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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.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates May Dip

Rates from Western Australia to China fall from six-month high. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could slide next week as charterers rein in their activity following a flurry of fixtures which pushed rates from Western Australia to China to a six-month high


Port Hedland Continues to Forge Ties with Vietnam

Photo: Port Hedland

Further establishing relationships and economic ties were amongst the items discussed as the recently appointed Consulate General of Vietnam, Phung The Long, met with Town of Port Hedland elected members and senior executives.   


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


Oceans Gasping for Breath, Oxygen Running Low!

Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. Image Credit: NCAR

 Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.   Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world


Maersk Line Names Hahnemann Chief HR Officer

On August 1, 2016, Ulf Hahnemann, current Vice President for Strategic Programs at Mars Inc. will join Maersk Line as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and be part of the management board of Maersk Line.   Maersk Line’s current Chief Human Resources Officer, Michael Chivers


$280m Deal for Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement

Austals Pacific Patrol Boat rendering (Austal)

The Turnbull Government today signed a contract with Austal Ships Pty Ltd to build and sustain up to 21 steel-hulled vessels to replace the existing fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats as part of Australia’s new Pacific Maritime Security Program.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners


Australia Orders Replacement Replenishment Ships

HMAS Success Photo RAN

  The Government has signed contracts with Navantia S.A. to build Australia’s two replacement replenishment ships, avoiding a critical capability gap.   Australia’s current supply ship HMAS Success will reach its end of life in 2021 and needs to be replaced as a matter of


Australia, Thailand host Indo-Pacific Regional Peacekeeping Exercise

The Commandant of the Australian Defence College, Major General Simone Wilkie with the Director of Joint Operations, Royal Thai Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Thongchai Sarasuk during PIRAP JABIRU, a peacekeeping desk-top based exercise Australia co-hosts with Thailand from 09-20 May Photo RAN)

Australia and Thailand are co-hosting a peacekeeping exercise involving over 100 participants from the Indo–Pacific region from 9-20 May 2016 in Bangsaen, Thailand. Commander Australian Defence College, Major General Simone Wilkie, who is in Thailand to open PIRAP JABIRU 2016


S. Korea to Host Six-Nation Submarine Rescue Exercise this Month

Photo: South Korea Navy

 South Korea will host a six-nation submarine exercise in its southern seas later in the month, Yonhap quoted the Navy as saying.   The Pacific Reach 2016, involving the United States, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea will kick off on May 25 for a 10-day run in the


Japan, Australia Deepen Defense Relationship

HMAS RANKIN conducts engagement visit to Japan   The growing Defense relationship between Japan and Australia was given a boost this week when Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine HMAS Rankin conducted a port visit to Kobe, Japan from May 6-10,  2016


Australia Orders Antarctic Supply Research Vessel

Image: Damen

Australian icebreaker operated by DMS Maritime to be constructed by Damen   The Australian Government has signed a deal with DMS Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco, for the delivery, operation and maintenance of an Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) with icebreaking


China: Stakeholders Should Manage S.China Sea Differences Constructively

China and the United States should manage their differences over disputed waters in the South China Sea constructively, one of China's top military officials has said. Fang Fenghui, a member of China's Central Military Commission, told General Joseph Dunford


Australia's Gorgon LNG Export Facility to Resume Ops

Chevron has begun to restart its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Australia following its unplanned shutdown in April, the U.S. energy major said on Wednesday. "We confirm start-up activities are underway on Gorgon train one with a plan to safely resume production in






 
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