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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

CoCo Yachts Coastal Cruiser 200.JPG

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

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

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


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

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

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

VLCC Brings India's First Iranian Oil Parcel for Emergency Reserves

India has received the first parcel of Iranian oil to partly fill its strategic storage in southern India, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd , which imported the very large crude carrier (VLCC), said on its website.   MRPL shipped in 2 million barrels of Iranian oil in the VLCC Dino

Brunswick Wins $72 Mln Order from US Southern Command

Photo: BCGP

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) said it has been awarded a multi-year, multi-unit contract valued at $72 million.   The single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for both 32-foot and 37-foot Boston Whaler Justice boats and will include spare

Rescuers Save 301 Boat Migrants in Med

Rescuers pulled 301 boat migrants to safety and found five dead bodies in five operations in the central Mediterranean on Wednesday, the Italian Coast Guard said. An Irish navy ship recovered the five dead from a rubber boat along with 118 survivors

Naptha Tanker Explodes at Southern China Port

An oil tanker carrying 3,400 tonnes of naphtha exploded during discharge at a southern Chinese port on Thursday and one person on board was missing, official Xinhua news agency reported. The rescue team said explosions occurred in the engine room as the tanker was discharging at Dongfang port

Vigor Delivers Two Pilot boats to M.E.

Image courtesy Vigor

Vigor expanded its growing portfolio of international sales with the delivery of two, 19m all-weather pilot boats to The Port of Duqm Company (PDC), SAOC, Sultanate of Oman. The Port has been undergoing a major multiphase expansion and the new pilot boats will play a key role in ensuring the

Hurricane Paine forms off Mexico

Hurricane Paine formed in the Pacific more than 300 miles off the coast of Mexico early on Monday and is forecast to begin weakening later in the day, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Mexico has no coastal warnings in effect for Paine

$100M Tug Contract: Fourth Boat Delivered in South Africa

TNPA’s new tug, OSPREY, was launched and named at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo: TNPA)

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is on track with its $100m tug building contract and celebrated the ceremonial launch of the fourth of its nine new tugs being built in Durban.   The tug – named OSPREY in honor of the fish eagle – will serve at the Port of Saldanha

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

IMO Joins Kenya’s World Maritime Day Celebrations

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 Kenya has marked this year’s WorldMaritimeDay with celebrations held in Mombasa, Kenya (20 September).  International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Juvenal Shiundu delivered a goodwill message on behalf of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary.   

Lenders Hire Rothschild to Sell ABG Shipyard

Photo: ABG Shipyard

 Largest Private Sector Shipbuilding Yard in India ABG Shipyard is for sale. The Lenders led by State Bank of India has hired investment bank Rothschild to find a buyer for a majority stake in the company as they struggle to save Rs 16,000 crore ($2

Shipbuilding Consolidation: Luerssen Acquires Blohm+Voss GmbH

PHOTO: Betriebsteil Lemwerder©Wolfgang Kundel (terra-air service)

Family owned and Bremen based shipyard, Luerssen acquired storied shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, the company announced on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.   With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen said it is entering into a long-term relationship to strengthen its portfolio in the

CNRSE Orders Evacuation In Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday. (U.S. Navy photo)

In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) has ordered the mandatory evacuation for approximately 700 spouses and children on board Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Navy Region Southeast is coordinating with U.S. Southern Command and U.S

Typhoon Chaba Disrupts South Korean Port Ops

Typhoon Chaba battered southern parts of South Korea with violent wind and heavy rain on Wednesday, killing at least three people and flooding the country's main port and industrial sites and disrupting production at some factories. The storm hit the island of Jeju overnight and one person was

Western India Shipyard for Sale

Photo: Western India Shipyard

 ABG Shipyard Ltd, which was one of the largest shipbuilding company in the country operating in the private domain, has decided to divest its entire stake in its subsidiary Western India Shipyard Ltd (WIS).     The company’s board has agreed to invite suitable bid from the

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