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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Western 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.

Photo: SolstadFarstad

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…

Michael Connolly, GM Western Australia

WSS Expands in Australia

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has opened a new office in Western Australia to meet increased business opportunities as the port of Geraldton continues to grow. “By concentrating on the growing port of Geraldton, we are putting ourselves in a strong position to provide ship owners with easy access to our globally-renowned agency services. The new office has been operational from day one, with a number of experienced local staff on hand to utilise existing relationships with the port.

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…

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).

Norce Endeavour: Photo credit Solstad Offshore

Offshore DLG Chartered Out by Solstad Offshore

Substantial charter agreement for Solstad's offshore Derrick Lay Barge (DLB) "Norce Endeavour" by Australia's Leighton Contractors. DLB "Norce Endeavour" will work at the Gorgon LNG Jetty and Marine Structures on Barrow Island, Western
Australia. Solstad will also provide project management and engineering to support the DLB scope of works and
 operation from Solstad's offices in Singapore and Perth, Western Australia. The mobilisation of Norce Endeavour will start in October 2012 after completion of existing charter. The contract value is confidential between the parties.

Source: Padbury Mining

Padbury Mining Secures $6.5 Bln Port Funding

Australia's Padbury Mining Ltd said it had secured almost $6.5 billion in funding to build a new deepwater port and railway at Oakajee in Western Australia, potentially opening a new export hub for the region's iron ore riches. Plans for a port at Oakajee in Western Australia's Midwest region have been in the works under various companies for decades but have so far failed to get off the ground due to volatility in commodity markets and difficulty securing the massive investment needed.

A$20 Million Partnership A Win for Western Australian Kids

BHP Billiton Commits $20 mi to Telethon Kids Institute

In the largest donation in Telethon history, BHP Billiton has committed $20 million over the next five years to the Telethon Kids Institute to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Western Australia. The first annual instalment of $4 million will kick-start the yearly Western Australian Telethon on Saturday night. The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a registered charitable trust that has a philosophy to financially support the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases.

Aibel's offices in Singapore. Photo Aibel

Aibel Bags Greater Enfield Project Contract

Aibel Pte Ltd in Singapore has been awarded the E&P contract for modifications on Woodside Energy Ltd’s Nguijma-Yin floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) off Western Australia. The FPSO will undergo modifications to the topsides, hull and turret, along with installation of a new Custom Water Flood module. The contract includes both detailed marine and topsides engineering and procurement services as well as commissioning services. At the peak the Greater Enfield Project will engage more than 100 employees. The work will be executed by Aibel`s office in Singapore.

Austal Supporting Innovation in Western Australia

Austal Limited has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, The Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, in preparation for the State’s first Innovation Summit, to be held in Perth on July 28, 2016. As a WA-based builder of defense and commercial vessels, Austal participated in the forum and said it intends to play a proactive, leadership role in the Innovation Summit to help drive innovation development and investment in Western Australia.

The Asia Excellence loading the first Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo for delivery into Japan. The first cargo highlights the company's growing leadership as an LNG supplier. (Photo: Business Wire)

Maiden Gorgon LNG Cargo Heads to Japan

The first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Australian Chevron's monster $55 billion Gorgon Project has departed Barrow Island yesterday aboard the 2015-built LNG carrier Asia Excellence, US-based energy giant Chevron Corporation said. Chubu Electric Power, one of Chevron's foundation buyers for Gorgon LNG, will receive the cargo. Chevron, which started producing the fuel on Barrow Island earlier this month, had expected to make the first shipment last week. “Departure…

Mark Randolph

Fugro Names Randolph as UWA Geotechnics Chair

Professor Mark Randolph, Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), has been appointed to the recently announced ‘Fugro Chair in Geotechnics’ at the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS). The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the university. Professor Randolph has been the recipient of many science and industry awards over a long career, including being named as Western Australia’s Scientist of the Year in 2014. By establishing the Fugro Chair in Geotechnics…

Inspecting one of the two OPV-sized High Speed Support Vessels designed and constructed at Austal's Western Australia shipyard are (from left); Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett, Senator Linda Reynolds, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, Senator Chris Back and Austal Programs Manager, Ben Wardle. (Photo: Austal)

Australian Defense Minister Visits Austal

Shipbuilder Austal on Wednesday welcomed the Australian Minister for Defense, Senator Marise Payne, to Austal’s Western Australian shipyard for a look at the company’s naval vessel design, construction and sustainment capabilities.   The Defense Minister’s delegation, which included Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back, was joined by Western Australia Premier, Colin Barnett and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett for a tour of one of two OPV-sized High Speed Support Vessels; designed and constructed by Austal for the Royal Navy of Oman.

(Photo: Star Bulk)

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.

HMAS Perth Anzac Class Frigate, Australia Photo RAN

ANZAC Class Frigate Sustainment Deal Signed

The Turnbull Government has signed a long-term contract for the sustainment of ANZAC Class Frigates centred in Western Australia. The strategic partnership between BAE Systems Australia Defence Pty Limited, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, Naval Ship Management Australia Pty Ltd (a joint venture between UGL and Babcock), and the Commonwealth will streamline a number of existing contracts for the whole-of-life sustainment for the ANZAC Class Frigates. The majority of the sustainment work will be done in Henderson…

Oil Slick in the Timor Sea

This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on August 30, 2009, shows the Timor Sea and what are probably oil slicks about 250 kilometers northwest of Western Australia, from a leaking oil well in the Timor Sea. (Photo courtesy NASA Earth Observatory)

Capesize dry bulk vessel Nord Power (File photo: Dennis Schnell, Bulldog and Partners / Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S	)

Capesize Rates Fall to Eight-week Low

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes, which fell to an eight-week low on Wednesday, are likely to continue to slide next week as charterers drip-feed cargoes in an over-tonnaged market, brokers said on Thursday. "There is no charity out there. The market can go as low as charterers can drag it," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday. That came as capesize rates from Brazil and Western Australia to China dropped by $1-$1.50 per tonne in a week. "I don't see much hope in the market.

BMT Acquire Australian Maritime Consultancy, Oceanica

BMT Group Ltd , a leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy acquire Oceanica Consultiong Pty Ltd. The acquisition of Oceanica is intended to further strengthen BMT’s capacity and technical offering in Western Australia’s buoyant market, while complementing the expertise and knowledge in the region of BMT’s established Asia-Pacific subsidiaries, including BMT WBM and BMT JFA Consultants . Established in 2000, Oceanica provides specialist consultancy services for marine…

HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle boasts state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators (Photo: Wallingford)

Australia’s New Ship Simulation Center Opened

A new specialist Ship Simulation Center, based in Atwell Arcade, Fremantle, was officially opened on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by City of Fremantle Mayor Dr. Brad Pettitt. The Australia Ship Simulation Center, owned and operated by HR Wallingford, has moved into new premises from where it will continue to provide expert navigation consultancy and a dedicated pilot training center for Western Australia and the wider region. HR Wallingford UK’s Chief Executive, Dr. Bruce Tomlinson and Dr.

Young Endeavour set sail on an extraordinary 12-month circumnavigation of the world Photo  RAN

STS Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour sailed into Fremantle today, completing a year-long circumnavigation of the world. Assistant Minister for Defence Darren Chester was in Western Australia to welcome the seafarers back to Australian soil and personally congratulate members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and the 24 young Australians who sailed the ship on the last leg across the Indian Ocean from Cape Town, in South Africa. “A circumnavigation of the world is a remarkable achievement for all involved…

Austal Opens W.Australian Marine Facility

Austal opens Marine Support Base in Henderson, Western Australia. To meet the growing demand for its marine services and facilities, Austal has officially announced the opening of its Marine Support Base in Henderson, Western Australia. Located adjacent to Austal’s Henderson shipyard, the Henderson Marine Support Base provides comprehensive refit, repair and maintenance services to private, commercial and defence operators. The site boasts four 90 metre berths, six sheds ranging between 85 and 120 metres in length…

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…

Second Australia Floating LNG Project Planned

Exxon Mobil plans to develop a floating liquefied natural gas project to develop the Scarborough field off the coast of Western Australia. Exxon, whose partner in the field is Melbourne-based BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), expects to make a decision on whether to go ahead with the floating LNG venture in 2014 or 2015, with the project starting production in 2020 or 2021, reports Bloomberg. In Australia, Shell is developing the Prelude floating LNG vessel -- expected to be as long as…

Key Australia Appointment for Wilhelmsen Ships Service

”We have a great opportunity for developing and growing the Wilhelmsen Ships Service business in Western Australia,” commented Michael Connolly as he took up the post of General Manager for Western Australia this month. Wilhelmsen Ships Service made the new appointment at one of its key strategic locations at Freemantle. Michael has many years of experience in the International Maritime Business in general management and business development and also has a profound knowledge of the bulk shipping practices, charter parties, lay time and port requirements.

Exmouty Harbour: Photo BMT

BMT Plans Opening of Two New Offices in Australia

BMT JFA Consultants, a subsidiary of international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, BMT Group, says it plans new offices in both Perth, Western Australia and Brisbane, Queensland in order to better support its clients’ requirements and provide space for expansion. The new Perth office will combine BMT’s strategic ports and harbours and machinery consultancy expertise into a single location in Perth by bringing BMT JFA Consultants and BMT WBM into the one office.

Strategic Marine Scores Two Infrastructure Projects

Strategic Marine announced today it is constructing two marine infrastructure fabrication projects in its Vietnam shipyard. Both projects are for Australian clients. The first comprises three 60-meter pontoons and three 90-meter gangways for application in Gladstone Port Corporation's new tug base. The second is for Carnegie Wave Energy and comprises three Buoyant Actuators for a renewable wave energy and desalination project off the coast of Perth. Strategic Marine's head office is in Western Australia…