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Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Great Workboats of 2018: The Deadline for Application is Fast Approaching

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Will your vessel be honored as a “Great Workboat of 2018” in the December 2018 edition of Marine News?Every year, Marine News profiles the most outstanding vessels built in shipyards in North America, recognizing builders, owners and designers as leaders in their field. This edition — the much anticipated end-of-the-year edition — generates much excitement, as your work is profiled and delivered to the largest audited b2b maritime industry audience in this genre.The only way to…

BY THE NUMBERS - Offshore Supply Vessels: Balanced Continued Pressure with Gradual Recovery

Credit: Alix Partners

Global consulting firm AlixPartners, in a new paper entitled, “Too many ships, too few rigs: why recovery is still a distant dream for the OSV sector,” warns that companies counting on a quick return to stability in the OSV sector are in for a rude awakening.The September report goes on to say that OSV companies continue to face pressure due to a radically changed oil industry and must take quick and decisive action in order to survive in what should be considered the ‘new normal.’Separately…

MENA Region to Lead Global Oil and Gas for Decades to Come: DNV GL

(L-R) Ben Oudman, Regional Manager, Central Europe, Middle East and India, DNV GL - Oil & Gas and Jan Zschommler, Manager, Middle East, DNV GL - Oil & Gas. Pics: DNV GL

The world will need less energy from the 2030s onwards, but it will still require a significant amount of oil and gas in the lead-up to mid-century according to DNV GL’s 2018 Energy Transition Outlook, an independent forecast of the world energy mix in the lead-up to 2050.The report says, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will remain the main global supplier of oil and gas for decades to come."Among its forecasts for 10 global regions, DNV GL’s Outlook sees the MENA region accounting for most onshore conventional gas production in the lead-up to 2050…

Port of Savannah Container Trade up 12 Percent

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The Georgia Ports Authority achieved a 12 percent increase in containerized trade at the Port of Savannah in September, along with a 37.6 percent increase in roll-on/roll-off trade at the Port of Brunswick.“The impressive volumes moving through our deepwater terminals are related to our customers building inventory for the peak buying season,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We anticipate year-on-year growth to continue as we’re trending toward a strong fourth quarter of the calendar year.”Marking 23 consecutive months of growth…

FLNG Hilli Episeyo Operates in Full Capacity

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Golar LNG Limited confirmed that FLNG Hilli Episeyo continues to operate with 100 percent commercial availability.Currently in the process of exporting its 10th LNG cargo, the vessel's proof of concept continues to add momentum to both existing and new opportunities under discussion. Discussions also continue with field operator Perenco as to the timing of utilization of Hilli Episeyo's excess capacity.Golar and affiliates of Keppel Shipyard Limited and Black and Veatch closed the sale of 50 percent of the common units in Golar Hilli LLC to the Partnership on July 12, .

NYK Develops Onboard Sulfur-in-oil Analyzer

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NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co., Ltd., an NYK Group company, have teamed with Horiba Ltd. to develop a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships. The new device is based on an existing device used at onshore analysis centers.Using this new analyzer, NYK will be able to thoroughly comply with regulations limiting sulfur oxides (SOx) from vessels, as well as optimize the company’s use of low-sulfur fuel oil.Certain areas around Europe and North America have been designated as emission control areas (ECAs) to prevent air pollution…

Carlyle Group Acquires EnerMech from Lime Rock Partners

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Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announces that it has agreed to acquire EnerMech Group Ltd, an international services company providing critical asset support to the energy, infrastructure and industrials sectors, from Lime Rock Partners.The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2018, subject to customary anti-trust and regulatory approvals.Equity for this investment will come from Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP), a $2.5 billion fund that invests in the global oil and gas sector outside North America.

Antwerp Port on Track to Sixth Record Year

Pic: Port of Antwerp

Throughput continues to register growth in the Port of Antwerp. After record semi-annual figures, the total throughput after nine months stands at 177,026,550 tonnes – a sharp 6% increase compared with the same period last year.A press release from the company said that with these results, the port seems to be on track for the sixth record year in a row. The recent wave of investments moreover confirms the port’s appeal and reaffirms its role as a world player.Container traffic registered robust growth yet again, up by 7.1%  (98,436,773 tonnes) compared with the first nine months of 2017.

Shore Power: Holland America Line Plugs In

MS Eurodam retrofitted with ABB shore power connectors (Photo: ABB)

ABB shore power connectors retrofitted to three Holland America Line vessels will help these ships achieve low emissions in port anywhere in the world.Cruise line Holland American Line will retrofit three of its vessels with ABB’s innovative shore power connectors that allow the ships to draw on land-based electrical grids when docked in port.Holland America Line proactively encompasses programs that aim to reduce emissions and comply with international regulations and environmental guidelines – and seeks to exceed these requirements wherever possible.

St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Ratify Contract

A St. Lawrence Seaway bulk vessel (SLSMC)

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) has announced that its unionized employees, members of UNIFOR, ratified a three-year labor agreement covering the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, praised the negotiating teams for achieving another multi-year agreement, and said, “A fair labor settlement was reached earlier this month, enabling the St. Lawrence Seaway to continue providing uninterrupted service to the thousands of entities that depend upon marine transportation…

MHI Vestas to Provide Turbines for EDF Renewables New Jersey Offshore

Image: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

EDF Renewables North America has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.The pioneering offshore wind project, the first in New Jersey, has plans to feature three V164-8.3 MW turbines from MHI Vestas, taking the company’s V164 platform to the US offshore wind market for the first time.Nautilus Offshore Wind’s installation timetable is ahead of other US projects with plans to be…

Tilbury Port to Capitalise on Opportunities to Boost Trade

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Tilbury Port and the people that work there will play a major role in helping the UK to increase international trade after we leave the European Union.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox visited Tilbury Port  to meet with port workers and management, as well as members of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust.Tilbury is the fastest growing port in the UK and a £1 billion investment programme will see the port employing 9,000 people by 2020, 3 times more than it did in 2012. One…

Great Workboats of 2018: Apply Now

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Will your vessel be honored as a “Great Workboat of 2018” in the December 2018 edition of Marine News?Every year, Marine News profiles the most outstanding vessels built in shipyards in North America, recognizing builders, owners and designers as leaders in their field. This edition — the much anticipated end-of-the-year edition — generates much excitement, as your work is profiled and delivered to the largest audited b2b maritime industry audience in this genre.The only way to…

Sempra Energy Signs New Mexican LNG Terminal

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Sempra Energy, the US group that aims to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility near Ensenada, Mexico, to serve customers in Asia moved closer to becoming reality as the natural gas utilities holding company  announced agreements with three international firms.The San Diego-based company announced in a press release that  that its subsidiaries Infraestructura Energetica Nova  (IEnova) and Sempra LNG & Midstream have signed three Heads of Agreements (HOAs) with affiliates of Total, Mitsui & Co. and Tokyo Gas Co.

Eagle Marine Services Announces Rebrand to Fenix

Pic:  Eagle Marine Services

Eagle Marine Services (EMS), an EQT Infrastructure III-owned container terminal which is one of the largest in the Twin Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, today announced the launch of a new corporate brand identity and name.Effective immediately, the organization will be known as Fenix Marine Services. The Fenix name represents the reinvention of what was once the most technologically advanced facility in North America.The rebranding also marks an important milestone in the company’s execution of its value creation plan…

Ørsted Concludes Deepwater Wind Acquisition

Image: Deepwater Wind

Danish wind energy giant Orsted completed its previously announced takeover of Deepwater Wind from D.E. Shaw group in a deal valued at $510 million.The company closed the transaction of acquiring 100% of equity stake held by D.E. Shaw group in Deepwater Wind, which was announced in October this year, after securing approval from the US competition authorities.The new combined organization—Ørsted US Offshore Wind—will be able to deliver clean energy to every coastal state in the densely-populated east coast corridor between Massachusetts and Virginia.

CN Buys TransX

Pic: Canadian National Railway (CN)

Canadian National Railway (CN) has signed a deal to acquire the Winnipeg-based TransX Group of Companies as part of its strategy to expands its North American intermodal supply chain services.TransX, one of Canada’s largest and oldest transportation companies, provides various transportation and logistics services, including intermodal, truckload, less than truckload and specialized services. The 55-year-old company will continue to be based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and operate independently…

Martin Bencher expands in North America

Pic: Martin Bencher Group

Scandinavian based Shipping and Freight Forwarding company Martin Bencher expands in North America with an office in Vancouver, BC, Canada.A press release from the project logistics company quoted  Peter Thorsoe Jensen, CEO MB Group as saying: “North America is a very important project market for the Martin Bencher Group and with an office in Vancouver, BC, Canada, we are in a better position to service existing and new customers in the Pacific North West and throughout Canada.”“After 10 years of successful operation in the USA…

BBC Chartering Joins Seaboard to Create “Andino Service”

Pic: Seaboard Marine

As part of their mission to improve services for shippers moving cargo between the US Gulf Coast, Jamaica, and ports in Ecuador, Peru and Chile, Seaboard Marine and BBC Chartering are pleased to announce a new strategic cooperation which will be marketed as “Andino Service.”A press release from the international shipping company based in Leer, Germany said that beginning as early as November 2018, BBC and the ocean transportation service provider in North America Seaboard Marine…

Great Workboats of 2018: Application Deadline Extended!

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Will your vessel be honored as a “Great Workboat of 2018” in the December 2018 edition of Marine News?Every year, Marine News profiles the most outstanding vessels built in shipyards in North America, recognizing builders, owners and designers as leaders in their field. This edition — the much anticipated end-of-the-year edition — generates much excitement, as your work is profiled and delivered to the largest audited b2b maritime industry audience in this genre.The only way to…

Energy Storage - Now Relevant for Any Vessel Type

Red and White Fleet's Enhydra, the newest member of the R&W passenger excursion vessel fleet. The 128-foot LOA aluminum monohull vessel with a 30-foot beam is the largest lithium-ion battery electric hybrid powered vessel in North America built under “USCG Subchapter K” certification. Image: AAM and Red & White.

A primer on the quickly evolving topic of on board battery technology.Energy storage itself is actually old news. Since the sails were taken down for good, merchant vessels have crossed the oceans using some kind of energy safely stored on board. Be it Coal, Diesel, Gasoline or Natural Gas, and regardless of energy type, safe storage onboard has been vital for safety and completion of the planned trip. On the other hand, active use of batteries in propulsion systems is relatively new.

Sempra Initiates Cameron LNG Train 1 Commissioning

Cameron LNG export terminal. Pic: Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Sempra Energy announced that Cameron LNG has initiated the commissioning process for the support facilities and first liquefaction train of Phase 1 of its Hackberry, La., liquefaction-export project."All major construction activities have been completed to begin the commissioning and start-up process to produce LNG from the first liquefaction train," said Joseph A. Householder, president and chief operating officer of Sempra Energy."This is a significant milestone for this landmark U.S.

Encana Acquires US Shale Producer Newfield Exploration for USD 4.1 billion

Image: Newfield Exploration

Canadian oil and gas producer Encana has signed a deal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Newfield Exploration Company in a USD 4.1 billion deal that will provide the former with significant positions in some of North America’s biggest oilfields.In addition, Encana will assume CAD 2.2 billion of Newfield net debt. The strategic combination will create a leading multi-basin company and has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.Subject to receipt of regulatory and shareholder approvals by both companies…

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