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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.


S. Arabia Raised Output in Sept

  Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia told OPEC it raised its oil production in September by 100,000 barrels per day, adding to signs it has yet to respond to a drop in prices well below $100 a barrel by trimming output. In a monthly report issued on Friday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said Saudi Arabia reported September production of 9.704 million barrels per day (bpd), up from 9.597 million in August.


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


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


Bahri, Rickmers-Linie Ink Charter Deal

Bahri Rickmers-Linie in Charter deal

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based specialist for project and heavy lift liner services and the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (trading as Bahri Liner) have recently signed a space charter agreement. The agreement covers the ports on the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as well as ports in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, the UAE, Iraq and the Yemen. It enables the chartering of space from Rickmers-Linie to Bahri Liner and vice versa on vessels operated by the other and authorizes


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).


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


Saudi Shipper Bahri Names Omar as CEO

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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.


Standard Chartered Closes $1.6 bln+ in Shipping Finance

Standard Chartered said on Tuesday it had completed three shipping deals worth more than $1.6 billion in recent months.   The deals include in December a $684.5 million up to 12-year facility for BW Gas JuJu LNG, a joint venture between BW Group and Japan's Marubeni. In November, the bank also structured a $350 mln Islamic facility for National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri). The month before it closed a $572 mln loan to subsidiaries of India's Reliance Group


More Room for Asian VLCC Rates to Fall

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VLCC rates on the AG/Japan route tumbled by nearly w10 points within a day to w60 on Tuesday, after news of S-Oil placing Australis on subs for an AG/Onsan run at w54.75, loading March 13-15 basis 274kt, broke. Charterers went for the jugular


OPEC's Hope for Goldilocks Price Fade: Kemp

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CERAWeek has exposed all the contradictions at the heart of OPEC’s attempt to rebalance the oil market without rekindling the shale boom or conceding too much market share to rivals.   The oil industry conference in Houston started with a celebration of higher prices


Shreyas Shipping Acquires Balaji Shipping

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 India’s Shreyas Shipping and Logistics has approved plans for its subsidiary Shreyas Relay Systems (SRS) to acquire 99.9% of Balaji Shipping Lines from Transworld Holding (TWH).   Shreyas Shipping said that consequent to the said issue


EU Lawmakers Reject Call for Ban on Arctic Oil Exploration

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The European Parliament rejected a call to ban Arctic oil and gas exploration on Thursday, in a symbolic vote seen as a barometer for future moves by Brussels to regulate to protect the region. Lawmakers who back the ban, which had drawn the ire of Norway


Saudi Arabia to Raise Military Spending

Saudi Arabia, at war in Yemen and competing for regional influence with arch-rival Iran, projects a 6.7 percent rise in defence spending in 2017 to 191 billion riyals ($50.8 billion), according to official budget figures released on Thursday.  


Maersk Expands Foothold in Iran

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 Danish container shipping company Maersk Line has added Iranian Port of Bushehr to its services, expanding its presence in this Middle-Eastern country. The new port specializes in feeder transport facilities.   From Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates


Maritime Piracy Agreement broadened to cover Illicit Activity

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An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal


Oil Steady; Record High Russian Output Forecast Offsets Weak Dollar

Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday as forecasts for record production out of Russia in 2017 helped offset earlier gains related to a decline in the U.S. dollar and Saudi Arabia saying it would adhere to OPEC's commitment to cut output.


Bahri Profits Fall

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 National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri),  the exclusive oil shipper for Saudi Aramco, made a net profit of 327.8 million riyals ($87.4 million) for the three months to Dec. 31. That compares with 566.4 million riyals in the fourth quarter of 2015.  


Oil Prices Won't Reach 'Desired Level' before 2018, Iraq Says

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Oil prices will not reach "levels desired" by Iraq before the end of 2018 or 2019, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday in Baghdad.   "Demand has increased and this has helped raise the prices but it won't return to the level of 2013" when crude exceeded


Oil Exports From Southern Iraq Down in January

Crude oil exports from southern Iraq in January fell to 3.275 million barrels per day (bpd) from 3.51 million bpd in December, as the country complied with an agreement with other producers to reduce output, two oil executives said on Tuesday.


Bahri Acquires VLCC Amjad

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Amjad, a 300,000 DWT Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, has become the latest addition to Bahri's growing fleet of 84 vessels of various types.   Bahri took delivery of the VLCC, its 37th


LR Demand Difficulties

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 There has always been a compelling story being told about how larger product carriers are the future, in particular the LR2s, says Gibsons Weekly Tanker Report.   However, the sector has had a particularly challenging few months


Iraq Plans to Acquire "Large Fleet" of Oil Tankers

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Iraq plans to acquire a "large fleet" of oil tankers to transport the OPEC nation's crude to global markets, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said in a statement on Friday.   The nation's tanker fleet was largely destroyed during the U.S


Emas Chiyoda Subsea Files for Bankruptcy

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Subsea affiliate of Singapore's Ezra files for U.S. bankruptcy   A subsea and offshore contractor affiliate of Ezra Holdings Ltd, a struggling Singaporean oilfield services firm, filed for U.S. bankruptcy as it ran short of cash due to a lingering downturn in the oil-and-gas industry.






 
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