ASRY Offshore wins first major contract

August 31, 2008

ASRY Offshore Services has won its first major contract involving the upgrading of the jackup rig ‘Hercules 170’. 

The rig is owned by Hercules Offshore, a US-based company; however the rig is operated by its company in Qatar. The rig is currently working in the Persian Gulf region but will be taken to ASRY’s shipyard in Bahrain later this year. The work contract covers a number of upgrades to increase its performance and drilling capabilities. This will involve the installation of a new and larger portside crane, adding more generators, some modification work to the lifeboats and also an upgrade to the drilling system.

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Maersk Tankers grabs early STX delivery slots

August 31, 2008

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk  said that it had placed an order for four very large crude oil carriers at South Korea’s STX Shipbuilding.

 

They said that they also had an option for two more ships. “We are in place with the transaction and the contract will signed next week,” Maersk Tankers director Soren Skou told. The Danish firm is thought to be paying $153m per ship. STX was selected due to the availability of 2011 delivery slots.

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Second U.S. Ship Delivers Aid to Georgia

August 31, 2008

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) and the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) transit through the Black Sea en route to the Republic of Georgia to deliver humanitarian relief supplies.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) pulled into port in Batumi, Georgia Aug. 27 to deliver humanitarian relief supplies as part of Operation Assured Delivery, the United States military’s ongoing effort to support the Georgian government’s request for humanitarian assistance. Dallas will offload 80 pallets with more than 76,000 pounds of humanitarian assistance supplies. The goods include hygiene items, food, milk and juices. Batumi port currently provides an established distribution hub to quickly dispense the aid. “The crew of Dallas really wants these goods to make a difference in the lives of the Georgian people,” said Capt. Robert Wagner, commanding officer of Dallas. “When we received the order to deliver these supplies, the men and women of this ship responded quickly at every turn.” USS McFaul (DDG 74) arrived in Batumi Aug. 24 delivering 155,000 pounds of aid to Georgia. USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) is scheduled to deploy for Georgia at the end of the month with more supplies. U.S. Navy C-9, C-40 and C-130 aircraft have flown tens of thousands of hygiene kits and more than 30 tons of meals ready-to-eat into the country during the past week.

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Grand Alliance adds Spanish port to EUM service

August 31, 2008

The Grand Alliance is enhancing its service between Mediterranean and Asia (EUM) by adding the Spanish port of Valencia to its port rotation.

The newly revised port rotation for the enhanced Mediterranean service is: Busan – Shanghai – Ningbo – Shekou – Hong Kong – Singapore – Port Klang – Jeddah –Damietta – Genoa – Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – Damietta – Singapore – Hong Kong – Busan. Eight vessels with the capacity of approximately 6,000TEU will be deployed on the service. The Grand Alliance, formed in 1998, is a consortium in global container shipping including Hapag-Lloyd of Germany, MISC of Malaysia, NYK of Japan and OOCL of Hong Kong.

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SingTel receives Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award

August 30, 2008

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) announced that it has received the prestigious 2008 Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award in the field of Maritime Broadband Communications.

 

SingTel was bestowed this award for its leadership in developing innovative solutions to improve communications at sea and address the rising challenges of the maritime industry.  Solutions such as SingTel’s Office-At-Sea suite of maritime applications, which enables vessels to communicate seamlessly and cost-effectively with their headquarters on land, were recognized for boosting business productivity and improving crew welfare. Other notable innovations by SingTel include the world’s first 1.5-metre C-band stabilised satellite antenna.  Co-designed with its partner SeaTel, this enables sea-going vessels to enjoy significantly higher bandwidth (up to 6Mbps) than a traditional 2.4-metre C-band antenna. The award also recognizes SingTel’s collaboration with the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) to set a new benchmark in maritime education. Through this initiative, SingTel helped to establish the Satcom@SMA maritime innovation hub.  The first of its kind in Asia Pacific, this facility, which is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, serves as a platform for the development of new applications and solutions. SingTel also played an important role in developing a new maritime satellite communications module to be included in SMA’s syllabus, which offers practical experience in the use of satellite communication systems and applications for ships.

 

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Asian container heavyweights invest in Rotterdam

August 30, 2008

Cosco Pacific, “K” Line, Hanjin Shipping and Yang Ming have announced that they will take a stake in the new Euromax terminal, located in Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte area, Europe’s biggest cargo hub later this year.

Each of the four partners will invest 12.5% by the end of this year and the remainder of the ownership of the terminal will be by Europe Container Terminals. The terminal, scheduled to open on September 5, will have four berths and a capacity of 2.3m teu per year and be the fifth overseas investment by Cosco Pacific.  The company’s deputy managing director, Ken Chan has been reported as declaring the company would like to invest more overseas because international port projects only account for 11% of Cosco’s profits from ports. Its remaining 89% of port earnings is generated from mainland hubs where investment opportunities are declining. Cosco Pacific’s negotiations with the Fujian Port Group are likely to be finalized by the year-end with Cosco Pacific and Yantian Port Group reportedly interested in a 30% stake in Fujian Port. The company has already invested in two other ports in Quanzhou and Xiamen in Fujian.

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Scan Geophysical wins largest ever seismic contract

August 30, 2008

Norway-based Scan Geophysical has been awarded a US$70 million contract from Petroleos de Venezuela.

Scan’s largest ever seismic contract will cover 3D seismic work in offshore Venezuela, over an area of 3,300 square kilometers. Preceded by earlier announced awards by PDVSA for seismic services offshore Venezuela, this contract calls for additional marine 3D seismic to be acquired in the Dragon Norte region. The new contract will backlog Scan’s vessel, the ‘SCAN Resolution’, into the third quarter of 2009.  Scan Geophysical is an international seismic data acquisition company specialising in marine streamer seismic services.

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