March 04, 2015
March issue MM#1(51) will be released on 21.03.2015. Brief on articles is available on the official web-site of the publication.
March 03, 2015
UC RUSAL, a leading, global aluminium producer, and FESCO Integrated Transport LLC (FIT, part of FESCO Transportation Group) have signed an agreement for forwarding of up to 1 mln tons of RUSAL’s export cargo via port Novorossiysk. The contract is signed for one year.
March 3, 2015 - The European Commission today presented the preliminary results of a study on the perception of the risks and opportunities of LNG as a shipping fuel.
The results show that stakeholders recognise the environmental advantages of LNG as a shipping fuel, but are still uncertain whether they offer a clear business case. At the meeting, held during the European Shipping Week, the European Commission discussed with LNG industry stakeholders the outcomes of the study.
Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, both maritime and inland waterways will be under ever increasing pressure, as we use them for transport, recreation and commercially.
At European Shipping week, Dr Pierre C. Sames, Chairman of the European Research Association and Director of Maritime Technology, Research and Development at classification society DNV GL, introduced a new initiative - Vessels for the Future - which aims to improve shipping’s safety record, sustainability and global competitiveness.
There is an urgent need within Europe to address the root cause of migrants at sea and the European Union needs to adopt a more proactive approach in preventing this human tragedy getting any worse.
Building and Chartering Six 20,000 TEU Containerships for More Competitive Services
March 2, 2015 - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that the company has signed a deal for construction of four 20,000 TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries.
MOL also concluded an MOU for long-term chartering of two 20,000 TEU containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. The two containerships will be built at Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The six vessels will be launched and delivered in 2017, and will serve the Asia-Europe service.
Dagong Global Credit Rating Company Limited (Dagong), the major Chinese credit rating agency, has assigned Gazprom Neft an AA long-term credit rating with a stable outlook for obligations in Russian roubles.
A series of eight new 33,000 DWT chemical tankers, currently under construction in Asia, will feature Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) each of which is certified for explosion proof (EX) requirements.
This means that the BWMS units can be installed in Zone 1 hazardous areas. It is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirement that the BWMS for ships having hazardous areas on board must be EX-proof certified. This contract, which was signed in January, is the first EX-system delivery since the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV system was granted EX-certification in spring 2014.
March 2, 2015 - Index AR Solutions (Index) and Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) announce a teaming agreement that will transform industry by providing engineering services using augmented reality (AR), which is the overlay of digital information on the real world.
The Index/NNS teaming agreement allows Index to use NNS' extensive AR intellectual property, use NNS' practical experience with dozens of AR pilots and projects, and lease NNS' growing team of AR experts for commercial clients.
Availon, the leading independent wind turbine O&M service provider, announced today the recent addition of over 100 MW of Vestas® turbine generators to its O&M service portfolio. These strong results underpin the success of Availon’s technology diversification strategy, which has been deployed internationally over the last few years.
March 02, 2015
March 2, 2015 - AVEVA announced today that it has collaborated with EMC Corporation’s Enterprise Content Division to deliver an integrated software solution for the management and control of engineering data and associated documents.
Designed for the specific needs of Owner Operators (OOs) and Engineering, Procurement, Construction companies (EPCs) in the plant and power markets, the integration will provide increased efficiency and information accuracy to support safe and compliant capital project execution and asset operations.
March 2, 2015 - Elcome International, the leading marine solutions provider and system integrator in the Middle East and one of the world’s largest marine technology suppliers, has signed a distribution agreement with Japan Radio Company (JRC) and its technology partner Alphatron Marine.
Under the agreement, the Dubai-based company will take on responsibility for sales and service of JRC and Alphatron Marine products in the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. Elcome will also carry out annual performance tests for JRC Voyage Data Recorders and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders.
Global Leader in Marine, Coastal and Water Sustainability Solutions Signs on to WOC
DHI - a global leader in marine, coastal and water science and sustainability - has joined the World Ocean Council. The company is seeking to better engage in sustainable development and stewardship of the marine and coastal environment through collaboration with the diverse international ocean business leadership community formed by the WOC.
March 2, 2015 - Danelec Marine today announced the availability of conversion kits to facilitate replacement of older shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDRs).
Danelec has designed a full range of adapter plates with pre-drilled bolt holes, as well as serial, digital and analog interfaces for older VDR brands. This makes for easy plug-and-play replacement of the bridge data units, microphones, memory capsules and other components, while reusing all existing interfaces, cabling and adapters.
BW LPG Limited is pleased to announce that it has today (Feb. 27) taken delivery of BW Carina, the second Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) in its newbuilding program of eight VLGCs.
Including the BW Carina, the company now owns and operates a fleet of 37 vessels, comprising 21 owned VLGCs, 11 chartered-in VLGCs, five owned LGCs with six more VLGCs on order. BW LPG is the world’s largest Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) owner and operator, by number of VLGCs and by LPG carrying capacity.
March 03, 2015
According to the source, it's expected that at least one Project 1135.6 top-of-the-line frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, will enter service in 2015.
Moscow invites Chinese companies to take on more than 50 percent in strategic fields. That will open China’s door to major Arctic resources.
March 02, 2015
Russia is strengthening its energy ties with China, planning to involve Chinese investors in high-profitable oil and gas exploration projects.
Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told journalists Beijing is welcome to enter both new and existing exploration projects, adding that Russia can provide its Eastern partner with controlling share, excluding shelf exploration projects.
Britain has blocked a deal by Russian billionaires, Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, to buy 12 oil and gas fields in the North Sea as part of their acquisition of Germany's oil firm DEA from RWE, citing possible sanctions against Russia.
The decision is a blow to the oligarchs, who have sold a large chunk of their oil assets in Russia and want to turn their LetterOne fund into a top global energy player.
March 01, 2015
Russia is prepared to protect its interests in the Arctic with military means if necessary, says Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu, pointing to the increasing interest in the region’s resources by countries with no direct access to the Arctic.
Thwarted in one attempt to build a gas pipeline to southeast Europe, the Kremlin is working with a small circle of allies to lay the groundwork for an alternative that would help it maintain leverage in its rivalry with the West.
Russia last year aborted South Stream, a $40 billion pipeline that was to have passed under the Black Sea and via Bulgaria, in the face of objections from the European Union.
Lithuania said Saturday (Feb. 28) it had signed a trade agreement to buy liquified natural gas from the United States in a move aimed at reducing the EU Baltic state's heavy dependence on Russian gas deliveries.
Under the deal with Houston-based Chenier Energy company, the first LNG fuel is expected to arrive in Lithuania as early as next year.
February 27, 2015
With supertankers booked solid carrying cheap crude, smaller vessels are taking advantage of the opportunity by hauling record volumes of Russian oil to Asia.
Aframax ships that ply the route between the Russian port of Kozmino and North Asia in three days, compared with journeys of a month for supertankers from the Middle East, are carrying the most ever East Siberian Pacific Ocean Pipeline oil to China, South Korea and Japan.
The demand has pushed ESPO’s price to the highest since July versus benchmark Dubai crude, according to industry consultant KBC Energy Economics.
U.S. ExxonMobil estimates losses from quitting joint ventures (JV) with Russian state-owned oil major Rosneft over the U.S. sanctions against the country at U.S. $1 billion as of late 2014.
We spoke with Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, about the Polar Code, the IMO and the Arctic Council…
February 25, 2015
Russia has announced a tender for preparation of documents to back its claim with the UN to expand the boundaries of its continental shelf in the Arctic.
Russian ports should engage in dredging to keep from touching the bottom. Dynamic development of national port infrastructure necessitates large-scale dredging works. Their efficiency depends on improved legislation, attraction of worldwide leaders and construction of dedicated domestic fleet.
The above issues were discussed by industry representatives at the II International Forum of Dredging Companies arranged by Media Group PortNews.
Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) said it has won 18 new vessel orders for 2014, totalling 2.6 million dwt.
The new orders were made up of MR tankers, as well as 50,000 dwt product and chemical tankers, a stock filing of GSI said. In its non-shipbuilding business, new orders comprising steel structures and machineries amounted to CNY1.6 billion (USD255 million).
In 2014, the yard commenced the construction of 23 vessels, launched 25 vessels, and completed 18 vessels.
The volume of shipments via Russia’s ports in the Arctic will grow by over 60% to 115 million tons per year, an official from the port association says.
March 11-14, 2015 • Istanbul, Turkey
March 18-20, 2015 • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
March 26-28, 2015 • Beijing, China
April 20-23, 2015 • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 21-24, 2015 • Moscow, Russia
April 27-29, 2015 • Nairobi, Kenya
June 2-5, 2015 • Oslo, Norway
July 1-5, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Aug. 27-29, 2015 • Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Sept. 7-9, 2015 • Gdansk, Poland
Sept. 15-18, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 22-25, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 23-25, 2015 • Mumbai, India
Oct. 7-9, 2015 • Jakarta, Indonesia
Nov. 3-6, 2015 • Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dec. 1-4, 2015 • Shanghai, China
March 16-18, 2016 • Singapore