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.
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
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
In their latest analysis, shipbrokers & marine transport consultants, McQuilling Services, in their latest analysis discuss observations, current and historical, for the clean tanker market, specifically MR tankers. The report concludes that they believe the current MR secondhand asset market will adjust to reflect the weak TCE (Time Charter Equivalent) environment over the longer term. Excerpts as follows: " In Figure 1 [shown here] we display the price movements over the last 15
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
Farstad Shipping ASA has been awarded a five-year framework agreement by Technip Norge AS for delivery of ROV support operations, light construction work, IMR and other subsea related activities. The agreement gives Technip the right to utilize the vessel up to 320 days per year, and to extend the contract with a further up to five-year period. Commencement of the framework agreement will be first quarter 2017.
Brazilian mining company Vale SA plans to double its iron ore exports to China within five years, Jose Carlos Martins, the company's head of ferrous metals, told reporters on Thursday. Rio de Janeiro-based Vale is the largest producer and exporter of iron ore, the main ingredient needed to make steel. Martins also said the company plans to export about 400 million tonnes of iron ore a year within five years, nearly 50 percent more than the 270 million tonnes it exported in 2013.
Cheaper production and material costs as well as weaker demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows and is forecast to fall further during 2016, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry
Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper
Fugro has been awarded a photogrammetric and LIDAR surveying and mapping contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Missouri. The agreement is a five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a ceiling value of $12.5 million
The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded a ConnectOregon grant of $2.6 million to the Port of Portland along with tenant Auto Warehousing Co. to fund part of a $7 million expansion of auto handling facilities in the Rivergate Industrial District near Terminal 6
BW Group (BW) has signed a 15-year agreement with Pakistan GasPort Limited (PGPL) to provide LNG regasification services utilizing a new-build Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for the second Pakistan LNG terminal.
German state-owned lender NordLB and KKR Credit said they had reached an agreement by which KKR Credit will acquire a $1.5 billion portfolio of shipping loans from NordLB jointly with an unspecified sovereign wealth fund. The portfolio of performing and non-performing loans will include up to
Russell Plaisance, president of Louisiana Carriers, built the pusher-tug Lady Loren at Dickie Adam’s Lockport Fabrication in 2008. At the launch, he explained that the boat was the result of five years of planning and a lifetime of experience in the maritime world of the Gulf of Mexico.
Port Manatee says it has signed an agreement to keep Del Monte fruit coming into the Florida Gulf Coast port for as many as 20 more years. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., which has imported fruit into the deepwater Florida seaport since 1989
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Palmali Shipping Company have signed a set of five-year agreements based on which RS will render the whole range of services on classification and statutory surveys of ships. Subject of the agreements concluded are 49 ships (oil tankers
While the shipping industry struggles through a historic downturn, ship scrapping business is seeing accelerating demand, reports WSJ. The global economic slowdown is putting shipping through its most bruising period since the 2008 financial crisis.
Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) has forecast a structural change to future shipping cycles, driven by increased volatility in newbuilding activity. In an article by Dr. Adam Kent, MSI notes that as a consequence of the current glut of
China's COSCO Shipping , owner of the world's fourth largest container fleet, took a 51 percent stake in Greece's largest port on Wednesday. The sale of Piraeus Port had been suspended by the leftist-led government when it won elections in January 2015 but talks resumed after Greece agreed an
Seqwater has selected Wood Group as its partner in a new collaborative contract to maintain the South East Queensland (SEQ) Water Grid in Australia and water supply assets that serve 3.1 million South East Queenslanders. The innovative partnership will see the formation of a single maintenance
The new new supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Sakhalin plant and weakening demand from Egypt helped snap a months-long rally. Hence Asian spotLNG prices fell this week, reports Reuters. Meanwhile, countries in the Middle East and North Africa led by Egypt
China COSCO Shipping, which owns the world's fourth largest container fleet in terms of capacity, is expected to wrap up the purchase of a majority stake in Greece's largest port, Piraeus Port (OLP), next week, sources close to the matter said on Friday.