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28 May 2020

China, India Soak Up Oil from Floating Storage as Demand Picks Up

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The volume of crude stored on ships in Asia has come off the peaks seen earlier this month on a recovery in demand in China and India, trade sources and analysts said. A total of 3.4 million tonnes (24.8 million barrels) of crude oil was discharged from floating storage into Asian markets in the past seven days, with China the top destination at 1.8 million tonnes and India second at 842,679 tonnes, according to oil analytics firm Vortexa. Robust demand from China, the world's top oil importer…

06 May 2020

Ampelmann Makes One Millionth Offshore Transfer in Middle East

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Ampelmann, a Dutch company providing crew transfer gangways to the offshore energy industry, has said it has achieved a milestone of one million safe personnel transfers in the Middle East.The company said Wednesday that the milestone, which it took nearly a decade to achieve, was achieved during a project with vessel owner Halul Offshore Services, a subsidiary on Milaha.The millionth transfer crew transfer was made via Ampelmann's A-type system, that has been operating on the Halul 43 vessel since the beginning of 2020…

23 Apr 2020

Saipem Unable to Offer Guidance after Coronavirus, Oil Collapse

Illustration; Saipem's offshore drilling rig Scarabeo 8 - Image by Kvitrud - Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0

Italian oil services group Saipem said on Thursday it could not offer new guidance for the year because of the highly unstable environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic and falling oil prices.Last week the group pulled its 2020 outlook saying the pandemic might trigger a sharp fall in demand and a delay in projects.On Thursday the company said it swung to a net loss in the first quarter of 269 million euros ($291.30 million), from a profit of 21 million euros the previous year…

20 Apr 2020

MPA Awards Two Bunker Licenses

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has awarded two new bunker supplier licences to Minerva Bunkering and TFG Marine, following its call for applications for new licences in December 2019.Bunkering services in the Port of Singapore and oil trading remain resilient despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. Bunker sales in Singapore grew 5.4%, from 12.07 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2019 to 12.72 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2020.MPA and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) welcome the entry of Minerva Bunkering and TFG Marine, which will consolidate Singapore’s position as the global bunkering and oil trading hub.These…

13 Apr 2020

Norstar Hires Grünitz as Managing Director

Dr. Lars Grünitz (Photo: Norstar Ship Management)

Singapore-based manager Norstar Ship Management (NSM) has appointed Lars Grünitz as its new Managing Director, replacing Christopher Kirton.Grünitz was most recently Head of Vessel Management and Process improvement for Berge Bulk and was previously Managing Director for Thome Ship Management. He holds a doctoral degree in naval architecture and started his career in building naval submarines before moving into various technical and commercial leadership roles with Germanischer Lloyd.Norstar Shipping (Asia) Managing Director Tom Bonehill said…

02 Apr 2020

Long-Term Charter with Total for Havila PSV

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Havila Shipping has secured a long-term contract for its platform supply vessel Havila Commander.Havila Shipping said Thursday that the contract was with Total E&P UK, the UK subsidiary of the French oil major Total.The new contract for the 2010-built platform supply vessel is for a firm period of 18 months. The contract will begin in mid-April 2020 in direct continuation of its current contract.The 85 meters long Havila Commander PSV has worked for Total E&P UK since April 2012.

31 Mar 2020

Oil Economics: Freight Rate Surge Cuts into Trader's Profits

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A jump in freight rates has shaved profits for oil traders seeking to store crude for sale towards the end of the year, even as the contango in the first six months for Brent futures stretched to its widest ever, trade sources said.While a sharp rebound in spot crude differentials could lift traders' profits, a broadening slump in global demand is stretching out the time that markets will need to digest bulging inventories and spark a price recovery, traders said.Unlike in previous contango plays -- where low oil prices eventually prompted major producers to tighten supplies…

27 Mar 2020

Opinion: Getting Ahead of the Reality

Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem Group

In a few short months, the mayhem wrought by coronavirus has changed the world. Our response to the epidemic [more than the virus itself] has the potential to permanently alter the balance of the global economy. But it might be the kind of Black Swan event that we need to trigger real change in the shipping industry – and in particular its approach to digitalization of vessel operation.Like the worldview bubbles created by social media algorithms and fake news, the maritime industry is living in its own digitalization fantasyland - one fueled by vendor delusion and media misinformation.

23 Mar 2020

Saudi Arabia's Tanker Power Play Could Backfire

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Top exporter Saudi Arabia has chartered an armada of ships to flood the market with additional oil, but in the process has driven freight costs so high refiners are reluctant to take the shipments.That could leave the kingdom stuck with tens of millions of barrels in expensive ships at anchor when the coronavirus outbreak has destroyed oil demand and international prices have lost more than half their value compared with the start of the year.Following the failure to persuade…

12 Mar 2020

24/7 Voyage Security Risk Assessment … at the click of a mouse

Risk Intelligence System data being assessed at the company’s Hellerup offices, near Copenhagen, Denmark: together with its centers in North America and Singapore, Risk Intelligence provides worldwide maritime transportation security intelligence on a 24/7/365 basis. (Photo: Risk Intelligence)

Risk Intelligence provides security data, information, analysis and assessment to enable safe navigation in areas of risk in an increasingly uncertain worldSince its founding in 2001, Denmark-headquartered security information specialist Risk Intelligence has developed a fully integrated risk assessment and planning tool that provides valid, actionable intelligence to any fleet, on land, in port or at sea, 24/7/365. The company has three information and intelligence products that together assess security risks at sea…

11 Feb 2020

Upstream Sector Leads O&A M&A in 2019

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A latest research revealed that the upstream sector accounted for the bulk of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global oil and gas industry in 2019, generating some high-value transactions during the process.According to GlobalData's theme report, ‘M&A in Oil and Gas – 2020’, the acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum by Occidental Petroleum in April 2019 for a purchase consideration of US$57bn was the highlight of oil and gas M&A activity last year, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.Ravindra Puranik…

11 Feb 2020

Future Ship Fuels: Cut through the Smoke

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Ship owners increasingly face complex investment decisions as they try to navigate the most efficient course to the low-carbon future. Ever since the IMO set the industry’s ambitious emission-reduction targets for 2030 and 2050, owners have been inundated with information about future fuels and technologies that may, or may not, ultimately lower the carbon footprints of their fleet.Some of the new technologies hold promise, but the day-to-day viability of too many of them remains unproven; the same can be said for many of the potential fuels.

06 Feb 2020

Risk Management with a Mouse Click

Risk Intelligence provides security data, information, analysis and assessment to enable safe navigation in areas of risk in an increasingly uncertain world.Since its founding in 2001, Denmark-headquartered security information specialist Risk Intelligence has developed a fully integrated risk assessment and planning tool that provides valid, actionable intelligence to any fleet, on land, in port or at sea, 24/7/365. The company has three information and intelligence products that together assess security risks at sea…

23 Dec 2019

OSVs: Rising Tide Won't Lift All Boats

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The offshore supply vessel (OSV) industry has emerged from its 2017 trough, thanks in large part to a slight shrinkage of the active fleet, a string of debt restructurings, improved cost management, and an uptick in drilling activity in a few regions. The industry is far from healthy, though, and the climb back to financial well-being will likely be long and unsteady. Not every operator will survive. And even though we’ve seen some improvement from 2017 levels, leverage ratios remain sky-high, the supply of vessels far outstrips demand, and—most crucially—the price of oil remains volatile.

08 Dec 2019

Offshore: OSV Market Report

Photo courtesy Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle

The environment in oil patches onshore and offshore alike has been challenging throughout 2019; worries about an economic slowdown – whether cyclical or induced by a trade war – have weighed heavily on oil prices, even in the face of reduced production by the big producers. Though storm clouds persist, there appears a clearing on the horizon.The fate of Offshore Service Vessels (OSVs) is, naturally, closely tied to the price of oil. Seacor Marine’s John Gellert, in reviewing its Q2 results, said: “Activity levels in the U.S.

18 Nov 2019

Oil Majors to Raise $27Bln in Selling Spree

Pic: Rystad Energy

Global giants of the oil and gas industry – the so-called supermajors – are looking to sell assets that could fetch a total of $27.5 billion, according to Rystad Energy’s latest assessment.These companies are actively shedding mature assets on a massive scale in a bid to finance higher-yielding investments elsewhere, with the added benefit of pleasing shareholders who are calling for stricter capital discipline.“The expected transactions mean some of the majors are poised to exit certain regions…

24 Jun 2019

Damen Building an FCS 7011 in Antalya

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Two and a half years on from the genesis of the FCS 7011 concept in response to extensive feedback from the offshore energy sector, the build of the first of this design has begun at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey. The milestone was marked by a traditional keel-laying ceremony held at the yard.At 70 meters in length, the newbuild will be the largest monohull vessel to be built in aluminium by Damen. It is scheduled for launch in August 2020, and the builder said a prospective client can realistically look forward to delivery by the end of that year.According to Damen…

27 Jun 2019

Shipping Companies: Is Bigger Better?

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“If consolidation was the solution to all that ails shipping, then container liner companies would be super profitable. They are not. In ‘commoditized’ sectors of the shipping industry, which by now includes pretty much everything apart from very small niche markets, there is hardly any economies of scale at the company level. As long as bigger is not in fact much better, then meaningful consolidation will not happen.”Dr. Roar Adland, visiting scholar at MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).Like any other business…

09 Sep 2019

Epic Gas Refinances Two LPG Tankers

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Singapore-based gas carrier owner and operator Epic Gas has completed the refinancing of two 2010-built liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers.The  two ships – the Epic Bali and Epic Borneo (each 2010 built, 7200 cbm) - were both in a finance lease structure and Epic Gas exercised a purchase option to refinance the vessels through a sale and lease back transaction with a Japanese ship owner, a press release from the fully pressurized gas carriers providing seaborne services for the transportation of LPG and petrochemicals.The bareboat charter back term is 10 years…

17 Nov 2019

Epic Gas Buys 11,000 CBM Vessel

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Epic Gas Shipping Company,  which owns and operates a fleet of fully pressurized gas carriers, has announced the acquisition of 2015-built 11,000 cbm LPG carrier Epic Sicily.The Singapore-based LPG carrier operator said that the vessel, Epic Sicily, is built by the Sasaki Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. of Japan in 2015.The vessel has been on bareboat charter-in since Feb 2015 and Epic Gas is now exercising the purchase option under the charter contract. Finance of 60% of the acquisition cost comes from Epic Gas’s recently closed refinancing…

26 Jun 2019

Oman Shipping Orders 3 VLCCs at DSME

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Oman Shipping Company (OSC), a member of the ASYAD Group, has signed an agreement for the construction of three very large crude carriers (VLCCs) with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The triple 300,000 dwt vessels are expected for delivery during the first quarter of 2020. OSC will charter out the vessels to oil majors under long-term contracts.OSC said the three 300,000 dwt VLCCs were part of OSC’s fleet renewal plan and long term contracts with…

30 Jul 2019

FUELTRAX Provides EFMS Solutions to Penguin

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Singapore-based Penguin International has selected FUELTRAX to provide electronic fuel monitoring system (EFMS) solutions for its Flex Fighter range of armored multi-role security boats.The aluminum high-speed craft designer, builder, owner will also install FUELTRAX on its own fleet of Flex-42X Executive Fast Crew Boats.Recognizing the increased demand for EFMS by vessel owners and oil majors alike, Penguin is committed to providing the best EFMS solution on the market for their build-for-stock program…

18 Oct 2019

Interview: Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

“When the human element is considered, securing networks from cyber-attack is incredibly challenging.   Reducing human interaction with on board networks and computers by deploying a more standardized IT environment can minimize risks.”
-- Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, discusses the pace and direction of high speed comms in maritime.Using metrics of your choice, put in perspective where we are today in terms of getting shipowners to adopt high speed communication solutions.The term broadband has been used in the maritime industry for at least a decade and if we are to follow the FCC’s definition which was upgraded to 25mbps from 4mbps (download) in 2015, then those high speed internet services are nothing of the sort.However, everything is relative.

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