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Aker Floating Production Wins $1b Contract

Aker Floating Production ASA said it had won a 10-year contract from Reliance Industries Limited worth $1.1b. Aker said Reliance Industries Limited had exercised an option to call a 10-year bare boat contract with Aker's subsidiary Aker Contracting for the FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading vessel) Aker SMART 1.


LLMC Increases – ICS Supports IMO Agreement

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents all sectors and trades and over 80% of the global shipping industry, and leads shipowner representation at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee, has expressed strong support for the agreement reached by IMO this week to increase the limits of liability under the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Convention 1996 (LLMC), by 51%.  


Swissco Steps Into Offshore Rig Chartering Business

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Singapore based marine service provider for the offshore oil and gas industry, Swissco Holdings Limited, informs it has entered into a definitive Sale and Purchase Agreement for the  S$285.0 million acquisition of Scott and English Energy Pte. Ltd. which will enable Swissco to move into the offshore rig chartering business. Swissco adds that the SPA was signed with Double Dragon Energy Holdings Limited for the acquisition of the entire issued and paid-up share capital in Scott and English


Keppel Hitachi Zosen To Buy Selected Businesses

Keppel Hitachi Zosen Limited (KHZ) has agreed to purchase the shiprepair/shipbuilding and related businesses of Keppel Marine Industries Limited (KMI) for $167 million in cash. Total net assets include $69 million, resulting in a gain of $4 million for KMI. KHZ will acquire all of KMI's investments in Keppel Singmarine Dockyard Pte, Eagle Engineering Company (100 percent), Keppel Philippines Marine (11.6 percent) and Penguin Boat International (16.5 percent)


Danaos Upgrades Vessel Sizes

Danaos Corporation agreed with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited the upgrading of its earlier order for four 6,800 TEU containerships to four 8,400 TEU vessels and signed the amendments to the relevant shipbuilding contracts. These vessels will be built by the Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry Company Limited and are expected to be delivered to Danaos during 2010. The total capital expenditure commitment for this project is in the region of $500 million and is expected


Boat Manufacturer Introduces Warranty Scheme

Smoker Craft Inc. give warranty on hull & superstructure, other components on most of its models An industry leading warranty gives even more reliability to the confidence in the Smoker Craft family of boats. The warranty includes a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and structure, and a six-year warranty on all components, carpet, upholstery and electronics on most models. It is fully transferable to a second owner, and includes parts and labor. 


Baltic Trading to Buy Two More Ultramax Bulkers

Bulk carrier: File photo

Baltic Trading Limited continues to execute its growth strategy with the exercise of its option to acquire two additional Ultramax newbuildings. The two option vessels, which will have the same specifications and purchase price as the Ultramax newbuildings Baltic Trading previously agreed to acquire, are expected to be delivered to Baltic Trading during the second and third quarters of 2015. John C. Wobensmith, President and Chief Financial Officer, commented


MAN B&W Tier-II Engine Ready for Delivery

Photo courtesy MAN Diesel

The first Tier-II compliant MAN B&W engine has finished production at HHI-EMD (Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine & Machinery Division) in Korea and is ready for delivery. The low-speed, two-stroke MAN B&W 6S50ME-C7 type engine will power a shuttle tanker (hull number 1749), currently under construction by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., and ordered by Teekay, global provider of marine services to the oil and gas industry. Ship delivery is planned for July this year.


UK Minister Rebuffs Plea to Delay SOx Limit Implementation

Minister Stephen Hammond

An attempt by the UK’s Chamber of Shipping last week to persuade the British government that the industry needed more time to comply with new sulphur emission limits entering force on 1 January next year received short shrift from the shipping minister. However the Chamber, along with other European shipowners' associations, is reported to be determined to continue its campaign, reports shipping trade association Maritime London.


IBIA Announces Success at IMO

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) reported a number of significant, positive developments for the bunker industry following the meeting in London last week of the IMO Bulk Liquids & Gases (BLG) subcommittee. Firstly, the subcommittee agreed to streamline proposals designed to reduce sulphur emissions from marine fuel oil. Three options now remain on the table, for discussion at MEPC 57 starting on March 31, 2008


S.Korea: Hanjin Cash, Parent Support Should Cover Offloading Fees

A Hanjin Boxship underway (File image: Hanjin)

Cash from top shareholder, executives should cover offload costs. South Korea's government said cash held by Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd and funds pledged by its parent group should meet the costs of unloading some $14 billion in cargo stranded on vessels operated by the troubled container line.


ABTO Warns of Liquefaction Problems at Terminals

ABTO Chief Executive Ian Adams speaking to ICHCA members last week in London Photo ABTO

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has warned that cargo liquefaction – an issue commonly associated with the seaborne transportation of unprocessed mineral ores and concentrates – is also an issue which bulk terminals need to pay attention to.


Two VARD Module Carrier for Topaz Energy and Marine

Module Carrier Vessel for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo VARD

 Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of two additional Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”). The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design and measuring 123 by 16.5 meters


SpeedCast launches SpeedMail+

Dan Rooney (Photo: Speedcast)

Press release- SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a satellite communications and network service provider, has  launched a new maritime email communication solution called SpeedMail+, based on GTMaritime’s flagship new maritime email platform.  


ABTO: Cargo Liquefaction A Problem for Bulk Terminals

ABTO Chief Executive Ian Adams speaking to ICHCA members last week in London (Photo: ABTO)

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has warned that cargo liquefaction – an issue commonly associated with the seaborne transportation of unprocessed mineral ores and concentrates – is also an issue which bulk terminals need to pay attention to.


Iron: Implications in Shipping

Graph: Clarksons Research

Clarksons Research says that iron-based materials such as steel are used incredibly widely in the world’s industries today, with clear implications for shipping too.   The versatility and strength of steel has made it today’s most important construction material, with 1


Vard Design for USCG OPC Program

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Vard Holdings Limited said a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine was selected for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Eastern Shipbuilding Group and team partners were selected for the detailed design and construction phase for the U.S


Mundra Port handles its largest Vessel

Fillipa

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (Adani Ports), one of India’s largest private port developer and operator and part of Adani Group, said its Mundra Port handled the largest parcel size vessel.   Adani International Container Terminals Private Limited (AICTPL) Mundra


MN100: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

(Photo: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.)

The Company: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) is a full service naval architecture and marine engineering firm located on the harbor in Bristol, Rhode Island. BHGI has produced more than 50 unique designs to which more than 100 vessels have been built


MN100: XL Catlin

(Photo: XL Catlin)

The Company: XL Group plc through its subsidiaries and under the XL Catlin brand, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world


Vard Electro Bags Contract in India

Vard Electro AS, a subsidiary of Vard Holdings Limited, has secured a new contract for the delivery of an equipment and electrical installation package to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. for a vessel under construction for the Government of India.  


South Korea: 'Tough Luck' to Hanjin

The South Korean government, long a bastion of support for the country's big conglomerates, is sticking to its hard-line stance on Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd , whose collapse is roiling global supply chains. Since the world's seventh-largest container carrier filed for court receivership in late


Moore Stephens says Shipping Must Improve Risk Management

Simms Michael

Not enough companies in the shipping industry are following joined-up risk management procedures, according to international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.   The second annual Moore Stephens Shipping Risk Survey revealed a fall, when compared to last year


DP World to Address Hanjin Disruption

Port Jebel Ali. Photo: DP World

 Dubai ports operator DP World is  working with customers to minimise disruption following the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, reports National.   About ten ships operated by the Korean company are currently in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port according to Hanjin data


DPS & Closing the Door on Unnecessary Risk

(Photo: DNV GL)

The design of many DP vessels dates back to a time when there was limited understanding of how to make closed bus power plants fully fault tolerant. This resulted in a number of potentially costly incidents.  This poor incident record eventually led to many operators preferring to operate






 
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