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Northrop Grumman Q1 Profit Up 20%

According to a May 3 report from The Associated Press, Northrop Grumman Corp. said its first-quarter profit increased 20 percent, led by strong growth in shipbuilding. Business improved for nearly every sector in which the company operates, except for a 1% decline in information systems. (Source: The Associated Press)

New CEO for Evergas

Mr. Steffen Jacobsen is appointed as CEO courtesy Evergas

  Evergas has appointed Steffen Jacobsen as CEO of the company as of 8 May 2015 Mr. Jacobsen joined Evergas 1 February 2015 as Vice President, Fleet after almost 35 years in Maersk. He brings a wealth of leadership experience in both commercial and technical management, having amongst other positions headed Maersk Tankers fleet management for 9 years. Before that he held both operational and commercial leadership positions in Maersk Tankers, Maersk Contractors and Maersk Drilling.

ABB Wins LNG Propulsion Contract

Chantiers de l´Atlantique, ALSTOM Group, has awarded ABB Marine a contract to supply the electric propulsion system for a new 153,000 cu. M. LNG carrier, owned by Gaz de France. The vessel will be built in France by Chantiers de l´Atlantique and delivered in 2005. The supply of medium voltage power systems to LNG carriers has been a strong growth area for ABB. According to Martinus Brandal, head of ABB´s global Marine business, “In the last three years

P&O Business Remains Firm

British shipping firm Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company said that overall trading conditions at its core ports, ferries and logistics businesses had remained firm in the fourth quarter. The company, which de-merged its cruise business last year, highlighted strong growth in its ports unit but said trading in the ferry business had been "reasonable" despite higher fuel costs. Contract logistics had a good fourth quarter though the weakness of the euro hurt unit loads

Royal IHC sells Subsidiary IHC Sealing Solutions

The SUPREME Standard. (Photo: IHC Sealing Solutions)

Royal IHC (IHC) has reached an agreement to sell 100% of its shares in its subsidiary IHC Sealing Solutions to new owners Willem Steenge, who as CEO is partly responsible for the strong growth of IHC Sealing Solutions in recent years, and Rabo Participaties (RaPar).   The sale enables IHC to strengthen its focus on its core business: offering integrated innovative vessels, advanced equipment and life-cycle support to the dredging, wet mining and offshore construction industries

Port of Rotterdam Records Strong Growth

Throughput figures for the port of Rotterdam continue to show strong growth. In the first 9 months of this year, 277 million tonnes of cargo were handled, 4% more than in the same period of 2004. Growth is above the prognosis for this year as well as the expectations for the longer term, of 2–3 %. Container handling is doing even better with +14%. In weight, container handling went up from 61 million tonnes in 2004 to 68 million tonnes (+12%)

Schottel Expands in N America


Over the last years Schottel has enjoyed a strong growth in North America as well as in Latin and Central America. The “Schottel Fleet“ is growing rapidly and new facilities are needed. Schottel Inc.’s main office in Louisiana has recently moved from Harahan to James Business Park in St. Rose where larger facilities can store more spare parts and overhauls being performed more efficiently. The new address: Schottel Inc., 190 James Drive East, Suite 100, St. Rose LA. 70087

World Floating Production Report Due Soon

Douglas-Westwood Limited and Infield Systems will shortly be releasing the new third edition of its World Floating Production Report,covering the period 2003-2007. There are currently 165 prospective installations identified by the Infield database for this 5-year period. These prospects include FPSOs, production semi-submersibles, TLPs and spars, along with production barges and FSOs. The indications are that the floating

US Could Eliminate Energy Imports -EIA

Figure 1 (Source: EIA)

EIA's AEO2015 projects that U.S. energy imports and exports come into balance, a first since the 1950s, because of continued oil and natural gas production growth and slow growth in energy demand   The Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040 based on six cases (Reference, Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price

US Containerized Imports Up 9.7 Percent in July 2012

Faster container import growth forecasted for remainer of 2012 in Journal of Commerce/PIERS market survey. U.S. containerized imports surged 9.7 percent in July from a year earlier, to 1,562,235 twenty-foot-equivalent units, on strong growth in auto parts and furniture. The growth — imports also advanced 6.2 percent over June — marks impressive expansion of the import trade, especially considering last July's year-over-year drop of 5.2 percent, said Mario O

SCPA Box Volumes Up; Leadership Realigned

On the heels of announcing its five-year growth, investment and cargo base expansion plans at the State of the Port, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a four percent increase in August container volumes over the same month last year.  

Andersen will be CEO of Hempel

Henrik Andersen

  Hempel A/S announced that CEO Pierre-Yves Jullien will be succeeded by Henrik Andersen, Group COO of ISS A/S, by March 1st 2016.   Henrik Andersen has been with ISS A/S since 2000, since 2011 as Member of the Executive Board, first as Group CFO and from 2013 Group COO

DP World Profit Up 22%

DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

  Global marine terminal operator DP World today announced strong financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for the six months to 30 June 2015, delivering profit attributable to owners of the Company before separately disclosed items of $405 million, up 21

Adani Ports Consolidated PAT for Q1FY16 Up 13%

Photo Adani Port

  Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today announced the financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Consolidated cargo across all ports handled by the company was 40 MMT in Q1FY16

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

$ 10 mi Infusion to Fuel Growth of Satcom Global, AND Group

“ BGF’s investment enables us to make the next step in fulfilling the long-term growth strategy of BSS, allowing us to address additional growth opportunities & partnerships across key geographies & specific market segments

  Broadband Satellite Services Ltd (BSS), parent company of satellite communications provider Satcom Global and marine engineering firm AND Group, has received a $10m investment from UK based organisation, Business Growth Fund (BGF).

Savannah Port Sets Cargo Record

Port of Savannah. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

 Port of Savannah set records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May, with the highest tonnage ever recorded in a single month.   The Port of Savannah has handled more than 338,000 TEUs, the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday. The container throughput represented a 16

Global LNG Prices Hold, Supported by Middle East Demand

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for August delivery were firm on Friday, underpinned by steady demand from the Middle East and the potential for stronger European demand after production cuts at the region's largest gas field.  

SC Ports Projects 7% Container Growth

Photo: SCPA

Following a record-setting month of container volumes achieved in May, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) board of directors looked ahead to a favorable 2016 fiscal year today with the adoption of a financial plan that includes continued cargo growth

Port of Long Beach Reports Strong May

POLB Photo: Joan Day

Improving retail market propels continued Long Beach growth; strongest May in nine years   Cargo rose at the Port of Long Beach by 6 percent in May, the third consecutive month of growth, the busiest month since October 2007, and the busiest May since 2006.  

Shipping Faced with a Positive, Yet Complex, Changing macroeconomics landscape

Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

  The global macroeconomic scene has become more volatile, with prominent factors such as oil prices and global currencies causing a commotion. This is resulting in large-scale distributional changes of wealth and income that will impact global trade patterns in the long run if these changes

Savannah Container Volumes Jump in April

(Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Port of Savannah container volumes jumped 25.8 percent in April, with a total volume of 335,337 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or an additional 69,000 units. The Georgia Ports Authority also saw strong growth in roll-on/roll-off traffic, moving 77,574 units through Brunswick and Savannah

U.S. Intermodal Volumes Rose 4.5% in Q1/15

Image: Intermodal Association of North America (IANA)

 According to a report issued by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), domestic intermodal volumes rose 4.5 % in the first quarter of 2015, buoyed by domestic containers, which rose 6.5 percent in a quarter-over-quarter comparison.  

Evergreen Launches Vietnam-Singapore-Malaysia Service

In light of the increasing capacity demand, Evergreen Line will launch its new Vietnam-Singapore-Malaysia service (VSM) this month.    The dedicated feeder loop will utilize two A-type containerships of 1,164 TEU. The first sailing of the weekly service will start from Haiphong on May

Suezmax Tanker Market on the Rise Yet Again

Graphs: Charles R. Weber Research

 Suezmax tankers are looking good for a strong 2015 year, before posting a mild downside during 2016, but are poised to accelerate yet again in 2017 on rising deliveries, said shipbroker Charles R. Weber in its latest weekly report (Ref. Weekly 18)   

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