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EU to S. Korea: Agreement on Subisdies Soon Or Else

The European Union's executive body proposed starting a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute against South Korea over alleged subsidies to its shipyards unless a deal could be reached by June 30. At the same time, the European Commission said it would propose allowing temporary government aid for European shipyards hit by South Korean competition for the duration of the WTO case. Both proposals will be discussed by EU industry ministers who meet on May 14 and 15. "Although we have not closed the door to an amicable solution with the Korean authorities, the clock is now ticking," EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said. The Commission said its own five-month probe of South Korean shipbuilding had established that substantial subsidies had been granted to South Korean shipyards which it alleged contravened the WTO's 1994 Subsidies Agreement. "On this basis, the Commission will recommend that the matter be taken before the WTO through the initiation of a dispute settlement procedure by 30 June unless an amicable solution can be reached in the interim period," it said. General European government aid to shipyards was banned at the end of last year. Under the "temporary support mechanism" proposed by the Commission, state aid of up to 14 percent would be allowed for building the types of ships where European shipyards had been hard hit by the alleged unfair practices by South Korea, the world's biggest shipbuilder. These are container ships and product and chemical tankers

Korean Shipbuilders Place in Top 10 for June Orders

Korean shipbuilders occupied seven out of the top 10 positions in the world last month in terms of orders. Hyundai Heavy Industries was the world’s largest shipyard in terms of order backlog as of late June with 11.74 million compensated gross tons (CGT), British shipbuilding market researcher Clarkson reported. Samsung Heavy Industries came second with an order backlog of 8.27 million CGTs, followed by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) with 7

Daewoo Heavy Approves Split Plan

Daewoo Heavy Industries Co. shareholders approved a plan to split the firm into three companies, officials said. The plan will go into effect May 1. Under the plan, the company will split into shipbuilding firm Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., machinery maker Daewoo Heavy Industries and Machinery Ltd. and Daewoo Heavy Industries Co. for the remaining operations. Daewoo Heavy is among the 12 Daewoo Group firms put under a creditors-led debt restructuring program in late August

Report: Korean Shipbuilders Dominate Global Orders

Reports indicate that South Korea's shipbuilders ranked No. 1 through No. 7 worldwide in terms of order backlogs for the first time ever as of the end of February, a London-based market researcher said Monday. Seven domestic shipyards' order backlogs accounted for 35 percent of the global industry's total of 107.34 million compensated gross tons (CGT), Clarkson Plc. said. Hyundai Heavy Industries ranked No. 1 worldwide with an order backlog of 10.82 million CGT, it said.

Ship Values Rise

As the world has been beset by a wave of bad financial news -- from the looming financial crisis and credit crunch to the rapidly escalating cost of industrial materials, particularly steel -- Clarkson via its weekly Clarkson Index delivered some good news for a change, as the index, which is a measure of prices for all types of vessels, rose for the first time in more than three months. According to a Bloomberg report

Samsung Companies Consider Merger Again

Image: Samsung Engineering

 South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co will try again to merge with sister company Samsung Engineering Co Ltd later this year, reports Korea Times.   Samsung Engineering CEO Park Jung-heum has said he will once again pursue a merger talk.   "Before pushing for the deal, we need understanding from the financial markets, which we believe is a key condition," he told local reporters.  

Shipbuilders to Demand More Steel Plates

According to Korea Times, South Korean shipbuilders’ demand for steel plates is expected to continue to rise next year due to an increase in orders, an industry body said Monday. The Korea Shipbuilders’ Association forecast the industry’s demand for steel plates will reach 5.4 million tons next year, up 300,000 tons from this year. Industry sources predict the demand for steel plates is likely to amount to 6 million tons by 2008, a steady increase from 4.6 million tons in 2004

Korean Shipyards Rank 1-7th in Order Backlogs

South Korean shipyards ranked No. 1 through No. 7 in terms of order backlogs as of the end of April, the Korea Times recently reported. Hyundai Heavy Industries, retained its spot with an order backlog of 11.44 million compensated gross tons (CGT). Samsung Heavy Industries overtook its rival Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. with an order backlog of 8.34 million CGTs. Daewoo Shipbuilding was the third-largest shipyard with an order backlog of 7.63 million CGTs

Hyundai to Make a Bid for Daewoo

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. plans to bid for a $3.1b controlling stake in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. reports said. A preliminary offer will be submitted Wednesday. The preferred bidder will be announced in September and the sale will be completed by the end of October, according to the policy lender. Hyundai Heavy will compete with Posco, GS Group and Hanwha Group for the 50.4 percent holding being sold by state-run Korea Development Bank and Korea Asset Management Corp

Huntington Ingalls Subsidiary Partners With HHIC Holdings

Virginia Beach, Va. - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its subsidiary, AMSEC, has signed an agreement with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of HHIC Holdings Co. Ltd., to work together in providing maintenance, repair and logistics services to the U.S. Navy and other customers in the western Pacific region. The agreement with HHIC-PHIL allows AMSEC to benefit from Hanjin's state-of-the art shipyard at Subic Bay, Philippines

Kalmar Forklift Trucks for US Market

Kalmar DCG180-330 heavy forklift truck

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced the North American launch of its highly acclaimed heavy forklift at the Breakbulk Exhibition in Houston on 7 October 2015. The Kalmar DCG180-330, which competes in the 18-33 tonne capacity sector

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.

Singapore Delegation Visits ACE Winches

Yeoh Choon Jin, Head of Marine and Offshore, SPRING Singapore; Ho Chi Bao, Director, Manufacturing & Engineering and International Partnership Office Asia Pacific, SPRING Singapore; Jasmine Pang, Manager, Marine and Offshore, SPRING Singapore; Hayley Yule, Marketing and Communications Director; and John Jones, Middle East and Caspian Sales Manager (Photo: ACE Winches)

ACE Winches hosted a delegation from SPRING Singapore to its Towie Barclay Works facility for a visit to share an overview of its products and services, including manufacturing and engineering expertise.   Several delegates from the Marine and Offshore Department in SPRING Singapore were

Newport News Shipbuilding Converts to Natural Gas

Newport News Shipbuilding has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil to natural gas. The new system will reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent and save the shipyard about $8 million per year. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil, also known as Bunker C, to natural gas to improve safety and lower operating costs and emissions to the environment.  

NOCC Opts for Optimarin BWT System for Its Newbuild


  Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has been chosen by Norwegian Car Carriers AS (NOCC) as the supplier of choice for its two newbuild vessels currently under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea

Danaos buys 3 Boxships via new JV

Photo Danaos Corporation

  Danaos Corporation announced today the acquisition of three vessels through a newly-formed joint venture, capitalizing on depressed asset prices in the resale market. The vessels were acquired by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a newly-formed entity ("Gemini") beneficially

Japan Renews Submarine Bid for Australia

Japan looking to fix faltering Australian submarine bid. Japan is ready to match European rivals and build a fleet of submarines for Canberra entirely at Australian shipyards, a senior Japanese official said on Tuesday, after stumbling in its effort to win the A$50 billion ($34

Kruszewski Joins Braemar Engineering

Chis Kruszewski

  Braemar Engineering, the specialist maritime engineering consultancy, today announced the appointment of Chis Kruszewski to the role of Senior Electrical Engineer in its Offshore, DP and FMEA Group. Mr Kruszewski joins Braemar Engineering with immediate effect

TMS Cardiff Gas Orders First LPG Carriers

Courtesy TMS Cardiff Gas

  TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd. has signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea for the construction of two 78,700 cbm LPG carriers with the option to build another two. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 and Q3 2017, when they will enter into time charter contracts with Shell

Korean Shipbuilders in Red

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipbuilders are struggling with huge losses stemming from the delivery of low-priced ships and a delay in the construction of offshore facilities such as drill ships.   The shipbuilders' earnings are expected to remain in the doldrums until the first half of 2016

Smith Taken on Rolls-Royce Holdings Board

Kevin Smith Courtesy GKN Plc

  Rolls-Royce Holdings plc today announces the appointment of Sir Kevin Smith CBE as a Non-Executive Director.  Sir Kevin will join the Board with effect from 1 November 2015 and will become a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee

Wärtsilä Debuts Package for hydropower & industrial plant

Wärtsilä Hydro & Industrial services - Keeping the power flowing

  Wärtsilä Corporation, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets, expands into a new market segment, offering a comprehensive package of seals, bearings and associated solutions to hydropower installations and industrial plants

PCCI to Provide Revised Crane Load Chart

PCCI facilitates efficient environmental and regulatory compliance.

  PCCI, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a contract by the Department of Transportation/U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to provide a new, revised and certified crane load chart for the self-propelled crane barge “MARY ANN”.

MECNW Appoints New CEO


  Terry Weston has been confirmed as Chief Executive of Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) following the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Teasdale, at the end of September.   Jim Teasdale was a founder director and chief executive of Birkenhead-based Maritime and

Xerox, MHI Ink ITS Project Deal

Signing ceremony

  Today, at the ITS World Congress and Exhibition, Xerox and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), both leaders in transportation solutions, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore, globally, on a case-by-case basis, potential joint Intelligent Transport System (ITS) opportunities.

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