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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

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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


Climate Change Will Forever Alter Key Ocean Microbes

Image: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

 Global warming will irrevocably mutate a micro-organism that plays a crucial role in the ocean food chain, reports a study.   Trichodesmium (referred to as “Tricho” for brief by researchers) is likely one of the few organisms within the ocean that may “repair”


China Ready with ECAs

Image by Natural Resources Defense Council

 China has taken 'important step' in tackling ship-generated emissions. China is also developing Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in its major ports.   China's Ministry of Transport (MoT) has formally unveiled its five-year working scheme that aims to reduce the country’s shipping


Ballast Water System Retrofits for 11 Containerships

The Cap Ines will be the first of the Bernhard Schulte fleet to be retrofitted with a Wärtsilä BWMS solution. (Photo: shipspotting.com)

Eleven container vessels owned by Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG, based in Germany, are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS), Wärtsilä announced today.   The 11 containerships to be retrofitted range in size from 2,600 to 5


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs as Crude Prices Collapse

U.S. energy firms cut a surprisingly sharp 13 oil rigs this week, the first drop in seven weeks, as a renewed slump in prices this summer forced drillers to make a second round of cut-backs.   The decline erases weeks of small gains and brings the total to the week ending Sept


Floating LNG Plant Proposed for Saanich Inlet

Artists rendering off proposed floating LNG plant in Saanich Inlet   Photograph By Steelhead LNG

 The Malahat First Nations and Steelhead LNG plan for a floating natural gas liquefaction plant proposed for the waters of the Saanich Inlet.    The Mill Bay-based Malahat First Nation and Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG have entered into a partnership - to be known as Malahat LNG


MISC to Divest 50% Shareholding in VTTI

MISC Berhad and its wholly-owned subsidiary MTTI Sdn. Bhd. have today entered into an agreement with VIP Terminals Finance B.V. to dispose 50 percent of the issued share capital of VTTI B.V., for a cash consideration of $830 million, subject to completion of the conditions precedent


MISC Divests Oil Storage Venture with Vitol

Yee Yang Chien, President CEO of MISC

  MISC Berhad informed that its wholly-owned subsidiary MTTI Sdn. Bhd.have entered into an agreement with VIP Terminals Finance B.V. to dispose 50 percent of the issued share capital of VTTI B.V. for a cash consideration of $830 million, subject to completion of the conditions precedent


BMT Designers & Planners Names Skvarla President

Kai Skvarla (Photo: BMT Designers & Planners)

BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of the maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT Group, has announced the promotion of Kai Skvarla to President.   Formerly Vice President of Strategic Planning with BMT for the past five years


Webb Institute Hires New Assistant Professor

Michael T. Martin (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced Michael T. Martin, PE as its new Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Martin has over 23 years of experience as a marine electrical engineer with a broad background in electrical systems including, electrical propulsion, power generation, power distribution


Fouling Release Boosts Hull Performance

Bulk carrier being sprayed with Duplex in Chinese yard

A silicone coating that keeps hulls free of marine growth while boosting the vessel’s performance and fuel economy will be featured on the Fujifilm Smart Surfaces stand at Marine Maintenance in Antwerp.   The Duplex fouling release system was developed by the U.S


Qatar Onslaught of LNG Supply to Shake-up the Market

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Gas giant  Qatar is the world’s top supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), but in the coming five years it could be surpassed by Australia, a shift which could weigh on its dominance in Asia, reports Reuters.   Asia accounts for almost three quarters of the global market


Rolls-Royce Showcases MTU's Drive System

Dr Ulrich Dohle (left), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, talks to Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport in Baden-Württemberg, about eco-friendly drive concepts for rail transport.  (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Germany’s federal state of Baden-Württemberg, paid a visit to Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Friedrichshafen, where he was keen to learn about eco-friendly drive concepts for rail transport.


Shell Charters Regalia in 2016

Regalia (Photo: © Prosafe)

Prosafe announced it has signed a contract worth approximately $24 million with Shell U.K. Limited for the provision of the Regalia semi-submersible accommodation vessel at the Brent C platform in the U.K. sector of the North Sea. The short duration contract commencing in the second quarter of


Maersk's Blend-on-Board Project to Market Soon

‘SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board’ is the creation and core product of Maersk Fluid Technology. Photo: Maersk Fluid Technologies

 The Danish shipping giant Maersk has decided to commercialise its new tech invention -  SEA-Mate Blend-on-Board - developed by the subsidiary Maersk Fluid Technologies (MFT), says Denmark's post.   The new technology recycles motor oil and has saved Maersk 110 million kroner


Edelweiss Now Controls Bharati Shipyard

Image: Bharati Shipyard

 Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company has taken over management control of Bharati Shipyard, says a report in ET.   Edelweiss now controls 70% of the Indian yard’s debts. A month ago plans were made to change the yard’s name to Bharati Defence and Infrastructure as part






 
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