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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Australia News

CERCG Looking to Ship LNG from Australia's West to East

State-owned China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group (CERCG) on Monday said it is investigating whether to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Western Australia to the gas-hungry east coast market. The Chinese integrated energy firm, which runs oil and gas projects, processing plants and gas distribution, said in a press release to Reuters that subsidiary CERCG Australia is studying the viability of transporting LNG by road, rail and ship. CERCG Australia's business manager Kevin Gao said the company would use LNG container tanks which can maintain liquefaction for 110 days.

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SolstadFarstad Wins New Contracts in Australia

SolstadFarstad ASA (SOFF) has been awarded several new contracts for the provision of vessels within Australia. McDermott International Inc. affiliated company, MAPL have awarded the provision of a General Purpose Support Vessel, Far Stream, and pipe-haul PSV’s performing services for work Offshore Western Australia. The contract is due to commence during Q1/Q2 2018 and the combined vessels utilization is approx. 200 days. Cooper Energy has supplemented their earlier award of Far Saracen and Far Senator for their upcoming Bass Strait drilling campaign…

The second Air Warfare Destroyer 'Brisbane' heads out for its first phase of sea trials. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australian Destroyer Enters Sea Trials

The second Hobart class destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane, has commenced her first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems. The initial trial phase, which will occur over the coming months, will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year to test the ship’s combat and communications systems. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the milestone was a further demonstration of industry’s role as a fundamental input into capability for Defence.

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Capesize Rates to Climb in a 'Market on Fire'

Freight rates for large dry cargo ships on key Asian routes, which hit three-year highs this week, are likely to rise further on a shortage of ships available for immediate charter, brokers said. Rates for 180,000 deadweight tonne (DWT) capesize ships are set to break $10 a tonne from Australia to China in the next few days, while rates could also surpass $20 a tonne from Brazil to China. "There are more chances of rates breaking $10 than $20 because the Australian market is more active among miners and vessel operators," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.

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France's DCNS Wins $40 bln Australian Submarine Contract

France's state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group has won a A$50bn ($40 billion) contract to build 12 submarines for the Australian Navy, beating bids from Japan and Germany. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, announced that DCNS awarded tender over Germany and Japan to build fleet of Barracuda-class submarines in South Australia. The decision to build a new fleet of submarines in partnership with DCNS represented “a momentous national endeavour,” he said. The Shortfin Barracuda submarines will be built in Adelaide using Australian steel, creating 2,800 jobs, he said.

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Sino-Australian Seaborne Trade

In recent decades, trade between the Australia and China have made an increasingly significant contribution to growth in global seaborne trade, and the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in 2015 is driving further co-operation, says a report by Clarkson Research Services. But just how important has the impact of trade between these two countries been? Between 2006 and 2016, Chinese imports from Australia grew by a CAGR of 17% p.a. to reach an estimated 792mt in 2016.

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MHI Establishes MHI Australia Pty. Ltd.

Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) launched operations at MHI Australia, Pty. Ltd. in Sydney. Creation of the new entity has two overriding ambitions: 1) to strengthen ties with Australia's governmental institutions and economic and industrial sectors, and 2) to serve as a base for developing relationships with Australia's academic bodies, including universities and research institutes. MHI Australia will help drive proactive sales support as well as broad information gathering to reinforce MHI's business structure in the Australia/Oceania region as well.

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Germany Hardsell Submarine Deal With Australia

The German company competing for Australia's $50 billion submarine contract is ramping up its pitches and lobbying became more intense. Germany is positioning itself as the "safe option" to build Australia's new submarine fleet, arguing it avoids upsetting China. The German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) linked its bid to strategic tensions in the South China Sea. It also said that awarding the contract to Japan could damage Australia's relationship with China. According to a report in ABC…

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Kalmar Signs Deal with DP World Australia

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, continues its long-term cooperation with DP World Australia, the country's largest stevedore, with orders of 38 new machines for its new logistics arm, DP World Logistics Australia. The orders include 7 Kalmar reachstackers, 11 loaded and 20 empty container handlers. 22 units have successfully been delivered to DP World Logistics Australia's Botany Intermodal terminal with the remaining equipment to be delivered by September 2017. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2017 first quarter intake.

Chevron Strike Gas Offshore Western Australia

Natural gas deposits discovered in two locations by Chevron Australia's deepwater drilling exploration program in the Carnarvon Basin. The Pinhoe-1 exploration discovery well encountered approximately 197 feet (60 meters) of net gas pay in the Barrow and Mungaroo Sands. Pinhoe-1 is located in the WA-383-P permit area, located approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) north of Exmouth off the Western Australia coast. The well was drilled in 3,048 feet (929 meters) of water to a total depth of 13,396 feet (4,083 meters).

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Key Management Change at GAC Australia

Scott Henderson has been appointed Managing Director of GAC Australia following the retirement of Phil Coolican after seven years with the company and more than four decades in the shipping industry. Previously the company’s National Operations Manager, in his new role Scott Henderson is responsible for overseeing the continued growth of GAC Australia’s shipping and logistics services business across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and, the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining GAC Australia when the company was established in 2007…

Group photo of the Capacity Building Workshop Co-organized by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and India Coast Guard in New Delhi, India. Photo: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

ReCAAP, India Coast Guard Conduct Workshop

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and the Indian Coast Guard have commenced the 2017 Capacity Building Workshop in New Delhi, India. Themed “Striding Over Domestic Challenges,” this year’s workshop draws ReCAAP Focal Points from maritime enforcement and government agencies across Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States.

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Australia's New Shipping Laws Threaten Loss of Jobs

The planned changes to Australia’s shipping laws would cause a 93% loss of Australian seafaring jobs a new report says. More than nine in 10 domestic seafarers will lose their jobs if the Abbott government's plan to relax shipping regulations passes Parliament, report written by the Australia Institute suggests. Less than 100 seafarers would remain in employment out of a current workforce of 1177, according to a report written by the Australia Institute, based on government documents supporting its Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill.

Funding for Global Bioenergy Research

Australian Participation in Global Bioenergy Research

ARENA is providing $360,000 to Bioenergy Australia to help shape the global research and knowledge agenda for the developing bioenergy industry. The funding will enable Bioenergy Australia to extend its participation in the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy program. *Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets. The two-way information sharing will be invaluable to the international bioenergy industry and research community as well as benefit bioenergy projects being deployed across Australia. Bioenergy Australia will be holding a series of knowledge sharing activities in the coming months.

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LOC Appoints Harrison, Solomons

London Offshore Consultants (LOC) announced that Alex Harrison has assumed a new LOC Group role as Group Director, Energy Services effective October 13, 2014, after stepping down as Managing Director of LOC Australia. Taking over Harrison's role in Australia with effect from this same date is Adam Solomons. Harrison was a Director of LOC in London before transferring in 2005 to head LOC Australia which is now the second largest earnings generator in the LOC Group. He joined the LOC Group Ltd board in 2011.

Australian sub-marine HMAS Collins. Photo credit: Royal Australian Navy

Australia Welcomes Japan to Join Submarine Tender

Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has requested Japan to participate in procedures to become Australia's partner in a project to jointly develop next-generation submarines. Andrews made the request in a telephone conversation with Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani who responded positively, Japan's Jiji Press news agency reported. In their telephone conversation, Andrews was quoted as telling Nakatani that Australia hopes to study the feasibility of the two countries jointly developing a submarine, as Japan has the necessary technology, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported.

Richard Palmer, GL Noble Denton’s country manager for Australia.

Australia to be Largest Gas Exporter?

Oil and gas professionals tip Australia to become world’s largest gas exporter by 2030. Delegates at the 2012 Australasian Oil and Gas Conference forecast huge growth in Australia’s role in the energy markets, tipping the country to become the largest gas exporter by 2030, according to a poll conducted by GL Noble Denton. Australasian Oil and Gas Conference, Perth – 23 February 2012: Oil and gas industry professionals are confident in Australia’s ability to become the world’s…

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Australian PM Holding Talks on Sub Purchase

  Australia is holding talks with a number of countries on a contract to build replacements for Australia's aging submarine fleet, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday at the G20 leaders Summit in Brisbane. Japan has been seen as the front-runner to sell Australia as many as 12 stealth submarines, but strong interest from manufacturers in Sweden, Germany and France and domestic political pressure has led to calls for his government to hold an open tender. (Reporting by Matt Siegel; Editing by Eric Meijer)

Low Sulphur Fuel Regulation for Cruise Ships at NSW Ports

  The Port Authority of New South Wales (NSW) has issued advice about the Consultation Draft of a new regulation requiring cruise ships to use low sulphur diesel fuel (sulphur content of 0.1% or less) from 1 October. If the regulation is passed, this would be applicable for all cruise ships visiting Sydney Harbour, and then to include all New South Wales ports from 1 July 2016. For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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Japan Hardsells Submarine to Australia

Japan has urged Australia to award a contract to build its new $50-billion submarine fleet, reports SMH. Japan, which is offering a variant of its 4,000 ton Soryu submarine, is competing against rival bids from Germany and France for the contract. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has delivered a blunt message to Canberra that only its bid to build Australia's new $50 billion submarine fleet can provide the crucial "strategic" element. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga…

Australia Oil & Gas Survey: Day 2

Australia must work harder to build local oil and gas talent, according to Industry Snapshot Poll. Delegates at the 2012 Australasian Oil and Gas Conference have warned that Australia needs to do more to grow its own oil and gas talent, according to a poll conducted by GL Noble Denton. Oil and gas professionals have called for Australia to do more to build local industry talent, as the country struggles with an increasing shortage of skilled professionals. According to a poll conducted yesterday at the Australasian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (AOG) in Perth…

Cruise Ship Athena: Photo credit Wiki CCL

Australia's Classic International Cruises in Administration

The Business Recovery & Insolvency team at Lawler Partners appointed voluntary administrators of the cruise line. Brad Tonks and John Vouris of the Business Recovery & Insolvency team at Lawler Partners were appointed following a resolution by the company and made the following announcement. The Administrators understand that CIC Australia’s management have been working with the owners of the cruise ship “Athena” to confirm its availability for the 2012 – 2013 voyages after recent reports that Athena was arrested at port and that it is currently unable to depart.

Technip, Wheatstone Project Processing Platform

Technip has been awarded, by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, a front end engineering design (FEED) contract for the offshore processing platform associated with the Wheatstone Project in Australia. The upstream (offshore) portion of the project comprises development of gas fields in the WA-17-R and WA-253-P petroleum titles located on the Northwest Shelf offshore Western Australia at water depths of 70 to 200 meters. Subsea gas gathering systems will transport production to the processing platform where the gas and condensate will be respectively dehydrated…

New Dealers for Trac Ecological Marine

TRAC Ecological Products, manufacturer of environment-friendly products for onboard equipment cleaning and maintenance, has appointed 16 new U.S. and international dealers and distributors for its unique product line: Mathew’s Marine Air Conditioning, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Los Suenos Marine Supply and Landon Marine Group, Costa Rica; Super Marine and the Fahad Al-Sabih Marine and Desert Division, Kuwait; Kamraman Gulf Enterprises, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; JS Gilbert Chandlery, Glascraft Marine Supplies…

Marine Contracting Goes ‘Down Under'

Marine Contracting has announced that it has opened its Australian office in Perth as it seeks to bring its industry leading engineering and offshore marine solutions to the Australian offshore market. Key services that Marine Contracting will provide to Australian operators (among others) include permanent mooring and riser installations, pre-lay mooring for drilling rigs, and rig moving services for jack-ups. Marine Contracting will also be opening a new yard to house its offshore equipment in Karratha.

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Smit Lamnalco Acquires PB Towage

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced that Smit Lamnalco, a 50% owned associate, has substantially strengthened its position in Australia through the acquisition of PB Towage Australia (PB Towage). PB Towage is the second largest player in Australia with activities along the Eastern coast stretching from Melbourne to the Cape York Peninsula. Following this transaction, Smit Lamnalco will be active in 8 ports in Australia with a total of 29 vessels offering a combination of harbour towage, terminal and FPSO-related services.