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New Rules on Ship Emissions Herald Sea Change for Oil Market

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New rules coming into force from 2020 to curb pollution produced by the world's ships are worrying everyone from OPEC oil producers to bunker fuel sellers and shipping companies.The regulations will slash emissions of sulfur, which is blamed for causing respiratory diseases and is a component of acid rain that damages vegetation and wildlife.But the energy and shipping industries are ill-prepared, say analysts, with refiners likely to struggle to meet higher demand for cleaner…

Containership Deliveries: Turning A Corner?

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

Containership deliveries changed course in 2016, toppling from the record level of 1.7m TEU in 2015 to reach just 0.9m TEU, having previously increased each year between 2011 and 2015, says a report from Clarkson Research Services. If deliveries remain at these slightly more moderate levels in coming years, this could potentially herald a new era of less robust fleet growth in the boxship sector. The dramatic slowdown in boxship deliveries last year, alongside record levels of demolition, led to fleet growth of just 1.2% in 2016, down from 8.1% in 2015.

Memorial Service Held 30 Years After Ferry Tragedy

Grieving families affected by the Herald of Free Enterprise RO/Ro passenger ferry disaster gathered to mark the 30th anniversary memorial service in Dover on March 6. The Herald capsized in just 90 seconds after setting sail from Zeebrugge, Belgium, on Friday, March 6, 1987. It was on course for Dover when tragedy struck and 193 people lost their lives. During the service staff from the Port of Zeebrugge at the time handed over the bell recovered from the ship to Sailors’ Society CEO Stuart Rivers and Brian Gibbons, the last survivor to be pulled out alive. The former Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Bishop James Jones KBE, spoke at the service, which is held annually at St Mary’s Church by maritime charity Sailors’ Society.

The Digital Future of Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensors

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CMR Group’s chief technical officer, Patrice Flot, considers the current approach to sensing exhaust gas temperature (EGT) on high horsepower engine platforms and the capabilities provided by new digital technology. An EGT sensor measures the temperature of the engine exhaust gas to prevent damage to critical components such as the after treatment system, turbines and cylinder head exhaust valves. It can also be used inside the combustion chambers where hot gases are generated.

South Korean Shipyards: Silver Lining for the Biggies

Photo:  Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Though South Korea’s big three shipbuilders -Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries - showing signs of fiscal recovery this year,  orders at midsized shipbuilding companies remain sparse. Korea Herald reported citing  Korea Export-Import Bank of Korea that the order receipts of medium-sized shipyards in Korea were estimated to be around $110 million in the first quarter. Despite an improvement compared to last year’s first quarter…

Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment

File Image: A typical Crude Oil train in the United states makes its way south along inalnd waterways. CREDIT: Dagmar Etkin

Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators. The cause of the derailment was unknown, a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Local media reports estimated the spill to be 45,000 gallons. The incident occurred when 20 cars of a Canadian National Railway Co freight train, carrying crude for Exxon Mobil Corp to Louisiana…

Samsung Shipyard Mulls Outsourcing

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) CEO Park Dae-young proposed the outsourcing of shipbuilding to China and Indonesia in an effort to overcome a liquidity crisis, according to Yonhap. "I feel a doubt over whether we should build ships only in our shipyard," Park told a shareholders meeting which has been convened to discuss the shipyard's rights offering. Park also said the company could outsource the shipbuilding process to smaller Korean shipyard. SHI will also pursue new revenue streams as it fixes its restructuring.

Hanjin Shipping to Submit Self-Rescue Plan

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping is planning on submitting a self-rescue plan to creditors this week to stave off bankruptcy by Aug. 25, reports Korea Herald quoting local media. According to the shipper, the plan includes details on securing funds from its parent Hanjin Group and cutting charter fees from foreign vessel owners. According to Pulse, Hanjin Group is expected have stronger units like Korean Air help out their troubled affiliate Hanjin Shipping through new share purchase and negotiate for cut in charter fees to up to 28 percent to normalize the country’s largest cargo carrier.

STX to Slash Jobs, Sell Yard

Photo by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

To stay above water by restructuring, South Korean Shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. plans to lay off about a third of its workforce and sell a yard in France, says a report in WSJ. The country's fourth largest shipyard filed for receivership in May. The court has been supervising the firm’s rehabilitation since June. STX told a bankruptcy court in Korea that it has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to help it sell STX France, a profitable yard in France specializing in building cruise ships. STX said it plans to cut its 2,090 staff in Korea by 35% by the end of September.

Japanese Shipbuilding Alliance Threatens Korea

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

According to the Nikkei, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI)  has entered negotiations with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., each first, third, and fourth, respectively, in terms of shipbuilding tonnage, to form an alliance in the area of commercial ships. The plan of the alliance is to pool their resources in efforts to compete more effectively with their Chinese and Korean rivals, reports Korea Herald. If successful…

Hyundai Heavy Wins Russian Bid for 12-Ship Contract

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

South Korea’s troubled shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. announced that it has been selected as the preferred bidder for a 12-oil tanker contract worth $660 million of Russia’s Sovcomflot, reports Korea Herald. Russia’s largest state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot last month chose the South Korean shipbuilder as preferred bidder to build 12 oil tankers which will be used to carry crude oil produced in Russia to overseas. Sovocomflot will charter the fleet to Shell. Sovcomflot is a state-owned shipping company that specializes in petroleum and LNG shipping.

Stranded Hanjin Cargo Off California Finally Unloads

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

A container ship owned by bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd idled for days off the Southern California coast was allowed to dock in Long Beach and begin unloading cargo early Saturday, reports Reuters. The Hanjin Greece docked at the Port of Long Beach in California early Saturday morning and workers were hauling off containers of products destined for U.S. retailers, labor union officials said. The Greece was allowed to dock after U.S. and Korean bankruptcy courts allowed Hanjin to spend $10 million to unload that ship and others, according to Reuters.

Sonagol Deepens DSME's Woes

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

Concerns were growing again over liquidity woes of Soth Korea's largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), as the Angolan oil major Sonangol EP is likely to delay the takeover of its drill ships once again. According to The Korea Herald, DSME was planning to deliver the two drill ships to Angola’s state-run oil company Sonangol by this month to receive the remaining contract fee of $1 billion. The South Korean shipbuilder has completed building two drill ships…

North Korean Ships Reflag in Tanzania

Around 50 ships owned by or related to North Korea have reflagged in Tanzania since the United Nations Security Council adopted its strongest-ever resolution on the country in March, in an apparent attempt to circumvent the sanctions. "The change of nationality into Tanzania comes in violation of the UNSC resolution," a report in Korea Herald said, indicating Resolution 2270's ban on North Korean ships sailing under the flag of other countries. The group of vessels includes one ship blacklisted by the U.N.'s sanctions committee and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Washington, D.C.-based NK News said, citing European shipping database Equasis and Port State Control.

Korea to Inject $2.64 bln into DSME

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

South Korea's state-run banks are expected to raise more than 3 trillion won (US$2.64 billion) to prevent Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) from being delisted, reports Korea Herald. Both are reportedly planning to draw up detailed plans within the month. The funds will be injected into the ailing shipbuilder through debt-equity swap or by purchasing newly issued shares. Meanwhile, Pulse reported that despite a recent outside audit report questioning the viability of DSME…

U.S. Considers Venezuela Oil Sanctions

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The Trump administration is considering sanctioning a Venezuelan military-run oil services company and restricting insurance coverage for Venezuelan oil shipments to ratchet up pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro, a U.S. official said. With Maduro running for another term in an April election that Washington and its allies oppose as a sham, the United States is weighing sanctions that would target Venezuela’s vital oil sector beyond what has been done before, the official told Reuters on Wednesday. Some measures could come before the vote and others could be imposed afterwards.

Korea's Top 3 Shipbuilders' Shaky Performance

File Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

The value of contracts signed by Korea's big-three shipbuilders— Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries — fell far behind the amount they projected for this year, reports The Korea Herald. Meanwhile, Arirang reported that the third quarter earnings of Korea's top 3 are likely to be in the black. Samsung Heavy Industries did not sell a single vessel during the first eight months of this year. Its yearly outcome, however, may differ as the company is currently negotiating a deal worth as much as $2.7 billion.

Canada's First LNG Export Terminal Seen as One-off

Woodfibre LNG, Canada's first liquefied natural gas export project, will be a "nice-to-have" fillip for the country's gas producers but does not signal the start of a west coast LNG boom, industry watchers said on Monday. Privately held Woodfibre LNG Ltd said on Friday it will start building its C$1.6 billion ($1.2 billion) project in Squamish, British Columbia, next year after its Singaporean parent company authorized the funds last week. It is the first of more than a dozen LNG projects proposed for British Columbia to get the final go-ahead, but analysts say Woodfibre is unlikely to herald an investment surge from other developers given the challenging economics of an oversupplied LNG market.

Hyundai Denies 2M Partnership Failure

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has denied reports that it failed to join the global shipping alliance 2M  that the company has sought for months as part of its normalization plan. According to Yonhap, "We are still in negotiations (with 2M) to iron out differences," said an official at Hyundai Merchant. Since May, Hyundai Merchant has been seeking to become a member of 2M, the world's largest shipping alliance, one of the prerequisites set by its creditors to avert court receivership, says Korea Herald.

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.

Hyundai Near Deal With Iran for 10 Ships

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (HHI), a major shipyard in South Korea, looks set to clinch a deal with Iran to supply 10 ships, says a report in Yonhap. The contract, valued at USD650 million, will see Hyundai supply the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, (IRISL) with four 14,400 TEU container ships and six 50,000 DWT product tankers, the Korea Herald reported. The vessels are expected to be delivered to Iran in the third quarter of 2018. If signed, the contract will be Iran's first deal with a foreign shipbuilder since the lifting of international sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation.

European Sea Ports Organisation Seeks Support for Connecting Europe Facility

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The European Commission (EC) proposal for the Multi Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 adopted on Wednesday 2 May reserves a similar budget for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the financial instrument for Transport, in the current financial period. The proposal foresees 12,8 billion EUR under the general envelope, 11,3 billion EUR for transport projects in Cohesion countries and a new envelope of 6,5 billion EUR for investments in transport infrastructure for dual civilian-military use.

Busan Port May Hit by Shipping Alliance Reshuffle

Photo: Busan Port Authority

The upcoming reorganization of global shipping alliances is likely to hit Korea’s largest port in Busan and  the harbor volume of Busan Port is expected to drop by 3.5 percent from next year, the Korea Herald reported quoting Korea Maritime Institute (KMI)’s report. KMI  announced on December 22 that as a result of the analysis of the port rotation adjustment plans formulated by the soon-to-be-established shipping alliances "Ocean" and "THE Alliance," the number of shipping services using the port of Busan is likely to decline by three compared to the current figures.

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