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Ship Ops Costs Increase, Insurance Costs Plummet

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry increased by an average 2.2 per cent in 2010. This compares with the 2.0 per cent average fall in costs recorded for the previous year, which was the first time since 2002 that operating costs had fallen. All cost categories showed an overall increase this time, with the exception of stores and insurance – with the latter falling by 4.7 per cent overall. The findings are set out in OpCost 2011, Moore Stephens’ unique ship operating costs benchmarking tool, which reveals that all individual categories of vessel covered by the research, with the exception of handysize product tankers, experienced an increase in total operating costs in 2010, the financial year covered by the survey. Costs for the three main sectors covered – bulkers, tankers and container ships – were all up. The bulker index increased by 5 index points (or 2.9 per cent) on a year-on-year basis, while the tanker index witnessed a two-index-point (1.1 per cent) rise. Meanwhile, the container ship index (with a 2002 base year, as opposed to 2000 for the other two vessel classes) was up three index points, or 1.9 per cent. The corresponding figures in last year’s OpCost report showed falls in the bulker, tanker and container ship indexes of 1, 5 and 13 points respectively.


Dry Bulk Drought: Asia Rates Fall

(Photo - Vale do Rio Doce)

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes could continue to fall next week in the absence of major charterers although lower freight rates could tempt top iron ore miners back into the market and potentially buoy rates, brokers said. Charterers, including Vale, BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals, kept out of the market on Thursday, shipbrokers said. "Without the likes of Vale and Rio Tinto in the market, rates are not going to rise


Tax Moves Hurt UK Seafarers

Accountant Moore Stephens says changes to National Insurance rules for UK companies employing British seafarers announced last week may threaten British jobs. Shipping tax partner, Philip Parr, says, "From October 6, 2003, shipping companies using British resident seafarers and which operate mainly in UK waters face a payroll cost increase of 13 per cent, and increased costs of administration." On April 23, 2003 the Paymaster General announced that with effect from


Operating Costs Hit by Insurance and Crew Expenditure

Last year, shipowners experienced an average increase of just under four per cent in their total operating costs, compared to the previous year. And OpCost 2006, Moore Stephens' operating cost benchmark tool, confirms that the biggest increases were recorded in respect of insurance and crew costs. All vessel categories experienced an increase in total operating costs, but the increases were not as marked as in the previous year, when


Sino-Global Cost-Cutting Measures

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SINO), a leading, non-state-owned provider of shipping agency services operating primarily in China, announced new cost-cutting measures in response to the weakened global shipping industry. Specifically, some of the key measures include a 33% reduction in annualized office rent expense and reduction of staff from 75 as of September 2008 to 52 as of February 2009, resulting in an expected 27% reduction in annualized personnel expenses


Shippers Must Reduce Costs, Boost Efficiency

Michael Wilson

So what’s keeping ship operators awake at night these days?  Plenty, it seems. Sluggish recovery from a lingering worldwide recession, unsustainable debt loads, endemic overcapacity in most shipping trades, punishing freight rates, rising costs of fuel and regulatory compliance and a lingering sense that ships are not running as efficiently as they could.  The last two topics – reducing fuel costs while complying with emission regulations and improving ship operating


Seacor Smit Announces First Quarter Results

Seacor Smit Inc., announced net earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002 of $11,406,000, or $0.55 per fully diluted share, on operating revenues of $103,643,000. In the comparable quarter ended March 31, 2001, SEACOR earned $12,134,000 per fully diluted share, on operating revenues of $93,200,000. Net earnings in the immediately preceding quarter ended December 31, 2001 were $18,679,000 on operating revenues of $109,804,000.


USS Makin Island Electric Drive Propulsion

Photo courtesy Full Spectrum Communications

The United States Navy commissioned its new LHD 8 ship USS Makin Island on October 24, 2009 in San Diego, California. The USS Makin Island is the first U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship to feature a unique hybrid propulsion system that relies on two LM2500+ gas turbines or two diesel electric motors. According to remarks made by the Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the U.S. Navy, during the Naval Energy Forum held in McLean, Virginia on Wednesday, October 14, 2009


New Book: Cost Management in Shipbuilding

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Global competition in the shipbuilding industry, which is continuously intensifying due to the entry of developing countries into the shipbuilding market, leads to decreasing margins and enormous cost pressure in this industry. Many shipyards have already gone bankrupt through the inability to keep to their original budget that the offer was based on. In the naval sector it is not unusual to double the originally estimated costs when building the vessel


Stolt-Nielsen Reports Improved Fourth Quarter

Photo: Stolt Tankers

Stolt-Nielsen Limited has reported unaudited results for the fourth quarter ended November 30, 2013. Net profit attributable to SNL shareholders in the fourth quarter was $36.7 million, with revenue of $524.5 million, compared with $21.8 million, with revenue of $521.8 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2013. Net profit attributable to shareholders for 2013 was $85.8 million, with revenue of $2,099.5 million, compared with $70.2 million, with revenue of $2,071


NASSCO Cuts Steel on APT "ECO Tanker"

Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of another ship in its commercial shipbuilding backlog, starting construction of a second “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony in its San Diego shipyard. U.S. Rep


Damen Shipyards Galati wins Dutch Romanian Award

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  Damen Shipyards Galati has been presented with the Dutch Romanian Business Award for its Corporate Social Responsibility plan, particularly the Group’s community investment initiatives. The Award was presented by Ben Jager of the Dutch Romanian Network to Peter de Kiewit


DSG Marine Asks Shipowners to Consider Fixed Premium P&I Cover

Photo courtesy of DSG Marine

P&I Insurance Seminar for Owners and Charterers held in Mumbai DGS Marine, a global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I Facility, has advised Indian shipowners to consider the benefits of fixed premium P&I cover.


MARAD Publishes US ATB, ITB Database

ATB Dace Reinauer (Photo: Reinauer)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released what it is calling a first-of-its-kind public database that chronicles U.S.-flagged, privately owned domestic articulated tug-barge (ATB) and integrated tug-barge (ITB) vessels.   In the report


US Navy Deploys Shipboard Laser Weapon

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams) Caption

 Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the laser weapon system (LaWS) - a cutting-edge weapon that brings new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf.  


Marathon Petroleum Repowers Three Towboats

When Marathon Petroleum wanted to repower its inland river towboats, the company turned to its Cat dealer Whayne Power to get the job done. Marathon had installed Cat 3606 engines on the inland waterways vessels in the early 1990s, and twenty years later was ready to repower three towboats with


UniSource Buys Gila River Power Station

Power block at Gila River plant

  UniSource Energy Services (UES), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc., has strengthened its generating portfolio and reduced its reliance on the wholesale energy market through the purchase of a share of the efficient natural gas-fired Gila River Power Station in Gila Bend


5 Kalmar RTGs for GCT, Poland

Kalmar RTG

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained a further order for five of its latest generation zero emission rubber-tyred gantry granes (RTGs) from Gdynia Container Terminal (GCT) in Poland. The order follows the delivery of two similar machines earlier in 2014


GE to Equip PSVs under Construction for Petrobras

Photo: GE

GE’s Power Conversion business will provide dynamic positioning (DP) and vessel control systems to equip the next generation platform supply vessels (PSV4500), currently under construction at the Detroit shipyard to the Brazilian shipbuilder Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda


BAE Systems to Upgrade UK Navy Torpedoes

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded a £270 million contract from the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) to upgrade the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo for the Royal Navy’s submarines. Following the completion of the design phase, existing torpedoes will be upgraded by BAE Systems at its


ABIS Projects Bags £1m Contracts

Francis Kiernan

  ABIS Projects has won a clutch of contracts worth around £1million over the next 15 months. The oil and gas project services consultancy has secured frame agreements and call-off contracts with ADTI, Hunting, Talisman Sinopec and North Sea newcomer, MOL.


US Jury Rules in Favor of Apache Corp.

Apache Corp was not in breach of contract in a lawsuit brought by Houston-based oil and gas producer W&T Offshore Inc in 2011, a federal jury found on Monday, according to a court filing. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has accepted the jury verdict and W&T


Phase 1 Dredging Wraps Up in Redwood City

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Phase 1 of maintenance dredging of the Redwood City Harbor and Channel was completed this week, bringing the Port of Redwood City channel to a depth of 28 feet. The $12.8 million project, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)


INTERTANKO Launches ECA Bunker Surcharge Clauses

Photo: Teekay Tankers

INTERTANKO’s documentary committee has launched bunker surcharge clauses for Emission Control Areas (ECA).   Rising bunker prices due to rising oil prices and volatility in global politics can have a dramatic effect on trade as they fluctuate not just day to day, but also port to port


QGEP to Acquire FPSO from Teekay

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. has entered into an agreement with a consortium led by Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção SA (QGEP) to provide a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Atlanta field located in the Santos Basin offshore






 
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