October 22, 2014
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October 7-10 the International Specialised Offshore Exhibition and Conference Offshore Marintec Russia was held at ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg. Top players of the global energy and shipbuilding market gathered in the same venue to discuss the most important aspects of the development of the Arctic continental shelf.
The latest technologies in oil and gas extraction, design technologies for various marine facilities, nuclear energy equipment and petrochemical and refinery enterprises was showcased at the stands of the leading enterprises specializing in hydrocarbon production and building equipment for shelf development.
World transport produces 13% of the total greenhouse gas emissions. The Navy accounts for only 3% of these. However, due to the intensive development of the fleet over the past five years this index has doubled: more powerful propulsion systems require more fuel, number of vessels increases, proportionally increase emissions. In addition, from the perspective of environmental management for the global shipping industry questions of ballast water treatment, waste disposal, development of port receiving facilities, oil spill response and treatment of decommissioned ships are relevant.
"Marine Technics" Group is one of the first companies on the Russian shipbuilding market to respond to the trend of environmental regulations strengthening. Currently the company is actively developing the department of supplies of marine equipment meeting the strictest environmental standards. Today the company offers not only waste water treatment and oily water separation systems, but also the latest developments in diesel engine manufacturing.
InterManager, the international trade association which represents third party and in-house ship managers, has welcomed Cyprus head-quartered ship management company Unicom to its Full Membership.
Unicom, which provides a full range of ship management services to almost 90 vessels and specialises particularly in Arctic operations, joined InterManager as a Full Member following a meeting in Limassol with InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, last week.
October 21, 2014
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME)has concluded a licensing agreement with Changzhou Zhonghai Marine Propeller Co., Ltd. (CZZH) under which MHI-MME provides CZZH the manufacturing and marketing rights to its marine propellers.
MHI-MME has previously licensed a variety of its marine machinery to Chinese companies - including 2-stroke low-speed engines, marine auxiliary boilers, marine turbines and steering gears - but the newly concluded agreement marks the first time the company will be licensing its propellers.
Rolls-Royce and the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, have signed a co-operation agreement that will enhance the service capabilities of both parties in order to meet growing demand from rig and drillship owners.
A new 2100m2 state-of-the-art service facility will be built by Astican for Rolls-Royce to service and overhaul the complete Rolls-Royce product range, including the simultaneous reconditioning of up to six Azimuth thruster units.
Oct. 21, 2014 - Lamprell, a leading provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore oil & gas and renewable energy industries, is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, the "Mercury".
Completion of this rig is another significant milestone for the Group, particularly as it has been built under challenging conditions but with an excellent safety record and several weeks ahead of schedule.
Maritime Broadband has expanded its worldwide footprint by opening an office, Maritime Broadband Hellas, in Athens, Greece. The new office addresses the growing international demand for its C-Bird VSAT communications solution and spearheads sales and service support in the region. The office will be located at 44 Adramyttiou Street 17121 in Athens.
The C-Bird VSAT communications solution is fast becoming recognized as the world’s best, most reliable and affordable system by major shipping industry players.
October 20, 2014
The demand for global natural gas continues to grow every year. According to the World Energy Outlook by the International Energy Agency (IEA), natural gas is going to play a significant role in the world’s energy mix. Also, demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to be growing even stronger, particularly in the mid and long-term. Especially, Asian markets, such as Japan, South Korea, as well as Latin American markets are in demand for LNG and generate the largest rises in demand growth globally.
With a recent merger with Samsung Heavy Industries, one of the world’s best shipbuilder, Samsung Engineering is preparing to be the major player in this up-striving market.
Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) passed an important milestone by successfully completing the gas trial for the first LNG carrier built to a Boil Off Rate (BOR) of 0.08% per day.
WTS subsidiary company Ti Group completed the test on the LNG carrier Seishu Maru, currently under construction at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan for NYK Line.
Hamburg gets an environmentally friendly alternative for supplying power to cruise ships lying at port. The LNG Hybrid Barge, Becker Marine Systems’ floating liquefied gas power plant christened at Hafencity on Saturday (Oct. 19), is a world premiere.
Thanks to the use of the floating liquefied power plant, the future cruise ships will be supplied with energy produced from environmentally-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) during their layovers at port. This fuel lowers emissions and particulates, compared to marine diesel fuel.
Sulphur oxides and soot particles are no longer emitted and the emission of nitrogen oxides will be lowered by up to 80% and carbon dioxide by an additional 30%.
As representatives of the 25 Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet in Hobart, where they will decide the fate of two key protection proposals in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) called on the member countries to honour their conservation commitments and finally agree to lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.
A joint US-NZ proposal to designate a Ross Sea marine protected area (MPA) of 1.32 million km2 (with 1.25 million km2) area proposed as "no take") is under consideration. The Ross Sea, is often referred to as "The Last Ocean" due to its status as one of the most pristine oceans remaining on earth.
Sembcorp Marine wishes to announce that its subsidiaries Sembmarine SLP and Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd have secured offshore energy related contracts valued at a combined S$222 million.
Sembmarine SLP Limited (SLP), which is 70% owned by Sembcorp Marine, has been awarded a contract to design and build the offshore substation platform for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. The contract has been granted by Siemens Transmission & Distribution Limited, which was awarded the contract for the Electrical System Infrastructure by the wind farm’s developer Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a joint venture between Norwegian Energy firms Statkraft and Statoil.
The largest ship ever to enter the Thames arrived at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s new deepwater container port. The 397-metre-long, 56-metre-wide Edith Maersk has a draught of 16 metres and carries up to 15,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).
DP World London Gateway operates eight of the UK’s largest quay cranes; their air draft and overreach capabilities mean that the port is well-equipped to handle the world’s largest vessels of today and tomorrow.
On 14 October, a shipnaming ceremony was held for the first two of ten Medium Range (MR) Product Tankers from SPP Shipyard in Korea.
Named BW Egret and BW Falcon, these ships are at the leading edge in eco-ship design - high-spec, fuel-efficient models with strengthened hulls, increased cargo area, and in full compliance with many upcoming environmental regulations.
October 22, 2014
Singapore: Singapore has been replaced by China as the world’s biggest builder of jack-up rigs, with 33% of the global orderbook compared to China’s 47%.
Between 2000 and 2010, yards in Singapore built 55% of global deliveries of jack-up rigs, according to research by Douglas-Westwood.
The research group said Chinese yards had secured their market share by offering clients highly attractive financing packages.
Iran has accused fellow Muslim countries in the Middle East of plotting with the West to bring down oil prices as a tactic to further undermine its sanctions-hit economy.
With oil losing a quarter of its value since June, President Hassan Rouhani's administration has been scrambling for alternative sources of income to meet its forecast for revenue in the current budget based on an oil price of $100/barrel.
October 20, 2014
An extended slump in oil prices threatens an expansion of the liquefied natural gas industry and risks cutting returns for project developers in Australia, poised to become the world’s biggest supplier of LNG.
The nation’s exports of natural gas converted to liquid are linked to the oil price, which has declined from a June peak. Brent crude, the global benchmark, reached an almost four-year low of $82.60 a barrel last week.
In a brief interview, Senior Arctic Officials from Norway and the Russian Federation comment on their countries’ work to prevent oil pollution in the Arctic marine environment.
The Senior Arctic Officials are co-chairs of the Arctic Council’s Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP).
Both Norway and Russia have experience with maritime activity and with petroleum activity in their Arctic waters. Could you describe your state’s experience, and talk about what has been learned regarding the importance of preventing marine oil pollution, and how it can be managed?
Representatives from seven countries have gathered in Tromsø this week to create a new set of standards for sustainable standardized solutions for international petroleum activities in the Arctic.
The global LNG market, in which Gazprom intends to increase its liquefaction capacity by 250% to 25 million tpy by 2018, will pose unfamiliar challenges to the company, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Anna Belova, Ph.D., GlobalData’s Lead Upstream Analyst covering the Former Soviet Union, states that Gazprom, the world’s leading natural gas producer, is seeking to expand aggressively beyond pipeline-based gas marketing in order to extend its reach into Asian demand centers.
Norway will not supply gas to Europe in case of supplies being cut by Russia, says Norwegian Energy Minister Lien.
October 17, 2014
Schlumberger Ltd, the world's largest oilfield services company, said oil and gas spending would increase in 2015 as global oil demand is poised to rise, downplaying fears of an investment slowdown due to weak crude prices.
Gazprom Neft, Russia's fourth biggest oil producer by output, said on Friday it did not see a fall in the oil price as a long-term trend, expecting it to return to the level of $95-110 per barrel.
Gazprom Neft, the oil wing of state gas company Gazprom , added that its investment projects envisage an oil price of $95 per barrel. Any drop is compensated for by a change in the rouble, the company said in e-mailed comments.
Drilling of exploration well 7220/11-1 on the Alta prospect in production licence (PL) 609 in the Barents Sea is in the process of being successfully completed. The well is located 20 km northeast of the Gohta discovery and some 160 km from the Norwegian coastline.
“This is a breakthrough discovery. RWE Dea are among a handful of companies who have had a long-term commitment to Barents Sea exploration. Alta may come to mark the turning point in establishing new, vital oil and gas infrastructure in northern Norway,” says Hugo Sandal, Managing Director of RWE Dea Norge.
In Arkhangelsk Russia has opened its third of ten planned search and rescue centers along the Northern Sea Route.
Malaysia’s OSV builder Nam Cheong has secured letters of intent worth $186m for the sale and charter of 12 of its newly designed AHTS vessels, including options for eight additional units.
In conjunction with the latest orders, Nam Cheong on Friday (Oct. 17) in Singapore officially launched its first proprietary design of its NCA80E series, a 64.8 metres, 80 tonnes bollard pull diesel-electric AHTS vessel.
Bumi Armada and Geooffshore each took up four vessels with an option for four more, Vega Offshore ordered two, and Sofield Marine & Offshore and Opstad Group took one each. The OSVs will likely be deployed in the North Sea, West Africa and Brazil.
October 16, 2014
Blue Ocean Drilling Limited (BOD), a drilling company dedicated to operating a fleet of premium offshore rigs, has recently entered into contract with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) in China for the construction of two new platforms, BOD chair and CEO Sun Yuanhui announced on Wednesday (Oct. 15).
The jackuprigs will be based on proven designs with further enhancements to improve operating efficiency and meet the growing operational demands of the international marketplace.
Nov. 12-14, 2014 • Mumbai, India
Nov. 24-25, 2014 • London, UK
Nov. 26, 2014 • London, UK
Dec. 8-10, 2014 • Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dec. 10-12, 2014 • Guangzhou, China
March 11-14, 2015 • Istanbul, Turkey
March 18-20, 2015 • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
March 26-28, 2015 • Beijing, China
April 21-24, 2015 • Moscow, Russia
May 19-21, 2015 • Moscow, Russia
June 2-5, 2015 • Oslo, Norway
July 1-5, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 7-9, 2015 • Gdansk, Poland
Sept. 15-18, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 22-25, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 23-25, 2015 • Mumbai, India
Nov. 3-6, 2015 • Rotterdam, The Netherlands