November 25, 2015
Ӧresund, Sweden-based BogserTeam Ӧresund (BTӦ), part of MarCon gruppen, recently signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2810. MarCon gruppen is currently experiencing growth and is undertaking a programme of renewal and expansion to its fleets.
The ASD 2810 is currently being built on series at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The completed vessel will be delivered to the client in June 2016, after which she will sail under her own keel to Sweden. Here, she will join two other tugs currently operated by BTӦ and carry out harbour and escort towage duties in the Sound, between Denmark and Sweden.
VSTEP OSV Simulator delivered to leading offshore services provider in the Middle East
Nov. 25, 2015 - Halul Offshore Services Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Milaha, has recently procured a state-of-the-art Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) Ship Handling Simulator from VSTEP, which is the first of its kind in Qatar.
Nov. 25, 2015 - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $102.8 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Under the contract, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technology to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships.
This modification brings the cumulative value of the contract, initially awarded in 2010, to $1.1 billion.
Nov. 25, 2015 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a leading global provider of services and products to the shipping industry, is warning of price, supply and safety risks in the run-up to the global ban on R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane or HCFC) refrigerant. The colourless gas, which has high ozone depletion and global warming potential, is still said to be in use on between 6,000 and 8,000 vessels worldwide.
R-22 was outlawed throughout the EU in a process that ran from 2010 to 1 January 2015. It is currently being phased out in the US, where no new or imported R-22 will be permitted from 1 January 2020. As part of the Montreal Protocol (MP), a UN agreement to protect the ozone layer, HCFC use will be phased out in member countries by 2030.
Nov. 25, 2015 - Dorian LPG Ltd., a leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs), reported today that it has taken delivery of the ECO VLGC Copernicus from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.
The Copernicus is Dorian LPG's 17(th) newbuilding delivery. The Copernicus will trade in the Helios LPG Pool.
Nov. 24, 2015 - OAO Yamal LNG announced the issuance of 15-year bonds for the total amount of RR 75 billion (USD 1.16 billion). The bonds are nominated in US dollars with the interest rate linked to LIBOR.
The bonds were issued as part of withdrawal of the second tranche of the National Welfare Fund of Russia (NWF) financing package for Yamal LNG. The proceeds will be used for the LNG plant construction project on the Yamal peninsula.
Nov. 24, 2015 - Stena Bulk has placed an order for three 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX MR tankers with the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering in Guangzhou. It has also taken out an option on a further two vessels. The total value of the order is USD 200 million. The first delivery is planned for the end of 2017 after which the vessels will be delivered at 3-monthly intervals.
The vessels now ordered are of the same type as the ten chemical and product tankers ordered by Stena Bulk in 2012 from the same shipyard, the first four of which were delivered earlier this year. All the IMOIIMAX tankers will be deployed in Stena Weco’s global logistic system, which currently employs more than 60 vessels.
Sharjah Ports Authority, has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2411, named Al Luolo’ Aya. His Excellency Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Seaports and Customs at the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone presided over the ceremony, which was held at Damen Shipyards Sharjah.
The Sharjah Port and Customs Authority is a long-term customer of Damen and already has eight Damen Stan Tugs and a recently delivered Damen pilot boat in its fleet. The new Damen ASD 2411 is the port’s first ASD tug.
Nov. 24, 2015 - Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the charter of an IMO2/3 class MR tanker. The vessel will be chartered jointly with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime's share amounts to 50 percent. The contract, which comes into effect at the end of November 2015, is for two years with an option for a further 1-6 months.
The vessel was built in 2014 and is an eco-design tanker, which means about 25 percent lower fuel consumption than the previous generation of MR tankers.
The vessel will be operated by Stena Weco, which has a fully integrated global logistics network for the transportation of petroleum products, light chemical and vegetable oils.
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for various shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, in South Korea.
Major cruise line signs up for new turbochargers
Nov. 24, 2015 - MAN PrimeServ has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet.
The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels - two operated by Royal Caribbean International, and two operated by Pullmantur, a wholly-owned RCCL subsidiary, along with attachment kits and technical support.
Nov. 24, 2015 - Danelec Marine today announced that DNV GL has awarded a type approval certificate with EU Wheelmark designation for the new DM800 ECDIS G2 series Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). The DNV GL approval certifies that the new DM800 ECDIS complies with all provisions of the IMO A.694(17), MSC.191(79) and MSC.232(82) regulations.
The DM800 ECDIS G2 incorporates totally new Linux-based application software, an intuitive easy-to-learn user interface, industry-leading cartography solutions, ruggedized low-power LED display monitors and Danelec’s exclusive SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology for shipboard service.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Marsa Maroc, have signed an agreement of the supply of seven Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and Kalmar Care service and support to the new Terminal a Conteneurs 3 (TC3 PC) in Casablanca, Morocco.
The order was signed in August 2015, and the delivery of the equipment is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter 2016.
November 24, 2015
On 24 November 2015 Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, met Robert Ashdown, Secretary General of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), in St. Petersburg.
The visit was organized within the framework of Secretary General introduction to the leaders of Classification Societies – IACS members (Mr. Ashdown was appointed to the post in July 2015).
November 25, 2015
A new dry port with a capacity of 900,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units will be built in the territory of the Nadezhdinskaya special economic zone in Russia’s Far East Primorye Territory to cope with growing volume.
The $200 million project, known as Southern Primorsky Terminal and scheduled to open in 2018, will boost the capacity of Russia’s Far East seaports by 450,000 TEUs annually, said Dmitry Varlamov, deputy general director of Incom DV, which is a partner in the project and one of Russia’s largest logistics companies.
The Development Corporation of Far East, Russia’s state corporation focused on the economic development of the Far East, will also develop the site, which is located close to Vladivostok, Russia’s largest Far East port.
Russia plans to produce 885 billion cubic meter of natural gas in 2035.
Russian giant Rosneft is offering around $2.4 billion for a 49% stake in Essar Oil, India's second largest refiner, sources directly familiar with the matter said.
Iran will export natural gas to Europe and Asia following the lifting of international sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani said Monday (Nov. 23).
According to BP experts, Iran could become one of the key gas producers in the world as the country's natural gas reserves are estimated at 34 trillion cubic meters, or 18 percent of global total.
Poland's state-run gas distributor PGNiG says it is examining oil and gas exploration and production opportunities in Iran ahead of the much-expected lifting of Western sanctions on Tehran.
November 23, 2015
The new Zvezda Shipyard in the Primorsky Region will be built in three stages, the project is valued at 129 bln rubles ($2 bln)
Zvezda Shipyard in Russia’s Far East where tankers, LNG carriers and platforms for offshore fields should be built despite declining hydrocarbons prices, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev said on Thursday (Nov. 19).
Russia’s shipping and shipbuilding sectors experience severe shortage of personnel while industry focused education is short of financing. There are only two ways out – ask either government or business for money.
The Port of Nome, Alaska is on a quest to be a hub for Arctic shipping. But with the recent decision by Shell to cancel its exploration activities in the Chukchi Sea, it will be hard for the Port of Nome to get dredging funding. Still, there’s hope for one of America’s northern most ports.
Polish LNG terminal in Świnoujście is expecting its first supply of liquid natural gas to be delivered mid December.
The Q-Flex LNG tanker vessel Al Nuaman was loaded in the Qatari port of Ras Laffan on November 19th 2015, and is expected to reach the terminal on December 11th or 12th.
The first delivery of liquid natural gas, handled by LNG producer and operator of LNG carriers Qatargas, will be used in the commissioning and cool-down of the Świnoujście terminal.
The removal of Russian radio-electronic systems from the French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers commissioned but not received by Moscow is completed, a shipbuilding company DCNS spokesperson said Monday (Nov. 23).
November 20, 2015
Russia aims to regain its leadership in the carbon fiber sector and the production of strong, lightweight composite materials used in construction and industry.
Recent years have seen the development of LPG transshipment infrastructure in Russia. However, the Far East region has not been involved in the process yet.
Meanwhile, market players and experts forecast the demand for LPG to grow in the Asia-Pacific region.
Low oil prices are leaving many oil and gas companies with difficult debt loads, causing them to default at an extraordinary rate.
November 19, 2015
Russia’s container transportation market is on the verge of consolidation. The country’s two largest, and ailing, container transport providers - container line and terminal operator Fesco and containerized rail provider Transcontainer - plan to merge.
The first export of U.S. gas to Europe will head for Lithuania, two industry sources say, a gesture to the Baltic states, reliant on Russia for supply, and the likely first shot in a price war over market share in Moscow's backyard.
The February delivery will be of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) transported by sea to custom built terminals, challenging Russia's land locked pipelines, as producers turn from the wilting Asian market to Europe.
Europe has attained strategic importance for the United States, where companies that have already invested $60 billion in building four giant export schemes are offered a lifeline by the continent's deep markets and dozens of under-used import terminals.
Dec. 1-4, 2015 • Shanghai, China
Dec. 1-3, 2015 • Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Dec. 1-3, 2015 • Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Dec. 8-10, 2015 • Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
March 16-18, 2016 • Singapore
March 29-31, 2016 • Beijing, China
March 29-31, 2016 • Doha, Qatar
April 19-21, 2016 • Portsmouth, UK
April 19-22, 2016 • Moscow, Russia
June 6-10, 2016 • Athens, Greece
Sept. 6-9, 2016 • Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 4-7, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 4-6, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 25-28, 2016 • Dalian, China