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MC Shipping Acquires Tanker

MC Shipping Inc. has taken further steps to focus on the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping sector with an agreement to acquire a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker from the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group of Denmark. The vessel, Hans Maersk is a 1993-built semi-refrigerated LPG carrier of 20,700 cbm capacity. The acquisition is being funded out of current cash holdings and a bank loan. The vessel is expected to be delivered before July 31, 2006. Simultaneously with the purchase, she will be time-chartered back to A.P. Moller - Maersk for a minimum period of 5 years. The Company further announced that it has signed contracts to sell its two small coastal bulkers, Bay Trader and Link Trader. Delivery to buyers is expected within June 2006.

Kuwait to Bid Tankers Soon

The Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) will float a tender to build four crude oil tankers soon, according to a report on Xinhua. The budget for the new fleet is reportedly up to $130m. According to Xinhua, KOTC has almost finished its first modernizing phase of oil tanker fleet, which includes nine tankers. Among which two tankers will be for crude oil, three for petroleum products, two for liquefied petroleum gas

KOTC to Order Mega Vessels

According to AFP, Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. (KOTC) will soon order four giant oil tankers expected to cost some 500 million dollars, chairman Abdullah Al Rumi said on Wednesday. The new order was approved by the national oil conglomerate Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC), and will be offered in a tender soon, Rumi told the official KUNA news agency. Each has a capacity of 300,000 tonnes and will replace old tankers in the company’s fleet of 24 vessels.

Nakilat to Invest $11.5b in Fleet Expansion

Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) is investing $11.5b in its bid to become the largest owner of LNG/LPG tankers fleet by the end of the decade. The plan is to acquire 60 ships by 2010 to ferry liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas worldwide, Nakilat vice-chairman Faisal M Al-Suwaidi is quoted to have said in a report in the Gulf Times. While 46 tankers are meant for LNG transportation, the rest will be used for liquefied petroleum gas supply

MHI Wins Gas Ship Order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. reportedly won an order for four liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers from a shipping unit of British energy giant BP PLC, with the first due for delivery in 2006. While a total order value was not divulged, it is believed to be the first time that a Japanese shipbuilder has won an order for four LPG carriers all at once. The double-hull ships will have a capacity of 83,000 cu. m. each.

Singapore's Epic Gas Order Two Big LPG Carriers

Epic Gas Ltd. says it has contracted Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan to build two 11,000 cbm fully-pressurised gas carriers to be delivered in 2016. This latest order brings the total newbuild contracts for the year to eight fully-pressurised vessels. In addition Epic Gas has taken delivery of three bareboat vessels during the year. The company says it is also actively looking at opportunities to purchase high quality secondhand tonnage.

MC Shipping to Buy Two Tankers

MC Shipping Inc. said on July 5 that it plans to buy a pair of 15,360 cu.m., semi-refrigerated liquefied petroleum gas tankers from Germany's Bernhard Schulte Group. The company did not disclose the cost of the ships, but together with its recent purchase of the 20,700 CBM-capacity Hans Maersk, MC Shipping spent a combined $71.5m on the three vessels. The company said it expects to take delivery of the Tyco Brahe and the Immanuel Kant sometime before July 31

Technip Awarded Supply Contract for Australian Gas Field

Inpex Corporation awarded Technip a flexible pipe supply lump sum contract for the Ichthys gas field in Australia. Inpex has novated this contract to McDermott as part of the overall subsea umbilical, riser, flow line EPCI contract. The Ichthys LNG project is a Joint Venture between Inpex (76 percent, the Operator) and Total (24 percent). Gas from the Ichthys field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers offshore Western Australia

ABB Wins Third Ichthys FPSO Major Contract

ABB appointed main electrical contractor (MEC) for a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at the Ichthys oil & gas field in the Timor Sea off Western Australia. The order is worth $30 million and was awarded by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the FPSO, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. This is the third major contract that ABB has been awarded for the Ichthys oil and gas project

MES Expands Gas Carrier Lineup

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), foreseeing the effects of the shale gas revolution to maritime industries, has been developing new type medium size multi gas carrier for sea transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and co-product of shale gas such as ethane and ethylene gas (LEG). In the coming decade, LNG carriers (LNGC) may probably be classified into large scale LNGC and medium scale LNGC centering on the hub ports over the world, the builder said.

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

BMT Fluid Mechanics to Validate FLNG Design

Marlin free surface velocity field

The emergence of the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) concept has seen an unprecedented focus on development activity and has reinforced the commercial interest in these facilities. However, as the industry strives to make the concept a reality

South Korean Orders for MacGregor's Pusnes Deck Machinery

MacGregors Pusnes Deck Machinery courtesy MacGregors

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for various shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

MacGregor Wins Orders for Pusnes Deck Machinery

Pusnes Deck Machinery (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced it has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for several shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

NLNG Bullish on Prospects

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) has shipped 3,200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes by Q2 of 2015, since it began international gas exports in 1989, the managing director, Babs Omotowa said, reports Business Day.  

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

Hanjin Rolls Out First Philippine-made LPG carrier

M/V Kaprijke. Photo: Teekay Corporation

 Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil), which operates the world's fourth shipbuilding facility in Subic Freeport Zone, unveiled the first-ever Philippine-made Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier.   The ship was ordered by Belgian shipping company Exmar

EC Approves Aid for Finland's First LNG Terminal

Pori LNG terminal Photo: Gasum Oy

 The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Finland's plans to grant €23 million to construct a small scale LNG terminal at Pori on Finland's west coast.   The European Commission has concluded that Finland's plans to grant €23 million of public funding for

Epic Gas Secured Credit Facility for 7 Newbuilds

Pic: Epic Gas Ltd.

 Epic Gas Ltd has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.   The facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with Coordinator

Shell Want Shipper Guarantees on Nigerian Crude Exports

Royal Dutch Shell has asked ship owners exporting its Nigerian oil to sign a "letter of comfort" (LoC) to guarantee it is not stolen, according to an email from the company seen by Reuters. In July, state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) banned more than 100 tankers from

Centurion Terminals building U.S. Condensate Export Terminal

Centurion Terminals begins construction at Port of Brownsville Photo Centurion

  A private logistics company is building an export terminal at the southernmost tip of Texas in Brownsville to receive super-light crude and process it into fuel components for export. Centurion Terminals also is building its Delaware Basin Express

Dorian LPG Takes Delivery of Five Newbuilds

Photo: Dorian LPG

 Dorian LPG Ltd took delivery of five vessels under our ECO-design VLGC newbuilding program, the Continental, the Constitution, the Commodore, the Cresques and the Constellation.   John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented

First LPG Carrier Order for MHI Shipbuilding

LPG carrier (Image: MHI)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), announced it has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.   

Crowley Christens LNG-Ready Product Tanker

Pamela Beall breaks a of champagne across the hull to christen Ohio (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. today christened the first of four new Jones Act product tankers at the Tampa Cruise Terminal. The 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity ship Ohio is the first tanker ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval

NYK and Astomos Conclude Time-charter Contract for 12th VLGC

NYK gas carrier. Pic by NYK Line

 Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)  concluded a time-charter contract for a new VLGC (very large gas carrier) with Astomos Energy Corporation, the world's pre-eminent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) company.    The new VLGC will be built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co

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