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Japan's KHI to Spin Off Shipbuilding

The Kyodo news service has reported that Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan will spin off its shipbuilding division on Oct. 1 into a new wholly owned subsidiary. The new subsidiary will reportedly be known as Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corp., and will specialize in the manufacture of ships and related equipment, Kawasaki Heavy said in a release. The spinoff is designed to create an efficient corporate structure that will enable the shipbuilding arm to cope with the global shipbuilding industry's oversupply and operate profitably in the long term by giving its managers greater leeway in running it, Kawasaki Heavy said. The new firm will concentrate business resources on high value-added products such as submarines, liquefied natural gas carriers and liquefied petroleum gas carriers, it said. The firm has the Defense Agency among its major customers. The new subsidiary will take over 1,750 of Kawasaki Heavy's 14,067 employees. It will be located in Kobe, the same location as the parent firm.

GE Electric Propulsion Equipment for LNG Carriers

GE Power Conversion receives first order in Japan from Kawasaki Heavy for electric propulsion motor equipment for LNG vessels   GE’s Power Conversion business has received a new order from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. for electric power and propulsion systems for two LNG carriers. The LNG carriers will be built for the purpose of transporting LNG from Louisiana, U.S.A. Their construction is scheduled to be completed from 2017 through 2018.  

Japanese Majors Confirm Merger Talk

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. said that it, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI) and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) have started talks on a possible alliance in the shipbuilding business. "We have just started negotiations so we have not decided any concrete plans yet. We do not know yet what kind of alliance we can make," a Kawasaki spokesman said. It is reported that the firms will seek an initial alliance in orders, design and materials procurement

MAN B&W Diesel and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Sign Order

Kawasaki will build two more MAN B&W Diesel 7S50MC-C two-stroke main engines for Norway. These engines are destined to power two 43,000 dwt chemical tankers built by the Kleven Florø yard for Stolt Nielsen. The engines will be delivered in February and August 2007 respectively. The yard order includes a complete propulsion package from MAN B&W Diesel. This consists of the MAN B&W Diesel 7S50MC-C two-stroke main engines, MAN B&W Diesel VBS1560-ODS controlable pitch propellers

Kawasaki Inaugurates Gulf Of Mexico Service

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has expanded with the addition of a new service center to its worldwide network for marine machinery. Established in the New Orleans area to support Kawasaki's marine propulsion systems, the new operation is end result of an agreement with AmClyde Engineered Products Company - to utilize AmClyde's parts and service center in Covington, La. Kawasaki supplied a set of four propulsion thrusters for Tidewater's ROV support vessel Nautical Tide

Japan Shipbuilding Contracts Soar

Ship export contracts concluded by Japanese shipyards in December surged 148.2 percent from a year earlier to 1,657,340 grt or 29 vessels, the Japan Ship Exporters' Association said. Orders consisted of 15 oil tankers, 13 bulk carriers and one freighter, it said. The statistics cover orders received by association members for steel vessels of at least 500 grt. For the whole of calendar 2000, ship export contracts rose to 14,561,340 grt or 301 vessels, up 66

Japanese Shipbuilding Giants Cut Their Losses

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (IHI) said on Tuesday they would integrate their loss-making shipbuilding divisions in October 2002. News of the alliance was welcomed by investors, who sent shares in Kawasaki Heavy up five percent to 168 yen while IHI closed at 272 yen, gaining 7.5 percent. The alliance of Japan's second- and third-biggest heavy machinery and ship makers, intended to bring them back to profitability

ONGC Awards Offshore Order to L&T

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has awarded a project order with Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) for the NQ re-construction (NQRC) Project in Mumbai High North fields, according to Domain-b. According to the report, this project is the largest brownfield project of its kind awarded in the offshore oil and gas sector in India. The NQ Complex, one of the oldest assets owned by ONGC, has been operational since 1985.

Mitsui To Post Special Loss of $126M

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. will post a special loss of $126 million in the first half of 1999-2000 due to restructuring costs. At the same time, the company said it would also post a $26 million extraordinary profit in the half year to Sept. 30 on sales of part of its real-estate holdings and security of properties of a former warehouse in Osaka. Company officials said last month that it and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd

MOL, Gulf LPG Transport Start VLGC Pool


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced on Jan. 27, the formation of a very large gas carrier (VLGC) pool called LPG Global Transport, along with Gulf LPG Transport Company W.L.L. of Qatar (Gulf LPG). The pool will begin operations immediately. Gulf LPG Transport Company W.L.L. is a limited liability joint venture company established by Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) and Qatar Shipping Company. MOL and Gulf LPG have jointly incorporated LPG Global Transport Management Inc

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

Australian Leader Swap Weakens Japanese Sub Bid

The ouster of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has further weakened a Japanese bid for one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, a A$50 billion ($36 billion) programme to build stealth submarines for Australia, sources say.

NYK Charters 2 LNG Carriers for Freeport LNG Project

  Two joint-venture companies that NYK has established with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. each concluded a time-charter contract for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. In addition, one of the joint-venture companies

Japanese Sub Pitch puts off Australian Firms

Japan had been seen as frontrunner for Australian submarine deal, but Australian defence firms unhappy after talks with Japan. A Japanese consortium eyeing a A$50 billion ($35.68 billion) contract to build submarines for Australia irked local suppliers by failing to share key information about

Builder KHI Contracts ALMACO for Drillships Work

ALMACO Group informs it has been awarded the design, material supply and supervision contract from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) in Japan for the first (DRU#1 - Ondina) and second (DRU#2 - Pituba) drillships for the Enseada Industria Naval project  

Japan Woos Australia in bid for Sub Deal

Japanese delegation tries to make case for submarine contract. Japan's effort to charm Australian politicians and the public over its bid for a A$50 billion ($35.60 billion) submarine project appeared to stumble on Wednesday, with officials from Tokyo resisting pressure to commit to building

Pressure for Australia Sub Deal Grows

Australia to spend A$65 bln on ships and subs over 20 years; PM pledges A$40 bln for domestic shipbuilders. Australia will spend A$89 billion ($65 billion) on ships and submarines for its navy over the next 20 years but pressure grew on Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday to spend more than

Carrier for Kansai Electric Power Named LNG FUKUROKUJU


  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today took part in a naming ceremony for the newbuilding liquefied natural gas carrier LNG FUKUROKUJU, which is co-owned by MOL and Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. at Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Australia Senator Pushes Aussie Sub Parts on Japan

An influential Australian senator has asked Japan to buy components for its Soryu submarines from Australian companies to boost its chances of winning a major contract to supply Canberra with a fleet of submarines. Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon made the request to submarine

Germany Looking to Dock Submarine Deal with India

Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: German Military

 The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is visiting India lobbying for the purchase of German Stealth Submarines and European military hardware, say local media.   Sources said that Ursula  talked of Eurofighter and [HDW] submarines in her discussions with Indian Defence

No Leakage from NYK Tanker in Tokyo Bay


  On May 16 (Saturday) and 17 (Sunday), a few media outlets reported that crude oil had leaked from Takamine, a tanker operated by NYK Line, while the ship was discharging at JST 9:28 p.m. on May 15 (Friday) at Keihin Kawasaki sea berth (Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture) in Tokyo Bay.

Japan to Bid on Aussie Sub Replacement Contract

Japan will join competitive bidding to sell Australia a fleet of stealth submarines, the government said on Monday, a move expected to require Tokyo to supply Canberra with classified data. The development comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe moves to strengthen security ties with ally the United

Japan to Hand Over Data Ahead of Australia Submarine Bid

Japan will agree this month to give Australia classified submarine data, an unprecedented step signalling Tokyo's intent to join competitive bidding to sell Canberra a fleet of stealth subs, said two Japanese officials familiar with the plan.

Japan Seeks Share of LNG Carrier Shipbuilding Market

LNG Carrier by Kawasaki Heavy Industries

 Japanese market players ramp up their design efforts for fuel-efficient engines to challenge Korean yards as demand for super-cooled fuel is set to soar, says a report in South China Morning Post.    A total of 50 to 60 LNG ships annually are forecast to be delivered globally in

Scepticism, Confusion over Australia Submarine Tender

Officials in Australia and Japan on Monday expressed scepticism and confusion over a pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to give an Australian state-owned shipbuilder the option to tender for a major submarine contract, heightening the uncertainty around the project.

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