Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes reached their highest level so far this year in November. The trade totaled 4.6 million net tons, an increase of 27 percent over the preceding month. The upturn reflects higher operating rates at the nation’s steel mills that, in turn, have required the sailing of some U.S.-Flag lakers that had been idled. The most recent reactivation was on November 25 when the American Republic returned to service. The vessel was designed specifically to shuttle iron ore on the twisting Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Comparisons with a year ago and the month’s five-year average illustrate the depth of this recession. November loadings were six percent off the pace of a year ago, and nearly 14 percent behind the month’s five-year average. For the year, the Great Lakes iron ore trade stands at 27.5 million tons, a decrease of 50.1 percent compared to a year ago. The decrease is only slightly less when compared to the trade’s five-year average for the January-November timeframe – 49.3 percent.
FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FTI) announced that it has signed a multi-year frame agreement with BG Norge, a subsidiary of BG Group, to provide subsea systems for offshore projects. The five-year contract includes provisions for two additional five-year extensions. The agreement also includes an immediate call-off to perform a detailed engineering study related to equipment and services to support the Jordbaer field, located in the Norwegian North Sea.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs conducted a hearing entitled Homeland Security: The Next Five Years. As explained in her opening statement, Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME) wants to assess the homeland security challenges the next five years will bring. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, discussed those challenges, including port and maritime security. He noted that not every risk can be eliminated
Panama Canal administrators and the waterway's most important human resource, the pilots, reportedly agreed on a five-year contract, ending 13 months of labor negotiations.
New research released by energy business analysts Douglas-Westwood reveals the world offshore wind market will see expenditure of $60.7B over the next five years. By 2015, annual expenditure will be in excess of $19B. With over 3GW of capacity online by the end of 2010 and a further 2GW under construction at present, the offshore wind industry is growing extremely quickly. Over the five year period to 2015, more than 11GW of new capacity will be installed
IBISWorld report indicates that government & private funding is expected to boost revenue for the US dredging industry. Excerpts from the report are as follows: A weak economy has made growth for dredgers slower than expected. Nevertheless, increased government and private-sector funding is expected to boost revenue for the industry over the next five years. While lacking in prominence, the Dredging Services industry is an essential part of the US economy
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5,026,477 net tons in October, a 6.1% decrease compared to September, but a 30.5% improvement over a year ago. Even so, loadings were still 8.6% below the month’s five-year average. October loadings at U.S. Great Lakes ports increased 28.3% compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian ports along the Seaway were up 46%. Year-to-date the Lakes ore trade stands at 44 million tons
Partnership links world’s third largest shipping company with world leading technology services company. After five years of working together through a joint subsidiary, CMA CGM Group and IBM today announced a new strategic partnership. Under the terms of the five-year agreement, IBM will provide industry-specific expertise in new technologies such as cloud computing and analytics, and support CMA CGM’s growth by delivering superior quality information technology services
Transocean Inc. announced that its deepwater drillship Deepwater Pathfinder, a single-activity rig capable of drilling in water depths up to 10,000 feet, has been awarded a five-year contract by a subsidiary of Eni for drilling operations primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The contract is scheduled to commence in March 2010 following completion of the rig's existing contract commitments. Estimated contract revenues that could be generated over the five-year contract period are
McMurdo gained Type Approval for the new Smartfind EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The Smartfind range of EPIRBs were designed with both a non-hazardous battery and high brightness LED locator light to achieve type approval. The certification by COSPAS SARSAT, the international satellite-based search and rescue system, means that the Smartfind is compliant with maritime regulations. The Smartfind is available as either the standard Smartfind E5 or the Smartfind Plus G5
Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has announced the agreement to acquire two 5,800 teu post-panamax container vessels built in 2001/2002 in combination with long-term charters. The vessels are expected to be delivered to SFL over the course of the next few weeks
The US Department of Defense, Navy, inform that Vigor Shipyards Inc., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $30,703,417 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-award-fee contract to definitize a previously awarded undefinitized contract action (N00024-11-C-4401) for repair and alteration of naval assets
With its latest offering, Videotel said now provides a more extensive portfolio of training for the LNG sector. Working with experts across the globe – BP Shipping, Shell, Maersk and SIGTTO, among others – the company said it has created a package of training covering the essentials
BMT SMART Ltd. (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced the appointment of Laura McKelvie as Product Manager. A University of Southampton graduate in Naval Architecture
The offshore construction vessel Polar Onyx was delivered on March 4, 2014 from Ulstein Verft to GC Rieber Shipping, as the latest addition to their growing investments into the subsea segment. The vessel’s first assignment will be to work for deepwater projects serving as pipelay support
American independently owned oceangoing petroleum barge company, Bouchard Transportation, has promoted Captain Robert W. Glas to Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs. Captain Glas will interact with regulatory committees and trade organizations on behalf of Bouchard Transportation Co, Inc
Oil and gas industry body, the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter, has appointed Former vice-chair Kelly Murray as the new chair and vice-chair. Murray will be the first women to take the helm as chair of the organization in the chapter’s 20-year history
Reuters - Transocean Ltd, owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it could take up to 18-24 months for demand to recover as customers delay drilling programs. Demand for offshore rigs is tapering as major oil companies trim exploration and production budgets in the face of
Kongsberg Maritime has delivered its 50th HAIN (Hydro Acoustic aided Inertial Navigation) Reference System, to long-time HAIN user, Ocean Rig. HAIN significantly improves reference data accuracy and update rate sent to Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to support safer
Due to new U.S. regulations, almost all ships exceeding 24 meters in length which are operating in U.S. coastal waters are confronted with much stricter environmental protection requirements. The Vessel General Permit (VGP), in effect since December 19, 2013
CAMAC Energy Inc. announced that a long-term contract has been signed for the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Armada Perdana. The contract provides for an initial term of five years beginning January 1, 2014, with an automatic extension for an additional two years unless
The Netherlands-based Fugro Subsea Services inform they have been awarded a long term contract by Sarawak Shell Berhad / Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited (Shell) for the provision of underwater inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services at their subsea infrastructure across Malaysia.
$136 billion expenditures forecast for Floating Production Unit purchases over the next five years Today, 319 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field. FPSOs account for 65% of the existing systems, 74% of systems on order.
Heavy-duty and commercial vessels demand durable lighting capable of withstanding punishing conditions. The new HypaLUME LED floodlight from Hella marine is specifically designed to meet the rigors of any marine work environment. The most powerful floodlight ever offered by Hella
The Marseilles FOS port authority’s supervisory board has backed a French transport ministry proposal nominating Port of Dunkirk head Christine Cabau Woehrel as the new CEO in Marseilles. There is also a new chairman and deputy chairperson.