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Shipbuilders See More Growth with Oil Price Rise

The Korea Times reported that shipbuilders who were enjoying solid sales have also secured an additional growth engine for further expansion rising oil prices. With oil prices hitting record highs, offshore oil exploration has picked up, leading to strong demand for drilling rigs and for the conversion of oil tankers into floating-production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. The unit price of Dubai crude oil, South Korea’s benchmark, rose to a record high of $71.13 in August, an increase of $1.64 from a month earlier, according to data from the National Statistical Office (NSO). The statistics agency added that it is the first time for oil import prices to exceed $70 a barrel. Industry sources said oil prices have quadrupled since 2002. Samsung Heavy Industries has at least four LNG carriers on order, and is optimistic about more contracts for LNG carriers over the next three years on healthy demand Source: Korea Times


Denmark's Budget Gap May Flirt with EU Limit if Oil Stays at $50

Denmark's government estimates its budget would lose 7.5 billion Danish crowns ($1.1 billion) if oil prices remained around $50 a barrel, according to a document submitted by the finance minister to a parliamentary committee. That figure, which takes into account the positive financial impact from lower oil prices, represents 0.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and would push the budget deficit to 2.9 percent, close to the European Union's 3.0 percent cap.


Clinton Administration Worried About High Oil Prices

The Clinton administration said that oil prices have soared to "dangerously high" levels, and crude oil could be sold from the nation's emergency stockpile if already-tight supplies are disrupted by Y2K computer problems at the end of the year. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson sent to the White House contingency plans for selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if necessary. The reserve, created after the 1970s Arab oil embargo


Oil Steadies as Equities Rally

Recovering stock markets boost oil prices; U.S. crude on track for first weekly gain in nine weeks. Oil prices steadied on Friday after bouncing back from six-and-a-half-year lows on recovering equities markets, strong U.S. economic growth and news of low crude supplies from Nigeria. Oil saw its biggest one-day bounce since 2009 on Thursday, with North Sea Brent and U.S. light crude rising more than 10 percent. U.S


Crude Prices Firm Ahead of US Data

U.S. payroll, jobs data may support oil prices; demand outlook improving. Crude oil futures edged up on Friday, building on the week's gains, as traders and analysts eyed U.S. jobs data which could give further momentum to rising prices. Brent futures rose 19 cents to $37.26 a barrel as of 1203 GMT, after settling 14 cents higher in the previous session. The crude benchmark is set to end the week with a gain of more than 5 percent.


US Import Prices Fall, but Downward Trend Nearing End

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

U.S. import prices fell in February for an eighth straight month, weighed down by declining costs for petroleum and a range of other goods, but the pace of decline is slowing as the dollar's rally fades and oil prices stabilize.   The Labor Department said on Friday import prices slipped 0.3 percent last month after a 1.0 percent decrease in January. Import prices have decreased in 18 of the last 20 months, reflecting a robust dollar and plunging oil prices.  


Offshore shares driving the market

Share prices in Oslo rose in August for the sixth consecutive month, and can thus show for positive share price movements for 7 out of 8 months so far this year. While the All Share Index gained another 2.4 percent in August, the Shipping Index was a little behind with a 1.4 percent increase. Shipping and Offshore shares are up 43.2 percent for the year. The oil price continued to rise in August. For the first time since October 1997 North Sea oil for immediate delivery (Brent spot) was


Offshore Shares Driving The Oslo Market

Share prices in Oslo rose in August for the sixth consecutive month, and can thus show for positive share price movements for seven out of eight months so far this year. While the All Share Index gained another 2.4 percent in August, the Shipping Index was a little behind with a 1.4 percent increase. Shipping and Offshore shares are up 43.2 percent for the year. The oil price continued to rise in August. For the first time since October 1997 North Sea oil for immediate delivery (Brent spot)


Record Oil Prices to Come – Iran Minister

Iran's finance minister believes sanctions against his country could cause the oil price to reach US$ 160 per barrel "We must pay close attention when we speak of oil revenues and sanctions against oil sales, who are the winners and the losers of such sanctions?" Shamseddin Hosseini told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" in a recently broadcasted interview. Eighty percent of Iran's foreign revenues are derived from oil exports


Maersk Q3 Profit Drops

The Maersk Group delivered an underlying profit of USD 662m in the third quarter

  The Group delivered a profit of USD 778m (USD 1.5bn) negatively impacted by the lower oil price and lower average container freight rates, down 51% and 19% respectively compared to the same period last year. The return on invested capital (ROIC) was 7.6% (12.7%). The underlying profit was USD 662m (USD 1.3bn). “The Maersk Group delivered an underlying profit of USD 662m in the third quarter. The decline of nearly 50 percent compared to last year was primarily due to container


Maritime Consolidation: Palfinger Aims to Acquire Harding

Palfingers potential acquisition of Harding will help it be less dependent on the whims of the offshore energy markets. (Photo: Palfinger Marine)

As maritime markets continue to struggle, merger and acquisition activity should heat up. Today, Austria's Palfinger Group announced that it intends to acquire 100% of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS and thus, the globally operating Harding Group


STX Shipbuilding Likely to Enter Court-lead Restructuring

Photo: Robert Kunkel

South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd will likely need to enter court-supervised receivership due to financial difficulties, the firm's lead creditor Korea Development Bank said on Wednesday. STX Offshore's creditors took control of the company in 2013 after the


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


Hercules Offshore Filing for Bankruptcy Again

(Photo: Hercules Offshore)

Hercules Offshore Inc said it planned to file for prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just six months after the rig contractor emerged from bankruptcy protection. The company said it had entered into a restructuring support agreement with some lenders


Offshore Casualty: Harkand Group Collapses

The versatile Harkand Go Electra is a DP2 multi-purpose ROV, survey and air diving vessel and has recently completed its first campaign in the Caribbean. (Photo: Harkand)

As the prolonged slump in energy prices continues to drag on a number of oil and gas and maritime players, word has it that Harkand Group has succumbed, according to staff reports and a report on www.bbc.com. The company was a high-flyer building an enviable fleet of advanced tonnage


Tanker Shipping: Signs of Weakness are Appearing, But Still Money to be Made

Graph: BIMCO

Supported by slow fleet growth and ongoing positive refinery margins, VLCC earnings in Q1-2016 were up from a year ago, but down from Q4-2015 as we expected at $58,367 per day for VLCC (+5.7% year on year).  For the minor crude oil carriers, rates were down from Q1-2015 and Q4-2015


Emas Reels in $32m Contract

Photo: Emas Offshore

 Singapore-listed offshore firm EMAS Offshore Limited wins $32m of new business  has secured new awards and letter of intents for charters amounting to approximately US$32 million, including options.   These new charters will see EMAS Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug (AHT)


Greece to Evaluate Deep-sea O&G Exploration Bids

Greece will conclude the evaluation of deep-sea oil and gas exploration bids in the coming weeks and will name the preferred bidders soon after, its energy minister said on Friday, as the country seeks to tap into its limited oil reserves.  


US LNG Shipments Point to Global Gas Price Convergence

Image by East-West Center

 The emergence of US liquefied natural gas as a competitive alternative for European and Asian customers, combined with an oversupplied market, should drive more convergence between natural gas prices at major hubs and weaken the link between gas and oil prices, Fitch Ratings says.  


South Korean Shipbuilders’ Off-Shore Debts

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 Beleaguered South Korean  shipbuilders's total liabilities as of the end of last year for their 34 overseas affiliated companies have reached 5.3584 trillion won (US$4.65 billion), up 28.7% compared to five years ago, reports BusinessKorea.  


Oil prices up on Nigeria outages, Goldman Forecast

Unrest cuts Nigerian output to lowest in decades; U.S., China output also down sharply. Oil prices jumped over 2 percent on Monday to their highest since November 2015 on growing Nigerian oil output disruptions and after long-time bear Goldman Sachs said the market had ended almost two years of


Cuba's Trade Deficit Widens as Commodity Crash Bites

Cuba's chronic goods trade deficit widened by $1.5 billion in 2015 as exports fell 24 percent and imports rose 3 percent, the government said on Wednesday, in the first data showing a commodity crash has hurt the economy.   The information


Wood Group Develops Advanced Analytics Capability with CeADA

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group Kenny

Wood Group today announced that it is collaborating with the Centre for Applied Data Analytics (CeADAR), located at University College Dublin (UCD), to launch a new data analytics capability to deliver significant savings for the energy and industrial sectors.


Nigeria: What are the Implications for Tanker Demand?

Source: Poten and Partners

 Nigeria’s crude oil production and exports have been hit by severe outages as a result of attacks on oil infrastructure by rebel fighters in the Niger River Delta.    Various sources report that Qua Iboe Terminal has shut down operations until further notice


BW LPG Registers 10% Growth in VLGC Fleet

Photo: BW LPG Limited

 Less domestic petrochemical consumption of LPG would be positive for VLGC shipping as it would result in a greater surplus of LPG available for export.    However, it is still unclear whether this dedicated-feedstock ethylene (five new ethylene plants






 
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