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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


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


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


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.


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


US Crude Stocks up, Product Inventories Fall -EIA

U.S. crude oil stocks unexpectedly rose last week, while gasoline and distillate product inventories dropped, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Thursday.   Crude inventories were up 614,000 barrels in the week to Dec. 23, compared with expectations for a decrease of 2


US Set to Become Energy Exporter by 2026 -EIA

File photo: Port of Houston

The United States is projected to become a net energy exporter over the next decade due to rising natural gas exports and falling petroleum product imports, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Thursday.   While the United States has been a net energy importer since 1953


Spot Box Rates Rise Above 5-Year Average

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Spot container freight rates on the major East-West routes reached a 20-month high this week and have risen above the average of the last 5 years, said a report by Drewry.   The latest weekly reading is $1,770/40ft container for the composite index


Spot box rates rise above 5-year average - Drewry

Image Drewry

Spot container freight rates on the major East-West routes reached a 20-month high this week and have risen above the average of the last 5 years. The latest weekly reading is $1,770/40ft container for the composite index, reflecting increases on individual lanes to $1


Market Forces Down Ship Operating Costs

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 The cost of operating cargo ships has fallen for two successive years but is forecast to rise in 2017 and beyond, according to the latest Ship Operating Costs Annual Review and Forecast 2016/17 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


GSM Tariff Launched for RockFLEET Dual-Mode Vessel Tracking System

RockFLEET automatically switches from satellite to transmit GPS and M2M data over 2G3G4G and GPRS networks when available.

Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven has launched a new fixed monthly GSM tariff for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET. The new £10/month subscription covers all vessel tracking and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) data transmitted over GSM networks by the RockFLEET system


Increased Limits of Liability for Shipowners in UK

Image: The Standard Club

 The Standard Club had reported that in 2012 the  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  decided to increase the limits of liability under the 1996 Protocol by 51% and that these increases are due to come into force on 8 June 2015.   


Singapore to Adopt Dutch Polder Concept for Reclamation

The new polder that will be developed at Pulau Tekong, one of Singapore’s largest islands.  Photo Royal HaskoningDHV

Singapore has announced it will build a polder designed by Royal HaskoningDHV with local partner Surbana Jurong that will add 810ha to Pulau Tekong, one of Singapore’s largest islands. Traditionally, sand has been used to fill the area to be reclaimed above sea level


King Abdullah Port Hits New Milestone

Photo courtesy: King Abdullah Port

 The infrastructure works for Berth 5 and Berth 6 are about to be finished in a few weeks, King Abdullah Port announced.    The two berths are part of the port’s strategic expansion plan, which aims to significantly uprate the port’s capacity


Shippers’ Confidence at 15-month High -Survey

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    Shipping confidence improved for the third successive quarter in the three months to end-November 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.   


Shipping Confidence Improved: Moore Stephens

Graphics: Moore Stephens

 Shipping confidence improved for the third successive quarter in the three months to end-November 2016, says a report by Moore Stephens, an accounting and advisory network in UK.   In November 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.6 out of 10


U.S. Refiners Cash in on Mexico's Record Imports

File image: a laden oil tanker underway (Crdit Adobestock 12895221

U.S. Gulf Coast refiners are cashing in on rising fuel demand from Mexico, shipping record volumes to a southern neighbor that has failed to expand its refining network to supply a fast-growing economy.   The fuel trade could top a million barrels per day (bpd) at times in 2017 as Mexico


Freight Rates Jump after Hanjin Collapse

Photo: Hanjin Shpiping Co

 The cost of transporting containers from ports now shows signs of recovery after the fall of Hanjin Shpiping Co after a period of down play, says a report in Business Korea.   It appears that the strategy of Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping group which cuts down


Chilean Wood Products Export to Shrink in 2016

Chilean forestry exports will total $5.3 billion by value in 2016, 3 percent less than last year, as supply has increased and the economies of key export markets remain sluggish, an industry body said on Tuesday.   The Chilean Wood Corporation (Corma) said in a statement that exports in


Antwerp Port Hits Record Volume

Container terminal Photo port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp will close 2016 with an expected record volume of more than 214 million tonnes of freight handled. The shipping container volume for its part has risen above 10 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) for the first time in the history of the port






 
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