Les FTI pourront embarquer deux ECUME


Les cinq futures frégates de taille intermédiaire (FTI) de la Marine nationale auront des capacités accrues de déploiement de forces spéciales. Il a en effet été décidé, a-t-on appris de source proche du dossier, de pouvoir embarquer sur ces bâtiments une seconde embarcation de type ECUME. Initialement, les FTI devaient être gréées pour recevoir un seul des nouveaux semi-rigides des commandos marine. A cet effet, les deux niches latérales des frégates seront adaptées pour...


Maersk Adjusts Fuel Surcharge Ahead of 2020 Sulfur Cap

Maerks Line has announced a new bunker adjustment factor (BAF) surcharge it says will enable customers to predict, plan and track how changes in fuel price impact the shipping freight rate.

The new BAF surcharge aims at recovering the Maersk Line costs of compliance with the global sulfur cap which enters into force on January 1, 2020. The cap means that ships will use fuel with a sulfur content of less than 0.5 percent, rather than the 3.5 percent that is used now. To become compliant...



The following is the Sept. 19, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Iran’s Nuclear Program: Status.

From the report:

Iran’s nuclear program began during the 1950s. The United States has expressed concern since the mid-1970s that Tehran might develop nuclear weapons. Iran’s construction of gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facilities is currently the main source of proliferation concern. Gas centrifuges can produce both low-enriched uranium (LEU), which can be used in nuclear power...


Libya’s AGOCO resumes 3,000 bpd production at abandoned well in Messla

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Saturday its subsidiary the Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO) had restored production at 3,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) at an abandoned well in the eastern Messla field. After 16 years of inactivity, production resumed at the well (HH86-65) using...


Tankers: It’s All About Demolition Activity In The Hunt For VLCCs’ Rebound

With a rebound proving to be elusive in the VLCC tanker segment, it seems that all prospects for the realization of such a recovery hinge on older units being sold for scrap. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Gibson pointed out that “robust scrapping activity has been one of the key features...