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Entomology for the millennium: Options for the bugs

Every company in the marine and offshore industries has at some stage been involved in a millennium bug compliance study. It is now time to admit that industry is bored with the subject. Since the problem was first mooted, its possible outcome has remained a mystery, which is the only definite aspect of the millennium bug problem. No one actually knows what will happen. One thing is certain, though, in the modern marine and offshore industry, information has become the most important business tool. How companies handle and store it for use depends on their internal structure, but it is safe to say that it will be on a computer at some stage. Lose the information, and the company will lose money rapidly while trying to recoup that information and operate effectively at the same time. So information-sensitive companies such as shipbrokers, agents, offshore oil companies, and ship operators, have been forced to take measures to ensure compliance. Until recently, there was only one course of action open to them, weed out the problems now by replacing equipment, at huge cost, that does not meet millennium bug requirements. There are now two courses of action possible. Companies can now rent the software. Renting software is a service that has never been offered to the shipping industry before, but small and medium-sized companies have welcomed the idea


Asia-Bound VLCCs to Use Venezuela's St Eustatius Terminal

VLCC file photo

Venezuela's state-run PDVSA will use a terminal owned by U.S. firm NuStar Energy on the island of Saint Eustatius to store crude and load very large crude carriers (VLCCs) going to Asia, after deciding it will no longer rent a facility in the Bahamas, according to a PDVSA executive. PDVSA has been using the Saint Eustatius terminal in the Caribbean since March as a center to store and mix its crudes and produce exportable blends


IHC Merwede Rents Out First IHC Beaver Dredger

IHS Beaver 40

IHC Merwede has entered the international rental market with its standard IHC Beaver dredgers and DMC work boats. The company has identified a demand in the market for vessels and equipment that may only be used for a relatively short period of time. In August, the first dredger – an IHC Beaver® 40 – was rented out to a contractor in Europe. The dredger was easily loaded on to trucks and transported to the dredging site


Iron-Ore Ship Rents Fall

According to a report from Bloomberg, rents for capesize ships that haul iron ore fell the most in a month on excess vessel supplies. Hire rates fell 5.4% to $6,359 on May 10, data from the Baltic Exchange in London show. That’s the biggest decline since April 8 and leaves rates 86 percent lower than a year ago.    (Source: Bloomberg)


Get Ready for Changes in Lease Reporting

By Richard J. Paine, Sr.

From the December 2010 edition of MarineNews Since the middle of 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been working towards changing how companies report their lease transactions on their balance sheets. Those companies (including publicly traded entities) whose reporting complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) must observe the reporting regulations as set down by FASB


New CEO Showcases Marseilles Fos Initiatives

Christine Cabau Woehrel

Christine Cabau Woehrel has taken up her new role as CEO of the Marseilles Fos port authority after two years heading the Port of Dunkirk. She succeeds Jean-Claude Terrier following a French transport ministry nomination that was backed by the port’s supervisory board in February and has now been confirmed by government decree. Her move marks a return to the headquarters city of CMA GGM, France’s biggest and the world’s third largest container carrier


Intrepid to Close for Repairs, Renovation

The aircraft carrier Intrepid, the military museum that has been docked on the Hudson River for 24 years, is scheduled to close on Oct. 1 and will be moved soon afterward to New Jersey for repairs and Staten Island for renovation. The New York Times reported that about a month after the museum closed, the carrier would be towed away from its mooring at Pier 86 and is not expected to return for 18 months. The museum's directors approved the general plan last week after Mayor Michael R


IMCA Moves to Larger Headquarters

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies, has moved to new and larger offices. Their new address is: IMCA - International Marine Contractors Association, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Their telephone and fax numbers and email address remain unchanged - Tel: +44 (0) 20 7824 5520, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7824 5521; Email imca@imca-int.com.


DMC Partners to Develop "The Dolphin Residence"

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Dubai Maritime City (DMC) announced its partnership jointly with Sharaf Investments and Al Ali Property Investment (API) to develop “The Dolphin Residence” within the City, into a high-end Freehold mixed use development complete with offices, private residences, a four star hotel, shopping mall, mosque, parking lot and leisure facilities. The partnership deal was signed by Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman, Dubai Maritime City; Sharafuddin Sharaf


Tentec Offers Rental on all Topside and Subsea Bolt Tensioners

Photo: Tentec

Tentec, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of bolt tightening equipment is pleased to announce that due to popular demand, its renowned ranges of topside and subsea bolt tensioning equipment is now available for worldwide rental. Supported by Tentec’s established worldwide distributor network, this latest move enables organizations to hire and use tools just when they need them, so keeping project costs low


Fuel-saving Modifications for Containerships’ Engines

Photo: MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and 100% owned subsidiary MES Technoservice Co., Ltd., have received an order from a Taiwan shipowner for fuel-efficiency modifications to the main engine (Mitsui-MAN B&W 12K98MC/M6) of three large type container vessels.


NYK Opens New Planning Center in Kumamoto

Kumamoto office of Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc.

  On September 1, 2014, NYK and Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. established a stowage planning center for container shipping at the Kumamoto office of Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. in Ozu town, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.   The task of container stowage planning will be transferred from


No Sign of Ultra-Large Containership Mega Hubs: Analysis

Container terminal: Photo Maersk

Contrary to the views of some in the industry, Ultra Large Container Vessels are continuing to call at multiple North European ports per loop and are not concentrating on a mega-hub, according to Drewry’s latest Container Insight Weekly, excerpted here.


Fukushima Fallout: Resentment Grows

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   Like many of her neighbours, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago.


KKR, Borealis Maritime JV acquires 9 container ships

Christoph Toepfer and Frederik Rye-Florentz of Borealis Maritime.

KKR and Borealis Maritime today announced the acquisition of a portfolio of nine feeder container vessels in a sale process coordinated by Commerzbank. The vessels were previously owned by a number of German KG funds and were originally financed by Commerzbank


PDVSA Halts Exports of Diluted Crude for Oct

  Venezuela's state-run PDVSA has put on hold its plans to export diluted crude oil (DCO) in October as the company reviews production costs that have risen on imports of costly naphtha that it uses to mix with its extra heavy crude, traders told Reuters on Friday.


SBM Offshore Completes Real Estate Divestment

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  SBM Offshore is pleased to announce that is has completed the sale and lease back of its Monaco real estate portfolio.  The last of the three buildings was sold for approximately US$62 million net of expenses, resulting in a book profit of approximately US$58 million.


Kalmar to Supply 4 RTGs to Super Terminais, Brazil

E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver four E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil. The 8 million USD order was signed in August 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015.


Hamburg Süd Christens Containership in S. Korea

Hamburg Süd’s San Christobal will operate between Asia and the east coast of South America from September 2014

Hamburg Süd yesterday celebrated the christening of its new containership San Christobal with customers and business partners at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel is the second newbuild in the series of three new San-class ships.


KKR & Borealis Maritime Acquire 9 Containerships

Containerships sunrise: File photo

KKR and Borealis Maritime say they have acquired a portfolio of nine feeder container vessels in a sale process coordinated by Commerzbank. The vessels were previously owned by a number of German KG funds and were originally financed by Commerzbank


Latest Ocean-Going Shipbuilding Orders

Welding: Photo courtesy GLG

Clarkson Hellas notes in its latest 'S&P Weekly Bulletin' shipbuilding orders placed in the dry bulk, tankship, gas carrier and containership sectors, as follows: Dry bulk carriers A couple of orders to report in dry this week with Santoku Senpaku adding further Kamsarmax to their orderbook


Big Increase in Port of Houston Steel Cargoes

Houston Ship Channel: File photo

More steel moved across the docks in July than any month since 2008, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported at the recent meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Guenther also noted that PHA has achieved a record


Piraeus Port Posts Flat Profit, Sales Dip

Photo: Piraeus Port Authority

Greece's Piraeus Port (OLP) , the largest in the country, said its first-half net profit was almost unchanged from the same year-ago period, while sales fell. Piraeus Port, which is privatisation, is one of the busiest passenger ports in Europe


Wishful Thinking From Across the Pond

Joseph Keefe

European Shipowners Pursue Softening of the Jones Act   Just last month, the Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) opined that the sixth negotiations round of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should include concessions


Shanghai Port's Q2 Profit Down; China Trade Flagging

Shanghai International Port , the operator of the world's busiest container port, reported earnings on Wednesday that showed its second-quarter net profit fell 2.5 percent in a sign of slowing trade in China. Shanghai Port said in a Chinese-language filing on the Shanghai stock exchange that






 
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