New Portsmouth Office for IMES
IMES informs it has moved to premises in Portsmouth as the company targets further strategic growth. The new 5,500 sq ft premises, based at Voyager Park on Portfield Road, Portsmouth, feature a load testing area for lifting equipment, a component assembly area and purpose-built painting area. IMES, which is headquartered in Aberdeen, has a team of 70 across its seven operations. The company’s Portsmouth operation was previously based at the city’s Portfield Industrial Estate.
VSTEP Simulator for Ho Chi Minh Maritime College
A DNV Class A certified NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at the Ho Chi Minh City Maritime Vocational College in Vietnam. The simulator delivered is a NAUTIS Class A Full Mission Bridge simulator with a 270° field of view through projection. A NAUTIS Instructor Station was also installed. The Maritime Vocational College is a higher education institution in Ho Chi Minh City.
Wind Server Delivered with Kongsberg Tech Package
The new Wind Server Wind Turbine Service Jack-Up Vessel was delivered to owner DBB Jack-Up Services in December 2014, with a full complement of Kongsberg Maritime control and automation technology on board. Built at Nordic Yards in Wismar, Germany, Wind Server went into operation maintaining offshore wind turbines throughout Northern Europe in February 2015. Wind Server’s Full Picture technology solution covers navigation…
Transport Sector to Give Lift to Oil Demand
Demand for oil is intimately connected to the demand for transportation in the United States and the other advanced industrial economies. Cars, trucks, airlines…
BG Group Produces First Oil from Knarr Field
BG Group announced the Petrojarl Knarr floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel had started production from the Knarr oil field in the North Sea, offshore Norway. The FPSO has been leased from Teekay Corporation and is moored approximately 120 kilometers off the Norwegian coast. It has a production capacity of 63,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and a storage capacity of 800,000 barrels.
Indonesia Awards Oil Blocks to Shell, Petronas, Pertamina
Indonesia's state-owned Pertamina, Royal Dutch Shell, and Malaysia's Petronas were among the companies awarded 11 Indonesian oil and gas blocks last year, government officials said on Wednesday.
Vietnam, Australia Call for South China Sea 'Restraint'
Vietnam and Australia called on Wednesday for "self-restraint" in the South China Sea and warned against the unilateral use of force, an obvious reference to China's…
DP World Parent Completes $1.2 bln Loan
Port and Free Zone World (PFZW), the holding company for Dubai-based ports operator DP World, has closed a $1.2 billion loan deal, banking sources aware of the matter said on Wednesday.
Statoil: New Offshore Indonesia License Awarded
Statoil was today awarded new exploration acreage through the Aru Trough I licence offshore Indonesia. The licence covers an area of approximately 8,300 square kilometres, adjacent to Statoil’s existing exploration acreage in the Aru and West Papua IV licences. Statoil will operate the licence with a 100% working interest. “This is a low-cost access into a frontier area with considerable potential where Statoil is already present.
ICTSI Chairman Visits Basra Gateway Terminal
Enrique K. Razon Jr., International Container Terminal Services Inc.(ICTSI) chairman and president, recently visited Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), ICTSI’s subsidiary in the port of Umm Qasr, Iraq. Razon personally inspected the continuing upgrade works in Berth 20, the existing facility in Umm Qasr’s North Port where ICTSI started operations in November 2014. He also inspected the piling works taking…
Wärtsilä, VTT Contribute to Propulsion Research
A new technology research programme aimed at developing propulsion products specifically for operating in arctic conditions has been implemented with Wärtsilä and VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, as the main contributors. The ArTEco (Arctic Thruster Ecosystem) project will altogether be supported by ten industrial and academic partners from Finland and other countries. ArTEco is a three year programme, commencing in 2015 and ending in 2017.
GoFree Debuts Lake Insight & Nautic Insight Cartography
GoFree – the provider of digital content and services, and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G – announced today the release of six updated mapping products for use in both inland and coastal U.S. waters. Greatly improved for 2015, Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® cartography packages are each available in three versions: PRO, HD East and HD West.
SBM Offshore, CGU, AGU Sign MoU
The Comptroller General's Office (CGU), the Attorney General's Office (AGU) and SBM Offshore today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU sets a framework between the Company, the CGU and the AGU for discussions on a potential mutually acceptable settlement and for the disclosure by SBM Offshore of information relevant to the CGU's investigations. SBM Offshore provides floating production solutions to the offshore energy industry, over the full product life-cycle.
Metal Shark Wins US Navy Contract
Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been awarded a $15,309,410 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the construction of seven-meter rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) in support of future Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requirements. The award includes options that, if exercised, will bring the total contract value to $47,408,209. Metal Shark will produce the…
Yusope Joins Dan-Bunkering as Bunker Trader
Dan-Bunkering (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. informed that Emelia Yusope has been employed as Bunker Trader. Emelia started her career at Dan-Bunkering in the middle of February this year. Emelia who is Singaporean has previously lived in Europe and returned to Singapore in 2013 where she commenced her career in the bunker business. Sales Manager Mads Holm welcomes this additional Bunker Trader to his strong Singaporean team.
Container Volumes Drop at Port of LA
February cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 10.2 percent compared to the same period last year, due to terminal congestion and supply chain challenges during labor negotiations which reached a tentative agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on February 20. “Cargo flow has improved since the end of February and throughout March,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.
Indonesia Restricts Foreign Vessels to Spur Local Shipbuilding
Indonesia will begin restricting foreign vessels transporting domestic aquaculture products in Indonesian waters to encourage growth for domestic shipbuilders from next year. The stricter fishing laws would spell the end of foreign fishing vessels plying Indonesian waters. This would in turn impact the fishery industry in several ASEAN countries which have partly depended on catch from Indonesian territorial waters.
Putin Puts Northern Fleet on Full Combat Alert
Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia's border. According to the ministry, the operational zone of Russian warships during the exercises will be expanded to several areas of the Norwegian Sea. The order issued on Monday allows for the mobilization of 38…
Boskalis Wins Panama Artificial Island Contract
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Compañía Insular Americana SA to construct a second artificial island off the coast near the residential area of Punta Pacifica in Panama City. The project follows the successful construction of the first island by Boskalis, which was handed over to the client in early 2013. With a value of more than Euros 55 million the contract…
South China Sea Case: Philippines' New Evidence against China
The Philippines has submitted to a United Nations tribunal supplemental evidence for its arbitration case against China over disputed territories in the resource-rich South China Sea. The submission, which came to more than 3,000 pages, also mentioned China’s continued and massive reclamation activities in the areas claimed by the Philippines, though not in very great detail said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose.