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February 28, 2017

Inmarsat signs Radio Holland service agreement to meet demand surge for Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed a service and installation agreement with Radio Holland to support strong customer demand for rapid migration from Ku-based XpressLink to Fleet Xpress services. Radio Holland is a specialist in installing and maintaining maritime communications, navigation and automation systems along the global shipping routes.
The non-exclusive agreement augments Inmarsat’s existing service partner and VAR arrangements, reflecting a specific need to draw on the extensive Radio Holland support network to accelerate the installation of Fleet Xpress on a global scale.


Transas and Japan Radio Company announce a global strategic partnership

Transas, the innovative, digital solutions company, and Japan Radio Company (JRC), a leading global marine electronics company, today (Feb.23) announced their new strategic partnership.
The two industry-leading companies will work together in research and development, product distribution and project collaboration.
The technical cooperation will be strongly reinforced including development of innovative solutions and will bring together the best hardware and best software to produce next-generation of e-Navigation products and solutions.



Kalmar's hybrid straddle carriers to support DP World Antwerp Gateway to reach its environmental and efficiency goals

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is pleased to announce an order for eight Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers from DP World, a leading global operator of marine and inland terminals. The machines will operate at the company's Antwerp Gateway terminal in Belgium. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2017 first quarter order intake, with delivery scheduled for quarter three, 2017.


SCHOTTEL to propel Briese multi-purpose vessels

The Briese Group has contracted Groot Ship Design to deliver the design and basic engineering package for four multi-purpose vessels.
In close cooperation with both parties, SCHOTTEL performed enhanced CFD investigations to determine the optimal aftship configuration incorporating nozzle support and streamline body between rudder and hull. As a result, a streamlined CPP installation will enable a power reduction of 3.7 percent.


PEMA welcomes three new members at start of 2017

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) continues to expand its membership – which passed the 100 member mark in 2016 – with the addition of three new member companies: port equipment manufacturers Bedeschi S.p.A, Velodyne LiDAR Inc. and Samson Materials Handling Ltd.
PEMA’s mission is to provide a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports and thereby supporting world maritime trade.


Equip4ship
February 27, 2017

Siemens to supply 13 direct-drive wind turbines for two projects in Northern Germany

Continuing success for Siemens’ direct-drive onshore wind turbines in Germany: The company has been awarded three further contracts for the supply and installation of 13 of its gearless turbines in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.
For the WPD Windpark Damme GmbH & Co. KG, Siemens will install and commission six units of the latest type SWT-3.3-130. A project in Karlum in the northern part of Schleswig-Holstein will receive seven units of the type SWT-3.0- 113. The deals include a long-term service agreement for 15 and 20 years respectively.


New development: SCHEUERLE-KAMAG K 25 M for more payload

With the introduction of the new SCHEUERLE-KAMAG K 25 M modular platform trailer, the TII Group - the world's leading manufacturer of vehicles with hydraulically-supported pendulum axles - has opened up new possibilities particularly for its European customers. A number of vehicles have been delivered to the French transport and service provider, AltéAd, who have also ordered a range of equipment for use in the transportation of wind turbines.


Fincantieri: 2 cruise ships for china with an option for additional 4

Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional 4, the first units of the kind ever built in China for the Chinese market.
The parties signed the MoA on behalf of the joint venture between Fincantieri and CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co., Ltd (CCTD), of the joint venture between Carnival Corporation and CSSC, and of the shipyard Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (SWS).
The agreement, subject to several conditions and of an approximate value of 1.5 billion dollars for the first two ships, updates the terms announced last September 23 between the parties, CIC Capital, CCTD and SWS, aimed at developing and supporting the growth of the Chinese cruise industry.


Vestdavit mission accomplished on Ramform safety

Seatrials are underway in Japan involving Ramform Hyperion, the last of four ships built to the seismic sector’s all-time highest specifications, completing a project that shows the way distinctive design also demands innovation from the equipment keeping ships safely in service.
Reckoned to be the widest monohulls at the waterline ever built, the Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) vessels need a unique Vestdavit dual point boat handling solution to lift and lower tender boats in wave heights up to sea state 6. The boats work as Fast Rescue Craft with six crew, as tenders with 20 persons on board and as lifeboats with capacity for 40.



February 23, 2017

Changing market situations force Damen Shiprepair & Conversion to review strategy

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has announced a reorganisation at three Dutch yards within its group. Staff members of Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), Damen Shiprepair Van Brink (DSVB) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) were informed that the overall number of staff will be reduced by approximately 150 employees. Unfortunately, DSC has been forced to take these measures due to continued adverse market conditions.


ABBs OCTOPUS marine software to enhance safety and efficiency for new Greenland Heavylift vessels

ABB’s OCTOPUS marine software will improve the safety and efficiency of four new semi-submersible heavy lift vessels, using weather and loading data to plot the optimal route. 
The ships, owned by Greenland Heavylift Holdings, will transport gigantic cargoes such as oil rigs and jack-up rigs, with OCTOPUS providing a tailored route for each voyage that is updated with fresh weather data throughout the transportation.


New DAMEN Yacht Support GAME CHANGER launched

Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN has launched GAME CHANGER, its latest 70-metre DAMEN Yacht Support vessel (227 ft) with helicopter hangar. Available in time for the 2017 summer season, GAME CHANGER is a fantastic showcase of the Yacht Support solution for owners who want to have more fun off the beaten track, but with a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership.


POSH (Singapore) takes delivery of two OSD Azistern tugs

Two Azistern 3270 tugs designed by Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) have been delivered to their new owner, PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH Singapore), the leading Asia-based international offshore support vessel operator. 
Posh Husky and Posh Hardy were built at Paxocean Shipyard in Singapore. They are classed by Bureau Veritas, and fly the Singapore flag. The 488 gt vessels have a LOA of 31.62 m, a bollard poll of 72 tonnes, and a maximum speed of 13 knots. They can accommodate ten crew members in six single and two twin-berth cabins.



Minesto and Stena Line engage in joint project for build-up of the renewable energy sector in Wales

Swedish-based companies Minesto and Stena Line engage in a joint project to invest in Wales’ transition to renewable energy. Stena Line will build an assembly hall in Holyhead, which Minesto will utilise in their upcoming rollout of the company's unique technology to generate clean electricity from the ocean.



Liebherr LHM 550 for A. Henriksen Shipping A/S in Denmark

The Danish company A. Henriksen Shipping A/S recently signed a contract for a new multi-purpose Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 550 with a total lifting capacity of 144 tonnes.
Operating out of the ports of Frederiksværk and Hundested, north of Copenhagen, the Danish company A. Henriksen Shipping A/S offers a wide range of services within shipping, transport and logistics.
The company was established in Copenhagen in 1934 and has for decades served local as well as international customers with high quality solutions. Today A. Henriksen Shipping efficiently handles most types of cargo including bulk, break bulk, ro-ro, heavy lift/project cargo, etc.


Industry news
IMDS 2017
February 27, 2017

Deep prospects

A number of projects requiring large scale dredging including that in the Arctic conditions have been announced in Russia. The participants of the 4th Forum of Dredging Companies discussed different urgent issues of dredging.


Rosneft signs oil purchase deals in Libya and Iraq

Russia's Rosneft has expanded its business in the Middle East by signing two oil purchase deals in Libya and Iraq.
The firm signed a cooperation framework agreement with Libya’s state-owned firm National Oil Corporation (NOC) to buy crude oil.
As part of the agreement, the firms will establishment a joint working committee to assess opportunities in sectors including exploration and production.


Crewing - work at sea
February 22, 2017

Gazprom signs contract for construction of Turkish Streams second line with Allseas Group

South Stream Transport B.V. affiliated with Gazprom awarded the contract for construction of the second line of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline’s offshore segment to Allseas Group, Gazprom said on Monday (Feb.20).
The contract was signed within the framework of exercising an option stipulated by the contract for laying the first line of the gas pipeline made in 2016.


South Stream Transport BV, Allseas Group sign construction contract for second string of offshore section


Russia to induct largest n-icebreaker in 2019

Looking to expand its reach in the Arctic region, increase the transportation of cargo and conduct year-round navigation in the ice-covered polar waters, Russia is set to commission the 33,000 tonne Arktika, the world's largest nuclear-powered ice-breaker, in 2019, a top official has said.
Not only that, Vyacheslav V. Ruksha, Director General of Atomflot that maintains Russia's fleet of nuclear icerbreakers, told IANS in an email interview that Leader, thrice the size of Arktika and which looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie, is also progressing well.


MHI-MME retrofits 80 LNG carriers for ultra low sulfur fuel

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME) has completed retrofit work to enable 80 LNG carriers to run on Low Sulfur Fuel.
IMO's global sulfur cap for marine fuel, set to enter force in 2020 , will see the maximum sulfur content in marine fuel reduced from 3.5% to 0.5%.


OPEC Cuts Hurt VLCC and Suezmax Markets

Consultant Maritime Strategies International (MSI) has forecast a testing time for the crude tanker market over the next six months – and perhaps longer if OPEC is successful in extending production cuts beyond the first half of 2017.


February 20, 2017

Chinese, UAE Oil Firms Sign $1.77Bln Deal to Develop Onshore Concession

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed a deal with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on Sunday (Feb. 19) to award it an 8-percent interest in an onshore oilfield concession.


Rosneft starts drilling first exploration well in Iraq

According to the report, the plan is to complete the drilling of Salman-1 well in July 2017.


February 17, 2017

Examining the Human Impact of the Northern Sea Route

A research project is examining how the establishment of Russia’s Northern Sea Route has shaped the lives of residents along the country’s northern coast, amid the booms and busts of industrialization.
Most discussion about Russia’s Northern Sea Route focuses on shipping traffic and sea ice. However, an anthropological study is taking a different tack, by looking at how industrialization along the route has affected northern residents.


Opening a new chapter in Russian Arctic trade

The Samsung-built Shturman Albanov class of shuttle tankers signals a further development in Russian Arctic maritime capabilities, writes David Tinsley.
A new generation of diesel-electric shuttle tankers built to a unique, bespoke design for year-round operation in the Russian Arctic impacts directly and considerably on the country’s capabilities in developing oil shipments from the Yamal peninsula to export markets.
A series of 42,000dwt vessels specified to Arc7 ice class criteria was entrusted by SCF Sovcomflot to Samsung Heavy industries to meet the requirements of a long-term contract with Russian oil and gas corporation Gazprom Neft.


China to develop floating nuclear power platform in next 5 years

China will prioritize the development of a floating nuclear power platform in the coming five years, in an effort to provide stable power to offshore projects and promote ocean gas exploitation.
The news was announced by Wang Yiren, vice director of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Wang told Science and Technology Daily that Chinese authorities have already carried out research on relevant core technologies as well as the standardization of maritime nuclear power plants, adding that the development of the facility is a crucial part of the country’s five-year economic development plan, running through 2020.


HMM Eyes Stake in Two More Hanjin Terminals

South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has signed a deal with Hanjin Shipping and Marine Terminals Investment Limited (MTIL) to acquire Hanjin Pacific Corporation’s terminals in Tokyo and Kaohsiung.


Daewoo Shipbuilding wins LNG ship-related patent case in China

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), a major shipyard here, said Thursday(Feb. 16)  that it has won its patent case in China which is related to its core technology for LNG-fueled ship.
DSME said that a filing by a Chinese shipbuilding and offshore equipment firm with the Chinese patent office, the SIPO, to nullify the South Korean shipyard’s patent for LNG fuel supply technology was dismissed.
DSME registered a patent for the “HiVAR-FGSS” technology in China in March 2013.


February 15, 2017

Southeast Asias Naval Shipbuilding Industry: Challenges Ahead Analysis

Naval shipbuilding in Southeast Asia, although ambitious in scope, is likely to remain limited to low-tech manufacturing (hulls and sub-assemblies), MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul), and a few showcase projects.


Coming Events
Maritime Vortal
March, 2017

China Maritime

March 20-22,2017 • Beijing, China




CIPPE

March 20-22,2017 • Beijing, China




Fujairah Bunkering & Fuel Oil Forum

March 27-29, 2017 • Fujairah, UAE



Direct Email
April, 2017

Russian shipbuilding. Import substitution invites

April 6 - 7, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia




Caspian Dialogue, 2017

April 14, 2017 • Moscow, Russia




TransRussia 2017

April 18-20, 2017 • Moscow, Russia



May, 2017

Nor-Shipping 2017

May 30 - June 2, 2017 • Oslo, Norway



June, 2017

International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2017)

June 28 - July 2, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia



August, 2017

INAMARINE

Aug.23-25, 2017 • Jakarta, Indonesia



September, 2017

BALTEXPO 2017

Sept. 11-13, 2017 • Gdańsk, Poland




RAO/CIS Offshore 2017

Sept. 12-15, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia




NEVA-2017

Sept. 19-22, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia



October, 2017

INMEX SMM India 2017

Oct. 3-5, 2017 • Mumbai, India



November, 2017

Europort 2017

Nov. 7-10, 2017 • Rotterdam, Netherlands



December, 2017

Marintec China 2017

Dec.5-8, 2017 • Shanghai, China




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