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July 31, 2015
NEVA • Sept. 22-25, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, RUSSIA
Russia’s shipping and shipbuilding sectors are vibrant in 2015, nowhere more so than in the Arctic sector. Indeed there has been a constant stream of new developments and initiatives.
The most significant announcement came in June, when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed off plans to raise traffic through the Northern Sea Route (NSR), by 20 times to a staggering 80 million tons of freight annually by 2030. The move signals that Russian plans to develop an Arctic passage rivaling the Suez Canal are finally coming closer to realisation.
July 31, 2015 - Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Hans-Ulrich Engel, Member of the BASF Board of Executive Directors signed in Berlin today a Memorandum of Intent stipulating the cooperation within the project for constructing the Nord Stream II gas pipeline.
The document reflects the parties' intents to implement a project for constructing two strings of the gas pipeline that would connect the Russian and the German coasts under the Baltic Sea. The new gas pipeline capacity will total 55 billion cubic meters a year.
July 31, 2015 - Today from port Prigorodnoye, the LNG carrier “Amur River” will depart for his first voyage with the liquefied natural gas cargo of 149 700 cubic metres.
The agreement on the vessel freight for Sakhalin Energy was signed between the company and “Gazprom Marketing and Trading” in April 2014.
The Sakhalin Energy fleet of LNG carriers now consists of five tankers. In addition, LNG from Sakhalin-2 LNG plant is also delivered by the tankers under the customers’ management.
Following the supply of a further 100,000 tonnes of East Siberian Pacific Ocean (ESPO) crude to the Chinese market in July, total volumes of ESPO crude exports by Gazprom Neft since the commencement of supplies have now reached 10 million tonnes.
Payment for all ESPO crude supplies despatched by Gazprom Neft to China throughout 2015 have been made in Chinese currency: negotiations with purchasers on potential payment in rubles are ongoing.
Transas, one of the world's leading providers of integrated navigation solutions, received ECDIS type-approval from the Korean Registry (Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute), making Transas one of a few companies holding an ECDIS certificate from the South Korean maritime authority.
The certificate issued by the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute proves the system's compliance with all ECDIS-related regulations valid for the South Korean Flag state and covers not only Navi-Sailor ECDIS in Premium and Standard configurations, but also all Transas supplementary components for usability benefits and system integration. All tests were successfully passed within one week at the certified Transas R&D facilities.
The certification was followed by two ECDIS contracts carried out in cooperation with Transas's local partner Arion Communication.
July 31, 2015 - The International Seabed Authority (ISA) General Assembly on July 14th approved the World Ocean Council (WOC) as an official Observer. Established by the Law of the Sea treaty, the ISA is the intergovernmental body which organizes, regulates and controls all mineral-related activities in the international seabed area of the world.
With formal ISA Observer status, the WOC further increases its ability to help ensure ocean business community presence in the key intergovernmental bodies and processes that determine ocean policy, planning and regulations affecting industry access and operations.
This month, a Damen RoRo 5612 was launched at Halong Shipyard in Vietnam. The RoRo is one of nine Damen vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as part of its Sandy Bottom Project.
The vessel’s multi-purpose capabilities will be put to use by the Defence Force in a range of situations including law enforcement, aids to navigation (ATON), replenishment at sea (RAS), the re-supply to Defence Force bases and the provision of disaster relief throughout the island nation and the wider Caribbean community.
Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the HERIBERTO HERNANDEZ, the 14th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.
The 154 foot patrol craft HERIBERTO HERNANDEZ is the 14th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.
The Coast Guard took delivery on July 30, 2015 in Key West, Florida, and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Puerto Rico during October, 2015.
July 30, 2015 - Leading classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Compressed Natural Gas Carriers.
Global economic and population growth is bringing about increased energy production and consumption. In its latest forecast, CEDIGAZ, an international not for profit association dedicated to natural gas information, predicts that global natural gas demand will grow by 1.8% a year from 2013 to 2035 with the largest portion of this growth coming from Asia-Oceania and the Middle East.
Natural gas share in world primary energy supply is projected to increase from 21.3% to 23.6% over the same period. As the demand and supply of natural gas increases, the volume of transportation of natural gas will also expand.
After becoming the first classification society to issue Cargo Ship Safety and Small Commercial Safety Certificates to two Trinidad and Tobago vessels LR was recently authorised by several Caribbean flag administrations to carry out surveys and issue certificates under new codes on their behalf.
Some veteran Mississippi push boats and barges have been transported to South America for second careers. However, conditions on a great river like the Paraguay-Paraná are different. It has sharp bends, shallow stretches, and includes remote reaches totally lacking in infrastructure.
Building on extensive experience designing for the shallow rivers of Canada's frontier northland, Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects from Vancouver, BC have taken on the challenge of creating a new generation of specialized tug and barge systems to suit these demanding environments.
July 30, 2015
July 30, 2015 - Subsea 7 S.A. today announced the award of a contract with a value of approximately USD 500 million by BP, and partner DEA, for the development of the Taurus and Libra subsea fields offshore Alexandria, Egypt. The contract is the first phase of Egypt’s West Nile Delta project where field development will be at depths of approximately 800 metres.
The contract scope includes the engineering, procurement, installation and pre-commissioning of subsea infrastructure required to develop the hydrocarbon resources from nine wells including 75 kilometres of umbilicals and 100 kilometres of pipeline.
World leading marine equipment manufacturer Dometic has announced a new, dedicated team of ship-wide ventilation experts, who specialise in providing customised design, engineering support and consultation services to the global marine industry.
Led by Dometic application engineers Neil Norton and Nelson Frolund, the Dometic Marine ship-wide ventilation team will focus exclusively on designing and implementing installation of smoke and fire dampers, axial fans and blowers, mist eliminators and accessories for boat builders, integrators and owners.
The products are designed to improve safety, extend engine life, optimise performance and efficiency for oil and gas vessels, tugs, OSVs, military vessels, ferry boats, cruise ships, superyachts, crew boats, pilot boats, patrol boats, fireboats and more.
On 28 July 2015, the steel cutting ceremony for the third ship of the project 42K Arctic Shuttle Tanker was held at the Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries. A series of six oil tankers has been ordered by PAO Sovcomflot for oil transportation from Novoportovskoye field. The ships are constructed to dual class, RS acting as the leading society.
Steel cutting and keel laying for all the six ships of the above series will take place in 2015. Completion of construction of the first ship, for which the steel cutting ceremony was held on 1 April 2015, is scheduled for June 2016.
July 31, 2015
Russia has proved itself as a great maritime power; the country's navy successfully guarantees its defense capability, President Vladimir Putin has said.
"Our fatherland has proved itself as a great maritime power thanks to the courage of its seamen, the talent of its shipbuilders, the daring of its famous explorers, trailblazers and naval leaders.
For us this status is a great responsibility to history, to our ancestors who built the maritime glory of Russia and, of course, to future generations to which we should leave a modern and powerful navy," he said addressing the Baltic Fleet on July 26 on the occasion of Navy Day.
World demand for oil in 2015 may grow by 1.2 to 1.3 million barrels per day and by 2020 demand will grow between 7 and 11 percent, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Thursday (July 30).
The decision not to transfer two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships built for the Russian Navy amounts to a "historic mistake" and goes against the political and industrial interests of France, politician Florian Philippot said, urging François Hollande to restore working relations with Moscow.
Talks between Russia and France concerning the future of the Mistral contract have ended. The contract will be terminated in the near future, a top Russian official has stated.
The Russian authorities are gathering a group of specialists who would go to France to dismantle equipment installed on the Mistrals.
The “Yuri Ivanov” will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway.
For the first time in some 20 years, Spain is getting back into the business of building large tankers - and it is taking a leaf from the page of U.S. Jones Act tanker builders to do so.
Shipbuilder Navantia said yesterday (July 30) that it had ratified contracts with Ibaizabal Group's Ondimar Transportes Marítimos LDA, for the construction of four Suezmax tankers, plus an option for two more.
The value of the contracts was not disclosed, but Navantia said that they would be built in Spain at international market price. Suezmax newbuilding prices haven't strayed much above $65 million lately.
Construction of the first of the 156,000 dwt, 274 m x 48 m ships will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and the first is to be delivered in late 2017.
China has confirmed that it is building a unique aircraft carrier, and that it may even be nuclear-powered.
July 30, 2015
"We incorporated best practices used in the neighboring countries into the advance development territories structure," Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Far Eastern Federal District says.
Shanghai-listed China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has placed an USD 934.4 million order with Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding for eight 13,500 TEU container ships.
The order was placed through CSCL’s Hong Kong-based subsidiary China Shipping Container Lines (HK) Limited, and the boxships are due for delivery between April and December 2018.
Each vessel is valued at approximately USD 116.8 million, and will fly the flag of Hong Kong.
CSCL Hong Kong will finance the construction of the vessels through its own funds and through bank loans.
Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) is seeing good demand in the ship repair business with its largest dock fully booked until next year.
The Singapore yard group saw an 11% growth in revenues from ship repair in the second quarter of 2015 to SGD166m ($121.2m) compared to SGD150m in the same period a year earlier.
French company Total’s failed adventure in the Barents Sea comes to end as Gazprom buys its 25 percent stake in the Shtokman Development AG.
Natural gas expected to continue growth after more than a decade of decline
Industrial use of natural gas is up 24% from 2009 levels of consumption after more than a decade of steady declines. Industrial facilities, including methanol plants and ammonia- or urea-based plants, consumed an average of 21.0 Bcf/d of natural gas in 2014.
Several more major projects are expected to come online through 2018, continuing to push industrial use of natural gas even higher, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The joint-venture consortium of ‘K’ Line LNG Shipping (UK) Ltd and Chandris Hellas Inc. has entered into long-term time charter contracts with BP for two LNG Carrier newbuildings.
The LNG carriers will be constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) in South Korea.
The 173 400 m3 capacity LNG carriers are scheduled for delivery in 2018. It is expected that the vessels will primarily be engaged in the transportation of LNG from the Freeport LNG project in Texas, USA.
Canada's Conservative government is studying whether to extend Arctic drilling licenses, a move that could open the door to relinquishing millions of dollars in deposits paid by major energy companies.
The right-leaning government is considering the change in law in response to oil industry lobbying to extend licenses that expire in 2020 for seven years due to the challenges of drilling in harsh conditions while meeting safety requirements.
Aug. 27-29, 2015 • Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Sept. 2-3, 2015 • London, UK
Sept. 7-9, 2015 • Gdansk, Poland
Sept. 15-18, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 17-20, 2015 • Mianyang, Sichuan, China
Sept. 22-25, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 23-25, 2015 • Mumbai, India
Oct. 7-9, 2015 • Jakarta, Indonesia
Oct. 7-8, 2015 • Antwerp, Belgium
0ct. 20-21, 2015 • Shanghai, China
Nov. 3-6, 2015 • Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Nov. 6-8, 2015 • Xiamen, China
Nov. 26-27, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Dec. 1-4, 2015 • Shanghai, China
Dec. 8-10, 2015 • Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
March 16-18, 2016 • Singapore
March 29-31, 2016 • Beijing, China
June 6-10, 2016 • Athens, Greece
Sept. 6-9, 2016 • Hamburg, Germany