Cruise Ship Industry to Boost Queensland Economy
According to ABC News the Queensland Government says a decision to base a commercial cruise ship in Brisbane will provide a big boost to the tourism industry. The P&O vessel set sail from her new berth today - on the first of up to 35 scheduled trip for 2006. Premier Peter Beattie says the cruise industry is already worth around $100,000 a year to the Queensland economy. Mr Beattie says with terminals being built in Brisbane, Townsville and the Gold Coast, the lucrative sector will grow.
BMT WBM Scientist Udy wins Kevin Smith Prize
BMT WBM’s Brisbane-based Graduate Scientist, Danielle Udy, was recently awarded the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland 2014 Kevin Smith Prize for her honours research. The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland presents medals to the highest achieving student majoring in geographical science at three major Queensland universities – James Cook University, The University of Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Danielle’s research identified atmospheric circulation…
LNG Facility Contract for Ezion Group in Australia
Ezion wins a third contract to provide full logistics & support services for development of LNG facilities on Curtis Island, Queensland, Australia. This LNG facility which is the third of the eight proposed in Queensland, Australia, has an initial capacity of 9 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) and expected to increase production to 16 Mtpa. The Queensland government has estimated that 50 Mtpa of LNG could be produced from the Surat and Bowen Basins in Queensland that could be piped to the coast for export. This contract is the fourth major LNG related project that the Group has secured in Australia since 2009 and it has a value of approximately US$ 71-million. The US$ 71 million is in relation to the development of the first two LNG trains.
Saab's Maritime Solution Protecting Great Barrier Reef
As one of the wonders of the natural world, many consider the Great Barrier Reef one of the Earth’s most beautiful places. The marine environment in the area is extremely sensitive and with around 4000 commercial vessels passing every year, it is important for the vessel services operators working onshore to keep track of the traffic at all times. That’s where Saab comes in. Comprising nearly 3000 individual reefs and almost 100 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system.
Agreement to Acquire Arrow Energy Ltd
The Board of Arrow Energy Limited (Arrow) to unanimously recommend its shareholders vote in favour of the joint proposal to acquire 100% of Arrow shares. CS CSG (Australia) Pty Ltd, the 50/50 joint venture company owned by Shell and a subsidiary of PetroChina, has entered into an agreement with Arrow for the proposed acquisition under which it has agreed to pay $4.3 cash per share for all of the shares in Arrow, representing a total consideration of $3.2b. The offer is subject to customary conditions including regulatory approvals and Arrow shareholder approval. Arrow has also announced its intention to make a pro-rata share distribution to its shareholders relating to the international assets and certain other interests.
RAN Base commissioned as HMAS Moreton
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) formally commissioned Navy Headquarters – South Queensland as HMAS Moreton today in a ceremony steeped in tradition. The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, together with Senators Joanna Lindgren and Chris Ketter, joined the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, to mark the significant and rare occasion. “The Navy last commissioned an establishment in 1978 and today’s transition of Navy Headquarters South Queensland to HMAS Moreton recognises the enduring relationship Navy has with Brisbane…
Adani’s investment in Queensland moves ahead
Today’s announcement by the Queensland Government on Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project recommending the environmental approval is a significant step towards opening up the Galilee Basin and providing extensive economic benefits to the people of Queensland. As numerous government strategies have underlined, development of the Galilee Basin is vital to Queensland and Australia’s economic growth. “We welcome the decision of the Queensland Government and this allows us to move to the next stage of the project…
HMAS Choules Sails for Cyclone Support
HMAS Choules has sailed for northern Queensland waters in support of communities which may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The amphibious ship, left Sydney on 27 March as part of broader Australian Defence Force support to Queensland emergency services responding to the cyclone, which is expected to make landfall early on 28 March. The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin said Defence was prepared and ready to respond with immediate assistance to local communities within the storm zone in coordination with state and local disaster management authorities.
Trellborg Supplies Fenders to Australian Developments
Trelleborg Marine Systems has been awarded three contracts to supply fender systems to all three liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects on Queensland’s Curtis Island, Australia. Having already been awarded the contracts to supply docking and mooring equipment and monitoring software earlier in the year, Trelleborg has now been chosen to supply the Queensland Curtis LNG, Gladstone LNG and Australia Pacific LNG projects with SCN Super Cone and ANP Arch Fender Systems. Queensland Curtis LNG is the world's first project to turn coal seam gas into LNG, Trellborg said.
US Navy, Queensland Partner with Industry
A two-day Biofutures Industry Forum hosted by the Queensland government and U.S. Navy at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre commenced today in Brisbane, Australia. The forum will bring together biofutures industry leaders from each step in the supply chain to collaborate and discuss the production of biofuels that meet both jet and marine specifications; all while forming and strengthening professional relationships between the nations. "The Navy has always been in the energy-innovation business- from wind to coal…
LNG Plant Support Catamarans Deployed
Riverside Marine & Incat Crowther new passenger catamarans deployed to support construction, operation of Queensland, Australia QCLNG plant. The two new 32m catamarans Riverside Catalina and Riverside Mandalay will assist at the Curtis Island QCLNG plant in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Riverside Marine partnered with Incat Crowther in the development of a transport solution specifically for the Curtis Island QCLNG project. In response to a competitive tender, Riverside Marine were selected as offering the optimum package.
Shell, BG Merger Faces Roadblock
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has raised concerns that Royal Dutch Shell's proposed $70 billion takeover of BG Group may lessen gas supply competition in eastern Australia and delayed a final decision on the bid to November. The competition watchdog said, after preliminary investigations, the proposed takeover could damage the interests of east coast and Queensland gas users and force up prices. ACCC said a large number of market participants had expressed…
Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion
The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups. The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to expand a coal port but will make them pay for it themselves. "The Queensland Government is restarting the approvals process for expanding the Abbot Point coal terminal in north Queensland in a bid to keep dredge spoil away from both the Great Barrier Reef and nearby wetlands," says an official statement.
$45 mln to bolster Reef Protection
The Australian and Queensland Governments are investing $45 million in an Australian first to improve water quality and reduce sediment run-off across the Great Barrier Reef. The $45 million Great Barrier Reef Gully and Streambank Joint Program will deliver a cohesive program of restoration work in key catchments including Burdekin, Fitzroy and Cape York. The joint program between government, the private sector, research institutions and conservations groups includes scientific investigation to understand the nature of gullies and the restorative activities required to fix them.
ISS advises of North Queensland Weather Disruptions
As forecast cyclone approaches, Inchcape Shipping Services, (ISS), is advising that the adverse weather around the coast of North Queensland, Australia, is causing port disruptions, closures and evacuations. The current monsoon low lies over the north of the Coral Sea, but is expected to strengthen as it moves towards the coast. Forecasts predict there is a high probability it will develop into a cyclone on Wednesday or Thursday. The ports of Townsville and Mackay are already closed, with berthing likely to be restricted or denied in Abbott Point and Rockhampton. Many ships are waiting at anchor, including 26 vessels outside of Mackay. The ports of Brisbane and Gladstone are currently open, but all vessel movements are being assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Aluminium Boats Australia Scoops Award
Aluminium Boats Australia (ABA) announced that General Manager Stuart Pascoe won the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Leaders of Innovation 2010 award. Selected for his individual ability to enable innovation and create commercial value, Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman announced Stuart as winner of the award for the product innovation category. In 2009 Aluminium Boats Australia delivered the first of its Eco Jet waterbus catamarans to Transit Systems for operation around the south Moreton Bay islands. Eco Jet concept that ABA is now building its fifth vessel for the customer.
Cyclone Approaches North Queensland Ports
Inchcape Shipping Services, (ISS), is advising that the adverse weather around the coast of North Queensland, Australia, is causing port disruptions, closures and evacuations. The current monsoon low lies over the north of the Coral Sea, but is expected to strengthen as it moves towards the coast. Forecasts predict there is a high probability it will develop into a cyclone on Wednesday or Thursday. The ports of Townsville and Mackay are already closed, with berthing likely to be restricted or denied in Abbott Point and Rockhampton. Many ships are waiting at anchor, including 26 vessels outside of Mackay. The ports of Brisbane and Gladstone are currently open, but all vessel movements are being assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Titanic Replica Planned by Australian Billionaire
Palmer has signed a first-stage agreement with Nanjing- based CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the ship as part of a planned fleet of luxury liners, according to a Bloomberg news report. The ship will have the same dimensions as the original Titanic, with 840 rooms on nine decks as well as gymnasiums, swimming pools, libraries and restaurants. A historical research team had started design work on the ship, which would also include an exhibition room in place of the original's coal boilers to showcase Queensland and its abundance of opportunities. Palmer has signed a first-stage agreement with Nanjing- based CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the ship as part of a planned fleet of luxury liners, the Gold Coast, Queensland-based businessman informed.
Queensland's Ports Strategy
The Queensland Ports Strategy to protect the Great Barrier Reef, grow jobs and sustainably develop the state's port network was released yesterday. According to Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney, the strategy outlines 18 actions that will provide a rigorous, systematic approach to balance economic development with protection of the environment. Central to the strategy is the establishment of five Priority Port Development Areas for the ports of Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Mackay, Gladstone and Brisbane. For the next decade, the Queensland Government will prohibit dredging within or adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area for the development of new…
BMT Expands in Queensland and Western Australia
BMT JFA Consultants, a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced plans for new offices in both Perth, Western Australia and Brisbane, Queensland in order to better support its clients’ requirements and provide space for expansion. The new Perth office will combine BMT’s strategic ports and harbors and machinery consultancy expertise into a single location in Perth by bringing BMT JFA Consultants and BMT WBM into the one office.
BMT WBM Wins Hydraulic Assessment Project for Queensland
BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, is delighted to announce that it has won the bid to provide a Comprehensive Hydraulic Assessment as part of the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study (BRCFS) for the Queensland Government. Given the significant logistical challenges and technical complexities, BMT has tailored a bespoke and innovative, industry leading approach underpinned by international best practice. The project forms part of a broader framework of the Brisbane…
BG Group's Australian Project Helping to Double LNG Supplies
A smooth start to operations at BG Group's Australian project in Queensland is expected to help the British company to roughly double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies in 2015/16, it said on Wednesday. Seven cargoes have been shipped since December from the Queensland Curtis LNG facility, said Steve Hill, BG Group's head of global energy marketing and shipping. The plant is expected to stop operations for about a week of maintenance in the near term before ramping up to full capacity, allowing it to ship about one cargo a week. In the United States, BG Group has signed a purchase agreement for Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass LNG terminal, with first deliveries due in December.
Melbourne Box Pot Lining Up Bidders
Three of Australia's largest infrastructure funds plan to bid for the country's largest container terminal in a sale expected to fetch about A$5 billion ($4.27 billion) for Victoria state, a source with knowledge of the process said on Wednesday. The prospect of three bidders suggests Victoria, Australia's second most populous state, will reap a hefty price for the asset and encourage other Australian states looking to sell a combined A$130 billion of assets in the next 18 months.