Northwest Europe News

25 Aug 2020

Market Report: Global Heavy Lift Vessel Sector

Source: Saipem

The global heavy lift vessel market is a difficult place to be. Utilization for the fleet has remained depressingly low since the first oil and gas downturn in 2014, currently hovering around 33% for the global fleet with a lift capacity of over 800 tonnes, according to IHS Markit’s ConstructionVesselBase. Fixed platform installation work, the traditional market driver for the heavy-lift fleet in oil and gas, has seen demand fall significantly. According to global figures from IHS Markit’s FieldsBase, 190 fixed platforms were installed in both 2013 and 2014, rising to 219 in 2015.

03 Jul 2020

Marine Fuel Market Facing Tougher Q3 as Supply Rises

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Global supply of fuel oil, used by ships and power plants, is expected to grow in the third quarter, depressing the marine fuel market as shipping demand remains weak, analysts and trade sources said.Third-quarter supply is estimated to rise by 620,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the second quarter as China and Brazil increase production, according to consultancy Energy Aspects.This comes as inventories across key marine refueling hubs recently reached all-time highs, depressing bunker fuel prices and refiners' margins and dashing hopes for a profitable year for sellers of low sulfur fuel that

17 Jun 2020

OOS Joins LR, Worley Offshore Decommissioning Consortium

Artist's impression of OOS Walcheren and the OOS Serooskerke performing a joint topside lift - Credit: OOS

Dutch offshore services provider OOS International has joined an offshore decommissioning consortium created by Lloyd’s Register and Worley, in a push to drive down the costs of offshore decommissioning."Decommissioning, for many, remains an uncertain cost burden, potentially even more so in the current climate,” says Julie Copland, LR’s Decommissioning lead. “What is certain is that, with our combined expertise, unique ability to take well operatorship and duty holdership, and now ready access to heavy lift assets…

27 May 2020

Maersk and Other Danish Firms Partner for Sustainable Fuels Project

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A group of Danish transportation and energy companies including shipping giant A.P. Moller - Maersk have teamed up to develop an industrial-scale production facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area.Maersk is joined in the project by DFDS, Ørsted, Copenhagen Airports, SAS and DSV Panalpina, who have brought together the demand and supply side of sustainable fuels to develop a new hydrogen and e-fuel production facility as soon as 2023.

23 Apr 2020

Oil in Floating Storage More Than Doubles in a Month

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The volume of key oil products held in floating storage around the globe has more than doubled in the past month to about 68 million barrels, according to data from oil analytics firm Vortexa.The figure, which includes gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as of April 22, compares with around 30 million barrels in the previous month, Vortexa said.With available space on land storage tanks scarce, traders around the world have been rushing to book tankers of different sizes to store oil products as lockdowns around the world to tackle the coronavirus pandemic hammer oil demand.Floating storage has incr

09 Apr 2020

European Refiners Leave Oil Cargoes On Water

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A growing number of oil tankers across Europe have been unable to unload their cargo over the past month as refining demand crashes, turning them into de facto floating storage, according to shipping data and trading sources.European refineries have had to cut runs after measures put in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak crushed fuel demand.More than 25 tankers with roughly 18 million barrels onboard were anchored near European ports, with most them already there for over a week as of Thursday…

26 Nov 2019

Boskalis Completes Horizon Acquisition

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Dutch dredging and heavylift company Royal Boskalis Westminster has acquired the remaining 37.5% in the United Arab Emirates’s Horizon Group, a company specializing in the provision of marine geophysical surveys and geotechnical services.Earlier this year, Boskalis already acquired 62.5% of the shares. The 2019 revenue is expected to exceed USD 100 million and the activities will be consolidated as of 2020.Following this transaction, Boskalis will be able to optimize its successful…

01 Oct 2019

Europe Looks for Gas as Groningen Folds

Image: Rystad Energy

Europe’s energy landscape will be completely changed once the Dutch shut down the largest gas field on the continent years ahead of schedule, according to Rystad Energy.The Netherland recently announced that production at Groningen – Europe’s largest gas field – will be halted in 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned. However, despite the ambitious target of decommissioning the field by 2022, Rystad Energy expects that there could be some residual production from Groningen…

24 Sep 2019

Nauticor Undertakes 1st SIMPOS LNG Bunkering

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Hamburg-based Nauticor, a unit of Linde, together with the logistics company Unifeeder completed a simultaneous  operations (SIMOPS) ship-to-ship bunkering of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-retrofit Wes Amelie at the port of Helsinki, Finland.The world’s largest bunker supply vessel for liquefied natural gas (LNG) Kairos supplied the chilled fuel to the Wes Amelie at the Vuosaari Harbour container terminal through a SIMOPS (simultaneous operations), Nauticor saidThe transfer of LNG between the two vessels marks an important step in several aspects…

21 Aug 2019

Gulf Marine CEO Quits in wake of Profit Warning

A Gulf Marine Services Jack Up unit (CREDIT: GMS)

Gulf Marine Services said on Wednesday Chief Executive Officer Duncan Anderson has resigned as the oilfield industry contractor warned a reassessment of its ships and contracts showed profit would fall this year, kicking its shares 12% down.The Abu Dhabi-based offshore services specialist said a review by new finance chief Stephen Kersley of its large E-class vessels operating in Northwest Europe and the Middle East pointed to 2019 core earnings of between $45 million and $48 million…

16 Aug 2019

Neste Launches IMO 2020 Compliant Fuel

Image: Neste Corporation

Finland-based refiner Neste Corporation will begin to sell a low-sulfur marine fuel in northwest Europe in the fourth quarter of 2019.From January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce a 0.5% global sulfur cap on fuel content for areas currently with 3.5% limit.In these areas, all vessels will be required to use fuel with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5%, unless they use exhaust gas cleaning systems.Neste helps shipping companies to respond to the…

26 Jul 2019

CSP Zeebrugge Terminal Deploys Navis N4

Pic: Navis

The terminal operating systems (TOS) provider Navis announced  that CSP Zeebrugge Terminal, part of COSCO Shipping Ports, has successfully gone live with Navis N4.The unit of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, the terminal connecting European market will use N4 to focus on real-time data sharing and efficiency for better service.The terminal…

23 May 2019

Shipowners See Increase in IMO-Compliant Fuels, But Doubts Persist

Shipowners, who are facing one of the biggest changes in the oil industry in decades, are seeing more fuels that will be compliant with new rules on sulphur emissions from ships, but some say the way forward is far from clear.The United Nations shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will from January 2020 limit the sulphur content in fuel ships use to 0.5%.With the exception of some zones around northwest Europe and North America known as Emission Control Areas where maximum sulphur content is restricted to 0.1% sulphur, the current global cap is 3.5%.The sulphur switch will be a mammoth task as it requires adapting the 300 million tonne a year bunker fuel market…

31 Mar 2019

Visser Shipping Installs Scrubber in Boxships

Douwe and Aleida Visser, owners of Visser Shipping. Photo: Visser Shipping

Netherlands-based Visser Shipping has signed a contract with exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) supplier Value Maritime to outfit three container ships with scrubbers, with an option for a fourth scrubber.In 1995 Visser Shipping bought their first seagoing vessel, followed by their first container ship in 2002. The fleet provides container transport throughout Northwest Europe. Thanks to inventive entrepreneurship, the Shipping company continued to enjoy growth even during the crisis years. The fleet consists of 5 modern container ships.“Sailing is our passion.

19 Mar 2019

LNG Bunkering: World's Largest Starts Ops

Photo Credits: Nauticor

On March 15, 2019, the world’s largest bunker supply vessel (BSV) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) Kairos conducted the first LNG bunker supply operation for the newbuild ferry MS Visborg at the ferry pier of the port of Visby.The bunker operation puts into practice the contract for the supply of LNG, which was signed by Nauticor, a leading supplier of LNG as marine fuel, and Destination Gotland, the owner and operator of the new ferry, in December 2017 and enables the ferry to…

19 Mar 2019

Euronav planning LSFO STS at Malta

File Image: A EuroNav VLCC underway at sea (CREDIT: EuroNav)

Euronav has chartered a tanker to bring a 30,000 tonne cargo of low-sulphur fuel oil from northwest Europe to Malta, where its megatanker, Oceania, has been parked offshore since Jan.

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…

28 Feb 2019

Russia Ships Record High LNG Volumes to Europe

Photo courtesy of Novatek

Russia delivered a record amount of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe in February, becoming the biggest supplier of the chilled fuel to the continent for the first time.A total of 19 cargoes, or 1.41 million tonnes, of LNG from the Yamal LNG plant in Russia's Arctic reached regasification terminals in Europe in February, with the majority of those going to northwest Europe, Refinitiv Eikon data shows.This is the largest monthly amount of LNG from Yamal to arrive in Europe since the plant was launched in Dec.

06 Feb 2019

Elengy LNG Terminal Hit Records in 2018

Aerial photography of a transshipment operation at Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal

Elengy, a unit of the French energy company and LNG player Engie, reported record activities at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals during 2018.The French LNG operator said in a press release thatits Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal also reached a number of milestones during the year. Elengy and its subsidiary Fosmax LNG berthed 215 vessels  at its facilities, with 106 TWh of natural gas delivered to the transmission network, a 13 percent jump on 2017 figures, it said.It reported…

18 Jan 2019

LNG REPORT: LNG Bunkering Vessels Rise to Nine, 30 More to Come

Image: SEA\LNG

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering infrastructure is expanding globally and there are increasing numbers of LNG-bunker vessels which are encouraging other operators to adopt LNG.According to SEA\LNG,  the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, from limited availability at select ports, LNG bunkering has grown to encompass 24 out of the world’s top 25 and all but one of the top ten bunker…

14 Dec 2018

Kairos Begins Operations in Northwest Europe

Photo: Polish LNG Platform

The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos” has started operations in Northwest Europe on December 11th, 2018, said a press note from the Polish LNG Platform.Chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg based leading LNG supplier “Nauticor” with a 90% share and the Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN with a 10% share, the ship was handed over by the owner Babcock Schulte Energy in the port of Klaipeda.Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, underlined the…

13 Nov 2018

Argus Adds New Marine Fuel Price Assessments

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Oil price reporting agency Argus has launched five new price assessments for low-sulphur marine fuels, ahead of new global rules capping the amount of sulphur in marine fuels, also known as bunkers.International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations will cut the limit for sulphur in bunker fuels globally from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent from the start of 2020."Argus is pleased to be taking the lead in bringing price transparency that enables this large and emerging oil market to advance trading in preparation for the IMO 2020 required fuels…

12 Nov 2018

Ice-breaking Tanker Heads for Russia to Load Yamal LNG

A new ice-breaking tanker capable of navigating the Arctic on its own is set to load its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment from Russia's fast-expanding Yamal facility.The Georgiy Brusilov left South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard at the weekend and is due at Yamal's Sabetta port on Nov. 28, Refinitiv Eikon data shows.It is the eighth ARC7-class LNG carrier, which are longer than the Titanic, to join the Yamal fleet operated by Teekay, Mitsui OSK Lines and Dynagas, with another seven expected.The vessels have enabled Yamal's operator Novatek to ramp up production since its first LNG cargo at the end of last year…

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