China: No Need to "gesticulate" over South China Sea
China's Defence Ministry denounced as gesticulation on Thursday speculation it would declare an air defence zone over the disputed South China Sea, after the United…
Bangladesh Inks LNG Deal with Excelerate
Bangladesh on Thursday signed a deal with Texas-based Excelerate Energy to build its first floating terminal for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as it looks to ease chronic energy shortages. The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) terminal at Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal will be able to handle 5 million tonnes of LNG per year, Istiaq Ahmed, chairman of the state-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, said at a signing ceremony in Dhaka.
BSM Launches Lay-up, Green Recycling Services
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is further expanding the scope of ship management services it offers with the addition of two new service offerings – Lay-up Services and Green Recycling. Both services have been developed to meet changing needs amid the tough economic environment that the shipping industry is facing. BSM’s Lay-up Services have been designed to support customers where continued operation of the vessel is deemed uneconomical.
Hiab Introduces MULTILIFT Optima
Hiab, part of Cargotec, is introducing MULTILIFT Optima, a smart hooklift for customers who need the right performance and value for money for their everyday loading tasks. "There is a strong demand in the market for cost-efficient hooklift solutions featuring the relatively basic functions required for straightforward loading tasks, for example, in the waste and recycling segments as well as in general transportation.
DNV GL ShipManager Enables Safety Management Reporting
Shipping companies are increasingly gathering information from the fleet in order to improve their operations and safety performance. Without easy–to-use and data smart systems potential insights and improvements may be lost. Time-consuming reporting to various stakeholders may reduce focus on other important tasks. The latest release of ShipManager includes the Safety Management Reporting module with a new and flexible user interface…
Increased Norwegian Content for Johan Sverdrup Platform
Today, Kvaerner and its sub-contractors cut the first steel plates for the utility- and living quarters (ULQ) topside for the Johan Sverdrup field. The topside construction starts on schedule and budget. The Johan Sverdrup development is being executed with a high degree of Norwegian value creation. Kvaerner's efforts to improve competitiveness have resulted in a large portion of the work for the ULQ platform to be executed in Norway.
ABB to Link Offshore Wind Farm to UK Grid
ABB has won an order worth more than $250 million from the Danish energy company DONG Energy to deliver a 220-kilovolt (kV) high-voltage cable system that will connect the Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm in the North Sea to the UK mainland grid. This is the third project that ABB will execute for DONG Energy, following the Burbo Bank extension and Walney extension links in the Irish Sea. Hornsea Project One will be the world’s largest capacity offshore wind farm…
Piraeus Port Posts 24% Increase In 2015 Profit
The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) has released its annual financial statement for 2015, showing post-tax profits of 23.8 percent. Earnings before taxes amounted to € 9.772.290,19 for the year ended 31.12.2015 against €8.891.464,98 in 2014 showing an increase of 9.91%. Profit after tax amounted to € 8.375.754,17 compared to € 6.763.882,84 showing an increase of 23.83%. The gross profit showed an increase of 13.9% compared to 2014 from € 22.958.410,89 to € 26.150.566,01.
DP World Eyes France
France is an attractive investment location for DP World’s projects related to infrastructure development, port centric development, distribution and export hubs, rail freight, customs, and other logistics topics, said DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. He has recently met the President of France, Francois Hollande and senior government and business leaders at a major investment summit at the Élysée Palace in Paris.
Survival of the Un-Fittest
Despite historically low rates carriers are unlikely to be killed off as creditors and governments will step in, says Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited. Recent news stories, backed-up by anecdotal stories told to Drewry, report that carriers have quoted zero dollar freight rates to some forwarders on certain lanes out of Asia. Whether these are merely isolated cases or something more widespread is difficult to judge at the present time…
China Shipping Swings to Loss
China Shipping Container Lines Co. posted a net loss of 2.9 billion yuan ($448.5m) in 2015, compared with profit of 1.04 billion yuan in 2014, the nation’s second-biggest container shipping company said in a statement. China Shipping in January had forecast a loss of 2.8 billion yuan for 2015. The revenues also fell 12% to RMB31.83bn from RMB36.08bn previously, the company said. The operating result…
China Shipping Development Company Proft Surges
China Shipping Development Company Limited (CSDC) achieved 34.95% higher profit for 2015 totaling in RMB417 million ($64.3 million) when compared to figures from 2014, mostly due to a very strong tanker market. The revenue was stable at RMB12.21bn in 2015 compared to RMB12.27bn in 2014 for CSDC, the tanker and bulker unit of China Shipping Group. “In 2015, the oil shipping market was better than in 2014 in general.
Morocco to Get First Automated Container Terminal
Port operator APM Terminals to develop a new transshipment terminal in Tangier, Morocco with an annual capacity of five million TEUs. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier will become operational in 2019, serving multiple trades and will be the first automated terminal in Africa. The 30-year concession of APM Terminals MedPort Tangier will complement the current operations of the existing APM Terminals Tangier facility.
Mercator Sells Another Vessel
Dry bulk shipping company Mercator Lines has inked an agreement to sell another vessel in an attempt to reduce its debt. The MV Kalpana Prem will be sold for US$2.9 million to a third party. It is expected to be delivered in April. In January, the dry bulk shipping firm said it was selling five vessels for US$32.3 million. The latest vessel is secured to the company's major shareholder, Mercator International (MIPL)…
Imabari Installs SOx Scrubber onto Bulk Carrier
Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. announced it has become the first shipyard in Japan to successfully install a SOx scrubber onto bulk carrier. The SOx scrubber, manufactured by Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., has been installed for a domestic ship owner aboard the 84,000M.T.D/W bulk carrier M/V Nadeshiko. The installation was completed on March 24, 2016. This installation is the joint research support project…
Ingalls Awarded $618 Mln to Build DDG 123
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $618 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class…
MSC, INTTRA Address Container Weight Rules
Container shipping company MSC and ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA have entered a new partnership aiming to introduce a customer-friendly solution to new container weight safety regulations. Under the agreement, MSC will use INTTRA's eVGM software as a channel for receiving verified gross mass (VGM) submissions from shippers. As of July 1, under the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) GM amendment…
SENER Names Jiménez Financial, Administrative Director
Engineering and technology group SENER has appointed Manuel Jiménez as the new Financial and Administrative Director of SENER’s Engineering and Construction Division, replacing José Luis Anzola, who has held the position of Corporate Chief Financial Officer of the SENER Group since 2015. Jiménez holds a degree in Economics and Business Science, specializing in Business Administration, from the University…
Crystal Serenity Prepares for Arctic Voyages
In preparation for cruise liner Crystal Serenity’s planned Arctic summer cruise in 2016, Crystal Cruises has selected Rutter Inc.’s sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance (STS) and Ice Navigator systems to provide enhanced small target detection of first-year and multi-year sea ice as well as other floating hazards to safe navigation. This summer’s voyage will be the world’s first luxury cruise liner to sail from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean via the Canadian Northwest Passage.
US West Coast Port Volumes Rebound
Import volumes have rebounded at U.S. West Coast ports so far this year, according to Datamyne, a provider of web-based international market intelligence. Datamyne found that imports through the port of Los Angeles have increased 36 percent from January through February of 2016 and 30 percent through the port of Long Beach, compared with the same time period in 2015. “West Coast ports have indeed made…