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Shipbuilding: COSCO Warns of Struggle if Credit Tightens

COSCO Corp (Singapore) , part of one of China's largest shipbuilding groups, warned that its customers could struggle to pay their bills as funding costs rise, after posting sales on credit at their highest level in 11 years.   The Singapore-listed subsidiary of Chinese state-owned maritime conglomerate China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company said trade and other receivables -- sales for which the company has not received cash payment -- rose more than 60 percent so far this year to S$4.7 billion ($3.7 billion).   Reporting an almost 70 percent jump in third-quarter profit on Monday, the company said higher receivables reflected a rise in construction contracts in its marine engineering segment.   But the company said tougher credit conditions would hurt. "The availability and cost of credit may tighten, particularly with the unwinding of monetary policy stimulus, which may adversely affect the ability of customers to meet their financial obligations," the company said. Analysts agreed. "The high receivables may have something to do with some customers delaying payment," said Yeak Chee Keong, an analyst at brokerage Maybank Kim Eng. China's huge shipbuilding industry has been aggressively moving into building rigs and vessels for offshore oil and gas activities, as the market for the traditional ships remains in the doldrums due to persistent oversupply


Matson Increases Westbound Hawaii Service Rates

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. will raise its rates for the company's Hawaii service by $175 per westbound container and $85 per eastbound container, effective January 5, 2014. The increase will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board. In addition, Matson will raise its terminal handling charge by $50 per westbound container and $25 per eastbound container, also effective January 5, 2014


Single Hull Tanker Ban Could Send Freight Rates Soaring

When OPA 90 was introduced in wake of the Valdez accident, the stipulation that tankers trading in the U.S. must be double hulled was roundly panned throughout the world, as industry experts bemoaned the fact that one country have such a deciding impact on vessel design. How soon they forget. Ten years and a few tragic sinkings off European shores have let to Italy's sudden plan to ban single-hulled tankers from seven key port areas


Tsakos Reports Profits Q2 2009

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE: TNP) reported results (unaudited) for the second quarter and first half of 2009. Revenues, net of voyage expenses and commissions, were $88.60 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $146.64 million in the comparable 2008 period reflecting the lower freight rate environment. TEN deployed on average 46.0 vessels versus 44.0 vessels in the prior year quarter. Fleet utilization remained high at 97.8% as compared with 97


Canadian Committee of GL, Annual Meeting

"How to make ships more efficient?" This was the key question posed at the 15th Canadian Committee meeting of Germanischer Lloyd (GL). More than 20 representatives of the Canada and U.S. Flags, ship owners and operators, yards, consultants, and port authorities attended the event hosted by Executive Vice President Americas Capt. Kevin Coyne and Committee Chairman Peter Cairns from the Shipbuilding Association of Canada.


Advanced Drillships a Burden for Owners as Business Slows

Not so long ago, advanced drillships costing more than half a billion dollars each and capable of operating in ever-deeper waters practically guaranteed big profits for oil-rig operators.   Now, with oil prices down by half since June, many have become a burden on their owners as drilling activity slows.   Drillship operators face a more brutal hit to margins than they did after the oil-price crash of 2008 because of the huge cost of maintaining the more than $10 billion worth of


Report: Producing Oil, Gas More Costly

The cost of producing oil and gas has risen about 53 percent the past two years, and the trend is expected to continue this year, according to a report released Monday. Business Week reported that those same costs have climbed 67 percent since 2000, but most of the increase has come since the end of 2004, according to an analysis by Cambridge Energy Research Associates and its parent, IHS Inc., which together have created what they call the Upstream Capital Costs Index.


Hyundai Heavy Q3 Profit Drops

·        Higher steel costs weigh on margins ·        Outlook weakens but top players set to weather downturn Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd 009540.KS reported on Oct 30 that its quarterly net profit fell by a third, hit by rising raw materials costs and losses from the weaker won. The shipbuilding industry faces declining orders and falling shipping demand amid a deepening global downturn


Surging Commodity Prices Drive up Coating Costs

International Paint Ltd. is set to initiate product price rises in response to spiraling global raw material costs.   “During 2010 the cost of raw materials critical to the manufacture of both our Marine and Protective Coatings’ product ranges increased significantly,” said Paul Westcott, Marine & Protective Coatings Commercial Director. “We have attempted to minimize the impact on our customers for as long as possible by leveraging our buying power and


Urgent Need to Cut Costs in UK North Sea

A STatoil rig in the North Sea (Photo courtesy of Statoil)

Britain's North Sea oil and gas industry faces a bleak future where more fields are likely to become uneconomic and shut in as platforms close - unless costs can be controlled, operators say. For some elderly platforms in the Northern North Sea, time is running out. If the industry does not get to grips with costs quickly, fresh investment is likely to dry up, forcing unsaleable rusting rigs to be abandoned. "From a cost point of view, the chickens are coming home to roost


Oil Soars in Biggest One-day Rally in Years

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Oil rocketed as much as 10 percent higher on Thursday, posting its biggest one-day rally since 2009 as recovering equity markets and news of diminished crude supplies set off a short-covering surge by bearish traders.   Snapping back from a deep two-month slump that reached 6-1/2 year lows


Strong Returns for Sovcomflot

Grand Aniva is one of two Sovcomflot LNG tankers chartered by the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project – Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC). The photo has been provided by SEIC.

 Russia’s biggest shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) surpassed its own expectations and went forward on both revenue and net profit in the first six months.   It has posted a gross revenue increase of 11.8 per cent in the first half of 2015 worth USD 754


China Merchants Profit up 29pct

Photo:  China Merchants Holdings (International) Co., Ltd

 While China’s ports continue to face growth pressure, the country’s largest port operator is reaping the rewards of years of investments in overseas projects.   China Merchants Holdings (International) reported first-half net profit rose 29 per cent to HK$2


Traders Scramble for Caribbean Crude Storage

Demand for crude storage in the Caribbean, one of the world's most important oil hubs, is rising as producers and traders try to ride out the worst price crash in six years by holding onto more barrels or making blends that can be sold for premiums.


China’s Currency Devaluation Good for Shipping

Image: Maersk Line

 The depreciation of the Chinese currency will help both international and domestic shipping operators in the region that have been stuggling of late with growing costs and rising competition, says Maersk.   Xinhua quoted Tim Smith


COSCO: Ships at Tianjin Port not Impacted

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company said its ships anchored at Tianjin port were not affected by the blasts at a warehouse in the country's northeastern city last week, though some of its facilities in the area suffered varying levels of damage.


Rickmers Raises 2015 Forecast

Rickmers Group published its Half-Year 2015 results, reporting that the company increased its revenues in the first half of 2015 by 6.6 percent from €271.1  million ($301 million USD) to €289.6 million ($321 million), despite the persistently strained market situation and a number


Gibdock Strengthens Position with German Owners

Photo: Gibdock

Gibraltar ship repair yard Gibdock said it is strengthening its impact within the German ship owning market. Working in partnership with its local agent, Hamburg-based Combitrade, the yard has managed to win a significant amount of business from some of the country’s shipowners and managers


Cosco Blame it on Weak Shipping Industry

Photo: COSCO International Holdings

 The global economic recovery was slower than expected and the overcapacity problem in the shipping industry remained serious, in the  first half of 2015, says COSCO International Holdings.   This drove stable business volume to the Company’s business segments which serve


Oil Below $40/bbl After Rise in US Oil Rigs

U.S. crude oil prices on Friday dove below $40 a barrel for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis, notching their longest weekly losing streak in 29 years after a further rise in U.S. drilling and a drop in Chinese manufacturing.  


Oil Rebounds but Still Near 6.5-year Lows

Oil rose more than 3 percent on Tuesday as oversold conditions brought some buyers back to the market, but a lingering supply glut and worries about the slowing economy in top commodities consumer China kept crude prices near 6-1/2-year lows.  


New Radar Interface for Rose Point ECS

Image: Rose Point Navigation Systems

Rose Point Navigation Systems announces the launch of its new Commercial Radar Interface, delivering a solution for interfacing marine radars with Rose Point ECS.   The design of the Commercial Radar Interface uses an all-digital interface for data transfer that ensures a high level of


The FPSO Cost Discussion

Packed with “optimized technology”: The ENI FPSO at tow-out from its Korean yard.  Credit: Courtesy Eni Norge

At first, the oil-price and project-cancellation forecasts had hushed the audience at FPSO Europe Congress 2015. Speaker No. 1 had delegates looking at each other for signs of fear. Then, rival contractors — veterans of many a bitter tender — piled on the logic of their own methods for


Cosco Pacific Profits up 12%

Photo: COSCO Pacific Ltd

 Major terminal operator Cosco Pacific has reported a 12% on-year increase in net profits for the first half of this year to nearly $164.4m on good cost control and optimisation of management efficiency.   However the revenue of the port and box leasing unit of Chinese state


Odfjell Reports Best Quarter Since 2008

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In what it is calling its best quarterly performance since third quarter 2008, the Odfjell Group for the second quarter of 2015 reported net results of $7 million. The group, which transports and stores bulk liquid chemicals, acids, edible oils and other special products






 
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