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Offshore Stocks Flying High As Boom Nears

It appears that the long awaited, much antipated and greatly debated offshore boom part II is prepared to launch again, as offshore drilling stocks surged on Thursday as U.S. crude oil prices hit a fresh nine-year high of $32.15 a barrel, fueling a second day of strong gains on Wall Street for the oilfield services sector. Drilling stocks across the board were flying high, some posting high single and low double digit gains for the day. At mid-day R&B Falcon Corp. was 1-1/2 higher at 18-1/8 and Santa Fe International Corp. was up 3 at 32-15/16 -- gains of roughly 9 and 10 percent respectively. It was the second straight day of substantial gains for oilfield services stocks, though in a reversal of Wednesday's pattern, drilling contractors saw their stock rise more sharply than that of diversified service providers. Analysts say the sector is poised to reap the benefits this year and next of the strengthening of international oil prices which has been under way since March 1999, and a report from Salomon Smith Barney predicts that this is just the beginning of a multi-year growth phase. The analyst increased his share price targets for 11 offshore drilling contractors and said he saw average upside potential for their stocks of 70 percent in the next 12-18 months. Top recommendations in the sector include Global Marine Inc., Noble Drilling Corp. and Transocean Sedco Forex Inc.

Integrated Systems Awarded Navy Contract

Integrated Systems Solutions Inc.* Pomfret, Md., is being awarded a $64,073,299 ceiling-priced cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for research and development services to increase the government’s understanding of Lighter Than Air platforms and their usage for sensor technologies. Services to be provided include experimenting with outfitting commercial blimps with sensors and a tactical data link

SeaJets Take Off For Grand Bahama Island

SeaJets, the Palm Beach-based Jetfoil will leave the Port of Palm Beach on November 6, inaugurated regular service of the jets into Grand Bahama Island. SeaJet Kara will depart from the Port Thursday through Monday at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with scheduled arrivals on Grand Bahama Island at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Departures from the Island will be at 11:30 a.m. and 6:50 p.m., arriving in Palm Beach at 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively.

Minoan Shares Performance Rated

Schroders Securities said in a research report that it rates shares of Greek shipping company Minoan Lines perform in line with the market, although anticipated industry activity may drive the shares to new highs. Analysts said shares were fairly valued on current fundamentals. On the issue of market consolidation, Schroders expects Minoan to continue its prudent acquisitions and not rush into consolidation The merger of Attica Enterprises and Strintzis Shipping Lines could have a direct

Big E Underway to Conduct Carrier Qualifications

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transit the Philippine Sea during a Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Rob Gaston

Portuguese Flag Reports Strongest Growth Rate in Europe

Portugal’s second shipping register, the International Shipping Register of Madeira (MAR), is currently the strongest-growing flag in Europe. In the last six months, MAR’s fleet has increased by more than 60 new vessels representing net growth of 130% in terms of tonnage. Among the new entrants to the register are vessels owned by more than 20 of Germany’s leading companies. The growth has been achieved since Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Madeira (SDM)

Motia Continues Product Tanker Expansion

Motia Compagnia di Navigazione has continued its expansion of modern product carrier tonnage with the delivery of the 29,000 dwt Elisa from STX Shipbuilding, Korea. The third of a series of four sister ships from the same yard building for Motia, the Elisa is an IMO II Product/Chemical Carrier and it will enter employment in the Handytankers Pool. Antonio Zacchello, managing director of Motia Compagnia di Navigazione,

Minoan Denies Reports Of Share Swap With P&O Princess

Greek ferry operator Minoan Lines dismissed press reports on Wednesday that cruise operator P&O Princess had expressed interest for its subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins (MFD). "I dismiss the content of the press reports. There is no official proposal by a foreign company for MFD. There is no proposal by P&O," a Minoan official said. It was reported on Wednesday that P&O Princess Cruises had expressed interest for a share swap

HMAS Launceston Assists Ill Mariner

The navy has provided medical assistance to a Chinese mariner who fell ill aboard a fishing boat.

  HMAS Launceston assisted in the medical evacuation of a critically ill Chinese mariner from a Chinese fishing vessel, 80 nautical miles south-east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean on the afternoon of 1 January, 2015.   The request for Launceston’s assistance came from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and the patrol boat embarked a civilian medical officer prior to departing.  

Subaru Air Freights Parts, Circumvents U.S. Port Delays

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd , the maker of Subaru cars, said it would continue flying car parts to its U.S. factory beyond an initial arrangement through the end of February, as a labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports delays shipments. The Japanese automaker had said earlier it was spending an extra 7 billion yen ($59 million) for one month from the end of January to fly components such as engines and transmissions on chartered cargo flights instead of shipping them.

Airplane Crosses the Atlantic in a Box

For the trip, the plane’s wings were removed and the body and all disassembled parts were stowed in a 40-foot cube container. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Chicago Express brings vintage Messerschmitt to the U.S.   Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd has transported some unusual cargo from Rotterdam to Norfolk. Securely packed in a 40-foot cube container, the vintage fighter airplane, a Messerschmitt Bf 109

RAN, French Navy Hold Joint Exercises in S. China Sea

HMAS Stuart sailors stand at ease on the forecastle as they and HMAS Arunta prepare to come alongside in Zhanjiang, China.

  HMA Ships Arunta, Stuart and Sirius, have rendezvoused at sea with the French frigate FNS Vendemiaire as part of a Royal Australian Navy Task Group deployment to North and South East Asia.   Following successful port visits to Zhanjiang, China

U.S. & China: U.S. Must Invest in Maritime to Avoid “Sea Strangulation”

(Image: HHI // CSCL)

A new study examines the steady decline of the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet, which today numbers less than 100 vessels in international trade, and warns that U.S. global competitiveness and maritime security -- particularly in light of a fast-emerging China -- is at grave risk unless investment is

Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

Norwegian Escape  Photo Norwegian Cruise Line

  On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine. The scrubbers ensure that the cruise is not just pleasurable

WWII Catalina Aircraft Wreckage Confirmed

An engine mount from Catalina 24-25. The aircraft was discovered in waters off Cairns in far North Queensland.

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25 that crashed on 28 February 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board.   Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC

International Yachts Under Biosecurity Spotlight in NZ

Image by Mediterranean luxury yacht charters

 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand plans to turn the biosecurity spotlight on international yachts visiting Northland this season, says a government press release published in the Scoop.   Last season MPI introduced a range of new biosecurity checks following two

Debris Appears to Belong to Cargo Ship Missing in Bahamas

Search and rescue teams on Sunday located debris which appeared to belong to the cargo ship El Faro that went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin with 33 mostly American crew members aboard, the U.S. Coast Guard and the ship's owner said.  

US Must Exercise Freedom of Navigation in Asia-Pacific -Navy Commander

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Friday the United States must carry out freedom of navigation patrols throughout the Asia Pacific, but declined to say whether it planned go within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.  

HMS Protector Deployed to Antarctic

The sea contains valuable fish stocks and Protector will help to ensure fishing vessels comply with the strict environmental rules

  Ice ship HMS Protector is heading for waters no Royal Navy vessel has visited in 80 years as she begins a marathon deployment to Antarctica. The Plymouth-based icebreaker and survey vessel will ensure the world’s fishermen are not stripping the largely-unspoiled waters of the Ross

USCG, RCAF to Conduct Joint Training

A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopter taxis past a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-65D Dolphin helicopter after joint training operations

  The crew of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is hosting an international joint search-and-rescue exercise with members of the Royal Canadian Air Force beginning Tuesday in and around the Traverse City area. The Royal Canadian Air Force's 424th Transport and Rescue Squadron based at

Carter: US Will Sail Wherever International Law Allows

In a clear rebuff to China, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday that the United States military would sail and fly wherever international law allowed, including the South China Sea.   "Make no mistake, the United States will fly

China: No Militarization of South China Sea

China has not militarised the South China Sea, but there are certain countries which keep flexing their muscles who should stop hyping up the issue, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a daily news briefing after U.S

Taiwan Boosts Coast Guard Presence on Disputed Island

Taiwan will increase its coast guard presence on a small island in the disputed South China Sea Spratlys, the coast guard chief said Wednesday, as rival China asserts its claims to the same chain. Taiwan has largely kept out of disputes between China and its neighbours in the South China Sea

Nearly 120 Hurt in Hong Kong Ferry Collision

TurboJet ferry docked in Hong Kong. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism

 Approximately 120 people were injured when a high-speed jetfoil heading from Macau towards Hong Kong hit an “unidentified object” last night south of Lantau Island.   The injured, aged between six and 83, were sent to seven hospitals, with 87 discharged as of this morning

White House: US Will Fly, Sail Where Law Allows

U.S. freedom-of-navigation operations, including one in the South China Sea on Tuesday, do not assert any unique rights, the White House said on Tuesday, adding that the United States will fly and sail anywhere international law allows.  

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