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Weak but Steady Growth in Oil & Gas Tanker Fleet

The world fleet of oil, chemical and gas tankers is predicted to continue to grow over the next five years, although at a much more sluggish rate than the previous five years, according to a Shipbuilding Market Report issued this month by Lloyd’s Register - Fairplay (LR Fairplay). The oil tanker fleet, which currently stands at 7,516 ships, is expected to grow by 1.9 percent per year over the next five years in terms of the number of ships. Deadweight ton (dwt) capacity will rise by 5.7 percent annually over the same period, reflecting a movement toward larger ships. New shipbuilding orders for oil tankers will amount to 76 million dwt through the end of 2013, a 60 percent decrease from the shipbuilding binge of the last five years. “The volume of seaborne oil is set to grow next year, although not at the same pace as fleet capacity,” said Niklas Bengtsson, project manager and senior consultant for LR Fairplay. “The record number of shipbuilding orders in 2006 means that a large number of ships are being delivered to owners this year. The gap between supply and demand will therefore continue to grow, which is likely to generate an increasing fleet of idle vessels.” The chronic overcapacity in tanker tonnage will accelerate the scrapping of older ships. Removals of oil tankers through year-end 2013 will amount to 50 million dwt, which is up by 10 percent compared to the previous five years

Stratos Wins Protest of Five-Year Contract

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. has granted the Stratos protest of a five-year U.S. Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare) Inmarsat lease contract award to Comsat. The court ruled the contract awarded this past June was legally invalid, and required the U.S. Navy to retender its request for proposal for the five-year $111.9 million contract. The Court directed the Navy to conclude the recompetition by January 28, 2000.

Seadrill Secures Two New Tender Rig Contracts

Seadrill has been awarded a contract by Chevron for extension of the production drilling assignment for the self-erecting tender rig T4. The contract extension has a duration of five years. The estimated contract value is approximately $156m. The commencement of the new contract is scheduled for second quarter 2008 following a five-year survey after completion of the current contract. T4 is currently operating offshore Thailand.

Jack-up Rig Deal Agreed by NADL & Ship Finance

West Linus: Photo courtesy of Seadrill

North Atlantic Drilling ("NADL") and Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance") agree a combined a combined sale & leaseback arrangement for the harsh environment jack-up rig 'West Linus'. Ship Finance will acquire the harsh environment jack-up drilling rig West Linus from a subsidiary of NADL.  The West Linus is currently under construction at Jurong Shipyard in Singapore with scheduled delivery in December 2013.

Cammell Laird Begins ‘Second Chapter’ of RFA Cluster Contract


Merseyside shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird has formally started the second five year cycle of its biggest single contract. Work began in June 2013 on the second period of Cammell Laird’s through-life support cluster contract to maintain nine of the 13 ships in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) flotilla.  The cluster contract was first awarded to Cammell Laird in 2008 and following reviews of performance and value for money the contract was extended for a further five

MR Tankship Market Analysis: Second-Hand Price-Rise Outstrips Newbuild

MR2 Tanker Values: Image McQuilling Services

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

Ultra-Deepwater Cajun Express Contract

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced that the Board of Directors of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) has approved the award of a three-year contract for the ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rig Cajun Express for operations in Brazil. Petrobras has the right within one year of contract execution to convert the three-year contract to a five-year contract. Estimated contracted revenues related to the three-year contract term and five-year contract term, if elected, are approximately $558

US Ocean & Coastal Shipping Market Report

A decline in demand for freight transportation leads IBISWorld to update its market report on US Ocean & Coastal Transportation. The transportation sector provides deep-sea, coastal, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway water transportation. The deep-sea shipping activity includes US flagged vessels and non-US flagged vessels. Marine transportation establishments using the facilities of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Commission are considered to use the Great Lakes water

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Welcomes Class of 2017

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy welcomed its incoming Class of 2017, consisting of 238 plebe candidates from across the country. Upon arrival, the Congressionally-nominated future Midshipmen began a rigorous, 18-day regimen of academic, military and physical training known as Indoctrination (INDOC), their first step toward becoming future leaders and licensed maritime officers. “The new plebe candidates make up one of the most diverse classes in Academy history

Vigor Awarded USS Emory S. Land Drydock Contract

 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39): Photo in public domain

The U.S. Department of Defense informs that Vigor Industrial, LLC, of Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $16,984,940 firm-fixed-price contract for a 120-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking of USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). Work will include No. 1 and No. 2 boiler inspection, propulsion shaft removal and inspection, underwater hull preservation, ship's service turbo generator five-year American Bureau of Shipping inspection, structural plenums refurbishment, domestic reefer upgrade

New Class Rules Favor Seawater Lubricated Props

Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system meets classification society rules for extended shaft withdrawal periods (Image: Thordon Bearings)

Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal of oil-lubricated stern tube systems.   China Classification Society (CCS), for example

Historic Pacific Trade Deal Faces Skeptics in US Congress

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers.   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon

Rieber Amends Dolphin Deal

Polar Duke. Photo: GC Rieber Shipping ASA

 Norwegian shipping company GC Rieber Shipping ASA has entered into an agreement with Dolphin Geophysical to increase Dolphins competitiveness in a challenging market.    Rieber has agreed to take early redelivery of the survey vessel Polar Duke from Dolphin  as part of an

Port of Piraeus Privatisation Delayed

Image: Piraeus Port Authority S.A

 The Greek government plans to delay the privatization process for its largest Port, Piraeus, by a few weeks due to delays caused by the September 20 election to the works of the ministries involved in the procedure, reports Reuters.  

Wilhelmsen CEO Fends off Margin Pressure

Logistics group Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding and its listed shipping arm, Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, presented an update to their strategy on Thursday. Chief Executive Thomas Wilhelmsen of the holding company made the following statements: ON MARGINS

One Migrant Child Dead, 13 Missing Off Greek Island

Picture that moved the world getty images

  A girl believed to be five years old died and as many as 13 migrants may be missing at sea off the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, the Greek coastguard said. Nikos Lagkadianos, a coastguard spokesman, said 11 people were rescued from the sea between Lesbos and Turkey and one swam

General Dynamics Wins USN Submarine Deal


  The U.S. Navy has awarded a $321.7 million contract option to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Seaspan Acquires Eighth Boxship


  Seaspan Corporation announced today that it accepted delivery of a 10000 TEU containership, the Maersk Guayaquil. The new containership, which was constructed at Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's eighth 10000 TEU SAVER design containership and seventh delivery in

New CEO Takes the Helm at Transas

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Frank Coles has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Transas Marine, a provider of equipment, software and system integration for the maritime industry.   A maritime business professional, Coles brings to the position leadership experience in

Largest DP World Delegation for Milan Expo

DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (second left) with Vice Chairman, Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah (second right); Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf (left) and Chief Operating Officer Anil Wats (right).

  In the largest delegation to date, DP World has recently sent, its very own employees to live, experience and become part of Milan Expo 2015. DP World’s delegation represented the entire company, from leaders and directors to customs specialists and ground staff; a diverse mix of

Wärtsilä to Optimize GasLog's LNG Carriers

GasLogs Santiago vessel (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed a maintenance agreement with the GasLog LNG Services Limited that aims to ensure the reliability of operation of GasLog's seven LNG carriers, each having a cargo capacity of 155,000 cbm.   According to Wärtsilä

Glencore Assets Plunge But Hope for Bondholders Remains

Glencore's debt and equity plunged on Monday on the back of a damning analyst note, with only the commodity firm's shortest bonds maturing this year managing to resist the sell-off.   But the outlook for the debt-laden firm does not appear to be as bleak as the headline figures suggest

BSM to Manage 6 Maersk Line Box Ships

Photo: Maersk Line

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) announced that it will take over full management of six containerships on behalf of Maersk Line A/S. Presently managed in-house by Maersk, the six vessels ranging in size from 2,500 to 11,000 TEU. Over the next five years

Intermarine Promotes Corporate Finance Director

Chad Call (Photo: Intermarine LLC)

Project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo transporter Intermarine, LLC reports it has promoted Chad Call to Director of Corporate Finance. Call will continue to report to Michael Dumas, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels

Image: MPA

 Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels   Port of Singapore offers S$12 million funding for building of LNG-fuelled vessels as Singapore advances LNG bunkering efforts to meet future demand   The Port of Singapore, regarded as a leading bunkering hub

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