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China’s Crisis Not Impacting Tanker Market

Graph: Gibson Consultancy and Research

 In its latest weekly report, London-based shipbroker Gibson noted on China that “certainly, Chinese manufacturers have lost their appetite for commodities which has impacted heavily on demand for coal, iron ore and copper with an obvious impact on the dry cargo market.    China has taken advantage of the low crude oil prices to fill both their strategic reserve as well as commercial inventories. Crude oil imports to China hit a record 7.6 million b/d in July and are anticipated to remain at elevated levels into second-half of 2015 despite the slowdown in economic growth.    The People’s Republic is continuing to build vast storage caverns to house the expanded strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) which will continue to support crude imports and thus VLCC trade.   July’s record crude imports coincided with the opening of the new 15 million barrel SPR at Huangdao. Two additional SPR sites located at Huizhou and Jinzhou with a combined capacity of over 50 million barrels are scheduled for 2015 commissioning.    Another 8 million barrel facility at Hainan is also due to commence filling now. As yet it is unknown if the new SPR at Tianjin is closed as a result of the explosion 13th August. Between March-May the facility had been taking around 60,000 b/d but was due to ramp up intake prior to the explosion  


MCC Transport’s New Weekly Indonesia to Japan Service

MCC Transport launched of a new weekly Indonesia - Japan Service (TS4) that links the ports of Indonesia directly with those in Japan, Taiwan and South China. The TS4 service goes on a 28 days rotation, covering the following ports: Tokyo (Japan), Yokohama (Japan), Nagoya (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Kobe (Japan), Keelung (Taiwan), Taichung (Taiwan), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Hong Kong (China), Shekou (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Surabaya (Indonesia), Shekou (China), Hong Kong (China)


Oil Freight Charges To Go Higher?

Bloated oil freight charges could surge yet higher this year, adding to the already inflated cost of world oil imports, shippers said. Tanker brokers are predicting a mid-November stampede to ship crude from the Middle East, pushing charter rates to new peaks amid a perceived shortage of quality vessels. In January, very large crude carriers (VLCCs) sailing from the Gulf to Japan were fetching a price of worldscale 49, equivalent to 75 cents a barrel


This Day in U.S. Naval History – November 10

1775 - Congress votes to raise two battalions of Continental Marines, establishing the Marine Corps. 1941 - U.S. escorted convoy WS 12, carrying 20,000 British troops to Singapore, sails from Halifax (Source: Navy News Service)  


Cargotec Appoints Svennevig as VP

Tom Svennevig, Cargotec Vice President

Cargotec appoints Tom Svennevig Vice President for MacGregor advanced load-handling business.       Cargotec has appointed Tom Svennevig as Vice President responsible for the company's advanced load-handling business line as of 24 October 2011. Mr Svennevig is experienced in the offshore business, and he joins Cargotec from Aker Pusnes in Norway where he was Vice President, Deck Machinery. Mr Svennevig is based in Kristiansand, Norway


ISS Wins Gas Pipeline Logistics Contract

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has secured an offshore logistics services project in Tanzania from China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) and Anglo Eastern Ship Management. Under the contract, ISS will support the construction of a prestigious $3.2 billion deep water gas pipeline linking the Mnazi Bay gas field to Dar es Salaam. The high capacity, 532km gas pipeline represents a major national infrastructure project for Tanzania and is a key driver in the country’s planned economic


Gulf Tanker Rates Fall

Crude tanker rates from the Arabian Gulf to Asia on 2mn-barrel tankers fell to its lowest in more than six weeks as the ships available at the end of August outnumber cargoes, according to a Bloomberg report. In less than a month freight rates for VLCCs reportedly have dropped 40 percent as charterers held back from hiring vessels, allowing a surplus to build up. GS Caltex Corp, South Korea’s second-largest oil refiner, booked a VLCC, Hebei Mountain to load crude on August 23 at WS 62


Worldscale Rates Down Slightly for Year

On the whole there will only be small downward changes in the 2002 Worldscale Flat rates compared to those for 2001. The reason for this is only a small reduction ($6.50) in the world wide average price for bunker fuel used in the 2002 Worldscale Schedule, and a fairly stable US Dollar. Most changes will be in the -2% to 0% range with only a few marginal increases. The worldwide average price for bunker fuel (380 cst) in the period 1st October 2000 to 30th September 2001 is $143


TOP Ships Takes Delivery of 3rd & 4th Newbuilds

TOP Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) announced that it has taken delivery of the M/Ts Ionian Wave and Tyrrhenian Wave from SPP Plant & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd of the Republic of Korea. The Tyrrhenian Wave and the Tyrrhenian Wave are the third and fourth of six 50,000 dwt product / chemical tankers to be delivered within the first and second quarter of 2009. The Tyrrhenian Wave and the Tyrrhenian Wave have entered into respective bareboat time-charter employments for a minimum period of seven


Bio-fuel's Potential Shown by Marad Tests

Tests by the US Maritime Administration show potential exists for cleaner, renewable marine fuel The Maritime Administration has announced its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. This cutting-edge research used marine engines aboard the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship, the TS State of Michigan, to measure emissions reduction impacts. The project is part of a joint effort by the Departments of Defense and


Norway's Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply Agree Merger

Photo: Solstad Offshore ASA

 Norwegian OSV companies Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply have signed off on merger plans first announced on February 6, 2017.   The statutory merger plans have been approved and signed by the boards of Solstad, Farstad


Natural Gas Fleet Sail to the Future

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Natural gas is set to account for an increasing share of the global energy mix in coming years, with gas consumption growing by an average of around 1.5%-2% a year out to 2040, according to energy forecasting agencies such as the IEA.   


Offshore Supply Vessel Market to Grow 6% by 2021

Photo: BOURBON

The global offshore supply vessel market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 6.03 percent during 2016 – 2021, according to Azoth Analytics research report.   The growth in offshore supply vessels is expectect to be driven by rise in demand for oil and gas globally


Liebherr Offshore Cranes Accessing New Markets

Design layout of the new Liebherr HLC 295000 mounted on Deme’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion. (Image: Liebherr)

Liebherr’s maritime manufacturing plant in Rostock has been awarded the contract to supply the heavy-lift crane for the Orion, a new wind farm installation and platform decommissioning vessel ordered by DEME from COSCO (QiDong) Offshore, a subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry


Bibby Topaz Charter Extension

DSV Bibby Topaz (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore, provider of subsea installation and services to the offshore oil and gas industry, said it has secured a long-term extension to the charter of its dive-support vessel (DSV) Bibby Topaz, owned by Volstad Maritime.   The terms and conditions of the extended charter arrangement


Diamond Offshore Sees Recovery when Oil 'Well over $60'

Photo: Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc

Rig contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc's Chief Executive Officer Marc Edwards said on Monday oil prices needed to be "well over $60" to spur a recovery in offshore drilling.   The company's shares reversed course and were down 2.3 percent at $16


Containerized Living Quarters Delivered to MV Omalius

Photo: ELA Container Offshore

 ELA Container Offshore GmbH said it has delivered two offshore living quarters to Belgium based G-Tec Offshore s.a. The containers were placed on board of the multipurpose drilling vessel MV Omalius off the coast of France. The solution on deck turned out to be very successful as the units


ELA Offshore Develops New Type of Container

Photo: ELA Container Offshore

Offshore managed to deliver all required containers from scratch in only 3 months from project kick-off, including design and development up to turnkey delivery on an offshore converter station in the German North Sea.   “To come up with the best suitable container type


MOL Invests in Self-Elevating Platform Vessel Operator

One of the world’s largest Self-Elevating Platform vessels, the Seajacks Scylla, owned and operated by Seajacks Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced a plan to acquire a 5% share in Seajacks International Limited (Seajacks) Group, which owns and operates five Self-Elevating Platform vessels(*1), from Marubeni Corporation. This is a new offshore business for MOL, following FPSO(*2), FSRU (*3)


Op/Ed: Offshore Energy Can Power US Growth

Randall Luthi  (Photo: NOIA)

Following President Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi weighs in on  shifting U.S. policy and its effects on offshore energy and the American economy.  


Subsea 7 Awarded Subsea Work Off Australia

Subsea 7 S.A. said it has been awarded a “sizeable” contract by Cooper Energy Ltd for the Sole Development Project, offshore Australia.   Subsea 7 defines a sizeable contract as being between $50 million and $150 million.  


Offshore Wind: BOEM Fields Pair of Unsolicited Bids

Map of the unsolicited offshore New York bid. (Source: BOEM)

BOEM has received unsolicited lease requests from two companies seeking to develop offshore wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These requests are for areas located offshore New York and Massachusetts and are not in response to a formal call for interest.  


ABS, Industry Experts Tackle MODU Safety Issues

At its annual Special Committee Meeting, ABS shared recent enhancements to ABS jacking gear requirements, which address jackup system reliability. Photo: ABS

 ABS, the leading provider of classification and technical services to the offshore industry, collaborated with industry experts during its annual Special Committee Meeting held recently to discuss the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs)


TEN Strengthens Vessel Base

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation

 Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN)'s growth has continued unabated in 2017 with the delivery of one VLCC, the Hercules I, one aframax tanker the Marathon TS and the shuttle tanker Lisboa, currently all under long-term employment to solid counterparties.   


The World's First Offshore Wind Farm is Retiring

Photo: DONG Energy A/S

 DONG Energy has decided to retire “Vindeby”, the world’s first offshore wind farm, which 25 years ago marked the birth of the offshore wind industry. Today, offshore wind is a recognised and proven renewable energy technology






 
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