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Oil Firms To Keep Spending Tight Despite High Prices

The absence of quality new merger opportunities will force oil companies to keep spending tight even though this year's oil price recovery has given them far more cash to work with, analysts said. Oil companies are now locked into the regime of tighter financial discipline they promised share investors during last year's crash, and will be unable to embark on the usual rush for production growth as the market recovers, they added. "The pendulum cannot swing quickly back and capital spending is not going to rebound," Fergus Macleod of Deutsche Bank said. "Oil companies have got to deliver on the agenda they set themselves. The market is very unforgiving of failure." Fears of losing equity confidence mean oil companies will take around two years to raise spending in pursuit of market share left open by OPEC producers' supply cuts, he added. Companies must now look even more closely at their own operations to enhance rate of return as the big savings generated by huge mergers like Exxon/Mobil, BP Amoco and TotalFina were no longer on offer. The 15-month merger drive has focused on companies bumping up their oil reserve book by absorbing smaller rivals to make up for the slower rate across the industry of finding big new fields. "There are not a lot of those opportunities left," said John McCormack of Stern Stewart in New York. "The easy, low-lying fruit has been substantially picked."


Marine News November: Editor's Note

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Optimizing both a fleet of workboats and the business model that makes all of that possible is probably the highest priority item on your plate, every day. And, as you will soon discover within the pages of the latest edition of MarineNews, fleet optimization can mean 10 different things to 10 different operators. The way forward for those that will survive this robust but equally difficult business climate necessarily involves regulatory compliance


Grieg Star & DNV’s Crane Collaboration

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Saving money and the planet, it’s the Holy Grail for today’s cost and image conscious shipowners. Bearing that in mind, fellow open hatch cargo vessel operators should sit up and pay attention to the findings of a new research project conducted by Grieg Star, in partnership with DNV Research & Innovation, and supported by the Research Council of Norway. Grieg and DNV have been investigating the potential of hybrid battery/diesel solutions for powering onboard cargo cranes


Enormous Sunken Treasure Claim Conceded, Thirty Years On

Government of Colombia lawyers concede salvage company Sea Search Armada to be rightful owner of 50% of treasure proceeds. Lawyers representing the Government of Colombia (GOC) admitted recently in a U.S. court that Sea Search Armada (SSA), engaged in a long-running suit with Colombia, was the rightful owner of 50 percent of the proceeds of perhaps the most valuable sunken treasure in history.  This is the first time representatives of the government have conceded this point in over 30


American Investors and Colombian Government Battle over $17 Billion Treasure Salvage

A group of investors sued the Colombian government for preventing American salvage group Sea Search Armada from recovering San Jose, a ship that sank in 1708, often referred to as the “Holy Grail of Shipwrecks.” With numerous court rulings throughout the years, the battle has lasted since 1979. In a case filed March 29 with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), a group of American investors claimed the government of Colombia violated their human rights by


Navy Prototype HTS Motor on Schedule for Testing

American Superconductor Corporation has completed the manufacture and testing of the rotor assembly for the world's first high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship propulsion motor. AMSC, which is manufacturing the prototype motor under a contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR), has now shipped the rotor assembly to ALSTOM's Power Conversion Business in the U.K. ALSTOM is contracted by AMSC to build the stator and to take care


Cool Under Pressure in Harsh Environs

Members of the technical design team in ULSTEIN in front of an SX121 tank test model displayed in ULSTEIN’s corporate exhibition, from left Per Arne Riksheim, Ann Katrin Barstad, Geir Sivertstøl and Terje Våge.

GC Rieber Shipping, the Norway-based harsh environment shipping specialist, has charged ULSTEIN with developing a high-capacity subsea vessel based on its SX121 design. This $141m million ship, ordered in June 2012, alongside an option for a sister vessel, has been commissioned in response to strong market desire for offshore construction support vessels (CSVs) for deep and harsh environments.  Alongside state-of-the-art features, equipment and performance figures


Saudi Cement Shortage: Ten Million Tons on Order

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Saudi Port Authority (SPA) says cement shipments have been coming since implementation of the decrees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to import 10 million tons of cement to cover local demand. Citing the press spokesman for the SPA, Arab News reports that seven  seven ships with 202,000 tons of cement reached Dammam Port last week; one ship was loaded with 50,000 tons and another with 45,000 tons. Additionally, 72,000 tons will come through Jazan Port.


Lapponian Reefer Docks at A&P Falmouth

The Cayman Islands reefer vessel, Lapponian Reefer, has recently completed a nine day dry docking program where it underwent an extensive 10 year survey and repair work. The 11,095dwt vessel, owned by Holy House Shipping, dry docked on January 7, 2002 for works which included repairs of internal tank fractures, survey and repairs of sea valves, overhaul of the main engine, survey bearings and turbo charger overhaul. The gearbox was also opened and surveyed and the propeller blades were


Barloworld Logistics Hosts Customer Iftar

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Barloworld Logistics, a provider of logistics and supply chain management solutions, hosted an Iftar event at The Shangri La Hotel in Dubai recently, to celebrate the spirit of Holy Month of Ramadan. The gathering was attended by Barloworld Logistics’ key clients, joined by the company’s senior officials. John Wylie, Managing Director – Barloworld Logistics Middle East, welcomed guests who attended the Iftar event from across the Emirates.


Deadly Attack In Ukraine Shakes Fragile Geneva Accord

  At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words


Holland American Line donates $100,000 to Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

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In honor of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s work to spread peace, justice and democracy around the globe, Holland America Line has made a $100,000 donation to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (DTPF). The donation follows Tutu’s appearance as a special guest lecturer on a segment of


Heilmann Takes Over for Retiring Matson Senior VP

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Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today that Kevin O'Rourke, senior vice president and chief legal officer, is retiring after 21 years with Matson.  O'Rourke will be succeeded by Peter Heilmann, who has been promoted to senior vice president and chief legal officer


Bishop to Address SUNY Maritime Commencement

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Congressman Tim Bishop will deliver the commencement address when SUNY Maritime graduates its mid-year class Friday, January 31. Maritime’s President, Dr. Michael Cappeto, said, “Congressman Bishop is a friend of higher education, transportation


Remote Monitoring: The Bottom Line for Fleet Optimization

“We need to understand the complete situation on board. Constant communications are available and should be exploited. This can be as simple or as complicated as you want,” said Captain Eric Clarke, Managing Director, Imtech Marine USA.

By any yardstick, remote monitoring is fleet optimization in the new millennium. You’re all over it: optimizing your fleet. But, what does that mean? For some operators, it means making sure their mix of vessels meets the needs of their customers and the prevailing winds of the economy


Insights: Chris Charman Chief Executive, International Marine Contractors Association

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Chris Charman took over as Chief Executive of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in December of last year. IMCA’s Chief Executive leads the IMCA secretariat and is responsible for delivering the association’s extensive global work program


Azamara Quest Undergoes Refurbishment

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Azamara Quest Exits Drydock with Refreshed Spaces and New Azamara Blue Hull.   Azamara Quest, the first of Azamara Club Cruises’ twin boutique ships to undergo refurbishment, emerged today from an eight-day drydock – complete with a refresh of all public spaces and staterooms


Dick Bollinger Passes Away

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Dick Bollinger — President Emeritus of Bollinger Shipyards-- died at home surrounded by his loving family.   Richard N. Bollinger died at home on January 17, 2012 of natural causes.  He was President of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc


SCI Appoints Lower Mississippi Chaplain

On March 1, the Rev. Michael Christopher Nation begins work at the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) as a chaplain for Ministry on the River, the nation’s only full-time pastoral care ministry on the Ohio and Lower Mississippi River systems


Passing of Molly Murphy Crowley

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Molly Murphy Crowley, 71, of Piedmont, Calif., Crowley Maritime Corporation board member, past Portland, Ore. real estate mogul, philanthropist and competitive amateur golfer died March 21 following an illness surrounded by her family at her Indian Wells, Calif. vacation home.  


First Saudi Arabian Ferries Delivered

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomed the delivery of its two Austal-built 289 ft high speed vehicle-passenger catamarans, “Riyadh” and “Cairo” during a handover ceremony in Jeddah attended by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni


U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command

Vice Adm. Barry M. Costello was relieved by Vice Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III as commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command ceremony May 3 at fleet headquarters in Point Loma. During his tour as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Costello advanced the Navy’s Sea Shield vision for a


Navy Transfers Two Coastal Mine Hunters to Greece

Mine warfare ship USS Pelican (MHC 53) departs from Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans. Pelican conducted a three-day port call to the New Orleans before returning to her homeport at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Sam Shore


Barthco Chairman to Receive “Spirit of the Port” Award

The Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia & South Jersey (SCI) announced this year’s recipient of the 2006 Spirit of the Port award will be Dennis J. Colgan, Jr., chairman and CEO of BARTHCO International, one of the largest Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders in the United States


A Step Forward For Thick Section Plate Cutting

For years, general manufacturing companies have enjoyed the benefit of laser cutting systems for producing complex or simple parts in batch volumes as low as one, and as high as tens of thousands. The laser is an incredibly powerful tool that remains unsurpassed in manufacturing activities






 
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