Petroperu Tenders for Latin American or WAF Crude
State-run Petroperu has launched a tender to buy a 360,000 barrel cargo of a Latin American or West African crude to be received at Conchan and Talara ports on September 26-30…
LR Alert: Changes to the ISM Code
Note: this amendment means that compliance with minimum safe manning may not be sufficient when taking into account the operational requirements of the ship. It complements Regulation 2.7 of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which also requires that all operational aspects are taken into account when reviewing manning levels. This reinforces the requirement for companies to verify that all personnel carrying out ISM-related tasks are doing so in accordance with the requirements of the code.
Brazil's Sugar Output Slows Due to Rains
Sugar output from Brazil's main center-south cane region slipped in the second half of July to 2.24 million tonnes, down from the 2.55 million tonne output in the…
Trelleborg Fenders for DP World Jebel Ali Port
DP World, UAE Region, has incorporated Trelleborg’s rubber quality standards into their fender specification for the Quay four refurbishment project at Terminal 1 of Jebel Ali Port in Dubai. Working on the project with DP World since 2011, Trelleborg has supplied 60 super cone SCN 1300 fenders to protect berths 18 and 19, which have been fully installed this past April. Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation…
Drewry: Reefer Box Capacity to Grow 22%
Reefer capacity on the containership fleet is expected to increase by 22% over the next five years, at the expense of a declining specialized reefer fleet, according to Drewry's latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast. Reefer box capacity is expected to grow from 1.6 million 40ft slots in 2013 to 1.9 million slots in 2018. However, this fleet growth is not expected to adversely impact vessel utilization levels thanks to strong cargo growth.
Incat Crowther Launches Ferries for Sydney
Incat Crowther announced the launch of Mary Reibey and Annabelle Rankin, the second and third in a series of 24m catamaran passenger ferries for Captain Cook Cruises. Built by Richardson Devine Marine, the vessels follow on from Elizabeth Cook, launched late last year. Elizabeth Cook currently operates in the Sydney Ferry Network, including the shallow water zones on the Parramatta River and across Sydney Heads to Manly.
Coast Guard Rule on Vessel Documentation Renewal Issued
The U.S. Coast Guard's final rule on vessel documentation renewal fees was published in the Federal Register Tuesday. The Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation. The Coast Guard is required to establish user fees for services related to the documentation of vessels. This final rule separately lists…
Spanish Coast Guard Rescue 700 African Migrants
Spanish emergency services picked up 470 immigrants travelling in dozens of rafts across the Strait of Gibraltar on Tuesday and 227 from the same stretch of water the day before…
CMMI, SPNM & ICS Focus on Container Weights
Three major maritime organizations, the Company of Master Mariners of India, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Shipping Professionals Network-Mumbai teamed up to focus on the recent International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) initiative on container weight verification. In this regard, a joint conference was held last weekend to deliberate on “Container Weights – Vagaries and Variances’ at the Maritime Training Institute of the Shipping Corporation of India’s auditorium, Powai, Mumbai.
Hapag-Lloyd Operating Profit Down on Lower Freight Rates
Germany's Hapag-Lloyd's said it expected operating profit to drop considerably this year after tough competition in container shipping dragged freight rates lower in the second quarter. The company, partly owned by TUI AG, posted a second-quarter operating loss of 73.7 million euros ($98.5 million), compared with an operating profit of 13.5 million euros a year earlier. "The fact that we ended up with…
Fugro Report Mixed Fortunes in First Half 2014
Fugro report first half-year revenue of EUR 1,186.9 million compared to EUR 1,167.9 million in first half of 2013. Year-on-year revenue growth at constant currencies of 6.2% or 7.9% excluding multi-client seismic surveys. Non-cash impairments and one-off write-offs of EUR 346.6 million due to weak results and the more challenging oil and gas market outlook. This was mostly related to the Geoscience division.
Aker Solutions to Lease 31,100 sq.m Aberdeen Office
"This move is a long-term investment for us and underlines our commitment to Aberdeen and our customers in the area," said David Currie, Aker Solutions' regional head in the UK. Aker Solutions explains that the facility is under development and will consist of three interconnected buildings in the Aberdeen International Business Park on Dyce Drive, the main route between Aberdeen's city center and international airport.
Kara Sea Platform 'West Alpha' Starts Drilling
The 'West Alpha' platform, owned by North Atlantic Drilling, has begun drilling the Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea as part of a joint Rosneft and ExxonMobil project, reports Russian official news agency 'Arctic-info'. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who took part in the launch of works by videoconference, called it an important step in the development of prospective fields in the Arctic.
NAMEPA Members Get Enhanced RightShip Enviro-ratings
North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) says that in recognition of their strong commitment to sustainability its members have been awarded an automatic positive adjustment (+5 points) towards their vessels’ RightShip Environmental Rating. “NAMEPA is one of only 8 organizations worldwide to secure this high standing in our system” says Warwick Norman, CEO of RightShip. “We…
Gulf Island Wins Arena GoM Rig Construction Contract
Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. says that, through its subsidiary Gulf Island L.L.C., it has received an award letter from Arena Offshore, LP for the fabrication of two jacket/piles and topsides for Arena’s projects located in the Gulf of Mexico. Delivery for these units is set for late second quarter 2015. Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in connection with the Company’s announcement of financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2014.
USCG, Lake Carriers, Sign Mutual Training Agreement
The U.S. Coast Guard 9th District informs it has jointly signed a Mutual Training Agreement, that further promotes cooperation and education opportunities between the Association’s seventeen member companies that operate cargo vessels on the Great Lakes and the Coast Guard as their primary regulatory agency. This agreement was reached under the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Indoctrination Ship Rider Program…
UK Consortium Scraps Portsmouth Dockyard Plan
Portsmouth Shipbuilding Group was set up in the wake of the decision made by BAE Systems last year to relocate its shipbuilding division to the Clyde, in Scotland, a move that put hundreds of jobs at risk, reports ‘The [Portsmouth] News'. But the project needed £100m of government money to get off the ground, and as no commitment was made by ministers that the cash or another Offshore Patrol Vessel [order] would come to light, it never happened.