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Groups Say NZ Port Merger will Cut Costs

Reports said that shipping and business groups say a proposed merger of New Zealand's largest ports will cut costs. The Ports of Auckland and Ports of Tauranga say they are in advanced discussions about working together, making savings for exporters through a more efficient supply chain. The Employers' & Manufacturers' Association agrees the merger has the potential to reduce costs. The association says they could keep the land but publicly float the combined company, freeing ratepayers' money for investment in other areas. The talks come as Danish shipping company Maersk reviews the option of dealing with a single port in the North and South Islands. Source: Radio NZ


Freight Rate Hikes Benefit South Korean Shipping Firms

South Korea’s major shipping companies benefited in 1999 from freight rate hikes and lower foreign debt service costs resulting from the won’s surge against the dollar, analysts said. However, they said, expectations of rising shipping capacity following more deliveries of new ships would weigh down the growth of revenues for shipping firms this year. Container shipping rates rose about six percent on average last year, which is in line with the country’s recovering exports, one analyst said


Tanker Groups To Pool Vessel Marketing

Two major clean oil product tanker operators will reportedly form a vessel pool to market each other's ships on opposite sides of the world. Japan's NYK Line and International Product Tankers Ltd. (IPC), a joint venture company formed by OMI Corp. and Osprey Maritime Ltd., said the agreement would cut costs and improve services. Under the agreement, IPC will market NYK's fleet of product tankers to European and U.S. customers when positioned in European or Atlantic waters


New Paintjob for Sullom Voe Tugs

The five bright red tugs operating at the Sullom Voe Terminal are soon to display the blue and white corporate colors of their new owner. Shetland Towage, a company wholly owned by the Shetland Charitable Trust, was incorporated into the Shetland Islands Council's ports and harbor operation on February 10, in a bid to streamline operations at the harbor and to cut costs. The first of the tugs is expected to be back in the isles from dry-docking in late June


Halter Marine Confirms Merger Talks

Shipbuilder Halter Marine Group Inc. confirmed it is in talks with an oilfield service company about a possible stock-for-stock merger. The company, which in January announced a sweeping restructuring to cut costs, said it cannot assure the talks will lead to a transaction. It also said it cannot guarantee a deal, if any, would represent a premium over current market prices. Halter Marine, which also builds offshore drilling rigs and engineered products serving the offshore energy industry


Pentagon Expected To OK NNS Deal

The Pentagon is widely expected to clear the proposed $2.1 billion merger between the two remaining U.S. builders of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, eliminating prospects of any future competition between former rivals. Defense Department officials recognize the peculiarities of the situation faced by General Dynamics Corp. and Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., according to antitrust lawyers, industry consultants and Wall Street analysts. With only one major customer -- the U.S


Petrobras’ Could Cut Logistics Costs by R$1 bi

  One of a series of management improvement measures adopted by Petrobras in the last two years, the Logistics Infrastructure Optimization Program (Infralog) should generate approximately R$1.8 billion (US$719 million) in savings for the company from the time it was created (November 2012) until the end of this year. By 2013, the program had already cut costs by around R$800 million. Petrobras’ target is to save R$4 billion (US$1


Review: Navy Plans to Reduce Fleet

According to www.dailypress.com, a draft Pentagon blueprint renews a plan to shrink the Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers, barely a month after Congress blocked the move. Excerpts of the draft Quadrennial Defense Review, conducted every four years to guide military strategy, call for a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers - or one fewer than exist today. The Navy pushed hard last year to reduce the fleet by mothballing the USS John F. Kennedy, based in Mayport, Fla


Cummins Announces 2002 Outlook

Cummins Inc. today released its expectation for improved profitability despite essentially flat revenues for 2002. Cummins Chairman and CEO, Tim Solso, said, "continuing efforts to reduce costs will enable Cummins to achieve a profitability improvement over 2001 with little to no improvement in revenue." During the October 11th teleconference on third quarter earnings Solso noted that rapid market changes in the U.S


Short-Term Perils of Lower Oil Prices: DW Monday

Oil tanks: File image

At present we are seeing lower oil prices as a function of softer demand growth in both Europe and China combined with recent output increases from OPEC, particularly Libya, together with the ongoing surge in US production, notes Douglas-Westwood in the latest 'DW Monday'. In the short-term, supply could start to be taken out of the market quite quickly if lower price levels are sustained – we have earlier noted that returns for most E&P companies have been eroded by


Training: Cutting Costs While Remaining Cutting Edge

Learning and development should not be seen as an extra cost but as a vital element of project and business delivery. It should be acknowledged that cutting training budgets will have a significant impact on the business. Professional development increases productivity, improves employee interaction and reduces staff churn, all of which contribute to a positive impact on the bottom line.” Jenny Matthew, Head of Courses at Jee Ltd.

Businesses are operating in tough economic times, with budgets being significantly cut during the current industry downturn. Unfortunately, when lowering costs is a key priority, learning and development budgets have historically been one of the first areas to take the hit


Thailand, China Teams Up on Kra Canal

The Kra Canal vs. the Strait of Malacca. Map by the Schiller Institute, Washington

 Thailand and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Guangzhou to jointly cut a shipping passage across Kra Isthmus in southern Thailand, the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula.   The canal, located at Kra Isthmus


Rolls-Royce Marine Unit to Cut 600 Jobs

Photo: Rolls-Royce

British engineering group Rolls-Royce (RR.L) said it would cut 600 jobs in its Norwegian-focused marine business in response to the lower oil price, a move it said would have a "broadly neutral" impact on 2015 profits.   Rolls-Royce is in the middle of a cost-saving plan in its


Hanjin Swings to the Black

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

 South Korea's leading shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co has swung to the black in the first quarter from a year earlier thanks to lower fuel costs and better streamlined shipping routes.   Net profit came to 22.91 billion won (US$21 million) in the January-March period


Vale Debt Rating Cut On Iron Ore Price Drop

Brazilian mining company Vale SA was downgraded late on Thursday by the Standard & Poor's credit-rating agency over concern that a drop in iron ore prices will erode revenue at the world's largest producer of the main steel-making ingredient.  


Big Data Helps Shippers Cut Fuel Bills, Emissions

Photo: Maersk

By focusing on operational improvements, shipping companies are reducing fuel consumption, saving money and cutting greenhouse emissions, while continuing to increase the amount of freight transported.   Maersk Line, the world's largest container carrier


Fugro Cut Costs on Market Downturn

Sales down 2.1 percent, order backlog falls 11 percent. Dutch marine services company Fugro said on Wednesday it would further cut costs and reduce the number of ships in its fleet in light of the continuing downturn in the oil market affecting its customers.


Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

Photo: Tanner Matheny

Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their


Drydocks World Secures New ISO Certificate

Drydocks World winning a new ISO certificate

  Drydocks World the international service providers to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors won the ISO 3834-2: 2005 certificate for quality requirements on fusion welding of metallic materials. This certificate validates Drydocks World’s capabilities in line with


Cosco to Order 10 Triple-E Megaships

Cosco ship: China Shipbuilding Industry Association

 China's shipping and ports giant China Cosco Holdings is planning to order at least 10 Triple-E megaships capable of moving 19,000 containers apiece as the shipping and port giant seeks to dominate major ocean trade routes, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.  


U.S. Submits Formal Plan for Paris Climate Talks

The United States on Tuesday formally submitted its climate change strategy to the United Nations, outlining domestic measures it is taking to achieve up to a 28 percent greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2025. The submission lays out how the United States "will roughly double the pace"


China Cosco's Profit Up 54%

Pic: COSCO Container Lines Company Limited

 The Shanghai-and-Hong Kong-listed flagship unit of China Ocean Shipping Group, China Cosco Holdings Co Ltd says that its 2014 net profit went up 54 percent y/y at 362.5 million Yuan ($58.37 million), on government subsidies for scrapping old tonnage.  


Swiber Gains $405.6 mi Contracts

Courtesy Swiber Holdings

  Business momentum is fast picking up at Swiber Holdings Limited despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry as the Group clinches a total of US$405.6 million for a series of contracts, including its latest US$333 million contract for Engineering, Procurement


Container Shipping Outlook Uncertain in 2015: AlixPartners

Photo courtesy of Maersk Lines

  The outlook for the global container shipping industry remains challenging for the remainder of 2015, according to a new report from AlixPartners.   In its annual outlook for the industry, the global business-advisory firm predicts that operating improvements will continue to prove


EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water

Photo: Donald Hutton

Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter






 
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