Middle East News

08 Apr 2020

Tanker Rates Fall Ahead of OPEC+ Meeting

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Supertanker freight rates have fallen after last week's highs as industry participants await the outcome of a meeting of oil producers on Thursday before making further bookings, industry sources said.Freight rates could drop further if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers decide to cut output sharply, reducing transport and storage demand for oil, they said. They could jump again if producers fail to reach an agreement."From a freight standpoint…

01 Apr 2020

Oil Storage at Sea Approaching Record Levels

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Oil traders are storing as much as 80 million barrels of oil on tankers at sea, with further ships being sought as land storage sites fill up fast due to a global glut of stocks, shipping industry sources say.Traders rushed for storage after global oil demand collapsed by a third due to the coronavirus outbreak, and as top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia have refused to curb output so far, creating what is believed to be the biggest oil glut in history.The last time floating storage reached similar levels was in 2009…

30 Mar 2020

Oil Tanker Rates Double

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Supertanker freight rates are on the rise for a second time this month as producers, refiners and traders scramble to secure ships to transport crude or store a fast-growing global glut of oil, industry sources said.Freight rates for very large crude-oil carriers (VLCC) along the Middle East Gulf to China route were assessed at about $180,000 a day on Monday, up from some $125,000 on Friday and a weekly low of about $90,000 a day on Wednesday, according to several ship broking sources.Its difficult to say whether or not the rates will be sustained…

26 Mar 2020

Hempel Makes Executive Changes

Pernille Lind Olsen becomes new Group Vice President for Hempel Europe & Africa starting on 1 July 2020. Photo: Hempel

Current Group Vice President for Hempel South & East Asia, Pernille Lind Olsen, becomes new Group Vice President for Hempel Europe & Africa starting on 1 July 2020. At the same time, current Finance Director for Hempel Middle East Jonathan Mercer will take over Pernille Lind Olsen’s position as Group Vice Presi-dent for Hempel South & East Asia.Olsen has been with Hempel since November 2013. Since then, she has held positions as Group Product Director, Group Product & Portfolio Director and…

23 Mar 2020

Svitzer Gets 10-Year Contract Extension with Sakhalin Energy Investment

Svitzer operating in Sakhalin, Russia. Image Courtesy Svitzer.

Svitzer, the towage operator that is part of Maersk, announced a 10-year extension of its marine service contract with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., a consortium set up to develop and manage the Sakhalin-II project, aimed at producing and exporting oil and liquefied gas.Svitzer has been providing towage services to the Sakhalin-II project since 2007, and the extension comes into effect in November 2022 to support the mooring of more than 1,800 gas carriers with a vessel fleet of four Robert Allen ice-breaking tugs and two mooring boats.

19 Mar 2020

Tanker Rates Fall, but Storage Demand Stays Firm

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After a frantic week that sent crude oil freight rates to record highs amid a bookings bonanza to ship Saudi oil to the world, rates are now easing as charterers balk at the nosebleed charges and await Saudi volume plans for April, shipping sources said."Sentiment remained softer today," said one ship broker while pointing to another day of limited chartering activity.At least nine very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) provisional charters failed this week along with another five for Suezmax tankers…

16 Mar 2020

Neptune Pacific Acquires Pacific Direct

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Neptune Pacific Line, the provider of ocean freight services between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, said that it has acquired Pacific Direct Line(PDL) from its Singapore based parent holding company, Pacific International Lines (PIL).The acquisition makes Neptune the new owners of all of PDL’s regional and Fiji based companies. The combined business will seamlessly link transport, warehousing, depots and customs clearance services and fully integrate customers’ supply chains across 18 South Pacific markets…

12 Mar 2020

d’Amico Expects Boost in Tanker Demand

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Product tanker demand is expected to be boosted going into 2020 by impacts relating to the IMO 2020 sulfur cap, including higher global refinery throughput and gasoil trade in particular, said d’Amico International Shipping.The international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market quoted Clarksons projecting product tanker dwt demand to grow by 5.7% next year.The IEA, in their October report have reduced their oil demand growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020.

12 Mar 2020

Booking Frenzy Sends Tanker Rates Soaring

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The cost to transport oil on supertankers soared on Thursday as major producers scrambled to secure vessels to ship more crude in a bid to regain market share and buyers took advantage of plunging oil prices.Freight charges to ship oil in very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from the Middle East, which is home to the largest OPEC producers, to China, the world's top crude oil importer, nearly doubled overnight.VLCC tanker rates along the busy Middle East Gulf to China route jumped to about $160…

09 Mar 2020

AAL Kembla's Maiden Call at Hamburg Port

The heavy lift vessel AAL Kembia docked for the first time at Terminal C. Steinweg (South-West Terminal) in Hamburg. © HHM / Hasenpusch

Port of Hamburg welcomed the ‘AAL Kembla’ on her first call in Germany’s largest universal port. She berthed at C. Steinweg’s multi-purpose Süd-West-Terminal.AAL Shipping is deploying the heavy-lift/project cargo ship on its new monthly liner service connecting ports in Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia. The service is overseen by AAL’s Hamburg office, opened in 2012, which also offers tailormade tramp chartering shipping to all regions in the world. Built in 2011, the ‘AAL Kembla’ is one of the carrier’s second generation A-class multi-purpose, heavy-lift vessels.

04 Mar 2020

P&O Maritime Logistics Names Helweg CEO

Martin Helweg (Photo: P&O Maritime Logistics)

Marine solutions and logistics company P&O Maritime Logistics (POML) said it has appointed Martin Helweg as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will report to Mike Bhaskaran, DP World’s Chief Operating Officer for Logistics and Technology.For the past three years, Helweg has been responsible for P&O Maritime Logistics’ global operations. Earlier, Martin spent over 15 years in marine service solutions working for Svitzer, an A.P. Moller-Maersk Company in regional CFO and CEO roles across the Americas…

27 Feb 2020

Evergreen Line Launches New Digital Platform

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Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company Evergreen Line has launched a new digital platform designed to provide customers with seamless booking capabilities and greater access to integrated trade services.Evergreen Line said in a press note that GreenX platform provides a digital portal for Evergreen customers to get instant quotes and book secured space with prioritized equipment supplied by the carrier.From the time of its soft launch last month, GreenX has received nearly 2…

26 Feb 2020

Livestock Carrier Queen Hind Refloated

Livestock carrier Queen Hind, which capsized with 14,000 sheep on board in November, is now at dock after refloating efforts concluded on Tuesday night. (Photo: GSP)

Operations to raise a livestock carrier that capsized in the Black sea off Romania in November came to a close on Tuesday night, said local marine services firm Gruup Servici Petoliere (GSP).The Palau-registered Queen Hind flipped onto its side shortly after leaving Romania's Midia port en route to Saudi Arabia at the end of November 2019. Its entire crew, most of them Syrians, were rescued. Only 180 of the estimated 14,000 sheep on board survived.The Queen Hind is now docked…

25 Feb 2020

Saudi-led Coalition Thwarts Red Sea Attack

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Naval forces from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen on Sunday foiled an "imminent terrorist" attack by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in the southern Red Sea, a major commercial shipping channel, the coalition said.The forces destroyed an unmanned boat laden with explosives that was launched from Hodeidah province in western Yemen, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement on Saudi state news agency SPA, without identifying the targets.There was no immediate confirmation from the Houthi movement…

24 Feb 2020

THE Alliance Updates MESN

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THE Alliance, which includes Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming, announced updated details of its 2020 service network, focusing on the Asia-Middle East trade-lane.THE Alliance will introduce three newly organized express loops from early April and the Middle East Service Network (MESN) will provide higher frequency, direct and expanded coverage, and the fastest connection from the respective regions.Hyundai Merchant Marine has become a full member of THE Alliance in January.

24 Feb 2020

Madely Joins Ecochlor as VP of Global Service

Michael Madely (Photo: Ecochlor)

Ecochlor announced the addition of Michael "Mick" Madely to fill a newly created position of Vice President of Global Service. Madely has had a full career in the global maritime industry with over 25 years of experience in senior management positions in both Commercial and Technical roles. He has extensive experience in Asia and the Middle East with a hands-on approach in leading sales and operations of world class capital equipment and engineering providers. For the past 10 years…

23 Feb 2020

AV in Support of Naval Operations

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Europe’s leading Naval defence company Naval Group has developed a range of sophisticated solutions to operate unmanned vehicles  and protect warships systems to enhance the defence of sovereign interests.The  French shipbuilding company has presented its solution to address compelling information  modern warfare trends at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) in Abu Dhabi.Set in the context of emerging threats including the use of mines, piracy and cyber-attacks, Naval Group…

19 Feb 2020

IHC Launches Dredger for NMDC

TSHD Ghasha is launched at IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands (Photo: Royal IHC)

Dutch shipbuilder Royal IHC launched a new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) for the United Arab Emirates' National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) during a ceremony at IHC’s shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands.The TSHD Ghasha is based on the 6,000-cubic-meter TSHD Arzana, delivered by IHC in 2018.According to IHC, the new TSHD has a number of innovations, including an enlarged hopper capacity of 8,000 cubic meters and a larger dredging depth of 45 meters. The tailor-made design…

19 Feb 2020

CGG Officially Exits Seismic Data Biz

Sophie Zurquiyah. Photo: CGG

French-based geophysical services company CGG announced that it has completed the wind-down and exit from its land seismic data acquisition business after completing its last land seismic acquisition contract in Tunisia.Following on from the company’s recently announced exits from seabed and marine data acquisition, this milestone marks the successful completion of CGG’s strategy to exit the seismic data acquisition business.To date, CGG still retains a minority shareholding in the ARGAS company operating in the Middle East.Sophie Zurquiyah…

18 Feb 2020

Albwardy Damen Opens Repair Workshop in SOHAR

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On February 12 Albwardy Damen entered into an agreement with SOHAR for the opening of a workshop. For the signing, which took place at SOHAR Port and Freezone Head Office in Oman, SOHAR was represented by Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Albwardy Damen was represented by Ibrahim Mohamed Al Shidi. The agreement will see the installation of a 40-foot workshop container at a service jetty in the Port, in collaboration with Albwardy Damen’s Omani partner, Sawahel Sohar Al Almya…

16 Feb 2020

Vado Gateway Welcomes First Ship

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APM Terminals said that its new deep-sea container terminal, Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure, Italy, received its first commercial service on 11 February 2020.The ship, M/V Maersk Kota, was the first of seven ships from Maersk’s weekly ME2 service, connecting the Mediterranean with the Middle East and India.According to a company release, the call by M/V Maersk Kota marked the start of operations for the new deep-sea Vado Gateway container terminal in northern Italy.With a total investment of 450 million euros…

11 Feb 2020

AAL Shipping Launches New Service

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The  global ocean transport operator AAL Shipping has launched a new Europe-Middle East/India-Asia Monthly Liner Service to serve the market’s multipurpose vessels (MPPs) and project heavy lift cargo transport requirements.The new service, which connects main ports between Europe, Middle East/India and Asia, harnesses AAL’s second generation 31,000-dwt mega-size A-Class fleet, renowned for its 40,000-cu m cargo intake capacity 700-tonne lift ability.The new liner service will follow a fixed route, with port call flexibility.

16 Feb 2020

PIL Exits Transpacific Market

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Singapore shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL) has announced that it is quitting the Transpacific market as part of an optimization strategy. The shipping line has been participating in a half-dozen trans-Pacific services, mostly in slot-charter arrangements.PIL’s last Transpacific sailing will be in March 2020.The company said it has taken the decision as part of a wider strategic review of its business. Henceforth, PIL will focus on further strengthening its position in the North-South Trade such as Africa…

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