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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

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

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).  

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.

Great Ship: Great Ships of 2003

Great Ship: MSC Linzie Ship Owner Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.A. Ship Builder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Ship Type Containership MSC Linzie is the first vessel of a new vessel type developed and designed by Hanjin which adopts the new Panamax length design of 294.05 m. Apparently the design series and Hanjin's well-established reputation in this niche has proved attractive, as the company has, to date, logged orders for 24 ships of the new design.

UK Ship Register’s Largest Container Ship

The UK ship register has officially welcomed CMA CGM Andromeda on to the UK Ship Register this weekend, when she docked at Southampton. The vessel is the largest Container ship on the UK register at 131,332 GT, 11,356 TEU. Overall she is the second largest vessel on the Register with the Queen Mary 2 being the largest at 148,528 GT. CMA CGM Andromeda, owned by CMA CGM, 3rd worldwide shipping group, is also the world's first containership to be equipped with the "Fast Oil Recovery

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

Norway's Offshore Shipping Sector Faces Bleak Year

Norwegian companies that provide supply ships and drilling rigs to the global oil industry face a bleak year ahead as contracts disappear and financing options dwindle in the face of weak global crude prices.   They could increasingly be forced to sell or write down the value of assets

New Methanol Projects to Change Chemical Shipping Patterns

Methanol seaborne trades in 1H15 and future new routes (in million tonnes). Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster

New US and Middle East methanol production capacity being added over the next two years will have serious implications for chemical shipping trade flow patterns, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  

Shipping Industry Supports Global Climate Change Deal

Courtesy Singapore Shipping Association

  The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change. The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire world merchant

Ship Spills Oil in Whangarei Harbour

Photo: Northport Ltd

 A Hong Kong-registered ship, Ning Po, has leaked some fuel but it is unclear how much has been spilled or what the cause of the leak was, say local media reports.   Officials worked to clear a fuel spill from the ship berthed at Northport in Whangarei Harbour

Scorpio Bulkers Sells Six Ships for $227 Mln

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has entered into agreements with unaffiliated third parties to sell two Capesize dry bulk vessels and four newbuilding Capesize dry bulk vessels under construction for approximately $227 million.    Two of the Capesize vessels were constructed in China and

Opportunities for Shipping from Decarbonisation Through Windpower

Wind challenger Credit IWSA

  As the interconnector of global trade shipping facilitates every other part of the economy, and decision making around low-carbon pathways in other transport modes and industries will both influence and constrain decarbonisation in shipping.

Shipping emissions 17% of global CO2

Pic: Institute of Atmospheric Physics, University of Bremen

 Shipping could be responsible for 17% of global CO2 emissions in 2050 if left unregulated, according to a new scientific study conducted by European Parliament Directorate General for Internal Policies.   Any agreement at the Paris Climate Summit must therefore send a clear signal to

Sustainable Shipping Initiative leans on shipping ahead of COP21

Logo: Sustainable Shipping Initiative

 The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is stepping up pressure on the shipping industry ahead of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, says The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.   SSI want the IMO to support the UNFCCC global CO2 reduction targets on the basis that

Panama-Registered Ship Sinks off Vigan City

Image: Philippine Coast Guard

 A Panamanian cargo vessel MV Fortune Life sank off the coast 130 nautical off Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), uthorities said.   The Coast Guard received a distress signal from Hong Kong about the maritime incident

Polish Cargo Ship SZAFIR Attacked off Nigeria

Photo:  Euroafrica Shipping Lines Ltd

 Pirates operating off the coast of Nigeria have taken hostage five Polish sailors, including the captain and officers, from the Polish general cargo ship Szafir.   The ship was headed to the port of Onne in Nigeria from Antwerp, when the armed pirates struck

Evergreen Line Orders Ten 2,800 teu Ships

Photo: Evergreen Shipping Singapore

 Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen is ordering ten 2,800 TEU container ships from Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd and compatriot CSBC Corporation.   The deal between the companies is to buy 10 new 2800 TEU container vessels. The Contract value is $390mln.  

ZIM Integrated Shipping Remains Profitable

Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

 Despite challenging market environment with freight rates reaching historic lows in several key trades,  ZIM Integrated Shipping Services continues to outperform the average adjusted EBIT margins in the Industry.   ZIM Integrated Shipping

Moore Stephens Highlights Potential Tax Issues for Shipping

Image: Moore Stephens UK

 As part of the Government’s drive to encourage voluntary compliance with the tax rules, it will legislate to introduce a new requirement that large businesses publish their tax strategies as they relate to or affect UK taxation, as well as a special measures regime to tackle businesses

SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

Image: SSAB

 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  

ESL Shipping to Enter the Renewable Energy Market

Photo: ESL Shipping Ltd

 ESL Shipping and AB Fortum Värme have signed an agreement for biofuel transport. The agreement provides ESL Shipping with access to the renewable fuels transport market. The company's transport operations to the new Värtan Energy Port in Stockholm will commence at the end of this

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