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NSA: Cuts Coming for Offshore

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) had high hopes of maintaining status quo while the White Paper on shipping policy was still pending. These hopes were not met in the Government's proposal for a National Budget, put forward last week, according to NSA. The net-wage scheme for ferries is to continue, but cuts are proposed for offshore vesssels. According to NSA, there are no proposals affecting the tax regime for shipowning companies or owners in the National Budget. NSA contends that Norway is still out of sync with the rest of Europe, and the maritime industry in Norway has growing expectations for this to be righted in the forthcoming White Paper, says Marianne Lie, Director General of The Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The Government announced a full evaluation of the tax system this fall. NSA calls on the Parliament to hold on to the agreement that was reached for the seafarers three months ago. It is clearly a need to determine a long-term policy for seafarers in connection with the ongoing development of a White Paper on shipping policy, which is due in the spring 2004, says Lie. In relation to economic support for using Norwegian seafarers, NSA was hoping the Government would continue supporting this in the Budget. However, according to NSA, the Government proposes to abolish the net wage system for seafarers on shuttle tankers and offshore vessels that was introduced on 1 July 2003, and instead introduce a 19 percent refund scheme


Israeli Shipping Data Firm to Enter Commodities Game

Analysts say intelligent analytics could give firm an edge. A young Israeli technology company believes the expertise it has built up in tracking ships for governments and security agencies could help it break into the much larger market for providing information on seaborne commodities. Windward, founded just over five years ago by two former Israeli navy officers, plans to launch a maritime information service later this year for banks, investors and trading houses


Expanded Suez Canal Opening to High Hopes, Some Doubts

Photo: Suez Canal Authority

Egypt will open an expansion to the Suez Canal to great fanfare on Thursday, the centrepiece of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's plans to revitalise the country's economy after years of damaging political turmoil.   Some analysts and economists say, however, that the mega-project may fail to meet the great expectations.   The Suez extension was announced by Sisi a year ago and billed as a major national accomplishment on a par with President Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalisation


Jurong Shares Surge on Newbuilding Order

Jurong Shipyard shares reportedly surged more than eight percent, or Singapore $0.60, to a year high of S$8.10 morning on hopes that the yard had won a multi-million dollar new building order.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Mixed on Uncertainty

Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market. Charterers are hoping rates are going to drop again," said a Shanghai-based ship broker on Thursday. "Sentiment is not good," the broker added.


Hyundai Heavy Wins Record Orders in Feb.

Hyundai Heavy Industries has set a new record in the global shipbuilding history by winning $5.7b in orders in February, the highest figure ever for a single month. The Korean shipbuilding giant said Sunday that it won $5.7 billion in orders for 25 ships last month, including a $1.6 billion contract with the French energy corporation Total for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The February orders also include a deal for a $660 million deep-sea oil and gas


SIA to Honor Honeywell's Gordon Hope

Gordon Hope: Photo SIA

The Security Industry Association (SIA) says it has chosen Gordon Hope, general manager of Honeywell's AlarmNet communications network, as the 2014 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. Hope, who celebrates 25 years with Honeywell this year, joined the company in 1989 when it was Ademco. He began in marketing, with responsibilities including the control panel family. Over time, he added responsibilities, ultimately becoming director of marketing and then vice president of


UK O&G to Address Decommissioning Issues

The UK oil and gas industry will be looking for a firm step towards resolving the fiscal uncertainty surrounding North Sea decommissioning when Chancellor George Osborne delivers his 2012 Budget on March 21, according to business advisory firm Deloitte. Over the next decade, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) can expect to see a number of fields and installations cease production and commence decommissioning, potentially leading to the loss of critical infrastructure.


High-Tech Hull Coating Receives NYSERDA Funding

Greenfield Manufacturing Inc., a Saratoga Springs chemical manufacturing company, has received New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding of $183,000 to help commercialize and deploy a high-tech hull coating that can improve boat engine efficiency by reducing friction.   HullSpeed High Performance Coatings, a division of Greenfield, produces eco-friendly alternatives to current marine paints and coatings that can be environmentally harmful


Wave Power Generation – US Navy Hawaiian Project

Wave power site visited by NAVFAC: Photo credit USN

Navy eyes Kaneohe wave power testing expansion The Navy hopes to expand its testing for ocean wave energy power generation in Hawaii, having been testing an energy buoy in about 100 feet of water off Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for about 10 years. The Navy now hopes to put two more buoys in water more than 200 feet deep, and the greater depth will allow it to test larger devices closer to the size it needed to generate energy for customers.


World Record Lifeboat Boarding

Photo courtesy of Palfinger Marine

The first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine's new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record.   In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the impressive contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats


Shipping Still Hooked On Classics?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The shipping industry has long provided investors with opportunities for asset play, reflecting the volatility in prices and relative shifts in the value of certain classes or ages of ships, says a report by Clarksons Research. Recent months have been no exception


MPA Trains Global Maritime Leaders

Maritime and port administrations from across all regions at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme (AMLP). Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The MPA Academy – the training arm of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) – in partnership with the Singapore Management University (SMU) and Human Capital Leadership Institute, has officially launched its 2nd Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme (AMLP)


Theodore Roosevelt Hosts "Bridge Talks"

Photo: United States Navy

 The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR) held the first ever "Bridge Talks" to kick off U.S. Pacific Fleet's (PACFLT) new program "The Bridge," April 12.    The Bridge is a program designed to give all Sailors, regardless of rank or experience


Nearly 9,000 Med Migrants Rescued over Weekend

Nearly 9,000 mainly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean this past long weekend after being put by smugglers in Libya onto unseaworthy boats heading toward Italy, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday.   The migrants, many from Nigeria and Senegal with some from Bangladesh


Capesize Rates Further Impacted by Cyclone Debbie

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Coal shipments from eastern Australia could stop for 3-4 weeks.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which fell to multi-week lows this week, are likely to remain depressed in the absence of Australian coal cargoes and iron ore and coal from South Africa


Stellar Daisy: A Message from IMO Secretary-General

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

“The news that the search for survivors from the Stellar Daisy has not yet proven successful is sad indeed. Reports from the Uruguayan Navy indicate that fuel, debris and empty lifeboats have been found but, so far, nothing else," says a press statement from International Maritime


Poland has Natgas Exports 'understanding' with U.S.

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Poland's desire to cut natural gas imports from Russia has led to an "understanding" with the United States to work toward a deal to export liquefied natural gas to its new Baltic Sea terminal, the country's deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.  


HMAS Arunta Deployed in the Middle East

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian Navy personnel and Defence civilians have deployed as one team to complete maintenance on deployment on an unprecedented scale. The beneficiary – HMAS Arunta, deployed for nine months on operations in the Middle East.  


S. Korea Finds Remains of Ferry Disaster Victim

File photo: South Korea Coast Guard

Six fragments of remains found, official says; DNA tests planned to identify remains.   The remains of what appears to be at least one unrecovered victim of South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry were found near the salvaged vessel on Tuesday, an official said


Hapag-Lloyd Expects Rising Freight Rates in 2017

File Image: CREDIT - Port of Boston

Moderate increases in freights to be achieved in 2016; new Alliance membership starts on April 1.   German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd expects freight rates to be several percentage points higher this year than in 2016, one of a number of factors that should help the company


Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve.   The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering


Denmark Makes More AIS Data Available

(Image: DMA)

Having already published Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel traffic data from 2014-2016 on its website, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has made even more historical AIS data available. Now anyone who may be interested can also access Danish AIS data from 2006 to 2014.


China Says Hopes New Japanese Carrier Doesn't Mark Return to Militarism

China said on Thursday that it hoped the entry into service of Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, did not mean a return to the country's past militaristic history.   The ship, along with its sister the Izumo, gives Japan's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores


Libyan Oil Output Rises after Port Fighting Ends

Libya's oil production has reached 700,000 barrels per day (bpd), the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday, recovering from a drop earlier this month caused by fighting at two key oil ports.   "We are working very hard to reach 800,000 barrels by the end of April 2017, and






 
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