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Korea Shipbuilders Win Orders Worth $1B

According to a Jan. 12 report from The Chosum Ilbo, Korean shipbuilders won new orders worth over $1b in the first 10 days of the new year, in a complete reversal of the situation last year. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding and Hanjin Heavy Industries delivered the good news on Jan. 11, and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering won new orders earlier. Industry insiders said an overseas marketing drive in the second half of last year finally paid off. (Source: The Chosun Ilbo)

New Ferry Service from West France to North Spain

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed a new ferry route into Ireland in a matter of weeks, after LD Ferries confirmed a weekly service from western France and northern Spain. The LD Ferries service will connect Rosslare with St Nazaire on the west coast of France, and with Gijón in northern Spain. “This is a very welcome announcement and provides a valuable new landbridge from France and Spain into Ireland

EMMF Says e-bunkering Needs People

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels says e-bunkering is here to stay. "But," says Joe Rud, vice-president, "People can adapt to the complex needs of bunkering better and more quickly than websites. E-commerce has now settled down to its correct place in the bunker business. But e-suppliers must always include a phone number which lets buyers talk to a real person." Rud was writing in the current issue of HorsePower, EMMF's newsletter

Bureau Veritas Operating Profits Up 51 Percent

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas announced first half operating profits of $54.17 million, up 51 percent on the same period last year. Net income rose 43 percent to $35.04 million on a 20 percent increase in turnover. A 19 percent growth in marine revenues, mostly due to growth in new building contracts, underpinned the strongly improved results. Bernard Anne, head of BV's marine division, says

ABIS Projects Bags £1m Contracts

Francis Kiernan

  ABIS Projects has won a clutch of contracts worth around £1million over the next 15 months. The oil and gas project services consultancy has secured frame agreements and call-off contracts with ADTI, Hunting, Talisman Sinopec and North Sea newcomer, MOL. Aberdeen-based ABIS Projects is working with these new clients providing multi-discipline resources covering business strategy, acquisitions, risk, projects and management systems across the supply chain.

WSS Opens Distribution Hub in Korea

Kim Jensen (Photo: WSS)

New distribution center offers improved product lead times for customers in Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan   Overlooking Busan New Port in South Korea, Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) newly opened 3,000+ square meter warehouse sits on a 6,000m2 site and will now take over from Singapore as the company’s distribution hub in North East Asia (NEA).    Steven Leong, WSS Regional Supply Chain Manager, said, “We chose Korea based on volumes

MSC to Add Argentina and Amazonia Express Services

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will enhance its East Coast South America and Caribbean services this month by introducing a new Argentina Express and an Amazonia Express service in addition to its weekly service from the ports of Charleston, Houston, Jacksonville to South America via Freeport, Bahamas, and new all-water service to Caribbean ports from Miami and New Orleans. “MSC will offer an all water service from Miami and New Orleans for the first time to a select number of ports in

Big Ideas Sometimes Come in Small Packages

Depiction of Hyde system

Hyde Marine’s chemical-free, IMO Type Approved ballast water treatment solution packs performance in a smaller footprint. That’s good news for small vessel operators who may soon find themselves impacted by a problem that previously was thought to be a “bluewater” issue.   BWT and Brown Water The notion that ballast water treatment and invasive species are both strictly the domain of big

Odfjell Records Steady Q3 Earnings

EBITDA of $37 million is reflecting stable earnings both from chemical tankers and tank terminals in the third quarter. For the chemical tankers business, activity over the summer and through the third quarter held steady and was in line with the second quarter on both contract nominations and spot activity. In September Odfjell signed shipbuilding contracts with Nantong Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co., Ltd for the construction of four LPG/Ethylene carriers of 17,000 cbm

Seafarers Charity Aids Crew, Families of Fatal Ship Collision

Photo: Apostleship of the Sea

The dangers of shipping and fishing should not be underestimated, said seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea, following the collision of a car carrier and a fishing boat in Spanish waters. Media have reported that three crew are confirmed dead after the Baltic Breeze, a Singapore-flagged car carrier, collided with a fishing boat near the Spanish port of Vigo in the early morning of Tuesday, April 1. The Baltic Breeze and its crew are well known to the Apostleship of the Sea

New Satcom Global Website in Oceania

Our team of industry experts across Australia have local knowledge and deliver forward thinking pproaches to present day communications problems Chris Leydon, General Manager, Oceania

  Today, Satcom Global launched its Australian website,, which will offer a platform to better support our valued channel partners and customers in the region. The new website will provide local points of contact

OPEC Sees Oil Prices Returning to $80/Barrel by 2020

OPEC forecasters expect oil prices will rise by no more than $5 a barrel a year to reach $80 by 2020, with a slowing in rival non-OPEC production growth not enough to absorb the current oil glut, according to OPEC sources.   The sources said the figures came from an updated mid-term

Shipping Confidence Levels Rise to 2015 High

Richard Greiner (Moore Stephens)

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry rose in the three months ended August 2015 to their highest level this year, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens

Kalmar Forklift Trucks for US Market

Kalmar DCG180-330 heavy forklift truck

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced the North American launch of its highly acclaimed heavy forklift at the Breakbulk Exhibition in Houston on 7 October 2015. The Kalmar DCG180-330, which competes in the 18-33 tonne capacity sector

Dubai to Showcases Maritime Strength at Nor-Shipping

His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem Chairman of Dubai Ports Customs and Free Zones Corporation Chairman of DMCA (Photo: DMCA)

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the organization tasked with developing, monitoring and promoting maritime activity in the Emirate, announced its program for this year’s Nor-Shipping, held in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway.  

MVS USA Appointed as Inmarsat GX VAR


  Inmarsat today announced the appointment of MVS USA, a leader in mobile satellite communications and a founding Inmarsat Distribution Partner, as a Global Xpress (GX) Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the Maritime market, selling FleetBroadband Xtra and Fleet Xpress.

Pipeline Spill Could Hamper California Oil Projects

Pic of an ealier incident of oil spill where a U.S. Air Force Reserve plane sprays Corexit dispersant over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  Hundreds of barrels of oil that gushed from a ruptured coastal pipeline in scenic California this week could stiffen opposition to large oil projects that companies want to build in the state, notably those to deliver cheap U.S. crude on trains.

Chevron Hires Viking Princess

Viking Princess. Photo by Eidesvik Offshore

 Eidesvik Offshore has signed a contract for 19 months with Chevron UK employment for one platform supply vessel (PSV) Viking Princess.    The vessel will be delivered to Chevron towards the end of June, and has been trading in the North Sea spot market for the past months. 

Newport News Shipbuilding Adds Warehouse Space

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has increased its indoor material storage capacity by more than 500,000 square feet with the addition of new warehouse space in the West Park Warehouse Complex in Hampton.  

Busy Season for Seaway

Port of Thunder Bay, the largest grain port on the Great Lakes, reported that its grain shipments were off to the strongest start this season

  Grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 7 per cent this season, continuing the pace set last year when ships carried the largest volume of grain through the navigation system in 14 years. According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Exxon, BP Defer Canadian Arctic Drilling

Beaufort Sea. Photo: NOAA

 As Imperial Oil, as senior partner in the northern venture with ExxonMobil and BP, told Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) that the exploration program has been deferred, the plan to revive arctic gas and oil drilling in deep Canadian waters of the Beaufort Sea ground to a halt.

Shipping Confidence at 7-year Low -Survey

File photo

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens

Confidence Low in Shipping Idustry

Image: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

 Confidence levels in the global shipping market have fallen to a seven-year low as a glut of cargo ships, weak freight rates and excess liquidity continue to batter the industry, a survey by Moore Stephens, a London-based consulting firm finds.  

Proposed UK Non-dom Tax Changes, No Need to Panic

Gill Smith (Photo: Moore Stephens)

Shipping should not panic in wake of proposed U.K. non-dom tax changes, Moore Stephens says Shipowners likely to be affected by wide-ranging changes to the taxation of non-U.K.-domiciliaries introduced in the U.K. Summer Budget have been urged not to panic by international accountant and

Newport News Shipbuilding Bags US Navy Submarine Contract

Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries

 The U.S. Navy has given Newport News Shipbuilding a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support for submarines.    Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, said the contract will be worth a total of $564 million

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