Category archives for: Middle East

Have Your Say on Green Agenda

Have Your Say on Green Agenda

Growing concerns about the state of the world’s oceans and the impact that shipping has on quality of the air has led to ever more legislation on emissions. The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and Colfax Fluid Handling, are working together to investigate perceptions of the ‘Green Agenda’ and whether shipping companies […]

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Aug 25-29, 2014)

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Aug 25-29, 2014)

Plastic Main Propellers Making Debut Plastic Main Propellers Making Debut Japanese classification society ClassNK and Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd., have installed the world’s first carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) propeller on a main propulsion system of a merchant vessel.…Read more Deadliest Week in Mediterranean More than 300 people died while trying to make irregular sea […]

UPDATE: Tanker with Kurdish Crude Disappears from Radar

UPDATE: Tanker with Kurdish Crude Disappears from Radar

The United Kalavrvta (formerly SCF BYRRANGA), which has been moored in international waters off Texas for more than a month, is reported to have disappeared from satellite tracking, writes Reuters. Namely, the ship, which got cleared for unloading of one million of barrels of Kurdish oil it was carrying earlier this week, is believed to had switched […]

Spiking LPG Demand Fuelling VLGC Orders

Spiking LPG Demand Fuelling VLGC Orders

A sharp rise in LPG shipping demand, particularly out of the US, is driving an ordering frenzy for very large gas carriers (VLGCs) which will increase the size of the LPG shipping fleet by over 50% over the next two years, according to the LPG Forecaster report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. The main demand […]

Dry Bulk Shipping Earnings Set for Comeback

Dry Bulk Shipping Earnings Set for Comeback

Despite weak freight rates so far this year, dry bulk shipping earnings are forecast to recover as demand for both major and minor bulk commodities rises, according to the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. Freight rates have been depressed due to a continuing oversupply of vessel capacity, despite recent moderation in […]

Bigger Ships Needed for US Ethane Boom

Bigger Ships Needed for US Ethane Boom

Lloyd’s Register has issued a report entitled Seaborne Ethane: a Report into the Commercial Need and Technical Requirements for Very Large Ethane Carriers that looks at the commercial landscape, regulatory issues and technical realities of a new trade in ethane emerging as a result of increased US gas production – and the technology required for […]

DP World’s Newly Added Capacity Bearing Fruit

DP World’s Newly Added Capacity Bearing Fruit

Global marine terminal operator DP World has recorded strong financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for the six months to 30 June 2014, delivering profit attributable to owners of the company before separately disclosed items of $332 million, 40.8% ahead of the first half of 2013 on a like-for-like basis. Financial highlights […]

Drillers to Favor Buying over Building?

Drillers to Favor Buying over Building?

The cyclical downturn in the offshore oil and gas-drilling market may provide an opportunity for drillers with financial flexibility to buy high-yield peers at favorable prices, rating agency Fitch Ratings said. In this environment, master limited partnerships (MLPs) may provide additional financial flexibility for corporate parents looking to acquire assets. Near-term offshore demand has moderated, […]

Can Malaysia Topple Qatar from LNG Top Spot?

Can Malaysia Topple Qatar from LNG Top Spot?

By 2020, Malaysia has the potential to be the largest supplier of flexible LNG to the global market, larger even than Qatar, UK-based consultancy group Wood Mackenzie asserts. The supply capacity of Malaysia’s PETRONAS is growing through new capacity additions in eastern Malaysia as well as Canada, offtake agreements with other suppliers and projects such […]

Much Bigger Fleet for LNG Shipping Needed in the Long Term

Much Bigger Fleet for LNG Shipping Needed in the Long Term

Continuing weak demand and excess tonnage are expected to depress LNG shipping earnings in the near term. But longer term the sector could face vessel shortages as ordering slows and liquefaction projects come on stream, according to the LNG Shipping Market Annual Review and Forecast report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. The global LNG trade fell […]

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