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Daewoo May Beat Shell as First Floating LNG Vessel Operator

According to a Sept 15 report from Bloomberg, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. said its Papua New Guinea energy venture may beat Royal Dutch Shell Plc to become the first operator of a floating liquefied natural gas production vessel. The venture could begin using a floating LNG unit in 2014 to process gas from an onshore field, Kim Jin Seok, chief executive officer of DSME E&R Ltd., the shipbuilder’s oil and gas arm, said in an interview in Seoul. Shell is due to receive the first of as many as 10 floating LNG plants in 2016 for use off Australia. (Source: Bloomberg)


ConocoPhillips Makes Discovery Off Australia

ConocoPhillips announced a discovery in the Caldita No. 1 exploration well in the NT/P 61 license located offshore Northern Territory Australia. The well spudded on July 7, 2005, and encountered a significant hydrocarbon column in a high-quality reservoir interval. A drill stem test was conducted that flowed gas at a rate of approximately 33 million standard cubic feet per day on a one-inch choke. The well reached a total depth of 4,037 meters and will be plugged and abandoned as programmed


ABS Selected By Woodside For Asset Base Classification and Verification

ABS has been selected by Woodside Energy Ltd, Australia’s largest publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, to provide classification and verification services across the Pan-Woodside Energy Ltd asset base for the next five years. The multi-year, multi-million dollar contract covers core operational requirements of the company’s activities off Australia and existing and future emerging projects in Australia, the U.K., the U.S., Singapore and Korea.


Woodside to Evade LNG Concerns with New Ships

According to Bloomberg, Perth-based Woodside Petroleum Ltd. plans to skirt concern among Californians about the safety of liquefied natural gas import terminals by delivering the fuel directly into pipelines from ships moored offshore. Australia's second-biggest oil and gas producer will invest to develop the new technology and get access to the most populous U.S. state. In June, Woodside withdrew from a plan to build a permanent LNG terminal in the state


Dockwise Sees Demand for Yacht Transport in South Pacific

Photo courtesy DYT

“The Australian yacht market is very buoyant at present due to the strong Australian dollar,” said Roberts.  “Being market leaders, DYT and Aurora are working hard to service the South Pacific market for yacht transportation in relation to this large influx of yacht movements.”  Super Servant 3, at 456 feet (139 meters) in length and operating on a regular schedule to deliver yachts around the world


Whaling Ship Stopped in the Southwest Pacific

A Japanese whaling fleets harpoon vessel with a slaughtered minke whale in Mackenzie Bay (photo: Glenn Lockitch/ Sea Shepherd Australia)

At 2:50 p.m. (AEDT) today the captain of the Sea Shepherd Australia ship The Bob Barker, Peter Hammarstedt, reported his ship had just crossed into Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) 200 miles off Macquarie Island, but a pursuing Japanese whale harpoon ship, Yushin Maru No. 3, has stopped one mile outside the zone. Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt had been in touch with the Japanese authorities over the impending invasion of the Australian Whale Sanctuary


Padbury Mining Secures $6.5 Bln Port Funding

Source: Padbury Mining

Australia's Padbury Mining Ltd said it had secured almost $6.5 billion in funding to build a new deepwater port and railway at Oakajee in Western Australia, potentially opening a new export hub for the region's iron ore riches.   Plans for a port at Oakajee in Western Australia's Midwest region have been in the works under various companies for decades but have so far failed to get off the ground due to volatility in commodity markets and difficulty securing the massive investment needed


Pariah Containership Detained in NZ

The troubled German-owned, Liberia-flagged containership 'Vega Auriga', which was last week banned by Australia from entering its ports for three months, has now arrived in New Zealand, where it has been detained, informs ITF Seafarers. The ship – described by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as a "repeat offender" for breaches of seafarer welfare and ship maintenance – was detained in Tauranga after Maritime New Zealand found 14 deficiencies


NWS Approve Persephone Project

  Woodside, as Operator of the North West Shelf (NWS) Project, advises that the NWS Project participants have approved the Persephone Project off the north-west coast of Australia. The Persephone Project is the third major gas development for the NWS Project in the past six years, demonstrating the joint venture’s commitment to maximising the value of Australia’s largest operating oil and gas project.


Japan's Chase for Australian Subs Deal

Japans Soryu Class Advanced diesel-electric submarine. Photo: Japanese Navy

 Japan has confirmed it is ready to build Australia’s submarines entirely at local shipyards, after stumbling in its effort to win the A$50 billion ($34.76 billion) contract, reports Reuters.   According to Masaaki Ishikawa, director general for Acquisition Reform at the Ministry of Defense, Tokyo was willing to train hundreds of Australian engineers in Japan's submarine-manufacturing hub of Kobe as well as in Australia as part of its offer for one of the world's biggest


Australia Iron Ore Shipments to China Dip as Weather Shuts Port

File photo: Port of Port Hedland

Shipments of iron ore to China from Port Hedland, Australia, which handles a fifth of the world's seaborne trade, fell 17.6 percent in January from the previous month after a tropical cyclone closed the port temporarily, port data showed.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Should Remain Flat

Western Australia-China rates hit near 17-year low; owners explore laying-up ships. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes should remain flat next week as the Lunar New Year holiday in China will curtail chartering activity, shipbrokers said on Thursday.


FUGRO Wins BHP Pyrenees Contract

Photo: FUGRO

Fugro has been awarded a contract by BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd for the Pyrenees Phase 3 Installation Project.   The Pyrenees development is located offshore Western Australia, in approximately 200 metres water depth, 45 kilometres northwest of Exmouth


Indian Navy Shows Off Strength

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on board the INS Sumitra. Photo: PIB

 India’s naval might was on full display off the coast of Visakhapatnam today (Saturday) as President Pranab Mukherjee reviewed the naval fleet.   Mukherjee, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar


Chevron and ENN Sign Gorgon LNG Agreement

The Asia Vision is one of Chevrons new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers constructed to support the companys growing LNG operations. (Photo: Business Wire)

Agreement to supply 0.5 million metric tons annually for 10 years from the Gorgon Project   Chevron Corporation announced that its Australian subsidiaries have signed a non-binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) with ENN LNG Trading Company Limited (ENN) for the delivery of liquefied natural gas


Chevron Mulls LNG Supplies to China

Image: Chevron Australia

 Energy giant Chevron has signed a preliminary agreement with China's ENN LNG Trading company to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its $54 billion Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia.   Chevron plans to supply a unit of ENN Energy Holdings Ltd


Coal Carrier Shin Sekiyo Delivered

Shin Sekiyo Photo Chugoku Electric Power Co

On January 15, a new coal carrier, Shin Sekiyo, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture). A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by NYK chairman Yasumi Kudo and representatives from Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc


MOL Acquires Woodchip Carrier

MOL’s Newbuilding Woodchip Carrier C.S. Bright

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the delivery of the new woodchip carrier, C.S. Bright, which has a cargo hold capacity of about 4.3 million cubic feet, at Mizushima Shipyard of Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation (President: Takashi Ueda; Head Office: Osaka)


Cheap Freight Erodes Thai, Australian Sugar Export Advantage over Brazil

Cheap freight is eroding Thai and Australian sugar exporters' competitive advantage over Brazilian suppliers to Far Eastern markets, traders said on Thursday.   Thai raw sugar for March/April shipment was quoted at 25 points ($0.25/lb) over ICE March futures


Germany Out of Australian Submarine Tender

Image by US Navy

 As a bid from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) loses ground over technical concerns, the competition for a A$50 billion ($34.55 billion) contract to build Australia’s next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France, reports Reuters.  


Hyundai Heavy Closes Onsan offshore

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries  has temporarily shut one of its two factories making offshore oil rigs -  Onsan plant in South Korea - due to downturn in the global oil and gas industry.   The closure Onsan underscores the dire state of the country’s big shipbuilders as


Weather Shutters Australia's Port Hedland

Australia's Port Hedland was officially closed earlier on Friday following warnings from the weather bureau that a tropical cyclone was developing off the northern coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said in a statement. Port Hedland, which handles about a fifth of the world's seaborne iron ore trade


This Day In US Naval History - February 1

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Official U.S. Navy Photograph)

1800 - USS Constellation engages French frigate La Vengeance in a 5-hour battle during the Quasi War. 1902 - USS Plunger (SS-2), the lead ship of the Plunger-class submarine, launches. She is commissioned Sept. 19, 1903, at the Holland Company yard at New Suffolk, Long Island, N.Y


Large Yacht Code for Super Yachts - AMSA

Courtesy AMSA

From March 1, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will adopt the Large Yacht Code for super yachts and training vessels of 24 metres or more in length in a first for the Australian yachting community. Marine Order 52 will change the way large yachts in Australia are regulated in


Weather Impacted Australia Iron Ore China Liftings

Shipments of iron ore to China from Port Hedland, Australia, which handles a fifth of the world's seaborne trade, fell 17.6 percent in January from the previous month after a tropical cyclone closed the port temporarily, port data showed.






 
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