 28th consecutive quarter directors have voted to declare a dividend to common stock shareholders.


Washington State Collects Civil Penalty for Spill

The Washington State Department of Ecology has negotiated an agreement by which Unix Line Private Ltd. of Singapore will pay $34,000 for negligently releasing 50 gallons of oily waste into Commencement Bay from the chemical tanker KAEDA. The company will also pay $5,194 for investigation and cleanup costs for the spill, which occurred on October 22, 2002.


Cruise Line Agrees to $500K Settlement for Disguising Sales Calls

  Caribbean Cruise Line Inc. has agreed to a $7.73 million settlement after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 10 state attorney generals sued the Fort Lauderdale-based company for disguising illegal sales calls as legal political survey robocalls


USCG Petty Officer Convicted, Sentenced

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  A Coast Guardsman was convicted and sentenced during a General Court-Martial in New Orleans, Thursday. Petty Officer 2nd Class Leonel Hinojosa, 32, was sentenced to reduction to E-1, confinement for two years, and a Dishonorable Discharge from the United States Coast Guard


Panama Accredits Maritime Security Firm

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The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark the first Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) licence issued under the new Panama Administration.


BG Group's Australian Project Helping to Double LNG Supplies

A smooth start to operations at BG Group's Australian project in Queensland is expected to help the British company to roughly double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies in 2015/16, it said on Wednesday. Seven cargoes have been shipped since December from the Queensland Curtis LNG facility


Cheap Oil Threatens Debt Squeeze for Smaller North Sea Producers

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Small and mid-sized independent oil producers in the British North Sea could face a financing squeeze this year as banks cut lending linked to the value of oil reserves, following last year's oil price sell off.   Unlike the oil majors, which can slash headcount and delay projects


Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

  A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12


VLCCF - 4Q & FY 2014 Results

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Knightsbridge Shipping Limited ( VLCCF ) reports net income of $5.2 million and earnings per share of $0.06 for the fourth quarter compared with a net loss of $6.2 million and a loss per share of $0.11 for the preceding quarter. Net income in the fourth quarter includes $6


Somali Pirates Release Long-held Hostages

Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday.   At one time Somali pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships but


MCPON Stevens Delivers Congressional Testimony

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives on Sailors quality of life. Among his concerns, Stevens spoke about the future of service members health care,

  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Michael Stevens testified before Congress Feb. 25. Stevens appeared before the House and Armed Services Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.


Aker Philadelphia to Pay Dividend

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The Board of Directors of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA yesterday resolved to pay a dividend to the shareholders of AKPS as of expiry of 3 March 2015, of USD 0.25 per share, in aggregate USD 3,026,975.25. The dividend is classified for accounting purposes as a repayment of previous paid in


Enterprise: Clients Must Pay for Dock Work

Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday that companies using its crude oil storage facility in the Houston Ship Channel must pay extra for dock services, brushing off complaints from client BP Plc .   "We believe if you want a service, you pay for it


Milaha Reports 32.8% Q4 Net Profit Increase

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Qatar Navigation (Milaha) Q.S.C. increased fourth quarter net profit 32.8 percent, the company announced today in its 2014 financial results.  It will pay a 55% cash dividend for 2014, a value of 5.5 Qatari Rials ($1.51) per share. The company said it increased its net profit 10% in 2014


China Snow Dragon Arctic

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 The melting Arctic presents a geopolitical challenge and it is the last bit of unclaimed land left on our quickly heating globe. A report in the Worldcrunch analyses why China is suddenly so interested in the Arctic.   China is now becoming more involved primarily because of issues


Kenya to Start Port Lamu Construction

 Lamu Construction - by LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority (LCDA)

 Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the construction of the proposed Lamu port is set to begin next month, with the promise of more jobs and expanded regional trade.   The facility, which is part of the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport corridor project


Korean Shipbuilding Investment Creating Risk for Government: OECD

Two of Korea's major shipbuilding financiers are creating fiscal risks for the government due to the shipbuilding industry's struggles, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned yesterday. The report comes just days after Korean shipyards retook the number one spot






 
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