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Tanker Sentinel - (built 1986) 106,722 dwt sold for $14.4 million. Tanker Bow Explorer - (built 1975) 31,501 dwt sold to Vulcanus for $4 million. Tanker Jo Breid - (built 1981) 26,300 dwt sold to Norwegian buyers for $7.5 million. Bulker Red Rose - (built 1978) 75,720 dwt sold for $2.35 million. Bulker Lionsgate Bulker - (built 1996) sold to London based Greek buyers for $18.25 million. Bulker Litrotis - (built 1981) 64,120 dwt sold at auction in Singapore for $3.5 million. Bulker Al Esraa - (built 1996) 16,113 dwt sold to Greek buyers for $6.6 million. Containership LT Nipponica - (built 1989) 23,741 dwt sold to Greek buyers for $12.5 million. Containership LT Mediterranea - (built 1988) 23,473 dwt sold to Greek buyers for $12.5 million. Containership Tang He - (built 1983) 20,825 dwt , Qing He - (built 1982) 20,829 dwt, and Fen He - (built 1982) 20,828 dwt sold for $9 million en-bloc.

Three Tankers Purchased

Unknown Italian buyers recently purchased three 1979 Japanese-built tankers for a total of $5.9 million. The vessels acquired by the Italians were the Sarpindo Palapa (16,370-dwt), the Sarpindo Primuda (16,319-dwt) and the Sarpindo Pribumi (16,291-dwt). Another tanker sold was the 1986 German-built Leng (10,628-dwt) purchased by unidentified Danish buyers for $11.9 million. Unknown buyers purchased four Japanese-constructed bulk carriers for a total of $32 million.

IMO Reoccupying its Headquarters

IMO will be fully operational, once again, from its Headquarters on 's Albert Embankment, following a 20-month period in temporary accommodation while the Headquarters building underwent major refurbishment. The first major meeting to be held in the refurbished Headquarters will be the 84th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (7 to 16 May) and the building will be formally re-opened in a special ceremony in mid-June to coincide with the 100th session of the IMO Council.

STX to Set Up Subsidiary in China

STX Shipbuilding Co said Tuesday it plans to make an initial investment of 35 billion Korean Won to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in , STX () Business, reports said. STX Shipbuilding said in a statement to regulators that STX () Business would be in charge of management and leasing of STX's facilities in . STX Shipbuilding would be the first Korean company to build a shipyard in , and the first Korean-owned overseas shipyard capable of building a whole vessel

Graig Takes Delivery of Bulk Carrier

King Peace before delivery_web.jpg

Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management Limited has taken delivery of the 79,600 dwt bulk-carrier King Peace, for which it is providing full technical management and crewing on behalf of Shanghai-based Zhong An Shipping. The vessel was built at China’s Wu Jia Zui Shipyard under the supervision of Graig China Ltd. Managing ships for Chinese owners is a logical step for Graig, which began business in China in 1995, building ships there for itself

South Australia Seeks Shipbuilding Job Guarantees

Image - Commonwealth of Australia: Navy Imagery Unit

 The South Australian Government has outlined three key points on shipbuilding it wants addressed by the Commonwealth's Defence White Paper next month.   It wants (1) a minimum 70 per cent Australian worker participation in the building, similar to the Collins Class submarines, (2) a guarantee the future naval submarines and frigates will be built in Australia and (3) that the local industry will have a continuous building program.  

PPL Shipyard to Build Jackup for Offshore Group Corp.

PPL Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, has secured a rig building contract worth $155m from Offshore Group Corp. for the construction of a Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Deep Drilling Offshore Jackup Rig. Construction of the jackup rig is expected to commence in December 2006 with delivery scheduled in July 2009. The jackup rig will be built based on PPL's proprietary Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Deep Drilling design

Building Fishing Boats on the Bayou

When one conjures images of a prosperous and healthy marine niche today, it is guaranteed that the fishing boat market is the first, second, or third to come to mind. Plainly put, there are not a lot of fishing boats being built today. A few are built each year, mainly as replacements, in the major fishing areas of New England and the Northwest. The same is basically true in the Gulf south, except for a small dot on the map named Bayou La Batre, Ala

HSL to Build Naval Ships

Reports indicate that Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) of India is set to add naval ships to its order book. The defense ministry is keen to place orders for building naval ships at HSL and a decision is expected by next month, reports said. Mazgaon Docks Ltd, Garden Reach, Kolkata, Goa Shipyard and Cochin Shipyard build most of the naval ships. Among the private firms, ABG Shipyard has built some coast guard ships, while Bharati Shipyard has built some vessels for the Indian Navy.

Crowley’s Corporate Office Achieves LEED Silver

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley, elected area officials and business leaders gathered at the company's corporate headquarters in Jacksonville to commemorate the completion of Crowley's office building renovation project and its United States Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Award Designation. The Crowley building is only the second building in Jacksonville to attain the LEED Silver award for commercial

U.S. Ups Philippines Aid as South China Sea Turmoil Builds

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China's new assertiveness in the South China Sea. Since 2002, the United States has provided the Philippines with nearly $500

BTӦ Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Sweden-based BogserTeam Ӧresund (BTӦ), part of MarCon gruppen, recently signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2810. MarCon gruppen is currently experiencing growth and is undertaking a program of renewal and expansion to its fleets.

MacGregor Wins Orders for Pusnes Deck Machinery

Pusnes Deck Machinery (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced it has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for several shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

New Facility for Virginia-Class Submarine Sailors at Newport News Shipbuilding

Vice Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander of Submarine Forces, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Allied Submarine Command, meets with the crew of the future Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) during a tour of Newport News Shipbuildings new Pre-Commissioning Unit facility on Monday. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has opened a new facility that provides workspace for the crews of Virginia-class submarine (VCS) pre-commissioning units (PCUs) while their submarines are under construction.  

Damen ASD Tug for Sharjah Ports

Handover ceremony Photo Damen

Sharjah Ports Authority, has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2411, named Al Luolo’ Aya. His Excellency Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Seaports and Customs at the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone

Concordia Maritime Charters MR Tanker

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the charter of an IMO2/3 class MR tanker, the company announced today. The vessel will be chartered jointly with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime's share amounts to 50 percent. The contract, which comes into effect at the end of November 2015

Morocco, Indonesia Ratify BWM Convention

H.H. Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui handed over Morocco’s instrument of ratification to IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

Morocco and Indonesia have become the latest nations to ratify the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, an international measure adopted in 2004 for environmental protection that requires ships to have procedures in place for ballast water management in order to help prevent the spread of

Grandweld Delivers Vessel to ADNOC

United Arab Emirates leading shipyard Grandweld has delivered a dive maintenance and support vessel TAWAM1 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).   Grandweld took the newbuild project from conception to completion, designing and building the 50-meter long vessel with a 65-ton bollard

Interview: Mike Petters - President & CEO, HII

Mike Petters

Last month Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII), was honored by the Coast Guard Foundation at the 35th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard, held in New York City. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently caught up with Petters – the

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

Port of Bronka Prepares for Opening

Photo: Port Bronka

Technical plant and equipment installation for the first stage of Bronka’s port facilities is now complete with the Liebherr LHM 800 mobile port crane installed at the end of September, bringing the port closer to operation.   The deepwater Port of Bronka is located on the outskirts

Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Photo: Fincantieri

New semisubmersible floating platform will be used to transport special material decommissioned by the Russian Navy    Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s

Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

Map by USC US-China Institute

 A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.    A delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case

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