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N-KOM wins more work from Gulf Drilling International

N-KOM wins more work from Gulf Drilling International

Doha: Gulf Drilling International (GDI), a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), the largest oilfield service company in Qatar, has awarded two contracts worth $110m to Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), a joint venture shipyard between Nakilat and Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M).

Circle Oil seeks partners to develop Omani offshore block

Circle Oil seeks partners to develop Omani offshore blockMuscat: Irish firm Circle Oil is set to develop its assets in Oman in the coming months with both drilling and farm-out activity planned. Circle has held two licences in Oman for the past nine years, one onshore and one offshore. ...

Israeli transport minister proposes offshore port for Gaza

Israeli transport minister proposes offshore port for GazaCairo: Israel’s transport minister has proposed building an offshore port for Gaza. The suggestion follows on from recent calls by the Qatari foreign minister to build a port in Gaza to help alleviate the suffering there. Israel...

LPG win for Milaha

LPG win for MilahaDoha: Two Qatar companies Muntajat and Milaha (also known as Qatar Navigation) have signed a new deal of cooperation. Muntajat, the Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company, signed a two-year contract wi...

Floating jetty work for N-KOM

Floating jetty work for N-KOMDoha: Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has won a contract worth QR69m (about $18.95m) to design and construct a floating jetty for Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC). This marks the first time QPMC has tapped the yard for...

GDI wins jack-up accommodation barge deal

GDI wins jack-up accommodation barge dealDoha: Gulf Drilling International (GDI), a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), and Dolphin Energy have signed a Letter of Award (LOA) covering the provision of jack-up accommodation barge services for a long term require...

Stanford Marine secures PSV contract in Mexico

Stanford Marine secures PSV contract in MexicoDubai: Dubai-based offshore service provider Stanford Marine has announced that it has secured a 3-year contract for its platform support vessel Stanforf Bateleur from Mexican company Mexiship. Stanford Bateleur will undergo speci...

Plans for Oman’s first dry port

Plans for Oman’s first dry port Muscat: Plans for a multimodal logistics hub in South Al Batinah Governorate are pushing ahead with a high-level government committee looking at the establishment of the country’s first-ever dry port, which will serve as a halfway ...

IRISL ordering 10 bulk carriers

IRISL ordering 10 bulk carriersSingapore: The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) is ordering 10 bulk carriers from Singapore-listed Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Chinese yard is taking on the $300m order to buil...

Libya’s oil export picture remains unclear

Libya’s oil export picture remains unclearCairo: The situation regarding oil export shipments from Libya remains unclear. Libya's National Oil Corp has offered the first crude oil from its major eastern Ras Lanuf terminal for end-July loading, two weeks after a rebel group a...

Establish a port in Gaza, Qatar urges

Establish a port in Gaza, Qatar urgesCairo: Qatar has proposed the establishment of an internationally-supervised commercial port at the Gaza Strip as a temporary solution to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Containerlines return to Shahid Rajayee

Dubai: Western sanctions against Shahid Rajayee port in southern Iran have been lifted and the first foreign cargo ship will berth in the port on July 20, state media reported. Shipping lines from India, Korea, China and Taiwan are all expected to ca...

DP World signs $3bn loan deal

Dubai: Terminal operator DP World has signed a $3bn loan deal, according to Reuters. The new five-year facility is split between a $2.39bn conventional loan and a $610m Shariah-compliant tranche.

Zim reaches deal with Tel Aviv over golden share

Cairo: Zim and the state of Israel have reached an agreement regarding the terms of the golden share, allowing Zim to execute its restructuring agreement Zim is preparing to complete the restructuring agreement according to the planned schedule, t...

Shipmanagement poll launched

Singapore: Our sister title, Maritime CEO, launches today a unique reader’s poll. In every issue of Maritime CEO magazine the back page is dedicated to a reader’s vote, snappily entitled MarPoll. Past MarPolls have stirred much debate and plenty ...

ADMA-OPCO signs for four platforms worth $1.94bn

Dubai: Hyundai Heavy Industries, the giant Korean shipbuilder, has won a $1.94bn order to build four offshore oil production platforms and to lay undersea cables in the United Arab Emirates. Under the deal signed with Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co...

Protesters shut Brega once again

Libya : Protesters have blocked the oil port of Brega in eastern Libya, just days after it reopened for the first time in close to a year. Rebels in Libya’s east said they would keep open the country’s largest oil port, Es Sider, and dissociated...

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Playing Catch Up: Shipping and Social Media

Graeme Somerville-Ryan from Wikborg Rein on how to navigate the likes of Facebook and Twitter

Playing Catch Up: Shipping and Social Media

The use of social media is now an integral part of building a commercial brand. Social media channels are rapidly evolving into highly efficient tools that help companies communicate with their clients, drive sales, and influence market perception. However, social media has not removed the need for traditional marketing tools and strategies. But - it has changed the way businesses and individuals are using those tools to communicate. The future is already here and to ignore it is to fruitlessly fight the incoming tide.

Shipping has no control over demand for vessels, only supply. And we all know where that has got us. The oversupply of vessels means that quality providers need to set themselves apart from inferior competitors. Financial strength, environmental care, efficiency, seafarer welfare, and safety records will become increasingly important as supply chain transparency becomes a point of difference. Social media provides companies with an efficient and effective tool to get their message out to those who matter. Don't worry; it will also remain a place to post your favourite kitten pics.

Keeping an Open Mind

I must confess that I can become rather excitable regarding social media marketing and its potential in the shipping sphere. But I'm a zealot. Given the slightest opportunity, at an event big or small, get me onto the topic and the night is pretty much over.

In shipping circles, eyes begin to roll; excuses are made; and crowds thin. Those polite enough to listen will make sure ...   More>>