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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


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


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)


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


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


Container Census Predicts Limited Box Availability

After the critical shortages of containers of last year, production has picked up again, but high container prices and a tight ratio of containers to vessel slots will continue to constrain the availability of boxes, according to the Container Census – Annual Survey and Forecast of Global Container Units, a new report from Drewry Maritime Research. At the end of 2010, the global fleet of containers exceeded $90 billion in replacement value for the first time, according to the report


Transocean Swings to Loss on Falling Revenue

Transocean Ltd., one of the world's top offshore drilling companies, reported a first-quarter loss on Wednesday as oil exploration and production companies rent out fewer of its rigs because of tumbling crude prices.   The net loss was $483 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, down from a profit of $456 million, or $1.25 a diluted share in the same period a year ago, before oil prices plunged 50 percent.  


North America Dominates Global Container Shipping Market

Pic by China Shipping Container Lines

 In terms of geography, North America dominates the global container shipping market . This is due to improved transportation services in this region, says a report from Persistence Market Research.   The U.S. represents the largest market for container shipping followed by Canada in North America. In Europe, Germany, the U.K., Spain, Italy, and France hold the major share of the container shipping market.   


Iran Seeks $2.5B to Modernize its Oil Tankers

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Iran is seeking $2.5 billion investment to modernise its oil tankers fleet following the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Saturday. Iran emerged from years of economic isolation after crippling sanctions were lifted in January in return for Tehran complying with steps to curb its nuclear ambitions. Reuters reported last month that two Chinese firms were pushing for


Carriers have Withdrawn Extremely Low Spot Market Freight Rates - Drewry

Figure 1. Major routes where rates have bottomed out (all-in rates in US$ per 40ft container)Note Rates include BAF and THCs at both ends Source Drewry Container Freight Rate Insight (www.drewry.co.ukcfri)

Drewry’s Global Freight Rate Index, a weighted average of spot container freight rates across all major routes except intra-Asia, swung back in July by 13% to reach $1,403 per 40ft box. The global spot rate index had dropped to an all-time low of $1,113 per 40ft container in April.


Advent Hires Banks to Sell Control of Brazil Port

Buyout firm Advent International Corp has hired Morgan Stanley & Co and Grupo BTG Pactual SA to advise on the sale of a controlling stake in TCP Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá SA, Brazil's second-busiest container port


Industry Wants Hanjin Shipping to Merge with Hyundai Merchant Marine

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The Korea Shipowners’ Association (KSA) has officially suggested Hanjin Shipping merge with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to prevent  court receivership and liquidation, reports Business Korea.   This is the first time that the industry recommends the merger of the two


Krishnapatnam Port, Maersk Launches Mainline Service for China

Krishnapatnam port

Krishnapatnam, the country’s largest all-weather; deep water port on the east-coast of India has marked another milestone towards operational excellence as it launched its weekly mainline service from China to Krishnapatnam Port. The service to be operated by Maersk line in partnership with


Jakarta's New Container Terminal Starts Operating

A new container terminal at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia

On August 18, a new container terminal built by NYK Line together with PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) (IPC), Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and PSA International Pte Ltd  opened for commercial service at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Cargo Growth Forecast at Canada's West Coast Ports

The OSC 2016 forecast and planned container capacity increases on the west coast of Canada. Image by OSC

Ocean Shipping Consultants' 2016 container traffic report for the west coast of Canada forecasted that container demand through the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert would be 6.62 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) by 2030 (base case), with 5.93 million TEUs and 7


BG Freight Line Orders Four Containerships

Image: BG Freight Line

BG Freight Line, a fully owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short sea container feeder vessels optimized for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.    The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with


Giant CMA CGM Ship Vasco De Gama Runs Aground

File photo: Vasco De Gama

 CMA CGM’s mega containership Vasco De Gama ran aground off the Port of Southampton on the UK’s south coast just after midnight on August 22, 2016, reported Fleetmon.   The damages of the  2015-built, 17,859 teu giant vessel are being assessed


Cosco Eyes Spanish port of Algeciras

Photo by Port of Algeciras

 Algeciras Bay Port Authority in southern Spain has put up a tender for its third container terminal, and China's Cosco Shipping Ports is already being mentioned as a fore runner candidate, says a report by Caixin.   According to port authority


New Container Equipment Prices to Fall to Record Lows

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Cheaper production and material costs as well as weaker demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows and is forecast to fall  further during 2016, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry


China COSCO Falls to H1 Net Loss

File photo: China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd

China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd fell to a first-half loss hurt by a persistent slump in the global container market, the world's fourth largest container shipper said on Thursday. COSCO Shipping reported a first-half loss of 7.2 billion yuan ($1.08 billion yuan) versus a profit of 1


SMM 2016: World Premieres from around the Globe

Photo courtesy of SMM

Some 50,000 trade visitors from the whole of the world are expected in Hamburg for the start of SMM in less than two weeks. And once again, it is fully booked – with a total of more than 2,150 exhibitors from 67 countries, presenting their most innovative products and services


Asia’s Biggest Container Shipper Posts Loss

Photo: China COSCO Holdings Company Limted

 Asia’s largest container shipping company China Cosco Holdings Co  posted a net loss of Yuan7.2bn ($1.1bn) for the first six months of 2016, reversing the Yuan2bn net profit seen during the same period last year as excess capacity dragged down cargo rates.  


Shenzhen Port to Adopt China ECA Regulation

Photo courtesy:  Focus Technology Co

 China's Shenzhen port is set to to adopt requirements for ships at berth requiring to burn marine fuel with sulfur content not exceeding 0.5 percent starting October this year, according to Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service.  


Maersk Line's Innovative Smart Reefers

Image: The Maersk Group

 Have you heard about Maersk Line's smart reefers that can listen and talk? Cutting edge technology that reduces risk in customer supply chain, claims Maersk Line.   "We’re always looking for ways to improve cargo care on behalf of our customers






 
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