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AETI and L-3 Westwood to Deliver Power Systems

L-3 Westwood has contracted AETI to develop custom-built, commercially oriented marine switchgear for the two separate projects totaling slightly more than $5 million. The end customers are VT Halter Marine, a domestic ship engineering and construction company in the , and affiliates of AHL Shipping Company, a petroleum product transportation company that provides double hull tankers to the domestic petroleum industry. L-3 will provide twin shaft line electric propulsion systems to affiliates of AHL Shipping Company for the building of three, shallow-draft, 49,000 deadweight ton Jones Act and OPA90-compliant chemical product tankers in connection with a charter agreement with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company (Shell Trading). The vessels will have a cargo capacity of 330,000 barrels. These vessels will also be the first Jones Act tankers to be constructed under the Common Structural Rules adopted by the International Association of Classification Societies, which came into effect in April 2006. AETI will work with L-3 to provide the propulsion power distribution systems along with the secondary power distribution systems. Deliveries for VT Halter Marine are expected to be completed by late-2008 and the multiple deliveries for AHL Tanker are scheduled for completion by the end of 2010. AETI will have recognized approximately $2.8 million in sales on these projects through the 3rd quarter of 2008

U.S. Shipbuilding 2003: A Congested Attempt to Fund

Meeting national transportation needs during the current decade should involve a surfeit of new contracts for our domestic shipbuilders. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) mandates double hulls for all vessels engaged in U.S. petroleum carriage. In our non-contiguous trades, renewal programs are needed for the replacement aging container and RoRo fleets. Moving freight containers and trailers on RoRo barges and vessels

Russian Ship Saves Sinking Ship's Crew

Fire broke out on a Syrian ship in international waters off Cyprus, forcing its crew to evacuate before the vessel sank early on Monday, authorities in Cyprus said. Search and rescue coordinators said they had received distress signals from the Syrian-flagged Ahssan II on Sunday night that the ship was burning 62 nautical miles (115 kilometers) southeast of Larnaca. A Russian vessel in the vicinity responded to radio appeals for aid and saved the ship's crew. All 10 were reportedly picked up.

Wilhelmsen Ship Mngmt Sells ITM to V.Ships

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) sold its affiliated company International Tanker Management (ITM) to V.Ships. International Tanker Management is based in Dubai, with offices in Hamburg, Germany, Singapore, and Houston, USA. ITM has approximately 45 vessels on technical management, from VLCCs to chemical tankers. The company was founded in 1998 as an affiliated company of Wilhelmsen Ship Management (formerly Barber Ship Management).  

Ship Naming Ceremony is held for Sinopacific's First Fabricated Ship

Naming Ceremony For GPA696IMR.bmp

Ningbo, April 29, 2011 —— On the morning of 29 April, Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group, China’s leading private shipbuilding enterprise held the ship naming ceremony at its Zhejiang Shipyard for GPA696, the global first fabricated model of Offshore Support Vessel(OSV) built for France’s Bourbon Company. Afterwards, a sea trial event was also held for another global first fabricated OSV, the SX130

Paragon Shipping Sale Two Containerships To Box Ships


ATHENS, Greece, April 29, 2011 - Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN), or the Company, a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced today that it has completed the sale and delivery to Box Ships Inc., of both the Box Trader and Box Voyager, two 3,426 TEU high specification containership vessels built in 2010 in exchange for 2,266,600 shares of Box Ships common stock and approximately $69.2 million in cash. Box Ships Inc

American V. Ships Awarded Ship Management Contract

American V. Ships, a full-service international marine transportation management and operations organization has been named the technical manager of three vessels to be chartered to the recently established Wallenius and Wilhelmsen joint venture, Wallenius-Wilhemsen Line. American V. Ships will continue managing 5,600-unit Faust and 5,600-unit Fidelio, which have been under its management and under U.S. flag since 1989, as well as another vessel, Tanabata, newly entered into U.S. registry.

CP Ships Exercises Option to Purchase Four Ships

CP Ships Limited has exercised options to purchase for approximately $180 M four ice- strengthened containerships currently bareboat chartered. As previously announced, the purchase is being paid for with proceeds from CP Ships' offering in July 2002 of 9.6 million common shares and private placement of $200 million of senior unsecured notes. The purchase is expected to close in the third quarter. The ships are Canmar Fortune, Canmar Courage, Canmar Pride and Canmar Honour.

Mercy Ships to Launch Hospital Ship Allie Martin

Mercy Ships Ministries is preparing to expand its fleet of hospital ships — an expansion the founder of the ministry says will permit Mercy Ships to have an even greater outreach to those in medical need around the globe. The Africa Mercy is undergoing sea trials, in preparation for service in the ministry’s fleet of hospital ships. The ship is the largest non-governmental hospital ship and will double the medical capacity of all ships in the fleet. MercyShips

TBS Commercial and V.Ships form V.Ships Lasa Agencies

V.Ships Agency and TBS Commercial Group are pleased to announce the formation of a Joint Venture in Brazil called V.Ships Lasa Agencies. The new JV, which combines the extensive 'local knowledge' of the LASA network in Latin America with the worldwide agency expertise of V.Ships Agency, will afford existing and future customers a new level of excellence in agency services throughout Brazil. This JV agreement was signed by Alberto Morales Managing Director of LASA Group and Rishi.K

Indonesian Ports to Allow Foreign-flagged Cruise Ships

  Indonesia’s government has given the go-ahead for foreign-flagged cruise ships to stop over in five of the country’s largest ports. Previously, such vessels could only dock at one port, Benoa Bali, and passengers who wished to travel to other ports had to go back to

Friendship to Green Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies.    The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of

Container Shipping: Volumes Up, But...

Graph: BIMCO

 The container shipping market may find comfort in the fact that global volumes were up by 1.1% in the first six months of 2015. Following a disastrous first quarter, all three months of the second quarter posted year-on-year increases. Behind the headline, though

Collision Course with a Hurricane: How Doomed US Ship Met its End

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data. The data on Thomson Reuters Eikon raises questions about the

Sea Truck's DP3 Construction Ship Passes Sea Trials

Photo: Sea Trucks

Sea Trucks has completed sea trials of the DP3 offshore construction vessel Jascon 18 in Singapore. Jascon 18 features a 1,800-metric-ton crane, 1,800 sq m deck and a 750-metric-ton pipelay system. Capable of performing a wide variety of marine construction and pipelay tasks in both ultra

Seaspan Accepts Delivery of 14,000 TEU Box Ship

Seaspan Corporation has accepted delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership new build, the YM Warmth. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's sixth 14,000 TEU SAVER design containership and eighth delivery in 2015.

Box Shipping Eyes More Overcapacity, Financial Pain

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Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Saudi Shipping Firm Bahri Posts Big Jump in Q3 Profit

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a significant hike in third-quarter net profit on Thursday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 510.3 million riyals ($136.1 million), up from 84

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

Photo: NYK

Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced.   The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony

First Cruise Ship of the Record Season Arrives Auckland

Diamond Princess. Photo: Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 Auckland’s bumper cruise season has officially kicked off with the arrival of Princess Cruises’ mega liner Diamond Princess into port today (October 08).   New Zealand's tourism sector can expect a big boost, with a record breaking cruise season ahead.  

Woman Medevaced From Cruise Ship off Virginia Beach


  The Coast Guard medevaced a 30-year-old woman Tuesday from a cruise ship approximately 165 miles east of Virginia Beach. Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received a request at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday to medevac a woman suffering abdominal pain aboard the Brazilian cruise ship Norwegian

USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.   The mishap investigation found that the female migrant was unintentionally struck by a patrolling

Pitbull Named Godfather of Norwegian’s New Cruise Ship

Pitbull (Photo: NCL)

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that musician Pitbull will serve as godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, slated to be christened next month in Miami.   On Monday, November 9, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be the honorary godfather and headline performer at a

Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016

Photo: Star Bulk

Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday.   The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown

LNG Tanker Smash Sinks Cargo Ship

Flinterstar. Photo by Flinter Shared Services B.V

 The 2002-built, 8,850-dwt freighter Flinterstar is owned by Dutch shipping firm Flinter has sank after colliding nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier Al-Oraiq in the North Sea off Belgium on Tuesday morning.  

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