Hyundai Glovis Signs $100m Qatari Shipping Deal
Hyundai Glovis Co., South Korean shipping firm, clinched a $100 million shipping service contract with a building materials firm in Qatar, reports Yonhap news agency. According to the agreement signed with state-run Qatar Primary Materials Co., Hyundai will transport 12 million tons of aggregates to the Arab nation from neighboring United Arab Emirates for the next two years. The aggregates imported by the Qatari government are to be used in the construction of facilities for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by the country.
Hyundai Drive Made First Call to Hamad Port
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.
N-KOM to Build Floating Jetty for QPMC
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), a joint venture shipyard established by Nakilat and Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract worth $19 million (69 million Qatari Riyals) to design and construct a floating jetty for Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC). Scheduled for completion in early 2015, the floating jetty is the first project that N-KOM will be undertaking for QPMC. The floating jetty situated in Ras Laffan Industrial City will be QPMC’s second floating jetty in Qatar, with another jetty project ongoing in Lusail and Gabbro berths in Mesaieed.
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…
Korean Shipyards Said to Win LNG Deal
According to reports, Qatar is expected to hire three South Korean shipbuilders to build 44 liquefied natural gas carriers for a total of $10 billion. The joint project between U.S. energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp. and state-run Qatar Petroleum Co. calls for transferring 15.6 million tons of LNG from Qatar to Exxon Mobil`s terminal in the United States. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. won orders for a combined 34 LNG carriers between June 2004 and last month and are expected to win orders for 10 more vessels by the end of April, JoongAng Ilbo reported Wednesday. Source: UPI
Nakilat Venture Gets Qatar Military Ship Order
Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat) said on Tuesday that a joint venture between it and Dutch shipbuilder Damen had won orders worth 3.1 billion riyals ($850 million) to build seven vessels for the Qatari armed forces. The vessels to be built by Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar comprise six high-speed patrol ships and a diving support vessel. They will be built in Qatar, Nakilat said without giving a timeframe. (Reporting by Andrew Torchia)
Korean Firms Win Qatar LNG Carrier Contracts
The Samsung Heavy Industries Co., has won a $1.14b deal to build four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The deal from Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd. calls for Samsung Heavy to build the four carriers worth $286 million each by February 2010, the company said in a regulatory filing. Meanwhile, the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., the world's third-largest shipyard, said Monday it had received a $1.22 billion order to build five LNG carriers. The deal calls for Daewoo Shipbuilding to also supply four of the five carriers to Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd., and one to an unidentified European company. Source: Asia Pulse
COSCO Shipping Suspends Qatar Services
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…
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.
Qatar's Nakilat Q1 Profit Rises 17 Pct
Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), the Middle East's largest shipper of liquefied natural gas, reported a 16.6 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Sunday. The firm made a profit of 206.3 million riyals ($56.66 million) in the three months to March 31, up from 177 million riyals in the year-earlier period, according to a statement to Doha's bourse. QNB Financial Services had forecast Nakilat would make a quarterly profit of 205.6 million riyals. (Reporting by Matt Smith; editing by Olzhas Auyezov) ($1 = 3.6407 Qatar Riyals)
Qatar Gas Transport to lease 10 LNG carriers
Qatar Gas Transport Co said it will lease 10 South Korean-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, bringing the size of its carrier fleet to 16. The company said it signed a contract with Qatar Liquefied Gas Co to acquire seven 'QFlex' carriers and three 'QMax' carriers on 25-year lease. The 10 vessels, which will be constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries, will enter service in January 2009, QGTC managing director Muhammad Ghannam said in the statement. Although the value of the contract was not specified, QGTC chairman Faisal al-Suwaidi said in May the company intends to invest a total of 16 bln usd to have a fleet of 61 carriers by 2010. (Source: Forbes)
Qatar Gas Transport to Add to Fleet
According to Forbes, Qatar Gas Transport Co said it will lease 10 South Korean-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, bringing the size of its carrier fleet to 16. The company said it signed a contract with Qatar Liquefied Gas Co to acquire seven QFlex carriers and three 'QMax' carriers on 25-year lease. The 10 vessels, which will be constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries, will enter service in January 2009, QGTC managing director Muhammad Ghannam said in the statement. Although the value of the contract was not specified, QGTC chairman Faisal al-Suwaidi said in May the company intends to invest a total of $16b to have a fleet of 61 carriers by 2010.
Abu Dhabi Port Eases Restrictions on Tankers Going to and from Qatar
Abu Dhabi port authorities have eased restrictions on oil tankers going to and from Qatar, according to industry sources and shipping circulars seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority issued a new circular on Wednesday removing previous restrictions on non-Qatar owned, flagged or operated vessels sailing to and from Qatar. This effectively allows direct trade between the two ports and co-loading of crude cargoes, a Singapore-based shipbroker said. A Middle East-based industry source said there had been no official notification on halting the co-loading of crude cargoes. The ban on vessels carrying the Qatari flag and vessels owned or operated by Qatar is still in place, according to the circular.
Qatar Touts New Port in Face of Sanctions
Qatar inaugurated a new $7.4 billion port along its Gulf coast on Tuesday that officials said would become a regional transport hub and help shield its economy against sanctions enforced by neighbouring Arab states. The Hamad port, 40km south of Doha, is one of the largest such facilities in the Middle East. Since Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) severed ties with Qatar in June, the port has been receiving large quantities of food and building materials for construction projects including stadiums for the 2022 soccer World Cup. The isolation of Qatar over Doha's alleged support for militants has raised concerns that projects could be delayed if supplies from the Far East and South Asia are choked.
Qatar Shipping Takes Delivery of Tanker
The Qatar Shipping Co recently took delivery of MT Umlma, the fourth newly built tanker from the series of six 105,000 deadweight ton vessels being constructed by South Korea's Hyundai Shipyard. The tanker was received by Ranjit Singh, Technical Manager, Q-Ship, on behalf of his company at Hyundai's shipyard in Busan. It is reported that they will carry petroleum. New built tonnage is a valuable addition to the Q-Ship fleet expansion program. Source ::: The Peninsula
Daewoo Gets 690m Qatar LNG Order
According to reports, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co has secured an order worth 690m from Qatar Gas Transport Company to build three liquefied natural gas carriers. The vessels will be delivered by April 2009. The shipbuilder plans to boost its annual production capacity of LNG carriers to 15 from eight ships now by 2008. Source: Forbes
Qatar Shipping To Buy Two Vessels
Qatar Shipping Co. plans to buy two new vessels worth $24 million each. General manager Nasser Saeed al-Sulaitah said the decision to purchase the vessels, which would each transport 35,000 tons of clean petroleum products and petrochemical products, was made in light of the firm's plans to produce vinyl. He said the company has received offers from shipbuilding companies in South Korea, Japan and China and that the firm would study the offers and review their technical aspects.
Teekay Awarded Four Long-Term LNG Contracts
Teekay Shipping Corporation announced that it has been awarded contracts to charter four 217,000 m3 liquefied natural gas ("LNG") carriers to Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co. Limited (3) ("RasGas 3"), a joint venture company between a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation and Qatar Petroleum. The vessels will be chartered to RasGas 3 at fixed rates, with inflation adjustments, for a period of 25 years (with options to extend up to 35 years), commencing in the first half of 2008. In connection with these charter contracts, Teekay has entered into agreements with Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to construct four LNG carriers, representing a total contract price of approximately $1 billion.
CSSC to Restructure
The primary contractor for China's naval force China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is preparing a major asset reorganization involving its two subsidiaries, reported China Daily. The companies have halted stock trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange The announcement said that whether the reforms take place would be decided in the next 10 trading days. CSSC Holdings Ltd and CSSC Offshore and Marine Engineering Co Ltd both acted upon the notices from their parent company about the potential asset reform by suspending their stock trading. The CSSC group is the parent of three listed companies.
Qatar's Nakilat Q4 Profit Falls 13%
Reuters - Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, posted a 13 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit on Tuesday. The company made a fourth-quarter profit of 176.5 million Qatar riyals ($48.5 million), down from 203.3 million riyals a year earlier, according to Reuters calculations based on its financial statements. QNB Financial Services had forecast Nakilat would make a quarterly profit of 201 million riyals. Nakilat posted a 2013 net profit of 729 million riyals, compared with a profit of 765.5 million riyals in 2012, it said.
Asbestos: Maritime’s Ticking Time Bomb
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) should amend regulations banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) in ships, says John Chillingworth, senior marine principal at Lucion Marine. Regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) state that if asbestos is found onboard a ship built after July 2002 then the vessel’s flag registry, in conjunction with its classification society, issues a non-extendable exemption certificate, providing the owner with a three-year window in which to remove the asbestos.
Daewoo Gets $1.22b Order to Build Gas Carriers
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., said it has received a $1.22b order to build five liquefied-natural-gas carriers. The deal calls for Daewoo Shipbuilding to supply four of the five carriers for Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd., and one for an unidentified European company, the company said in a regulatory filing. Source: Yonhap
Mwani Qatar, Milaha Team-up to Manage Hamad Port
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.