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21 Mar 2019

Wintershall: Expanding Offshore Brazil

BASF's oil and gas subsidiary Wintershall  said it would build up its presence in the Brazilian offshore oil sector this year where it won exploration licences in 2018."It is part of our growth course that we are also active in new regions, and Brazil offers great potential," said chief executive Mario Mehren at the company's annual news conference.First results of seismic measurements in three blocks of the Potiguar basin to be operated by Wintershall are expected by mid-2020, he said.Wintershall, which is due to merge with rival DEA in the first half of this year, would also invest in the expansion of gas and oil in its core regions Russia, Norway, Argentina, the Middle East and Germany, he said. (Reuters reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by Riham Alkousaa)

19 Mar 2019

Fakes Make Up 3.3% of Global Trade

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Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, mostly originated in China, has risen steadily, posing a major challenge in an innovation-driven global economy, revealed a new study.Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods has risen steadily in the last few years – even as overall trade volumes stagnated – and now stands at 3.3% of global trade, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office.Trends…

13 Mar 2019

Repsol, Emerson Pact for Geoscience R&D

Emerson is enabling Repsol to accelerate time to first oil using digital transformation technology. Pic: Emerson

Emerson and Repsol announced they have established a strategic alliance to deliver advanced subsurface geophysical technologies to reduce the time to prospect and produce first oil.Emerson, a global engineering and technology company,  will work collaboratively with Spanish energy company Repsol to implement and deploy advanced subsurface imaging technologies, with core technologies developed by Repsol as part of Kaleidoscope, its 10-year innovation project."These advances will…

12 Mar 2019

GSI Delivers VLOC to Berge Bulk

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Singapore-based vessel owner and operator Berge Bulk has received the 300,000 DWT bulk carrier Berge Logan, which was built at China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI).The 327-meter-long  very large ore carrier (VLOC) is the largest bulk carrier in terms of deadweight to be built in Southern China.Sailing under the flag of Isle of Man, she will make her maiden voyage to Brazil, said a press release.Very similar in design to Berge K2, Berge Makalu and Berge Annapurna, she is equipped with energy-efficient initiatives – such as a super-efficient tuned main engine…

12 Mar 2019

Rotterdam Port Invests in Expansion

Allard Castelein, CEO. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam Authority said that its gross investments increased 91% to EUR408.1 million (USD461Mln) in 2018, the highest level since the construction of Maasvlakte 2.By far the largest part of this amount was used to further improve the logistical accessibility of the port of Rotterdam, for example by starting construction of the Container Exchange Route and building the Princess Amalia Viaduct, said a press release from the largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam…

12 Mar 2019

Brazilian Soya Bean Exports Soar

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According to a research note from BIMCO, Brazilian soya bean exports are up 85.2% in the first two months of 2019, this following a record high exports in 2018 of 83.6 million tonnes, which was a 22.7% increase from 2017.According to BIMCO, 2019 has seen the highest ever export of soya bean during the month of February. Exports totaled 6.1 million tonnes, a 112.6% increase from the 2.9 million tonnes exported in February 2018. Strong demand, in particular from China, the world’s largest soya bean importer…

11 Mar 2019

US to Lead Oil Supply Growth to 2024

Dr Fatih Birol (center) and IEA Oil Analyst Toril Bosoni (right) present the findings from Oil 2019 in Houston at CERA Week on 11 March 2019 (Photograph: Getty Images)

The United States is set to drive the global oil supply growth over the next 5 years, thanks to the strength of its shale industry, triggering a rapid transformation of world oil markets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).IEA said that oil exports from the United States will overtake Russia and close in on Saudi Arabia, bringing greater diversity of supply, by the end of the forecast.While global oil demand growth is set to ease, in particular as China slows down, it still increases an annual average of 1.2 mb/d to 2024, according to the report, Oil 2019.

08 Mar 2019

Brazil Reopens Traffic on Key Soy Export Highway

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Traffic on Brazil's key grain shipping highway BR-163, linking the agriculture belt to northern ports, was totally re-established by late on Thursday after being deemed "unnavigable" earlier in the week, transport authority Dnit said.The poor state of the road, parts of which are unpaved, had led authorities to block traffic as emergency repairs were made. Dnit had previously said roads would be closed until at least Friday.Brazil is the world's largest exporter of soy but the holdup on BR-163 illustrates the country's lacking logistical infrastructure…

07 Mar 2019

World Bank Targets Offshore Wind Markets

Image: Orsted

The World Bank Group announced a new program to advance the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries and emerging markets.The World Bank and  International Finance Corporation (IFC) will help these markets evaluate their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers, said a release from the  international financial institution.The offshore wind industry has grown nearly five-fold since 2011…

06 Mar 2019

FPSO Market to Reach $66Bln by 2026

Pic: MODEC, Inc.

The global floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) market was valued at around US$ 25 Bn in 2017 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of around 12% from 2018 to 2026, said a new report.Based on type, the global FPSO market can be divided into converted, new-build, and redeployed, said a new report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) on FPSO market.In terms of value, the converted segment dominated the global FPSO market in 2017. Low capital requirement and faster…

01 Mar 2019

New Container Port Opens in Costa Rica

Pic: APM Terminals

The inauguration of APM Terminals Moín, Costa Rica yesterday will enable products to be shipped on transatlantic routes to European and Asian markets without transshipment.The new terminal will also move Costa Rica to number one for connectivity, out of 139 countries ranked by the World Economic Forum, said a press release from the international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands."At APM Terminals we partner with governments to become the best port operator in the world and Moín is a great example.

28 Feb 2019

New Book on Ship Stability

Dr. Vadim Belenky, a naval architect in the Simulations and Analysis Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, holds a copy of Contemporary Ideas on Ship Stability: Risk of Capsizing on Jan. 23, 2019. The book is a compilation of papers from engineers, naval architects and professors from around the world, for which he was the editor in chief. (U.S. Navy photo by Kelley Stirling/Released)

To say this book is a collection of research would be an understatement. “Contemporary Ideas on Ship Stability: Risk of Capsizing” is more like a preservation of knowledge covering the last nine years.Dr. Vadim Belenky, a naval architect in the Simulations and Analysis Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, was the editor in chief for the book, the chapters of which are papers from engineers, naval architects and professors from around the world. Belenky himself co-authored four of the papers…

26 Feb 2019

Zenitel: Expanding in Maritime, Offshore

Kenneth Dastol, CEO & President, Zenitel Group. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

We recently met up with Kenneth Dastol, CEO & President, Zenitel Group, who provided some exclusive insight and analysis on the dynamic world of mobile communication trends in the maritime sector.Please give an overview of Zenitel Group today.The Zenitel Group is the leader of intelligent communication systems. We are located in 18 countries around the world with more than 300 employees after the acquisition of Phontech. Approximately half of the staff is working out of Norway…

25 Feb 2019

DOF Bags Three ROV Contracts in Brazil

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Norwegian supply shipping company DOF Subsea has been awarded contracts for three remotely operated (ROV) Support Vessels (RSV) with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras).All contracts have a firm duration of three years and can be extended for another two years, informed the offshore support vessel owner.The vessels allocated for the contracts are Skandi Commander, Skandi Olympia and Skandi Chieftain, all owned by DOF Rederi AS (100 % owned by DOF ASA).Each vessel will be equipped with two state of the art work class ROVs owned and operated by DOF Subsea Group.

22 Feb 2019

Australia Leads FPSO Deployment in AsiaPac

FPSO. Pic: Modec

A total of 67 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSOs) vessels are expected to start operations globally by 2025, with Australia leading the Asia-Pacific region.Globally, 67 planned and announced FPSOs are expected to start operations between 2019 and 2025, revealed the report 'Q1 2019 Global FPSO Industry' by GlobalData.Of these, 26 are planned and 41 are announced and of these Australia will account for all FPSOs planned for deployment in Oceania during 2019-2025.In Oceania…

22 Feb 2019

Uncertainty Mounts in Dry Bulk Shipping

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Uncertainty mounts in dry bulk shipping  against a backdrop of weaker growth in Chinese imports, said BIMCO."The extent of the freight rate recovery in 2018 was limited – when compared with initial expectations – by a faster-growing fleet. Q4-2018 wasn’t as strong as it often is either, but we now know that was merely the beginning of a sharp downturn. On top of that, in the first month of 2019, leading the way even further down was a massive lack of cargoes. By early February…

19 Feb 2019

Dry Bulk Market Outlook Darkens After Vale Casualty

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The prospects of dry bulk shippers carrying iron ore from mines to smelters have worsened due to the accident at Vale's Brumadinho dam in Brazil, Golden Ocean said on Tuesday as it presented forecast-beating quarterly earnings.The dam in the town of Brumadinho, which contained tailings, the mud-like byproducts of iron ore mining, burst on Jan. 25, killing at least 166 people and with almost 200 more still missing.Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron ore mining company, has…

19 Feb 2019

2021 to See 33 More FPSOs

Graph: Rystad Energy

A total of 33 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels will be sanctioned between now and 2021 as oil and gas activity picks up in the offshore sector.Norwegian oil and gas intelligence firm Rystad Energy reports that 15 of the FPSOs will require production capacity of more than 80,000 barrels per day.Rystad said that the high capacity demand would come mainly from the developments in Guyana and Brazil where operators such as ExxonMobil, Equinor, and Petrobras…

07 Feb 2019

BIMCO: Trade War Cease-Fire for Dry Bulk Sector

Bulk Carrier AdobeStock (Photo: Credit: Lucasz Z WEB)

Following an almost total halt in exports of soya beans to China in the last quarter of 2018, the new year has brought new hopes for American farmers and the dry bulk shipping sector. The USDA reported that in the first four weeks of 2019 754,609 tonnes of soya beans were ready to be shipped in China, up from only 25,347 tonnes in December.In addition to the ready shipments, on February 5 and 6, the USDA reported sales totaling 3.2 million tonnes of soya beans to China, the majority of which is to be delivered between now and September 1…

08 Feb 2019

Aker Solutions Revenues Up 8%

Luis Araujo, CEO, Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions reports Q4 2018 revenue of $813 million, an 8% rise compared to Q4 2017 powered by “significant international awards in a competitive, but improving market.” In total, order intake for the quarter was $615.6 million, leaving the company with an order backlog of more than $4 billion. Better still, looking forward the company sees “continued signs of a recovery in the global market” with approximately $5.2 billion worth of contracts currently in the bid phase.In analyzing the results…

11 Feb 2019

Ocean Infinity Searches for Lost S.Korean Ship

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The seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity announced that its vessel, Seabed Constructor, sets sail from Cape Town to begin the search for the lost South Korean ship, Stellar Daisy.Stellar Daisy sank on 31 March 2017, with the tragic loss of 22 of its 24 crew. The ship, which was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China, is believed to have gone down in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.The Ocean Infinity team is expected to be on site and commencing search operations by mid-February 2019.

13 Feb 2019

Video: FPSO Travels from China to Brazil

(Photo: Boskalis)

Dutch firm Boskalis transported the 90,000-ton FPSO P-67 from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aboard the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel BOKA Vanguard.FPSO P-67 was built by China’s Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC), and delivered to Brazil's Petrobras in 2018.The FPSO recently began producing in the deepwater Lula Norte area, in the pre-salt of Santos Basin offshore Brazil.

17 Feb 2019

Sunken Stellar Daisy Located

Image: Ocean Infinity

The Stellar Daisy, a massive South Korean tanker that sank in March 2017, was spotted on the floor of the South Atlantic Ocean nearly two years later.Exploration company Ocean Infinity said that it has located the wreck of the lost South Korean tanker, Stellar Daisy, at a depth of 3,461 meters in the South Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1,800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.Stellar Daisy sank on 31 March 2017, transporting iron ore from Brazil to China. Tragically, 22 of the 24 crew were lost.Working from Seabed Constructor…

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