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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Independent World News

Blackwater Gunboats To Protect Ships

According to a Nov. 19 report from The Independent World, the American security company Blackwater is planning to launch a flotilla of gunboats for hire by the shipping companies. The firm, which received international attention when its staff killed civilians in Iraq, has already equipped one vessel, called The McArthur, which will carry up to 40 armed guards and have a landing pad for an attack helicopter. The McArthur, a former survey ship, arrives in the Gulf of Aden, the scene of the recent high-profile hijackings and shootouts with Somali pirates, at the end of the year. It is to be joined by three or four similar vessels over next year to form the company's private navy. (Source: The Independent World)

DNV GL, Taiwan Pact for Offshore Wind

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has signed an agreement with leading Taiwanese stakeholders to collaborate on offshore wind testing and certification to drive the expansion and facilitate the development of offshore wind in Taiwan. The regulations for certification will be headed by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection since it has been designated by the highest authority in Taiwan. Taiwan is one of the rising offshore wind markets in the world.

DNV GL Acquires ComputIT

Are F. Tjønn, CEO, DNV GL - Software (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL said it has acquired ComputIT, a specialist independent company for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and R&D. ComputIT develops unique high-end technology for simulating fires, explosions and gas dispersion. “This acquisition brings us world-leading capabilities in the CFD domain,” says Are F. Tjønn, CEO, DNV GL - Software. With its roots in the offshore sector, ComputIT has also served onshore oil and gas, power generation, chemical, transport, maritime, and construction industries. It has been engaged by governmental bodies for investigation of fire accidents.

Sulayem Gets DP World's CEO Role Too

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem is Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

DP World is pleased to announce the appointment of His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. His Excellency became Chairman of DP World in May 2007 and has overseen DP World's expansion, including the acquisitions of CSX and the P&O Group to become a leading global marine terminals operator. Deepak Parekh, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director said "The Board is delighted that His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has agreed to become Group CEO in addition to his role as Chairman.

Drydocks World hosts INTERTANKO Team

Drydocks World received a high-level delegation of the Council members from the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners

Drydocks World received a high-level delegation of the Council members from the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) on 11 November. The delegation included Mr. Olav Eek Thorstensen, MD & CEO of Thome Shipmanagement, Ms. Ann-Marie Astrom, Vice Chairman of the Rederi AB Gotland. The delegation also included members of the board: Mr. Derya Sabaz, COO / Co-owner of v Besiktas Likid AS, Mr. Takis E. Koutris, Managing Director of Roxana Shipping SA, Mr. Tim Horne, Managing Director of Teekay, Mr. Wellington Koo, Executive Director of Valles Shipping and Mr.

Scania Evaluates Volkswagen Buyout Offer

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

At an extraordinary board meeting in Scania the board of Scania – excluding Martin Winterkorn, Hans Dieter Pötsch, Francisco J. Garcia Sanz, Leif Östling and Ferdinand K. Piëch – has decided to appoint an independent committee, consisting of the board members Åsa Thunman (chairman of the committee), Peter Wallenberg Jr, Peter Abele, Johan Järvklo and Håkan Thurfjell to evaluate the offer by Volkswagen and to take such resolutions in relation to the offer as are necessary. Scania adds that the independent committee will announce its opinion of the offer…

Technology, Economy the Focus of New Marine Academy in China

China's Ningbo container port (Photo courtesy UNNC)

The Ningbo Nottingham International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET) has been officially launched at a ceremony at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). A partnership between The University of Nottingham, Wanli Education Group and Ningbo Municipal Government, the Academy will build on Ningbo’s marine-related activities and support the city’s 12-year plan, a focus of which is the marine economy. The marine economy is one of China’s key strategic development areas.

Schat-Harding Buys Lyttelton Marine

Lyttelton Marine. "Singapore is a key hub for both the shipping and offshore worlds. and its neighbouring ports. network. network is fully capable of meeting the needs of shipowners. accidents.

Lindsay Blee Expands into the Americas

Lindsay Blee’s new U.S. Independent international bunker broker Lindsay Blee announced that it is expanding its brokering operations into the Americas with a new operation called Lindsay Blee Americas (LBA) based in Florida to support customers across the U.S. and throughout Central and South America. Lindsay Blee Americas will initially be staffed by two broker/traders as well as two support personnel. James Hills, Managing Director of Lindsay Blee, said, “Along with our presence in the U.K. and Singapore, this expansion gives our customers a true global partner capable of fuelling their fleet anywhere in the world. “Many brokers have been consolidated into large bunkering conglomerates,” said Dean Morrison of Lindsay Blee.

IRClass Accredited for EU MRV Services from RvA

Vijay Arora (Photo: IRClass)

Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has been accredited for EU MRV Monitoring Reporting and Verification services by Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA). RvA is an internationally reputed, Netherlands based EU notified body for accrediting an organisation as ‘Independent Verifier’ as per ISO 14065 and applicable EU regulation 2015/757. The EU regulation 2015/757 requires ships of above 5,000 GT, visiting EU ports and while in EU ports to monitor and report their CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and transport work.

WESMAR to Showcase New Stabilizer Technology

Fin and Control Station for WESMAR’s DSP-5000 Wave-Smart Stabilizer (Image: WESMAR)

WESMAR said it will display its stabilizers, thrusters, sonar and hydraulics at the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1 to 5, 2017. Held in what is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” the exhibition covers an area 9-miles-long and draws visitors from around the world. “As boat values continue to increase and moorage and dock space become more crowded, WESMAR products have become among the most important equipment owners and captains have come to rely on,” said Bob Sentz, WESMAR Vice President.

DSME's New LNG Tank Technology Approved by LR

The ACTIB tanks, constructed of insulated aluminium 5083, will have the world’s largest storage capacity in an independent, insulated LNG tank system. The volume capacity in the initial design will be nearly three times larger than comparable types currently in operation. Lloyd’s Register has approved new prismatic IMO Type B independent cargo tanks, so called ACTIB (Aluminium Cargo Tank Independent Type B). The initial approval is for use in a DSME-developed 210,000 m3  STD LNG-RV design in accordance with LR’s Guidance notes for liquefied gas carriers and floating offshore installations adopting IMO Type B independent tanks primarily constructed of plane surfaces.

Survey: E-Commerce is Top Priority for E&P Companies

In a survey of chief information officers (CIOs) at leading North American independent oil and gas producers, Zeus Development Corporation has learned that most rate e-commerce as their top priority for 2001. "We learned that most mid-market independents (some 300 companies worldwide that have between $10 million and $14 billion in oil and gas reserves) are interested in Internet-based technology to help them expand offshore and overseas," said Bob Nimocks, president of Zeus Development Corporation, the sponsor of the survey and organizer of the E-Business for E&P: Examining Inside- and Outside-the-Firewall Solutions for Independents conference. "We conducted the survey to learn of the key topics these independents want to learn about.

Lloyd's Register acquires WEST Engineering Services

Lloyd's Register acquires WEST Engineering Services to become the top independent provider of technical services to the offshore drilling sector. Acquisition of WEST, subsea systems specialists, builds support for exploration and production activities. Lloyd’s Register has acquired Houston-based WEST Engineering Services in a move that secures the Group's position as the premier independent risk-management organisation supporting the global offshore drilling industry. WEST Engineering Services…

DP World: Shareholders Back EZW buy, London Delisting

Shareholders of DP World have approved buying Economic Zones World from its majority shareholder and also backed the port operator's delisting from the London Stock Exchange, the Dubai-based company said on Thursday. The assent was granted at a meeting on Thursday, with the proposals received near-unanimous support from independent shareholders, DP World said in a London bourse filing. DP World last month said it would pay $2.6 billion to Dubai World for its EZW logistics infrastructure firm and would delist from the London bourse due to thin trading volumes. Dubai World owns 80.45 percent of DP World. Reporting by David French

DP World, SCA Pact for Ain Sokhna Port Development

Photo: DP World Sokhna

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Red Sea Ports Authority signed an agreement with Dubai Ports World (DP World) and Sonker Bunkering Company for the development of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna seaport, reports Egypt Independent. The signing of the deal comes in line with directives by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to upgrade the sea port’s status as part of the broader scheme to develop the Suez Canal region, SCA chief Mohab Mamish said. The joint venture will be responsible for installing a new harbor parallel to the current oil tanker harbor over a period of one year, Mamish said.

Chemoil joins OceanConnect

OceanConnect has attracted the largest independent fuel supplier as a new equity partner. OceanConnect President Thomas Reilly announced that Chemoil Corporation has acquired an equity stake and is using OceanConnect as its exclusive online system for buying and selling fuels. Chemoil Group is the world's largest independent fuel supplier, selling over 12 million tons of fuel annually through complete bunkering services in the ports of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Singapore. "OceanConnect's traditional brokers provide the information and reliability that's vital in the marine industry, while their unique technology finds the best possible deal for buyers and suppliers alike.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen GHG Emissions Cert

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, a global shipping and logistics company, has become the first shipping company to receive formal 3rd party verification of its inventory processes for green house gas emissions. “Guided by our future vision of a zero-emissions supply chain, WWL has adopted rigorous emissions inventory processes based upon the Green House Gas (GHG) Protocol. This will enable us to better manage and reduce carbon emissions and related costs from our customers’ global supply chains,” explained Kai Kraass, COO of Ocean Services at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics contracted Det Norske Veritas AS (DNV)…

UTEC and SBM Offshore Agree

Carlo Pinto

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has announced the award of a significant multi-year framework agreement. The services contract will be managed though UTEC’s Italian office in Naples and regional sales manager Carlo Pinto comments: “We are extremely pleased with the faith SBM Offshore has placed in us to provide a wide range of survey services on its construction fleet. We look forward to providing global support to the new SBM Installer from early in 2013. UTEC…

Chemoil Sparks New Age for Independents in 2008

Dynamics within the global marine fuel industry are shifting rapidly according to Chemoil Energy Ltd. With a growing physical presence in the world's four key oil ports, following the launch of its Helios Terminal, Chemoil is confident that its ability to effectively manage its customers complete delivery supply chain on a global basis can lead a new age for independent marine fuel suppliers and present a serious challenge to the industry status quo. In January 2008, the company will begin operations at its 448,000 cubic meter Helios terminal in Singapore, and is also planning to start delivering fuel from the GPS-Chemoil terminal in the UAE port of Fujairah shortly afterwards.

UTEC Consolidates Middle East Position

Trevor Hughes

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has consolidated its presence in the Middle East and has completed another significant contract for a major international pipelay contractor. This is the second year in succession that UTEC has provided support to the contractor in the region. The UAE (Dubai) project involved UTEC supporting the state-of-the-art DP pipelay vessel in extremely shallow water providing enhanced USBL methodologies as well as the provision of survey support services on two additional DP vessels which provided diver support and remedial services to the pipelay vessel.

CNOOC Announces Discovery

achieved a new discovery, Luda (LD) 27-1, in Bohai Bay. Discovery well LD 27-1-1 is an independent wildcat spudded this July. well was drilled in 16 meters of water to a total depth of 2772 meters. 27-1-1 encountered 34 meters of oil pay in 7 pay zones. intervals 1170-1180, 1261-1267, 2691-2696 metres during drill stem tests. Mr. future. discovery. companies in the world.

Multiport Extends Network with New Members

Seven new members have joined Multiport, extending its network of independent ship agents. This latest expansion means the network now has representatives in over 110 countries. The seven new members are: ScanWeco AS of Norway, TeRo Ltd of Georgia, Thocomar Gambia of Gambia, Presersa of Guatamala, Somarig of French Guiana, Ets Fauzi J Ghandour of Lebanon, Reginald Villard of Haiti. secretary-general of Multiport. reaching more countries than ever.

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