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Monday, July 24, 2017

Shell Exercises FPSO Turritella Purchase Option

FPSO Turritella (Photo: SBM Offshore)

Shell E&P Offshore Services B.V. will exercise its right under the charter agreement to purchase the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) Turritella, enabling a Shell affiliate to assume operatorship of the Gulf of Mexico ultra-deepwater Stones development in its entirety. The company selling the FPSO is a joint-venture (JV) owned by SBM Offshore with 55 percent interest, Mitsubishi Corporation with 30 percent interest and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) with 15 percent interest.

K Line, MOL, NYK Announce Container Business Merger

Containership MOL Commitment. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)  announced the establishment of a holding company and an operating company, for the integration of the three companies' container shipping businesses, including terminal operation businesses outside Japan. "The new company to be established has received all necessary approvals for compliance with local competition laws in regions and countries where compliance is required for the new company's establishment…

Japan's Top 3 Shippers Sail to Profit in Q1

File Photo: Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line)

The healthy international trade and cost cutting measures augurs well for Japan's to three marine shippers -  Nippon Yusen, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha - reported Nikkei. The report said that the three companies are expected to post a group pretax profit for April-June, the first time in seven quarters. According to the report, Mitsui O.S.K.'s pretax profit likely tripled on the year to around 2 billion yen ($17.7 million), while Nippon Yusen's is seen reaching about 5 billion yen after a year-earlier pretax loss of 9.9 billion yen.

GAIL Scraps $7-bn LNG Tender

Photo: GAIL India Ltd

Indian state-owned energy firm GAIL India Ltd has scrapped a USD 7 billion tender for hiring newly built ships to ferry LNG from US after bidders did not agree to 'Make-in-India' terms, says a report by PTI. Gail will now hire the ships from the global spot or current market to transport LNG. Gail, which was forced by the oil ministry to add the ‘Make-in-India’ condition to its tender, will now hire the ships from the global spot or current market to transport LNG, a senior official with knowledge of the matter said.

India Approves Shipping Corp LNG Joint Venture

The Indian government on March 4 approved state-run Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.'s plan to take a 33.8 percent stake in a new Panama-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation company. Shipping Corp. will invest $21 million in the firm, in which Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd., Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. would be other partners. The new company would transport LNG for India's state-run Petronet LNG Ltd., which operates a 5-million-tonne LNG terminal in Dahej on India's west coast. The company would transport 2.5 million tonnes of LNG for an expanded facility at Dahej. Petronet LNG has a long-term contract with Qatar's Rasgas to buy 7.5 million tonnes of LNG for its terminal.

MOL to Upgrade Container Service

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced an upgrade to its Asia-East Coast South America Service (CSW). From July 2011 through 2012, MOL will launch a total of 10 new 5,600 TEU container ships and replace the currently-operated vessels. The newbuilding ships will adopt a new wide-beam and shallow-draft design, featuring high loading capacity and compatibility with shallow-draft ports in South America, as well as superior fuel efficiency. Moreover, effective July 2011, MOL will assign an additional ship to CSW with a total of 13 ships, which allows sufficient time and enhance the schedule stability with a revised schedule. Along with the fleet expansion, MOL will begin chartering space to a consortium of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Jeremy Nixon is CEO of ONE Ocean Network

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

The management of the new company,  Ocean Network Express Holdings (ONE) -  the joint venture between three Japanese shipowning societies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Linens), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) was unveiled. The existing NYK Line chief executive Jeremy Nixon named as the chief executive of ONE. Nixon has been chief executive of NYK’s liner division since 2012, and moved to Singapore two years before that to head its South Asia operation. The holding company with ultimate governance of ONE will remain in Tokyo…

S. African Competition Watchdog Fines Japanese Shipping Firm

South Africa's competition watchdog has recommended Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Ltd (NYK) pay a 104 million rand ($8.5 million) penalty for price-fixing and collusion in the transport of cars. The Competition Commission said on Tuesday NYK had admitted guilt and agreed to pay the fine after an investigation into collusion involving several shipping firms. "The Commission found that NYK colluded on 14 tenders with its competitors for the transportation of motor vehicles by sea," competition authorities said in a statement. The ultimate decision rests with the Competition Tribunal, which in most cases backs deals approved by the commission.

ISS Awarded NYK Liner Agency in Australia

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been awarded the NYK Liner agency in Australia. Part of transportation company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Group, NYK Line container services has appointed ISS to represent its New Zealand Singapore service (NZS) and North Asia-New Zealand (NZJ) service from July. Under this new agency agreement, ISS Brisbane will handle the full liner agency function including sales, customer service, operations and accounting for NYK Line in Australia. ISS will also support imports from the Far East and South East Asia with weekly sailings on both strings, as well as focus on northbound service volumes from Brisbane to South East Asia and beyond.

FPSO Turritella Producing, On Hire

Turritella (Photo: SBM Offshore)

SBM Offshore stated that FPSO Turritella is formally on hire as of September 2, 2016 after achieving Commencement of Commercial Production (CoCP). The CoCP certificate was issued on September 8, 2016. The vessel is installed in Shell's Stones development located in 2,896 meters (9,500 feet) of water approximately 320 kilometers (200 miles) offshore Louisiana in the Walker Ridge area. The lease and operate contracts include an initial period of 10 years with future extension options up to a total of 20 years.

Study, Modernizing Shipbuilding in Russia

Three Japanese companies - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. - have signed an agreement with United Industrial Corporation (OPK), one of Russia's largest diversified corporations, to implement a feasibility study on constructing large-size liquid natural gas (LNG) carriers at the shipyards of an OPK affiliate. Under the feasibility study, the three Japanese companies will consider modernization of the shipbuilding facilities at the OPK affiliate to enable construction of large-size LNG carriers. The three partners also look to cooperate with the shipyards, once modernization is completed, in participating in businesses related to future Russian LNG projects.

Appoints New Member to Advisory Board

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has appointed Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) President Koji Miyahara as its newest Advisory Board member. This appointment helps strengthen the Canal's focus in maritime shipping and provides the Board with representation from Japan, one of the largest users of the Panama Canal. Additionally, Mr. Miyahara will play a key role in the implementation of the ACP's expansion plans. The Advisory Board was founded in 1999 at the time of the transfer of the Canal to Panama. The members of the Advisory Board provide strategic counsel to the ACP and its Board of Directors on issues related to the management and administration of the Canal, including finances, insurance, operations and permanent modernization.

NYK Line, Transnational Diversified Maritime Academy Opens

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG) welcomed around 950 students and guests to the grand opening of the new NYK-TDG Maritime Academy in Canlubang, Philippines. NYK and its business partner TDG decided to establish this maritime college, which will educate and train future crew members during their school years so that they will not only be able to handle issues involving management but will also gain practical knowledge that is required on board vessels. Those attending the event included Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, president of the Philippines; Philippine government officials; Koichiro Yamazaki, Japanese ambassador to the Philippines; and parents and family members of the 120 excited new students.

Japanese Shipping Companies in Troubled Waters

Pic: Mitsui O.S.K.

Though the challenging market conditions in the container shipping industry continued to add pressure to Japan’s major shipping companies, turnaround seen as write-downs set to fizzle out, earnings forecasts upgraded, reports Nikkei. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) reported the largest net loss for the nine-month period which amounted to JPY 226 billion ($ 1.98 billion) in the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 ended December 31. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) concluded…

Japanese Shippers Trim Fleets

Photo: NYK Lines

The three big Japanese marine transport firms -  Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Lines), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Kawasaki Kisen - are decreasing the number of containerships and bulk carriers in their fleets by 10%, reports Nikkei. This is due to weak market conditions and in response to a persistently bleak business environment brought on by a supply glut. The trio operated 1,266 of the ships in all at the close of the fiscal year ended in March, but that number will fall by 122 ships. While Mitsui O.S.K.

S. African Watchdog Seeks Penalty Against K-Line

Image:  "K" LINE Shipping (South Africa) PTY LTD

South Africa’s  competition watchdog  is seeking to fine Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) as much as 10 percent of its annual revenue in the country for colluding on a tender for the transport of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, reports Reuters. The commission believes action must be taken against it for price fixing‚ market division and collusive tendering involving the transportation of Toyota vehicles from South Africa to Europe‚ North Africa (Mediterranean Coast) and the Caribbean Islands via Europe‚ West Africa‚ East Africa and Red Sea (Latin America) by sea.

NYK, YLK Hold Joint Training Program

Participants at the Jointly Held Training Program for Staff from around the World

From October 19 to 23, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. jointly conducted their 2015 Global NYK/YLK Week, a training program targeting NYK and YLK staff from offices around the world. Twenty-five overseas staff members — 12 from NYK and 13 from YLK — were nominated from the Group’s global business bases to attend the program along with two Japanese staff members from each company’s headquarters in Tokyo. This training program has been jointly held by NYK and YLK since 2012 to deepen the interchange among the participants across national…

Yusen Container Terminal Draft EIS/EIR Released

The Port of Los Angeles and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) for the Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI) Container Terminal Improvements Project, located at Berths 212-224 at the Port of Los Angeles, on the north side of Terminal Island along the Cerritos Channel, near the East Basin. The proposed project entails improving Berths 214-216 wharves, increasing berth depth from -45 to -53 feet, and improving Berths 217-220 wharves to make way for 100-foot gauge gantry cranes, as well as deepening to a -47 feet berth depth. The project will also construct additional on-dock rail yard capacity for YTI.

MOL: New Containerships to Upgrade Service

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced an upgrade to its Asia-East Coast South America Service (CSW). From July 2011 through 2012, MOL will launch a total of 10 new 5,600 TEU containerships which will replace its currently-operated vessels on the CSW. The newbuilding ships will adopt a new wide-beam and shallow-draft design, featuring high loading capacity and compatibility with shallow-draft ports in South America. Moreover, effective July 2011, MOL will assign an additional ship to CSW with a total of 13 ships, which allows sufficient time to revise the existing schedule. Along with the fleet expansion, MOL will begin chartering space to a consortium of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd.

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

Photo: NYK

Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced. The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony charges for allegedly allocating customers and routes, rigging bids and fixing prices for the sale of international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the U.S. and elsewhere, including the Port of Baltimore. The affected cargo included cars, trucks, construction equipment and agricultural equipment.

Japan's Big Three Shipping Lines Form 3rd Largest Alliance

Photo: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Japan’s three largest shipping companies - Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) - and three other carriers worldwide will form the world's third-largest container shipping alliance, reports Nikkei. South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, Germany's Hapag-Lloyd and Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport, on Friday agreed to join forces. The new partnership will begin operations in April 2017 for five years, subject to regulatory approval. The three Japanese shippers will adjust their ports of call and operating schedules on duplicate routes.

NYK, MOL and K Line to Merge Container Shipping Businesses

Containership MOL PERFORMANCE Photo MOL

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha will establish a new joint-venture company to integrate the container shipping businesses. The shippers have agreed, after the resolution by the board of directors of each company, and subject to regulatory approval from the authorities, to establish a new joint-venture company to integrate the container shipping businesses, including worldwide terminal operating businesses excluding Japan, of all three companies and to sign a business integration contract and a shareholders agreement.

New LNG Carrier Delivered for Petronet

Photo: Petronet LNG

A consortium comprising Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), and the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of a new liquefied natural fas (LNG) carrier on November 30, 2016, in South Korea. The vessel, Prachi, has a capacity of 173,000 m3 and was built to order by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. based on a long-term time charter contract with Petronet LNG Limited (PLL). A naming ceremony for the ship was held on October 18, 2016.

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