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Daewoo Gets 690m Qatar LNG Order

According to reports, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co has secured an order worth 690m from Qatar Gas Transport Company to build three liquefied natural gas carriers. The vessels will be delivered by April 2009. The shipbuilder plans to boost its annual production capacity of LNG carriers to 15 from eight ships now by 2008. Source: Forbes


Kursiu Linija Sells Eimskip Share

Kursiu Linija sold a further 20-percent share of its equity to Icelandic transport company Eimskip. The move gives Kursiu Linija additional financial power and paves the way for expansion plans. Following the increase in Eimskip’s stake, Kursiu Linija will be run by a four-man board consisting of Bragi Thor Marinosson, Bjorn Einarsson, Stefan August Magnusson and Kursiu Linija founder and former managing director Arijus Ramonas


LNG Tanker Al-Ghuwairiya Berths at Ras Laffan

According to a report from AmeInfo.com, a significant milestone was reached on 21st June 2011 when the LNG tanker "Al-Ghuwairiya" berthed at Ras Laffan to load her LNG cargo bound for Canaport, Canada. The Qatargas chartered vessel is one of the new generation Q-Max LNG tanker able to load a full LNG cargo of 260,000 cubic meters. The vessel is owned by the Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat).   Source: AmeInfo.com


QGTC Awarded Charters for Six LNG Carriers

Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat) announced that it has been awarded 25 year time charters by Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (II), (QGII) for six 'QMax' LNG carriers of approximately 265,000 cubic meters carrying capacity each. These will be the largest LNG carriers ever constructed. According to AME Info, the ships will be ordered from Korean shipyards Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries


An Argentinian Shipbuilding Revival

Pictured is whats reported as El Astillero Punta Alvear de Argentina. (Photo: Courtesy http://thebulletinpanama.com)

According to a blog on the Bulletin Panama (http://thebulletinpanama.com), there is a boatbuilding revival happening in Argentina. The export of tugs and barges by Astillero Punta Alvear marks the revival of the Argentine shipbuilding industry, creating both foreign exchange and jobs with skilled labor and knowledge that was in danger of being lost after years of inactivity, as reported on http://thebulletinpanama.com


Brazilian Grain Trucker Blockade Continues, Threatens Harvest

Truckers protesting high diesel prices in Brazil used road blocks to restrict the flow of soy, corn and other commodities in a key grain-growing region for a third day on Friday, threatening what is expected to be a record harvest. A group of transport companies and independent truckers are blocking the flow of goods on the main highway and other major roads in Mato Grosso, a center-west state that is Brazil's top producer of soybeans and a major source of corn and livestock.


OSG Names Largest LNG

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. has named the LNG Carrier Al Gattara, marking a new generation of Q-Flex Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, said to be the world’s safest, most advanced and largest ships to transport this critical energy source. This vessel is the first in a series of four sister ships to be delivered to OSG Nakilat, the joint venture between OSG and Qatargas Transport Company (Nakilat). The ship’s sponsor, Mrs


ITF Inspectors Visit Ships for Support in Walmart Campaign

ITF Protest: Photo credit ITF

ITF inspectors visit ships to ask captains and companies to raise concerns about the way Walmart treats its US staff. The ITF is urging shipping firms carrying cargo owned by US retail giant Walmart to raise concerns over its treatment of US warehouse workers and warning of impending industrial action at the company over the coming holiday period. They are likely to to embark on industrial action on 23 November in protest over poverty pay and the downgrading of working conditions.


ABS Nautical Systems Grows

ABS Nautical Systems, one of the leading providers of integrated fleet management software for the maritime industry, announced another year of record growth in 2010. ABS Nautical Systems signed 83 new clients with a combined total of 1053 vessels overall. In the month of December, 18 new customers were signed – a number that roughly equates to a new contract signed daily. New clients signed across the globe include Chevron, Reederei Offen, Hapag-Lloyd, Donnelly Tankers Management


Cummins Power Fast Ferries for Hong Kong

Marinteknik Shipbuilders (S) Pte Ltd. established a construction yard in Singapore in 1984. The Yard has built over 30 vessels, with speeds ranging from 18 to 50 knots, for delivery to customers in England, Italy, Malaysia, Brunei, France, Hong Kong and China. It works in association with Marinteknik Design in Sweden which provides design services and undertakes research and development projects for shipbuilders worldwide. A current project is an order of four 36 118 ft


Port of Durban to Triple Capacity, Compete with Suez Canal

The Port of Durban (Photo courtesy of the Durban Chamber of Commerce)

  Durban, South Africa's busiest port, has started a project to triple capacity and encourage vessels to skip the Suez Canal and sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Bloomberg reported today.   The excavation project, which will increase the port's capacity from 2


Wikborg Rein & Co: Oil Prices Won't Impact Dual-Fuel LNG Carriers

   Joe McGladdery (Photo courtesy of Wikborg Rein & Co)

Joe McGladdery, a partner with the London law offices of Wikborg Rein & Co, says that, while falling oil prices have exerted pressure on the LNG charter markets, the new generation of low-speed, dual-fuel LNG carriers now in service and on order remain an attractive option for owners and


Daewoo to Build LNG carrier for Mitsui O.S.K

Image: South Koreas Daewoo Shipbuilding

 The Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines will invest up to 50 billion yen ($412 million) to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, reports Nikkei.  Construction of the ships will be contracted to South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)


CMA CGM Enhances Investment in Startup TRAXENS

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  The CMA CGM Group has contributed to the TRAXENS startup capital increase. Two other investment funds – CAAP Création (Crédit Agricole Group) and S.C.R. Provençale et Corse (BPPC Group) – are also part of the initiative.


Increasing Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia

Piracy in South East Asia (Pic: ReCAAP)

Does piracy off the coast of South-East Asia pose a threat? The answer is yes. Shipping lanes in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, have been hit by a “worrying new rise” in piracy. How is maritime piracy threatening South-East Asia and to what


Energy Sector Volatility Affects Middle Market M&A Activity

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Market volatility for the petroleum sector provides a backdrop to an evolving Merger & Acquisitions environment for the Offshore Sector. In the 3Q edition of Maritime Professional, this series of articles examined the overall evolution of maritime and offshore M&A activity since 2010


DNV GL, N-KOM to Partner on LNG Initiatives

N-KOM’s CEO Chandru Rajwani and Dr Henrik O. Madsen, DNV GL’s Group President and Chief Executive Officer, signed the memorandum. (Photo: Laurence Tissot)

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today between DNV GL and Qatar’s premier shipyard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel within the maritime and offshore industry. The signing ceremony took place during DNV GL’s


Ruscon Looks to Double Service

Photo courtesy of GCS

Ruscon, part of the GCS Group, said it is considering doubling the frequency of its weekly fixed day intermodal service from the port of Vostochniy in the Russian Pacific to Moscow. The block train service, with a transit of 11 days, has proved popular with shippers from China and southeast Asia


Speedcast Secures Deal with AMPTC

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SpeedCast International Limited announced that it has been awarded a multiyear contract from Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC), a provider of maritime transport services of hydrocarbon substances in the Middle East region.  SpeedCast will provide satellite network connectivity


US Warns of Sanctions on Buyers of Islamic State Oil

The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to slap sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State militants in an effort to disrupt what it said was a $1-million-a-day funding source. Islamic State has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria in a brutal campaign


Pink Lashings Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

Photo: Peters & May

As the first Peters & May Pink Lashings shipment leaves Palma for Fort Lauderdale, the global marine transport company is calling all yacht owners to support its campaign to help raise £25,000 for the charity, Breast Cancer Clinical Trials (BCCT). 


ecoTAURuS Aims to AccelerateTerminal Process

Photo courtesy of Inlecom

Inlecom Systems Ltd (Inlecom), the transport and logistics research and innovation company, has launched ecoTAURuS, the e-transport solution for real time truck – terminal collaboration and planning of actions. The new service has been designed specifically to speed up and optimize the


Fifth Jackup Contract for Keppel from Gulf Drilling

KFELS jackup rig

  Keppel FELS Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has secured a contract from Gulf Drilling International Ltd. of Qatar to build a repeat high-specification KFELS B Class jackup rig worth US$227 million. As part of the contract


Mammoet Lifts Space Shuttle atop Carrier Aircraft

Mammoet lifts space shuttle replica Independence atop the original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) NASA 905, a Boeing 747.

Last week, engineered heavy lifting and transport company Mammoet lifted a new attraction at the NASA Space Center Houston to a greater height. As thousands of onlookers watched, a 250-foot tall Mammoet crane lifted a 122-foot long space shuttle replica three stories high to its resting place atop


Keppel Delivers 4th Jackup Rig to Qatar

Keppel delivers Dukhan jack-up rig to GDI Qatar

  Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered its fourth jackup rig, "Dukhan", to Gulf Drilling International Ltd. q.s.c. (GDI) of Qatar nine days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record.   “Dukhan” is a high specification rig built to






 
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