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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


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


French PM: Aussie Subs to be built in Australia

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday he was committed to building all of a new Australian submarine fleet in Australia, apparently contradicting the French contractor who said last week the deal would create jobs in France. Valls stopped off in Australia while headed to New Zealand for a scheduled visit, just days after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said France had beaten out Japan and Germany for the A$50 billion ($38 billion) contract.


Severe Weather Forecast for Port Kembla, Australia

The grain terminal at Port Kembla, Australia Photo  Port Kembla

The Harbour Master at Port Kembla has issued a notification of potential severe weather forecast for the next 72 hours (18-21 June). The port remains open and conditions will be monitored closely. It is likely that the Harbour Master will order the anchorage to be cleared this evening as a


Austal Launches Offshore Crew Transfer Vessel for CMS

(Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has launched Hull 392, a 70-meter offshore crew transfer vessel for Caspian Marine Services Limited (CMS) of Azerbaijan, at the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.   Following the contract award in June 2015, construction commenced in October 2015


Malikai TLP Float-Off in Malaysia

Photo courtesy of Dockwise

InterMoor completed its involvement in the Shell Malikai Tension Leg Platform (TLP) float-off operations. The TLP was loaded onto the Dockwise Heavy Lift Vessel White Marlin at Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) shipyard in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia


Lenders Deny BHP Port Debt on Coal Worries

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton pulled a $500 million debt refinancing plan at one of Australia's biggest coal export terminals after banks were reluctant to lend to the sector, said three sources with knowledge of the process. The decision earlier this month sets back efforts to simplify


Turnbull Tours Austal’s Western Australia Yard

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back for the tour of Austal’s Henderson shipyard, hosted by Austal CEO David Singleton and Chairman John Rothwell. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)

 Austal Limited welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard, demonstrating the facility’s naval shipbuilding capabilities, innovation and export success.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Climb

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, typically used in the Brazil-China trades (Credit: Vale)

More coal cargoes, rising oil prices could support rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to rise next week on an increase in coal cargoes and higher fuel prices, ship brokers said. That comes as Brent crude futures breached the psychologically


Port Business: Is Bigger Better?

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Ports strive to meet growing demands /  Bigger Ships, Volumes, call for Expanding Facilities and Infrastructure   Every port is different.  But the harbor masters meeting in Vancouver this week are finding they all have much in common


Kalmar Straddle Carriers for DP World's Terminal, Melbourne

Kalmar will deliver ten diesel-electric straddle carriers to DP Worlds West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. Image courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation. Photo Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received orders for 10 diesel-electric straddle carriers from DP World for their West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. One order for five units was booked in Cargotec's 2015 fourth quarter order intake and the other five units were booked in 2016 first


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Firming on Cargo Volumes

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk vessel (Vale)

Tough measures needed to achieve profitability -BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold around current levels or nudge slightly higher next week on buoyant cargo volumes, likely supported by a raft of off-market charters, ship brokers said


Adani may Withdraw from Australian Coal Mine Project

Gautam Adani Courtesy Adani Ports

 Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprise Ltd may walk away from its proposal to build one of the world's biggest coal mines in Australia, citing long delays caused by legal challenges to the project by groups concerned about the environment.


No New Australian LNG Projects Doesn't Mean No New LNG

Conventional wisdom in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector is that no new projects will be built for several years, given the vast cost can't be reconciled with the current low prices.   This view has led some in the industry to predict that the market will flip back to a structural


Indo-US-Japan Naval Exercise Irks China

Photo: Indian Navy

 The joint military drill by Japan, the US and India being held near the waters of the East China Sea will create more frictions in the disputed area, warns China.   The first phase of the drill kicked off on Friday in Japan’s southwestern city of Sasebo


Austal Supporting Innovation in Western Australia

Austal Limited has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, The Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, in preparation for the State’s first Innovation Summit, to be held in Perth on July 28, 2016.  


Asia Dry Bulk, Capesize Rates Set to Diverge

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk vessel, commonly used to move bulk from Brazil to Asian markets (Vale)

Rates from Australia to fall, Brazil rates to nudge higher. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China trending lower on weaker sentiment while prices from Brazil to China could rise on tight vessel supply


MSC Launches 'myMSC'

Image: Mediterranean Shipping Company (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd

 MSC has recently launched a new customer portal called ‘myMSC’ which allows you to submit your VGM instructions online and much more.   The launch of this portal has been advanced in anticipation of the new SOLAS regulation which comes into effect on the 1st July 2016.






 
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