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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


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.  


Bleeding Continues for Korean Shipbuilders

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korea's big three shipbuilders are set to post over 8 trillion won (US$6.66 billion) in operating losses in 2015 because the industry has not found a way out of a prolonged slump, reports Yonhap.   According to the industry data, the top three shipyards - Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. - are stung by a combination of a prolonged industry slump


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.


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


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


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


MHI's Entity to Oversee Material Handling Equipment, Engine and Turbocharger Businesses

Organizational Structure Courtesy MHI

Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) decided in principle to launch a new wholly owned entity to integrally oversee its current businesses in material handling equipment centered on forklift trucks, engines and turbochargers. The new entity will serve as an independent management body to


HHI to Localise Main Equipment for Offshore Plants

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Hyundai Heavy Industries and Doosan Heavy Industries Collaborate in Localizing Main Equipment for Offshore Plants   Seoul, South Korea – February 4 – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding


Aqualis Offshore Lands Study Job for LNG Barge

Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, has been contracted by Gas Entec Co. Ltd to provide an engineering study of a new-build LNG barge that will operate offshore the U.S. The contract value is undisclosed.   


Happy 50th Birthday, Greg Trauthwein

“Throwback Thursday” from the Maritime Reporter archives: Greg at the wheel on a sailing excursion off the coasts of Italy and France in August 2011

Greg Trauthwein, Editor and Associate Publisher, today celebrates his 50th birthday. Since first manning the editor’s desk at New Wave Media’s flagship publication Maritime Reporter & Engineering News in 1992, Greg has helped grow the publishing house’s offering of world


BP Pulls Plug on Oceaneering Vessel Contract

Photo: Oceaneering International, Inc

 UK giant BP will end a contract off Angola with Oceaneering International about eight months early.   Oceaneering International has announced that BP has exercised its right to terminate its use of the chartered vessel Bourbon Oceanteam 101 at the end of May 2016.  


Another Brutal Year for Korean Shipyards?

Image: Samsung Heavy Industries

 2016 could be a brutal year for Korean Shipyards. Yonhap reports that the country's shipbuilders failed to clinch any new orders in January, underscoring the protracted slump in the global shipbuilding segment.   "January is usually an off-season for shipbuilders


Zentech Inks Deal for Two Z-210 with CSSC

Zentech’s MOU’s with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the construction of two (2) Z-210 mobile offshores units Photo Zentech

Zentech Incorporated of Houston, Texas, USA signed contracts with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited for the construction of (2) Z-210 Mobile Offshore Units. These contracts were finalized based on the Letter of Intent received by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard on September 23,2015


AIDA Prima on Fire - Third Time!

Image: AIDAprima

 AIDA Prima, a new ship for Carnival Corp.'s AIDA Cruises brand, was damaged by a fire early Sunday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s shipyard in Nagasaki, the Japan Times reports.    The fire reportedly was quickly extinguished by workers, with no injuries


DEME Orders Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

Image: DEME

With the order of the Bonny River at Royal IHC, the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is investing in a new generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers which will be trendsetting in coastal protection and dredging hard soils


Siemens Acquires CD-adapco for $970m

Pictured is a detailed geometry for STAR-CCM+ simulation of ship self-propulsion, as featured in the December 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MaritimeReporter/201512/

Siemens and CD-adapco have entered into a stock purchase agreement for the acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens. The purchase price is $970 million.   CD-adapco is a global engineering simulation company with software solutions covering a wide range of engineering disciplines including Fluid


SENER Celebrates 60 Years

Photo courtesy of SENER

The SENER engineering and technology group will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2016. It has grown into a multidisciplinary international group which offers solutions in Aeronautics, Engineering and Construction, and Energy and Environment.


New Mooring System for Commercial Vessels

Photo courtesy of PSI Marine

Eliminating the slack line required for conventional tie-ups, PSI Marine's TideSlide Mooring System reduces inertial loading usually generated by a moored vessel.   TideSlide's strength and safety are ideal for commercial docks where cargo or passengers are loaded


Hyundai Heavy Closes Onsan offshore

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries  has temporarily shut one of its two factories making offshore oil rigs -  Onsan plant in South Korea - due to downturn in the global oil and gas industry.   The closure Onsan underscores the dire state of the country’s big shipbuilders as


Germany Out of Australian Submarine Tender

Image by US Navy

 As a bid from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) loses ground over technical concerns, the competition for a A$50 billion ($34.55 billion) contract to build Australia’s next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France, reports Reuters.  


US Coast Guard Moves Forward on New Icebreakers

USCG photo by Rob Rothway

The U.S. Coast Guard released a proposed acquisition timeline and requirements for two new heavy U.S. icebreakers that could cost $1 billion each and said it would meet with interested companies during an industry day in March.   Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft told an event






 
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