Ship of the Year: MOL FSRU Challenger
MOL FSRU Challenger is Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' Great Ships of 2017. The World’s Largest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU Max). Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in middle of October, took delivery of MOL FSRU Challenger the world largest floating storage and regasification unit (called FSRU Max vessel) from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. The state-of-the art FSRU Max vessel has a variety of valued functions…
Russia Will Need 512 New Offshore Vessels Says President Putin
Development of offshore fields in the Arctic with the active use of the Northern Sea Route in Russia would require 512 new vessels by 2030, with a total cost of 6.5 trillion rubles, report Arctic-Info, citing an announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The largest Russian companies Rosneft, Gazprom and Sovcomflot are forming a solid long-term portfolio and the President opined that the Russian shipbuilding has traditionally had a stable position in the ice-class and sea-river class segment…
Descartes Acquires Customs Info
Descartes Systems Group (DSG), a global company in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce operating the Global Logistics Network (GLN), acquired Customs Info LLC, a U.S.-based provider of trade data content to power Global Trade Management (GTM) systems and streamline global trade automation. Customs Info provides comprehensive trade data and related research tools to more than 800 multi-national shippers to help them reduce operating costs, improve customs compliance, and accelerate supply chain speed. This trade data populates GTM systems, including SAP GTS and Oracle GTM, and includes trade tariffs, duties, regulations, trade agreements, rules of origin and other trade-related content.
Info-X Invests in $5m Headquarter Expansion
Info-X Software Technology, provider of software solutions and back-office support to U.S.-based transportation companies, introduced its newly renovated and expanded $5 million headquarter facility situated in Gurgaon, the high-tech capital of India. The facility expansion accommodates the growing number of new employees, which increases 15-20% a year. “The success of our back-office business for the forwarding and NVO business in particular is driving the need for more space,” said Rishi Parti, Director, Info-X Software Technology.
Deep Draft Ships Can Access Northern Sea Route Port
The works carried out to deepen the approach channel to the Port of Sabetta on the Gulf of Ob in the Russian Far North have resulted in the removal of previous restrictions on vessel call for large ships, including nuclear-powered icebreakers, report Arctic-Info. Citing a report by the press service of the Arkhangelsk branch of Rosmorport Arctic-Info report that last year the company implemented a significant amount of dredging works at the navigation approach channel in the Gulf of Ob and operational waters of the seaport.
Nexus to Present Maritime Safety Workshop at CMA Expo
Nexus Consulting announce their participation in the upcoming “CMA Shipping 2013” conference as exclusive maritime security exhibitor. The company is involved in the field of maritime security and piracy deterrance and will show at The Connecticut Maritime Association [CMA]-led conference, one of the largest in North America to focus on the international shipping trade. In addition to the expo, Nexus will be presenting a one-hour workshop Monday March 18th, 2013 from 5-6pm ET in the seminar area of the expo. The presentation is titled “The 6 'Ds' to a safe and secure maritime operation.” The workshop is targeted at ship owners, ship operators, company security officers, special projects, risk management staff, HQSSE and any other safety, security or operations staff.
QGTC Awarded Charters for Six LNG Carriers
Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat) announced that it has been awarded 25 year time charters by Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (II), (QGII) for six 'QMax' LNG carriers of approximately 265,000 cubic meters carrying capacity each. These will be the largest LNG carriers ever constructed. According to AME Info, the ships will be ordered from Korean shipyards Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries. QGII intends to use the vessels to transport LNG from its train numbers 4 and 5, which will each have a production of 7.8 million tons/year. The vessels- once delivered from the shipyards- will be placed on long term charter to QGII beginning mid-2008, and their delivered cost will be approximately $300 million each.
Russia to Beef Up Arctic Military Infrastructure
The Russian Northern Fleet will deploy military infrastructure in most of the archipelagos and islands of the Arctic Ocean on the borders of Russia, according to official news agency Arctic-Info, citing the Northern Fleet command spokesman Andrey Korablev. "We plan to create a military infrastructure on virtually all of the archipelagos and islands of the Arctic Ocean in order to create a unified system of monitoring above-water and underwater environments," said Korablev at the "Provision of national interests of Russia in the Arctic" round table in St. Petersburg.
Russian Application to Extend its National Arctic Boundaries
In 2014, Russia plans to submit an application for extension of the boundaries of the continental Arctic Shelf to the special UN Commission after modifying and reinforcing the application by the results of additional research, reports 'Arctic info'. Citing remarks by Denis Khramov, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia, 'Arctic info' says that Russia had already applied for extension of the territories in the Barents, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as in the Central Arctic Ocean. The Commission generally recognized the application as meeting the requirements but requested the Russian Federation to provide an additional proof that the ranges of Lomonosov and Mendeleev…
Northern Sea Route: Sabetta Port Seen as Focal Point
During a meeting on the implementation of the Yamal LNG project, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the value of the seaport of Sabetta for further development of the Northern Sea Route, reports 'Arctic Info'. According to the President, the volume of traffic on the Northern Sea Route this year was 1.5 million tonnes. By 2015, this figure may reach 4 million tons, and he considered that the construction of the modern Arctic port, with construction funds of 47.3 billion rubles, should consolidate this trend.
Even India Has Arctic Interests
Indian company ONGC Videsh Ltd. is interested in exploring for hydrocarbon deposits in the Arctic in cooperation with leading Russian companies, reports 'Arctic info' (Russian). The announcement came in a joint statement adopted at the XIV Russian-Indian Summit, where talks were held by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The partner of the Indian company could be Rosneft, suggests Arctic info. During negotiations, the parties expressed…
Putin Urges Openess in Arctic Economic Activities
Russia's President Vladimir Putin stressed the need for the utmost transparency in implementing economic activities in the Arctic region, reports official news agency Arctic-info. The head of state made his views known during a recent round table meeting in St. Petersburg dedicated to the safe and efficient development of the Arctic. Citing Ria Novosti news agency, Arctic-info reports President Putin as explaining that the utmost transparency in particular requires continuous dialogue with civic society institutes…
Russia Setting Up Another Arctic Sea Defence Base
The Siberian Department of Spetsstroy of Russia has begun work on the construction of buildings and structures on one of the islands of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, reports the official agency Arctic-Info. Construction of facilities as part of the infrastructure of the Ministry of Defence in the Arctic is expected to be completed this year. These actions are aimed at strengthening the defence capability of Russia, according to a report on the website of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) cited by Arctic-Info. Spetsstroy comes under the Russian Defence Ministry, which coordinates and controls its activities. Spetsstroy activity management is implemented by the Russian President.
Russia Sells Off Archangel Trawler Fleet
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation has approved the sale of 100% of the shares of OAO Archangel Trawler Fleet, reports Russia's 'Arctic-Info'. Citing the Federal Agency for State Property Management, Arctic-Info reports that Archangel Trawler Fleet was owned by the state, and was sold to private company Wirma, which is one of the largest fishing enterprises in the North-Western Federal District. During public auction, Wirma offered to buy the trawler fleet at 2.2 billion rubles instead of the initial amount of 1.82 billion.
U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force Met on 3 August 2011
The U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force met 3 August 2011, at RTCM Headquarters in Arlington, VA. The summary record for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/TFSR-68.doc The next meeting is Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 9:00 am, Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida (see www.nmea.org). The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/Tfag-69.doc Captain Jack Fuechsel 703-527-0484 email@example.com Meeting document archive: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gmdssTFMeetingSummary (See panel on the left side of the Web page for more links).
Russia, South Korea, Discuss Northern Sea Route Cooperation
At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Korea in Seoul, Park Geun-Hye discussed mutual cooperation in the development of the Arctic, reports 'Arctic-Info'. In a joint statement the leaders pointed out that as the Republic of Korea has official observer in the Arctic Council, the parties agreed on mutual cooperation in the development of the Arctic, its study, environmental protection, use of the Northern Sea Route, as well as on the strengthening of cooperation in the new field of construction and operation of icebreakers and ice-class vessels.
Russian Cargo Ship Transits NSR to China
The cargo ship 'Inzhener Trubin' has left Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where it had made a stopover on the way from Yamal’s Sabetta port through the Northern Sea Route to China. The voyage, part of the Tyumen-Sabetta-China expedition, will see the vessel deliver products from domestic SME's to the Asia-Pacific region. For the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region and Tyumen Region, this is the first practical experience in delivery via the Northern Sea Route.
Polar Code Concept Ready Next Year
Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said on the conclusion of his 5-day visit along the eastern sector of the Northern Sea Route aboard the Russian icebreaker '50 Let Pobedy' that the Polar Code would be introduced by IMO in 2014, reports Arctic-Info. The Secretary-General noted that one has to deal with much harsher conditions in the polar latitudes. It calls for special requirements, that’s why within the last decade the IMO has supported the idea of creating a special set of rules for navigating in ice-covered waters.
Russian Bulker Transits NSR Arrives Tianjin, China
The bulk carrier 'Inzhener Trubin' which is part of a pilot Northern Sea Route (NSR) trade expedition on the Tyumen-Sabetta-China route, has arrived after a 9-day voyage. After discharging cargo will load Chinese goods for the return voyage to Russia, reports Arica-Info. Since departing Sabetta InzhenerTrubin has been at sea for 32 days, and the vessel has covered over 11,000 kilometers. In the Kara Sea the bulk carrier was joined a convoy of ships escorted by nuclear icebreaker Vaygach. In the East Siberian Sea the vessel was led by icebreaker Taymyr.
NATO to Keep the Arctic in its Sights
NATO will pay more attention to the situation in the Arctic, reports Arctic-Info, citing the alliance's Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Rasmussen explained that this is, in particular, due to the effects of climate change. At the NATO Parliamentary Assembly session in Vilnius, Rasmussen recalled that warming in the Arctic region will actively develop shipping and more production of natural resources, which in his opinion may create more friction between various countries in the Arctic. Russia has actively increased its military presence in the Arctic.
Arctic Shipping Forum on 24th Feb.
The 11th Annual Arctic Shipping Forum starts on 24 February 2015 in Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Finland. This forum became a unique opportunity to network with the who’s who in Arctic shipping.
CENTA Moves Up in Chicago
CENTA Corporation (www.centa.info) is moving to a new facility in Aurora, IL effective October 15, 2007. The new building features over 23,000 sq. ft. for office, warehouse, and manufacturing & assembly space. company service the significant sales growth seen over the last several years, and will provide the room necessary for forecasted future growth. “The growth in demand for CENTA’s products over the last three years, and the forecast for further growth in marine, oil/gas, and wind/power generation markets made this move necessary” says Lennon. “The new facility puts us where we need to be in terms of room for additional staff and added inventory to better serve our growing customer base.
Russian PM Out of Tune With Arctic Protesters
Medvedev has proposed toughening punishment for illegal entry to fuel and energy complex facilities, reports Arctic info (Russia). This initiative was proposed by the head of government at a recent meeting on problems of land use and thetransportation of hydrocarbons in the Caspian Sea. Commenting on the recent arrest of Greenpeace activists protesting against oil production in the Arctic at the Prirazlomnaya platform, the Russian Prime Minister noted that such actions cannot be justified, even when the rationale is care for the environment.