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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


Nigeria LNG to Receive Four Ships in 2015

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) expects to take delivery of four LNG carrier ships before year-end and another two next year, its chief executive said, positioning the state-backed gas exporter to expand its share of the growing market.


General Dynamics Tops Q2 Estimates

General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard (Photo: NASSCO/Ken Wright)

General Dynamics Corp, a maker of ships, tanks and business jets, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenues on Wednesday, and sharply raised its outlook for full-year profit. Net profit increased 16.4 percent to $752 million for the second quarter from $646 million a year


Royal Caribbean's Profit Rises 34 Percent

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the world's second-largest cruise operator by revenue, reported a 34 percent rise in quarterly profit as passengers spent more onboard and demand rose for its Caribbean cruises. Net income rose to $185 million, or 84 cents per share


DP World Sings Melbourne Port Lease Deal

Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation

 DP World and the Port of Melbourne Corporation have reached an agreement on a new 50-year lease, ending months of negotiation over rental increases at Australia’s biggest port.   The Port of Melbourne will forego tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue after abandoning a


Confidence Low in Shipping Idustry

Image: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

 Confidence levels in the global shipping market have fallen to a seven-year low as a glut of cargo ships, weak freight rates and excess liquidity continue to batter the industry, a survey by Moore Stephens, a London-based consulting firm finds.  


Container Equipment Costs at Record Low

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

Low material costs and stable demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows where it is forecast to stay, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


Asia-N Europe Container Freight Rates Jumps 60%

Photo  Hamburg Sud

  Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe rose by 60.4 percent to $879 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Shipping Gloomiest Since 2009

Image:  Norton Rose Fulbright

The shipping industry is the most pessimistic in six years about its prospects as a fleet surplus persists, according to a survey by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, says a report in Reuters.   The growing vessel glut is battering sentiment in the shipping industry at a time when players


CMES Rides High on Hope

Image: CMES

China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), a Chinese international oil tanker operator, projects doubled profit in the first half of 2015 from a year ago.    The Shanghai-listed Chinese ship-owner predicted on Friday that its net profits attributable to its shareholders would rise 110-130


Seas Could Rise 6m Even if Govts Curb Warming -Study

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Sea levels could rise by at least six metres (20 feet) in the long term, swamping coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, even if governments achieve their goals for curbing global warming, according to a study published on Thursday.   Tracts of ice in Greenland and Antarctica melted when


Stiff Challenges Await Indian LNG Terminals

Graph Source: ICRA Research Estimates

 India's new LNG import terminals will face major challenges due to price sensitive demand, ICRA said in its latest update on gas utilities sector.    "Crowding of regasification terminals could put pressure on utilization levels


Strong Half Year for Antwerp Port

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  The port of Antwerp handled 104,529,242 tonnes of freight in the first six months of this year, up 6.4% on the same period last year. The strong performance during the half year was mainly due to the impressive growth in container freight (up 9.5% in TEU and 7


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Brazil-China capesize rates hit seven-month high; Pacific capesize market dragged by buoyant tonnage supply. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to hold steady next week although a rush of cargo in the Atlantic would again provide the trigger for rates to move higher


Nile Collision Death Toll Rises to 31

The death toll from a boat collision on Egypt's Nile river Wednesday has risen to 31, a ministry of health spokesperson told Reuters on Friday. The accident occurred on the Nile near Giza, across the river from Cairo, when a barge collided with and overturned a small recreational boat carrying


'Kayaktivists' to Launch Blockade of Shell Icebreaker

Kayaktivists demonstrate in front of the Fennica in Portland Harbor (Photo courtesy Portland Ecofilm Festival)

 A small group of protesters and activists are gathering at the Cathedral Park boat ramp in Portland, preparing to stay for a 24-hour vigil as they wait for Royal Dutch Shell Oil's icebreaker ship, the MSV Fennica, to depart from Portland for the Arctic, reports Reuters.  






 
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