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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Gulf Navigation forms JV with Polimar Turkish

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding

 Dubai-listed Gulf Navigation Holding has announced a partnership with Polimar Turkish Holding to grow its fleet and increase its global reach. Under the agreement, Gulf Navigation said it would be able to serve customers in major trading ports worldwide.   The Gulf Navigation fleet is expected to grow from four service boats to 10 crews, tugs and offshore support vessels with a value of US$3 million per vessel as part of the deal. The revenue from the partnership is expected to be about $27m a year, according to Gulf Navigation.   The expected revenue from the partnership will be around $27m and the joint venture will be headquartered in Dubai from this month, according to the company’s release.   “The group is proud and pleased for this strategic partnership and we are confident that step will contribute significantly in the process of expanding our services and commercial business to different parts of the world and raise the level and quality of services provided to our customers and raise the value of the company and its position in the local and global market,” said Khamis Juma Buamim, board member, managing director and group CEO of Gulf Navigation.   Established in 1996, Polimar Turkish, which provides shipping services with offices in Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece, has a presence in ports in Istanbul, Tuzla, Yalova and Canakkale in Turkey, Piraeus in Greece, Dubai, Bourgas in Bulgaria, Suez in Egypt

Gulf Navigation Issuing $250 million in Bonds by September

Dubai's Gulf Navigation Holding , a listed shipping firm, plans to issue $250 million in sukuk, or Islamic bonds, in late August or early September, the group's chief executive said on Monday.   The company has appointed First Abu Dhabi Bank to lead the transaction, the proceedings of which will be used to back the company's expansion plans, Khamis Juma Buamim told reporters at a press conference.   Gulf Navigation is targeting revenue growth of 300 percent by 2021, the CEO said

Gulf Navigation Anticipates Expansion for 2007

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC has set its sights on a capacity expansion of close to 30 percent in 2007. After the acquisition of six double hulled product tankers at the end of last year, and the successful conclusion of their financing arrangement for the six tankers and two chemical tankers to be built in Shina shipyard totaling $186m with Nordea bank, the company plans to acquire and build additional oil and chemical tankers this year.

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC Appoints CFO

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (DFM: GULFNAV) has announced the appointment of Khalid Karim to the position of Chief Financial Officer  Khalid brings to Gulf Navigation over 30 years of experience in major oil & gas and shipping companies in senior finance roles. He joins the company as it enters a new phase in its substantial expansionary plan where he will assist the company in its continuing growth strategy.

Gulf Navigation Posts 123pct Profit Growth

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 Dubai-based Gulf Navigation Holding (Gulfnav), a leading maritime and shipping company, has reported a substantial 123 per cent profit growth at the end of the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period the previous year.   The company released its latest financial statement amidst its strong and consistent financial turnaround and continuous intensified efforts to address creditor concerns, said a statement from the company.    

Gulf Navigation on Recovery Path

Photo: Gulf Navigation

 Dubai-based shipper Gulf Navigation announced its best annual results for eight years, on account of the improvement in spot tanker rates and the reclassification of liabilities.   In a statement, the company said it had benefitted from ‘strong and consistent financial turnaround and transformation’.   It has reported net annual earnings of AED 136.6m ($37.2m), against AED 20.2m in 2015. Profits for the fourth quarter hit Dh5.4m, compared with Dh4

Menas Cuts Navigation Dues

The Middle East Navigation Aids Service (Menas) is cutting, with effect from July 1, 2006, its navigation dues tariffs for ships calling at ports in the Middle East Gulf. In addition to cutting its tariff for navigation dues by 50 percent, Menas is also overhauling its dues-charging structure to rationalize its impact on different classes of users. Smaller vessels, i.e. those below 15,000 net registered tons (nrt), that currently pay relatively little and incur proportionately heavy

Morton Joins Telemar Sales Group in U.S.

Paul Morton has worked for 30 + years in the Marine and Offshore Industry in the Gulf Coast.  Morton’s last 18 years were with a major worldwide SOLAS navigation electronics firm. He comes to Telemar USA as an “Inside Sales Manager.” Paul is responsible for parts/consumables/shipboard communication & navigation electronics for the Telemar USA, LLC.

Tankship Owner, Gulf Navigation Group, in Dire Straits

Gulf tankship in previous ownership colours: Photo courtesy of Frontline

The Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation has posted a loss of Dh614.3-million in Q3 2013 attributable to a Dh292.8m impairment of goodwill and a write-off of Dh308.6m of the value it expected to receive for the sale of its two very large crude carriers (VLCCs). Doubts about the company’s survival prospects increase and on this question the company states as follows: Going concern The Group's condensed consolidated interim fmancial infonnation has been prepared on a 'going

Gulf Navigation Sails to Profit

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding

 Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding  has reported a 39% growth in net profit at the end of the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.    The result came at a stage while the company is witnessing a significant improvement in its performance, successful settlement of legal cases and entering into various global partnerships to strengthen its competitive position in the marine sector.  

Wärtsilä Acquires Guidance Marine

Wärtsilä has acquired Guidance Marine Limited, a technology leader within the marine industry for sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems, such as collision avoidance and remote control operations.   Wärtsilä said it is committed to providing technologies needed to enhance “intelligent” shipping, whereby digital solutions will improve the efficiency, safety and profit earning capabilities

India Approves Change of Status for Marine Body IALA

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 The Indian Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to change its status from Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO).    The move will facilitate “to foster the safe, economic and efficient movement of vessels". It will bring IALA at par with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and

About 13% US Gulf Oil Output Offline Due to Hurricane Nate

About 13 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production remains offline in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Friday.   That equals about 220,000 barrels per day in production that is offline, according to BSEE. Oil companies evacuated staff from Gulf platforms and curtailed output ahead of the storm, which hit the region last weekend.  

The Art of Navigation

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There are countless examples of how an over reliance of GPS navigation and the electronic charting systems, as well as the use of dead reckoning without a known fixed starting point – instead “eyeballing” the situation – are leading vessels in to danger.   August 21, 2017 was the Great American Eclipse, and the science fiction fantasy fan in me wondered if this is when I would get my superpowers back

NAVTOR Opens US Office

Todd Allen will lead NAVTOR USA Inc. (Photo: NAVTOR)

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR said it has set its sights on the U.S. shipping market with a new office opening in Seattle. The Norwegian business, which has built a global network of facilities since forming in 2011, has, until now, serviced the territory from its Egersund headquarters. However, growing demand Stateside for the firm’s product portfolio has prompted the team to establish NAVTOR USA Inc.  

US Fuel Exports Recover after Harvey

Fuel exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast are rising rapidly as refineries recover from weeks of disruptions due to Hurricane Harvey, offering respite to buyers in Latin America and Europe.   The gradual resumption of operations in the region that has become a major oil export hub has prompted a drop in benchmark gasoline and diesel refining margins on both sides of the Atlantic. Margins measure the profit from converting crude into fuels.  

Locks Failure Highlights US Infrastructure Woes

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The Ohio River was closed to commercial navigation on Monday near Brookport, Illinois, after a hydraulic system used to open and close lock gates at lock and dam 53 failed, the Waterways Council said.   A queue of more than 65 towboats was waiting to pass through the area on Monday morning, the group said in a news release.   The closure was the latest headache for shippers scrambling to haul newly harvested soybeans from Midwest farms to export terminals along the Gulf Coast.

Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia sign MOU for Joint Hydrographic Survey

Signatories to the MOU for Phase Two of the Joint Hydrographic Survey at the 10th Co-operation Forum. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 To demonstrate multilateral cooperation between littoral states and stakeholders to improve navigational safety in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), Phase Two of a Joint Hydrographic Survey was formally launched via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today at the 10th Co-operation Forum held from 2nd to 3rd October 2017 at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.    Besides the littoral states, the survey is supported by the Malacca Strait Council (MSC) of Japan.  

U.S. GoM Energy Producers Evacuating Ahead of T/S Nate

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Oil and natural gas producers began evacuating staff at U.S. Gulf of Mexico platforms on Thursday ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, the second storm in as many months to threaten Gulf Coast oil and refining facilities.   Nate, which has already killed three people in Costa Rica, according to local authorities, is forecast to scrape past Honduras and Mexico, enter the Gulf and strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall early on Sunday in Louisiana, near several major refineries.

Almost 15 pct of U.S. GoM Output Down Ahead of Storm

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About 14.6 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Thursday.   Nate is forecast to enter the Gulf and strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall early on Sunday in Louisiana, near several major refineries. Several producers have started evacuating staff from Gulf platforms ahead of the storm, with production equaling 254

Safe and sustainable Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A series of the meetings under the Cooperative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have been held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia this week (2-6 October 2017).    Safety of navigation, including e-navigation, and marine environmental protection in one of the busiest waterways were on the agenda of the meetings, attended by representatives of the littoral States (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore)

T/S Nate Kills 22 in Central America, Bears Down on U.S. GoM

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Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico's Caribbean resorts and the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend.   In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said the country's vice president Rosario Murillo.  

70+ pct of U.S. GoM Output Offline Ahead of Nate

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About 71 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Friday.   Nate is forecast to enter the Gulf and strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall late Saturday in Louisiana, near several major refineries.   Oil companies have evacuated staff from Gulf platforms and curtailed output ahead of the storm, with production equaling 1

EU Leads the Way with Ambitious Action for Cleaner and Safer Seas

The EU Commission is composed of the College of Commissioners of 28 members, including the President and Vice-Presidents. Photo: European Commission

 At the ongoing EU-hosted Our Ocean conference in Malta (5-6 October), the European Union has committed to 36 tangible actions to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas.    Amounting to over €550 million and involving activities worldwide, the announcements underline the EU's determination to improve the situation of the seas and send a positive signal of encouragement to the rest of the world – governments and private sector alike - to step up and

CMA CGM: Indian Sub-continent Service Enhancement

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 To better respond to our customers’ needs in the dynamic East Africa market, CMA CGM will upgrade and broaden its service offering connecting India and Middle East Gulf to East Africa.   Starting 15th November 2017, CMA CGM will offer an additional product to East Africa, a direct service to Mozambique, an improved connectivity for Europe, North America origins and increased export East Africa capacity:

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