Western Australia News

10 Oct 2019

Jan De Nul Completes Port Hedland Dredging

Photo: Jan De Nul Group

Jan De Nul Group completed the capital dredging works for the Channel Risk and Optimization Project (CROP) in Port Hedland, Western Australia, and can look back on a successful three-year cooperation with the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA).Over the past three years a combination of Hopper Dredgers, a Cutter Suction Dredger and Split Hopper Barges were deployed to dredge sections of the 42-km long navigational channel and to further enhance the safe and sustainable access to the port of Port Hedland.

30 Sep 2019

KOTUG Wins Big in Port Hedland

Photo: KOTUG

With the successful start an important milestone has been reached in the execution of the contract to operate the tugboat fleet for Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) in Port Hedland, a bulk export port on Australia´s west coast. The fleet consists of eight new ART 85-32W and one RT80-32 Rotortugs. Six of them are Fortescue owned, three are owned by KOTUG, which are chartered directly to Fortescue. KOTUG manages the entire contract.Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is the site of the highest tonnage port in Australia.

19 Sep 2019

Woodside in LNG Supply Deal with Uniper

Image: Woodside

Australian LNG producer Woodside signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Uniper Global Commodities SE for a long-term (13 years) supply deal which would kick off in 2021.The quantity of LNG to be supplied will initially be up to 0.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), increasing to approximately 1 Mtpa from 2025.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the HOA, signed at Gastech in Houston, builds on previous LNG supply arrangements between Woodside and Uniper.“This HOA deepens our relationship with Uniper, an international energy company and a leading player in global gas markets.

13 Aug 2019

Flowserve Inks Deal for Prelude FLNG

Image: Shell Prelude FLNG facility

Flowserve Corporation (FLS), a provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, has entered into a five-year contract with Shell Australia to provide general maintenance services for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) facility, which is producing natural gas from an offshore field in Western Australia.A press release from the American multinational corporation said that it will support Prelude from its recently refurbished Quick Response Center (QRC) in Darwin…

31 Jul 2019

NYK Bulk Shipping Records Lower Profit

NYK Super Eco Ship 2050. Pic: NYK

Japanese shipping and logistics company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) said that its bulk Shipping division recorded lower profit than previous year.In the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 (April 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019), its revenues from the bulk shipping  amounted to 195.1 billion yen registering -11.3 decrease compared to the same period last year. The profit is down by -1.2 at 9.2 billion yen"Energy and Car transport is robust but lower dry bulk market due to production stoppage in Brazil and Western Australia…

30 Jul 2019

KOTUG Commits to Fleet Express

RT Kuri Bay - one of the three vessels used by KOTUG to serve the Shell Prelude facility (Photo courtesy of Inmarsat)

Successful trials of Inmarsat Fleet Xpress off Western Australia have persuaded global tug operator KOTUG International to select the high-speed broadband solution for this area of the Asia Pacific region.Following trials on board the 100-ton bollard pull tug Roebuck Bay, the towage service company has confirmed that the unique Fleet Xpress combination of Ka-band, continuously backed up by FleetBroadband, has significantly enhanced both the stability of communications and available…

18 Jul 2019

Two Container Giants Visits Austalian Port

Image: Fremantle Port Authority

Two of the largest-capacity container ships to ever visit Australia are making calls to the Fremantle Inner Harbour this month.The first one, Maersk Skarstind, has already arrived in Fremantle. Maersk Skarstind berthed around 9.30pm on July 15th assisted by a pilot and three Svitzer tugs.Capable of carrying more than 9400 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) each—around double the number on most container ships visiting Australia—Maersk Skarstind and MSC Elma are about 300 meters long and 48 meters wide.While MSC Archimidis…

27 Jun 2019

Shipping Companies: Is Bigger Better?

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“If consolidation was the solution to all that ails shipping, then container liner companies would be super profitable. They are not. In ‘commoditized’ sectors of the shipping industry, which by now includes pretty much everything apart from very small niche markets, there is hardly any economies of scale at the company level. As long as bigger is not in fact much better, then meaningful consolidation will not happen.”Dr. Roar Adland, visiting scholar at MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).Like any other business…

11 Jun 2019

Prelude FLNG Ships First LNG Cargo

The Prelude FLNG facility, with the Valencia Knutsen berthed side-by-side (Photo: Shell)

The first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has sailed from Shell’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facility offshore Australia, Shell announced Tuesday alongside its joint venture partners INPEX, KOGAS and OPIC.This shipment from the world’s largest floating producer of LNG, located 475 kilometers northeast of Broome in Western Australia, will be delivered by the LNG carrier Valencia Knutsen to customers in Asia, more than eight years after financial investment decision (FID) and nearly two years after the facility arrived in Australia."How fast Prelude delivers its second and third cargo…

04 Jun 2019

​​​​Maritime Constructions Receives Damen Dredger, Multi Cat

Photo: Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) 500 and a Multi Cat 1506 to Maritime Constructions of Port Adelaide, Australia. The two vessels have been put to use on a port extension project in Onslow, Western Australia.Maritime Constructions has been awarded the contract to carry out capital dredging works for the Onslow Marine Support Base Channel Dredging project, which will see the modification and expansion of the Beadon Creek Harbor Approach Channel, Swing Basin and Berth Pocket.

29 Apr 2019

Ichthys Ramps Up Output

(File photo: INPEX)

A tanker carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been floating off Australian waters for nearly two weeks as production at Ichthys project ramps up, industry sources told Reuters.The tanker 'Symphonic Breeze' has been moored at Darwin anchorage since April 17 after loading a cargo from the recently launched Ichthys LNG facility, shipping data from Refinitiv Eikon showed.The LNG cargo has already been sold to a North Asian buyer, who chose to lift it at a later date due to high inventory in its tanks, an industry source familiar with the matter said.The "floating cargo" situation has been part

28 Apr 2019

Aus PM Promises $1bln for New Navy Ships

Pic: Scott Morrison official Twitter page

The Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party Scott Morrison is promising $1 billion to build three naval ships in Western Australia to create 1000 jobs if the coalition wins the election."We will build two mine warfare support vessels and a hydrographic vessel in Perth," he said in an announcement.On the WA shipbuilding funding Morrison said it would ensure jobs created in the sector would continue to the 2030s."This commitment in West Australia adds to the 31 minor war vessels already being built in the state - built in Australia…

26 Apr 2019

US Oil Sees Growing Reach

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Two cargoes of U.S. crude oil have been booked to sail to Australia, trade sources and data companies said, highlighting the increasing global reach of exports from the United States.Aframax tanker Esther Spirit loaded U.S. oil in early April at Enterprise Houston Terminal and is scheduled to discharge at Kwinana in Western Australia on May 20, ship-tracking data from Refinitiv and Vortexa showed.BP Plc chartered the Silver Sun, an Aframax, to load from the U.S. Gulf Coast this week to Kwinana for $2.35 million, according to a shipbroker and Refinitiv data.

17 Apr 2019

“It’s the steel production, stupid!”

Peter Sand, BIMCO

BIMCO's Peter Sand, in a new report, weighs in on the implications for the Dry Bulk sectors.Chinese imports of iron ore keep falling, while its crude steel production keeps growing. China’s increased use of scrap metal for its production of crude steel is fundamentally critical to the dry bulk shipping industry. Mostly Capesize ships are impacted by this, way beyond the temporary iron ore export disruptions in Brazil and Australia.Chinese steel production grew by a massive 12.6 million tonnes (+9.2%) in the first two months on 2019 as estimated by China Iron and Steel Association (CISA).

17 Apr 2019

Austal Cuts Steel for Fred. Olsen Ferry

Image: Austal

Australian-based global ship building company Austal Limited has commenced construction of the second of two 118 metre high-speed passenger trimaran ferries for Fred. Olsen Express in the Company’s Philippines shipyard.The vessel is due to be delivered by the end of 2020 as part of an A$190 million contract with Fred. Olsen Express for two 118 metre trimarans, which was awarded to Austal in October 2017.A metal cutting ceremony for the future “Bañaderos Express” was held in the Philippines shipyard, where the official names for the new vessels were officially announced by Fred.

15 Apr 2019

Woodside Expands LNG Supply

Pluto LNG. Image: Woodside Energy

Australian exploration and production company Woodside has opened a liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck loading facility at its Pluto LNG project in Western Australia (WA), as it looks to develop the domestic LNG market for remote power generation and transport fuels.The Pluto LNG project is located 190km north-west of Karratha in WA, in the Northern Carnarvon Basin. It processes LNG from the Pluto and Xena gas fields, which have total dry gas recoverable reserve volumes of 4.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf) and 0.6tcf respectively.Following the completion of commissioning activities…

05 Apr 2019

Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China Dip

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Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal fell more than 8 percent in March from a month earlier, port data released on Friday showed.Iron ore shipments to China from the world's biggest iron ore port totaled 30.7 million tonnes in March, compared with February's 33.5 million metric tons, the Pilbara Ports Authority said.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.Shipments were affected by tropical cyclone Veronica, which hit Western Australia in late March.

04 Apr 2019

Aus Terminal Selects Kalmar Straddle Carriers

Pic: Cargotec

The cargo-handling solutions provider Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to supply a total of 12 diesel-electric straddle carriers to leading Australian terminal operator Patrick Terminals.The order, which comprises eight automated Kalmar AutoStrad(TM) units and four manually operated Kalmar Straddle Carriers, was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q1 order intake. Delivery of the machines is scheduled to be completed during Q2 of 2020.Patrick Terminals is Australia's leading container terminal operator, handling over three million TEU annually.

19 Mar 2019

STR Opens Australian Office

Photo: Subsea Technology & Rentals

The specialist in the design and manufacture of advanced subsea technology for the offshore energy industry, Subsea Technology & Rentals (STR), is delighted to announce the launch of its Australian Office and hosted its official office opening day in Perth, Western Australia.The solution provider for seafloor investigation and inspection to the offshore community said in a press release that it has invested in the region following the appointment of Jason French as Business Development…

10 Mar 2019

Western Australia Curbs on Emissions

Pic: Chevron Australia

Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)  has announced tough new measures aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from large projects.This proposal could deter investment in the natural gas-rich state, a report in Reuters said quoting resource companies.EPA said new projects, which could include fertiliser and power plants as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) export sites, that generate more than 100,000 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide would be required…

09 Jan 2019

Maersk Supply Service Secures Work in Australia

Maersk Mariner (Photo: Maersk Supply Service)

Maersk Supply Service announced Wednesday it has lined up work for two anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels in support of a drilling program offshore Australia.Under a contract awarded by Chevron Australia, the vessels Maersk Mariner and Maersk Master will provide towing, anchor handling, supply, and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services for the Chevron-operated Gorgon Stage Two drilling program in the Northwest Shelf of Western Australia, starting in the second…

01 Mar 2019

MJP Opens New APAC HQ

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Marine Jet Power (MJP) has announced the establishment of a new sales office for Asia Pacific (APAC), headquartered in Perth Henderson, Western Australia.In a celebration last week, company CEO Magnus Sörenson, CFO Erling Tomasson and EVP of Sales and Marketing Damian O’Toole, attended the opening of MJP’s new office, located in the Australian Marine Complex overlooking Jervis Bay. Co-located with IKAD Engineering, the new MJP APAC headquarters is ideally situated in the Henderson Industrial area of Perth Western Australia…

12 Feb 2019

INPEX Selects NAPA for LNG Carrier Fleet

Image: NAPA

Japan's largest oil and gas exploration and production company INPEX Corporation has installed ClassNK-NAPA GREEN for monitoring operations on three of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.NAPA said that Inpex awarded a deal to the company for the provision of a solution for monitoring and follow-up of ship operations on two LNG carriers built to service the Ichthys project and one LNG carrier for Shell’s Prelude FLNG project.With the core motivation of accurately verifying the technical performance of these highly complex carriers…

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