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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


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.


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.


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


Brent Oil Rises as Euro Gains Against Dollar

Brent oil prices rose on Wednesday as the euro strengthened against the dollar following a boost in business morale in the euro zone's top two economies. The euro was up 0.6 percent against the dollar, the currency in which crude oil futures trade. The dollar lost 0


Salvage, Wreck Removal Beset with Chronic Problems

  The basic nature of maritime casualties, salvage and wreck removal has evolved rapidly over the last few years. Ships and offshore constructions have become more technologically elaborate, and in many cases simply bigger and more complex than ever


Baltic Sea Freight Index Flat on Muted Vessel Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained steady on Thursday due to a muted vessel activity.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships.   Workers are now installing giant


Oil Near $59 on High Dollar, Inventory

Dollar hits fresh 11-year high against currency basket. U.S. oil inventories at record high. Brent crude oil fell towards $59 a barrel on Monday as the dollar strengthened and a supply glut pushed global oil inventories to record highs.


Baltic Sea Freight Index Up

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose Monday on higher demand for smaller vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, rose three points, or 0


Oil Price Fall May Aid Long-term Arctic Exploitation

Photo: NOAA

A fall in oil prices may help long-term exploitation of fossil fuels in the Arctic by averting a short-lived "gold rush" into the vulnerable icy region, Norway's Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said on Thursday.   Exploitation of oil and gas required long planning to safeguard the


Southeast Asian Shipbuilders Turn Bullish

Picture by Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA)

  Despite the issues surrounding over-tonnaging in the ship-building industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, more than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia in 2015.    According to a report by Robert Willmington of IHS Maritime


Canada Ups Arctic Military Gear

Canada and the Arctic - pic by The Department of Foreign Affairs

 Canada plans to spend billions of dollars on new patrol ships, polar satellites, transport upgrade, and winter gear for its troops amid rising demands for the Arctic’s riches.   Both the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force are set to receive some major equipment


Transport Sector to Give Lift to Oil Demand

Demand for oil is intimately connected to the demand for transportation in the United States and the other advanced industrial economies. Cars, trucks, airlines, railways and shipping accounted for 71 percent of total U.S. oil consumption in 2013, according to the U.S


Cosco International Posts $46.3 mln Profit

Pic by Cosco International

 The shipping services arm of China Ocean Shipping, Cosco International reported its profit attributable to equity holders for the year ended 31 December 2014 rose 48.6% year-on-year to HK$359 million ($46.3 million).   Revenue, however, fell 18.5% to HK$7


Higher Rates Across All Vessel Segments Propels Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, propelled by higher rates across all vessel segments.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Index up With Rising Capesize and Smaller Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued to rise on Monday, supported by positive capesize and smaller vessel rates.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Linn, Quantum Energy Tie Up to Buy Oil and Gas Assets

Private equity firm Quantum Energy Partners will invest up to $1 billion in a new entity for acquisition and development of oil and gas assets that will be managed by Linn Energy LLC. Linn will be able to take a 15-50 percent direct working interest in the acquired assets


Baltic Sea Freight Index up on Higher Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday on higher rates for capesize vessels.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels






 
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