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Entomology for the millennium: Options for the bugs

Every company in the marine and offshore industries has at some stage been involved in a millennium bug compliance study. It is now time to admit that industry is bored with the subject. Since the problem was first mooted, its possible outcome has remained a mystery, which is the only definite aspect of the millennium bug problem. No one actually knows what will happen. One thing is certain, though, in the modern marine and offshore industry, information has become the most important business tool. How companies handle and store it for use depends on their internal structure, but it is safe to say that it will be on a computer at some stage. Lose the information, and the company will lose money rapidly while trying to recoup that information and operate effectively at the same time. So information-sensitive companies such as shipbrokers, agents, offshore oil companies, and ship operators, have been forced to take measures to ensure compliance. Until recently, there was only one course of action open to them, weed out the problems now by replacing equipment, at huge cost, that does not meet millennium bug requirements. There are now two courses of action possible. Companies can now rent the software. Renting software is a service that has never been offered to the shipping industry before, but small and medium-sized companies have welcomed the idea


Asia-Bound VLCCs to Use Venezuela's St Eustatius Terminal

VLCC file photo

Venezuela's state-run PDVSA will use a terminal owned by U.S. firm NuStar Energy on the island of Saint Eustatius to store crude and load very large crude carriers (VLCCs) going to Asia, after deciding it will no longer rent a facility in the Bahamas, according to a PDVSA executive. PDVSA has been using the Saint Eustatius terminal in the Caribbean since March as a center to store and mix its crudes and produce exportable blends


IHC Merwede Rents Out First IHC Beaver Dredger

IHS Beaver 40

IHC Merwede has entered the international rental market with its standard IHC Beaver dredgers and DMC work boats. The company has identified a demand in the market for vessels and equipment that may only be used for a relatively short period of time. In August, the first dredger – an IHC Beaver® 40 – was rented out to a contractor in Europe. The dredger was easily loaded on to trucks and transported to the dredging site


Iron-Ore Ship Rents Fall

According to a report from Bloomberg, rents for capesize ships that haul iron ore fell the most in a month on excess vessel supplies. Hire rates fell 5.4% to $6,359 on May 10, data from the Baltic Exchange in London show. That’s the biggest decline since April 8 and leaves rates 86 percent lower than a year ago.    (Source: Bloomberg)


New CEO Showcases Marseilles Fos Initiatives

Christine Cabau Woehrel

Christine Cabau Woehrel has taken up her new role as CEO of the Marseilles Fos port authority after two years heading the Port of Dunkirk. She succeeds Jean-Claude Terrier following a French transport ministry nomination that was backed by the port’s supervisory board in February and has now been confirmed by government decree. Her move marks a return to the headquarters city of CMA GGM, France’s biggest and the world’s third largest container carrier


Transocean Swings to Loss on Falling Revenue

Transocean Ltd., one of the world's top offshore drilling companies, reported a first-quarter loss on Wednesday as oil exploration and production companies rent out fewer of its rigs because of tumbling crude prices.   The net loss was $483 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, down from a profit of $456 million, or $1.25 a diluted share in the same period a year ago, before oil prices plunged 50 percent.  


Iran Seeks $2.5B to Modernize its Oil Tankers

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Iran is seeking $2.5 billion investment to modernise its oil tankers fleet following the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Saturday. Iran emerged from years of economic isolation after crippling sanctions were lifted in January in return for Tehran complying with steps to curb its nuclear ambitions. Reuters reported last month that two Chinese firms were pushing for


Get Ready for Changes in Lease Reporting

By Richard J. Paine, Sr.

From the December 2010 edition of MarineNews Since the middle of 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been working towards changing how companies report their lease transactions on their balance sheets. Those companies (including publicly traded entities) whose reporting complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) must observe the reporting regulations as set down by FASB


SC Ports sets Container Volume record

Hapag-Lloyd Photo South Carolina Ports Authority

 South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced an all-time record container volume of nearly 105,000 pier containers and 185,018 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in January.  As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 104, 792 boxes last month, surpassing the previous record of 104, 003 containers handled in May 2015. Container volume is up 28 percent compared to the same month last year.


North America Dominates Global Container Shipping Market

Pic by China Shipping Container Lines

 In terms of geography, North America dominates the global container shipping market . This is due to improved transportation services in this region, says a report from Persistence Market Research.   The U.S. represents the largest market for container shipping followed by Canada in North America. In Europe, Germany, the U.K., Spain, Italy, and France hold the major share of the container shipping market.   


Rotterdam Port Throughput Up by 3.9%

Photo: Kees Torn, Port of Rotterdam

 With an increase in throughput of 3.9%, the port of Rotterdam can look back a good first half year. There was growth in eight of the ten market segments. The only falls were in the volumes of mineral oil products and other liquid bulk.   


Antwerp Port Container Freight Up by 2.5%

Photo: Port of Antwerp

 The port of Antwerp handled 111,385,518 tonnes of freight during the first six months of this year, 2.8% more than in the same period last year.    Container freight once more performed well after a number of exceptional years, with an increase of 2.5% in terms of tonnage and 1


Port of LA Sets FY Cargo Volume Record

File photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles reports it has closed its 12-month fiscal year with total cargo volumes of 9.2 million twenty-foot units (TEUs), a new annual record for most container throughput for a Western Hemisphere port. Volumes increased 8.1 percent in June compared to the same period last year


5 Types of Container Weighing Systems for Ports and Terminals

(Photo courtesy Quality Scales Unlimited)

Every port and terminal facility needs weighing systems for containers. Weighing is critical in several processes in ports where accurate readings are paramount. To achieve this, the following weighing solutions can be incorporated.    1. Weighbridges


CMA CGM, SEATRADE Launch Joint Reefer Service

Photo: CMA CGM

Container shipping firm CMA CGM Group and reefer transport specialist SEATRADE Group will together create a new vessel sharing agreement incorporating the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, linking Northern Europe, the East Coast of the U.S


Diana Time Charter with Maersk and CMA CGM

Photo: Diana Containerships Inc

 Diana Containerships has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Maersk Line A/S for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Puelo, for a period of minimum eight months to maximum 18 months. 


SC Ports Reports Record Volume in FY2017

Wando Welch Terminal. Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

 South Carolina Ports Authority moved a record 2.14 million twenty-foot equivalent units in fiscal year 2017, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year’s container volumes.   Highest-ever June volumes of 183,237 TEUs gave SCPA a strong finish to its fiscal year


Fleet Cleaner Goes to Work

Photo: Fleet Cleaner

Fleet Cleaner robot cleans several 350m+ containerships in Dutch ports   After recently launching its ship hull cleaning installation in all Dutch ports, Fleet Cleaner has cleaned various container vessels measuring more than 350 meters long.  


Rickmers to Sell its Last 9 Vessels to Navios

File photo: Rickmers Maritime

 HSH syndicate, comprising HSH Nordbank and DBS Bank, has approved the sale of the remaining nine of 14 vessels of Singapore-based Rickmers Trust Management for some $54 million to Navios Partners Containers and Navios Partners Containers Finance.


ICTSI Subic on Growth Path

Photo:  ICTSI

 International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) new Container Freight Station (CFS) at the Subic Bay Freeport is at the forefront of ensuring the faster movement of goods in the Northern and Central Luzon markets.   


APM Terminals Mumbai Adds New Arabian Gulf/Mediterranean Direct Service

Photo: APM Terminals Mumbai

 French based CMA-CGM, a member of the Ocean Alliance, began the new INDIAMED service to Mumbai with the arrival of the 5,009 TEU capacity CMA CGM Virginia at APM Terminals Mumbai.    The service, linking South Asia with ports in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean


JNPT Registers 5.11% Growth in Container Traffic

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)

 India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)registered a growth of 5.11 per cent in container traffic in the first quarter of 2017-18.   According to a press statement, the JNPT handled 1.20 million TEUs in the first quarter of the current financial year as


OOCL is 'The Perfect Bride' -Drewry

Photo: OOCL

Orient Overseas International (OOIL) and its container unit OOCL have a good track record for above-average profits in a challenging market and a reputation for being a very well-run company, earning the moniker “The Perfect Bride” by Drewry Maritime Financial Research.   


COSCO to Buy OOCL for USD 6.3 bln

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

 Chinese Shipping Major Cosco Group has agreed in principle to buy its shipping rival and  Hong Kong’s No. 1 box mover, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), in deal that could be valued around USD 6.3 billion.  The takeover will catapult Cosco the world’s


Yildirim to Sell its Stake in CMA CGM

Photo: Yildirim Holdings AS

 Turkish port operator Yildirim Holdings AS has announced plans to sell its 24 percent stake in the French shipping major CMA CGM, Bloomberg reported.   The company mandated China Citic Bank Corp. to find investors from Asia or the Persian Gulf for its interest in the world’s






 
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