September 03, 2015
September issue MM#3(53) will be released on 21.09.2015. Brief on articles is available on the official web-site of the publication.
Sept. 3, 2015 - Today, in the presence of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the President of People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, OAO NOVATEK and China’s Silk Road Fund (“SRF”) concluded a framework agreement on the acquisition by SRF of a 9.9% equity stake in the Yamal LNG project.
According to the agreement, the transaction is scheduled to close after the satisfaction of stipulated conditions precedent, including the receipt of all necessary approvals. Following the completion of the deal, the shareholder structure of OAO “Yamal LNG” will be as follows: OAO NOVATEK (50.1%), Total S.A. (20%), CNPC (20%) and SRF (9.9%).
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is a participant to the 18th International Maritime Exhibition BALTEXPO 2015 to be held on 7 – 9 September 2015 in Gdansk, Poland. BALTEXPO biennale is a major maritime event in Poland.
At the exhibition, RS will introduce its services in classification and survey of ships during construction and in service, as well as in approval of materials and equipment for the maritime industry.
Mr Georgy Bedrik, Head of the RS Planning and Marketing Division, will present the RS experience in the offshore development projects during panel discussion on the opportunities and needs of the Polish shipbuilding industry in this sector.
K-Sim Navigation and K-Sim DP, Kongsberg Maritime’s latest generation ship-handling and Dynamic Positioning simulators have been chosen to further advance Tsakos Group’s capabilities at its newly established training centre, the Maria Tsakos TCM Academy in Athens, Greece.
Tsakos’ existing K-Sim Polaris DNV Class A ship handling simulator will be upgraded to K-Sim Navigation in order to meet the latest DNV GL and Nautical Institute compliance requirements. Launched in November 2014, the all-new K-Sim Navigation simulator platform meets the requirements of the most demanding navigation training for merchant, offshore and naval vessels.
The New Alliance Marine Training Centre (NAMTC) has joined the Transas Global ECDIS Training Network (GET-Net), and shipping companies can now benefit from a high quality ECDIS training from the first Transas GET-Net partner in China.
The New Alliance Marine Training Centre was established in Wuhan, China in April 2009 with main objectives to provide training services for ship owners and operators and help Chinese seafarers in improving their competence to meet the requirements of the global maritime market. In the past years, NAMTC has trained more than 20,000 seafarers who worked for more than 50 world's leading shipping companies.
Cuts Wind Resistance, Saves Fuel, and Reduces CO2 Emissions
Sept. 3, 2015 - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that it has started demonstration tests of a new windshield for containerships, which has the potential to reduce wind resistance, save fuel, and reduce CO2 emissions. MOL jointly developed the device with MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd., Ouchi Ocean Consultant, Inc., Akishima Laboratory (Mitsui Zosen) Inc. and the University of Tokyo.
The project was backed by the "Joint R&D for Industry Program", in which Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) promotes wide-ranging R&D activities in cooperation with industry, government and academia.
The new windshield was installed on the bow of the MOL-operated containership MOL MARVEL, and a demonstration test of its effectiveness in reducing CO2 emissions is under way.
The shipbuilding company VARD Group AS in Norway has announced a contract for a shrimp stern trawler to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce. The fishing vessel has been ordered by a Canadian company. The contract is worth in excess of £6 million to Rolls-Royce.
The vessel is of Rolls-Royce NVC 374 design and will be around 79 metres long featuring an ICE 1A* ice class hull. It will be equipped with a wide range of Rolls-Royce equipment, including a B33:45 main engine, Promas propulsion, and a power electric system with hybrid shaft generator (HSG). The Rolls-Royce package also includes a tunnel thruster, automation, and winches.
The vessel is to be delivered from VARD’s Aukra yard in Norway in December 2016.
International Windship Association (IWSA) and Members Finalists in 3 Categories for the Ship Efficiency Awards
• IWSA is ‘Initiative of the Year’ Award finalist • IWSA Member ‘Norsepower’ finalist in two categories – ‘Energy Efficiency’ and ‘One to Watch’ Awards along with ship designer Deltamarin
The shipping industry is increasingly convinced that wind power is a renewable energy source with a viable future within various sectors of the global shipping fleet.
Magadanmorneftegaz, Lisyanskmorneftegaz (joint ventures of Rosneft and Statoil) and China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) signed a contract to drill two exploration wells in 2016. The wells will be drilled in the Magadan-1 and Lisyansky areas of the Okhotsk Sea.
COSL offered its semi-submersible drilling rig Nanhai-9 and won the tender based on a combined score of technical and economic parameters. The rig was positively evaluated by an audit for compliance with Russian and international requirements.
Sept. 2, 2015 - Dorian LPG Ltd., a leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs), reported today that it has taken delivery of the ECO VLGC Commodore from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and the ECO VLGC Cresques from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). These will be Dorian LPG's ninth and tenth newbuilding deliveries and the first of three to be delivered from DSME.
September 02, 2015
Sept. 1, 2015 - Hundreds of employees gathered in the new Assembly Hall at the Halifax Shipyard to celebrate the start of production of the first Arctic Offshore Patrol ship (AOPS) for Canada. Delivery of the first HMCS Harry DeWolf-class ship is expected in 2018.
Production has begun on two units for the centre section of the first Arctic Offshore Patrol ship. Welders, pipefitters, marine fabricators and iron workers are among the trades involved in the process, using the new state-of-the-art panel line.
The ship is the first of up to 21 vessels that will renew Canada's combatant fleet over the next 30 years under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Irving Shipbuilding has built more than 80% of Canada's current combatant ships.
Sept. 1, 2015 - Sembcorp Marine subsidiary SMOE Pte Ltd has secured an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract worth over USD One billion (including long lead items) from Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited.
The contract includes the building of the Central Processing Facility plus 2 connecting bridges, Wellhead Platform and Utilities & Living Quarters Platform Topsides for the Culzean Field Development. The facility will be installed at a water depth of some 90 meters in UK sector of the Central North Sea.
Sept. 1, 2015 - Subsea 7 S.A. today announced the award of a subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) contract by Maersk Oil with a value in excess of USD 150 million for the Culzean development.
The ultra-high pressure, high temperature field, one of the largest gas discoveries offshore UK, is located in Block 22/25 of the Central North Sea at a water depth of approximately 90 metres.
The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a new building Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Aakash” (81,600 dwt). The vessel was ordered by GE Shipping in July 2013 and has been built at Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc., Philippines.
The said vessel was contracted for sale in August 2015 and will be delivered to the new buyers this month.
Transas Marine, a global leader in professional marine navigation systems, has announced the grand 50%-off sale of the major part of the chart folio collection available for purchase in iSailor, the popular chart plotter and AIS Viewer.
This special offer is valid from September, 1 until September, 15, applies for iOS and Android device users and includes the majority of the most popular chart folios covering Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
September 03, 2015
The first Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) will take place in the Russian city of Vladivostok on September 3−5, bringing together representatives of government agencies from Russia and Asia-Pacific countries, major investors, business people and industry experts.
The Admiral Makarov is slated for delivery in 2016
The Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad floated out on Wednesday (Sept. 2) the Admiral Makarov advanced escort ship that is under construction for the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, as they are better known, are gaining in popularity in various industries, including shipbuilding.
Having in mind that time is money, shipbuilders are starting to adopt this type of technology to facilitate and speed up various construction stages, including inspection.
Russia is interested in attracting foreign, including Chinese investors to participate in the implementation of these projects, Putin said.
On August 31, 2015, Italy based Nuovo Pignone S.p.A. (GE Oil & Gas) and Russian company LNG-Gorskaya (implements the project on creation of LNG production complex in Saint-Petersburg) signed a contract on manufacture and supply of major equipment for Russia’s first floating LNG plant.
Under the contract, GE Oil & Gas will manufacture one turbo-compressor unit, two expander-compressor units č and two boil-off gas compressors within 14 months.
LNG-Gorskaya LLC is going to put the complex into operation and to start selling LNG in the first half of 2017.
The ships are armed, among other things, with the Kalibr-NK missile system and 100-mm A-190 versatile gun and air defense, torpedo and antisubmarine weapons.
September 02, 2015
The US needs to build heavy icebreakers if it is to catch up with Russia in the Arctic, the White House said. President Barack Obama called for funding the construction of the specialized ships on the second day of his visit to Alaska.
Citing the fact that Russia has forty operational icebreakers and another eleven planned or under construction, the White House announced Tuesday that it would “propose to accelerate acquisition of a replacement heavy icebreaker to 2020 from 2022, begin planning for construction of additional icebreakers, and call on Congress to work with the Administration to provide sufficient resources to fund these critical investments.”
Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) has won a contract to build one 22,700-dwt semi-submersible barge for Japan’s Fukada Salvage & Marine Works Co.
Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding will provide the technical specialities, equipment and project management for the newbuilding project.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The semi-submersible, classed by ClassNK, is capable of operating in water depth of 16.7 metres.
The crew for Russia´s first floating nuclear power station started their training in Saint Petersburg today (Sept. 1).
The training of each of the specialists who will work onboard “Akademik Lomonosov”, takes more than one thousand hours.
President Barack Obama, who is on a visit to Alaska, is calling for new Coast Guard icebreakers as part of new investments to enhance safety and security in the changing Arctic.
Those investments could be substantial. A recent Congressional Research Service report estimated that a new polar icebreaker could cost around $900 million to $1 billion.
Though the Coast Guard's need for additional icebreaking capability has long been apparent, efforts to find the massive funding needed have stymied any significant progress. Now the realities of climate change, could give Congress an incentive to come up with an answer.
Military forces in the Arctic will be strengthened with a naval fighter regiment and an anti-aircraft regiment by the end of 2015, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu says.
Nordic Bulk Carriers’ vessel Nordic Odin (77,000 dwt, built 2015) has become the first panamax bulker to carry iron ore from Baffin Island, Canada to Europe through Arctic sea ice.
The 1A ice-classed ship loaded the cargo on August 12 at Milne Port, on the island’s north shore, and arrived at Gijon in Spain on August 23.
September 01, 2015
The president’s visit to Alaska this week highlights the economic opportunity and concern for the future of Arctic people’s cultures and the environment in the face of changing climate and increased human activity.
Recognizing that nations like Russia and China are moving forward with Arctic economic development, facilitating exploration and development in Alaska would enhance national, economic and energy security, benefit the people of the north and the United States as a whole and position us well to exercise global leadership.
Oslo-listed dry bulk specialist Pioneer Marine Inc. has taken delivery of its first 38,464 dwt, Green Dolphin eco-design handysize dry bulk carrier – the M.V. Falcon Bay – from Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding, China.
The ship’s fuel consumption is about 6 tonnes per day lower than the non-eco design vessels, according to Pioneer Marine.
Italy's Eni is open to selling a stake in its "supergiant" Zohr gas field discovery off of Egypt, its chief executive said, as the state-controlled energy company looks for funds to bankroll development without sacrificing dividends.
Eni said on Sunday (Aug. 30) it had discovered the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean off Egypt, covering an area of about 100 square kilometres (39 square miles) and containing a potential 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.
Sept. 7-9, 2015 • Gdansk, Poland
Sept. 15-18, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 17-20, 2015 • Mianyang, Sichuan, China
Sept. 22-25, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 23-25, 2015 • Mumbai, India
Sept. 29-30, 2015 • Rome, Italy
Oct. 7-9, 2015 • Jakarta, Indonesia
Oct. 7-8, 2015 • Antwerp, Belgium
Oct. 7-8, 2015 • Portsmouth, UK
0ct. 20-21, 2015 • Shanghai, China
Nov. 3-6, 2015 • Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Nov. 6-8, 2015 • Xiamen, China
Nov. 26-27, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Dec. 1-4, 2015 • Shanghai, China
Dec. 1-3, 2015 • Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Dec. 1-3, 2015 • Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Dec. 8-10, 2015 • Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
March 16-18, 2016 • Singapore
March 29-31, 2016 • Beijing, China
March 29-31, 2016 • Doha, Qatar