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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.  


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"


Oil Majors to Preserve Dividends Despite Oil Collapse

Oil well

  Europe's oil majors will strike a sober note in their fourth-quarter results and investors will focus on companies' plans to maintain cherished dividends and their strategies to cope with the oil prices collapse that caught many unawares.


BP Freezes Pay in 2015 to Cut Costs

BP is freezing base pay across the group this year, the latest in a series of steps by oil majors to cut costs in response to sinking oil prices.   Over the past year, oil majors have been selling assets to protect cash flows and shareholder dividends.  


Cosco Profits Boosted by Low Fuel Prices

Image: China Cosco Holdings

China Cosco Holdings ended 2014 in profitable territory, growing its net earnings by 50 percent to $56 million on the back of cost cuts, improved revenue and lower bunker fuel prices.  The company, the flagship unit of state-owned shipping conglomerate China Ocean Shipping (Group) Corporation


Maersk Enters Talks for $1.5bln Mega-Boxships Order

Pic by Maersk Line

Maersk Line, a unit of conglomerate A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, is reported to be having discussions with Asian shipbuilders over an order for up to 10 container mega-ships worth a total of around US$1.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. 


Maersk Offshore Service Units to Cut Head Office Jobs

Photo: Maersk Drilling

A.P. Moller-Maersk's oil industry service companies Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Services, are to cut staffing at their Danish head offices due to the slump in oil prices.   Oil companies and as a result the firms servicing them, have slashed spending and cut jobs since crude oil


Moore Stephens Warns Offshore Maritime Sector to Watch Costs and Risk Exposure

Cassie Forman, Moore Stephens Director, Shipping and Offshore Maritime

International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens said today that companies in the offshore maritime sector need to keep a close watch on costs and manage their exposure to risk in the wake of the dramatic fall in oil prices. “It is remarkable how quickly the dramatic fall in oil


Kintetsu Pays $1.2bln for APL Logistics

Image: Kintetsu World Express

 Japanese freight carrier Kintetsu World Express Inc is buying Singapore's APL Logistics for US$1.2 billion, paying a higher than anticipated price for an overseas deal at a time of slow domestic growth.  Tokyo-headquartered Kintetsu Express said on Tuesday that it agreed to pay S$1


Bibby Sees Hike Interest From Offshore Sector

Andrew Rodden (Photo courtesy: Bibby Ship Management)

Bibby Ship Management is seeing a near 20% increase in inquiries for its services from the offshore sector as ship owners and support vessel operators look to reduce costs and recruit the best crews for their vessels. This development is fuelled in part by a move by the oil majors to reduce


CGG to cut Vessel Fleet Further

French seismic group CGG said on Thursday it would further cut its fleet of seismic vessels after declining demand from oil and gas clients hit by the falling oil price led it to record an impairment and one-time charges of $643 million in the fourth quarter.


Are Megaships Game Changers?

Image: A.P. Moeller-Maersk Triple-E

 Bragging rights for the world’s largest container ship have changed hands four times in as many months and keep on shifting again, says a report in the Bloomberg.   The megaships have come to dominate container shipping with astonishing rapidity over the past decade


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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