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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.


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%)


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


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


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


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


Schottel Expands in N America

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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


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


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


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)   


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


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.  


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


Biggest Irish Port Project Gets Underway

(L-R) Michael Collins (Chairman,SFPC), Paschal Donohue (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport) and Patrick Keating (CEO, SFPC).

Ireland’s largest bulk port company, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), announced yesterday the commissioning of the first ports infrastructure project since the turn of the millennium, with a €50million capital investment programme at Foynes.


Irish Ferries Owner Revenues up 9.6%

Irish Ferries

 Irish Continental Group, the company behind Irish Ferries, posted a 9.6pc increase in revenue last year (2014) in taking Euro 290.1 million.   ICG's ferry division grew by 14 percent - and its container & terminal division grew by 2.6 percent. Its pre-tax profits were €56


Southeast Asian Shipbuilders Turn Bullish

Picture by Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA)

  Despite the issues surrounding over-tonnaging in the ship-building industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, more than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia in 2015.    According to a report by Robert Willmington of IHS Maritime


Robust Results from DP World

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Global marine terminal operator DP World today announced strong financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for the twelve months ended 31 December 2014. Like-for-like1 revenue grew 11.3% and adjusted EBITDA increased 16


CMA CGM profits up 43%

Photo: CMA CGM

 French container line operator CMA CGM has announced that its 2014 net consolidated profits rose by 43% over the previous year to USD584 million thanks to a growth in volume and significantly reduced costs.   Consolidated operating revenue for the company increased by 5


Qatargas Sells First LNG Cargo to Pakistan

Port Qasim-LNG Delivery to Pakistan

  Qatargas sold its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSO).  The LNG cargo was sold on a free-on-board basis and loaded at Ras Laffan Port on to the LNG vessel Excelerate Exquiste on 21 March 2015.  


CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization.    The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Gulfbridge service between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean area


Montrose Port Authority Appoints New Executive

Nicholas Scott-Gray. Picture: Montrose Port Authority (MPA)

 Nicholas Scott-Gray has been appointed as the head of UK-based Montrose Port Authority (MPA)  – bringing with him more than 26 years’ experience within the port and shipping sectors.   He brings with him over 26 years of experience within the port and shipping sectors


Strong Tanker Market Extends Peak Season High Earnings

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Tanker earnings for crude oil tankers have climbed to new strong levels in the first quarter of 2015, with averages not seen since 2008, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) reported.   The demand for crude oil tankers remains high even though the winter months are far


Milaha Reports Improved Net Profit for Q1

HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani

Qatar Navigation (Milaha) Q.S.C. has announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015, in which it reported operating revenues of QR 786 million vs. QR 699 million for the same period in 2014, an increase of 12% quarter over quarter


Scandlines Raises Profitability, Competitiveness in 2014

Courtesy Scandlines

  Scandlines reports good financial results in 2014 as the company strengthened its competitive position through significant investments in new ferries as well as the completion of a number of important strategic objectives concerning customer service and environmental initiatives






 
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