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Saudi Arabia Will Fill Need Created by Y2K Problems

Saudi Arabia's stands ready to step in and replace any oil supplies that may be disrupted because of Y2K computer problems. " Saudi Arabia's unused oil production capacity is reportedly about three million bpd.


Rowan Obtains Drilling Contracts in Saudi Arabia

Rowan Companies, Inc. was awarded term drilling contracts by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi ARAMCO) for two Tarzan Class jack-up drilling rigs to begin operating offshore Saudi Arabia in 2007. Each contract is for a four-year term. The relocation of the two rigs from the Gulf of Mexico will begin in January 2007 and the rigs should be operational in Saudi Arabia by the end of the first quarter. Rowan estimates that revenues from the contracts will be in excess of $550m


International Boycotts – Countries Requiring Cooperation

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the current list of countries which may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott that is inconsistent with U.S. law. The current list consists of: Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Yemen. 69 Fed. Reg. 42085 (HK Law).


First Saudi Arabian Ferries Delivered

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed the delivery of its two Austal-built 289 ft high speed vehicle-passenger catamarans, “Riyadh” and “Cairo” during a handover ceremony in Jeddah attended by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak. Ordered by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance in 2007, the vessels are a gift to the Egyptian Government, and will assist in improving the standard of ferry services across the Red Sea.


Crude-Tanker Cargo Rises 32 Percent on Saudi Exports: Report

The supply of crude oil cargoes for the largest tankers rose 32 percent so far this year, as Saudi Arabia boosted exports to compensate for the possibility of fewer Iranian cargoes, Arctic Securities ASA said. Very large crude carriers hauled 97 million metric tons of oil in the first 11 weeks of the year, up from 73.7 million tons during the same period of 2011, Oslo-based analyst Erik Nikolai Stavseth said by phone


Saudi Shipper Bahri Names Omar as CEO

Photo courtesy of Bahri

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has named Ibrahim Abdulrahman al-Omar as its chief executive, effective on Oct. 1, a bourse filing said on Wednesday. Omar has worked in several senior positions at firms including Saudi Telecom and its affiliate Viva Bahrain, the statement added. He replaces Mohammad Omair al-Otaibi, who was appointed acting CEO last month after the departure of Saleh bin Nasser al-Jasser at the end of July.


18 New Vessels for SMIT

SMIT has reached an agreement with Damen Shipyards from the Netherlands for constructing 11 newly built vessels. Two of these vessels (type ASD 3211, 65 tons bp) have been awarded with a long-term contract for the Terminals Division in Equatorial Guinea and will be delivered in respectively September and December 2007. Four vessels (type ASD 2810) are replacements for the Harbor Towage fleet in Rotterdam. These vessels will be equipped with a substantially higher bollard pull (60 tons bp)


Korean Yard Delivers First of Six New Ships for Bahri

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) receives the 'Bahri Abha' from South Korea's Hyundai Mipo shipyard. The new ship, of 26,000 dwt, was built especially for the general cargo trade and is the first to be delivered of six vessels that were contracted by the Company with Hyundai Mipo shipyard in 2011 for a total value of SAR 1,543 million. The remaining five general cargo vessels ordered by Bahri are under construction at Hyundai Mipo in South Korea with delivery expected


Bahri Scraps Old Stager Cargo Ship

Saudi Diriyah: Photo courtesy of Saudi Arabia Ports Authority

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) sells 'Saudi Diriyah' for recycling. The sale of the general purpose cargo vessel raised the sum of SAR. 30,257,136 generating a net gain of SAR 19,523,391 after deducting its book value and all expenses associated with the sale. Bahri mention that they had previously announced the signing of six ship building contracts to acquire six new general cargo vessels to replace the older fleet in this sector which have completed their useful life


Despite Rising US Production, Saudi Crude Still Flows In

Saudi crude & the US market: Chart courtesy of Poten & Partners

Reported spot market activity from the Arabian Gulf remains on an upward trend since 2010 in spite of rising US crude production, reports Poten & Partners’ in their latest ‘Tanker Opinions’. Over the past few years US domestic crude oil production has supplanted foreign crude oil imports. To the extent that they possibly can, domestic refiners have shifted to local grades that have trended at an often significant price discount


Elcome Equips Water Desalination Barge in Saudi Arabia

Elcome International, the marine solutions provider and system integrator in the Middle East and one of the largest marine technology suppliers in the world, recently completed replacement and upgrade of a 15 MW electrical distribution and automation system on a water desalination barge.


Bahri Appoint Two Board Members

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  The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) announces it received on 21/11/1435H corresponding to 16/9/2014G a letter from Saudi Aramco Development Company (SADC) appointing Mr. Said Abdullatif Al-Hadrami (non-executive member) and Mr


Kuwait to Ship Crude to Egypt in October

Kuwait said on Wednesday it would ship around two million barrels of crude oil in early October to Egypt, giving it priority as a buyer ahead of sales from storage into the Mediterranean market. The deal for two million barrels a month of Kuwaiti crude was signed this week with the Arab


PSC CIC on Fire Safety Systems by Riyadh MoU

  ClassNK has informed that Six countries viz. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE of the Riyadh MOU in the Gulf Region are planning the following PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC); Items of concentrated inspection : Fire Safety Systems (SOLAS Chapter II-2 and FSS


Paris MoU Issues Report on Port State Control

The Paris MoU published its report on 2013’s worldwide flag performance, “White, Grey and Black Lists.” The report indicates further improvements towards quality shipping. Last year Thailand and the United States of America were moved up to the White List


Brent Crude Prices to Move Upward: Analysts

Brent crude prices will move higher after some first half July weakness predicts NYC-based PIRA Energy Group. Brent crude prices will move higher after some first half July weakness with tighter global crude markets and reduced OPEC spare capacity even as Saudi Arabia makes up for lower Iraqi


Essar Projects Bags $54 mi Maiden Contract from Saudi Aramco

Amit Gupta, CEO–Hydrocarbon SBU, Essar Projects,

  The Hydrocarbon SBU of Essar Projects, a global EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor, has secured its maiden contract from Saudi Aramco, the national petroleum and natural gas Company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 6

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 6 1862 - CSS Arkansas destroyed by her commanding officer to prevent capture by USS Essex. 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf begins. US destroyers sink three of four Japanese destroyers. 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, Japan


Kara Sea Platform 'West Alpha' Starts Drilling

West Alpha: Photo courtesy of PSA Norway

The 'West Alpha' platform, owned by North Atlantic Drilling, has begun drilling the Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea as part of a joint Rosneft and ExxonMobil project, reports Russian official news agency 'Arctic-info'. Russian President Vladimir Putin


GLDD Report Solid Q2 2014 Dredging Sector Performance

Dredger: Image courtesy of GLDD

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and remediation services, has reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, excerpted as follows:


US to Release Reports on Crude Oil Export Issues

The U.S. Energy Information Administration plans to release two reports in September examining some of the issues surrounding a potential end to the nation's decades-old ban on most crude oil exports, the EIA's chief said on Monday. Some lawmakers have pressed the EIA


US Steel Producers Win Anti-dumping Case

The United States has approved anti-dumping duties against South Korea and other producers of steel pipes for the energy sector, a victory for domestic producers hoping to benefit from a boom in the U.S. shale oil and gas industry. U.S. steel companies lodged a complaint in 2013 as foreign


Parsons Wins Dubai Water Canal Project

Rendering Dubai Water Canal: Photo Dubai Govt.

Engineering, construction, technical, and professional services provider, Parsons, says it has been awarded a contract by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to perform infrastructure design services for the Dubai Water Canal Project.


Saudi Aramco CEO Points to Energy Future

Khalid A. Al-Fali: Photo Aramco

Speaking at this year’s Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Conference and Exhibition, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco president and CEO, addressed the challenges facing the industry and gave insights into Saudi Aramco’s strategy for turning these into opportunities


South Africa Wants to Resume Iran Oil Imports

South Africa wants to resume oil imports from Iran, once its biggest supplier, and hopes to resolve "sanction issues" that have blocked purchases within the next three months, its deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday. South Africa bought around 68






 
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