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Oil Storage at Sea Stalls as Profit Play Fades

Traders are cutting plans to use tankers to store oil at sea as the price incentive recedes, the global head of oil at mining and commodities group Glencore's said on Tuesday.   In January, the price of spot oil was around 50 percent lower than a peak hit in June, enabling traders to potentially make money by storing crude for delivery months down the line, when prices were expected to recover.   Tanker industry sources estimated in late January that the volume of oil booked for floating storage had reached up to 50 million barrels.   The economics of storage can only work if oil prices for delivery in the future are at a large enough premium to those in the spot market - a market structure known in the industry as contango. A backwardation is when the opposite occurs.   Glencore's Alex Beard said the pricing structure at the moment was feasible for land-based storage options but was not "at current spread levels attractive enough to encourage large amounts of floating storage".   "There were lots of reports of floating storage a few weeks ago. Some of those have been dropped. Some have been used in the market," Beard said during a presentation to investors after the company's annual results. "Super contango and super profits in the crude market are just not there at the moment."  


Germanischer Lloyd at Seatrade Cruise Shipping

Emergency Response Service for Passenger Ships A cruise ship scrapes a reef. A fire breaks out in a storage room. The many different scenarios the Emergency Response Service (ERS) of Germanischer Lloyd has to handle are often hazardous for passengers, seamen and the environment. The emergency service for ships in trouble, already used by ten passenger ships, is presented at Seatrade Cruise Shipping. It is essential for the rescue service to have a computational model giving all the


Chafe-Pro for Philadelphia Naval Reserve Fleet

Global Associates, Ltd, contractor for the U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, has selected FJORD, Inc. to supply its brand name Chafe-Pro chafing gear for the protection of the mooring lines used by the ships located at the naval reserve fleet in Philadelphia.  The facility is used to hold decommissioned U.S. Navy and auxiliary ships pending the determination of their final fate. FJORD, Inc. is a woman-owned small business located in Graham


FleetPlan Helps Generate Cost Savings

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Fleet management solutions are designed to help cut costs associated with maintaining vessels by streamlining your workflow. FleetPlan manages risk, warranties and supports facility management. HMC’s FleetPlan optimizes fleet planning to reduce downtime. The current competitive market demands efficient operation at all times and rapidly develops to a stage of management science integrated within the business activities


Mobile, Broadband Offered for Cruise Ships

A joint venture will provide bundled broadband and mobile communications services for cruise-ship passengers. CapRock Communications and SeaMobile announced the service that will allow passengers plying the seas to stay in touch with those on land using their personal cell phones and other mobile devices. The satellite-based service also delivers encrypted business applications that can be used in concert with the vessels' wired communications systems.


Coast Guard Amends Anchorage Regulations for Lower Miss. River

The Coast Guard is amending anchorage regulations for the Lower Mississippi River, prohibiting vessels anchored in the Lower Kenner Bend Anchorage from using or exercising the ship’s hold cargo cranes. Vessels in this anchorage must keep the ship’s hold cargo gear in the down and hawsed position, as rigged for sea transits. Deck-mounted cranes, deck booms, and stiff legs may be used to take on ship’s stores and spare parts and may be used to move manifold hoses


Jumbo Heavylift Ship Installs at Offshore Wind Farm

'Jumbo Javelin' installs the first transition pieces for the Anholt Offshore Wind Farm International Cranes & Specialised Transport reports that Netherlands-based heavy lift shipping and offshore installation company Jumbo used its DP2 heavy lift vessel Jumbo Javelin for the installation of the first transition pieces (TP) for the Anholt Offshore Wind Farm in Denmark. The first nine TPs were loaded in Aalborg, Denmark before being transported to the offshore location


Design of Aquarius Solar Power Array Starts

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Another step forward in the development of the Aquarius System was made recently when workbegun on the detailed design of the wind and solar sail panel. This panel or rigid sail will beused to harness wind & solar energy which will then be used to help power a ship thereby reducing fuel consumption and the emissions. The rigid sails are being developed by Eco Marine Power in co-operation with a number of development partners


Photo: Sub-Surface Surveillance of Spilled Oil

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In this photo, a Conductivity-Temperature-Depth array rests on the deck of the American Diver while the ship transits to meet the Pisces, a NOAA fisheries survey vessel that is using a CTD to conduct sub-surface oil surveillance near Grand Isle, Sept. 14, 2010. Various sub-surface oil assessment techniques are being used off the coast of Louisiana in an effort to track, monitor, and measure oil remnants from the spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith.


New Pumps Save Millions at Sea

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A Grundfos project aboard a Lauritzen Bulkers cargo ship shows that large vessels could be losing money on wasted energy. A pilot project between Grundfos and Danish shipping operator Lauritzen Bulkers shows that better technology and a sharp focus on pump efficiency can mean big savings on the bottom line. The project, carried out on the 19,889-ton Durban Bulker, focused on efficiency in ship’s pumps.


US Navy to Roll out Underwater Spy Satellites

Image: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

 The robotic series that remade crusade in skies will shortly extend to a low sea, with underwater view “satellites,” drone-launching pods on a sea building and unmanned ships sport submarines, reports AFP.   The pods could launch surveillance drones in the air or at sea or


Soo Locks Open for Great Lakes Shipping Season

At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season.   The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St


3D Machining Puts Wind in the Sails

Using ESPRIT CAM to prepare a rod coupling for Karver System prior to machining

With ESPRIT CAM software, Armor Mécanique has the wind in its sails; 50% time savings, better quality and new markets thanks to 3D machining Established in 1984 as a company dedicated to engineering marine motors, Armor Mécanique is situated in the port of Lorient


Plans in Place to Test Intermodal River Transport

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The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company has announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing the largest flat-top crane in North America owned by the Paducah Riverport Authority and Ingram’s towboats and barges.


Ecochlor Presents BWTS Case Study at CMA

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Ballast water treatment technology developer Ecochlor Inc. presented a project case study yesterday at CMA Shipping 2015 in Stamford, Conn. The case study covered the retrofit of Ecochlor’s ballast water treatment system (BWTS) aboard the 2007-built ro/ro car carrier vessel M/V Green Bay


Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships.   Workers are now installing giant


Stolt-Nielsen Completes Bond Issues

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced the placement of senior unsecured bonds in a total amount of NOK 1,100 million in a new five-year bond issue carrying a coupon of 3M NIBOR plus 4.1 percent. The placement was oversubscribed.   The settlement date for the bonds will be April 8, 2015


BMT’s REMBRANDT-INLAND Simulation Tool

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Brown Water Training and Collision Reconstruction Taken to a New Level When a new or expanded port is planned on an inland waterway, how do you assure the civil marine engineers and ship operators of feasibility and operability while at the same time allaying the fears of local residents that


Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications

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SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data


No More State Funds, Russia Warns its Ship Builders

Pic by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin came down heavily on country's shipbuilders criticizing them for doing a poor job to implement instructions from the president and prime minister regarding wider production of civilian ships at domestic shipyards.  


Using AIS Data to Assess Collision Risks

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Automatic Identification System (AIS) data is now being used to determine the collision risk for offshore installations. MARIN helps oil companies with risk assessments for offshore installations by calculating the probability of a ship collision with the offshore installation


US Cruise Industry Preparing for Cuba

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  U.S. cruise lines are preparing to enter uncharted waters -- Cuban waters.   Although U.S. tourists are still technically banned from visiting the Caribbean country, one of the world's last remaining communist states, the process of normalizing relations between the U.S


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

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  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


Rolls-Royce to Supply Engines for First Seabed Mining Vessel

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has secured a landmark agreement to supply six of its new B33:45 medium-speed diesel generator sets to China’s Fuijan Mawei shipyard for configuration aboard the world’s first ever seabed mining vessel. The pioneering vessel


Attracting, Retaining Talent - IRS Shows the Way Forward

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  At a time when the global shipping industry is going through an unprecedented and extended downturn, the overriding challenge is to stay afloat and wait for the tide to turn. Viewed from the HR perspective, while companies need the competencies and skillsets to stay afloat during the rough






 
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