POSH Bags Shell FLNG Contract
Singapore’s offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has been awarded a contract to support Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility using its semi-submersible accommodation vessel the “POSH Arcadia”. The 750-pax POSH Arcadia will be deployed to provide accommodation support for the hook-up and commissioning phase of the Shell Prelude FLNG Project in the Browse Basin, off the north-west coast of Western Australia.
Brexit: What Next for Shipping Markets?
For many in shipping, the Brexit was unexpected. Many believe that Brexit’s impact on the shipping industry will be more or less neutral. The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of Britain's departure during the runup to the vote. It issued a statement emphasizing the industry's importance in all events. "We are still an island nation that has to make its way in the world through buying and selling, and the shipping industry is here for that purpose . . .
Earlier this week spot returns in the VLCC market touched their lowest level since October 2014, with TCE earnings for Middle East/Japan (TD3) falling close to $20,000/day, says Gibson Weekly Tanker Market Report. The current weakness has been essentially driven by the build-up of available tonnage, leaving charterers with healthy numbers to choose from. However, is this a temporary blip or are there more fundamental forces at play?
CMA CGM to use Kingston As Transshipment Hub
French shipping giant CMA CGM plans to use Kingston Container Terminal, Jamaica as a strategic Caribbean transshipment hub for an enlarged Panama Canal. The Port connects to US East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and northern Brazil. Kingston hub is centrally located in the Caribbean Sea, opposite the Panama Canal just one day’s sailing away, CMA CGM decided long ago to make this a strategic location.
UK First to Accept Marine Geoengineering Amendments
The United Kingdom has become the first State to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea. The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific marine geoengineering activities to be permitted only when the activity is assessed as constituting legitimate scientific research. Currently, only ocean fertilization for research purposes may be permitted.
Maersk Takes Coffee Very Seriously
Maersk acknowledges that coffee is very special, mainly in regards to the processes and requirements involved for it’s shipping. "So we have adapted the way we work so we can meet your needs," says a statement from Maersk. "We offer you a wide coverage of ports in Colombia (Buenaventura, Baranquilla, Cartegena and Santa Marta) with weekly and constant services," it says. • Never miss an opportunity by having equipment availability.
Post-Brexit: UK Chamber Calls for ‘Free Trade Commission’
The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of the UK’s membership of the EU but we recognise the decision of the British people. The chamber has always argued that the shipping industry is resilient by its nature. Shipping moves 95% of the UK’s international trade and we don’t see that changing. We may now be beginning the process of leaving the European Union, but we are still an island nation that has to make its way in the world through buying and selling…
Berthing Policy for Dry Bulk Cargo for Indian Ports Unveiled
Ministry of Shipping has formulated a new Berthing Policy for Dry Bulk Cargo for all Major Ports which will come into effect from 20th August, 2016. Reduce berthing time & overall turn-around time of ships; drive higher cargo throughput using the available infrastructure in the Major Ports. Improve utilization of port assets and create additional capacity without any significant capital investment.
Austal Delivers LCS 8 to US Navy
Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX:ASB) delivered the future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) to the U.S. Navy, during a ceremony held aboard the ship at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, USA on 23 June. The delivery of LCS 8 marks the fourth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Austal has delivered to the Navy. Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said this is the second vessel that Austal…
Traffic Separation Schemes off Western Australia
On 1 December 2016 two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) will come into effect off the south-west coast of Western Australia. Australia’s proposal to establish the schemes was approved by the International Maritime Organization earlier this year and adopted by its Maritime Safety Committee in May. A TSS separates opposing streams of traffic by establishing traffic lanes and separation zones. The two schemes…
ABP orders Two Gottwald cranes
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from Associated British Ports (ABP) for two electric Terex Gottwald Model 8 portal harbour cranes in the G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant. The leading British port operator has ordered the two machines for its terminal in Immingham, located on the North Sea estuary of the Humber. The cranes have been adapted to the individual conditions of the terminal…
HCI Capital Renamed Ernst Russ AG
A vote was passed at the ordinary shareholders’ meeting of HCI Capital AG yesterday to change the company’s name to Ernst Russ AG. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board put the proposal to the shareholders’ meeting as one element of the corporate strategy to strengthen the maritime services segment and position the company as an asset and investment manager with a maritime focus. The future business model…
210 Ships Pass Through Suez Canal Last Week
Suez Canal traffic data revealed that 210 ships transited the canal, with a total load of 12.8m tonnes, from 19 to 23 June. An average of 42 ships transited the canal per day during that period, with an average load of 2.56m tonnes per day. The average load per ship was about 61,000 tonnes. In comparision over the last week, from 11-16 June, 279 ships passed through the Suez Canal carrying a total of 16.5m tonnes of cargo.
DMCA Showcases Local Maritime Leadership
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) showcased Dubai's global maritime leadership in the presence of a high-level delegation from City of Glasgow College who commended the manner in which the outstanding experiences of the UAE maritime sector has transformed it into an internationally renowned maritime community. This was done during a visit by an academic delegation from the UK College to the DMCA head office in Dubai to promote collaboration in the vital fields of maritime training…
More PPPs Needed to Enhance Dubai Maritime
The Marine Advisory Council has met to discuss the best ways to continue leading the march to excellence pursued by the Dubai Maritime Authority in upgrading the components of Dubai’s maritime sector. The council during the meeting, its fourth since its establishment in2014, examined the need to modernise infrastructure, developed legislative, legal and logistics aspects, and further diversify investment opportunities to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the local maritime community.
Maritime Needs More Women Power
United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary- General Ki Tack Lim pushed for the increased involvement of women in the seafaring industry saying they are the key to the growth of the industry. Shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep. The maritime industry needs more women, particularly in leadership roles. The Standard quoted…
Indonesia Bans Ships for Philippines
The Indonesian Government has banned vessels flying Indonesias flag from sailing to the Philippines following the latest hostage incident. According to a report in AP, Indonesia said, a halt on coal shipments to the Philippines will remain in place until Manila can secure its waters after seven Indonesian sailors were kidnapped, the latest in a string of abductions. The ruling was issued after the government confirmed the Indonesian sailors were kidnapped at gunpoint earlier this week…
HMS Ambush Docks in Gibraltar
Navy nuclear submarine HMS Ambush yesterday steamed to Gibraltar – in a massive show of force against Spain. The Spanish – emboldened by Britain’s Brexit vote – demanded joint sovereignty over The Rock on the same day the shock results were announced. But the official reason given by military sources was that it was 'part of her scheduled operational tasking. Earlier this week , it was announced that…
Ovation Of The Seas Sets Sail From China
Royal Caribbean christened their third Quantum class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, to huge fanfare in a ceremony in Tianjin, China. The event marked the first time a Royal Caribbean ship has been named in China, and actress Fan Bingbing became the company’s first ever Chinese “godmother”. The celebrations culminated with the maritime tradition of breaking a Champagne bottle on the hull of the ship, wishing good fortune on the ship and all passengers who sail on her.
Blue Angels Resume Schedule
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to its 2016 demonstration schedule July 2-4 in Traverse City, Mich., Commander, Naval Air Forces announced. The Blue Angels temporarily stood down, canceling three weekend shows following a crash on June 2 during a practice in Smyrna, Tenn., in which Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed. The Team will fly a modified five jet demonstration in Traverse City, along with Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130.