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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


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


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.


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


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


Otto Marine Clinches Australia AHTS Contracts

AHTS Go Spica: Photo Otto Marine

Otto Marine says it has clinched AUD57-million worth of charter contracts in Australia for two of its large deep water AHTS vessels. Otto Marine Limited, which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, with shipyard and other specialized offshore services, says that it has secured time charter contracts with two oil majors for its deep water anchor handlers, GO Sirius and GO Spica. Employed in drilling and pre-lay support, the 16


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


Pacific Basin Sells Harbor Towage Business to Smit Lamnalco

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has sold to Smit Lamnalco its entire shareholding in PB Towage Australia (PBTA), including all its harbor towage operations and 16 harbor tugs and two additional assests (one harbor tug and one barge) currently owned by other PB companies.


BHP Ships 1 bln Tonnes to China

Iron Ore Shipment to China

  BHP Billiton last night celebrated the shipment of its one billionth tonne of iron ore to China with customers, industrial associations, joint venture partners, suppliers and employees in Shanghai. BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie was joined by President


Keels Laid for Oman’s New Naval Ships

From left to right: Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, 2IC, Staff Officer 1, Marine Engineer; Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Most Senior, Head of Team; Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal; John Cooper, Program Manager (Acting); Kutub Chowdhury, Principal Surveyor – DNV GL; and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi, Staff Officer, Marine Engineer. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has completed the keel laying for two 72-meter High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman. The occasion was formally recognized at an event held today at Austal’s Australian Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.  


Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

 Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines. Size, technology and stealth are proving too great a draw for Canberra.  


Australian Defence Minister Says Would Not Trust Submarine Firm to Build Canoe

Australia's defence minister has said he would not trust state-owned Australian Submarine Corp (ASC) "to build a canoe", fuelling expectations that most work in a A$40 billion ($34 billion) program will go offshore.   Reuters reported in September that Australia was leaning


Melbourne Box Pot Lining Up Bidders

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Three of Australia's largest infrastructure funds plan to bid for the country's largest container terminal in a sale expected to fetch about A$5 billion ($4.27 billion) for Victoria state, a source with knowledge of the process said on Wednesday.


HMAS Canberra Joins the Fleet

HMAS Canberra guard, led by Guard Comander, Lieutenant Adam Simeoni, march on at the commencement of the commissioning ceremony held in the new ship in Sydney.

  Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr Tony Abbott, MP, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) was welcomed into


Inchcape Inks Another Liner Contract

The long-standing business association between Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has resulted in a significant contract covering agency representation in Indonesia from United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a global shipping company based in the Middle East.  


Successful Sea Trials of S4 Waterjets

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has successfully completed seatrials of its first S4 series of waterjets, designed to give higher efficiency at lower speeds.   The trials aboard the recently upgraded Tangalooma Jet, a 350 passenger-carrying high-speed catamaran


RAN's Warfare Destroyer Program Being Revamped

Pacific Sentinel

  In a joint press release the Australian Minister for Finance Senator Mathias Cormann and Minister for Defence David Johnston stated. that the shipbuilding expertise will to be inserted into the Air Warfare Destroyer program. 


Oz For a Sustainable Naval Shipbuilding Industry

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston

  Senator David Johnston, the Australian Minister of Defence announced about the government's was committed to creating a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. He informed that the Government would be investing in a safe and secure Australia.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market 'Imploding'

Capesize rates fall to six-year lows; rates below ship operating costs, according to accountancy firm. Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes, which crashed close to six-year lows on Wednesday, will continue their inexorable fall in the face of few fresh cargoes, brokers said.


Two New Tugs to Serve Western Australia

RT Endeavour and RT Discovery in Hong Kong awaiting deployment to Western Australia

Robert Allan Ltd. Designed ART 80-32 Rotortugs Delivered in Hong Kong and Ready for Deployment to Western Australia   The RT Discovery and RT Endeavour, ART 80-32 class Rotortugs, have been delivered by Cheoy Lee Shipyards to Owner’s Elisabeth Ltd


DYT Yacht Transport Carries M/V OCEARCH

DYT Yacht Transport’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express is shown here in Port Everglades, Fla., before heading Down Under with its cargo of precious yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull). (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).

The 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH is currently making its way from Port Everglades, Florida to Brisbane, Australia on board DYT Yacht Transport’s semisubmersible ship 686’ flagship Yacht Express. The research vessel is the namesake of the nonprofit organization OCEARCH


Smit Lamnalco Acquires PB Towage

Picture PB Towage tug

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced that Smit Lamnalco, a 50% owned associate, has substantially strengthened its position in Australia through the acquisition of PB Towage Australia (PB Towage). PB Towage is the second largest player in Australia with activities along the Eastern






 
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