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ABS Supports Developments Offshore Brazil

New discoveries of giant oil and gas field discoveries offshore Brazil have operators venturing into deeper water while committing expanded E&P budgets for developments in frontier regions. The Campos Basin remains the greatest focus of exploratory activity, with the Santos Basin to the south and Espirito Santo Basin to the north also seeing activity. Ship-shaped floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessels remain the preferred development option for these frontier prospects, with ABS the leading classification society of choice for FPSO conversions for offshore Brazil, says João Carlos Pacheco, ABS Brazil country manager. “As an ABS representative in South America for nearly 20 of ABS’ 50-year-plus history in the region, I continue to be impressed by how Petrobras and industry participating in offshore Brazil adapt to changing needs. Brazil is on the forefront of offshore technology, especially, deepwater technology. ABS is proud to be a part of this frontier development and technology advancement,” said Pacheco. By 2005, more than half of Brazil’s oil production will come from ultra-deep waters, requiring an incredible investment in infrastructure and involving untold risks, advises Pacheco. “That has not stopped Petrobras; nor does it inhibit the international oil and gas companies which come to Brazil to help develop its rich offshore fields,” he said.


USMI Celebrates a Double Delivery

On Friday April 14, United States Marine, Inc., (USMI), celebrated the delivery of two of their 36-ft. NSW RIBs to the United States Special Operations Command, USSOCOM, marking the 99th and 100th craft delivered by USMI to USSOCOM to date. This delivery marked a number of occasions, including USMI’s first scheduled deliveries since hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This celebration also marked the first deliveries of new craft from their new Gulfport, Miss., facility.


ABB Wins Contracts Worth $110M

ABB has been awarded contracts worth $110 million to supply electrical power systems for twelve vessels and five offshore drilling rigs. The ABB orders, all booked during January-March 2006, include the following: • Total electrical power system packages for two semi-submersible drilling rigs for subsidiaries of Jon Fredriksen controlled SeaDrill Ltd (Subsea Drilling (III) Ltd and Subsea Drilling (IV) Ltd). The rigs will be built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine


TBS Acquires Two Ships

TBS International Limited entered into agreements to acquire two sister tweendeckers, the M.V. Wedellsborg and the M.V. Frijsenborg. TBS has agreed to acquire these vessels en bloc for $46m charter free and they are expected to be delivered to the Company in the first quarter of 2008. The M.V. Wedellsborg, to be renamed the M.V. Ottawa Princess, is a 1987 built tweendecker of 22,800 dwt and the M.V. Frijsenborg, to be renamed the M.V. Caribe Maiden, is also a 1987 built 22,800 dwt tweendecker


Adriatic Marine Order Six More DP-2 OSV's

Photo: Adriatic Marine

Raceland, LA-based Adriatic Marine LLC inform they have contracted Master Boat Builders, Inc., of Mobile, Alabama, for the construction of six 220’-class DP-2 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs).  Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2014.  Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015, with deliveries of the five subsequent vessels following every four months thereafter.


Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

Ships bow: File photo

Orders for gas carriers placed with Korean and Japanese shipyards figure prominently amongst the latest newbuilding orders noted in the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Dry bulk carriers Pan Ocean have placed an order for two firm 207,000 dwt Newcastlemaxes at New Times, with both vessels due to deliver within the second half of 2016. Also in China, Clarkson Hellas mentions that Conti Reederei have extended their order for 64


Moody's Downgrades Navigator Gas

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the rating of Navigator Gas Transport's first priority ship mortgage notes due 2007 to Caa2 from Caa1, and the second priority notes due 2007 from Ca to C. The senior implied rating was reduced to Caa2 from the previous B3. The rating outlook is negative. The rating downgrade primarily reflects the reduction in earnings capacity of the ships due to the continued weak rate environment of the transport market for petrochemical gasses


Bocimar Sells Panamax

CMB confirms that its subsidiary Bocimar International has sold its newbuilding Panamax vessel Jiangnan 2346. The net sale price was $65m. At the time of delivery of the vessel, scheduled to take place in the course of the first quarter of 2008, a capital gain of approximately $32 million will be realized. Further, Bocimar has ordered in joint venture with Wah Kwong two newbuilding Handymax vessels (53,000 dwt) from Chengxi Shipyard (China)


Tidewater Delivers Deepwater Supply Vessels

Tidewater Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V Miss Jane Tide. The Miss Jane Tide is Tidewater's first VS 480 platform supply vessel built by the company's own Quality Shipyards, L.L.C. in Houma, La. The ship, designed by the Norwegian firm Vik-Sandvik, is the first of four identical vessels to be built by Quality. The Miss Jane Tide is a 260-ft. PSV and is the first domestically constructed vessel to be delivered under Tidewater's new construction program announced in January


Seaspan Accepts Containership Delivery

Seaspan Corporation announced that it accepted delivery of a 10,000 TEU containership, the Hanjin Buddha, which was constructed using Seaspan's fuel-efficient SAVER design. The new containership, which was constructed by Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's first SAVER design vessel in the company's operating fleet. The Hanjin Buddha will commence a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter with Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd


Week's Ocean-Going Shipbuilding Orders Sparse

Bow shot: File photo

Despite some media reports of more significant ordering, there is only one firm shipbuilding order to report in the drybulk sector, according to the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin, as follows: Dry bulk carriers COSCO Zhoushan have announced a contract for two 64


LNG America Selects Topside Designer for LNG Bunker Barge

Image: LNG America

LNG America has selected Taylor-Wharton to commence the front-end engineering and design work for the cryogenic topside of the company’s 3,000 cubic meter Gemini Class LNG bunker barge scheduled for delivery at the end of 2015. “Taylor-Wharton has been actively engaged in the


Ecuador Coastguard Orders Damen Patrol Boats

Image: Damen

Damen announced it has recently signed a contract with AstillerosNavalesEcuatorianos (Astinave) to construct two Damen Stan Patrols (Spa) 5009 for the Ecuadorian Coastguard. The Ecuadorian shipyard will build both vessels locally with Damen Technical Cooperation


Kvaerner in Statoil Unmanned Platform Project

Thin legs concept: Image courtesy of Kvaerner

Kvaerner say that Statoil has awarded it a concept study related to a standardised, unmanned dry tree wellhead platform for the Oseberg Future Development project. The concept is focused on minimisation of facilities, equipment and costs down to water depths of 150 meters and may be a cost


Drewry: Global Number of Container Ships Peaks

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The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research foresees a fall in the number of


Ebola Outbreak Delays Mercy Ships Sail to Africa

Africa Mercy (Photo courtesy of Mercy Ships)

The Africa Mercy adjusts plans to bring hope and healing in the midst of current uncertainties Collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic now includes a delay for Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa


USCG Cutter Hamilton Completes Acceptance Trials

U.S. Coast Cutter Hamilton performs sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 13, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Carlos Vega)

The fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton, successfully completed several days of rigorous acceptance trials Thursday to ensure the cutter meets its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Hamilton, which will be home ported in Charleston


Bergen Group Sells off Shipbuilding Shares

Photo: Bergen Group

Bergen Group ASA announced it has signed an agreement with Calexco S.a.r.l. regarding sale of the remaining 30 % shares in NorYards AS for a price of $4 million. The completion of the transaction is expected to take place by end of August 2014


Scorpio Tankers' Latest Newbuilding News

Tankship: Photo courtesy of Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc.  says it has reached an agreement with an unrelated third party to purchase an MR product tanker that is currently under construction at SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea. The purchase price of the vessel is $37.1 million with delivery expected in September 2014


Nuship Canberra Embarks on Final Sea Trials

Nuship Canberra (Photo: BAE Systems)

Nuship Canberra, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Australian Defense Force, has sailed on her final contractor sea trials before delivery to the Australian Government. The ship departed Williamstown shipyard on August 12 as planned with the trials taking


Aircraft Carrier Hull Ready for Delivery

Photo: BAE Systems

A large section of HMS Prince of Wales has been loaded out of its dock hall in Portsmouth ready for delivery to Rosyth for final assembly of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier to begin. The 6,000-metric-ton section, called Lower Block 02


Scorpio Tankers on Major Fleet Expansion

Scorpio Tankers

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the "Company") announced today that it has reached an agreement with an unrelated third party to purchase an MR product tanker that is currently under construction at SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea ("SPP")


Doosan Delivers a ‘World’s First’ to NASSCO

The MAN B&W 8L70ME-GI engine pictured at Doosan’s Changwon works in Korea (courtesy Doosan Engine)

Doosan Engine has confirmed delivery of the world’s first dual-fuel, low-speed ME-GI engine to the American National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego, USA. The new engine is capable of operation on LNG and/or bunker C oil and will power the first of two 3


First Two Mooring Boats Launched for Port of Ras Laffan

Photo courtesy of Nakilat Damen Shipyards

Nakilat has celebrated the delivery of two 16-meter mooring boats built by shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar for towage operator Nakilat Svitzer Wijsmuller. The built-in-Qatar vessels will be operated at the Port of Ras Laffan. The two Stan Tug 1606 mooring boats


Two MacGregor Subsea Cranes Ordered for Chinese PSVs

Photo: MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a new contract from Chinese shipbuilder, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd., for two 100-metric-ton active heave-compensated subsea MacGregor cranes. The cranes will be fitted to two 86-meter multipurpose platform supply vessels (PSVs) under construction at the






 
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