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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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US Joiner Announces Acquisition of Infinity Marine Offshore

Affiliates of US Joiner ("US Joiner") announced today the acquisition of Infinity Offshore Marine, LLC ("Infinity"). Infinity is a provider of turnkey marine joiner solutions to the offshore oil and gas market. The company's headquarters is in Houston, TX and it has operations in Brazil. This acquisition will enable US Joiner to further establish its position in the offshore oil and gas market segment and provide it a presence in Brazil. US Joiner is an independent domestic provider of turnkey marine joiner and furniture solutions for U.S. Government and commercial customers.

CERCG Looking to Ship LNG from Australia's West to East

State-owned China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group (CERCG) on Monday said it is investigating whether to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Western Australia to the gas-hungry east coast market. The Chinese integrated energy firm, which runs oil and gas projects, processing plants and gas distribution, said in a press release to Reuters that subsidiary CERCG Australia is studying the viability of transporting LNG by road, rail and ship. CERCG Australia's business manager Kevin Gao said the company would use LNG container tanks which can maintain liquefaction for 110 days. "It should be possible for us to ship 100 or 200 of our 40-foot ISO containers, each containing 18 tonnes of LNG, from Australia's West Coast to customers on the East Coast," he said on Monday.

Wärtsilä, GTT Partner on LNG Solutions

The inside of a GTT cryogenic membrane tank. Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä and GTT finalized a cooperation agreement at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China on December 5. The aim of the cooperation is to explore potential business opportunities in the marine sector in relation to liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, fuel gas supply systems and associated services that will benefit both shipyards and vessel owners. Wärtsilä has experience and in-house expertise in LNG fuel gas applications, as well as gas carrier process know-how, while GTT has capabilities in developing cryogenic membrane containment solutions.

Concordia Eyes Growing Product Tanker Market

Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime (Photo: Concordia Maritime)

Swedish tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime said it has signed a contract to charter in another IMO2/3 class MR tanker while also extending an expiring charter of another MR tanker. The new charter contract will run for two years from the time the newbuild is delivered in January 2018, with multiple options to extend. The other MR tanker charter contract, which expired in November, will be extended for a minimum of one year. Both are 50/50 joint charters with Stena Bulk to be operated by the MR pool within Stena Bulk Product & Chemicals.

Handysize LPG Vessels to be Worst Performers in 2018

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Among the different size categories of LPG ships, the small vessel segment is expected to be the best performer in 2018 while Handysize vessels will be the worst, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The LPG shipping market is currently oversupplied with vessels (with the exception of the small segment 1,000-5,000 cbm), as a result of strong fleet growth during the last three years. The global LPG fleet expanded at an annual average rate of 17% in 2015 and 2016, and is expected to grow by 9% in 2017.

Viatran Restructures Company

Viatran announced that it has restructured the company into divisions serving specific market segments. The new Oil & Gas Segment has been created to focus on product development and customer service in Viatran’s most important market. As part of the restructuring, Douglas Joy has been appointed to the newly created position of Oil & Gas Segment Leader, and Don Seewagen to the position of Sales Channel Manager Americas – Oil & Gas Segment. These two individuals will lead all sales, marketing and new business development efforts for this business unit.

ABS Partnership Enhances Safety in Ghana’s Offshore Industry

Photo: ABS

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, formed a joint venture with Notabene Classification Limited to offer regulatory and technical support services, including key classification services to the upstream oil and gas market in Ghana. “This joint venture is an important milestone and demonstrates our strong commitment to advancing safety in all parts of the globe,” said ABS Executive Vice President, Global Offshore, Kenneth Richardson.

Maersk Oil, Partners Approve USD 3.2bln Tyra Gas Project

Photo: Maersk Oil

Maersk Oil has announced that the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) has approved an investment of approximately 21bn DKK in the full redevelopment of the Tyra gas field. The announcement follows the Danish Parliament’s approval to implement legislation to secure the investment. The redevelopment of Tyra ensures continued production from Denmark’s largest gas field, and will protect and rejuvenate important Danish North Sea infrastructure. Today’s announcement represents the largest oil and gas project investment ever made in the Danish North Sea…

Cheniere Boosts LNG Tanker Fleet Amid Asian Demand Boom

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U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Cheniere Energy has expanded its shipping fleet with a flurry of spot vessel charters to keep up with Asian winter demand growth as spot prices hit three-year highs, market sources said. Cheniere's Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana pumped out 22 cargoes last month and more are expected as it ramps up its fourth production unit, or train, with more than half of all November volumes sold to China, Japan or South Korea, according to ship-tracking data.

Freudenberg acquires Vector Technology Group

Freudenberg Oil & Gas expands its position and expertise in the upstream segment of the oil and gas market with innovator in offshore sealing solutions. Freudenberg Oil & Gas announced that on January 11, 2013, 100% of the shares of Vector Technology Group, a major global supplier of high integrity sealing solutions for the oil and gas industry, were acquired by parent company Freudenberg Group, headquartered in Weinheim, Germany. The shares were acquired from the private equity firm HitecVision headquartered in Stavanger, Norway.

Trump to Open Oil Drilling off US East Coast

President Donald Trump (Official White House photo)

The Trump administration is preparing a plan that would open up oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast, Bloomberg reported. President Trump ordered the Interior Department to create the draft proposal as part of his “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” executive order in April.  The new plan, which could be unveiled as soon as this week, would allow the U.S. to auction oil and gas drilling rights in Atlantic waters previously blocked under the Obama administration. The new proposal would span the years 2019 to 2024, replacing the Obama plan, which runs through 2022.

Amsterdam in ‘Premier League’ in Ethanol Market

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam was included in the S&P Global Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings for ethanol in April 2016. In addition to giving Amsterdam’s ethanol market a tremendous boost, this has put the Port and Noord-Europees Wijnopslagbedrijf BV (NWB) on the map with several major players operating in this segment. However, Port of Amsterdam still trails somewhat behind Port of Rotterdam in this area, as the additional logistics expenses calculated for deliveries from Amsterdam work to the disadvantage of merchants storing their ethanol in Amsterdam.

Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel Market Poised for Growth

File photo: Farstad Shipping ASA

The global market for anchor handling tug supply vessels is poised for growth from 2016-2020, according to a report by Research and Markets. In the report, which covers the present scenario and the growth prospects market based on total revenue generated from the different geographical regions, analysts forecast the global market for anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.88 percent during the period 2016-2020. “One trend which is boosting market growth is the rise in subsea vessel operations,” said an analyst from the research team.

Intellian Introduces v60G Marine VSAT Systems

Intellian has announced a new addition to its range of VSAT communications antennas, the v60G. Designed for recreational, smaller commercial and oil and gas vessels, or for use in space-constrained installations, the v60G, a powerful redesign of the popular v60, provides exceptional performance, enhanced remote monitoring and control, reduced cabling, and unlimited azimuth. The new v60G provides seamless, uninterrupted broadband connectivity for worldwide on-demand communications, is compatible with a comprehensive list of service providers and ensures professional mariners and yacht owners reliable, unlimited connectivity at sea. The three-axis v60G has unlimited azimuth, eliminating cable wrap and the lengthy loss of signal connection as the system unwinds.

New Int’l Valve Group Created

Valco Group announced its entrance into the market for industrial valves. The new group, with revenues of about $100m in 2008, currently operates in the oil & gas, marine and energy & industry sectors. Valco Group has been formed from the Norwegian and French valve operations of the former Flowtech division of Technor Group. Valco Group, with its head office in Stavanger (Norway), has five operational units: The factory Westad Industri in Norway, the two French factories: Malbranque and SNRI…

GE, DSIC Unveil Plan for LNG Carrier Power Conversions

Figure 1: DSIC GE steam turbine retrofit 3D Model (Photo: GE Marine Solutions)

GE’s Marine Solutions and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. (DSIC) completed a preliminary design for the conversion of a steam turbine powered LNG Carrier (LNGC) to a gas turbine-based propulsion system. The study aims at steam powered LNGCs that offer low fuel efficiency but are not ready to be retired from service. The new design will feature GE’s reliable and compact COmbined Gas turbine, Electric and Steam (COGES) system. According to Yingbin Ma, DSIC Deputy Technical Director…

First Oil and Contract Start-up for Libra FPSO

(Photo: Teekay)

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. announced that its jointly owned floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, the FPSO Pioneiro de Libra (Libra), has achieved first oil and commenced its 12-year charter contract with a group of international oil companies, including Petrobras, Total, Shell, CNPC and CNOOC Limited, on the Libra oil field where it will perform early well tests. The Libra FPSO unit is the first unit to produce oil on the giant Libra block, which covers more than 1,500 square kilometers in the Santos Basin.

Gulf Marine Eyes Acquisitions

GMS Endurance. Photo: Gulf Marine Services

Gulf Marine Services (GMS), the leading provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, is looking at acquisitions due to opportunities in the market, reported Gulf News. GMS, which supports the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors with barges, has a fleet of fourteen vessels that help in offshore oil and gas platform refurbishment and maintenance activities, offshore wind turbine maintenance work, as well as offshore oil and gas platform installation and decommissioning, among other things.

Metal Shark's Next-Generation Damen Fast Crew Supplier

 The all-aluminum monohull FCS 7011 (image: Metal Shark)

As an extension of its existing relationship with Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards, Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced the availability of the new Damen FCS 7011 for the U.S. market. Developed by Damen in response to feedback from leaders in the offshore oil and gas sector, the FCS 7011 has been designed to reduce logistical cost and increase efficiencies in an era of low oil prices. The all-aluminum monohull FCS 7011 is a fast and comfortable crew supply solution for offshore production facilities.

RSC Bio Solutions Make Several Staff Appointments

clockwise from top left: Debbie Mills, Ken Shelley, Lisa Owen, Mark Miller, Matt Houston, Patrick Van Every

RSC Bio Solutions said it is focused on growing its business in key markets and has organized its sales team into segments focused on growing private and public waste, marine construction, marine transport, utility fleets, offshore oil and gas and wind power industries. With that, the company has made several new staff appointments in hopes of facilitating company growth. “One of many benefits of the RSC Bio Solutions product line is its versatility in providing high-performance…

RAO/CIS Offshore

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS, the Register) is going to participate in the International Conference on Development of Oil-and-Gas Resources of the Russian Arctic and CIS Continental Shelf (RAO/CIS Offshore). The event will take place at the LenExpo Congress Halls, St Petersburg, September 10-13, 2013. Vladimir Evenko, Head of RS Classification and Development Directorate will act as a co-chairman of the roundtable "Rules and Regulations Lying at the Base of Shelf Hydrocarbon Resources Exploration." Within the framework of the roundtable "Key Problems of Pipe System Design, Construction and Operation on the Arctic Shelf" the register experts will share the experience of RS Rules application to materials and products developed for subsea pipe lines.

Hopkins Named Managing Director at Harris Pye UK

Nigel Hopkins (Photo: Harris Pye)

Nigel Hopkins has been appointed Managing Director of Harris Pye UK Ltd based at the company’s headquarters in Llandow in Wales. He joined Harris Pye on May 1 this year working alongside Dave Hayden, the company’s retiring Managing Director at the Harris Pye UK headquarters in Llandow, South Wales before officially taking over from Dave Hayden on October  1, 2017. Nigel Hopkins started his engineering career in the merchant navy spending 13 years sailing on a variety of vessels including oil tankers…

Nordic Group, Scana, to Increase Share Capital

The company provides products and system solutions for three market segments; namely marine, energy and steel and machinery. Scana’s technology, materials knowledge and  production experience form the basis of its competitive power. Its aim is to be the preferred supplier to leading companies within our market segments. The main products for the steel area are the production of customized steel forgings and castings for the oil and gas, energy, marine, machine and tool industries. The marine area develops and produces gears, propulsion systems and valve control systems for ships. The main products for the oil and gas area are design and production, marketing and sale, in addition to maintenance and repair of equipment and steel components for the oil and gas industry.

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