PDVSA Retrenches in Caribbean
Record 16 Companies Register for Brazil Pre-salt Auction
Explosion Damages Bulker en Route to Yemen
An explosion has damaged a Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen's Houthi-controlled port of Saleef, with varying accounts attributing the incident on Thursday to an unexplained blast aboard the ship or a possible missile strike.A naval ship of a Saudi-led military coalition received a call from the captain of the vessel, the Ince Inebolu, who reported an opening had appeared in the middle of the ship on the left side…
ADNOC to Run Ruwais Container Terminal
ADNOC Logistics and Services, the shipping and services arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has signed a contract with Borouge, a leading provider of value creating plastics solutions, to handle its Ruwais container terminal operations. The five-year contract, awarded through a competitive bidding process, is the first deal signed between Borouge and ADNOC Logistics and Services as a new integrated entity…
V.Group Appoints Junshan Zou as Managing Director for China
The global provider of maritime services V.Group has appointed Junshan Zou to build, lead and drive V.Group’s activities in China, including business development, ship management and marine services. Speaking about this appointment, Alastair Evitt, Group Managing Director for V.Group’s Ship Management East division said: “We have made a long-term commitment to growing our business in China and I am delighted that Junshan Zou is joining us at what is an exciting time for the Group.
Shell, Total to Develop Gas Project in Oman
Total has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in Oman. This MoU covers both upstream and downstream businesses. Total and Shell as operator will develop several natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25% and 75%, as per the agreement between both companies and before possible State back-in…
Shell Gets Mexico LNG Supply Tender
Royal Dutch Shell will supply Mexico with six LNG cargoes to be delivered in May and June, Reuters has reported, citing trade sources. State-run utility CFE held a tender on 2 May for deliveries to Mexico’s Altamira terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the tender, deliveries are set to be made to the Vopak-operated Altamira LNG import terminal on Mexico’s Atlantic coast. There are six delivery windows for each cargo staggered throughout May and June.
India Seeks Banks Financial Support for Inland Water Transport
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will involve banks for ensuring availability of financing options for the private players engaged in Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector. Financing and funding for Operation and Maintenance of IWT assets is a challenge for shippers, vessel operators and asset management firms as the banking sector is not yet ready with any customized financing option for the sector.
Jeddah Mulls Safe and Secure Regional Waters
Signatory States to an agreement aimed at repressing piracy, armed robbery and illicit maritime activity in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden Area have agreed that building response capability and information sharing are vital steps towards achieving a more safe and secure maritime environment. The signatories to the revised Code of Conduct concerning the repression of piracy, armed robbery…
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation Reports Higher Revenue
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation said that the consolidated revenues of Q1 totaled NTD 31.03 billion (USD 1.07 billion), up 2.58% compared with NTD 30.25 billion (USD 1.04 billion) in revenue from previous year. The company’s net loss, after tax, was NTD 1.95 billion (USD 67 million), EPS NTD-0.75. Volumes in 2018 Q1 also increased to 1.22 million TEUs, up 9% year over year. Under an improving container shipping market, Yang Ming has returned to profitability last year.
OOCL Bags Outstanding Green Leadership Award
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has received the 2017 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) Gold Award in the Transport and Logistics Sector category at a ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 4, 2018.Recognized by the community as one of the most prestigious and reputable environmental award schemes in Hong Kong, the HKAEE encourages businesses…
Kongsberg Norcontrol Pact with Norwegian Coastal Administration
Kongsberg Norcontrol has signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Coastal Administration for delivery, operations and maintenance of radars to the maritime traffic service. The agreement has a potential total value of up to NOK 250 million and a duration of up to eleven years. This is amongst the largest framework agreements the Norwegian Coastal Administration has entered into with a single supplier.
US Fines Shipping Company $1 Mln for Pollution Crimes
A Japanese shipping company will have to pay $1 million after being convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice and falsification of an Oil Record Book to cover-up intentional pollution from bulk carrier M/V Atlantic Oasis.The company Nitta Kisen Kaisha Ltd., owner and operater of the Atlantic Oasis, admitted that its engineers failed to document the illegal discharge of oily wastes from the vessel’s fuel and lubrication oil purifier systems…
US Military Seeks Rules for Drilling in Gulf of Mexico
An expansion of oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would interfere with U.S. military testing unless the Pentagon and another agency develop rules to govern the work, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a report this week.The Defense Department concluded in a report it sent on Wednesday to U.S. lawmakers that drilling east of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico, a demarcation more than 200 miles (320 km) west of Florida…
Efficient New Dinner Cruiser
Wise visitors to Bangkok will be sure to take a Chao Phraya river cruise past the spectacular Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun, and the glories of the golden spired Grand Palace. The ultimate way to do this is on a dinner cruise with a buffet of the celebrated Thai food.This has become such a popular experience that the river at night becomes a spectacular parade of beautifully lit low-slung river cruise ships gliding under bridges and moving sedately amidst that city’s lights and sights.
GE Powers New Italian Frigate
Federico Martinengo, the seventh multipurpose FREMM frigate recently delivered to the Italian Navy by shipyard Fincantieri, like all 10 ships in the new Carlos Bergamini-class FREMM frigate program, features the power dense GE LM2500+G4 gas turbine in a COmbined Diesel eLectric And Gas turbine (CODLAG) propulsion system.In 2013, Fincantieri delivered the first Italian FREMM, Carlo Bergamini. In addition to the Italian FREMM frigates…
Top Container Shipping Lines Reviewing Iran Operations
The world's top two container shipping groups Maersk Line and MSC are reviewing their Iran operations after the United States withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Tehran.The 2015 agreement, worked out by the United States, five other world powers and Iran, lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits to its nuclear program.U.S. President Donald Trump also instructed his administration to re-impose U.S.
Diesel Tankers Turn to New York after Stocks Drop
Tankers carrying diesel from Asia and Europe, including a giant 200,000 tonne cargo, are sailing towards New York where fuel supplies have dropped to a three-year low in recent weeks.The very large crude carrier (VLCC) Maran Aphrodite changed its destination on Friday to New York from its previous port of Rotterdam, according to Reuters ship tracking data.The vessel, which traders said was chartered by Total…
TOTE Delays Midnight Sun’s LNG Conversion
TOTE Maritime Alaska has adjusted its liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion schedule, pushing back works on its RoRo vessel Midnight Sun by one year in order to align with the most recent timeline for Tacoma’s LNG-plant completion.Under the new schedule, Midnight Sun, which was originally scheduled to undergo phase 1 of the LNG conversion from mid-December 2018 through early-February 2019, will wait…
Reach Subsea Bags Statoil Contract
Norway-based Reach Subsea has been awarded a Frame Agreement for Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) services to Statoil Petroleum.The frame agreement has a duration of five years, and commences in 2019.Commercial terms under the agreement are confidential between the parties. However, the frame agreement is call-off based, which means that Statoil can award contracts for IMR services in the North Sea on an as needed basis.Reach Subsea CEO Jostein Alendal said…