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SBI Offshore in negotiations to build five jack-up rigs

SBI Offshore in negotiations to build five jack-up rigs

Singapore: SBI Offshore announced that it has commenced discussions with an unspecified Middle East-Chinese consortium to build up to five jack-up drilling rigs. SBI Offshore has already secured a $24m contract from the consortium to design a rig which will be classified by ABS.

Shell’s successful Malaysian exploration

Shell’s successful Malaysian explorationKuala Lumpur: Shell has announced further exploration success in Malaysia with another gas discovery at the Shell-operated deepwater Marjoram-1 well. “Our strategy to expand our heartland areas through technologically advanced e...

Marine lubricants under the spotlight

Marine lubricants under the spotlightSingapore: Today sees the launch of another magazine from the Asia Shipping Media stable, the third in three days. Maritime CEO teamed up with Singapore firm UniMarine to debut a special marine lubricants title in time for the giant ...

Petronas could overhaul Qatar in flexible LNG

Petronas could overhaul Qatar in flexible LNGKuala Lumpur : Consultants Wood Mackenzie reckon that by 2020, Malaysia has the potential to be the largest supplier of flexible LNG to the global market, larger even than Qatar. The supply capacity of Malaysia’s Petronas is growin...

Container management system launched

Container management system launchedSingapore: A Container Management System (CMS) for the container logistics and transport industry, allowing transport operators real-time updates on container depots, was launched yesterday.

Daya Materials to buy two subsea vessels

Daya Materials to buy two subsea vesselsKuala Lumpur: Malaysian oil and gas company Daya Materials announced that it has entered into two MOUs with Siem Offshore Rederi to acquire two DP2 offshore subsea construction vessels, “Siem Daya 1” and “Siem Daya 2”. The...

Otto wins Australian charter contracts

Otto wins Australian charter contractsSingapore: Offshore shipbuilder and operator Otto Marine announce that it has secured time charter contracts for deep water anchor handlers, GO Sirius and Go Spcia, with two oil majors worth AUD57m. GO Spica will be mobilized for ...

Otto orders four PSVs in China

Otto orders four PSVs in ChinaSingapore: Singapore OSV operator Otto Marine has ordered a series of Ulstein designed PX121 PSVs at China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding. Deliveries of the PSV quartet are scheduled for 2016 and the contract includes an option for four mo...

Cilamaya port plans in West Java scrapped

Cilamaya port plans in West Java scrappedJakarta: Plans for a port at Cilamaya in Karawang, West Java are likely to be amended, the Jakarta Post reports, with the government mulling switching the port construction to a site in Central Java.

Autumn issue of SinoShip magazine available to read online

Autumn issue of SinoShip magazine available to read onlineDalian: The autumn edition of SinoShip magazine is at the printers and is also available to read online free of charge from today. SinoShip is the leading bilingual title covering all things China maritime and is a sister title to th...

Latest Maritime CEO magazine contains the thoughts of 24 owners

Latest Maritime CEO magazine contains the thoughts of 24 ownersSingapore: The latest issue of Maritime CEO magazine, a sister title to this site, goes live online today. On the cover is the elusive, mercurial Nobu Su, who runs Taiwan’s Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT), a man whose fortunes have take...

Additional lanes given to trucks in Manila

Manila: Additional lanes have been given to cargo following the requests of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), as part of continuing efforts to decongest Manila’s ports. The additional truck lane, operating 24 hours, extends from the Manila port...

Keppel offloads interest in Vietnam drilling venture

Singapore: Keppel Corporation has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Joy Pride Investments, has disposed of its 35% shareholding interest PV Drilling Overseas Company (PVDO) to PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corporation and Overseas ...

Otto Marine looks to subsea for growth

Singapore: Offshore shipbuilder and operator Otto Marine has appointed UOB Kay Hian as advisors to look at developing its subsea services unit. Otto is looking to take advantage of this growing part of the offshore industry, and options include a ...

Aztech buys Glenn Marine yard

Singapore: Aztech Group has acquired a 100% stake in Glenn Marine Logistics Base, for S$11m. Glenn Marine, which is involved in the repair of ships, vessels, and tugs as well as marine logistic services provision, will be renamed AZ Marine Offshor...

Authorities claim progress in beating Manila congestion

Manila: Philippine authorities are confident that they are now in control of the congestion issue that has crippled trade in and out of the capital for much of the past six weeks. This weekend another 3,000 containers will be shifted to Subic Bay wit...

Singapore networking evening a hit

Singapore: After a one year hiatus, the Singapore Marine Network evening returned last night, organised by Mohit Batra. The event which was sponsored by V.Ships, Transas Marine, Wartsila, Shipowners Club and Survival Craft Inspectorate, was held ...

Vinalines urges its crews to remain vigilant against piracy

Hanoi: Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) has warned its affiliates to remain vigilant against rising piracy in Southeast Asia. All ships must strictly follow safety protocols and maintain frequent communications with their superintendent...

Dawei project readies relaunch

Bangkok: Thai and Myanmar authorities will relaunch tenders for the much delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone before the end of the month. An audit is due to be finished this month to work out how much Italian-Thai Development spent on developing t...

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Seafarers deserve a decent living environment, and shipowners will reap the benefit with a happy crew, argues regular columnist Bei Hong

Try being accommodating

Different parts of the world have differing approaches to taking vacations, but the general rule seems to be that the summer months are a bit slower from a business point of view as many people head off on a well deserved break from the daily grind. This is particularly true in the West. In the US, the onset of the ‘driving season’ brings about optimism in tanker markets (usually unfounded) that gasoline demand will prompt a spike in rates. In Europe, a vast migration south takes place with roads such as the wonderfully named ‘Autoroute du Soleil’ in France choked with holiday traffic. Many travellers choose to break their journey at one of the budget hotels sited alongside major roads.  These establishments offer small, utilitarian accommodation with no more than the absolute basics - somewhere to sleep but certainly not somewhere you would want to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary.

The last time I stayed in such an establishment, I couldn’t help thinking that this cost effective lodging solution was not dissimilar to the cabins our seafarers live in. The difference, of course, is that whilst I was there merely to grab a few hours sleep before hitting the road again, for the seafarer it was home for anything up to nine months. Of all the advances made in shipping in recent years, be they improving efficiency, safety or environmental protection, one area where we seem to have gone backwards is the environment we expect our crews to live in.

I recently went onboard a 16-year-old containership, which had been built at a Korean yard for a European owner. What struck me more than anything was the quality of the accommodation - spacious, well thought out and with fixtures and fittings that showed that someone had really put some thought into designing a space for people to live and work in for extended periods. The Master told me that whilst he had originally had reservations about joining such ...   More>>