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Red Tape, Industrial Relations Could Stifle LNG Potential

Woodside LNG tanker Photo APPEA

  Australia could develop the world’s most technologically advanced LNG industry, according to a report by Accenture. But if industry is to reach its potential and maximise its contribution to the national economy, it must first overcome some significant hurdles. The report — Ready or not? Creating a world-leading oil and gas industry in Australia — found that the Australian LNG industry must improve its international competitiveness, and governments must remove regulatory constraints and make the workplace relations system more flexible. With seven new projects entering production between 2015 and 2018, Australia’s LNG production is set to rise more than 90 per cent over the next five years and the LNG industry is tipped to contribute $55 billion to GDP by 2020, Accenture said. “The speed, scale and scope of the transition is unprecedented,” Accenture’s energy industry group Asia Pacific managing director Bernadette Cullinane said. “The industry must be ready to support and maintain safe, efficient and reliable operations for the next 40 years. “Greater industry and regulatory collaboration, accelerated workforce retraining and further investment in digital and automation will be required. “If operators, the service sector and government can work together to get the transition right


California: A Strong Shipbuilding State

General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched tanker Constitution on Saturday, August 27, 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Fifth in the nation for direct employment, California shipbuilding and repair industry supports nearly 35,000 jobs; Maritime Administrator highlights economic importance of shipyard industry for California while on tour at NASSCO  Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) member General Dynamics NASSCO hosted U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen for a tour of the San Diego shipyard, where SEACOR Constitution – a 610-foot tank ship launched this weekend.


Sustainable Ocean Summit, Belfast, Ireland

Senior representatives from a wide range of industries that use ocean space and resources will come together to discuss sustainability issues that face the ocean business community in a summit in June. The Sustainable Ocean Summit is an international cross sectoral business conference on ocean stewardship.  The conference, organized by the World Ocean Council in association with Golder Associates is being held in Belfast


World Petroleum Congress Poll on Energy Careers

Pekka Paasivaara, Member of the GL Executive Board

Delegates at the World Petroleum Congress believe the oil and gas industry is not doing enough to encourage future generations to join the sector, according to research from GL Noble Denton.   Oil and gas industry professionals believe that the sector needs to work harder to encourage future generations to choose a career in energy, according to a poll conducted yesterday at the World Petroleum Congress in Doha


Yachting Industry Future Debated at Monaco Yacht Show

Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosts Monaco discussions with international grouping on the future of the yachting industry. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) recently played host to twenty-six industry notables representing twelve industry associations interested in promoting professionalism within the yachting industry. The invite only luncheon, held at the Monaco Yacht Club


WOW Moves to California Maritime Academy

The second annual Women on the Water conference will be held on November 6 – 8, 2008 at the California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, Calif. Originally scheduled to be held in Galveston, Texas, the conference was relocated to California due to the extensive damage Galveston Island sustained during Hurricane Ike. The conference will bring together midshipmen with some of the most successful women in the maritime industry to discuss current issues affecting women and the maritime industry


New DPO Certification Authority Announced

OSVDPA seeks to start training and certifying DPOs by the end of this year. A new organization, the Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, Inc. (OSVDPA), held its first board meeting Thursday, March 12, charting the course toward a new dynamic positioning operator (DPO) certificate specially designed for the offshore service vessel industry.   Incorporated as a non-profit, the OSVDPA is seeking to improve the safety of the maritime industry by improving the quality


IBIA Plans to Establish Professional Bunkering Qualifications

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has commissioned an independent study into the feasibility of instigating professional qualifications for the global bunkering industry workforce. It has put the study out to tender, and expects to announce the successful bidder by the end of June this year. IBIA secretary-general Ian Adams says, “IBIA does not want to become a training establishment itself. But it recognises the need to improve the capabilities of the bunkering


BWM Convention Problems Need Solutions

The global shipping industry – represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, World Shipping Council (WSC), CLIA and IPTA – has voiced continuing concern about serious implementation problems associated with the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. At last week’s IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), governments decided neither to discuss in full nor to resolve these pivotal issues on which industry had


GL Garrad Hassan: Policy and Grid Shape Wave and Tidal Risk Profile

Photo: GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan has carried out new analysis questioning the perception that the risk profile of wave and tidal projects is primarily driven by technical challenges. The work was launched as part of RenewableUK's Annual marine energy report "Conquering Challenges, Generating Growth" at the industry association's 10th Wave and Tidal conference. Adopting a bird's eye view of the industry, the work demonstrates that much of the risk associated with marine energy projects emerges


Europe to Build Ships of the Future

Photo: University of Limerick, Ireland.

 A new European research project seeks to revolutionize the shipbuilding sector by replacing steel with composite materials for the construction of more efficient large length ships.   FIBRESHIP is an ambitious project that will allow for the construction of light commercial vessels


Standard Club Establishes New Offshore Advisory Committee

Logo: The Standard Club

 The Standard Club is driving developments in offshore P&I with the launch of the Standard Club Offshore Advisory Committee (SCOAC). SCOAC aims to analyse offshore trends, assist the club in further understanding and disseminating industry best-practice and develop new strategies to


Schlumberger to Acquire Majority Stake in Eurasia Drilling

Photo: Eurasia Drilling Company

 Russia's Eurasia Drilling Company (EDC) said on Thursday it would sell a 51 percent stake in the company to the oilfield services provider, U.S.-based Schlumberger NV.   The agreement is subject to approval by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS), the company said


India Government Sops for Ship-Repairing Facilities

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 In order to promote ship building and ship-repair industry in India, the government has formulated a policy of financial assistance for shipbuilding for a period of ten years for contracts signed between 1st April, 2016 and 31st March, 2026.   


Seacroft Hires Pearce as Engineering & DP Manager

Richard Pearce (Photo: Seacroft Marine Consultants)

Aberdeen-based Seacroft Marine Consultants said it has appointed Richard Pearce as Marine Engineering and Dynamic Positioning (DP) Manager, as the firm looks to develop more specialized offshore marine projects.   Pearce brings to the role 16 years’ experience in engineering and


Fincantieri, Mapei Enter R&D Partnership

Shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has partnered with Mapei, a producer of adhesives and chemical products for the construction sector with a business line of shipbuilding industry products, in the field of research and innovation.   According to Fincantieri


PetroChina Unloads First US SPR Cargo

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Carabay)

PetroChina is this week unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from U.S. strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China, according to shipping data and two industry sources.   The move comes as China, the world's No


Liquid Services Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Regional tankerman service Liquid Services, LLC, is celebrating 25 years of operation on the inland waterways.   In what started as a mom and pop shop in Paducah, Ky., in 1992, has flourished into a fully licensed, bonded, and dangerous liquid endorsed tankerman service specializing in safe


Mega Ship MOL Tribute Under BSM Management

MOL Tribute (Photo: MOL)

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has announced that the 20,146 TEU containership, MOL Tribute, came into full management of the Hong Kong Ship Management Center on July 10, 2017. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, MOL Tribute is 400 meters in length having a deadweight of 196


Hyundai Heavy Industries Debuts ‘Smart Ship’ Solution

Glovis Challenge, 6,500 PCTC with Integrated Smart Ship Solution (ISSS). (Photo: HHI)

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said it has developed proprietary ICT technology capable of realizing economical and reliable navigation and management of ships: Integrated Smart Ship Solution (ISSS).   HHI said the solution provides a wide range of ship information


More Port Data Added to NaviPlanner

Nautisk’s NaviPlanner, a voyage planning solution which utilizes touch-screen functionality and cloud technology based on the Microsoft Azure platform, is set to be enhanced with the inclusion of more comprehensive port data following a new partnership with Shipping Guides Ltd.  


Lundin Extends Contract for Ocean Rig

Image: Ocean Rig

 Ocean Rig UDW, contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Lundin Norway AS, has declared their third option to extend the existing contract of the Leiv Eiriksson.    In addition, Ocean Rig has granted Lundin 2 additional options to drill further wells


The Strong and Silent Type

Derecktor Shipyard General Manager Micah Tucker and Project Manager Joe Goodspeed shaping the Keel for the first Harbor Harvest Hybrid.

Mapping and shaping the growth of marine hybrid means many things to different stakeholders. The journey leads us all to the same place.   If you follow the advancements in automotive design, the term or tag “hybrid” has come to define the alternative energy movement on our


Labor Agreement Reached at Newport News Shipbuilding

(Photo: Chris Oxley / HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said United Steelworkers Local 8888 members at its Newport News Shipbuilding division have voted 1,985-131 in favor of a new labor agreement. The new contract will run through November 14, 2021. “This offer is fair


Researchers Study Hull Biofouling and Spread of Invasive Species

Photo: Subsea Industries

A new study seeks to determine the extent to which biofouling on ships’ hulls is contributing to the spread of invasive aquatic species in the Mediterranean Sea – a phenomenon commonly associated with ship ballasting operations.






 
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