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Nine Companies Bid for Hellenic Shipyards

Nine companies expressed interest in the privatization of Hellenic Shipyards at Skaramanga, part of the country's privatization agenda for 2001, the development ministry reported. The government's advisers on the project will shortlist bidders in the next 15 days and then ask for binding bids for the shipyard, whose major shareholders are ETBA Bank and workers. The ministry expects the project to be concluded by June. The companies that expressed interest are: Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie; General Electric Company; Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG-Ferrostaal AG; Louis Cruise Lines Ltd ; Mentor Technologies; Elefsina Industrial Companies SA; Pacific & Atlantic Corporation; Royal Schelde BV-Damen Shipyards Group BV; and Vosper Thornycroft Ltd.

Three Vie To Buy Shipyard

Greece received three bids for the sale of a majority stake in Hellenic (Skaramanga) Shipyards, one of 10 privatizations the development ministry has planned for 2001. "We have three bids, but one bid has no letter of guarantee. It's important that we have two bids that are good. They are what we were expecting," Deputy Development Minister Alekos Kalafatis said. Germany's biggest shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW)-Ferrostaal AG and Greece's Neorion Shipyards subsidiary Elefsina

Six New Subs for Turkey

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    On July 2, 2009, a contract was signed in Ankara by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG (TKMS), and MarineForce International LLP (MFI) for the construction of six submarines within the Turkish “New Type Submarine” program. The contract comprises the delivery of six material packages for the construction of submarines based on Class 214. The contract was concluded between the HDW/MFI Consortium and the Turkish

Industry Pays Tribute to Innovation Awards Winners

Winners of the Lloyd’s List-SMM 2002 Awards for innovation in shipbuilding and marine technology were announced in the Hamburg Congress Centre last night (September 24) at a gala ceremony which brought day one of the world’s biggest maritime fair to a glittering conclusion. Several hundred leading industry figures gathered for the final stage of an initiative launched in March by Lloyd’s List and SMM organisers Hamburg Messe to recognise the technical advances which enable maritime

Paragon Moves on Containerships

Paragon Shipping Inc. has sold one of its newbuilding Kamsarmax contracts and has also entered into agreements to acquire two 3,400 TEU newly built containerships from their builder Howardtwerke-Deutsche Werft, GmbH, Germany at a price of $49m. The container vessels are scheduled to be delivered to Paragon between July and August, 2010. “We have taken advantage of favorable conditions in the sale and purchase markets to sell one of our Kamsarmax newbuilding contracts and also to acquire

Trico Marine Rated As Strong Buy

Deutsche Banc Alex.Brown said on Thursday that it had started coverage of Trico Marine Services Inc., an energy services provider, with a strong buy rating and a $20-a-share price target. Trico shares closed at $16-1/16 on Wednesday. Deutsche Banc Alex Brown analysts said shares could rise from earnings leverage due to offshore oil rig use in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, expanded deep-water markets of West Africa and Brazil, a projected earnings recovery

Meyer Werft Buys Finland out of Turku Shipyard

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Germany's family-owned Meyer Werft shipyard is buying the Finnish state out of Turku shipyard in southwestern Finland, the government said on Wednesday. Meyer Werft and the government last year bought the troubled shipyard from Korean trade and ship corporation STX, with the change of ownership helping the yard to win several orders. The price Meyer Werft is paying Finland for the 30 percent stake it does not already own was not disclosed.

MS&D 2009 Hamburg

The latest surveillance, defence and security equipment is presented by the 60 exhibitors at MS&D 2009, the international conference and exhibition on Maritime Security & Defence (MS&D), to be held at the Hamburg Fair site from 30 September to 2 October 2009. The exhibits include sophisticated optical and acoustic sensors, which have substantially improved the automated monitoring and control technology of security and defence equipment and systems

SSP Pod Approved For Service

After more than two years of development and successful performance trials at Howaldswerke-Deutsche Werft AG in Kiel, the Siemens-Schottel Propulsor (SSP) consortium was granted approval for the new SSP marine propulsion system. Classification society Det Norske Veritas was responsible for technical acceptance of the propulsion system for worldwide service. The SSP is the result of a successful cooperation between two German marine industry stalwarts

Meyer Werft Delivers Disney Dream

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Disney Cruise Line took possession of its newest ship – Disney Dream – from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship in Bremerhaven, Germany. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney. The milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey, which began nearly two years ago in Papenburg, Germany

Hapag-Lloyd in US$500 mln IPO

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 German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd is looking to sell shares for a total US$500 million, and will seek listings in Hamburg and Frankfurt before the end of 2015.   Hapag-Lloyd has confirmed that it is preparing for a US500 million initial public offering (IPO) this year

New President, CEO at Rickmers-Linie America

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Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist for liner services in breakbulk, heavy lift and project shipping, has appointed Wouter Huybrechts as the new President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc.    Huybrechts took over for CEO and President Waldemar Poulsen

Genting HK to Buy Lloyd Werft Shipyard

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Genting Hong Kong has agreed to acquire the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, in a deal that will see the company invest €17.5 million for a 50 percent ownership of the land and 70 percent of the new build business. The acquisition remains subject to final purchase conditions.

Meyer Werft Offers Training for Refugees

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German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and the Johannesburg educational institution in Surwold are expanding their collaboration by further developing already existing work for the integration of young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.  

Steel Cut for Norwegian’s Next Cruise Ship

A steel cutting ceremony signaled the beginning of construction for Norwegian Cruise Line’s next cruise ship. (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Marking the beginning of construction of the second ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, a steel cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, September 15 at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss

Timing in Doubt on Hapag-Lloyd IPO

File Photo: A Hapag-Lloyd containership in port during cargo operations.

German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd has taken further steps in preparation of a stock market listing and has mandated more banks for the move, but it remains undecided on the timing of the deal, people familiar with the situation said.

Hapag-Lloyd IPO Sooner than Planned

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 German ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd aims to launch preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) in September, which is sooner than it originally planned, as a result of strong financial results, says Reuters.   Hapag-Lloyd’s solid second quarter financial performance

Hapag-Lloyd Advances Listing Plans to September

German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd aims to launch preparations for a stock market flotation in September, earlier than initially planned, four sources familiar with the transaction told Reuters on Thursday. That would permit the company's shares to trade on the Frankfurt stock exchange

Carnival’s Costa Brand Orders Two LNG Cruise Ships

Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Turku, Finland (Photo: Meyer Werft)

Costa’s two new cruise ships will be the largest ever built based on guest capacity; Costa will join sister brand AIDA Cruises in building the first-ever cruise ships powered at sea by liquefied natural gas   Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that its Italian brand

Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

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Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.  

Hapag Lloyd IPO Valued at Over $5.5 Bln

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 A flotation of a minority stake could value the world's fourth-largest shipping group German-Chilean Hapag-Lloyd AG at more than 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion) and could take place as early as autumn.   Hapag-Lloyd AG has already mandated investment banks Deutsche Bank AG

Hapag-Lloyd Names IPO Banks

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German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd is speeding up preparations for an initial public offering and has mandated Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Berenberg to lead the transaction, two people familiar with the matter said. Dow Jones earlier reported that an IPO could value the group at

Germany Lobbies for India's Submarine Project

Manohar Parrikar, Indian defence minister. Photo: Ministry of Defence.

 Germany is hopeful in bagging multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project for building six conventional submarines, says a PTI report.   German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner said the P-75(I) project was under discussion and that the matter also came up during German Defence

Gasum, Anthony Veder Pact for a New LNG Carrier

Artist impression of Anthony Veder’s 18,000 cbm Ice Class 1A Super. Pic:  Anthony Veder

 Finnish natural gas importer Gasum and Dutch gas tanker ship-owner Anthony Veder have signed an agreement for a long term time charter of a new ICE Class 1A Super LNG carrier.    The companies have agreed on a long term timecharter for a state of the art 18,000 cbm LNG carrier

Kleven to Build 2 Stern Trawlers for DFFU

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Kleven to build two stern trawlers for German company Deutsche Fischfang-Union (DFFU)   Kleven has signed a contract with DFFU, daughter company of Icelandic seafood company Samherji, for the construction of two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce’ NVC 374 WP design

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