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Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in the market, brokers said.   Cuts in the output from Iraq and West Africa this month as part of an agreement between oil producers to curb crude production to bolster oil prices are also expected to weigh on the tanker market as the number of voyages are curtailed, brokers said.   "Older, cheaper ships are workable out of the Middle East rather than West Africa, that's why we see slightly higher rates from West Africa," said Ashok Sharma, managing director of ship broker BRS Baxi in Singapore.   Typically, shipowners discount rates for older vessels, while oil majors in West Africa limit charters to more modern ships.   Supertanker charter rates have diverged over the last week with prices from the Middle East to Asia nudging lower while freight rates from West Africa climbed to their highest since Feb. 28.   "The disparity in rates between modern and old ships remains while rates for the longer voyages like West Africa/East have been better maintained," said Norwegian ship broker Fearnley in a note on Wednesday.  


Topaz Secures another West Africa Contract

The Topaz Faye

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the $11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply vessel, the Topaz Faye, for 18 months to support its offshore production operations. This contract comes on the back of several recent contract wins in West Africa and further strengthens


Aegean Marine to Open New Service Center in West Africa

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea, today announced that it plans to launch a new service center located on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa during the fourth quarter of 2007, expanding the Company's global network of marine fuel service centers. The company also announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 1985-built 83


WSS Open Their Own Facility in Dakar, W. Africa

Simon Hutt: Photo credit WSS

Ship service providers WSS open their own premises in the port after 15 years of operation through sub-agents & service providers. Simon Hutt, Area Director for North and West Africa paid tribute to the hard work of the area operational team in West Africa who have been managing the business development activities and securing the future of the new office, saying:  “WSS has operated in West Africa for the last fifteen years through various sub-agents and service


Hapag-Lloyd Enhanced West Africa Express Service

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 Hapag-Lloyd will restructure and further enhance the dedicated West Africa Service Network, the company said in its press release.   Effective mid of March 2016, existing weekly West Africa Express Service (WAX) will be upgraded by deploying an additional vessel, which will enable us to extend port coverage in the existing product.   With the restructured service, Hapag-Lloyd will have a direct Apapa call on the southbound leg


CMA CGM to Upgrade its PEX 3 Service

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 CMA CGM introduced its new PEX 3 service rotation linking US Gulf Coast and US East Coast (South Atlantic) to Asia, Africa and Mediterranean.   Effective March 9th, 2016 in Houston with m/v CMA CGM CHATEAU D’IF voy. 062PGW, the new rotation will be the following: Houston - Mobile - Miami - Jacksonville - Charleston - Tangier - Singapore - Hong Kong - Chiwan - Shanghai - Ningbo - Pusan   PEX 3 will then offer the following features: 


Topaz secures another West Africa contract

Topaz-faye DP2 platform

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, today announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the US$ 11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply vessel, the Topaz Faye, for 18 months to support its offshore production operations. This contract comes on the back of several recent contract wins in West Africa and further


Hutton's Opens Equatorial Guinea Supply Base

Alex Taylor

As part of its continued supply network growth in West Africa, Hutton’s Group has opened a new facility in Equatorial Guinea to boost its supply chain in the region. Operating as part of Hutton’s Remote Site Services, the new base in Luba Freeport will enhance the successful supply solutions already being delivered by Hutton’s West Africa depots in Ghana and Ivory Coast. As the only ship supplier based within Luba Freeport


Vitol's New Bunkering Partnership in Nigerian Waters

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 International oil trader Vitol Group (Vitol)  has started a new bunkering operation in Nigerian waters with shipping and logistics firm PPP FM Bunkers (PPPFM), supported by the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) West Africa.   Nigeria's PPPFM is fully licensed by that country's Department of Petroleum Resources, according to Vitol.   "Fully licensed by the Department of Petroleum Resources, PPPFM entered into an agreement with Vitol to be able to guarantee clients the


Asia Tankers-VLCC Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

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Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday. "There's a power struggle going on between owners and charterers," said a European supertanker broker on Friday.


Greenpeace ship My Esperanza in West Africa

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 The Greenpeace ship My Esperanza has docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde.    For eleven weeks the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States - Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal to raise awareness on the state of fisheries


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Uncertain on Tonnage Woes

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MidEast tanker rates fall to $22,000 a day, below breakeven; 52 VLCCs to be delivered this year, highest since 2011.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to four-month lows this week, face an uncertain direction next week as refinery maintenance and excess


S. African Watchdog Seeks Penalty Against K-Line

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 South Africa’s  competition watchdog  is seeking to fine Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) as much as 10 percent of its annual revenue in the country for colluding on a tender for the transport of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, reports Reuters.  


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Worldwide Ferry Safety Association 2017 Conference

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“2017 may be the global breakout year for ferries,” says Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Chief Executive of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA).  She takes this viewpoint because of the tremendous expansion of ferries in India, Philippines, Thailand, new beginnings in West Africa


Living Life Aboard a Floating Hospital

Caleb and chef Serge Nzembele in the galley of Africa Mercy, a floating hospital. (Photo courtesy of Caleb Biney)

The author, 14-year-old Caleb Biney, is one of 39 Kid Reporters in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. He reports “news for kids, by kids” from onboard Mercy Ships in Africa.   My parents volunteer for Mercy Ships. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens of Lindale, Texas


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Likely to Slide

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Chartering activity could slow down in March due to refinery work; growth in tanker fleet could climb 6.5 pct, pressuring rates.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to fall next week as charter activity from China slows ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday


CMA CGM Reorganises Its Asia - West Africa Services

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 In line with the West Africa market trend, CMA CGM Group adapts its service offering while continuing to improve its service reliability and cost efficiency.   Starting 1st week of March 2017, CMA CGM Group has decided to streamline its product offering from 5 to 4 direct weekly


Keppel Shipyard to deliver FPSO

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Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Yinson Production (West Africa) Pte Ltd (Yinson), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yinson Holdings Berhad


Keppel to Deliver First FPSO of 2017

Keppel Offshore & Marine subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd is on track to deliver a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to Yinson Production (West Africa) Pte Ltd (Yinson), a subsidiary of Yinson Holdings Berhad, marking the first FPSO delivery of 2017.  


Pirates Kidnap Cargo Ship Crew Nigerian Waters

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russians and one Ukrainian after attacking the cargo ship the BBC Caribbean off the coast of Nigeria, the Russian embassy said on its official Twitter account. The embassy has asked Nigerian authorities to assist in locating the abducted people


Rare Gasoline Exports Underway from Bloated East Coast Stocks

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Traders prep rare East Coast gasoline exports; cargoes already sailing with exported distillates.   Traders are preparing to export cargoes of coveted gasoline from the U.S. East Coast after months of heavy importing and local production swamped the region.  


W. Africa Crude-Asian Tenders, Pending Export Plans Slow Trade

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Physical trading in West Africa was muted as the market awaited tender results and the April-loading Angolan crude oil export plan.   * The benchmark oil prices on which West Africa crude oil trades retraced some of Monday's losses as confidence in OPEC's cut plan rose.


Hathon is Director Exploration, Cairn

Simon Thomson, Chief Executive Photo Cairn

Cairn announced the appointment of Eric Hathon as Director of Exploration. Dr Hathon, who has more than 25 years experience in the international oil and gas industry, will join Cairn from Marathon Oil Corporation where he held the position of Director Conventional Exploration


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide Further

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Around 30 VLCC charters in Feb so far, versus 50 last month. About 40 refinery facilities to close for maintenance.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to multi-week lows on Thursday, could slip further as refinery maintenance in Asia weighs on cargo volumes






 
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