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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Hyundai Drive Made First Call to Hamad Port

Photo: Qatar Ports Management Company​

Qatar’s Hamad Port announced the addition of a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to its growing network list, QNA reported. HMM’s 365.5-metre-long ‘Hyundai Drive’ made its first call to Hamad Port, marking the official start of a new Hyundai Merchant Marine’s KME (Korea Middle East Express) service. It is the largest container vessel to make its maiden call in Qatar since the opening of Hamad Port. The vessel from Kwangyang Port in South Korea arrived at Hamad Port in the container terminal CT1.

Qatargas-RasGas Merger

Photo provided by Qatar Petroleum

The integration of RasGas with Qatargas will enable the world’s largest LNG exporter to save QR2bn ($550 million) a year, Qatar Petroleum (QP), the state-owned energy giant, announced. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum made the announcement in a press conference held at QP headquarters in the presence of representatives of ExxonMobil, Total, ConocoPhillips, and Shell - the main international shareholders in both companies. Al-Kaabi said “Our aim was to…

Milaha Acquires its Largest Containership

Majd (Photo: Mike Page / Milaha)

Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate Milaha said it has acquired its largest container vessel to date, Majd, a 3,768 TEU vessel. Majd was built by STX Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in South Korea, and has a length overall of 246.87 meters and a deadweight of 44,985 metric tons. The new vessel will be one of the 17 container vessels that the group operates, and is part of the ongoing expansion of the group’s overall fleet. Milaha currently fully owns and operates a fleet of over 80 vessels…

Qatar Engineering Developments Assisted by TAMUQ

Texas A&M University at Qatar is actively engaged in solving engineering problems for major industries and companies in the country through path-breaking research, development, and technical services, according to a news report in 'Gulf Times'. In the relatively short period since the university arrived in Qatar, excellent collaboration and partnership have been established with many companies and government organisations, including British Petroleum, Chevron Qatar, ConocoPhillips Qatar, GDF Suez Qatar, Maersk Oil, National Instruments, Qatar Fertiliser Company, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Petrochemical Company, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Shell, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Qatar Telecom, RasGas and Schlumberger.

Qatar LNG Not Affected by Arab States Tension -Exxon

Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday that production and exports of liquefied natural gas from Qatar have not been affected by rising diplomatic tensions in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday cut ties with Qatar, accusing the country of supporting extremism. Qatar denies the allegations. The growing diplomatic rift has raised concerns about global access to Qatar's LNG, especially after some regional ports in the Persian Gulf said they would not accept Qatari-flagged vessels. Commodities traders have grown concerned Qatar's LNG could be barred from Saudi Arabia or from traversing Egypt's Suez Canal, though so far no limitations have been imposed.

Qatar Tells US It Will Maintain Stable LNG Exports

Qatar's finance minister told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a trip to Washington last week that Qatar was committed to maintaining stability around its exports of liquefied natural gas to the global energy market, according to a statement by Qatar's government communication office. "They discussed Qatar’s efforts to counter terror financing ... and Qatar’s commitment to maintaining stability around its exports to the global energy market," the statement said. Saudi-led sanctions imposed two weeks ago on Qatar, the world largest exporter of LNG, have raised concerns about the Gulf state's energy output but officials have said Qatar's LNG exports have not been affected.     (Reporting by Tom Finn)

Major milestone: First Gas Flows From Offshore Into The Pearl GTL Plant In Qatar

Qatar Petroleum and Shell today announced the first flow of dedicated offshore gas into the Pearl GTL plant located in Ras Laffan Industrial City in the State of Qatar. Shell, which is the operator of the Pearl GTL plant developed under a Production and Sharing Agreement with QP, has opened natural gas wells offshore allowing the first sour gas to flow through a subsea pipeline into the giant GTL plant onshore. Sections of the Pearl GTL plant will be started up progressively over the coming months.

Qatar Petroleum, Maersk Oil Qatar Agree on Further Developments

Qatar Petroleum and Maersk Oil Qatar recently agreed on a new plan for further development of Al Shaheen Field in Block 5, offshore Qatar, according to an OilVoice report. The work will commence immediately and continue through the next six years. The 2005 Field Development Plan (FDP) comprises of drilling of more than 160 additional production and water injection wells during the 6-year period, as well as establishment of three further offshore platform locations with production and accommodation facilities, totaling 19 new platforms - interconnected by subsea pipelines. The Al Shaheen field oil production will be gradually increased to a plateau level of 525,000 barrels/day from late 2009.

Mwani Qatar, Milaha Team-up to Manage Hamad Port

Signing of an agreement between Mwani Qatar and Milaha Photo Milaha

HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Chairman of Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) and Sheikh Ali bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al-Thani, Chairman of Qatar Navigation (Milaha), today witnessed the signing of an agreement between Mwani Qatar and Milaha to establish a new company, QTerminals, to manage Hamad Port. As per the agreement, the new company will be co-owned by Mwani Qatar; 51%, and Milaha; 49%, and will manage operations at Hamad Port as an independent company with its own board of directors, executives and staff.

Qatargas starts operations at Laffan Refinery 2

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

Qatargas, the world's largest LNG producer, announced the commercial start-up of Laffan Refinery 2, marking a major milestone in the expansion of refining capacity in the State of Qatar. The project will refine 146,000 barrels per day of condensate from the North Field, the largest non-associated natural gas reserve in the world. Laffan Refinery 2 produces low Sulfur Euro-V specifications products such as Naphtha, Jet-A1, Ultra low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), Propane and Butane for local and international markets.

Shipping Routes via Oman Opened to Give Qatar Food Lifeline

Qatar and container lines have launched new shipping services via Oman in an effort to sidestep a port ban in neighbouring countries and secure a food lifeline after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and some other Arab countries cut diplomatic, travel and trade ties with Qatar last week, accusing it of supporting Iran and funding Islamist groups, accusations Doha denies. The severing of air, sea and land transport links has closed crucial import routes for Qatar and its population of around 2.7 million people who are dependent on imports for most of their food needs. China's COSCO Shipping Lines Co Ltd, Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong Kong's OOCL have suspended container services to and from Qatar.

COSCO Shipping Suspends Qatar Services

File Image: A COSCO Boxship underway (CREDIT Adobestock (c) Marina Ignatova)

China's COSCO Shipping Lines Co Ltd has suspended shipping services to Qatar, citing "uncertainties" after Arab countries severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf state and imposed port restrictions. The world's fourth-largest shipping line joins Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong's OOCL in suspending services after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab nations cut ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism, an accusation the country denies. COSCO told customers about the suspension of services to and from Qatar's Hamad Port in a notice issued on June 7…

Maersk Oil Supports Development of Qatar's Future Engineers

The three day programme includes a series of workshops, seminars and panel sessions allowing experts, researchers and leaders of the oil and gas industry to network and to share technical and industrial information with high school students, university students and young engineers. "Education, training and development of Qatari nationals are key priorities within Maersk Oil Qatar , and this latest initiative is another way in which we are contributing to the long-term sustainable development and continued growth of Qatar," explained Sheikh Faisal Al Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar. "Opportunities like the Young Members Activities Programme provide an ideal platform for young Qatari engineers and professionals to continue developing their skills and knowledge…

N-DSQ to Construct Qatar Naval Patrol Boats

Nakilat – Damen Shipyards Qatar (N-DSQ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) for the construction and delivery of six Naval Patrol Boats at Nakilat’s shipbuilding facilities in the Port of Ras Laffan, Qatar. The military vessels will be used by the QENF to support its existing operations in the monitoring and surveillance of Qatar’s Economic Exclusive Zone, for coastal and offshore patrolling, search and seizure operations, and for anti piracy/hijacking operations.  

Qatar Navigation Absorbs Balance of SocGen Gasships

Qatar Navigation (Milaha) said on Thursday its unit Qatar Shipping Company had acquired the remaining 60 percent interest in two firms which own Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers from France's Societe Generale. The two entities, Milaha Ras Laffan and Milaha Qatar, are chartered to RasGas under a 25-year time charter contract, with 14 years and 16 years remaining under the time charter agreement respectively, according to a bourse filing. Qatar Shipping Company owned the other 40 percent in each of the two companies prior to the transaction, for which the deal value was not disclosed. Reporting by Nadia Saleem

Evergreen, OOCL suspend Qatar Service

File Image: the MSC  CREDIT: Haifa Port

Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong's OOCL said on Wednesday they had suspended shipping services to Qatar after Arab countries severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf state and imposed port restrictions this week. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are among those to have cut ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism, an accusation Qatar vehemently denies. Qatar is dependent on imports for its basic needs, which are transported by land and sea. Container ships carry vital consumer supplies, including food.

Qatar to Initiate 45 Contracts for LNG

Qatar will initiate 45 shipbuilding contracts for the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships ever constructed, by Q1, 2007, the Gulf Times reported. Qatargas said the total value of the LNG tankers fleet Qatar planned to procure would exceed $11b. It said Qatar is taking LNG ship design to new level by introducing a 215,000m3 vessel, Q-Flex, and even a larger version, Q–Max, with a 265,000m3 capacity. The dimensions of the Q-Max vessels are approximately that of a modern Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC). To drive Qatar’s LNG tankers acquisition, a high-level team has been set up. Called Qatar Ship Acquisition Team (QSAT), its mandate includes administration of competitive tenders to pre-qualify ship builders, owners and managers. Source: Gulf Times

Maersk Unable to Ship Qatar Bound Cargo from UAE

Maersk can no longer transport goods in or out of Qatar after Arab countries imposed restrictions on trade with the tiny Gulf state and the company is looking at alternative shipping routes. Shipping lines normally transship cargoes from the United Arab Emirates port of Jebel Ali to Qatar, which relies heavily on imports by sea and land. "We expect disruptions to our Qatar services. The situation is very fluid," the spokesman said, adding that Maersk would notify customers about alternative options as soon as possible. The spokesman said the company, which is the world's biggest container shipping line, was looking at other routes such as Oman.

Milaha Plans Base in Oman after Trade Hit by Diplomatic Rift

Qatar Navigation (Milaha), a top Doha-based shipping and logistics group, said it was shifting its regional trans-shipment hub from Dubai to the Omani port of Sohar after a diplomatic crisis in the region disrupted Qatar's trade. Milaha is setting up a warehousing and logistics operation at Sohar, on Oman's northern coast, and is exploring other opportunities to expand in that country, the company said on Monday. The plan suggests Qatar is making long-term preparations to cope with sanctions imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, which cut diplomatic and transport ties on June 5, accusing Doha of backing terrorism.

OSBV Expand OAS Operations in Qatar

Photo: OSBV

Offshore Solutions BV (OSBV), the joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland NV was awarded a Variation Order (VO) to its existing contract with Qatar Shell GTL Limited (Shell Qatar) for a second Offshore Access System (OAS), bringing its operational units with oil and gas majors in the region to three. The latest addition is to support Shell Qatar’s Wells Reservoir Management Campaign and will see an OAS unit deployed on the Halul 50 multipurpose offshore vessel for a period of seven months with a possible option to extend.

Qatar Navigation Reports Q1 Results

Qatar Navigation Q.S.C. announced today financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011. • Operating revenues of QR 533 million vs. same period in 2010 of QR 431 million. This represents a 24% increase year over year. • Operating Profit of QR 157 million vs. same period in 2010 of QR 118 million. This represents a 33% increase year over year. • Net Profit of QR 262 million and QR 2.28 earnings per share, vs. same period in 2010 of QR 771 million and QR 6.73 per share.

First Two Mooring Boats Launched for Port of Ras Laffan

Photo courtesy of Nakilat Damen Shipyards

Nakilat has celebrated the delivery of two 16-meter mooring boats built by shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar for towage operator Nakilat Svitzer Wijsmuller. The built-in-Qatar vessels will be operated at the Port of Ras Laffan. The two Stan Tug 1606 mooring boats, named Ras Al Allaj Qatar and Al Esaiwed, are the first of a seven-vessel order that Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar is currently working on for Nakilat Svitzer Wijsmuller. The vessels will work on a long-term charter…

Qatari LNG Tanker Logjam Signals Production Maintenance

Dozens of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers parked in and around Qatari export facilities - the world's biggest hub for the fuel - signal that seasonal maintenance is curbing output, industry sources said. Around 25 tankers, all of which have exported LNG from Qatar in recent weeks, are sitting idle in anchorage areas near to the country's loading ports, shipping data on Reuters Eikon shows. Several industry sources said that maintenance on one of the production plants, or trains, at top exporter Qatargas was likely to blame for the logjam of idle vessels. Qatargas did not return requests for comment. "This is the usual maintenance period (for Qatar) which they operate on a rolling basis," one LNG trader said.

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