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Messing about with boats

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 10, 2009

Even through the international boat building industry is still having a tough time of it, with Genmar Holdings recent bankruptcy and the Brunswick Boat Group recently cutting over a 1,000 jobs, it hasn’t stopped the appeal of training to be a boat builder.

Ports Are More Nervous about Pilots and Safety

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 9, 2009

Nautical eyebrows have risen a fraction because the Long Beach company that provides pilot services, Jacobsen, asked – and got -- a 15 percent increase in fees to make up for the 9 percent drop in ship calls over 2008 and 15 percent fall on 2007.

SO MANY BOAT SHOWS AND SO LITTLE TIME - THE MARATHON BEGINS

Posted to THE BUSINESS OF SUPERYACHTS - BRANSOM BEAN (by bransom bean) on September 9, 2009

As the annual superyacht boat show endurance marathon begins today in the south of France, I actually recall a time when boat shows were fun. Every February in the ‘60’s (that’s the 1960’s for those in any doubt) my Dad would get permission to take me off from school for the day.

The ubiquitous lighthouse

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 8, 2009

We are well into the age of electronic navigation. Most automobiles sold today come with GPS devices. For those that don’t, or for older cars, there are add-on devices that mount on the dashboard. Many cell phones are now equipped with GPS.

Decision-makers still saying 'No' to the European cargo industry

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 8, 2009

As the global cargo shipping industry remains in crisis, the European market is also yet to see those green shoots of recovery we’ve all been promised. Those illusive shoots may be a little more visible for the property and manufacturing industries…

Jaigarh Port on West coast of India commissioned

Posted to Jaigarh Port on West coast of India commissioned (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 7, 2009

A new port has come into being last week midway between Mumbai and on the ’s West Coast joining the 187 other ports that line the coast of . Developed by JSW Infrastructure Ltd, (part of JSW Group) the all-weather, deep-water multi-commodity port boasts of a breakwater of 512 meters…

The West Coast's Other Elephant in the Room

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 7, 2009

Environmental activists are evolving into the new maritime force along the West Coast, almost rivaling the dock unions in their ability to get projects moving or stop them in their tracks. The saga over the Clean Truck Programs has shown that their support is essential.

SOME TIMELY SURPRISES

Posted to THE BUSINESS OF SUPERYACHTS - BRANSOM BEAN (by bransom bean) on September 7, 2009

Last Saturday, while off driving a steam locomotive on the Great Laxey Mine Railway  www.laxeyminerailway.im as I do – I may be 57, but that doesn’t mean I’ve grown up, just yet - an email slipped into my inbox almost un-noticed but just in time for the superyacht boat show season .

Letters of marque

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 4, 2009

Until the Declaration of Paris in 1856, a nation would sometimes authorize ships in its merchant fleet to carry out offensive action against ships of another nation. Such authorization was considered a step just short of war. The measure was…

From BUST to BOOM

Posted to California News (by Wes Starratt) on September 3, 2009

The first headline, “From Bust”, I wrote for a 2007 article describing the near demise of the Port of Prince Rupert, as timber product exports continued to drop, while the port barely hung on as Canada’s number one exporter of wheat and other grains from the country’s vast expanse prairies.

L.A.Takes a Gambol on a Shipyard

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on September 3, 2009

An invisible one-year clock is ticking at Los Angeles port that could dramatically affect the surrounding region's economic future. Understandably, the port is extremely unhappy about it but has been forced to pretend that there is nothing to worry about.

The crossroads of the UK subsea industry

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 3, 2009

It is clear that the European subsea market is at a crossroads. As all forms of energy are being closely looked at to understand their long-term profitability and practicality, the underwater oil and gas provision across the UK is no exception.

ONGC in an acquisition mode

Posted to ONGC in an acquisition mode (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 2, 2009

State owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), one of Asia's largest and most active companies involved in exploration and production of oil are acquiring 13 additional vessels for extending support for its rapidly expanding offshore activities.

MORE CONFUSING SIGNALS

Posted to THE BUSINESS OF SUPERYACHTS - BRANSOM BEAN (by bransom bean) on September 2, 2009

“Confusion--it's such a terrible shame. Having, in finest superyacht industry tradition, run over my budgeted word count last week – Value Added Tax on superyachts is such a fascinating topic - today I will attempt to be “frugal,” another word absent conspicuously from the superyacht lexicon.

Consolidation Not Seen In Offshore Services Sector – Yet

Posted to Gulf Coast Maritime (by Matt Gresham) on September 1, 2009

When prices and demand is low, people naturally look to cut costs and better position themselves for better days ahead. The trend was realized among big oil and the result was recent record profits and spending budgets. Today, the domestic energy…

“New Carissa” response plan requirements proposed

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 1, 2009

The US Coast Guard recently issued its formal proposal to require larger nontank vessels to have detailed oil spill response plans. The original Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) had only required such plans of tank vessels, since it was developed…

Pigging for friendship

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 1, 2009

The European subsea industry created a much-needed moment of bonding recently when a pigging job gave an opportunity to boost relations on a project that’s endured technical, environmental and third party issues during its lengthy construction.

Now a Portal for coastal shipping

Posted to Now a Portal for coastal shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 31, 2009

From the growing number of web portals the Indian maritime industry is witnessing in recent months it is evident that such portals besides being a boon for the trade are well set to bring about a dramatic transformation in the way transactions…

Signs of a Shake Up on the trans-Pacific Lanes

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 31, 2009

Hoots of derision erupted when 14 trans-Pacific lines plying the Asia to US lane suggested a $250/teu rate increase from August 10. Traffic was through the floor and heading for the basement (Los Angeles/Long Beach down 20 percent) and vessels…

VATMAN COMETH

Posted to THE BUSINESS OF SUPERYACHTS - BRANSOM BEAN (by bransom bean) on August 31, 2009

There seemed to be quite some panic last week among those who sort out VAT for superyachts, certainly those associated with the UK, when a tax notice entitled “Yacht Business Brief from UK”  circulated by email and marked “URGENT” popped up in their inboxes.