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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


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


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.  


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


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.


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.


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.


Cavotec, ABB Partner on Shore-to-ship Power

Photo: Cavotec

Cavotec and ABB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer complete shore-to-ship power solutions globally. Such solutions allow vessels to plug into onshore power supply and shut down their engines, eliminating noxious emissions


Oil Rally is Not Just About Hedge Funds: Kemp

Oil prices are becoming dangerously overheated as speculators anticipate a rebalancing of supply and demand that has barely started, according to many oil analysts.   "Even as oil rallies, analysts have barely nudged up their price forecasts as they worry that crude's recent gains


Floating Products Storage in Focus

Graph: Gibson Tanker Report

 For much of 2015, talk of floating storage was dominated by speculation that the contango in crude futures might support crude floating storage, says Gibson Tanker Report.   However, at the same time, much of the oil surplus was being absorbed by refiners chasing some of the best


Shipping Industry Flying On The Dragon’s Back

Graph: Clarksons Research

 As the many Greek players in the shipping industry know well, the legend of Icarus tells us the dangers of flying too high. Merchant vessel earnings eventually found their 2008 heights just as unsustainable, even as some talked of a “new paradigm”.  


Shipping Markets on the Tightrope

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research is exploring into the impact of the demand side on the state of health of the shipping markets.    Despite the fact that today’s global orderbook appears less onerous than previously (at 16% of the fleet), capacity levels are still important


ABB to Power Norwegian Hybrid Car Ferry

Image: Multi Marine

ABB will supply the power system for a hybrid car ferry serving a passenger route in Norway. The vessel will run as a hybrid but can be modified to run as a full electric ferry with shore charging system.  According to ABB, the contract is another success in northern Europe


Two Canadian Ferries to be Converted for LNG Operation

Image: Scott Arkell/Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract by Gdansk Shiprepair Yard Remontowa S.A., to supply a scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems, and gas handling systems required for the mid-life upgrading of two RoPax ferries and their conversion to operate on LNG fuel


Italy to Supply Credit Lines, Guarantees to Boost Exports to Iran

Italy announced 4.8 billion euros ($5.45 billion) in credit lines and financial guarantees to relaunch exports to Iran, the Italian export agency said on Tuesday during Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's visit to Tehran.   Italy's state-run lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti will offer credit


SharpEye Radar for Qatari Coastguard Patrol Boats

Image: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes is to supply its SharpEye S-band radar together with its new 12kW radar for 17 patrol boats currently being built at ARES Shipyard, Turkey for Qatar’s Coast and Borders Security Department.   All the electronic equipment for the vessels - which include 24m, 34


VTS Radar Systems Chosen for Port of Marseille Fos

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Hughes

A world leader in the design and supply of navigation and security surveillance systems, Kelvin Hughes has been contracted by French company AVON Communications to supply five of its SBS-700 radar systems for integration with the Marseille Fos Port Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS).  


Indian Aircraft Carrier to Get Russian Weaponry

INS Vikrant. Photo: Indian Navy

 Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to the Indian Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, says a report by IANS.   The first of the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, is Russian-built


E.R. Schiffahrt Chooses GNS ENCs Bundle

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has agreed terms with E.R. Schiffahrt, a Hamburg-based ship management company with activities in container and bulk segments, to supply Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) and the GNS navigation management software, Voyager.  


Stockholm Norvik Port Construction to Start

Stockholm  Norvik Port Image courtesy Ports of Stockholm

The planned freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, just north of Nynäshamn, is extremely important for the establishment of an efficient, eco-friendly supply of goods to the Stockholm region. In accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code


Statoil: Limited U.S. LNG Impact in Europe this Year

File Image: An LNG STS Transfer underway (credit: Excelerate)

The European natural gas market is well supplied by pipeline gas from Norway and Russia, Norway's Statoil said on Wednesday, adding that it expected only limited impact from U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply this year. "Looking at the gas market moving forward the starting point is


Incat Crowther Supplies Crewboat Design, Build Kits

Image: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has been awarded a contract with shipbuilder Astinave EP of Guayaquil, Ecuador for the supply of vessel design services and aluminum component kits for a pair of 22.5m monohull crewboats currently under construction for an undisclosed client






 
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