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April 15, 2023

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commissioned the country’s first drone, tank, and helicopter carrier, the TCG Anadolu, at a ceremony held near Istanbul. The carrier is expected to increase Turkey’s operational capabilities in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions, where tensions with Greece and Cyprus run high over territorial disputes. Erdogan is hoping to garner support from nationalist voters ahead of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. He has been relying on his projection of military power to win support from some disillusioned grassroots supporters during the worst cost-of-living crisis in two decades. The carrier can be fitted out with dozens of helicopters and the latest-generation Bayraktar TB3 drones as well as tanks and armored combat vehicles.

A rescue operation was launched to save 26 fishermen after their fishing vessel, named Olivia Marie, caught fire in the waters south of Cape Town, South Africa. The crew was forced to abandon ship and take to life rafts when the engine room caught fire. A mayday call from the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre (MRCC) in Cape Town alerted nearby ships to the situation, and three vessels, including the MV Aqua Explore and the FV UMFONDINI, responded to the call for help and successfully rescued the crew. Efforts to recover the abandoned vessel are ongoing, and a navigation warning was issued to all vessels in the area to report any sightings of the vessel to aid in the recovery efforts.

Dubai-based Kent has won a contract to carry out pre-front-end engineering and design for the 2.9 GW Morven offshore wind project being developed by BP and Germany’s Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) in Scotland. The project, located some 60 km off Aberdeen, will use fixed-bottom turbines in 65 to 75 m of water, making it one of the world’s deepest offshore wind developments. The pre-FEED studies, which are expected to last six months, will involve engineering design work that supports key decisions, foundation type, corrosion protection concepts, as well as transportation and installation feasibility. Kent has been involved in developing 70% of all UK offshore wind farms, including the design for the world’s first deepwater offshore wind jacket substructures for the Beatrice wind farm.

Adnoc Drilling has secured a five-year contract worth $412m to provide integrated drilling services for the development of the Upper Zakum field, the largest producing field in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) offshore portfolio. The contract, awarded by Adnoc Offshore, is set to begin in the second quarter of 2023, adding 20% to annual revenue compared with 2022. Since January 2022, the Abu Dhabi-listed firm has won contracts for oilfield services worth $5.1bn, including integrated drilling. Adnoc Drilling had 40 operational rigs last year, with oilfield services revenue reaching $405m, an increase of 23% on the previous year.

Maersk, the Danish shipping company, has unveiled the world’s first green methanol-powered containership, a 2,100 TEU feeder ship, which is the first of 19 carbon-neutral ships that Maersk has on order, and will be powered by green methanol fuel. Maersk has set sustainability goals that aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, a decade earlier than most other companies in the sector, along with other targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity from its ocean fleet and fully controlled terminals. Maersk is in the process of integrating its subsidiary Sealand Europe into the “Maersk” brand, and the vessel will operate on the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia.

Hong Kong’s first floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), the Bauhinia Spirit, has arrived in the South Cheung Chau Anchorage. The FSRU, which has a storage capacity of 263,000m3 of LNG and is 345 meters long, will receive, store, and regasify LNG, allowing Hong Kong to procure natural gas at competitive prices and diversify its natural gas supply. The LNG terminal is set to be operated by the Hong Kong LNG Terminal Limited, a joint venture between CLP Power and HK Electric. Commissioning of the terminal is underway, with the terminal scheduled to begin operation in mid-2023.

Japanese shipowner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and compatriot yards Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding have developed a 40,000 cu m ammonia-powered gas carrier that can carry ammonia and liquefied petroleum gas. The vessel has received approvals in principle from ClassNK and Lloyd’s Register and will use some of the ammonia loaded as cargo as fuel to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions while underway. The Mitsui-MAN B&W type S60 two-stroke dual-fuel ammonia main engine is under development for the vessel, which is set to be delivered to the market in 2026. MOL has secured another approval in principle this year for the design of a 210,000 dwt ammonia-powered newcastlemax with trading house Mitsui & Co and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, as the company is heavily involved in ammonia-powered vessel development.

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