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.
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 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 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
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.
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 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
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 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 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
The crew of the Crowley-managed, 393-foot, heavy lift vessel Ocean Crescent recently provided assistance to five people aboard the damaged and drifting catamaran Rainmaker during a routine transit from Progresso, Mexico, to Halifax, Canada.
Knightsbridge Shipping Limited ( VLCCF ) reports net income of $5.2 million and earnings per share of $0.06 for the fourth quarter compared with a net loss of $6.2 million and a loss per share of $0.11 for the preceding quarter. Net income in the fourth quarter includes $6
Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship. The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas
Tokyo-based Astomos Energy Corp has placed an order today with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. The 83,000 cu m vessel marks their fourth such order with MHI since 2013
Pacorini Metals has invested in a new Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 420, which started operation in summer 2014. The new LHM 420 has an outreach of 48 meters and provides a maximum lifting capacity of 84 metric tons. Tasks of the crane include container handling as well as bulk
James Fisher Marine Services’s (JFMS) multipurpose wind farm support vessel, Dart Fisher, has been formally named by the vessel’s Godmother Maria McCaffery MBE, CEO of RenewableUK at a dedication service held at Griffon Hoverwork, Southampton.
NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced today that it has entered into its first Contract of Affreightment for one of its bitumen tankers vessels, the Katerina L, for the transportation, within a ten month period, of a minimum of 31,000 tons of bitumen over ten voyages, or
The CEO of Russian gas company Gazprom said on Wednesday Russia would stop exporting natural gas to Ukraine unless it received prepayment from Kiev for energy supplies, Interfax reported. Gazprom also said that Ukraine had approximately three days left of prepaid gas deliveries from Russia
WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance
Ferus Smit launched multipurpose vessel Nordana Sky in Leer on February 21. Nordana Sky, built as yard number 417, is the first in a series of six that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. The ship will be chartered out to the Danish company Nordana and sail in her fleet after delivery
Philly Tankers AS announced today that its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Philly Tankers LLC, has entered into binding long-term time charter contracts with a domestic end-user for the two 50,000 dwt product tankers it has on order with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (AKPS)
Triangle Marine Services and Marine Core & Charter host keel laying ceremony for two Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels UAE-based shipbuilder Triangle Marine Services has laid the keels of two new 45-meter Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels
Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has launched the 14th of the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) being built for the Indian Coast Guard. With this, CSL said, it has accomplished a rare feat of achieving three ship building milestones viz, keel laying
Energy infrastructure and LNG solutions provider WesPac Midstream and its subsidiary Clean Marine Energy (CME) have awarded a contract to Conrad Orange Shipyard for the construction of a dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America.
Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NMM) an international owner and operator of container and drybulk vessels, announced today that it has secured, for no consideration, an option to acquire a 2012 South Korean-built container vessel of 13,100 TEU from an unrelated third party