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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.


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


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


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.


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


Rising Steel, Oil Prices Raise LCS Costs

Lockheed Martin Corp. says a double-digit jump in the cost of steel and rising oil prices have influenced the rise in the final price tag of its latest warship for the Navy to more than double the initial estimates.  Navy officials last month told lawmakers the service's initial estimate of $220m per ship had ballooned to as much as $550 million, which they blamed on design changes that occurred during construction.


India Seeks Private Cash for Intermodal Bridge

Rail system needs more tracks and wagons; Not enough coal gets from port to power stations. India is targeting up to $1 billion of private investment by 2017 to build rail lines linking ports and national networks to ease growing congestion


Europe Stockpiling Low Cost, Surplus LNG

Demand from top Asian buyers drops sharply; Asian, European gas price spreads converge. Europe set to becoming dumping ground for LNG. Europe is set to become a dumping ground for the world's unwanted gas supplies this winter as Asian demand for sea-borne shipments fizzles out


JPMorgan Hires Former Glencore Crude Trader

JPMorgan Chase & Co has hired Edwin Tay, formerly with Glencore, as a senior crude oil trader in Singapore, industry sources said on Wednesday. Tay starts with the U.S. bank in January, they said. JPMorgan declined comment. JPMorgan completed the sale of its multibillion-dollar physical


Long Beach Cargo Numbers Flat in October

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Port of Long Beach reports a modest rise in imports, but congestion tempers gains Cargo container numbers at the Port of Long Beach rose 1.1 percent overall in October compared to the same month last year, with congestion issues likely nudging some shipments into November


Low Green Power Supply, Cold Boost Spot, Curve

Low solar and wind power supply expectations on Monday boosted European prompt power prices with demand supported by a gradual turn towards colder weather. Point Carbon forecasts showed German solar supply on Tuesday likely to come in at 0.9 gigawatt (GW), down from 1.9 GW on Monday


OW Bunker Collapse Rattles Singapore Bunker Markets

Major oil companies, trade firms to expand market share; tight credit hits small retailers. The collapse of OW Bunker in the wake of an alleged fraud at its Singapore trading unit will shake up the city state's more than $25 billion marine fuel market, the world's largest


Sulfur Regulations Spur Fuel-saving Technologies

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The EU sulfur directive for marine fuels offers an opportunity for innovation in fuel-saving technologies With many ship owners switching to marine gas oil (MGO) inside designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs) as of January 1, 2015, the cost of fuel could rise by up to 50%


Odfjell Results ‘Improving, But Not Yet Sustainable’

Delivered to Odfjell in the third quarter was Bow Trident, the third of four coated chemical tankers from the Hyundai Mipo yard in South Korea (Photo courtesy of Odfjell)

Norway-based tanker and terminal company Odfjell reported third quarter losses despite revenue gains and the formation of a gas carrier new joint venture, among several "improvements." Odfjell reported third quarter 2014 chemical tankers EBITDA of $26 million


Condition Based Monitoring & Saving Cash

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Fuel Optimization: Fleet Management Tools Cut Fuel  Consumption, Boost Reliabilty Profitability in shipping goes up and down in waves. 2012 wasn’t too bad, with annual operating costs shrinking by 1.8% on average versus 2011, when average costs rose 2


Maersk's 3Q Profit Beats Street

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk's third-quarter net profit beat expectations, boosted by a strong performance at its container shipping business Maersk Line. Net profit rose 25 percent to $1.5 billion compared with the same period last year, Maersk said on Tuesday


As Oil Prices Drop, Rigs Go Off-Line

Photo courtesy of Transocean

Transocean Ltd, the owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it was likely to retire additional rigs as the company continued to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market. The drilling contractor's shares rose as much as 3 percent in early trading after the


Songa Beats Street, But Sees Market Weakness Ahead

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Norwegian rig company Songa Offshore reported a forecast-beating core profit for the third quarter although it said weak demand for drilling rigs would remain subdued into 2015 before picking up from late 2016. The company's shares rose 5


China Pledges Mergers, Private Investment in Shipping Industry Reform

China has issued further guidance to support and modernize its shipping industry, saying it would encourage mergers and private investment as well as develop its cruise industry. The world's biggest trading nation is focusing on the shipping industry as it grows more assertive over territorial


Libyan Navy Ship Hit During Fighting in Benghazi Port, Smoke Rising

A Libyan navy ship docked at Benghazi port was hit during heavy fighting on Monday between the army and Islamist fighters in Libya's second-largest city, residents said. A Reuters reporter could see smoke rising from the port area, to which the army had earlier moved heavy guns to attack


Freight Rate Peak Forecasted for 2016

Newport Shipping Group Chairman Harald Lone said, “Synchronized world economic growth is going to initiate higher demand for dry bulk carriers.”

The supply/demand imbalance that drove dry bulk markets down to 2009 levels during the first half of the year is set for adjustment, with Newport Shipping Group predicting an improved tonnage balance over the next couple of years, resulting in a freight rate peak in the 2016/2017 period.






 
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