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Northrop Grumman Q1 Profit Up 20%

According to a May 3 report from The Associated Press, Northrop Grumman Corp. said its first-quarter profit increased 20 percent, led by strong growth in shipbuilding. Business improved for nearly every sector in which the company operates, except for a 1% decline in information systems. (Source: The Associated Press)


P&O Business Remains Firm

British shipping firm Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company said that overall trading conditions at its core ports, ferries and logistics businesses had remained firm in the fourth quarter. The company, which de-merged its cruise business last year, highlighted strong growth in its ports unit but said trading in the ferry business had been "reasonable" despite higher fuel costs. Contract logistics had a good fourth quarter though the weakness of the euro hurt unit loads


Port of Rotterdam Records Strong Growth

Throughput figures for the port of Rotterdam continue to show strong growth. In the first 9 months of this year, 277 million tonnes of cargo were handled, 4% more than in the same period of 2004. Growth is above the prognosis for this year as well as the expectations for the longer term, of 2–3 %. Container handling is doing even better with +14%. In weight, container handling went up from 61 million tonnes in 2004 to 68 million tonnes (+12%)


ABB Wins LNG Propulsion Contract

Chantiers de l´Atlantique, ALSTOM Group, has awarded ABB Marine a contract to supply the electric propulsion system for a new 153,000 cu. M. LNG carrier, owned by Gaz de France. The vessel will be built in France by Chantiers de l´Atlantique and delivered in 2005. The supply of medium voltage power systems to LNG carriers has been a strong growth area for ABB. According to Martinus Brandal, head of ABB´s global Marine business, “In the last three years


Schottel Expands in N America

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Over the last years Schottel has enjoyed a strong growth in North America as well as in Latin and Central America. The “Schottel Fleet“ is growing rapidly and new facilities are needed. Schottel Inc.’s main office in Louisiana has recently moved from Harahan to James Business Park in St. Rose where larger facilities can store more spare parts and overhauls being performed more efficiently. The new address: Schottel Inc., 190 James Drive East, Suite 100, St. Rose LA. 70087


Royal IHC sells Subsidiary IHC Sealing Solutions

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Royal IHC (IHC) has reached an agreement to sell 100% of its shares in its subsidiary IHC Sealing Solutions to new owners Willem Steenge, who as CEO is partly responsible for the strong growth of IHC Sealing Solutions in recent years, and Rabo Participaties (RaPar).   The sale enables IHC to strengthen its focus on its core business: offering integrated innovative vessels, advanced equipment and life-cycle support to the dredging, wet mining and offshore construction industries


Germanischer Lloyd Counts 50 Million GT in Class

Fuelled by the order boom in international shipping, the tonnage classified by Germanischer Lloyd has grown to more than 50 million gross tonnage (GT). This is a milestone in the history of the classification society, which attends to the safety of over 5,730 vessels worldwide. "We are deeply grateful to our customers at home and abroad for this growth," said Executive Board Member Rainer Schöndube. "Over the past eight years, we have been able to double the fleet in class."


World Floating Production Report Due Soon

Douglas-Westwood Limited and Infield Systems will shortly be releasing the new third edition of its World Floating Production Report,covering the period 2003-2007. There are currently 165 prospective installations identified by the Infield database for this 5-year period. These prospects include FPSOs, production semi-submersibles, TLPs and spars, along with production barges and FSOs. The indications are that the floating


US Containerized Imports Up 9.7 Percent in July 2012

Faster container import growth forecasted for remainer of 2012 in Journal of Commerce/PIERS market survey. U.S. containerized imports surged 9.7 percent in July from a year earlier, to 1,562,235 twenty-foot-equivalent units, on strong growth in auto parts and furniture. The growth — imports also advanced 6.2 percent over June — marks impressive expansion of the import trade, especially considering last July's year-over-year drop of 5.2 percent, said Mario O


GPA Achieves 12.5% TEU Growth

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The Georgia Ports Authority opened calendar year 2014 with a strong January, achieving gains of 12.5 percent in twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and 7.3 percent in overall tonnage, compared to January 2013. "We are encouraged by the strong growth in January that continued a trend that began during the fourth quarter and are hopeful these volumes signal a strengthening U.S. and global economy," Foltz said.


Portuguese Flag Reports Strongest Growth Rate in Europe

Portugal’s second shipping register, the International Shipping Register of Madeira (MAR), is currently the strongest-growing flag in Europe. In the last six months, MAR’s fleet has increased by more than 60 new vessels representing net growth of 130% in terms of tonnage


Fugro Warns of Disappointing First Half

Dutch marine services company Fugro NV has warned that weakness in the oil and gas industry, combined with technical difficulties, meant its results for the first half would fall short of expectations, hammering its shares. Fugro, involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines' missing flight


Singapore's Ezra Holdings Profits Rocket

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Ezra informs that it has sustained another quarter of growing revenues and improving operating performance with fiscal 9M 2014 revenues crossing the US$1 billion mark. Highlights Gross profit up 73% to US$163.6 million in 9M14 on strong contribution from Subsea Services division


Port of Antwerp Maintains Growth Trend

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  The port of Antwerp handled 98,229,046 tonnes of freight in the first six months of 2014. That is 2.7% more than in the same period last year, itself already a record year. Container freight once more contributed good growth figures, while liquid bulk too continued the upward trend.


Trelleborg Opens Houston Office

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation announces plans to open a new sales and business development office in Houston, Texas, U.S. Trelleborg said it will establish a local “feet on the ground” presence in the area and confirms the company’s commitment to the global oil and


Hempel Says 2013 Brought Record Profits

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The Hempel Group announced it delivered a record net profit in 2013, placing it in a strong position to achieve its targets through a combination of organic and external growth. The Hempel Group’s continued focus on efficiency and profitability ensured it delivered a net profit of


GPA Reports Record Monthly Tonnage

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The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its highest month on record in March, moving 2.61 million tons of cargo – a 15.5 percent increase over the same month a year ago. The 349,682-ton increase was powered largely by double-digit container growth


IMF April Update Sees Lower Global GDP Growth

Recovery strengthens, remains uneven The message from the IMF is clear: The global recovery is still fragile despite improved prospects, and significant downside risks—both old and new—remain. Recently, some new geopolitical risks have emerged.


BASS Lands Deal in the Taiwanese Market

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Fleet management solutions company BASS said it has achieved a recent deal in the Taiwanese shipping sector by securing its maiden contract in that bustling far eastern market. Under the deal with Taiwan’s Simosa Shipping, the BASSnet Maintenance module will be implemented within the


SC Ports Report Record Pier Container Volumes

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Georgetown grows 10 percent fiscal year to date Today South Carolina Ports reported March pier container volumes were the highest since August 2008. Last month the Port handled 85,616 boxes, totaling 692,338 pier containers fiscal year to date.


Risk-Taking Container Terminal Operator Spotlighted

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International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is considered one of the biggest risk takers amongst global container terminal operators. Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER) believes that the company is now showing signs of better risk management that will assist in its long term


Singapore's Marine & Offshore Sector Powering Output

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Singapore's first-quarter growth could be revised higher after data on Friday showed unexpectedly strong industrial output in March, double the pace of market expectations, with output in marine and offshore engineering +45.1% y/y. Manufacturing output in March surged 12


Survey: O&G Research Spending to Increase

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New research from Lloyd's Register Energy explores the drivers for technology and innovation in the global oil and gas industry.     The Technology & Innovation Radar survey results are released today, May 5, 2014, from booth #2173 at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in


Carnival Adds Fourth Ship in China

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Carnival Corporation adds new ships in China to further expand its market, growing its capacity in China by 140 percent from 2013 - 2015. Costa Serena – set to sail out of Shanghai in April 2015 – joins Costa Victoria, Costa Atlantica and Sapphire Princess to make Carnival


The Swedish Club Returns Strong Performance

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“Last year was a good year for the club with results showing a positive return on investment and a very good contribution from the underwriting side,” said Lars Rhodin, The Swedish Club’s Managing Director, during his address to the Club’s 142nd AGM in Gothenburg on June 12






 
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