FMC's Doyle: LNG Bunkering Needs to Move Forward
FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle delivered the keynote address to LNG Bunkering North America conference Vancouver, Canada, providing insight into LNG as a marine fuel and LNG bunkering. "Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering in North America is moving forward. Quite frankly it needs to move forward,” Doyle said. “There is an abundant supply of natural gas in North America. Doyle touched upon hot topics such as MARPOL Annex VI and its feasibility, natural gas’ environmental benefits…
US: Noble Energy Deal Should Move Forward, Boosts Energy Security
The United States supports moving forward with offshore natural gas deals in the Mediterranean involving the U.S. company Noble Energy, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has also discussed the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said. "We continue to engage and we support all parties to move forward with the natural gas deal signed between Noble Energy and entities in Jordan and Egypt," Rathke told reporters. Last week, Israel's competition regulator recommended breaking up control of the country's offshore gas reserves by Noble Energy and Delek Group, who together hold 85 percent of the giant Leviathan natural gas field.
Admiral's Thoughts on the LCS Program
The Director, Navy Staff, Vice-Adm. Richard W. Hunt, recommends the LCS council continue, looks to program future. In a recent memo to the Chief of Naval Operations , the Director, Navy Staff, Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt provided an update on the progress of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Council and outlined the council’s way ahead, including a recommendation that the council remain in place to monitor and provide oversight of the LCS program. “We are demonstrating an improved product on an almost weekly basis as we move forward with this.
Costa Concordia – USCG Assists Investigation
U.S. Coast Guard is helping Italian authorities investigate the Costa Concordia disaster. Vice Admiral Brian Salerno told a House Committee the USCG is also on guard against safety violations on foreign flagged vessels that use U.S. ports. Salerno said after the Costa Concordia incident, the Coast Guard immediately offered technical expertise and support to the Government of Italy's marine casualty investigation. He added that the Coast Guard's expertise in marine casualty investigations will prove helpful as the investigation into the disaster moves forward.
Gadot Chemical Tankers Wins US$80-million International Arbitration
The sale of Gadot Chemical Terminals and Tankers Ltd. by Israel Discount Bank (TASE: DSCT ) will be able to move forward, after the London Maritime Arbitration Association ruled in the company's favor in the hearing against a Chinese shipyard from which it ordered four ships in 2007, reports Globes [online], Israel business news. The arbitration tribunal awarded Gadot $80 million, which it will receive in a few weeks, and which will reduce its debt and boost its value. Source: Globes [online], Israel business news
LCS Purchase Approved by Congress
According to a report from www.al.com, Congress approved a Navy plan on Dec. 21 to award a nearly $5b shipbuilding contract to Austal USA, doubling the size of the company’s Mobile shipyard and creating some 1,800 new jobs. The bill must be signed by President Barack Obama to become law. That signature allows the Navy to move forward with a plan, first proposed last month, to split the purchase of 20 vessels between Austal and Lockheed Martin Corp. (Source: www.al.com)
ACP Issues RFP for Massive Dredging Project
proposal (RFP) for the Canal’s Pacific entrance dredging. ships can reach the new locks. maximum level of -15.5 meters Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS). “The Pacific entrance dredging is integral to expansion and the construction of the new lane. Pacific side’s geological characteristics make it more challenging than the Atlantic side. said ACP Project Administration Division Manager John Langman. Environmental Authority (ANAM) approved the environmental impact study (EIS) for the project. With this approval, the ACP can now move forward with the process to select a firm. process include a site visit September 19 and a discussion meeting September 20. and individual consultations with bidding firms. new set of locks, which will double capacity and allow more traffic and longer, wider ships.
Project Aimed to Reduce Emissions
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved a measure to undertake a demonstration project with the New York City Department of Transportation to retrofit a Staten Island ferryboat with new exhaust emission reduction devices. If the project is successful, a new agreement between the two agencies could be developed to retrofit the remaining six vessels in the Staten Island Ferry fleet. The demonstration project grew out of discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental agencies in New Jersey, New York and New York City on air impacts associated with the upcoming project to deepen channels in New York harbor to 50 feet.
Incat Set to Redefine WFSV's with Supacat Design
The new Supacat design was unveilled by Incat Crowther at the recent Seawork exhibition in Southampton, UK. The new vessel, designed to perform multiple Wind Farm and Offshore maintenance roles is currently under construction at Mustang Marine in Wales, due for completion in September 2013. Central to its design is its high-capacity, pillar-free cargo deck, which is flat from stem to stern. With cabin and hull accesses located outboard, the deck will be fitted with a set of container rails running the full length of the vessel.
Wison to Build LNG Regasification Barge
Wison Offshore & Marine has announced the award of a binding agreement with Vessel Gasification Solutions (VGS) of New Jersey, U.S.A., for the supply of the industry's first barge-based floating LNG regasification unit (FRU) to be installed offshore India. The FRU, which will be owned by VGS, will consist of a newbuild, non-propelled barge equipped to perform the regasification and send out of a maximum of 1,000MMscf/d of gas. The facility will be moored on a jetty structure located approximately 8km offshore Andhra Pradesh on India's eastern coast…
Latest Lease Sale Shows US Commitment to Offshore Wind Development
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement Washington, D.C. "Following the Bureau of Ocean Managements auction in July, off the shores of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, todays Lease Sale of 112,800 acres off the Virginia coast underscores the Administrations commitment to developing renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. NOIA represents all companies involved in the production of OCS energy and applauds the Interior Department for continuing to move forward with the development of this relatively new resource. Our nations oceans are a major source of energy and hold vast, untapped resources yet-to-be developed.
Dubai Maritime City Construction Progresses
The scope of infrastructure works well underway with the first ship lift positioned in November 2006 and the excavation for the 2nd lift nearing completion. This activity is critical as it will pave the way commencement of the JADAF relocation and early occupation of the industrial precinct by the JADAF tenants. Additionally, Dubai Maritime City has also recently announced that all reclamation works, the breakwaters and ground improvement works onsite have been completed. Dubai Maritime City is taking further steps to accomplish this unique concept with several structures on the project also nearing completion. Phase 1 of the Industrial Precinct Workshops and Warehouses which will form a vital part of the relocation of JADAF Dubai to its new location…
Quadrise Share Offer to Fund Fuel Production Program
Quadrise Fuels International PLC, emerging supplier of MSAR®, a low cost alternative to heavy fuel oil, place ordinary shares on market. Application has been made for the 50,000,000 Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and dealings are expected to commence on 9 October 2012. A key objective of the programme is the production of a stable emulsion fuel manufactured from different oil refinery heavy residues, with fuel properties that substantially eliminate the need for any marine engine modifications. The board of directors of Quadrise (the "Board") believes that the proceeds of the Placing will be sufficient to allow the…
NOIA President Comments on Passage of HR 2021
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi has issued the following in response to the House of Representative’s passage of HR 2021. “The passage of HR 2021, the Jobs and Permitting Act of 2011, is a key to opening the door to American energy security and jobs, not only in the near future, but in 2021 as well. This bill, along with others passed earlier by the House of Representatives, is setting a firm foundation for our future. It is my hope the Senate will take up and pass this legislation in the near future.
Salazar Statement on Leasing Court Ruling
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. “I am pleased with the Court’s decision. Consistent with the Department’s request, the Court clarified that its prior ruling only applies to the Chukchi, Beaufort and Bering Seas. On April 17, 2009 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the entire 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf oil and natural gas leasing program, ruling that Bush Administration officials did not conduct sufficient scientific and environmental analysis before scheduling oil and gas lease sales on the Outer Continental Shelf off Alaska. The ruling came two years after lease sales had begun under the 2007-2012 OCS oil and natural gas leasing program.
DP World, Prince Rupert Port Ink Feasibility Study Deal
DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority have announced an agreement to study further expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert. The agreement was signed by DP World Canada Group General Manager, Maksim Mihic, and Prince Rupert Port Authority President & CEO, Don Krusel, further strengthening the commitment of their respective organizations to the development and growth of the Port of Prince Rupert. DP World is the operator of the Fairview Container Terminal and construction is currently underway for the Phase II North expansion.
MAN Diesel Ship Engine Production Steady
Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding co., Ltd. (MES; President: Takao Tanaka) achieved production volume of 181 MAN B&W low-speed diesel engines manufactured at the Tamano Works Machinery Factory (Tamano, Okayama Prefecture) in fiscal 2015, representing for 3.28 million horsepower (results in the previous fiscal year were 181 engines and 3.54 million horsepower). Since MES formed a technical tie-up with the Denmark-based B&W (now known as MAN Diesel & Turbo) on diesel engines in 1926…
US Offshore Wind Survey Contract for Fugro Atlantic
Fugro Atlantic to undertake a geological and geophysical survey for the Virginia Wind Energy Area for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The survey area covers over 45,000ha in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and is seen to be a key step forward in developing offshore energy supplies in the region. Fugro Atlantic vice president Tom McNeilan, indicated that the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has never been developed for energy purposes and there is little record of how installed structures have performed and only basic knowledge of the character of the seafloor and sub-surface is available. Fugro’s successful execution of detailed geotechnical and geophysical investigations for the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound…
FMC: US Port Congestion a Top Priority
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero announced to staff January 13 that his priority for the Commission in 2015 is addressing congestion issues that are plaguing U.S. ports. Starting in September 2014, FMC Commissioners led public forums concerning port congestion and international supply chain efficiency issues. Cordero noted that this focus is in keeping with the Commission’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. “Among the Commission’s statutory goals is the assurance of an efficient ocean transportation system,” Cordero said.
Middle East Port of Aden Invites Consultancy Bids
The Ministry of Transport and Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (Port of Aden) invites qualified consultants companies/firms to express their interest in participation by putting forward their names with the necessary documents to confirm their competence. Aden is described as “Yemen’s Gateway to the World”. To handle the world’s largest container vessels, the Aden Container Terminal (ACT) at the North Shore of Aden’s Inner Harbour was designed and built. This facility was commissioned in March 1999 and provides the port with world-class container handling facilities. ACT’s throughput reached 500,000 TEU’s/year in 2008 and is forecast to grow significantly in future.
Celebrity’s Constellation Returns to Shipyard
Celebrity Cruises' next ship delivery, Constellation, is returning to the builders' French shipyard, following sea trials, to correct a leak in its starboard propulsion pod. This delay in the ship's delivery will cause the cancellation of one chartered cruise, sailing May 5, 2002. The ship's builder, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, of St. Nazaire, France, will make immediate repairs to correct the leak, which is allowing seawater to enter the pod. "We apologize to our guests for this unexpected situation," said Jack Williams, president and chief operating officer of Celebrity Cruises. "We need to ensure that all aspects of a new ship are operating properly before we take delivery. The May 5 sailing was a seven-night charter to depart from Barcelona, Spain.
Shell Pulls Plug on US Gulf Coast GTL Project
Royal Dutch Shell plc says it will not move forward with the proposed 140,000 barrels per day Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Louisiana and will suspend any further work on the project. Shell, says it is the industry leader in GTL technology, and has carefully evaluated a number of development options for GTL on the US Gulf Coast, using natural gas feedstocks. Despite the ample supplies of natural gas in the area, the company has taken the decision that GTL is not a viable option for Shell in North America, at this time, due to the likely development cost of such a project, uncertainties on long-term oil and gas prices and differentials, and Shell’s strict capital discipline.
When It Comes to Shipping, Norway Forks in the Road
Representing the new owners of Norwegian shipping company Bergesen, Andreas Sohmen-Pao delivered a clear message in his well received speech at the Annual Meeting of the NSA Tank and Bulkship Group last week. Sohmen-Pao told industry members, which had turned out in record numbers, that he thought Norway was at a crossroads when it came to shipping. Politicians had to decide whether to give the shipping industry equal treatment with that enjoyed by competitors internationally, and the industry itself had to decide whether to continue to actively develop the Norwegian shipping cluster or not. "As we all know, Norway took bold steps in tax reform for shipping in 1996, with favorable results.