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China Shipyard Launches Hi-Speed Ferry for Damen

Hi-speed catamaran ferry: Photo credit Afai Southern

China's Afai Southern Shipyard says it has launched a 4010 high-speed catamaran ferry for the Damen Group of The Netherlands. The catamaran ferry has an aluminum structure with a length of 39.9m, beam of 10.7m, design draft of 1.72m, and design speed of 35 knots. Afai Southern shipyard says that the launch indicates it has achieved another construction milestone by building this international high-end ferry.    


CoCo Yachts Wins Order for Three Ferries

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In the same week of the launching of fast ferry Peng Xing 15, the first Coastal Cruiser 200 designed by CoCo Yachts and built by AFAI Southern Shipyard, Peng Xing ferry company decided to sign the contract for another three Coastal Cruiser 200 fast ferries. The new contract was signed on January 10, 2014 in the main office of the Peng Xing Group. The new ferries shall have the same main dimenions, propulsion and capacity as the two ferries now under constuction: Length overall : 40 m


ATB New Construction and Retrofits Highlight Order Books for Southern Shipyards

By Larry Pearson Late last year was a high water mark of sorts in the Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) business. In December, Crowley Maritime of Seattle, Wash. took delivery of their fourth ATB, featuring a 9,280 HP tug and a 155,000 barrel barge. Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. built the barge. and the tug by sister company Marinette Marine, Manitowoc, Mich. At about the same time on the east coast K-Sea Transportation was taking delivery of their fourth ATB unit from Bollinger


Damen Fast Ferry 4212 for South-Korea

Image courtesy Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

Recently Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (Netherlands) received an order for a DFF 4212 for Seaspovill in South Korea. As Damen has this type of ferry on stock the vessel has a short delivery time. The vessel’s hull was already built by Afai Southern Shipyard Guangzhou (China) and thereafter it was transported to Damen Shipyards in Singapore. From this Damen yard the vessel named Seastar is now being completed and will be delivered in South Korea next February.


China Shipbuilding News

Visitors at the China shipyard: Photo courtesy of Afai Shipyard

Afai Southern shipyard visited by Dutch diplomat, and elsewhere, Chengxi Shipyard gets order for 2 bulk carriers. Mr. Karel Hartogh, Director of Department of Asia and Oceania at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands and Ms. Anne Luwema, Consul General of Netherlands Consulate in Guangzhou visited Afai. the Director of Damen Fast Ferry, Mr. Henk Grunstra , Damen Site Manager, Mr. Bert and General Manager of Afai, Mr. Wu Mingyi met the guests.


Brazil Orders Seven Ferries for 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics

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In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, followed by the Olympic Games in 2016, Rio de Janeiro State in Brazil has decided to greatly expand the transport capacity of the Rio de Janeiro – Niterió shipping route. An order has been placed with Afai Southern Shipyard China for the building of seven double-ended aluminum ferries with an LOA of 78 m and a capacity of 2,000 passengers. The ferries will largely supplement the existing fleet


Six New S&R Vessels for Vietnam

Damen delivered the last Search and Rescue Vessel, out of a series of six vessel to Vinamarine (Vietnam National Maritime Bureau). The vessel, named SAR 413, was delivered to Vinamarine in presence of the Vice Minister of Transportation, the Chairman of Vinamarine and the Ambassador of The Netherlands as well as representatives of Vinamarine, Damen and local industries. Delivery took place in the port of Haiphong and the vessel will based in Vietnam’s southern port of Vung Tau to be deployed


Hanjin to Build Shipyard in Philippines

According to Reuters, Hanjin Heavy Industries has entered into an agreement to build a $2b shipyard in the southern Philippines, its second yard in the country, a state agency said on Friday. The second shipyard will rise in a 441.8-hectare lot inside the Phividec Industrial Estate in the southern province of Misamis Oriental and is expected to be completed in 2017. The new facility will have a capacity of 830,000 tonnes per year when completed


ISS Expands in Southern China

Since the beginning of the year Inchcape Shipping Services has been attending vessels and providing professional boarding and agency services in the ports of Nansha and Huangpu in southern China. Located on the Pearl River Delta, Huangpu and Nansha (the Greater Guangzhou Ports) are busy Chinese ports, handling the full spectrum of commodities and home to shipyards providing newbuild, repair and drydock services.


Japanese to Build Vietnam Shipyard

Oshima Shipbuilding contracted to build a US$ 180-million shipyard in Cam Ranh, Vietnam The southern Vietnam city of Cam Ranh is to get a new shipyard worth 3,780 billion Vietnam dong (US$180 million) with the granting of an investment licence to a Japanese firm. The project by Oshima Shipbuilding company will be conducted in two phases in the city's Thinh Dong Commune and will operate for 50 years. Khanh Hoa Province's Department of Investment and Planning said in the four years of phase


STEM: SeaPerch Underwater Robotic Championships

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University of Southern Mississippi Site for Fourth National SeaPerch Challenge – Underwater Robotic Championships Excitement continues to build for the Fourth Annual National SeaPerch Challenge, as 2014 will see the largest group of SeaPerch competitors ever to assemble and compete for the


Huge Iceberg Broken off Antarctica Heads for Open Ocean

Pine Island Glacier rift seen from the Digital Mapping System camera aboard NASAs DC-8 on Oct. 26, 2011 (Image Credit: NASA / DMS)

Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan - one of the largest now in existence - that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean. NASA glaciologist Kelly Brunt said on Wednesday the iceberg covers about 255 square miles (660 square


Life Rafts Not Functioning On Sunk Ferry's Sister Ship

South Korea vigil

  South Korean investigators said on Friday that life rafts and escape chutes on a sister ship to a sunken ferry were not working properly. The Sewol ferry, weighing almost 7,000 tons, sank on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul


Matson Declares Q2 2014 Dividend

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Leading US carriers in the Pacific, Matson, Inc., apprises it has declared a second quarter 2014 dividend of $0.16 per common share. "Today's authorization continues Matson's outstanding history of paying dividends and reflects the solid financial foundation of our Company and the confidence


Iran Changes Mind on Atlantic Ocean Warship Deployment

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Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy's presence in the Gulf. A senior Iranian naval commander was quoted in February as


ThyssenKrupp in Talks to Sell Swedish Shipyard to Saab

A-26 Submarine: Rendering courtesy of Kockums

ThyssenKrupp is in talks to sell its Swedish marine defence unit to Saab after failing to reach a deal with Sweden for a new generation of submarines as the country tries to protect its defence manufacturing sector. The companies said on Monday that negotiations over the sale of ThyssenKrupp's


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


China Shipyard Delivers Handymax Size Bulk Carrier

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COSCO Corporation (Singapore) inform that its Dalian Shipyard in China has delivered a bulk carrier of 57000 dwt, named "GUOTOU 108", to its Asian buyer. The Handymax bulker measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. About COSCO Shipyard


South Stream Gas Pipeline Re-route via Turkey Possible

Pipe No.1: Photo Gazprom

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday that Ankara would consider the passage of the South Stream natural gas pipeline through Turkey if Russia made such a request. The future of the 2400 km (1,490 mile) line from Russia via the Black Sea to Europe, avoiding Ukraine


Captain of capsized S Korean Ferry Arrested

Arrest of S. Korean ferry Captain

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap said Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, faced five charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.


Genco Shipping Files for Bankruptcy Protection

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Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd said it filed for prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after struggling with weak rates due to an oversupply of vessels. The drybulk shipper said it expected its operations to continue normally and did not require debtor-in-possession finance.


Coast Guard Concludes Great Lakes Icebreaking

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Randy Beauchamp

The U.S. Coast Guard concluded icebreaking operations on the lower Great Lakes, Monday, more than four months after it started, Dec. 15, 2013. Operation Coal Shovel is a binational domestic icebreaking effort covering the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Detroit/St


China Shipyards Win US$100-Million OSV Contracts

OSVs in port: File photo

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited says that its subsidiary Dalian and Guandong shipyards in China have won the following offshore vessel construction contracts: 1. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd., has secured a contract from an Asian company to build four Emergency Response / Rescue / Field


Gazprom And OMV Chiefs Discuss Alternative European Gas Routes

Gazprom & OMV talks

  The chief executives of Gazprom and OMV held talks on Tuesday about supplying Russian gas to Europe using routes that bypass Ukraine, they said in a statement. Gazprom's Alexei Miller and OMV's Gerhard Roiss said they had discussed "optional alternative supply


Enel Applies To Explore For Oil And Gas In Greece

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  Italy's Enel has sought permission to explore for oil and gas in Greece, the Greek government said on Tuesday. Enel has expressed interest in three onshore areas in the western part of the country, Greece's energy ministry said


 
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