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May 26, 2016

First cargo of Yamal oil shipped from Arctic Gate offshore terminal

May 25, 2016 - An event marking the start of the year-round shipments of Yamal oil from the Arctic Gate (Vorota Arktiki), an Arctic oil loading terminal, took place today in the Mys Kamenny settlement (Yamal Peninsula, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area).
The Novoportovskoye oil, gas and condensate field, the richest in oil reserves in the Yamal Peninsula, is located 700 kilometers away from the existing pipeline infrastructure. That is why it was decided to ship Yamal oil by sea for the first time in the history of Russia's oil and gas industry.
Thanks to cutting-edge technologies employed in building the production, transportation and, most importantly, loading infrastructure, it took only four years to arrange commercial oil production from the field. It is planned to extract 6.3 million tons of feedstock from the field as early as 2018. The plan for further field development will be outlined before late 2017.

Fluidmecanica sing contract for two new icebreakers

25.05.2016 Fluidmecanica concluded the contract for the supply of the deck equipment for the 2 new Icebreakers for Gazprom.
Two vessels will be built by Vyborg Shipyard PJSC (Russia) for Gazprom Neft's Novy Port project and delivered in 2017.

Port of Caen/Chamber of Commerce & Industry Caen Normandy orders Damen ASD Tug 2810

The Port of Caen/Chamber of Commerce & Industry Caen Normandy (Chambre de Commerce et d’industrie de Caen Normandie) has placed an order for a Damen ASD Tug 2810. This follows Damen winning a public tender on December 8th, 2015.
Caen Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry has a port concession in both the Port of Caen Ouistreham and Cherbourg. The new Damen vessel will be deployed in the latter, hence its name Cherbourg 1.

Greek Market Leader Orders Kappel Propellers

Vessel upgrade including Kappel propellers brings 8,500 TEU container vessels first in class
MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the order to supply Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd. with fixed pitch Kappel propellers, propeller boss caps with fins, and Engine-Power Limitation for two container vessels – the 8,500 TEU ‘CSCL Europe’ and ‘CSCL America’.
Both container vessels are powered by MAN B&W 12K98MC-C main engines rated at 68,520 kW at 104 RPM. In connection with the propulsion upgrade the main engines will be limited to 44,000 kW at 89.7 RPM however; top speeds of more than 23 knots will still be available.

Apply Emtunga selects Roxtec for North Sea projects

In the Arendal Yard in Gothenburg, Sweden, Apply Emtunga is building the offshore accommodation modules to the oil rig projects Martin Linge and ETAP. As the living quarters are to be the safest place on a rig Apply Emtunga puts a lot of effort into creating maximum safety. One way to ensure safety is to use Roxtec cable and pipe transits.

Alfa Laval PureBallast near completion of required USCG testing procedures

Alfa Laval continues to move swiftly towards the submission of a US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1. The company has performed half of the required land-based tests and is set to conclude the remainder of these within Q2.
Alfa Laval remains on track to submit its application for USCG type approval after requisite tests of PureBallast are finished in Q2 of 2016. Half of the required land-based procedures have now been completed using the USCG-approved CMFDA/FDA (staining) method. The tests, which have been performed at DHI in Denmark, have all returned strong biological disinfection results.

Napier Turbochargers achieve accreditation to ISO 14001:2004

We are pleased to announce that Napier Turbochargers, Environmental Management System has recently achieved accreditation to ISO 14001:2004.
The initial commitment to achieving accreditation was made in February 2015 and after a long and extensive project, culminating in a week-long audit undertaken by BSI, the application was approved and accreditation was achieved.

Goltens wins contracts to retrofit ten Royal Netherlands Naval vessels with Optimarin Ballast Water Treatment systems

Goltens Worldwide announces that the Defence Material Organization has awarded three contracts to its Green Technologies business unit for the engineering and turnkey installation of sixteen Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) on ten Naval vessels.
On May 25 an official signing ceremony was held at the Defence Material Organization in The Hague whereby Captain RNLN J. F. Kwak, Head Projects Procurement Division, officially signed the contract on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. Mr. M. C. Jeronimus, Vice President of Goltens Europe, signed on behalf of Goltens Green Technologies.
Goltens Green Technologies will engineer and install the UV based Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) onboard the Royal Netherlands Navy vessels during 2016 and 2017, ensuring compliance with both the pending IMO and existing US Coast Guard regulations on ballast water treatment.

SGX enters into exclusive discussions with the Baltic Exchange

Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) wishes to announce that it has entered into an agreement with The Baltic Exchange Limited (Baltic Exchange) through which SGX will enter into exclusive discussions with the Baltic Exchange regarding a cash offer for 100% of the share capital of the Baltic Exchange (Transaction).
This follows SGX’s announcement on 26 February 2016 that it had submitted a non-binding bid for the acquisition of the Baltic Exchange. The period of exclusivity will commence on 25 May 2016 and expire on 30 June 2016.

Damen unveils new compact multi-role Utility Vessel 2410

Work is due to start shortly on the first of a new class of Damen utility vessel UV2410. This multi-role platform is the result of extensive consultation with customers active in the aquaculture industry in the UK and Norway.
For these customers it was important that the rule length of the new vessel be no more than 24-metres and, for UK customers in particular, that it fits within the 200 Gross Tonnage limit. Feedback indicated that within that length maximum possible protected deck space and good seakeeping were top priorities, along with ample accommodation.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Expands Oasis and Edge-Class

May 25, 2016 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with French Shipbuilder STX France to build a fifth Oasis-class ship for delivery in the Spring of 2021, and two additional Edge-class ships scheduled for delivery in the Fall of each of 2021 and 2022.

Post-combustion fuel treatment cuts vessel costs, inefficiency and risk, advises WSS

Wilhelmsen Ships Service, the leading global provider of products and services to the shipping industry, is advising vessel operators to wage war on soot.
According to WSS, soot accumulation in a ship’s exhaust gas boiler (EGB) is a serious issue, leading to reduced EGB efficiency, significant cleaning costs, corrosion, and the risk of soot fires. However, a simple post-combustion fuel treatment can solve all these problems, at negligible cost.

GIS Installs Custom Crane System at Mountain Sewage Plant

Hidden behind the contours of the Matterhorn mountain, a custom crane system is a key feature of an upgraded wastewater treatment plant in the picturesque Swiss village of Zermatt.
Switzerland-based electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS supplied two underslung travelling cranes and nine monorails including chain hoists for ARA Zermatt, which has been treating wastewater from the well-known resort at the foot of the iconic mountain since 1982.

May 25, 2016

SMM 2016: Shipping 4.0

Autonomous ships, smart on-board systems: At the Maritime Future Summit on 5 September, industry leaders will discuss the future of shipping.
For the first time SMM hosts a conference dedicated to digital shipping.

Two new launches in Vietnam: dAmico International Shipping S.A. flies the Italian flag in Southeast Asia

d’Amico International Shipping S.A., a leading international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market, launched two new eco-ships at the Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd - Vietnam in the presence of the Consul General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City, Carlotta Colli.
Cielo di Capri and Cielo di Hanoi are both 39,000 dwt Handysize Product Tankers, 184 metres long and 27.4 metres wide, with the only difference being that the first is an Ice Class. These two eco-ships are a part of the significant 755 million dollars investment plan that DIS launched in 2012.
The ceremony - held on 16 May - was also attended by the President and CEO of the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Hwan-Goo Kang, and by representatives of the financial institutions that supported d’Amico International Shipping in the construction of the eco-ships.

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IMDS 2017
May 26, 2016

Chevron-led Consortium to Invest Up to $37 Billion in Kazakh Oil Field

Investment would be one of the first big commitments by a large oil company since the oil price slump
Chevron Corp. and its partners agreed to invest up to another $37 billion to increase output at a Kazakhstan oil field that is among the world’s most expensive, the country’s energy minister said on Wednesday (May 25), a rare big spending commitment during a prolonged crude price slump.
The investment in the oil field known as Tengiz would begin in 2017 and come on top of the about $37 billion already spent by Chevron, the field’s operator, and its partners: state-owned energy firm, KazMunaiGas, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Russia’s Lukoil.

Innovation Driving Cruise Market Growth Globally Beyond 2016 Says a New Research Report

Global Cruise Market: 2016 Edition research report talks about the industry that has evolved from a small segment of the oceanic passenger market into a complete and complex vacation business. It has changed completely in comparison with cruise market of 1970s where casinos, shore excursions, port lectures, shopping programs, spa services were inexistent.
The cruise ship market has been the fastest growing segment in the travel industry around the world. Cruising has expanded in recent decades from serving only the very rich to providing activities and entertainment options even for the middle-class vacationers. The cruise has also paved its way to young generation rather than being populated only by aged people.

FedEx Acquires TNT Express

FedEx Corporation, FedEx Acquisition B.V. (the Offeror) and TNT Express N.V. (TNT Express) jointly announce that FedEx has acquired TNT Express.
The €4.4 billion acquisition combines the strengths of the companies – the world’s largest air express network and an unparalleled European road network, which will expand the existing FedEx portfolio and reshape the global transportation and logistics industry.

May 25, 2016

China Shipbuilding changes course to high-end specialist vessels

State shipbuilder acts on oversupply and waning global demand
China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, one of the country's two major shipbuilding conglomerates, plans to integrate six of its shipyards into three. It will focus more on building high-end vessels as the industry remains in choppy waters amid waning global demand.

China Shipbuilding Industry merges key subsidiaries

State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has announced a plan to consolidate some of its shipbuilding activities in a bid to boost efficiencies. The changes affect some of the company's key naval shipyards.
The plan was recently announced by CSIC and features the integration of six major shipbuilding subsidiaries into three and is intended to support CSIC's development and construction of "high-end" vessels, including those for the China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

China gives CMA CGM go-ahead for NOL acquisition

CMA CGM has received the green light from China’s Ministry of Commerce to acquire Neptune Orient Lines, enabling the French line to finalize the $2.4 billion deal made in December for Southeast Asia’s largest carrier.
The Anti-Monopoly Bureau of MOFCOM today (May 25) cleared the takeover almost exactly one month after the European Commission approved the acquisition on condition NOL’s liner division APL exited the G6 Alliance.

Five New Vladivostok Port Residents to Invest $22.5Mln in Russian Far East

Five additional companies will become residents of the Vladivostok free port and invest 1.5 billion rubles ($22.46 million) in the Russian Far East economy, the Ministry of Far East Development said Tuesday (May 24).

Privatization of 19.5% stake in Rosneft may provide $10.5 bln to budget - minister

May 23, 2016

Russian shipbuilder wins $1 bln Iran contract for five Gulf oil rigs

Russian shipbuilder Krasnye Barrikady has been awarded a near-$1 billion contract by Iran to build five offshore drilling rigs for use on Iran's part of the Gulf shelf.
The project, which was under discussion for almost two years, will be financed jointly by Russia and Iran. Iran will soon make a 15 percent advance payment on the $200 million price of the first rig.

Caspian Sea Yard to Build Persian Gulf Jack Ups

The Red Barricades shipyard in Astrakhan, Russia, has finalized a contract for the construction of five $200 million jack up rigs for Iranian firm SADID Industrial Group.
SADID and Red Barricades said that components for the jack ups will be constructed at Barricade’s yard on the landlocked Caspian Sea, but the rigs are intended for the National Iranian Oil Company's use in the Persian Gulf.

Three African states to get Iranian LPG

The Islamic Republic of Iran has commenced exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to three African countries.
Esmaeel Hasham Firouz, the export-import director of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC), has told Mehr news agency that Iran has begun to ship excess natural gas supplies as LPG to Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.

Details of Panama's first post-Panamax container terminal announced

Chinese consortium Panama Colon Container Port will construct the first container terminal in Colon able to accommodate post-Panamax ships after reaching an agreement with the Panama Maritime Authority.
The terminal will have an annual capacity of 2.5 million twenty-foot-equivalent units, quay length of 3,937 feet and depth of 59 feet with additional land that opens up the possibility of energy projects or liquefied natural gas facilities.

May 20, 2016

Russia to Build New Amphibious Assault Ship to Replace Mistral

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that Russia plans to build amphibious assault ships for naval Kamov Ka-52K attack helicopters.

Russia's VTB to grow trading to help Russian commodity exports

Russia's second largest bank, state-controlled VTB, is growing its commodities trading business to help the country's oil, coal and metals producers expand in new markets from China to Africa.
VTB aims to become a top global commodities trading bank as Western peers cut their Russian exposure due to sanctions and as Russian firms feel the pressure of falling prices, the division's head, Atanas Djumaliev, told Reuters.

What exactly is the U.S. Navys brand new stealth destroyer for?

As the U.S. Navy prepares to commission a new destroyer, experts weight in on the implications for Russian and Chinese sea power.

Coming Events
Maritime Vortal
June, 2016

Posidonia 2016

June 6-10, 2016  • Athens, Greece

SIMBF 2016

June 9-13, 2016 • Sevastopol, Russia

Direct Email
September, 2016

Saudi Transtec 2016

Sept. 5-7, 2016 • Dammam, Saudi Arabia


Sept. 6-9, 2016 • Hamburg, Germany

7th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response

Sept. 7-8, 2016 • London, UK

October, 2016

Offshore Marintec Russia

Oct. 4-7, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia


Oct. 4-6, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Oil & Gas Vietnam (OGAV)

Oct. 18-20, 2016 • Vung Tau, Vietnam

Marine Vietnam 2016

Oct. 18-20, 2016 • Vung Tau, Vietnam

Shiptec China 2016

Oct. 25-28, 2016 • Dalian, China

Danish Maritime Fair

Oct. 25-27, 2016 • Copenhagen, Denmark

December, 2016

INMEX China 2016

Dec. 7-9, 2016 • Guangzhou, China

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

September, 2017


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

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