Odfjell Buys New Vessel
Odfjell entered into a contract for the purchase of MT Holly Galaxy, a 19,975 dwt chemical tanker (IMO II/III) with 22 stainless steel cargo tanks, built in 2006 at Fukuoka Shipbuilding in Japan. The vessel will be delivered in December 2011 and shall be traded regionally in South America. We are in the process of achieving long term financing of the vessel. - Holly Galaxy will be vessel number 99 in the Odfjell controlled fleet of sophisticated chemical tanker vessels, says Jan A. Hammer, CEO Odfjell SE.
Concordia Orders 2 Tankers
Concordia Maritime's and Brodosplit shipyard's boards have issued final approval of the newbuilding contract for vessels number seven and eight in Concordia Maritimes P-MAX-series. Estimated time for delivery is the 4th quarter 2009.
Aberdeen Harbor Reports Increased Activity
Aberdeen Harbor attracted increased traffic across the first half of 2011, with both vessel numbers and tonnage on the up. Vessel numbers rose by seven percent on the same period last year to 3,746 while shipping tonnage increased from 11.6 million tonnes to 12.2 million tonnes. Total cargo tonnage also increased over the same period by 4.7 percent from 2.2 to 2.3 million tonnes. The port also recorded 590,563 tons of shipping activity during the second week of July; the highest weekly tonnage ever to be handled.
Offshore Activity Spurs Scottish Harbour Growth
Aberdeen Harbour records significant North Sea energy sector traffic increase in first half 2012. Continued growth in the oil and gas sector was reflected in the increase in support vessels that used the port over the first six months of the year – up nine per cent from 2,580 in 2011 to 2,814 in 2012 – a further demonstration of the significant role the harbour plays within the energy industry and the benefits it provides to both Scotland and the UK. The half-year figures detail increases in traffic with both vessel numbers and tonnage on the rise.
Kleven Delivers Construction Vessel to Olympic Shipping
Offshore construction vessel Olympic Bibby, build no. 371 from Kleven Verft, has been delivered to Norwegian shipowner Olympic Shipping. The vessel has a long term charter with Bibby Offshore, and its first job will be on the British sector of the North Sea. The naming ceremony was held in Olympic’s home harbor Fosnavåg April 9. The vessel is 87.5 m long and 19 m wide, making the entrance to the narrow harbor (22 m wide) a spectacular sight, the builder noted. The vessel is of MT 6021 design from Marin Teknikk…
Kleven Delivers to Olympic Shipping
Offshore construction vessel Olympic Bibby, build no. 371 from Kleven Verft, has been delivered to Norwegian shipowner Olympic Shipping. The vessel has a long term charter with Bibby Offshore, and its first job will be on the British sector of the North Sea. The naming ceremony was held in Olympic’s home harbor Fosnavåg April 9. The vessel measures 87.5 x 19m, making the entrance to the narrow harbor (22m wide) a spectacular sight. The vessel is of MT 6021 design from Marin Teknikk, has accommodation for 68 persons, and is purpose built for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair work.
Bergesen Takes Two More From Hitachi Zosen
Bergesen exercised an option to buy two more 296,000 dwt oil tankers from Japan's Hitachi Zosen Corp for a combined price of $140 million. "The vessels will be delivered in February and June 2002, and will be vessels number seven and eight delivered by Hitachi to Bergesen," Bergesen said in a statement. "The contract for the first six vessels was entered into earlier this year, and the first two vessels have already been delivered," it said. "The Hitachi series represents a strong renewal of Bergesen's tanker fleet. The company has in 1999 and so far this year sold altogether seven old tankers, of which five for scrapping. It has been decided to convert another two old tankers to floating production vessels," it said.
European Tanker Companies Pool Together
Danish shipping companies Maersk Tankers, owned by shipping and oil group A.P. Moeller, and D/S Torm said on Wednesday they had established a new product tanker pool with two other international shipping lines. The pool, named LR2 Pool, will manage the companies fleets of 100,000 dead weight (dwt) product tankers (LR2 vessels) and commence operations on April 23. The other members of pool are Russian Primorsk Shipping Company and Germany`s Reederei Nord Klaus E. Oldendorf. "The LR2 Pool will manage a fleet of exclusively modern LR2 vessels numbering initially 14 vessels. As participants take delivery of newbuildings, the fleet will grow to more than 20 vessels by 2003," A.P. Moeller officials said.
ALP's Long-range Oceangoing Tug Named ALP Striker
ALP Striker, named at a ceremony held named on May 13, 2016, is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, each with a bollard pull of approximately 300 metric tons. The vessels of the SX157 design are a part of the ALP Future class. Service speed is 13 knots, while their top speed is 19 knots. With a fuel capacity of more than 3,500 cubic meters, they can tow at full power for 45 days, sufficient for nonstop Trans-Atlantic/Indian, Pacific Ocean towing operations without fuel calls.
The Shipowners' Club Bounce Back to Black
The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported resilient results for the year ending 31 December 2016. The Club has reported a combined ratio of 98.6%, an increase in gross tonnage of 0.8m to 25.4m and an overall surplus of US$ 14.7m, including a return on the investment portfolio of US$ 11.8m. Chairman Philip Orme announcing the results highlighted that “the Club has again delivered an underwriting surplus despite slightly reduced income.
ULSTEIN Delivers Seismic Research Vessel
ULSTEIN delivered the next generation seismic research vessel Polarcus Amani to marine geophysical company Polarcus on March 29, 2012. The vessel is of the SX134 design from ULSTEIN, and is vessel number seven in Polarcus’ fleet of some of the most modern and advanced seismic vessels in the world, all with the X-BOW® hull line design. Polarcus Amani is an arctic-ready vessel designed and built for operations in arctic waters. She carries the ICE-1A* and Winterized Basic notations from DNV, and can operate in first-year ice of up to one meter thickness without the assistance of icebreakers.
Kleven to Build Another Rem Arctic Conditions PSV
Norway's Kleven says it has signed a contract with Rem Offshore for the building of a Wärtsila Ship Design PSV specially designed to operate in challenging arctic conditions. They explain that the type VS 485 MK III ARCTIC design includes a number of features for ice prevention and de-icing, and hull and propulsion systems will have ICE-1B class. 'We highly appreciate the close cooperation we have with Rem Offshore, and the fact that they again have chosen to order a new vessel from Kleven,' says Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.
ClassNK Receives Expanded Authorization from U.S. Coast Guard
The world’s largest classification society ClassNK announced that it was granted expanded authorization from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on 25 December 2012, and will now be able to carry out a full range of surveys for the SOLAS, MARPOL and AFS conventions, as well as ISM Audits on behalf of the United States flag administration. The announcement was made following a visit by ClassNK Executive Vice President Dr. Takuya Yoneya to USCG Headquarters in Washington D.C. on 7 January 2013. During the visit Dr.
Consultants Predict Dynamic Cruise Sector Growth
The global cruise sector is forecast to exhibit dynamic growth over the next decade, according to Ocean Shipping Consultants’ (OSC) latest report: 'World Cruise Ports and Shipping'. OSC expects annual passenger demand to rise from around 20.9 million in 2012 to approximately 24m passengers by 2015, 29.7m by 2020 and 36.4m by 2025. This represents an overall forward expansion of 74%. North America will still dominate the world cruise industry in terms of sourced passengers and cruise operators, but Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to grow strongly.
Polarcus Alima travels the Northern Sea Route
One of the X-BOW vessels designed by ULSTEIN, the seismic vessel ‘Polarcus Alima’, recently transited to Asia-Pacific via the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This is the first known passage of a 3D seismic vessel along the Northern Sea Route. Her passage commenced on September 15 from Hammerfest in Norway after completion of seismic operations in the Barents Sea. After only nine days and 3,000 nautical miles the vessel reached Cape Dezhnev in the Bering Straits. She is presently continuing her onward passage to New Zealand to commence operations there.
BTP Handles Millionth Container
Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), Brazil’s newest container terminal in the Port of Santos, has reached a number of important milestones. The facility, a joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, has handled container number 1 million, discharged on its quay from vessel number 1,000 to berth at its facility on Friday, July 24. This was achieved 20 months after operations officially began at this terminal. Authorities and executives of BTP together watched the offloading of the container from MSC Agrigento…
Dina Supplier Marks 100 for UT755
The delivery of Dina Supplier marks the delivery of vessel number 100 of the UT 755 design from Rolls-Royce. While the initial UT 755 design is more than 10 years old, the PSV Dina Supplier is considered to be a modern ship, equipped with the updated technology. Dina Supplier is being delivered to Myklebusthaug Offshore AS (Fonnes, Norway), the owner’s second vessel of the UT 755 LC design, and the sixth delivered from the shipyard Simek AS in Flekkefjord, Norway. Simek has another four vessels of the same type in their order book. “This kind of tonnage is still attractive in the market and the UT 755 series may well be the first offshore vessel design to reach 200”, said Jørn Heltne, Vice President of Rolls-Royce, when the contract for Dina Supplier was signed.
Triple Containership Naming in Korea Shipyard
Evergreen Line's latest three L-type vessels, numbers 12, 13 and 14 in the series have been named 'Ever Legend', 'Ever Learned' and 'Ever Legion'. The christening ceremony was officiated by S.S. Lin, the Evergreen Group's First Vice Group Chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea.The official rope-cuttings of the new 8,452-TEU vessels were performed by Ms. Chung, Teh-Mei, (Chief Executive Director of Chang Yung-Fa Foundation), Ms. Liou, Meng-Fen (Group Executive Officer, Secretariat, of Evergreen Group) and Ms.
Kongsberg Completes K-Master FAT & Sea Trials for New PSV's
New aft-bridge operator station integrated with DP and thruster control. Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed Factory Acceptance Tests for the K-Master aft bridge systems being delivered to two Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) built at Havyard in Leirvik for owner Sartor Offshore and Supply Service. The vessels are part of a four newbuild series, all featuring KONGSBERG K-Master, K-Pos Dynamic Positioning, C-Joy joystick control and K-Thrust thruster control. The FATs were for Havyard 103 and 106, vessels number 2 and 3 in the series and are due for delivery to the owner in Q1 2012.
Asia: LPG Shipping and LNG Pricing
While declining Asian LNG prices have reduced margins on the long-distance LNG trade, causing spot-charter rates for LNG vessels to fall, LPG shipping earnings are forecast to remain buoyant on the back of low oil prices and the absence of fuel substitution. According to LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry, low oil prices have not triggered the substitution of LPG as the fuel of industrial use, as feared by some analysts. As a result, LPG shipping demand has remained intact and low bunker prices have supported vessel earnings.
Maritime Piracy Activity is at a 22-year Low -Report
Global maritime piracy activity fell to its lowest level in over two decades, according to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report. The 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) IMB in 2017 was the lowest annual number since 1995, when 188 incidents were reported. According to the IMB, pirates boarded 136 vessels in 2017, while 22 attacks were attempted, 16 vessels fired upon and six vessels hijacked.
Global Tonnage Continues to Grow
2015 saw further growth in total Group entered tonnage, which increased from 1,047 billion GT as at August 2014 to 1,088 billion GT as at August 2015, says annual review of International Group P&I Clubs (IGP&I) published by Gard on July 14, 2016. The global order book has fallen 12% by vessel numbers and 8% by GT since the beginning of 2016. World fleet growth over the past year has remained broadly static and, according to Clarksons in 2015, it was just under 4%, down from the highs of between 7% and 9% annual growth in the 2000s.
Port of Rotterdam: 2017 in Review
Over the past year, 29,646 seagoing vessels entered the port of Rotterdam, up more than 600 from 2016's 29,022. The number of incidents in the port fell from 159 to 129, and included one ‘serious accident’ involving an inland vessel that went adrift after hitting a groyne with its rudder. According to National Harbour Master René de Vries, the decrease in the number of minor incidents can be explained by the Port Authority’s investments in infrastructure in recent years: “Thanks to the new buoy configurations and dolphins…