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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


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


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


Massive Layoff Ahead for Hyundai Heavy

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI)

 Another massive reduction in the Korean shipbuilding workforce may come as most shipyards are still struggling with falling orders and mounting losses, reports Yonhap quoting industry sources.   Hyundai Heavy Industries plans for large layoffs amid a prolonged recession in the global shipbuilding sector and the government’s move to restructure the ailing industry.    Over the past few weeks, the troubled world’s No


Samsung Companies Consider Merger Again

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 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.  


Run aground, S. Korea's Shipbuilders Awaits Miracles

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 The 'Big Three'—Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries—hold $42.1 billion in loans between them. The firms closed out 2015 with combined losses of more than $6 billion, their earnings reports revealed.   According to a report in BusinessKorea, the top three failed to clinch any contract whereas Hyundai Mipo Dockyard signed those for two chemical product carriers of 40


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


Trelleborg Expands Its Marine Operations in India

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Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has relocated and almost doubled the size of its engineering and design center of excellence in a new 1,000 square meter premises in Ahmedabad, India. Since 2009, the marine center of excellence has provided detailed engineering design


Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship.   Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills


Samsung Wins $1.26bln Contract from BP

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea's major shipyard, build a floating production unit for British oil multinational BP that will be used in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, says a report in Yonhap.   The 1.5 trillion won ($1


Morandi to Head GustoMSC’s Houston Office

Dr. Alberto Morandi has been appointed to the position of General Manager of GustoMSC’s office in Houston. He will be responsible for running the office and will act as point of contact for GustoMSC’s U.S. clients. GustoMSC is a design and engineering firm serving the offshore


Gaslog’s New LNGC to Feature Mark V Technology

 Following Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) order announced last October 11, 2016, the new GTT's Mark V technology is confirmed as the technology to equip the new LNG carrier ordered by the European ship-owner Gaslog.   The vessel will be built at SHI's shipyard in Goeje Island


Ship-to-shore Cranes Shipped via The Northern Sea Route

HHL Valparaiso is the first vessel to sail open hatch through the Northern Sea Route, as it delivers two giant ship-to-shore (STS) cranes across Russia. (Photo: HHL)

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has transported the first-ever ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route (NSR), relocating them from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Vostochny, spanning both the European and Far East regions of Russia.  


Mayeur to Lead CMR Group’s EIM Unit

Jacques-André Mayeur  (Photo: CMR)

Control instrumentation and electrical engineering specialist CMR Group said it has appointed a senior director to oversee strategy and drive global sector operations.    Jacques-André Mayeur joins as Energy Industry Marine (EIM)business unit director based at CMR Group’s


Great Ships of 2016: Seri Camellia

(Photo: MISC Berhad)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Seri Camellia - New LNG Carrier for MISC Berhad


Daewoo to Develop Iranian Shipyard

Image: Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) have signed an outline agreement to cooperate on developing the shipbuilding Industry in Iran.  


The Top 10 Ships of 2016

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News (www.marinelink.com), published since 1939, annually publishes details on the world’s “Great Ships of the Year.” Of the 18 selected as “Great Ships of 2016,” here we rank the Top 10 Ships of 2016


Op/Ed: Shipping's Energy Challenge

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There is no more economically and environmentally efficient way of transporting the world’s goods than by sea. Compared to air or road freight, based on per ton of cargo shipped, shipping’s carbon footprint is small. Yet with the 60


FSC Denies Mergers Between Big Three Shipbuilders

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 The chairman of South Korea's Financial Services Commission, Yim Jong-Yong, reiterated  that Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) would not be merged with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), according to a report in Korea Times.  


Three New STS Quay Cranes at Khalifa Port

Photo:  Abu Dhabi Terminals

 Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) announced the arrival of three of the largest ship-to-shore quay cranes in the world, to accommodate growing volumes and demand at Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), WAM reports.   Transported from China on specially-built vessels


Gloomy 2017 for Korea Shipyards

3D Image of Logistics Support Vessel HHI to Build Under New Zealand Defence Force’s MSC Project. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korea‘s three majors shipbuilders are forecast to get much fewer orders next year, Yonhap reports quoting industry sources.   The three shipyards - Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) - are


Clean Arctic Alliance Praises Move to Phase out HFO Use

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Responding to the December 20th joint statement from the United States and Canada, regarding development of a strategy to phase out their use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from vessels operating in the Arctic, the Clean Arctic Alliance praised both Arctic nations for their ambitious action to rid the






 
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