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July 06, 2015

Wärtsilä, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Winterthur Gas & Diesel to collaborate on major, EU-funded project

A major cross-industry initiative led by Wärtsilä, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Winterthur Gas & Diesel to develop basic technologies for use in 2- and 4-stroke marine engines has been officially launched.
The Hercules-2 project is aimed at fostering environmentally sustainable and more efficient shipping. It is in line with general European Union policy and is partly funded by the EU.
Altogether, 32 marine industry partners from 11 different companies, 16 universities, and five research organisations are cooperating in this project, with NTU Athens as coordinator.



Fisheries Research Vessel of Shanghai Ocean University Relies on Voith Schneider Propellers and Roll Stabilization

The new fisheries research vessel of the Shanghai Ocean University will be a first for Voith in several respects: It is the first fisheries research vessel world-wide to use the proven Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) propulsion concept. And it is the first offshore order Voith has received from a Chinese customer.
With its two 28R5 ECS/234-2 Voith Schneider Propellers, the research vessel with a length of 81.6 meters and a beam of 14.2 meters reaches a maximum speed of approximately 15 knots. This top speed is ambitious, given the size and engine power of the vessel but was achieved by the Shanghai Research Institute team responsible for the design in close cooperation with Voith.



Students Sea Vision for their future

This week Seavision is holding an interactive maritime festival at Wyvern College in Hampshire to help celebrate, enthuse and educate the youth of today about the maritime industry and its fundamental role in lives.
The educational initiative aims to spark an interest in shipping to help students overcome generational ‘sea-blindness’ and encourage them to think about a career at sea.


Ocean Safety’s new liferaft hire facility opens

Ocean Safety, specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, has opened a new liferaft hire division.
Ocean Safety trialed the liferaft hire programme for a year before confirming its initial success.  The company is now making the liferaft hire service available across all its branches around the UK, which include Aberdeen, Glasgow, Plymouth and Southampton.
This solution is an alternative to purchase, favoured by a number of commercial maritime operators, code of practice and charter and leisure customers.



ST Marine celebrates the launch of the first Littoral Mission Vessel - Independence

July 3, 2015 - Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Launching ceremony today for the first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) - Independence built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The launch of Independence, the first in-class LMV, marks another significant milestone for the LMV programme. The LMVs will be able to carry out maritime security operations and safeguarding of our sea lines of communications more effectively and efficiently.


July 03, 2015

Gazprom and Gasunie sign Framework Agreement on small scale LNG

July 2, 2015 - The Gazprom headquarters hosted today a meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Han Fennema, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Gasunie.
As part of the meeting, the parties signed a Framework Agreement on cooperation in the area of small scale LNG. The document stipulates the cooperation in the small scale LNG market in Europe, with a focus on joint projects for the construction of LNG receiving terminals, LNG filling stations and other infrastructure facilities.


Rolls-Royce drives China’s move to gas with Asia’s first LNG-powered tug

July 3, 2015 - China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has taken delivery of Asia’s first tugboat Hai Yang Shi You 525, designed to operate solely on liquefied natural gas as ship’s fuel.
Hai Yang Shi You 525, the first of two tugs built by the Zhenjiang shipyard for CNOOC, features a propulsion package based on twin Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L9PG engines and a pair of highly reliable Rolls-Royce US 205 CP azimuth thrusters to ensure the tugs have rapid manoeuvring and strong bollard pull capabilities.



EXMAR to create an Integrated LNG Company with FLEX and GEVERAN

July 1, 2015 - EXMAR is pleased to announce that it has agreed with Flex LNG and Geveran Trading Co. Ltd. (GEVERAN) (a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family) on the main terms of a transaction whereby GEVERAN’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) assets and EXMAR’s LNG assets and Liquefied Natural Gas Infrastructure (LNGI) will be contributed to the Company, which already owns LNG assets, in exchange for new shares in the Company issued to EXMAR and GEVERAN.
Upon completion of the Transaction, the Company will have an estimated enterprise value of approximately USD 2.3 billion and an equity value of approximately USD 823.3 million, creating one of the largest independent floating LNG infrastructure players in the market.


LITGAS and Statoil prepare joint venture to enter the Baltic Sea small scale LNG market

July 2, 2015 - Natural gas supply and trading company LITGAS, part of Lithuania’s state owned energy holding Lietuvos Energija, and Statoil, leading global energy company in oil and gas production, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday in Vilnius, Lithuania regarding establishment of a joint venture company in Lithuania to develop small scale LNG bunkering services.
The new joint venture company is planned to be established in Lithuania later this year and would supply LNG as a fuel to ships, small terminals in the Baltic Sea, and transport LNG by trucks to on-shore customers.


Technip Samsung Consortium awarded contracts for the Browse FLNG project

Ňechnip is leveraging its FLNG leadership
July 3, 2015 - Technip Samsung Consortium was awarded two contracts by Shell for the Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project in Australia, operated by Woodside.
The Browse project covers the realization and installation of three FLNG units to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields in the Browse Basin, 425 kilometers North of Broome, Western Australia. The Browse project will capitalize on Shell's FLNG experience, as well as on Woodside's offshore and subsea development expertise.


ENGIE and Beijing Enterprise Group signed contract to supply LNG to Beijing City and an Expand Cooperation Agreement

On the occasion of the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s delegation to France, Pierre Chareyre, Executive Vice President, in charge of Global Gas & LNG of ENGIE, signed today (July 2) in Toulouse an Agreement with Wang Dong, Chairman of Beijing Enterprise Group (BEG), to supply LNG to Beijing.


Fincantieri to supply four OPVs to the Bangladesh Coast Guard

July 3, 2015 - Fincantieri has been awarded the contract with the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) for the supply of four Italian Navy “Minerva” class corvettes to be upgraded and converted into Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and to provide the related logistics support services.
These units, which will be decommissioned by the Italian Navy and replaced by the new vessels covered by the fleet renewal program, have been remised by the Italian Navy through a reselling contract executed by the Central Unit for Naval Armament and Fincantieri.


Flight hours decline in detecting spills from ships in the Baltic Sea

The total number of surveillance flight hours in the Baltic Sea dropped again in 2014 according to the annual HELCOM report on aerial surveillance. Compared to the average total number of flight hours in 2000-2013, the decrease is 20%.
There is a risk that the declined amount of time in the air of surveillance planes impairs the reliability of information on detected spills from ships in the Baltic, compiled by HELCOM since 1988.


Kalashnikov presents a unified combat group of assault boats

The vessels can be equipped with various weapons and allow for launching drones straight from the deck
The Kalashnikov Concern for the first time will introduce a unified combat group of multifunctional assault crafts with a modern set of weapons, as well as their latest developments in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be launched from the deck of the craft.


Industry news
NEVA 2015
July 06, 2015

Full Steam Ahead: Russia to Maintain Naval Shipbuilding Despite Economy

The Russian Navy’s shipbuilding plans will not be cut back over the current economic situation in the country, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Thursday (July 2).
Borisov said that the Russian Navy expects 10 first- and second-rank ships and another 40 support vessels to enter into service by the end of 2015.


Foreign ‘insides’ of Russian shipbuilding

Domestic shipbuilding has generally settled for assembling of hulls and installation of foreign equipment. RF Government is set to break the vicious circle of commitment to ship ‘insides’ of foreign origin.
State incentive mechanisms are under development to encourage construction of vessels at domestic shipyards. However, some of the proposed measures seem to be controversial and the results achieved are often a fiction.


China's CITIC to invest $113 billion for "Silk Road" investments


Crewing - work at sea
July 02, 2015

Russian Navy’s intel ship for monitoring US ABM systems 'to start tests in 2016'

A Russian intelligence military vessel specializing, among other things, in monitoring the US missile shield, is getting ready for seagoing tests, media report. It is one of four ships that will replace outdated intelligence vessels in Russia’s fleets.


Mistral talks between Paris, Moscow almost over, refund issue to be settled soon - Kozhin

Negotiations between Russia and France on a refund to be paid for Mistral-class helicopter carriers are coming to an end, Russian President's Military-Technological Cooperation Aide Vladimir Kozhin has said.
"Negotiations are almost over. The refund issue will be resolved soon," Kozhin told Interfax-AVN on Thursday (July 2).
As reported earlier, the value of the contract for the construction of two helicopter carriers stood at 1.2 billion euro. France has been paid 840 million euro.


ICBC Leasing inks $1.1bn financing deal with Jaccar and Seatrade

China’s ICBC Leasing has entered into financing deals worth a total of $1.1bn with France’s Jaccar Holdings and Belgian reefer firm Seatrade for the construction of 10 ships.


Grimaldi Orders Three More PCTCs in China

Italian shipowner Grimaldi Group has signed an USD 165 million agreement for the construction of three Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs) with the Chinese shipyard Yinling, following the last month’s USD 300 million order of five PCTCs at the Yangfan shipyard.


China launches new oil and gas trading platform - Xinhua

A new trading platform for oil and gas was launched in China on Wednesday (July 1), state media reported, as the world's largest energy consumer looks to extend its influence over global commodity pricing.


BP to Settle Federal, State and Local Deepwater Horizon Claims for up to $18.7 Billion With Payments to be Spread Over 18 Years


July 01, 2015

South Korea's Lim to be next IMO Secretary General

June 30, 2015 - Beating out five other candidates, Ki-tack Lim (Republic of Korea) has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from January 1, 2016, for an initial term of four years.


GTT and LNG-Gorskaya sign agreement related to production of LNG tanks

June 30, 2015 - French engineering company GTT and Russian company LNG-Gorskaya LLC have signed an agreement on transfer of documentation and providing of information about production of cargo sections for three bunkering tankers being built at the shipyards of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).
The agreement is to secure implementation of the contract on designing and building Russia’s first LNG bunkering tankers signed by LNG-Gorskaya and USC in May 2015.
GTT is to design vessels’ cargo tanks according to Mark III membrane system technology under the contract signed by Philippe Berterottière, President of GTT, and Kirill Lyats, Director General of LNG-Gorskaya.


Sevmash: The home of the USSR’s underwater giants

Until the 1930s, the Soviet coast on the Barents Sea was an icy wilderness. The region’s harsh climate, sparse population and near absence of communications made it unsuitable for development. Only on the eve of World War I, faced with the prospect of a total blockade of the Baltic and Black seas and Russia’s supply routes to Europe, did the government begin thinking about building port infrastructure on the Kola Peninsula. Murmansk became the first Russian harbor on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. However, from a military perspective the area was not developed for a long time.


June 30, 2015

Russia signs deal on setting up Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Russia signed an agreement on Monday (June 29)  on creating the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), becoming the third founding country for the voting share of this international financial institution.
Russia has 65,362 shares of the bank, receiving 5.92% of the vote. China and India got a voting share of 26.06 and 7.5%, respectively.


Shipowners propose maritime growth plan

The Danish Shipowners Association believes that the new government should launch a new maritime growth plan, which can boost the Danish growth. Both sides of the parliament have expressed interest in maritime growth before the election.


China Begins Building Massive Pipeline for Russian Gas Imports

China on Monday (June 29) officially began construction of a vast pipeline to import hundreds of billions of dollars worth of natural gas from Russia.
The pipeline, called the “Power of Siberia,” is the result of a $400 billion, 30-year gas supply deal signed by state-owned Russian energy giant Gazprom and its Chinese counterpart CNPC in May last year.


Coming Events
RAO/CIS Offshore 2015
August, 2015

Oil & Gas Tanzania

Aug. 27-29, 2015 • Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania



September, 2015

6th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response

Sept. 2-3, 2015 • London, UK




BALTEXPO 2015

Sept. 7-9, 2015 • Gdansk, Poland




RAO/CIS Offshore 2015

Sept. 15-18, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia




NEVA 2015

Sept. 22-25, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia




INMEX SMM India

Sept. 23-25, 2015 • Mumbai, India



October, 2015

Indonesia Maritime Expo 2015

Oct. 7-9, 2015 • Jakarta, Indonesia




European Dredging Summit

Oct. 7-8, 2015 • Antwerp, Belgium



November, 2015

Europort 2015

Nov. 3-6, 2015 • Rotterdam, The Netherlands




Subsea Event China 2015

Nov. 6-8, 2015 • Xiamen, China



December, 2015

Marintec China 2015

Dec. 1-4, 2015 • Shanghai, China




Saudi Transtec 2015

Dec. 8-10, 2015 • Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



March, 2016

APM 2016

March 16-18, 2016 • Singapore



June, 2016

Posidonia 2016

June 6-10, 2016  • Athens, Greece



September, 2016

SMM

Sept. 6-9, 2016 • Hamburg, Germany




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