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Aiken Marine Sees Upturn In Overseas Business

Danny Donald (left) and Steve Grant (right). (Photo:Aiken Marine)

A division of Aberdeen-based Aiken Group announced an upturn in its overseas business in recent months.   Aiken Marine, which supplies a range of services to the global marine and offshore industries, has seen a rise in its business supplying and brokering newbuild resale drilling jackups and offshore supply vessels in Mexico, West Africa, the Middle East and Far East.   Marine manager Steve Grant said, “In order to be at the forefront of any industry, we believe it is important to have to have a presence or representation in the regions in which you operate. This is something which we have strived to achieve since the business began and have successfully formed alliances in many of the key global regions, both for the benefit of our division and for the group as a whole.”   Aiken Group managing director Danny Donald added, “This news underlines the importance of the flexible and creative approach we have used to grow our business and we anticipate that the combined strengths of the company’s constituent parts will help us to weather the challenging times in which we operate.”


BP, Reliance Industries Announce Partnership in India

Reliance Industries Limited and BP today announced a historic partnership between the two companies. Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, and Mr. Robert Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive, signed the relationship framework and transactional agreements in London. The partnership across the full value chain comprises BP taking a 30 per cent stake in 23 oil and gas production sharing contracts that Reliance operates in India


Jones Walker Expands Government Relations & Transportation Practice

Jones Walker today announced the expansion of its government relations practice with the addition of John S. Doyle, Jr., Vice President of Government Relations for Waterways Work!, as special counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. In making the announcement, R. Christian Johnsen, head of Jones Walker’s Washington office, said, “Mr. Doyle will continue to represent Waterways Work!, a client since 2001, and other Jones Walker clients in the areas of government relations with a


OSL Forms Ballast Systems Alliance

OSL Offshore Systems & Deck Machinery has formed a business alliance to manufacture and supply turnkey ballast systems for offshore drilling and production rigs. The alliance partners of OSL Offshore Systems, Rotork Controls, FloTec and W&O forms a comprehensive organization that services the offshore industry with each group's strengths as leaders for process valves and value automation, integrated PLC controls and hydraulic power.


Linde forms Global Alliance with SBM

Linde has formed a Global Alliance with Single Buoying Mooring Inc. (SBM) to develop and market Floating Production, Storage and Offloading units (FPSO) for the growing Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) industry, based on Linde's proprietary natural gas liquefaction technology. After having finalized a generic concept for a LNG FPSO with a yearly capacity off app.2.5 million metric tons of LNG, global marketing efforts will start as of today


Tanker Operators To Join Forces

Norwegian tanker operator Iver Ships will join forces with Japan's Mitsui O.S.K Lines to form the second biggest clean tanker alliance in the Asia Pacific region. Iver said the two companies would merge their medium-range (MR) tanker fleets over the next six months to form a pool of 12 45,000 tonners. "Our customers -- the oil majors and petrochemical companies -- are globalizing to form bigger units, and they're looking to concentrate on a few service providers capable of doing a bigger part


Eimskip, Containerships and Kursiu Linija form Joint Venture

Shipping and logistics company Eimskip, Lithuania's Kursiu Linija and Finnish shipping and container company Container Finance Ltd have joined forces to create a door-to-door logistics providers. The new joint-venture company Containerships Group will be based in Helsinki and will operate eleven ships on services linking east and west Europe, the Baltic States and Russia. It will be the cornerstone of a much larger alliance including the services of its parent companies.


McDermott, Bay Begin Alliance at Harbor Island Facility

J. Ray McDermott, Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., and Bay Ltd. have formed a strategic alliance to pursue fabrication projects in the offshore oil and gas industry, using McDermott's Harbor Island facility near Corpus Christi, Texas. Under the alliance, J. Ray McDermott will provide overall project management, engineering and procurement services, as well as the assembly areas, lifting equipment dredged slip and bulkhead at Harbor Island.


Changes to Grand Alliance Service

The member lines of the Grand Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd, MISC Berhad, NYK and OOCL, have decided to suspend their EU5 Service between Europe and Asia with immediate effect. The weekly service has been operated by eight vessels with an average capacity of 3,300 TEU. Ports of call have been Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Singapore, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Southampton, Singapore and back to Shanghai with a round voyage time of 56 days. The suspension is preliminary fixed until June 2009.


PTC & Sener Integrated Shipbuilding Solutions

PTC (Nasdaq:PMTC), The Product Development Company, and Sener announced plans to strengthen their alliance to deliver an integration between Sener’s FORAN system and PTC’s Windchill PLM software.  The integration will enable Sener’s shipbuilding customers to leverage Windchill’s enterprise PLM capabilities while managing FORAN CAD data within the same PLM platform ideally suited for complex, distributed, and large-scale product development.


Heidmar Enters Dry Bulk with TBS Ocean

Image by TBS Group of Companies

 Heidmar and TBS Ocean are joining forces to form a dry bulk pool alliance. New alliance with TBS Ocean plan to combine two players’ operating strengths in geared bulker JV.   TBS will continue as manager of a series of dry bulk pools, while Heidmar will provide its pool expertise


Seattle, Tacoma Prepare for Seaport Alliance

Terminal 46 in Seattle (Photo: Port of Seattle)

The Northwest Seaport Alliance hits key milestone as ports of Seattle, Tacoma prepare to unify marine cargo management   A draft of the final agreement between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle has been released, heralding a milestone in the formation of a Seaport Alliance that will unify the


Profit Quadruples for CMA CGM

Image: CMA CGM

 French container line CMA CGM’s consolidated net profit soared to $406 million in the first quarter from $97 million a year ago as the French carrier capitalized on efficiency gains, cost cuts and sharply lower bunker prices.  


Carrier Schedule Reliability Improves in April

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Transport consultant Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight (CPI) for April records 67.6%, up by 4.1 percentage improvement on the previous month in the aggregate reliability of ships on the main Asia-Europe, transpacific and transatlantic trades.  


Damen joins World Ocean Council

Image: Damen Shipyards Group

 Dutch-based Damen Shipyards Group has become the latest member of the World Ocean Council (WOC).    The global shipbuilder headquartered in the Netherlands is the first European shipbuilder to join the WOC, the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability


Ocean 3 launched at the AGCT, Rijeka

Ocean Three service

  China Shipping Container Line’s (CSCL) Xin Qin Huang Dao recently made its maiden call at the Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia


CMA CGM to Add Ships, Pursue More Economies

Containership CMA CGM Marco Polo.JPG

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipper, announced on Monday plans to order three giant vessels and said higher volumes and profit last year showed its focus on economies of scale was bearing fruit. Like market leader Maersk Line


Largest Vessel to Call ICTSI, Rijeka

Maiden call of Gerda Maersk, the largest vessel to call in Croatia.

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia, recently serviced the largest vessel to call in the country, the 10,000 TEU-capacity Gerda Maersk.


Crowley Joins the Trident Alliance

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Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its membership in the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators that share a common interest in robust enforcement of existing maritime sulphur regulations. In joining, Crowley said it has signed a statement of commitment


Aker, Fjords Join Forces

Courtesy of Aker Solutions

  Aker Solutions and Fjords Processing have formed an alliance to develop technology and capabilities for advanced, cost-effective wellstream separation and treatment solutions for the subsea and topside oil and gas industry. The WellSep alliance will apply Aker Solutions' subsea


SENER Debuts Latest FORAN Release

At  Sinaval-Eurofishing in Bilbao, Spain, Sener will present enhancements in the shipbuilding CAD/CAM system FORAN, in all disciplines (forms, naval architecture and general arrangement, hull structure, machinery and outfitting, electrical design and drafting).


Japan Considering Patrols with US in South China Sea

Image: U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center

 Japan may join the United States in air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s growing intent to make good on land claims, according a report in Reuters.    Japan's military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China


US Navy Ships Arrive in Busan

U.S. Navy sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) along with the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) arrived in Busan, South Korea, May 1, to strengthen partnerships with the Republic of Korea (ROK)


Hamburg Süd Eyes Ocean Three Membership

Photo courtesy: Hamburg Süd

 UK- based shipping consultants Drewry said that it was only a matter of time before these carriers make the formal announcement that Hamburg Süd is to become a fully-fledged member of Ocean Three, or Ocean Four as it will presumably have to be re-named.  


Royal IHC, Dräger Join Forces

Royal IHC and Dräger have joined forces to offer the market a single source for fully integrated Diving Support Vessels.   The initial focus will lie on the market segment of vessels with automated, 18-person, twin bell saturation diving systems






 
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