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Fraser to Head DNV GL’s Noble Denton Marine Services

Neil Jamieson Fraser (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL has appointed Neil Jamieson Fraser as its new head of Noble Denton marine services in the UK and West Africa. The role will focus on marine warranty, marine advisory/assurance, technical assurance, and advanced engineering services. Fraser  has worked with DNV GL for more than 25 years and has held a number of senior positions within the company in the UK, West Africa and most recently, in South America. He recently returned to the UK after nearly four-years based in Rio…

FUELTRAX Plans EFMS Event in Nigeria

FUELTRAX will host a free one-day electronic fuel monitoring solution (EFMS) symposium in Lagos, Nigeria on June 28, to demonstrate the impact of FUELTRAX technology in the West Africa Region.Representatives from FUELTRAX  will inform how the electronic fuel monitoring solution can ensure fuel security, guarantee compliance and optimize the performance. The symposium at Four Points by Sheraton Lagos will includes technology demonstrations, expert advice, lunch, and Q&A sessions.The EFMS uses Coriolis mass-flow meters and operating a closed-loop system. It connects owners and operators to their fuel data in real-time, ensuring compliance with MRV regulations…

Diesel Tankers Turn to New York after Stocks Drop

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Tankers carrying diesel from Asia and Europe, including a giant 200,000 tonne cargo, are sailing towards New York where fuel supplies have dropped to a three-year low in recent weeks.The very large crude carrier (VLCC) Maran Aphrodite changed its destination on Friday to New York from its previous port of Rotterdam, according to Reuters ship tracking data.The vessel, which traders said was chartered by Total, left Singapore earlier this month.Several tankers have also been booked to go from Europe and the Baltics to the port of New York, a relatively rare route.

Liftboat Milaha Explorer Deployed off West Africa

The Milaha Explorer crew following deployment off the coast of West Africa (Photo: Milaha)

Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate Milaha said its liftboat Milaha Explorer has been deployed off the coast of West Africa as part of a long-term charter with a major international oil company.Milaha’s President and CEO, Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, said, “Over the past few months, we have been significantly ramping up our operations, and I am pleased to announce further growth in our geographic footprint and operational portfolio with this long-term deployment, which marks our entry into Africa.

Missing Tanker Docks in Togo after Suspected Hijacking

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A tanker with 19 crew members on board has docked at a port in Togo after going missing for over a week in a suspected hijacking off the West African coast, the crew's agency said on Friday.The Ialkani agency and the ship's managers lost communication with the Panama-registered Pantelena on August 14, when it was about 17 miles (27 km) from the port of Libreville, in Gabon.Two Russian nationals and 17 Georgians were aboard the vessel, a dual purpose oil or chemicals tanker managed by Athens-based Lotus Shipping.

Ocean Rig Announces New Contracts

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The international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services Ocean Rig UDW  has entered into a new drilling contract with Chariot Oil & Gas Limited for a one-well drilling program, for drilling offshore Namibia.The contract is expected to commence in direct continuation of the previously announced program with Tullow Namibia Limited in the third quarter of 2018 and will be performed by the Ocean Rig Poseidon.Ocean Rig has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a European Major Oil Company for a firm two-wells program plus two optional wells…

Ready Reserve Force Vessels Stand Ready

Ready Reserve Force Vessel Cape Ray on the historic mission that supported the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to neutralize chemical weapons. (Photo courtesy U.S. DOT)

Merchant mariner numbers may be at a low in the U.S., but the men and women of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) have increased their operating days by 245 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to FY 2017.This year’s missions have included some of the largest ammunition movements since the Vietnam War – which the RRF crane ships are exceptionally cut out for; unit resupply to various theaters around the world, and movement of rotating forces including supporting the Canadian military.

Royston Bringing Advanced Monitoring Tech to SMM

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Advanced fuel monitoring and energy management technology, designed to deliver significant cost benefits for vessel operators, will be among the key attractions on the Royston diesel power SMM stand.Royston, an internationally based company operating in the global maritime sector for over 40 years, is an authorized representative for Niigata, GE, Yanmar, Volvo Penta, Scania, Napier Turbochargers.With bases in the U.K., Australia and West Africa, it works closely with customer fleets carrying out engine replacement or maintenance…

The USD1trln African Maritime Industry Mulls Further Growth

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The blue economy can be the engine of economic growth, the basis of socio-economic development and industrialization for many African countries, if well utilized.The maritime industry, for example, is estimated at over $1 trillion, and there are other related and emerging sectors of tourism, offshore renewable energy, aquaculture, seabed extractive industries, marine biotechnology and bio prospecting.Said Adejumobi, Southern Africa Director, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said that  the Economic Commission for Africa is fully committed to supporting the African Union…

Gulf Marine Services Bags New Contract

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UAE-based Gulf Marine Services (GMS), a provider of self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, said it secured a new contract for one of its Small Class vessels.The new charter is for 12 months (including options) and is scheduled to commence shortly. The vessel will be supporting well intervention activities for a national oil company (NOC) in the MENA region.Duncan Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of GMS…

UTEC Introduces New AUV Launch and Recovery System

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UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, recently commissioned its new launch and recovery system (LARS) for the fleet of seven autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) it uses for seabed surveys in the oil and renewables industries.UTEC’s new LARS is a floating garage that enables an AUV to be launched and recovered without needing a small boat, thereby simplifying operations and improving safety. It also increases efficiency and reduces costs by enabling AUV surveys in parallel with construction or laying activities…

Tanker with 19 Crew Missing in Piracy-Plagued West African Waters

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A tanker vessel with 19 crew members on board, most of them Georgians, has gone missing in pirate-plagued waters off Gabon in West Africa and no word has been heard from it for a week, the ship's managers and the crew agency said on Wednesday.Communication was lost with the Panama-registered Pantelena at about 2 a.m. local time on Aug. 14, at which time it was about 17 miles from the port of Libreville, in Gabon, Athens-based Lotus Shipping said in a statement.The head of the Georgian crew agency Ialkani, Anzhela Oganesyan, said two Russian nationals and 17 Georgians were aboard the tanker.

DNV GL Secures Shell Penguins Contract

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DNV GL has won a cross-service contract to support Shell's Penguins Field redevelopment on the UK Continental Shelf.The contract with Shell involves a team which will deliver an integrated verification and class project for the operator's Penguins floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.DNV GL is providing integrated Verification and Class services to the project. This will be led by a team in UK Oil & Gas, collaborating with the DNV GL Offshore Class unit in Norway and the DNV GL yard team in China and the Philippines.Justin Fletcher…

Unipec Suspends US Oil Imports as Trade Spat Intensifies

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China's Unipec, the trading arm of state oil major Sinopec, has suspended crude oil imports from the United States due to a growing trade spat between Washington and Beijing, three sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.The sources declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to the media.It is not clear how long the temporary halt will last, but one of the sources said Unipec has no new bookings of U.S. crude until at least October.Unipec and Sinopec, Asia's largest refiner and biggest buyer of U.S.

INSIGHTS: John Rynd / President , CEO and Director, Tidewater Inc.

John Rynd / President , CEO and Director, Tidewater Inc.

Mr. John Rynd graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President, and as a director of Hercules Offshore from 2008 through 2016. Prior to his time with Hercules, Mr. Rynd spent 11 years with Noble Drilling Services, Inc., where he served in a variety of management roles. Earlier in his career, he served in various roles of increasing levels of responsibility with Chiles Offshore and Rowan Companies. Beyond this, Mr.

Ensco to Buy Rowan in $2.38 Bln Deal

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Offshore driller Ensco Plc said on Monday it plans to buy smaller rival Rowan Cos Plc in an all-stock deal valued at $2.38 billion, as it looks to expand its fleet and benefit from a partnership with Saudi Aramco.This is Ensco's second deal since OPEC-led efforts boosted oil prices in the second half of 2016. Ensco bought rival Atwood Oceanics in a similar deal last year.Rowan shareholders will receive 2.215 Ensco shares for each share held.

Gambian President Barrow Visits Antwerp Port

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A collaboration agreement was signed on Thursday 24 May, in the port of Antwerp between on the one side Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, and APEC, its maritime training centre, and on the other Gambia Ports Authority which manages the port of Banjul in The Gambia. The collaboration, which will mainly take the form of training and consulting, underlines the leading role that the port of Antwerp plays in West Africa. As part of a visit to Belgium the delegation from The Gambia headed by H.E.

South Africa Cruise Ports Nominated for World Travel Awards

Port Elizabeth (Photo: TNPA)

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) operated Ports of Durban, Cape Town, and Elizabeth have been nominated for the Africa & Indian Ocean segment of the 25th annual World Travel Awards in the category of “Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018”.Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards seek to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Global travel and tourism industry leaders will be recognized at the various World Travel Awards gala ceremonies, with Durban hosting the Africa and Indian Ocean segment for the third time.

VLCC Carrying Diesel Changes Destination for Third Time

New-build VLCC Maran Aphrodite, which is carrying a 200,000 metric ton diesel cargo from Asia, has changed its final destination for a third time, according to Reuters ship-tracking data.The ship was originally calling on Rotterdam before changing its destination to New York harbour on May 11, then to Gibraltar on May 29 and as of June 5 it is calling on Southwold in the U.K.The tanker is currently off the coast of West Africa.The vessel was chartered by Total, according to traders.(Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar; editing by Jason Neely)

CNPC ships first larger-sized diesel cargo to Brazil

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) shipped a 60,000-tonne cargo of diesel in late May destined for Brazil, the Chinese major's first move of the refined fuel in a shipment of this size to the Americas, an inhouse newspaper reported on Monday.Chinaoil, CNPC's trading unit, has shipped nearly one million tonnes of diesel to Latin America since 2015, but mostly with medium-ranged tankers able to carry about 40,000 tonnes, the report said.The shipment to Brazil was loaded with production from Liaoyang Petrochemical Corp, a subsidiary refinery of CNPC, at Bayuquan port in Liaoning province in northeast China, according to the newspaper.CNPC aims to further explore the arbitrage opportunities and expand market share in South America, the report said, adding that larger shipments would help cut

Hapag-Lloyd Focuses on Africa

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Hapag-Lloyd celebrated the official opening of its new office in Tema, the most important port city in Ghana. Beginning immediately, Hapag-Lloyd will manage all its activities in West Africa from this location. “I’m very pleased that our enhanced presence in West Africa is showing initial signs of success,” said Anthony Firmin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd. “Our West Africa Express (WAX) service from and to West Africa has been operating with extraordinary success for several years and is very well received by customers.

Shearwater GeoServices Wins Contracts in West Africa

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GC Rieber Shipping ASA's 50% owned geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a contract to acquire 3D seismic for Genel Energy in the Sidi Moussa license offshore Morocco. Additionally, Shearwater has been awarded a five months contract for an undisclosed client engaged in West Africa. The market outlook is improving, and the two contracts add significantly to Shearwater's backlog for the 2018 summer and autumn seasons. Genel Energy, one of the largest independent oil producers listed on the London Stock Exchange…

Buyers Seek US Waivers to Buy Iranian Oil amid New Sanctions

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South Korea said on Wednesday it would seek U.S. exemptions to buy Iranian oil, a path many big oil consumers are likely to follow in the wake of new U.S. sanctions on Tehran, which will tighten world oil markets and push up prices.Iran is the third-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and a key supplier, especially to refiners in Asia.The United States plans to impose new unilateral sanctions after abandoning an agreement reached in late 2015 which limited Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for removing joint U.S.-Europe sanctions…

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