Reuters reports that almost a third of the tankers owned by COSCO Shipping Tanker have shut off their AIS systems after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the company for reportedly shipping Iranian crude. In the first week of October, a total of 14 COSCO Dalian ships, including nine VLCCs, have shut off their ship-tracking transponders and have stopped sending location data from their automatic identification system.
A Novatek official reported to Reuters that Novatek, the Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer is looking to tranship its Yamal cargoes in Norway or Russia’s Murmansk, as the company is still unsure of its shipping activities, following the US’s sanctions on the Chinese COSCO tankers.
Teekay LNG Partners, completed its Shell-chartered quartet with the delivery of the Pan Africa. LNG newbuilding, Pan Africa, is the fourth and final ‘Pan’ vessel joining the TGP fleet, alongside Pan Asia (2017) and Pan Americas (2018), and Pan Europe (2018).
Eduard Toll entered the open water in the Chukchi Sea and voyaging to the Chinese port of Jiangsu Rudong. Eduard Toll is the fourth of 15 Arc7 LNG carriers built for the Yamal LNG project and Teekay’s first of six LNG carrier newbuildings contracted to service the project.
Recently, a milestone was set for Arctic shipping. Namely, the tanker “Eduard Toll” became the first ever ship to sail through the Northern Sea Route during winter, without the help of an icebreaker. Teekay’s “Eduard Toll” started from South Korea in December 2017, heading to the Sabetta LNG terminal in Russia.
December 2017 was a very disappointing month for the tanker market. Namely, especially for mid-size tankers it was the worst December for spot rates since the early 1990s and for VLCCs it was the worst December since the 1980s. However, in the end of 2018 and start of 2019, the situation is expected to recover.
IT company Dualog, announced that it has won a contract to install and upgrade email capability on 160 Teekay vessels worldwide. Work has already started, with over 100 vessels being equipped. Teekay wants to move towards digitalisation, for this reason it decided to get a new email platform, to enhance its cyber security.
Soon after delivery, the icebreaker ‘Eduard Toll’ completed both its first loading at Sabetta Terminal Russia and first discharge in Montoir, France. This marked a major milestone for shipping in the Arctic. ‘Eduard Toll’s’ journey is the first time a shipping vessel made independent passage, without the support of an ice breaker, during this time of year.
The Netherlands-based towage company ALP Maritime has taken official delivery of towing vessel ‘ALP Keeper’ in Okayama, Japan. The vessel is part of the ALP Future Class, meaning it has a fuel capacity of 3400 m3 of IFO/MGO, sufficient for non-stop Trans-Atlantic/Indian, Pacific Ocean towing operations without fuel calls.
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