June 19, 2013 - A formal ceremony was hosted today at the Ust-Luga commercial sea port to mark the first loading of a gas carrier with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at SIBUR's new transhipment facility for LPG and light oils. SIBUR's Ust-Luga terminal is the largest in the CIS and the first in Northwest Russia to tranship LPG. The terminal is capable of handling up to 1.5 million tonnes of LPG and up to 2.5 million tonnes of light oils each year. SIBUR’s estimated investments in the project totalled approximately RR 25 billion.
June 19, 2013 - OAO NOVATEK announced today the launch of the first stage of the Gas Condensate Fractionation and Transshipment Complex located at the port of Ust-Luga on the Baltic Sea. The inaugural tanker carrying 80 thousand tons of naphtha was shipped today to Braskem, a Brazilian company.
The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information concerning the progress with the Shtokman gas and condensate field development project. It was emphasized that the design and survey operations for the offshore infrastructure and the marine port with LNG storage facilities were to be completed between late 2013 and early 2014. The devised documents will be reviewed by corporate, state and environmental experts. Design work continues on onshore facilities. The Management Committee was tasked to continue the project related activities and inform the Board of Directors about their progress in 2014.
June 19, 2013 - Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) and TGS have signed an agreement to jointly invest in a 3D electromagnetic (EM) multi-client survey programme covering 11 blocks, or approximately 3300 km2, in the Hoop area of the Barents Sea. The 3D EM data, which is currently being acquired by EMGS`s vessel Atlantic Guardian, will be sold by both EMGS and TGS. The two companies will split revenues according to their respective investments.
June 19, 2013 - Drydocks World, the well-established international maritime service provider, announced today that Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) Toscana sailed away from Drydocks World - Dubai. The unit, formerly the 138,830-cbm LNG carrier Golar Frost, has been under conversion since June 2009 at Drydocks world Dubai yard for contractor Saipem and owner OLT. The LNG Carrier, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries was converted into a floating LNG receiving terminal of the FSRU type, and will be permanently moored off Livorno, Italy and connected to shore through a gas export pipeline. There are only a few such units in operation around the world.
June 18, 2013 - Aker Solutions today delivered the steel frame for the world's first subsea gas compression facility to be installed at the Statoil-operated Åsgard field. The installation, set to come on stream in 2015, will enable the recovery of an additional 280 million barrels of oil equivalents. The 1,800-tonne steel frame will in the next two weeks be installed on the Åsgard field seabed to form the base of the world's first subsea gas compression facility. It is the largest template manufactured by Aker Solutions, measuring 74 metres in length, 45 metres in width and 26 metres in height.
The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project (the Project) cut first steel yesterday (June 18) for the hull of its Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility in Okpo, Korea. With fabrication of the hull underway, work on all of the Project’s major offshore facilities has commenced. The FPSO is being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). The vessel will be used for condensate dewatering, stabilisation, storage and export.
Wan Hai Lines held christening ceremony for "WAN HAI 517" at CSBC CORP., TAIWAN Kaohsiung shipyard on Jun.19. Mr. Po Ting Chen, Chairman of Wan Hai Lines presided over the ceremony. There are total 14 vessels ordered by Wan Hai to CSBC Corp, including four 1,800 TEUs, four 1,000 TEUs and six 4,500 TEUs which will be delivered in first half of 2013.
At the recent Windforce 2013 exhibition in Bremerhaven (Germany) Windea Offshore Group signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) with Damen Shipyards Group for a new Fast Crew Supplier, a Twin Axe catamaran for the Offshore Wind industry. A typical feature of the FCS 2610 is the double Damen Sea Axe bow which creates a large uptime-window, amongst others by reducing slamming up to 70%. Windea Offshore is currently expanding its Offshore Wind activities, such as transporting personnel and maintenance staff to and from Offshore Wind Farms.
June 18, 2013 - Maersk Line, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM have in principle agreed to establish a long-term operational alliance on East – West trades, called the P3 Network. The aim is to improve and optimise operations and service offerings. The P3 Network will operate a capacity of 2.6 million TEU (initially 255 vessels on 29 loops) on three trade lanes: Asia - Europe, Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic. While the P3 Network vessels will be operated independently by a joint vessel operating centre, the three lines will continue to have fully independent sales, marketing and customer service functions.
June 19, 2013 - Royal Imtech N.V. (Imtech) announces today the appointment of Mr. Paul C. van Gelder as a member of the Board of Management of Imtech with effect from September 16th 2013, subject to shareholder appointment at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Imtech to be held on August 2nd, 2013. The Central Works Council has endorsed the candidacy of Mr. Van Gelder. Mr. Van Gelder will be responsible for the IT, Marine and Traffic & Infra divisions of Imtech and Imtech Spain and Turkey.
InterManager, the international association of in-house and third party ship managers, is calling on flag States to exercise tolerance and flexibility in the weeks and months following the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention. A poll of its member companies shows that InterManager members are ready to meet the needs and demands of the MLC when it enters into force on August 20th this year. However, the association remains concerned that, as the MLC requires total commitment from its global stakeholders, restraint and a common interpretation of the rules needs to be seen from inspecting authorities when vessels start to visit the world’s ports following the August 20 start date.
Australian ferry builder Incat Tasmania’s world first high speed dual-fuel vehicle and passenger ferry is now officially fast with a lightship speed of 58.1 knots - (107.6 kilometres an hour) and a thrill for the designers of the 99 metre high speed vessel Francisco (Incat hull 069). This is certainly the fastest ship in the world......of course there’s a few speed boats that could surpass 58 knots but nothing that could carry 1000 passengers and 150 cars, and with an enormous duty free shop on board.
The Canadian government is planning to introduce new rules to make drilling and production companies more accountable in the event of offshore spills. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Halifax, said Ottawa will introduce legislation this fall to raise the liability cap for companies operating in Atlantic Canada's offshore to $1 billion, up from the current $30 million. The liability cap in the Arctic would also increase to $1 billion from the current $40 million, he said.
Gazprom’s semisubmersible drilling rigs Polyarnaya Zvezda (Polar Star) and Severnoye Siyaniye (Northern Lights) have left Kholmsk Port on Sakhalin Island offshore eastern Russia and entered the Sea of Okhotsk. Both rigs are heading to the Kirinsky block on the Sakhalin shelf. Polyarnaya Zvezda will resume drilling of production wells on the Kirinskoye field, a program which started last year. Severnoye Siyaniye will drill an exploratory well on the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye field. The rigs were constructed at the Vyborg Shipbuilding Plant in northern Russia. They are designed for operation in arctic conditions and can drill exploration and production wells down to 7,500 m (24,606 ft) at water depths between 70 and 500 m (229-1,640 ft).
As Arctic ice quickly succumbs to summer sun, several major energy companies are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to make good use of open ocean for exploration. Shell Oil, Norwegian geoscience company TGS, and SAExploration have all submitted requests to the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management to conduct seismic exploration projects this summer.
The scrubber can remove sulphur from the exhaust gases from ships and is one of the environmental tools that can be used instead of the expensive low-sulphur diesel when the new sulphur regulations take effect on 1 January 2015. DFDS is ordering the installation of scrubbers on three more of the six ro-ro ships built in Flensburg. The investment will make out 100 million DKK. DFDS has since 2009 been testing a scrubber on FICARIA SEAWAYS in collaboration with Aalborg Boilers.
Canadian bio-fuels technology company Altranex Corp. (Altranex) says it is developing a drop-in replacement for IFO380 bunker fuel that has a maximum sulfur content of 0.10 percent to meet both Emissions Control Area (ECA) regulations and an anticipated 0.5 percent sulfur cap in 2020.
In a historical announcement by the Norwegian government, both Rosneft and Lukoil today (June 12) got license rights to blocks in Norwegian Arctic waters. The massive opening of the Barents Sea for the oil industry includes invitations to Russia’s two powerful Russian petroleum companies, the first ever Russian companies on the Norwegian shelf.
In 2012 the global trade in liquefied natural gas (LNG) has suffered its first annual drop after three consecutive decades of expansion. The data published in the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2013 shows the LNG trade dropped 0.9 percent in 2012. The decline came for the first time since 1980 despite more countries entering the LNG market in recent years. Demand has been on the rise in Asia with new exporters such as Peru and Yemen, and importers like India, Kuwait and Malaysia joining the trade. Qatar boosted its LNG production as the consumers’ market expanded. The United States is also increasing LNG production.
Ane Uggla, daugther of late shipowner Maersk McKinney-Moeller, was godmother when she today, Friday (June 14) named the first of Maersk Line's new Triple-E container ships after her father at a ceremony on the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Okpo, South Korea. The ship Maersk McKinney-Moeller is expected to start operating by the end of June. An additional four of the world's largest container ships yet will be delivered from the shipyard during 2013, while the remaining 15 will be delivered to the carrier in 2014 and 2015.
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. said it is in talks with United Arab Shipping Co. about a possible contract to supply 17 container carriers. The potential deal is valued at $2 billion, two people familiar with the matter said. The deal under discussion involves 11 ships that can each carry 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent containers and six ships capable of carrying 18,000 containers. The larger ships will form the basis of United Arab Shipping's new Europe-to-Asia service jointly run with China Shipping Container Lines Co.
Samsung Heavy Industries Co., a South Korean shipbuilder, said Wednesday (June 12) that it has clinched a US$1.3 billion deal to build two offshore drilling platforms for a Norwegian firm. Under the deal with Norway's Statoil ASA, Samsung Heavy will deliver two jack-up rigs by October 2016, the company said in a regulatory filing. It is the first time Samsung has won an order for a jack-up rig, a type of oil rig platform used for oil exploration. The large-scale rigs are designed to work in harsh environments in water depths up to 150 meters and to drill wells at a distance of up to 10 kilometers.
Norway is set to permit offshore oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters vulnerable to sea ice, angering some opposition politicians and environmentalists who say ice sharply raises risks of accidents. Norway's centre-left government, seeking new resources to offset a decline in production to a 25-year low, has often said it will not allow drilling in ice-covered seas. But the exact definition has been unclear. A draft law, agreed by parliament's energy and environment committee this week, will allow drilling in an offshore border zone with Russia the size of Switzerland, part of which was covered by sea ice in a chill 2003 winter.
When petroleum companies abandon an oil well, more than half the reservoir's oil is usually left behind as too difficult to recover. Now, however, much of the residual oil can be recovered with the help of nanoparticles and a simple law of physics.
Nakilat Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat), has successfully arranged refinancing amounting to $917m with Qatar National Bank SAQ (QNB). Nakilat Inc. established its Program Financing structure to fund the construction of a fleet of 25 LNG vessels, each of which is subject to a 25-year time charter. These vessels serve as part of the floating pipeline carrying LNG for Qatargas and RasGas, which together produce over 77 MTA of LNG.
On June 7 Denmark signed an agreement with Brazil to strengthen cooperation in maritime education. The agreement is one of the initiatives in the Danish Government's Growth Plan for the Blue Denmark, which will help to ensure that Danish companies have access to highly skilled workers.