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Where will Rates Go? It’s Anybody’s Guess

Intertanko has established a tradition of asking members and guests at its Annual Dinner to forecast what the rates will be one year ahead when they gather again for the next Tanker Event and AGM. Last year in Washington, the secretariat threatened to reveal the findings of the psychoanalyst that they had allegedly employed to scrutinize the forecasts made in Rotterdam in 2002. Owners were as bad as charterers, and brokers as bad as analysts at predicting future market levels! With the Annual Event and Dinner in Dubai now only a few weeks away (28-31 March) the analysis of last year's forecasters is already causing considerable amusement in the INTERTANKO offices around the world. What would you have forecast a year ago for end March 2004 for: WS rate VLCC AG-Japan? Million dwt. of tankers sold for recycling in 2003? Oil price Brent Blend (USD/bbl)? While the deadweight recycled is a known figure and the winner has been identified (but remains a closely guarded secret), the WS rate and oil price are still "up in the air". In the meantime, will the WS improve to reach the highest WS rate forecast of W145? Hopefully it will not collapse to the lowest level predicted - W29. The oil price predictions spanned a much narrower band, namely 15-35 USD/bbl., and a close outcome is anticipated. However the top line speakers from the tanker and the oil industries that have been lined up for the Tanker Event will certainly give those attending a better chance of getting it


Hoists Designed for the Oil and Gas Industry Used in FPSO Mooring System

A hydraulically operated overhead crane with a hoist lift capacity of 18 tons, manufactured by J D Neuhaus for Bardex Corporation

The J D Neuhaus company have a long established reputation for the design and manufacture of materials handling products. They also supply purpose designed equipment for specialized applications such as the oil and gas industry where safety and reliability are primary requisites. For this purpose they can supply hoists, with a lift capacity range from 0.25Kg up to 100 tons, to API7K certification. These are high durability products rated explosion proof/spark resistant and powered by


Fugawi X-Traverse Supports Online Charts

Software manufacturer Northport Systems Inc. announced the addition of Hilton’s Realtime-Navigator support to its online Fugawi X-Traverse collection for use with Fugawi navigation software, Apple iPhone and MacENC for Apple OS X. The combination of Fugawi X-Traverse and Hilton’s Realtime-Navigator gives users an unparalleled set of ocean condition tools to identify fish holding locations. The ultimate saltwater fishing tool, Fugawi X-Traverse provides users of the iPhone


Damen to Launch New PSV Series

Damen PSV 3300 E3 (a.i.) web

Damen Shipyards will unveil its new Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) at EUROPORT 2011 and will launch a complete PSV range in the next few months. The PSV 3300 E3 is a dedicated supply vessel to transport supplies to oil and gas rigs and is specifically designed to perform safely in adverse weather conditions. The first two vessels will be built at the renowned Damen shipyard in Galati, Romania. Delivery is scheduled for early 2013.  


PCI Introduces New Program

Gregg Trunnell, Executive Director, Pacific Maritime Institute announced "Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch Program" a program that is geared to reducee onboard training time for employees when working in coordination with employers. Upon successful completion of the RFPNW program, seamen will be issued an interim certificate “Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch – Lookout Duties Only.” This will allow the OS or AB to independently stand lookout watches while they


This Day in Naval History – August 6

1862 - CSS Arkansas destroyed by her commanding officer to prevent capture by USS Essex. 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf begins. US destroyers sink 3 of 4 Japanese destroyers. 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, Japan. Navy weaponeer, Captain W.S. Parsons, USN, armed the atomic bomb on the B-29 bomber, Enola Gay. 1990 - President George Bush orders Operation Desert Shield, largest overseas deployment since Vietnam, to protect Saudi Arabia after Iraqi's invasion of Kuwait.


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 6

The Union Gun-boat Essex (Commander Porter) Destroying the Rebel Iron-clad Ram Arkansas, in the Mississippi Line engraving published in Harpers Weekly, 1862. CSS Arkansas was run ashore and burned to prevent capture when her engines failed during this encounter with USS Essex, on August 6, 1862. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 6 1862 - CSS Arkansas destroyed by her commanding officer to prevent capture by USS Essex. 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf begins. U.S. destroyers sink three of four Japanese destroyers. 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, Japan. Navy weaponeer, Captain W.S. Parsons, USN, armed the atomic bomb on the B-29 bomber, Enola Gay. 1990 - President George Bush orders Operation Desert Shield, largest overseas deployment since Vietnam


Access Chat Plus Brings Video Chat Onboard

Photo: Globecomm Maritime

Globecomm Maritime debuted Access Chat Plus, an optimized chat and video conferencing offering designed for maritime satellite communications. Access Chat Plus provides maritime users with a means to make video calls and chat live over satellite using.Access Chat provides instant messaging and voice calling, while Access Chat Plus provides the same with the addition of video conferencing. Both Access Chat and Access Chat Plus are available in a range of pricing options for corporate and


Europort Brings Offshore Shipbuilding into Focus

ABB systems for Pipe_laying_vessel_design_VS_4146_PLV1.jpg

Maritime exhibition offers platform for technical innovators attracted by offshore investments The offshore market remains buoyant, with exploration and production driving new fleet investment, design innovation in vessel efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Operations in more challenging offshore environments are also demanding enhanced vessel maneuverability, station-keeping and overall safety, in line with tightening regulations.


This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 17

1897-The Overland Expedition, consisting of three officers from the Revenue Cutter Service, departed from the cutter Bear off Nunivak Island to rescue 300 whalers trapped in the ice at Point Barrow, Alaska.  The rescuers were First Lieutenant D. H. Jarvis, Second Lieutenant E. P. Bertholf (later a commandant), and Surgeon S. J. Call.  The rescuers had to travel over 1,000 miles overland to reach the whalers.


MacGregor Wins Chinese Shipyard Order

MacGregors fully automated self-discharging model is quick, safe, efficient, clean and labour saving

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order from Wuhu Xinlian Shipyard in China for eight MacGregor dry bulk cement handling systems.   The fully automated pneumatic systems will be installed on two 78m 12,000 bhp 150T BP anchor handling, tug


Tennessee Chill Box Expands Industry Reach

Image: Tennessee Chill Box

Air conditioned respirator supply systems supplier Tennessee Chill Box, LLC (TCB) launched a new air-supply, mask and hood system designed to expand the industry-reach of its air conditioned respirator supply systems to include all those that would normally require a respirator or hood to safely


BG Group's Australian Project Helping to Double LNG Supplies

A smooth start to operations at BG Group's Australian project in Queensland is expected to help the British company to roughly double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies in 2015/16, it said on Wednesday. Seven cargoes have been shipped since December from the Queensland Curtis LNG facility


Gas Turbine Alternator Installed into Aircraft Carrier

Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance has completed the installation of the first MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) package into the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.  


Conrad Shipyard Bags LNG Order

Image: Conrad Shipyard

 Energy infrastructure and LNG solutions provider WesPac Midstream and its subsidiary Clean Marine Energy (CME) have awarded a contract to Conrad Orange Shipyard for the construction of a dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America.  


MMK Boosts Steel Shipments to Shipbuilders

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) supplied 78,000 metric tons of metal products to shipbuilders in 2014, which represents a 37.2% growth year-on-year.   MMK supplies up to half of all metal products sold to the Russian shipbuilding industry


WesPac to Build N. America’s First LNG Bunker Barge

Image: WesPac Midstream

WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance


Ulstein Delivers PSV Blue Queen

Blue Queen (Photo: Ulstein)

Platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Queen, of Ulstein’s PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft on February 24, 2015. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract.


Maersk Orders Rolls-Royce’s New Anchor Recovery Frames

Image courtesy of Maersk

Maersk Supply Service orders Rolls-Royce’s new Anchor Recovery Frames for newbuild anchor handlers   Maersk Supply Service has exercised an option to add Rolls-Royce’s new Anchor Recovery Frames (ARF) to the supply contract awarded in December for deck machinery for six anchor


DNV GL Launch Joint Industry Project

Dr Jens Petter Tronskar, DNV GL Vice President and CTO of the Deepwater Technology Centre in Singapore

  Sour service fluids from wells place significant demands on pipeline material, particularly in deeper water. This can present major technical and financial challenges for pipeline operators as the fluids can cause fractures and cracks which affect pipeline performance and reliability


Euronav Bullish on Tanker Market

Photo by Euronav

 A robust and sustained recovery in freight rates in both VLCC and Suezmax sectors gained traction during the fourth quarter of 2014 – a feature which has continued and expanded into Q1 2015, says press release from Euronav   


Brazilian Fast Supply Vessel Delivered

Photo courtesy of Incat Crowther

Baru Mucura, the second in a series of 12 UT4000 Monohull Fast Supply Vessels built by ETP Engenharia Ltda. in Brazil, has undergone launching and trials, Incat Crowther announced. The vessel’s earlier successor, Baru Gorgona, was the first delivery in the series.  


Egypt: Vitol to Supply 9 LNG Cargos, in Talks with BP

Vitol will supply Egypt with nine LNG cargos for two years starting June 2015, an Egyptian oil ministry statement said on Thursday.   The statement said the ministry was also finalizing talks with BP over a deal to supply the country with 21 LNG cargoes.  


Wal-Mart: Port Issue Impacting Supply

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is experiencing delays in some merchandise due to the West Coast port disruptions, although moves to diversify its logistics have limited the impact, the head of the retailer's U.S. operations said on Thursday. On an earnings call Greg Foran said "pockets of


Europe Set for LNG Supply Surge

Europe is luring twice as many liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers as last year and more are expected in what is now the premium-priced market after a year-long demand slump in Asia. In just a week, seven new LNG tankers embarked for Belgian






 
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