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New Shipyard for Belfast's Working Waterfront

According to the Marine Public Broadcasting Network, a new shipyard is opening in Belfast. Boat builders, led by J.B. Turner and partners Taylor Allen of Rockport Marine and Steve White of Brooklyn Boatyard, will construct composite and classic wooden yachts. The yard will have a retrofitting business, a full-service marina, some unique shipping ventures.    Source: Marine Public Broadcasting Network  


OceanConnect and Starsupply Launch Hedging Service

OceanConnect President Thomas Reilly today announced the launch of a new risk management service aimed at helping shipowners and suppliers protect their profits. "Financial derivatives have become an important tool in the risk management arena. OceanConnect, in partnership with Starsupply Petroleum, will offer the first derivative brokerage service focused exclusively on the world's bunker markets," Reilly said.


Star Cruises of Malaysia to Order Metso DNA System

MS Star Pisces cruise ship will be operated by a Metso DNA automation system from March 2013.

The Star Cruises of Malaysia has chosen Metso to refurbish the automation system on its MS Star Pisces cruise ship that sails in the Far East.   The vessel's new automation will increase reliability and customer comfort. After docking in Hong Kong in February, the vessel will continue its cruise program from March 2013 onwards. Metso will supply its state-of-the-art Metso DNA system to replace the present Damatic Classic automation system that it had supplied earlier


Blount-Barker Signs Contract For Sea Wolf Marine Tug

This past August, Blount-Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with Sea Wolf Marine of Bayonne, N.J. to build a 2,400-hp, 85-ft. (25.9 m) double chine, all welded twin-screw tug set for delivery in April 2002. Bristol Harbor Group has been contracted to modify the Blount classic 85-ft. (25.9-m) tug design to take advantage of CNC (computerized numeric controlled) cutting. The tug will be powered by two CAT 3512 engines; 4:1 twin gears and two 65kW generators will supply ship service power


Stewart Group Paves Way for Further Growth

The Stewart Group’s management includes (from left to right): Director Andrew Miller, Non-Executive Chairman Bill Budge and Managing Director Paul Love. (Photo: The Stewart Group)

The Stewart Group, an international shipbroker, has underpinned its growth plans by relocating to new premises in Aberdeen which triple its office space. The established business, which currently has 12 people based in the city, as well as a further 14 at offices in London, Houston, Cape Town and Ghana, now has space for 26 staff following a move to the multi-million pound City Wharf development on Shiprow. The company, which was previously based in Union Street


Delta Queen Makes A Comeback

Following the decision to enter into bankruptcy this past October, American Classic Voyages has agreed to sell two of steamboats - Delta Queen and Mississippi to Chicago-based investment firm Waveland Investments LLC for $3.75 million. The company, which is privately-held, plans to take over the boats, effective next month. Mississippi Queen, which ceased operations in October, will resume its itinerary on May 7, while Delta Queen


Boat Recycling

Some excursion vessels happily seem to live forever. They change owners, change paint colors, endure countless renovations, bare scars from misguided attempts to "improve" her propulsion system… but the boat lives on. Such is the case of a 1969 vintage two-deck paddle wheeler built in 1969 by the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company. The vessel has had many names. But the one most associated with the vessel is Bonnie Belle


RCCL Names Pimentel President & CEO

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) has announced the appointment of Larry Pimentel to the newly created position of president and chief executive officer of Azamara Cruises. Pimentel will have responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of the deluxe brand to ensure its continuous growth and success. He will report directly to Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of RCCL. Pimentel has more than 25 years of travel industry experience catering to the high-end


OIG Issues Audit of Title XI Loan Guarantee Program

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its Report on the Audit of the Title XI Loan Guarantee Program The audit examined whether proper procedures were followed and the impact of recent bankruptcies. As of December 2002, the Title XI portfolio totaled approximately $4.3 billion in executed loan guarantees and loan guarantee commitments. The report discussed the impact of the American Classic Voyages Co. (AMCV) bankruptcy ($1


United States Lines Names First Ship ms Patriot

United States Lines, a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages, said the vessel it is acquiring from Holland America Line will be named ms Patriot. The vessel - being acquired for $114.5 million - will offer seven-night cruises year-round from Honolulu, Hawaii. The company will take delivery next October, with the inaugural voyage planned for December 9, 2000. During a planned renovation, new facilities will be added to the vessel to enhance the passengers' Hawaiian cruise experience


Box Ships on Q2 Slippery Containership Slope

Container ship: File photo

"The reduced charters on the 'Box Queen', 'CMA CGM Marlin' and 'CMA CGM Kingfish' were the contributing factors to the 24% decline in our adjusted time charter revenues year over year, which directly impacted our bottom line." says Mr


Russia's Shipping Major Reports Strong 1H 2014

Tankship: Photo SCF

OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), Russia’s largest shipping company and a global leader in seaborne energy transportation and offshore services, has announced its financial and operating results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.   Highlights:


DoD Award Dredging, Ship Maintenance, Charter Contracts

USS Pearl Harbor: Photo USN

US Department of Defense informs of placement of contracts for Chesapeake Bay dredging, dry-docking of USS Pearl Harbor, and charter of surface escort vessels. Details as follows: 1. Dredging Norfolk Dredging Company, Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded $18,784


Oceanteam Focuses on Mexico Strategy

OSV: Image courtesy of Oceanteam

Oceanteam Shipping ASA releases its Q2 2014 financial report, with extracts as follows: The company says it saw, with its early focus on Mexico, a long term strategy confirmed: its newly founded DOT Shipping partnership with Grupo Diavaz and the subsequent approval of the Mexican Energy Reform


ESG Replicates Historic Schooner 'Columbia'

Schooner Columbia launch: Photo collage courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) informs that a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner COLUMBA has been launched at its Panama City, Florida, shipyard with employees, dignitaries and guests in attendance. The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester


Euronav Books Profit from Sale of Chartered Ship

The owner of the 157,258 dwt containership Cap Isabella (built 2013), a vessel which Euronav had on bareboat charter, decided to sell the vessel to an unrelated third party. As announced by Euronav in March 2013, the company is entitled to a share of the profit should the selling price exceed a


Statoil Claims Mokul Nordic for North Sea Charter

Mokul Nordic

Nordic Maritime’s latest fleet addition wins first work with energy giant. Nordic Maritime has announced its newest DP2 vessel, Mokul Nordic, has been contracted for a 30 days firm plus an optional 15 days charter in the North Sea by international energy provider Statoil.  


Otto Marine Clinches Australia AHTS Contracts

AHTS Go Spica: Photo Otto Marine

Otto Marine says it has clinched AUD57-million worth of charter contracts in Australia for two of its large deep water AHTS vessels. Otto Marine Limited, which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, with shipyard and other specialized offshore services


KNOT Purchases 3 Shuttle Tankers from J. Lauritzen

Shuttle Tanker

  Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT; headquarters: Haugesund, Norway), of which NYK has a 50 percent share, has officially reached an agreement with J. Lauritzen A/S (headquarters: Copenhagen, Denmark) to purchase its three shuttle tankers.*  


Rosneft and NADL Sign Exchange of Assets Deal

Rosneft president Igor Sechin

  Rosneft, Seadrill Limited and North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL) signed a Framework Agreement that envisages long-term cooperation in the sphere of oilfield development projects. The document foresees the acquisition by Rosneft of NADL shares through an exchange of assets and


LNG Carriers GasLog Financial Results Q2 2014

Image courtesy of GasLog

GasLog Ltd. and its subsidiaries, an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas carriers, has reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, excerpted as follows: Highlights Completion of the initial public offering (“IPO”) of


VSTEP Delivers FMB Simulator to Danaos

VSTEP_NAUTIS_Danaos.jpg

Danaos Corporation purchased a NAUTIS DNV Class A FMB Simulator and Instructor Station for training of its fleet members.  The simulator will be delivered and installed by VSTEP at Danaos Shipping Co Ltd. Headquarters in Piraeus, Greece.  


Scorpio Tankers on Major Fleet Expansion

Scorpio Tankers

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the "Company") announced today that it has reached an agreement with an unrelated third party to purchase an MR product tanker that is currently under construction at SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea ("SPP")


Scorpio Tankers' Latest Newbuilding News

Tankship: Photo courtesy of Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc.  says it has reached an agreement with an unrelated third party to purchase an MR product tanker that is currently under construction at SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea. The purchase price of the vessel is $37.1 million with delivery expected in September 2014


Capesize Rates to Rise Much Higher this Year

According to Commodore Research & Consultancy, capesize rates ended last week at $15,561/day, which marked a week-on-week increase of $6,167 (66%). Capesize rates have been able to rise by such a large amount so quickly, as vessel availability in both the Atlantic basin and Pacific basin have






 
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