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Petrobras To Sign Joint Venture With Shell, Mobil And Exxon

Petrobras will reportedly sign an exploration and production contract with the local units of Shell, Mobil and Exxon.


Seaarland, Nordic Tankers Sign Joint Venture

Seaarland Shipping Management and Nordic Tankers signed a joint venture that will see both of these companies enter the Handysize product carrier market. The joint venture will involve investment in modern second-hand vessels as well as new buildings. The vessels will be jointly owned by both partners in varying proportions. The first acquisition by the joint venture, the 2000-built 35,820 dwt Hanne, is to be concluded soon


Shipbuilding Support from MHI for Sinopacific Newbuildings

Shipyard Sinopacific: Photo credit MHI

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Sinopacific Shipbuilding of China sign joint development agreement MHI will provide technological support to Sinopacific in the area of commercial vessel construction. MHI is currently promoting expansion of its engineering business mainly through licensing of technology, while Sinopacific is taking steps to strengthen its shipbuilding business through introduction of technologies from advanced shipbuilders


AlMansoori Joint Venture with Key Energy

AlMansoori Petroleum Services, a subsidiary of AlMansoori Specialized Engineering, regional provider of oilfield services in the Middle East, has signed a joint venture agreement with American-based onshore energy production services company Key Energy Services. The joint venture will bring several new services to AlMansoori’s capabilities in coil tubing, workover rigs, pumping/cementing, fracturing and acidizing


Eni, Rosneft Sign Oil Supplies Agreement

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Rosneft’s President and Chairman of the Management Board, Igor Sechin, and Eni’s CEO, Paolo Scaroni, in the presence of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and Italy’s Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, has signed a term sheet on mutual crude oil supplies and a heads of agreement on joint participation and investments in logistic and commercial activities within the hydrocarbons sector. Rosneft will supply crude oil to PCK Schwedt refinery in Germany and Česká


Britain to Sign Contract for New Aircraft Carriers

Britain is set to sign a long-awaited $7.8b deal to build two aircraft carriers, which will be the Royal Navy's largest ever ships and are set for 50 years of service. The 65,000-ton carriers are said to be called Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales and will enter service in 2014 and 2016. The manufacturing contract is going to a consortium that includes a shipbuilding joint venture being set up between two British companies, BAE Systems and VT Group


U.S., Europe to Strengthen Marine Science Co-operation

NOAA & the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) have signed a landmark agreement that will further strengthen cooperative science activities in the areas of climate, weather, oceans and coasts Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, and Dominique Ristori, director general of the JRC, signed the agreement, which calls for exchanges of personnel


Singapore and the Netherlands Sign MOU

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Directorate-General for Freight Transport (DGFT) of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. The MOU was signed by Mr Chen Tze Penn, Director-General, MPA and his Dutch counterpart, Mrs Jacqueline Tammenoms Bakker, Director-General, DGFT. The signing ceremony took place on 9 Jul 02 at the headquarters of the DGFT at the Hague, Netherlands.


Drydocks World, BP Renew Partnership

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Drydocks World – Dubai, the flagship ship repair, conversion and new building yard of Drydocks World, has renewed its long-standing association with BP Shipping with the signing of a new Alliance Agreement. According to the Agreement, signed by Nawal Saigal, Managing Director of Drydocks World – Dubai, and Dave Williamson, VP Fleet Operations of BP Shipping, the two companies will work closely to achieve optimum production levels based on mutually agreed terms


Wärtsilä, Hyundai form Joint Venture

Wärtsilä and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (HHI) signed an agreement to set up a 50/50-owned joint venture in Korea to manufacture dual-fuel engines for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) carriers. The total investment in the company will be EUR 58 million, Wärtsilä's share being EUR 29 million. The name of the company will be Wärtsilä Hyundai Engine Company Ltd and the intended location is in South Korea. The technology shift towards dual-fuel machinery in LNG carriers has significantly


Evergreen Expands Asia-South Africa Network

To offer a more comprehensive service on the Asia-South Africa trade, Evergreen Line will adjust its existing joint service with COSCO as well as contribute vessels to the service currently operated by K Line, MOL and PIL. Both moves will take effect in October.


New Phase of Antipiracy Project in Somalia

Trainees in Ely, Somalia participate in a vocational training as part of the Joint Shipping Initiative funded UNDP Alternative Livelihoods to Piracy in Puntland and Central Regions of Somalia programme. The programme has trained over 500 Somalian youths in a range of skills to equip them for a life other than piracy.

The Joint Shipping Initiative - made up of Shell, BP, Maersk, Stena and Japanese shipping companies NYK, MOL and "K" Line - has announced it has given$1.5 million of additional funds to a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project to improve the lives of Somalis and security for


BSEE, Coast Guard Ink OCS Regulatory Agreement

Thomas and Salerno sign MOA OCS

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for regulating fixed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities. Through this agreement


Keel Laid for Crowley Jones Act Tanker

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First of four Crowley tankers celebrated in keel laying ceremony at Aker Shipyard The first of four Crowley Maritime Corp. product tankers was celebrated today in a keel laying ceremony held at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S


BP, Pavilion Ink Long-Term LNG Deals

Pavilion to buy 0.4 mln tpy LNG from BP for 20 years. Aims to become a global LNG firm in medium to long term. Working with SGX, regional govts on LNG price marker. Singapore's Pavilion Energy said it had signed two long-term contracts to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) for trading and supply


DP World & Hutchison Port Holdings to Combat Global Warming

Mohammed Sharaf, Group Chief Executive Officer, DP World

  In an unprecedented show of commitment for an environmental cause, DP World and Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) have joined hands to combat global warming in a Waste Reduction Campaign that will multiply the effect of their individual efforts to curb global greenhouse emissions.


Sri Lanka Port Project: China Merchants, CHEC Invest $601-M

Two of China's largest port operators and engineering firms have agreed to invest in a $601 million terminal in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, part of a series of deals signed during a visit by President Xi Jinping to the island nation. Keen to establish its presence in the Indian Ocean


USNS Fall River Delivered by Austal USA

USNS Fall River: Photo USN

The Navy informs it has accepted delivery of Joint High Speed Vessel, the future 'USNS Fall River' from the Austal USA shipbuilder. The delivery marks a major milestone, the official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. USNS Fall River is the U.S


Naval Ships at Baltimore U.S. National Anthem Bi-Centenary

Ensign raised: Photo USN

The U.S. Navy's second joint high-speed vessel, USNS Choctaw County has arrived in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with SECNAV Ray Mabus to join  with other Navy ships to celebrate the Star-Spangled Spectacular, the 200th anniversary of the poem penned by Francis Scott Key that later became the


Seattle Seahawks Adopt USCG 13th District

Master Chief Petty Officer Charles Lindsey (top right), command master chief of the Coast Guard 13th District, and Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, accept a Seattle Seahawks 12th Man flag from the Air Force 446th Airlift Wing (USCG photo by Katelyn Shearer)

The Seattle Seahawks organization formally adopted the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District during a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Tuesday. Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, accepted the honor from the Air Force 446th Airlift Wing


MAN's PrimeServ Clinches DOF Service Deal

 Pictured at the signing ceremony: (standing, from left) Mikael Adler – Managing Director, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Norway; Serghei Nastas – MAN PrimeServ O&M Sales Manager; Dr. Stephan Timmermann – Member of Executive Board, MAN Diesel & Turbo; Stefan Eefting – Vice President, Head of MAN PrimeServ; (seated, from left) Lars-Heine Njåstad – Chief Procurement Officer, DOF; and Wayne Jones – Senior Vice President, Head of MAN PrimeServ Diesel

SMM signing ceremony commits DOF to five-year Framework Service Agreement At a signing ceremony at SMM, the international marine trade fair in Hamburg, MAN PrimeServ, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s service division, signed a service framework agreement with DOF ASA


Latest Ocean-going Shipbuilding Orders

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A number of orders are reported by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, with contracts being signed across the Dry Bulk, Tanker and Container markets. Dry bulk carriers Activity has been focused amongst the small/midsized vessels with Empros Lines reported to have signed up


Tighter VLCC Market in US Gulf: Analyst

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Growing Caribbean exports to Asia create a tighter VLCC market in the US Gulf, says Poten & Partners in their latest 'Poten Tanker Opinion'. Back in March 2001, a VLCC was fixed from the Caribbean to India with a cargo of Venezuelan crude oil for the first time ever


MOL & Viken in Shuttle Tanker Ownership J/V

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) says it has decided to establish a ship-owning joint venture with Norway's Viken Shipping AS  to participate in a shuttle tanker project. The joint company is called Viken MOL AS, and will be managed from Viken Shipping's office in Bergen.


VOSTA LMG Secures Order From Boskalis

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VOSTA LMG has been awarded an order for efficient dredge ball joints from maritime services company Royal Boskalis Westminster. The order consists of a series of high pressure Crossover ball joints suitable for dredge pipes with an internal diameter of 1000 mm






 
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