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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Western Europe News

VSTEP Delives Crane Simulator in Rotterdam

VSTEP delivers crane simulator for EMO, the largest transshipment terminal for coal and iron ore in Western Europe. For EMO, the largest transshipment terminal for coal and iron ore in Western Europe, VSTEP created a crane simulator for preparation and training of their future and current EMO dry bulk crane operators, increasing their effectiveness and precision. EMO is one of the leading companies in the dry bulk market. Modern and multifunctional, the EMO terminal is strategically located at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam.

Thordon Appoints Western Europe Sales Manager

George Morrison, Area Sales Manager, Western Europe

Sixteen –year veteran, George Morrison has been appointed the Area Sales Manager for Western Europe replacing retiring Campbell Cunningham. According to Thordon’s Commercial Director, Jan Willem de Jong, George’s experience and energy will be a catalyst for maintaining our strong growth in Western Europe. “George is the perfect leader to develop our existing and new products with our strong distribution network”, said de Jong. “He brings a wealth of bearing and seals experience combined with sales…

Getting Offshore Fast: New Helicopter Market Forecast

Offshore helicopter at work: Photo courtesy of Kvaerner

Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecasts $24 billion in expenditure on offshore helicopter services between 2014 and 2018, a 57% increase in comparison to the preceding five-year period. Western Europe will continue to account for the largest share of global expenditure, driven by both the extensive North Sea infrastructure and the preference towards using large helicopters. Although Western Europe will continue to underpin the market over the forecast period, DW expect faster growth rates in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America.

MSC Announces New Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)announced that the company now offers new direct service to West Mediterranean ports in addition to its existing North Atlantic Service. This service is being operated using five 1200 TEU capacity vessels on a weekly basis. Valencia, Naples, La Spezia and returning to Boston. moving to and from Western Europe," said Nicola Arena, president of MSC (USA) Inc. Gulf to North Europe; plus their Atlantic service to the Western Mediterranean out of Charleston. Mediterranean areas (via Relay Service) can be accommodated. available between U.S. Mexico and the Caribbean. While the company's North Atlantic to Europe vessels will not stop in Freeport…

Demand to Double Omega Fleet

Oil product tanker company Omega Navigation Enterprises Inc. aims to double its fleet within three years on rising demand for refined product shipments, the company said. With limited growth in oil refinery capacity in the United States and western Europe, growing volumes of refined products are being shipped to these markets by tanker from refineries around the world. Piraeus, Greece-based Omega recently ordered two tankers, which will boost its fleet to eight vessels. The contract for the tankers includes an option to buy another two vessels.

DUC Natural Gas Production Up 6.9%

Danish Underground Consortium`s (DUC) production of natural gas from its North Sea fields increased 6.9 percent year-on-year in March, operator A.P. Moeller said. In the first quarter, DUC's North Sea natural gas production rose 3.6 percent year-on-year to 2.18 billion cubic meters. DUC is responsible for virtually the entire output from Denmark`s North Sea oil and gas fields. Denmark is the fourth-biggest offshore gas producer in western Europe after Norway, Britain and the Netherlands. A.P. Moeller owns 39 percent of DUC. Its two partners, Royal Dutch Shell Group and Texaco own 46 percent and 15 percent respectively. Danish Underground Consortium`s (DUC) North Sea oil production rose 6.1 percent year-on-year in March, operator A.P.Moeller said.

Amber Coast Logistics Challenge Cross-border Mindsets

Amber Coast Participants: Photo credit ACL Project

The Amber Coast Logistics project brings together 19 project partners from Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, as well as another 25 associated partners. Founded with EU support, the project is designed to strengthen and exploit the existing potential of the transport and logistics sector in the southern and eastern Baltic Sea regions. 'Boundaries in the head are slower to disappear than frontiers between countries.' This was the realization of the recent mid-term event participants of the EU logistics project Amber Coast Logistics (ACL), held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

U.S. Petro Exports Continue to Grow

Total U.S. petroleum product exports continued to increase in 2015, up 467,000 barrels per day (b/d) from 2014 to 4.3 million b/d, driven by increased exports of distillate fuel, motor gasoline, and propane, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Mexico and the region encompassing both Central and South America continued to be major recipients of U.S. petroleum product exports, as exports to the latter region increased in 2015 because of supply constraints that are likely to ease. Exports of distillate fuel oil represent the largest component of U.S. petroleum product exports, and averaged 1.19 million b/d in 2015, an increase of 85,000 b/d from 2014. The United States exported distillate fuel to 88 different countries in 2015. The top destination for U.S.

Aegean Marine Expands to Greek Market

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) has established operations in Patras, Greece, expanding the company's presence in the Mediterranean. Patras, located on the western coast of Greece, serves as a strategic commercial hub connecting Greece and the Balkans with Italy and the rest of Western Europe. The port, ranking second in Greece in terms of size, caters to all segments of shipping and has a particular emphasis on the international ferry business. Aegean has been serving the Patras market on a limited basis since the second quarter of 2008 from its base in Piraeus. The company plans to assign four of its Piraeus' stationed double-hull bunkering tankers to this market.

DHS to extend US-VISIT to Visa Waiver Program Nations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that, by September 30, 2004, it will extend the US-VISIT requirements to aliens arriving in the United States from visa waiver program (VWP) nations. This means that mariners and other non-immigrants from those nations (mostly Western Europe, but including Japan, Australia, among others) will have their photographs and fingerprints taken upon arrival. DHS has also asked Congress to pass legislation that would extend for two years the deadline for VWP nations to have machine-readable passports that include biometric identifiers and for DHS to have readers for these biometric passports at all ports of entry.

Iridium Signs Agreement With Sait Communications

Iridium Satellite LLC has signed a non-exclusive agreement with SAIT Communications S.A. top-tier service provider of the only truly global, truly mobile satellite voice and data solution with complete coverage of the Earth's oceans, airways and Polar Regions. SAIT Communications S.A. (Former SAIT RadioHolland) currently provides satellite services for remote maritime, government and military users in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Asia Pacific and the Americas. SAIT's agreement with Iridium will enable it to provide its customers with a versatile communications service that will address customers' needs to stay in touch when operating in remote locations around the world.

Arctic Drilling Protesters Scale London Skyscraper

The Shard Climbers: Photo courtesy of Greenpeace

A group of activists from Greenpeace scaled the Shard, the tapered 310m glass tower next to London Bridge station, as a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. In an action that was perhaps inevitable at some point after the completion last year of western Europe's tallest building, visible across much of central London, the six climbers began their ascent in the early hours of Thursday morning. The activists reached the top of the building at around 7.10pm., reports The Guardian.

New Commercial Director for Bibby Ship Management

Mark Robertshaw

Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd announced the appointment of Mark Robertshaw as its new Commercial Director, joining the business on September 23, 2013. His responsibilities will also include the role of new Managing Director for Bibby Ship Management’s Western Europe office, based in the Isle of Man. Mr. Robertshaw, a shipping and marine professional, is joining the business from Faststream Recruitment, where he set up its new Asian operation and took responsibility for sales performance for the region.

Alphatron Marine VSAT Systems for 11 Workboats

Photo courtesy of Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine has signed a lease contract with Seacontractors for no less than 11 vessels to provide satellite hardware and data solution packages. Alphatron Marine’s VSAT system will be installed alongside the existing IT infrastructure on nine Seacontractors B-Class workboats and two A-Class workboats, consisting of Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) and Multicats, mainly operating in Western Europe and the Middle East. Alphatron Marine’s solution will include an 80cm VSAT system, 19-inch rack, access points, switching, routing, UPS, modem and VoIP gateway.

Kursiu Linija invests in Europe

demand for short sea transportation linking Eastern and Western Europe. Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Hamburg. office in Riga in August. Kursiu Linija. now require us to have our own offices in key locations. system across all of them. Linija's UK gateways. In Rotterdam it will employ 8 staff and in Hamburg 6. us from Eimskip," explains Martin Dale, marketing director. continuity and a platform to build on. and tracking. Klaipeda, Lithuania. operational costs. units. reducing costs for the customer.

Offshore Drilling Spends Surges

High oil prices will drive oil & gas industry spends on offshore drilling to a total of $380b over the five year period to 2012; a rise of nearly 60% in comparison to the $240b spent in the previous five years. The latest edition of the ‘World Offshore Drilling Spend Forecast 2008-2012’ published by Douglas-Westwood and Energyfiles forecasts that by 2012 the global drilling market will be worth an estimated $80b, more than doubling since 2003. The data derived from the Energyfiles Global Database shows that nearly 18,000 offshore wells were drilled over the last five years. “The forecast for the next five years is generally stable but with a peak in 2010 and a slight dip in 2011, ultimately equalling a little over 20,000 for the period, and representing a rise of 13%.

Bibby Ship Management Boosts IOM Business

Bibby Ship Management has more than doubled the number of vessels under its Isle of Man statutory management service since last year, according to figures just released. Latest figures issued by the Isle of Man Ship Registry reveal a flagged merchant fleet of 442 vessels, amounting to 16,235,059 total gross metric tons. Bibby Ship Management provides statutory management services to 71 of these vessels, amounting to more than 4 million gross metric tons - a quarter (25%) of the total registry.

Russian Oil & Gas Service Boom

While the recent high-profile problems of the western oil majors’ adventures in Russia have occupied the attention of politicians, the giant Russian oilfield services industry continues to work delivering the products and services that produce the oil. Speaking at conferences in both London and St. Petersburg, executives from energy analysts Douglas-Westwood (DWL) outlined the scale of the opportunities available to investors. John Westwood, DWL managing director speaking at the SubseaTECH 2007 Conference in St. Addressing members of the Energy Institute in London, DWL’s assistant director Steve Robertson stated that, “the oilfield services industry has evolved rapidly in recent years, driven by operators’ increasing use of outsourced services and a move to Western business models.

Sember Named President and COO of ABS Europe

ABS has named William J. President and COO for one of its three divisions, ABS Europe, effective 1 January 2007. Sember replaces Christopher J. who moves to the organization’s worldwide headquarters in Houston, TX, USA to assume the role of President and Chief Operating Officer. surveyor after serving at sea as a marine engineer. Eastern Europe. importantly, our clients,” says ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville. of the offshore exploration and production units around the world. Party on Drilling Units. the Center for LNG. the Board for the Centre for Marine CNG Inc. located in St. Newfoundland, Canada. gas. Program at Harvard Business School. license and is a licensed professional engineer. Sember will be located at the ABS Europe headquarters in London.

GDF Suez Further Develops LNG Bunkering

Small scale LNG: GDF Suez takes positions in this high potential market with capacities in Zeebrugge, Belgium, LNG terminal. GDF Suez continues to develop its small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities in North West Europe following the award by Fluxys of additional berthing and storage capacity long term rights at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal. GDF Suez will have access to these capacities after the completion of the second jetty being constructed by Fluxys (expected in 2015). Those capacities will enable GDF Suez to reload small LNG carriers, such as LNG feeders and LNG bunkering vessels that will supply LNG as marine fuel for shipping companies.

TI Report Calls for New Contract Logistics Mindset

In its latest report, Global Contract Logistics 2013, Transport Intelligence (TI) found the global contract logistics market grew by 3.4% in 2012 to €159.35 billionn. However this figure hides an increasing divergence in the performance of regional markets, with growth in emerging markets much higher than those in Europe or North America. For example, the Middle East grew at 5.7%, whilst the Asian contract logistics market grew at 6.0%; due to an emphasis on intra-Asian trade. This contrasts with growth in North America which was only 3%, and an even weaker 0.9% growth rate in Western Europe. This gap in performance is set to widen with the outlook for emerging markets through 2016 remaining strong.

One Million Migrants Traveled to Europe by Sea in 2015

More than one million refugees and migrants braved the seas in 2015 seeking sanctuary in Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Wednesday. About half of the 1,000,573 men, women and children who made the perilous journey came from war-torn Syria, while Afghans accounted for roughly a fifth, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees agency said in a statement. Most people who took to the water for Europe made their way on the Aegean Sea to Greece's islands from Turkey, it said. From Greece, many travel to wealthier western Europe. A photograph of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned trying to reach Greece with his family in September appeared around the world, prompting sympathy and outrage over the refugee crisis.

EIA: Floating Storage Up, Shipping Routes Altered from Distillate Oversupply

(Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration)

According to a weekly update from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), an oversupply of European distillates is raising the amount of product being held in floating storage, and also causing changes to shipping routes to slow delivery to the continent. Europe is experiencing a relatively warm winter resulting in weaker demand, and also high refinery runs in Europe and increased imports have kept distillate inventories in the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Antwerp (ARA) area far above normal.

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