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February 14, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Rosneft and Pietro Barbaro to Jointly Enter Global Shipping Markets

Feb. 11, 2016 - Rosneft and Pietro Barbaro S.p.A. signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the scope of creating a Joint Venture in the area of international shipping.
The parties highly value the prospects of the implementation of the projects, taking into consideration the prominent synergetic effect of such an alliance in the area of international shipping of oil and oil products: Rosneft is one of the global leaders in the area of hydrocarbon production and refining, whilst Pietro Barbaro is a long-standing Rosneft partner and a leading company in the area of tanker shipping, holding an own fleet and possessing extensive capabilities in the area of hydrocarbon logistics and storage.

Gazprom Neft launches new logistics scheme for transhipments of Arctic oil

The first consignments of oil from the Novoportovskoye and Prirazlomnoye fields have been delivered to the Umba storage tanker, anchored in the Kola Bay - allowing the full-scale utilisation of a new logistics scheme for the transhipment of oil produced by Gazprom Neft at its Arctic fields.

Polarcus extends Bareboat agreement with SCF Group

Polarcus Limited is pleased to announce the three-year extension of the Bareboat Charter Party Agreement for M/V Vyacheslav Tikhonov between Polarcus Selma Limited ("Polarcus Selma"), Polarcus' wholly owned subsidiary, and SCF Sakhalin Supply Limited (SCF).
Reference is made to the stock exchange notice published by Polarcus on 11 August 2011 where Polarcus announced a strategic agreement with SCF Group.

Serco Awarded $47 Million U.S. Navy Hazardous Materials Operations Contract

Feb. 12, 2016 - Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services to the federal government, announced today that the Company has been awarded a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) inventory management contract with the U.S. Navy's Fleet Logistics Center San Diego.
Under this contract Serco will provide expert personnel for the procurement of HAZMAT materials in order to buy, track, stock and provide items on request across the Navy's Southwest Region. The five-year contract has a one-year base period and four one-year option periods, valued at $47 million, if all options are exercised.

February 11, 2016

OSD designs IMT2001 Scientific Research Vessel for TORI

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD-IMT) has signed a new contract for an IMT2001 Scientific Research Vessel for the Taiwanese Ocean Research Institute (TORI).
The vessel will be used to support long-term oceanographic observation programmes, including the operation of unmanned ROVs, terrain survey and mapping, seismic pattern detection, long-core sampling, compiling diagrams of topology and stratum, and performing real-time data processing and sampling within its onboard laboratory facilities.
The vessel will be built by Triyards Shipyard in Ho Chi Minh City and is scheduled for delivery in August 2017.

MAN Engine to Complement Propulsion Aboard Classic Sailing Vessel

Newbuilding Cadet Training Ship for Indonesian Navy
MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order for an MAN 6L21/31 engine to power a newbuilding cadet training sailing ship for the Defence Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia. The engine will be used to power the 110m ‘Kri Bima Suci’ and up to 200 persons on board when not propelled by sail power. The ship is currently under construction at the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain.

Nb. 419 Nordana Sea delivered to her new owner

After successful sea trials, M.V. Nordana Sea was delivered to Symphony Shipping on February 11th 2016. Constructed under yardnumber 419, she is the third unit in a series of 6 newbuilds of our ‘Ecobox’ design.
On attached fotos and film the ship is leaving the river Ems on her maiden voyage in ballast to Esbjerg, where she will pick up large windmill components to be delivered in Greece.After successful sea trials, M.V. Nordana Sea was delivered to Symphony Shipping on February 11th 2016. Constructed under yardnumber 419, she is the third unit in a series of 6 newbuilds of our ‘Ecobox’ design.

GTT signs a cooperation agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering aiming at the industrialization of its NO96 Max technology

GTT, the world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) announces the signature of a cooperation agreement with the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the industrialization of its new NO96 Max technology and the commercialization of the system in the course of the year 2016.

Hapag-Lloyd purchases two ships and further optimizes its fleet

Feb. 10, 2016 - Hapag-Lloyd has today taken delivery of two modern 3,500-TEU ships with a special wide-beam design from the Dutch shipping company NileDutch. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price of the two vessels, which are to be initially deployed in South America.
The wide-beam design of the hull means that the ships, which were built in 2015, maintain a comparatively high slot capacity despite having a lower draught, thereby making them particularly well suited for ports with shallow water as for example some South American ports. Hapag-Lloyd is also chartering two more identical ships from NileDutch’s same series, both of which will be deployed together with their sister ships.

Seagull Maritime leads the way into mobile apps

The Seagull mobile app for crew training status is set to revolutionise the way seafarers track their training records and receive critical safety alerts, by making both instantly accessible via iPhones and Android devices.
The Seagull crew app is available free of charge to all Seagull customers, offering access to selected records within the Seagull Training Administrator Online database covering individual seafarer status on all training requirements and competency.

The 1st new Liebherr Reachstacker started its daily duty in the Port of Ravenna

Liebherr Maritime Cranes delivered a LRS 545, the first model out of the new reachstacker series, to the Italian Port of Ravenna.
Innovative products emerge more often as a result of cross-sectoral combination of technologies and design. The LRS 545 is the latest cargo handling solution from Liebherr and as such benefits not only from the companys collective maritime experience, but also from its expertise in the fields of engine architecture and system control software. The result is a reachstacker, which exceeds all demands of a modern container terminal.

Marine Industry Addresses RO-RO Safety

Marine industry professionals convened in Rome to consider the crucial issue of Ro-Ro safety. Marine industry professionals convened in Rome to consider the crucial issue of Ro-Ro safety. RINA Services in cooperation with Norwegian Hull Club and Interferry, were the supporting parties of the Ro-Ro Safety Seminar on 14 January 2016.
Ro-Ro safety has been bought into sharp focus following the high level of casualties resulting from recent incidents. Case studies, presented at the seminar, fostered by RINA Services, Interferry and Norwegian Hull Club, prompted discussion focused on the lessons that can be drawn from these disasters. Construction, design criteria, operation and maintenance, manning and charter agreements, all came under scrutiny.

ICS Co-ordinates Maritime Employers at Important ILO Meeting

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), as the Secretariat for the Shipowner Group at the International Labour Organization, co-ordinated employers’ representatives from over 20 national shipowners’ associations at the second meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) for the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, held in Geneva from 8 to 10 February 2016.

February 10, 2016

Wärtsilä fuel flexibility supporting Japans gas age shipping sector

A total of 16 new gas carrier ships being built in Japan for Japanese owners are to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional diesel fuels.
Wärtsilä’s depth of experience and technological capabilities in gas fuelled propulsion solutions, were cited as being key factors in the award of these contracts. The contracts were all placed between the second half of 2014 and December 2015.

Industry news
February 12, 2016

Victor Olersky: "The priorities are still the same"

Having taken his new position combining the functions of Deputy Minister of Transport and Head of the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot), Victor Olersky will be responsible both for the state policy issues in the industry and for providing of state services, management of federal property at seaborne and river transport, relevant state enterprises including FSUE Rosmorport whose jurisdiction covers the majority of port infrastructure and the fleet of icebreakers, industry-focused educational institutions, administrations of seaports and IWW basins.
Two days after taking his office Victor Olersky answers the questions of IAA PortNews.

Donskoi: UN Commission to review Russias application for expanding its continental shelf within 3-5 years

The United Nations Commission will review Russia's application for the expansion of its continental shelf within three to five years, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi told RIA Novosti.

Maxim Kochetkov: "Sanctions have not considerably affected the level of technical infrastructure at Russian shipyards"

Maxim Kochetkov, Director of Shipbuilding Industry and Marine Facilities Department at RF Ministry of Industry and Trade, tells IAA PortNews about state measures to support shipbuilding and import substitution in Russia.

BP upbeat about oil industry and expects prices back at $100

British oil company accused of being self-serving after saying fossil fuels will still be providing 80% of world’s total energy supply in 2035.

BP forecasts global gas production growth in long-term

The world total gas consumption will increase in the long-term perspective reaching 3.52 billion tons of oil equivalent in 2020, 3.874 billion in 2025, 4.135 billion in 2030 and 4.428 billion in 2035, according to the forecasts, published in BP Energy Outlook.

LNG fueling facility is another first for Harvey Gulf

New Orleans headquartered Harvey Gulf International Marine has opened the first marine LNG fueling terminal in North America.
Less than one year after taking delivery of Ameica's first LNG fueled vessel, the M/V Harvey Energy, Harvey Gulf marked another milestone when it completed a successful LNG bunkering of the Energy at the newly constructed LNG terminal facility at its operation base in Port Fourchon, LA.

No longer on ice? Titanic replica to be completed & set sail by 2018

Eccentric Australian magnate and MP Clive Palmer will push through with his ambition to build ‘Titanic II’, viewed as abandoned before late 2015, when his group has announced that it was a mere delay in plans. The new deadline to set sail is 2018.
The mega-ship is set to launch in less than two years, according to the Belfast Telegraph, but this comes after years of preparation and design as the project was first announced in April 2012.

February 11, 2016

Europe lays out conditions for Russia's South Stream return

The European Union is ready to resume talks with Russia on the South Stream natural gas pipeline to southern Europe, but the project should fully comply with the rules of the Third Energy Package, said EU’s Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Usackas.
EU legislation prohibits companies from both owning the gas and operating the pipeline.

Hyundai Heavy wins two oil tankers deal from Turkey

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., a South Korean shipbuilder, said Thursday (Feb.11) it struck a deal with a Turkish counterpart to build two oil tankers tankers sized at 158,000 tons each.
Under the deal estimated at US$120-140 million, Hyundai will hand over the ships to Turkey-based Ditas Shipping in 2018.
It marked the first order won by the country's top three shipbuilders, which have been suffering from an earnings slump, hit by a protracted decrease in oil prices and increased costs.
South Korean shipbuilders failed to clinch any new orders in January, marking the first time they have not received any orders for a month since September 2009.

February 10, 2016

EU to unveil new energy plan to curb reliance on Russia

The EU will unveil Feb. 9 plans to give it power to examine energy contracts that European states sign with countries outside the bloc, amid concerns about Europe's dependence on Russian gas.
Brussels is aiming to beef up its legal arsenal one year after launching a landmark "energy union" strategy to secure supplies for the 28-nation EU against a backdrop of tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

U.S. approves ConocoPhillips LNG exports from Alaska

The U.S. Department of Energy approved ConocoPhillips' application to export about 40 billion cubic feet of natural gas from its Kenai liquefied natural gas export terminal in Alaska over the next two years starting Feb. 19.

Russia will submit revised application for expanding its Arctic shelf to UN commission

Shelf borders by default are established at 200 nautical miles from country’s land borders.

Arctic shipping passage 'still decades away'

Ordinary merchant ships will not be able to take an ice-free shortcut from China to Europe until at least 2040, report predicts.

Liner shipping through the Arctic could be commercially viable by 2040

New research suggests that liner shipping through routes in the Arctic Ocean could become economically viable by around 2040, if ice coverage continues to decline at its current rate.
The study, conducted by The Copenhagen Business School (CBS Maritime), aimed to determine at what point investing in an 8,000-teu ice-classed containership operating along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) between northern Europe and the Far East would be commercially preferable to investing in an 8,000-teu containership without ice class, sailing between the two regions via the Suez Canal (SCR). Transporting goods via the NSR reduces the voyage distance by up to 35% and significantly reduces the number of days at sea and fuel costs.

CMA CGM-Cosco in New Alliance?

The world’s third-largest container carrier CMA CGM recently attended a meeting in Shanghai where the possibility of a new French-Asian alliance was discussed with the newly formed China Cosco Shipping Corporation – which is made up of Cosco and CSCL - according to Shipping Watch.

Coming Events
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February, 2016

Seminar on modern marine navigation equipment

Feb. 16-18, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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March, 2016

APM 2016

March 16-18, 2016 • Singapore

CIPPE 2016

March 29-31, 2016 • Beijing, China


March 29-31, 2016 • Doha, Qatar

April, 2016

4th Annual SEA Port Expansion Summit

April 13-14, 2016 • Jakarta, Indonesia

Offshore Patrol Security

April 19-21, 2016 • Portsmouth, UK

TransRussia 2016

April 19-22, 2016 • Moscow, Russia

June, 2016

Posidonia 2016

June 6-10, 2016  • Athens, Greece

September, 2016


Sept. 6-9, 2016 • Hamburg, Germany

October, 2016

Offshore Marintec Russia

Oct. 4-7, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia


Oct. 4-6, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Shiptec China 2016

Oct. 25-28, 2016 • Dalian, China

December, 2016

INMEX China 2016

Dec. 7-9, 2016 • Guangzhou, China

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