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Oil Price Just Down From Two-Year Highs Set Last Week

Oil markets placed another bet on tightening supply, supporting prices in the vicinity of 22-month highs touched last week. Benchmark Brent for September hit $20.87 a barrel today, just 13 cents off a Friday peak of $21 that was the crude's highest value in almost two years.


Brazil Port Blaze Pushes Sugar Prices to Year's High

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A fire in the Copersuca company's huge sugar terminal in the Port of Santos has burnt some 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, damaging six warehouses and pushing international prices to a one-year high. reports the BBC News. The authorities in the port of Santos informed the BBC it took six hours to bring the fire under control, while the cause of the fire is unknnown and the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.


Big Oil Profits Expected To Fly High

The near record oil prices have left U.S. oil majors as the envy of industry during the third quarter reporting period, according to many industry analysts. "This is clearly a sector that investors shouldn't worry about having disappointing earnings surprises," said one. "The question is not whether they will beat consensus estimates, but by how much they'll beat estimates," said another. Such expectations from analysts and investors come as crude oil prices in the third-quarter hit


Is The Tanker Top Near?

Oil tanker markets are again knocking at price barriers with year-highs expected to tumble as demand exceeds supply of modern ships, brokers were reporting. Shortages of high quality oil company approved vessels were causing rates to peak for Suezmaxes in the Mediterranean and West Africa and for Suezmaxes in the North Sea. July cargo demand for VLCCs in the Middle East was also seen possibly puncturing previous highs for the year


Tanker Rates Continue To Soar

Modern vessel shortages in the North Sea are pushing Aframax and Suezmax tanker rates to year high levels. Rates for Aframax 80,000 ton vessels have repeated the year-high of W217.5($8.00 per ton) for late month U.K./Continent liftings, but brokers said June business was now played out. One million barrel Suezmax tankers were benefiting strongly from bouyant North Sea markets with transatlantic rates climbing steeply to W165-W180


Offshore Rig Count At 2-Year High

The offshore rig count in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rose by four this week to 175, or an 85.9 percent utilization rate, the highest drilling activity in nearly two years, the Offshore Data Services (ODS) said. In its report for the week ending July 21, the Houston-based ODS said that of the 203 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, 175 were under contract. In the European/Mediterranean region the rigs under contract remained steady at 89 of the 102 mobile offshore drilling rigs


Depressed Rates Take Toll On Older Vessels

Low tanker rates are pushing increasing numbers of old VLCCs to the scrapyard, but not enough to counter deliveries of new vessels, shipping brokers said. "Depressed VLCC rates seem finally to be taking a toll on the mid 70s built fleet of large tankers," Norwegian broker Bssoe said in a report for November. Nine VLCCs were sold for demolition during November, taking the total this year to 29 units, compared with 14 by the same time last year, the broker said.


Defense Companies Poised For Growth Under Bush

Despite the uncertainty of new government policy, the defense industry presents a picture of renewed growth, boosted by higher spending and technology funding under the George W. Bush administration. Makers of the nation's warfare technologies along with Wall Street analysts and industry consultants spent a week bragging about new opportunities and the likelihood of changes to Pentagon policy that would foster growth after 15 years of strained budgets.


Dredging, Marine Experts, Boskalis Trading Update

Boskalis issues its trading update following approval at its AGM, reporting higher revenue, increased order book Selected highlights are as follows: The developments at Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) in 2012 to date are in line with expectations.     •    Revenue level slightly higher than in the same period last year     •    Higher fleet utilization compared to 2011


Offshore Oil & Gas NPT Benchmarking Report

Crew shortage & integration issues identified as major contributors to control systems-related NPT (Non Productive Time) in Athens Group report. Athens Group has published its fourth annual international benchmarking report on control systems software-related non-productive time (NPT) in the oil & gas industry. The report, subtitled Focus on Metrics, is based on the results of Athens Group’s annual industry surveys. Highlights from the Focus on Metrics report include:


The Brits Turn Again to the Sea

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The number of people applying to train to become an officer in the British Merchant Navy is at a 10 year high, says the non-profit 'Sea Vision' which promotes careers and education for young people in the maritime sector, as follows: Glasgow based Clyde Marine Training


Survey: Shipping Confidence at Three-Year High

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Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry rose to their highest level for more than three years over the three-month period to November 2013, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens


Shipping Industry Upswing in 2015, Moore Stephens Predicts

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens believes that the shipping industry’s fortunes should be noticeably improved by 2015 if it maintains the recovery which got under way last year. But it warns that the prospects for recovery may still be fragile if the industry


As Iraq sells more oil to Asia, quality issues emerge

Asia to buy nearly 60 percent of Iraq's Basra Lt exports. Export facilities upgrade, new fields to boost volume in second half, but Buyers remain wary of quality issues, loading delays. Iraq's rush to pump more oil to Asia has coincided with complaints from some buyers about the quality of its


US Rig Count Hits 25-Year High

Tally of oil-directed rigs shows increase In its weekly release, Houston-based oiilfield services company BHI reported a record rise in the number of rigs searching for oil and gas. The Baker Hughes North American Rotary Rig Count is a weekly census of the number of drilling rigs actively


Ships Vie With Japan Utilities as Fuel Supplies Dwindle

Oil refiners’ investment in more-efficient refinery facilities is leaving shipping lines competing with Japanese power producers for a fuel no one wants to make. Refiners are upgrading plants to cut output of fuel oil, a byproduct of making gasoline and diesel


Global Marine Energy Gets UK Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance Contract

Global Marine Energy contracted by Transmission Capital Partners to maintain transmission link at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm The cable maintenance agreement is designed to ensure that the transmission link is inspected and maintained properly over its service life


‘Super-sized’ Seaway Cargoes to U.S Ports

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Economic conditions and severe weather conditions have formed the perfect storm to slow some traditional trade at U.S. ports along the St. Lawrence Seaway System.   The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to July 31 was 17


Drilling Activity Resurgance on UK Continental Shelf

Increased UK drilling and deal activity leads the way back to health in North West Europe says new report. A broader range of tax allowances and a sustained high oil price boosted drilling activity on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) by one third in 2012, according to a new report by Deloitte


UK Offshore Oil & Gas Sector: Investment Hits 30-year High

Tax changes to encourage growth in the UK oil & gas sector have led the industry to make its highest investment for more than 30 years. According to the recently published Oil & Gas UK, 2013 Activity Survey, thousands of jobs are now being created across Britain and the production of


104,800 Attendees at OTC 2013

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Experts from the offshore energy industry around the world came together May 6-9 for the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in Houston. Attendance at the conference reached a 30-year high of 104,800, the second highest in show history and up 17% from last year.


VLCC Tankship Hires at 6-Year High

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Bookings of the largest oil tankers jumped to the highest for the time of year since at least 2007 as demand for crude cargoes accelerates before a surge in oil refining projected by the International Energy Agency. reports Bloomberg. According to Bloomberg, who cite Marex Spectron Group


Chemical Tankships Deep Laden on Fracking Boom

The boom in U.S. natural-gas supplies is boosting chemical exports to Asia, driving up demand for specialized ships that carry the products and sending freight rates to a five-year high, reports Bloomberg. Earnings for tankers carrying 20


Los Angeles’ July Container Volumes Set Year High

The Port of Los Angeles has released its July 2013 cargo volumes. July overall volumes totaled 715,640 20-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers, the busiest cargo month of 2013. Compared to July 2012, volumes slipped 1.48%. Imports edged downward by


Star Bulk Acquires Two Ultramax Bulk Carriers

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Ultramax bulk carriers, the M/V Supra Challenger I and M/V Supra Challenger II


 
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