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Samsung Heavy Industries Building Two Golar LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Credit Wikipedia CCL Wmeinhart

Golar LNG Limited announces that  the Company  has entered into firm contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd for a further two LNG carriers. The two additional vessels, each with a capacity of 160,000cbm have a combined total cost of slightly above $400 million. The first of the carriers is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2014 and the second in early 2015. Subject to declaration deadlines, each contract also comes with an option for a further carrier for 2015 delivery. Attached to both options is the right to select an FSRU alternative and the vessel contracted for delivery in early 2015 also comes with the option for construction as an FSRU. As with Golar's existing new building orders, the vessels will be delivered with tri-fuel diesel electric engines and the lowest boil off rates in the industry making them extremely attractive prospects to charterers.   Chairman John Fredriksen says in a comment: With a total of 13 newbuilings and a further 4 options Golar LNG has secured a strategic unequal position to meet our customers' demand in the fast growing LNG industry. The Board has already seen strong interest for short and long term charters and expects that a solid charter portfolio can be developed prior to the individual deliveries of the new buildings. The increased activities in the LNG market including possible US export also supports a strong spot market in the years to come


Georgia Port Reports Highest Tonnage on Record

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved 2.4 million tons of cargo in April, a 4.7 percent increase – or 108,532 tons – over the same month a year ago. This figure was boosted by a strong performance in containers, bulk and Roll-on/Roll-off cargo. “Our total tonnage makes April the highest volume month on record,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “And with companies like Haier appliances, Kent bicycles and Pep Boys recently choosing the Port of Savannah


ZF Explores Chinese Offshore Market

ZF Marine Retractable Thruster

Marine Propulsion Systems, a business unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, shared at the sidelines of Marintec China 2013 that China continues to be a key focus for the company and shared plans to strengthen its footprint in the market. ZF Marine has been in China since 2006 and currently operates a sales and services office in Shanghai which serves as a competence center for all marine applications in China. With optimism slowly returning to the global offshore market


Wärtsilä to Provide Turnkey LNG Receiving Terminal in N. Finland

Schematic of Manga LNG terminal courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä says it has signed a turnkey contract to supply a liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal to be built in Tornio, northern Finland. The contract, valued at approximately EUR 100 million, has been made with Manga LNG Oy, a joint venture between the Finnish companies Outokumpu Group, Ruukki Metals Oy, Gasum Oy and EPV Energy Ltd. The contract is conditional on receipt of investment support and Manga LNG Oy's contracts with other parties, including the gas suppliers.


North East Asia Geared for Growth

The new role of Harald Lundestad as General Manager for Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Taiwan, will give impetus to the expansion of the company’s business in the region, which is capitalising on the 10% GDP growth enjoyed by Taiwan in 2010, and the current rapid expansion of Taipei and Kaohsiung ports.  Based at the company’s Taipei office, Harald will play an instrumental role in the future development and growth of Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Taiwan


BMT Reports Strong Performance for 2014

Image: BMT

BMT Group Ltd. announced a strong performance for the year to September 30, 2014, a period which saw BMT secure revenues of £165.1 million with underlying operating profits of £10 million, a proportion of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share schemes.    Comprising 24 operating companies, involved in activity across 10 markets in 35 countries, the BMT group said it continues to concentrate on its core maritime-focused offering


Dublin Port Gets Approval for ABR Project

Photo Dublin Port

  Dublin Port Company today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project which will transform Dublin Port’s infrastructure and enable it to service the economy for decades ahead.  The project will increase the port’s ability to handle large ships by deepening and lengthening three kilometres of the port’s seven kilometres of berths


Fleet Growth: Private Trends And Public Developments

Graph: Clarksons Research

 According to Clarksons Research, the world fleet has experienced a sustained period of growth during the last decade, with owners based in the Asia/Pacific region responsible for the largest share of this expansion.    However, since the start of 2014, European owners have regained market share. Whilst European fleet growth has traditionally been driven by private owners, recently it has been public companies growing at the fastest rate.  


Ruscon Increases Business in Russian Market

Vladimir Bychkov (Photo: GCS)

Intermodal operator Ruscon reported it has increased its market share in Russia, maintaining a strong position in a country which has seen imports fall by 20 percent in the last 12 months. In the first quarter of 2015, Ruscon handled 32,250 laden containers compared to 28,497 in the same period last year.    Vladimir Bychkov, CEO of GCS, Ruscon’s parent company, said that handling a higher than average volume of import goods also benefits its ability to handle export business


SS&Y Atlantic Index Up, Pacific Index Down

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 162 points in the week ending Monday to 5,700. "Capesize rates strengthened overall by the middle of last week with rates from Richards Bay for October particularly strong, with fronthaul activity also firmer," SS&Y said. SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index fell 11 points in the week ending Monday to 5,475. "The Pacific market saw a marginal re-balancing of tonnage supply in the charterers favor on certain positions," SS&Y said.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Steady as Owners Spurn Low Rates

Owners anchoring ships rather than fix at low rates. W. Australia-China capesize rates hit over two-month low. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady as ship owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower amid a dearth of cargo


Capesize Index Weakens

Photo:  Cambiaso & Risso

 Upward moves in the Capesize index are now starting to stall, according to Freight Investor Services (FIS). "Last week we witnessed some short covering in the market which was supported by the technical picture, and this appears to be now drawing to a close," says FIS.  


Alfa Laval Dips on Q2 Profit, Margin

File Image: Alfa Laval

Q2 adjusted EBITA SEK is 1.39 bln vs year-ago 1.82 bln and 1.44 bln seen in Reuters poll.   Other highlights include:   Q2 adjusted EBITA margin 15.6 pct vs year-ago 17.8 pct and consensus forecast 16.3 pct Q2 net sales decreased to SEK 8.95 bln vs year-ago 10


Port of Antwerp on the Way to Another Record Year

Photo: Port of Antwerp

 The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of 108,317,922 tonnes in the first six months of this year, 3.6% more than in the same period last year. The container volume in TEU expanded by 4.4% while liquid bulk grew even more, by 8.4%


Iron Ore Surge Could Boost Asia Bulk Capesize Rates

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could rise next week on higher volumes of iron ore cargoes, ship brokers said.   "It's a bit more positive, optimistic next week," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.  


Volvo Penta’s IPS System a Boon to Ferries Operators

The Antares boat on the sea around the Amalfi coast. Photo Volvo Penta

A new passenger ferry, Antares, has been launched from the Italian city of Naples and is the first boat of its kind in the region to be installed with Volvo Penta’s ingenious Inboard Performance System (IPS). The installation of IPS 900 showcases Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art


Ardent in for Major Expansion in India

Capt. Arnab Chakravorty Operations Director, Asia-Pacific, Ardent

Before the furious monsoon and tropical cyclones hit South East Asia, Ardent, the amalgamation of two salvage giants, has already positioned itself to tackle the growing number of accidents and casualties that become a regular feature this time of the year.


Shipping is the Least Optimistic Segment in Transportation

Image: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

 Shipping is the least optimistic industry within the transport sector, by a significant margin, according to the seventh The way ahead Transport survey from global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.    Only 15% believe that current market conditions are positive


South Asia Shining in Container Growth

Graph: Drewrys Maritime Research

 Amid generally weak demand around the world the South Asia region is the shining light for container growth, says Drewry's Maritime Research.   Growth in container shipping is becoming a rare commodity; global port throughput only increased by 1% in 2015 (the second lowest on record


Extension and Enhancement to the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI), launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in 2011, has received strong support from the maritime industry.     The Green Ship Programme (GSP), a voluntary programme under MSGI sees more than 50% of qualifying


APM Terminals Takes Full Control of APM Terminals-Aarhus

APM Terminals Aarhus photo APM

Aarhus Service Holding A/S has sold its 40% share in APM Terminals-Aarhus A/S to its JV Partner since the 2010 merger of adjoining facilities in Denmark’s largest port; container volumes have steadily increased over the past four years.  


VL-exit?

Graph: Gibson Shipbrokers

 Earlier this week spot returns in the VLCC market touched their lowest level since October 2014, with TCE earnings for Middle East/Japan (TD3) falling close to $20,000/day, says Gibson Weekly Tanker Market Report.   The current weakness has been essentially driven by the build-up of


Golar, Stonepeak Launch Launch FSRU Joint Venture

Golar LNG Limited announced that it has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with investment vehicles affiliated with private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. The joint venture company, Golar Power Ltd, will offer integrated LNG based downstream solutions


CGT Union Calls for French Port Strike

France's CGT union is calling for a nationwide port strike on June 23 and June 28 as part of ongoing protests against the government's labour reform bill, the union said in a statement on Wednesday.   Port workers have participated in rolling nationwide strikes in recent weeks


Demolition: A Spring Clean For The Fleet?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 As summer approaches in the northern hemisphere, scrapping activity has been continuing at a firm pace, and appears set to come close to record levels in full year 2016, accroding to a report by Clarksons Research.   With earnings suffering in the bulkcarrier and containership sectors






 
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