October 23, 2016
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October 22, 2016
To be built in the USA under Damen’s Technical Cooperation programme
Leading marine transportation provider and the USA’s largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build a total of 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs.
These will be deployed on two major maritime projects for which ECO has recently won contracts, based in part on the use of well-proven Damen tug designs. The vessels will be built using ECO’s highly regarded network of five shipyards and Damen’s support and expertise.
On October 18, three sets of world largest 3E Plus STS built by ZPMC left Changxing Branch of ZPMC for Jebel Ali T4 of Dubai.
The STS’s lifting height is up to 54 meters, its front outreach 80 meters, its back outreach 29 meters and its capacity of double spreaders 120 tons.
It is a type of STS with the largest track gauge, the longest beam, the tallest height, the largest lifting capacity built by ZPMC.
The International exhibition and conference on shipbuilding and development of the Arctic and the continental shelf Offshore Marintec Russia has finished its work.
During four days of the conference 114 reports of different topics were made: shipbuilding, energy infrastructure of the coastal territories, underwater and under-ice drilling, strategic development of the Arctic, a resort and prevention of emergencies, technical means and technological complexes for development of oil and gas resources of the continental shelf.
This year more than 80 companies from Russia, China, Romania, South Korea, Poland took part in an exhibition.
USS Detroit enters active service after ceremony on Detroit River
Oct. 22, 2016 - The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation's seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) - USS Detroit (LCS 7) - on the Detroit River, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team into active service.
USS Detroit, the fourth Freedom-variant in the LCS class, completed acceptance trials in July and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on August 12. It joins three other Freedom-variant ships in the fleet: USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). Collectively, Freedom-variant ships have sailed over 225,000 nautical miles and successfully completed two overseas deployments.
Leading classification society ClassNK picked up the Lloyd's List Intelligence Big Data Award for its condition based monitoring suite ClassNK CMAXS at the 19th Lloyd’s List Asia Awards in Singapore last night.
The awards recognize successes in the Asian maritime industry, setting a benchmark for excellence while rewarding breakthrough ideas and concepts. The Lloyd's List Intelligence Big Data Award recognizes the significant potential that ‘big data’ has to transform shipping, from timely insights drawn from monitoring and forecasting of events to improved management of performance and risk.
Oct. 20, 2016 - Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a substantial contract, offshore Egypt, by Pharaonic Petroleum Company to be executed at water depths of over 900 metres in the Atoll field.
The contract scope includes the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of more than 40 kilometres of rigid pipelines and associated structures for the new Atoll field, tying into the existing Taurt field at a water depth of 100 metres. A 105 kilometre umbilical will also be installed linking the Atoll field to shore.
October 21, 2016
Aker Solutions agreed to buy 70 percent of Brazilian C.S.E. Mecânica e Instrumentação Ltda, building on a strategy to expand its services business in key international markets.
The agreement includes an option to purchase the remaining 30 percent of the company three years after the expected close of the transaction by the end of the first quarter of 2017. The parties agreed to not disclose the purchase price.
The acquisition gives Aker Solutions access to Brazil's growing market for servicing existing oil and gas fields. C.S.E., which had revenue of BRL 322 million in 2015, provides maintenance, assembly, commissioning and crane operation services at offshore and onshore facilities.
October 20, 2016
Skangas has entered into an agreement with Statoil for delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for their platform supply vessels (PSV). The LNG will be delivered to several bases along the Norwegian west coast by ship.
Skangas will in addition deliver LNG to Statoil’s tugs at Kårstø. The agreement is valid from 1 April 2017 until the end of 2020 with an option for two plus two years. The supply bases are located at Mongstad, Florø (Saga Fjordbase) and Kristiansund (Vestbase).
The agreement between Statoil and Skangas was a result of a comprehensive tendering process involving several LNG suppliers in the Norwegian market.
Leading classification society ClassNK has issued Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7,500 cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd (HHIC).
This revolutionary design is the result of joint research carried out by HHIC and ClassNK to improve the efficiency of LNG bunkering vessels.
Use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative to heavy fuel oil for maritime transportation
Oct. 19, 2016- CMA CGM and ENGIE announce today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels.
The agreement focuses on: • A joint CMA CGM and ENGIE technical and economic study on LNG as a fuel for tomorrow’s container ships; • A study about the development of engineering specifications for a bunkering vessel adapted to LNG powered container ships, so as to improve over time the logistics chain necessary to fueling this type of vessels, thus promoting their deployment.
Oct. 19, 2016 - Gearbulk and Grieg Star today announce their intention to enter into a joint venture to establish a highly versatile and customer oriented, world wide dry bulk shipping company.
The joint venture (JV) will combine the companies’ global resources and expertise to operate the parties’ combined fleet of open hatch, semi open hatch and conventional bulk vessels. The JV will be jointly controlled by Gearbulk and Grieg Star, with Gearbulk owning 65% and Grieg Star owning 35%.
ECA and Vestdavit are proud to announce that, on the occasion of Euronaval, they have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the next generation of Launch and Recovery systems for Unmanned Maritime Systems.
The use of Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) as well as Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) by Navies but also by O&G, Scientific and other customers, requires their operation from various types of ships, even in high sea states. In addition, when a combination of different types of vehicles are used from the same vessel, they need to be managed, stored and handled onboard taking into account, launch and recovery of course, but also their support (e.g. battery charging, maintenance, repair…).
The Liberian Maritime Administration is to introduce a proposal to the meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC70) in London on 24 October to allow certain ships additional time beyond 2020 to install adequate ballast water management systems as required under the Ballast Water Management Convention, which comes into force in September 2017. The proposal, says Liberia, would ensure that enough adequate systems and sufficient dockyard space are available.
October 21, 2016
Leading executives from major shipyards in five global powerhouses - Japan, Europe, China, Korea and the US - painted a gloomy picture of the global shipbuilding industry, urging players to address a supply glut.
The report titled "Global Shipbuilding Market: Size, Trends and Forecasts (2016-2020)" provides an in-depth analysis of the global shipbuilding market with detailed analysis of market size and growth, market share and economic impact of the industry.
The report also provides market size of each of the segments of the market on the basis of the types of ships.
An ambitious new project involving more than 50 researchers from 30 countries will attempt the first full circumnavigation of Antarctica to measure pollution and climate change.
The international team will travel on the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov, which left its home port of Arkhangelsk in the Russian arctic on October 19.
The main stage of the expedition will leave South Africa's Cape Town on December 20 and return on March 18, braving turbulent weather and hostile conditions in the Southern Ocean.
The Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition will be the first scientific mission to study all the major islands in the vast ocean, as well as the Antarctic land mass, both of which are less well known to scientists than the Arctic.
An agreement signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on shipbuilding is expected to usher in Russian investments to Vizag.
Under the agreement, signed on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa, Russian shipbuilding major United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) may explore the option of a joint venture with HSL on manufacturing their orders.
Vizag was chosen by USC for its good sea, road and air connectivity. USC will make Vizag its manufacturing hub and also export products to other countries. USC is a Russian government-owned entity.
As on March 31, ABG Shipyard's debt stood at about Rs 16,000 crore
Debt-laden ABG Shipyard would soon get a new owner as promoters of the company are in advance talks with a Russian shipbuilder for sale of controlling stake.
State-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is expected to tap about 500 billion won ($443.5 million) worth funds from major South Korean financial institutions to additionally invest in shale gas development in the United States that has recently started to ramp up the pace.
Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 is a test of EU credibility, which Poland is determined to defend
In August, subsidiaries of several western companies - Eon, Engie, OMV, Shell and Wintershall - decided not to participate in Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2. The consortium, led by the Russian state-owned gas monopoly, was established to design, finance, build and operate two additional strings of the undersea gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.
October 19, 2016
In fact, since the last two years several domestic companies have resorted to selling their assets to reduce debt.
The Essar Group on October 15 sealed a $13-billion deal to sell its 98% stake in Essar Oil and related infrastructure to a consortium led by Russia’s Rosneft, calling it a part of its strategy to build and nurture businesses and then to monetise its assets, to deleverage. Essar’s divestment is the biggest so far but it is not the first company to do so.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said it will scale down its shipbuilding operations by withdrawing from the money-losing large passenger ship business.
The company said Tuesday (Oct. 18) it will concentrate on building small- and medium-size passenger vessels and passenger-cargo ferries, and is considering spinning off that business.
It said it is already in talks on an alliance in the field with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Oshima Shipbuilding Co. and Namura Shipbuilding Co.
Mitsubishi Heavy said it plans to make a final decision on the possible alliance by the end of the fiscal year.
October 18, 2016
India and Russia are studying the construction of a gas pipeline to transport Russian gas from Siberia to India, over 2,800-3,700 miles. The value of this giant infrastructure project is estimated at up to US$25 billion. A memorandum of understanding was signed by state company Engineers India Ltd. and Gazprom on Saturday (Oct. 15).
The length of the pipeline would vary depending on the route that will be chosen, should the two nations agree to go ahead with the project. If the partners choose the route through the Himalayas and into northern India, it will be the shortest one.
The two other alternatives are building it through Central Asia, Iran and Pakistan, to western India, or - the longest route - through China and Myanmar. It’s the longest route that has been estimated to cost the US$25 billion.
The European Union’s policy towards the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project remains unchanged, the European Commission press service told Trend commenting on the SGC project’s importance as compared to the Turkish Stream project.
The SGC project is still a priority for the EU’s diversification and energy security strategy, the European Commission said.
The European Commission didn’t give any comment on the importance of the Turkish Stream for the future of Europe’s energy security.
Oslo warns that the pipeline first needs to make business sense
Increased tensions with Russia over its plans to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany is pushing Poland to revive a stalled pipeline project with Norway.
Warsaw’s main goal is to find other gas suppliers when its current contract with Russia’s Gazprom expires in 2022.
Oct. 14. 2016 - The European Parliament's Industry Committee gave its support to the maritime climate impact having to be regulated in the UN. The Committee therefore voted against the inclusion of shipping in the EU Quota Trading System.
A vote in the committee resulted in a majority agreeing that shipping should be regulated globally and therefore not be included in the EU system.
Project 11356 frigates are armed with Kalibr-NK missiles, self-defense missile complex Shtil-1, 100-mm artillery piece A-190, air defense artillery, an anti-submarine warfare mortar and torpedoes.
The Indian Navy begins its preparation to build seven ‘Next Generation Corvettes’ at Indian shipyards that would be capable of offensive surface to surface missile attacks, and anti-submarine warfare operations.
Oct. 25-28, 2016 • Dalian, China
Oct. 25-27, 2016 • Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec. 5-7, 2016 • Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Dec. 7-9, 2016 • Guangzhou, China
Jan.31 - Feb.2, 2017 • Paris, France
March 27-29, 2017 • Fujairah, UAE
April 18-20, 2017 • Moscow, Russia
May 30 - June 2, 2017 • Oslo, Norway
June 28 - July 2, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 11-13, 2017 • Gdańsk, Poland
Sept. 19-22, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 3-5, 2017 • Mumbai, India
Nov. 7-10, 2017 • Rotterdam, Netherlands