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BCGP, VT Halmatic Announce Agreement

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) and VT Halmatic Ltd. (VTH), two of the world’s leading makers of boats for military and commercial use, announced a joint marketing agreement to offer a wide array of products and services throughout the world. Under the agreement, Florida-based BCGP and VTH, which is based in the United Kingdom, will offer an integrated line of products and services comprised of boats, ranging from 13 - 120 feet, and related parts and accessories for civil and military agencies as well as after-market technical support services to ensure operational readiness and on-station capability. The agreement, for which terms were not disclosed, takes effect immediately. “This allows us to now offer a wider range of products and services,” explained Eric Caplan, BCGP director and business manager. “For example, previously 36 feet was the longest boat we could offer our customers. We can now meet their needs up to 120 feet, along with expanded after-market technical support. We believe VTH’s presence in various global markets will also open new doors.” “For VTH this was an opportunity to partner with a respected manufacturer that knows the North American market,” Graham Foord, VTH manager North American operations, said. “We believe through such cooperation both companies will attract new customers and become more valuable to our current customer base

Refitted Boat Returns to Estuary Services

Estuary Warden a VT Halmatic Nelson 48/50 pilot boat has recently been delivered back to Estuary Services Ltd following a thorough mid-life refit at VT Halmatic’s Portchester Shipyard. The Pilot Cutter first entered service in 1992 and has been in continuous service ever since in the busy approaches to the Thames Estuary and Medway Ports. The craft was weighed and inclined pre-contract to ensure that design changes would not increase the VCG or change the LCG as Estuary Services Ltd

Jobs Set to be Cut by Vosper

According to The News, Portchester-based VT Halmatic has told workers that up to 130 of the 270 workforce could be made redundant. The business has been under threat for some months and has now announced it is to cut costs by making fewer types of boats and reducing the workforce. Letters have been sent out to the threatened workers which gives them options to apply for jobs elsewhere in the VT Group. Company officials said

Pilot Boat for North Western Shipping & Towing

Twin UltraJet 305 waterjets propel Tiger, a new aluminium 39-ft. pilot boat built for North Western Shipping & Towage of Hobart, Tasmania. The vessel will perform pilot and ambulance duties in and around the Port of Portland, VIC. Vessel control at high speed and when manoeuvring is with a two-station Ultra Joystick system. North West Shipping and Towage Pty Ltd have upgraded from their Halmatic pilot vessel to an impressive, innovative

Halmatic Acquires Cara Marine Limited

Halmatic, part of the VT Group, has acquired the Cara Marine Limited commercial craft designs and moulds. These will be added to its existing comprehensive range of workboats and related craft. Cara Marine will now concentrate on its strategy to build leisure craft. Although Halmatic supplies mouldings to the leisure boat market, it does not actively market designs or supply complete craft for this sector. Halmatic Managing Director Mike Burnham commented: “It is difficult to combine the

Halmatic to Supply Patrol Boats

U.K. boatbuilder Halmatic, part of the Vosper Thornycroft Group, has recently secured a contract to build 20 Halmatic Cougar Enforcer 33 Ultra Fast Patrol Boats for the Royal Oman Police Coastguard. The new craft are to be used for coastal patrol and interception duties along Oman’s coastline. The new patrol boats are based on the Cougar 33 raceboat deep “Vee” hull form. Powered by twin Yanmar inboard marine diesels driving Hamilton waterjets the boats will achieve service speeds in excess

UK Takes Delivery of New Coastguard Boats

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has taken delivery of four new boats from Vosper Thorneycroft Halmatic for use around the United Kingdom coastline. Delivered so are a general purpose support vessel to the Isles of Scilly and three Artic 22 rigid inflatable boats (RIB) to Holyhead, Hull and St Andrews in Scotland. The support vessel can reach speeds of more than 30 knots, and will be used to reach the smaller harbors and inlets in the Isles of Scilly and in Cornwall

Spirit Arrives from Poland

The 32m ferry Spirit of Portsmouth arrives in Portsmouth from Poland for fitout at VT Halmatic's Portchester Shipyard. The Camarc designed vessel will enter service in June 2005.


Fritzner New CEO of SNTG Stolt-Nielsen S.A. appointed Otto H. Fritzner as CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group (SNTG). Fritzner most recently served as Managing Director, Ship Owning at SNTG. He succeeds James B. Hurlock, who was named Interim CEO of SNTG in July 2003. In other SNTG news, it was announced that: • SNTG's global operations will be organized into three regions - the Americas, administered from Greenwich, Conn

Keppel Unit Wins Contracts Worth $155.6m

Keppel Corp. said Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd. has won two shipbuilding contracts worth $155.6m, Thompson Financial reported. Keppel Singmarine will build a derrick pipelay vessel for Global Offshore International Ltd, a unit of U.S.-listed Global Industries Ltd. In a separate deal, Keppel Singmarine will construct a 100-metre Rolls-Royce designed UT 788 CDL ultra-deepwater multi-functional support vessel For Lewek Shipping Pte Ltd., a unit of Singapore-listed Ezra Holdings Ltd.

Steel Cut for CIMC ORIC's First FORAN Project

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The steel cutting ceremony of the first project designed with the FORAN system by CIMC Ocean Engineering Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd. (CIM ORIC) was held in the Chinese shipyard Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard Co., Ltd. on September 23.

Wood Group Bags Hibernia Deal

Wood Group wins multi-year contract on Hibernia in Canada Photo Wood Group

Wood Group has secured a five year contract to provide engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services to the Hibernia platform, offshore Newfoundland, from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC).  The contract will be executed by Wood Group’s Eastern

Sembcorp Marine Posts Q3 Loss

Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd. posted a loss in the third quarter, hurt by higher financing costs and a fall in orders due to weak oil prices.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15.7 million) for the three months ended Sept

Sembcorp Marine Swings to Loss in Q3

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Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Ltd swung to a loss in the third quarter and the rig builder's revenue was hurt by customers deferring rig deliveries amid a protracted downturn in the oil and natural gas market.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15

Robert Allan, Sanmar Design New Z-drive Tractor Tug

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The TRAktor-Z 2500SX is the new Z-drive tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in collaboration with Sanmar Shipyards. Engineered for maximum efficiency in both harbor ship handling and towing duties, this compact, under 24 m rule length design offers dependable omnidirectional performance for

MOL Wins "Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety"

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that its “MOL Body FIT Exercise” was awarded the “The Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety, 2016 MLIT” from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

ST Marine Launches LMV Unity

The launching of the third Littoral Mission Vessel - Unity, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy Photo ST Marine

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Unity, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

Hanjin Shipping to Shed Major Businesses

file image (Credit: Hanjin)

South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is selling major businesses, including its Asia-U.S. route network, and will receive letters of intent by October 28, the company said on Thursday. In a regulatory filing the company said a Seoul court overseeing its receivership process approved a public

Cosco Raises $1.8bln Capital

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 China’s COSCO Shipping Development Co Ltd  announced a proposed nonpublic issuance of about 3.28 billion shares to specific investors, including its parent company, to raise up to 12 billion yuan ($1.79 billion), reports China Daily.  

MOL to Launch Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign to begin on October 15, targeting all MOL group-operated vessels.   MOL views safe operation as a social commitment and gives it the highest of priorities in all of its business activities

Robert Alan Designed ATB Tugs for ITB Marine

ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs photo Robert Alan

The ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. The tugs are being built at their Annacis Island Shipyard near Vancouver. The tugs will be connected by an articulating pin system

Rickmers’ Investors Demand Prompt Bond Repayment

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 Singapore-based shipping trust Rickmers Maritime announced that it has already received a letter from lawyers representing a group of bondholders demanding for the immediate payment of their share of  bonds, reports Bloomberg.  

ClassNK Issues AIP for LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

(Pictured l-r) ClassNK : S. H. Lee, H. Takesue, J. B. Jeong, T. Nishibashi (Country Manager of Korea) / Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.: C. S. Lee (Technical Director), K. C. Lee, J. K. No. (Photo: ClassNK)

Classification society ClassNK has issued Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7,500 cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. This design is the result of joint research carried out by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd

Hanjin Talks on Long Beach Sale

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is in talks to sell its stake in the Long Beach Terminal in California to Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.(MSC), reports Reuters.   The court overseeing Hanjin's receivership says the company is negotiating with MSC

GasLog Orders New LNG Carrier from SHI

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 GasLog Ltd. today announces that it has signed a time charter party with Centrica plc. ("Centrica") to charter a vessel for a period of seven years. The vessel, a 180,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, has been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries

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