March 12, 2014
March issue MM#1(47) will be released on 21.03.2014. Brief on articles is available on the official web-site of the publication.
March 11, 2014 - Vard Holdings Limited, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent with Solstad Offshore for the design and construction of a large Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (OSCV). The contract will be the largest single vessel order in VARD’s history.
The vessel is a VARD 3 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund. The hull of the vessel will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, while outfitting will take place at Vard Brattvaag in Norway. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for 2Q 2016.
The maintenance of passenger ferry Victoria I at Finland’s largest ship repair yard, a part of BLRT Grupp, has been finished.
Scheduled maintenance of Victoria I was carried out within six days at Turku Repair Yard’s dry dock. “The success of such projects, when quality maintenance has to be executed within shortest possible time, is ensured by smooth cooperation of BLRT Grupp and ship owner teams and partners. We are proud that our experience gives Tallink Grupp the confidence to place repair works with us,” said Vesa Marttinen, the Managing Director of Turku Repair Yard.
March 11, 2014 - Drydocks World and Maritime World, the leading provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, today announced that it has reached an agreement with DNV GL and appointed the Classification Society to provide re-certification services for its Quality Management Systems.
DNV GL will be reviewing and auditing Drydocks World & Maritime World Quality Management Systems as per the agreed plans to verify compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard and to identify potential process improvement opportunities.
March 11, 2014
March 10, 2014 - Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder today announced that it set a new daily naming ceremony record by naming five containerships ordered from Enesel on a single day.
In a simultaneous naming ceremony attended by Mr. Nikolas Lemos, Chairman of Enesel; Mr. Kim Oi-hyun, President & CEO of Hyundai Heavy Industries; and other 130 participants at HHI’s yard in Ulsan, South Korea, the sponsors including Mrs. Irini N. Lemos, wife of Mr. Nikolas Lemos and four other ladies, named three 10,500TEU containerships and two 13,800TEU containerships for the Greek owner. The large boxships are scheduled to be delivered from March 20 to early June this year.
The new all-in-one maritime VSAT offering doubles high-speed data and allowances, with unlimited L-band back up, without replacement of existing antenna.
Airbus Defense and Space unveiled its new standard of next generation maritime VSAT at Satellite 2014 in Washington DC, providing the most cost-effective and largest coverage high-speed broadband solutions to meet the increasing business and crew communications requirements of today’s shipping companies.
This new VSAT offering is part of the new AuroraGlobal services, delivering unmatched high throughput satcoms via one global multi-band portfolio for government, maritime and enterprise markets.
March 10, 2014 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won three orders worth $60 million for internal and external telecommunication systems for three Statoil projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of 2013 and in the first quarter of 2014.
The three contracts are signed with leading shipyards in South Korea. ABB will be a system integrator of telecommunications on the offshore installations built for the Aasta Hansteen and Gina Krog fields in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and for the Mariner field in the British sector. ABB has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunication deliveries to the global oil and gas industry and will complete these system deliveries by 2015.
A charter agreement between expanding subsea contractor DeepOcean and Maersk Supply Service has triggered an order for a Damen Offshore Carrier DOC 8500 - the second order for this new ship design from Damen Shipyards Group.
The DOC 8500 will extend DeepOcean’s capabilities in the larger cable laying end of the market, representing a new focus on Interconnector projects, in addition to oil & gas sector and renewables work. The specially-equipped vessel will be delivered from the Damen Galati yard in Romania.
Owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service, the vessel will become the latest addition to the 60-plus strong Maersk offshore support vessel fleet.
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured deck equipment contract for a series of eight 58,500 dwt bulk carriers under construction at New Times Shipbuilding in China. The vessels are being built for Lemissoler Navigation (Front Marine), based in Cyprus, with the delivery of the first two vessels scheduled to start around August 2015.
The contract will see MacGregor deliver complete equipment packages comprising electric pole-changing winches, steering gear, air compressors, hatch covers and variable frequency drive (VFD) electric cranes, four per ship.
BIO-UV is specialized in ballast water treatment and developed the BIO-SEA®BWTS which combines mechanical filtration and UV disinfection.
BIO-SEA® BWTS is also Typed Approved by Bureau Veritas, on behalf of the French Administration.
March 10, 2014
March 10, 2014 - Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, has announced the signing of a framework agreement with LM Wind Power, the world’s leading supplier of components and services to the wind industry. The framework agreement covers the certification of wind turbine blades to international standards.
Drydocks World, the leading provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced the completion and delivery of Eagle Louisiana, the second of two Modular Capture Vessels (MCV). The first MCV, Eagle Texas, sailed away from Drydocks World’s yard recently. The vessels are the world’s first MCVs.
March 9, 2014 - United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is pleased to announce that the final option for one additional 18,000 TEU vessel has been exercised bringing the total order to 17 ships including eleven 14,000 TEU vessels and six 18,000 TEU vessels.
The order has been placed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea and is the largest in UASC’s history, worth over US$ 2 billion for all 17 ships. The order features vessels that will be amongst the largest, most technologically advanced, and most environmentally friendly container vessels ever built.
The 14,000 TEU and 18,000 TEU newbuildings are scheduled for delivery from late 2014 and from the first half of 2015, respectively.
International classification society RINA has launched InfoSHIP EM, a real time tool for monitoring and optimising the hotel power demand on cruise ships. It is expected to produce hotel load energy savings in the order of over 10 per cent, thus generating significant annual cash savings in fuel costs for a typical large modern cruise ship.
Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas is to class a gas-fuelled major ro-ro passenger ferry newbuilding and oversee the conversion of three existing ro-pax ferries to LNG power for Brittany Ferries.
A major risk analysis carried out by Bureau Veritas together with Tecnitas was integral to the decision process for Brittany Ferries to switch part of its fleet to gas fuel.
March 11, 2014
Delivery is not possible till '15.
Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine.
Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic made their appeal Friday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. A similar letter was expected to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
The letter from the four nations, known as the Visegrad Group, asks for Congress to support speedier approval of natural gas exports, noting that the "presence of U.S. natural gas would be much welcome in Central and Eastern Europe."
If the Crimea joins Russia the latter can obtain the control over large offshore fields in the Black Sea. In case of the control over the rest Black Sea coast of Ukraine, Russia will get deepwater ports with the operating terminals allowing it master a considerable part of the Black Sea logistics.
Adnoc has signed a Dh120 million deal for a new oil rig, to be built in the UAE by the American company National Oilwell Varco, is to serve Adnoc’s main onshore operator, which is working to increase output to 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 from around 1.5 million bpd today.
Hong Kong: China’s largest private shipbuilder, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries, has announced that the company plans to issue HK$1bn of convertible bonds due 2016.
The company expects to raise approximately HK$992.5m net proceeds from the bonds issue, with HK$385.2m to will be used for general working capital and HK$607.3m to be used for repayment of medium term bank borrowings of the group.
Transas Group has won in a bidding process held by the Croatia based Uljanik Brodogradilište Shipyard, and has received approval from the customer Jan De Nul Group, to supply navigation equipment for a multipurpose ship (Hull No NB507).
The 10,500DWT, 138-meter-long vessel was designed for trenching and offshore support, as well as for subsea rock installation and cable laying. The package supplied by Transas includes the GMDSS radio communication equipment, a radar, ECDIS, a log, an echo sounder and other navigation systems.
March 07, 2014
Drilling for oil and gas deposits outside North America has hit the highest level in three decades, led by big exploration and production programmes in the Middle East and Africa.
The oil company intends to increase production in the Timan-Pechora province by 30 percent over the next two years. Northern Russia will be a key priority for the privately own company in the period 2014-2016. A total of $2 billion is to be invested in field development in the Timan-Pechora province in the period, company representatives told an audience of investors this week.
Exxon Mobil Corporation expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth, Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer, says.
Estonia and Finland signed an agreement on Friday to build two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on either side of the Gulf of Finland, along with a pipeline to connect the two terminals.
The Nordic country is preparing for the building of a LNG terminal, which will make it independent of Russian gas.
In a deal signed Friday (Feb. 28) by both Finnish and Estonian authorities, the countries agree to take further steps towards the building of two LNG terminals on either side of the Gulf of Finland. A pipeline is to connect the two plants.
Europe braced for possible battle with Moscow after Gazprom threatens to cut off gas supply if Ukraine does not pay bill.
Liquefied natural gas suppliers are readying for increased demand from European countries seeking to diversify access to the fuel amid concern over Russian shipments after its military intervention in Ukraine.
Hoegh LNG Holdings Ltd. and Golar LNG Ltd. this week predicted gains from the dispute in Ukraine, the transit country for more than 15 percent of Europe’s gas use. Demand may boost the need for floating LNG import terminals such as the one Hoegh will deliver to Lithuania this year, Chief Executive Officer Sveinung Stoehle said.
March 04, 2014
Bangkok-based Precious Shipping has ordered ten 64,000 dwt dry bulk carriers worth a total of RMB1.7bn ($276.6m) from Chinese shipyard Sainty Marine.
Sainty Marine announced on Feb. 3 that work on the newbuildings will commence this year and deliveries are scheduled from 2016 in phases.
Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract to build two 83,000 bbl. tank barges for Harley Marine Services, Inc. The 422’x 76’ x 27’ tank barges, designed by Elliott Bay Design Group to be part of articulated tug and barge configurations, will be among the largest vessels constructed for Harley Marine’s fleet.
March 19-21, 2014 • Singapore
March 19-21, 2014 • Beijing, China
March 25-27, 2014 • Doha, Qatar
March 27-28, 2014 • Sochi, Russia
April 8-10, 2014 • Helsinki, Finland
April 9-11, 2014 • Nanjing, China
April 9-11, 2014 • Nanjing, China
April 22-25, 2014 • Moscow, Russia
April 23-24, 2014 • Odessa, Ukraine
May 13-15, 2014 • Constanta, Romania
May 20-22, 2014 • Moscow, Russia
June 2-6, 2014 • Athens, Greece
June 24-26, 2014 • Gdańsk, Poland
June 24-25, 2014 • Wroclaw, Poland
Sept. 9-12, 2014 • Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 1-3, 2014 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 7-10, 2014 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Nov. 18-20, 2014 • Singapore