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Fortum Newbuildings Will Get Wärtsilä Engines

Wärtsilä Corporation has received a contract to supply the complete power systems for two 14,000 tdw product/chemical tankers under construction for the Finnish energy group Fortum. The two tankers have been contracted at the Portuguese shipbuilder Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo, with delivery due in 2003. With a cargo capacity of 16,000 cu m, they are of 140 m length overall by 21.7 m breadth, and have a service speed of 16 knots. They are also being built to ice class 1A Super. Each Wärtsilä power system comprises a Wärtsilä 8L46 main engine, reduction gearbox with power take-off (PTO) drive, controllable-pitch propeller, and three generating sets, two driven by Wärtsilä 6L20 engines and one by a Wärtsilä 4L20 engine. With a maximum continuous power of 8400 kW each, the 8L46 main engines will be equipped with Direct Water Injection (DWI) for reduced NOx emissions. Redundancy in propulsion is given by the PTO drive which will also serve as an auxiliary propulsion drive, with the shaft generator acting as an electric motor supplied by the 1080 kW auxiliary diesel generating sets. There are other newbuildings under construction for operation by Fortum all powered by Wärtsilä diesel engines, including two larger product/chemical tankers, two escort tugs and two ice-breaking Aframax tankers. All these vessels are being built to a high ice class, and the engines are being arranged for operation at temperatures down to minus 30°C.


Sumitomo Mitsui to Double Overseas Banking Staff

According to a Bloomberg report, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. will double its overseas banking staff that works on financing for ship construction, as Japan's biggest arranger of such deals tries to take advantage of surging demand for vessels. China's appetite for iron ore will boost demand for vessels with cargo capacity of more than 100,000 tons by 44 percent between last year and 2010, according to a report last month by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd


Tsakos Charter of DNA Aframax Tanker

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE:TNP) announced the delivery of the double-hull DNA designed 105,000dwt Aframax tanker Ise Princess from Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Japan. The vessel is the fifth delivery in an eight vessel series. The company expects to take delivery of the remaining three vessels by May 2010. Ise Princess immediately commenced a repositioning time-charter for up to four months with a major international oil trader at a fixed rate


Konecranes Wins More Than $28M in Orders

Konecranes received orders totaling over $28.35m from four South Korean shipyards in September 2007. Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd and Daehan Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. ordered the design, project supervision and components for eight Goliath gantry cranes. Deliveries are scheduled for spring 2008. The largest of the cranes ordered has a lifting capacity of 1500 tonnes


South Korea Shipyard Stocks Surge

According to a report from Bloomberg, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (009540 KS) surged 11% percent after receiving an order for two LNG ships Dynagas Ltd. of Greece, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (010140 KS) gained 1.8% after it won a $3b order to build a FPSO facility for Shell Development Pty Ltd., Daewoo Shipbuilding (042660 KS) rose 1.8% and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (010620 KS) rose 3.5%.     (Source: Bloomberg)


Kawasaki Heavy Industry, Chinese Co. To Set Up Shipyard

As Beijing looks to boost ship exports, Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industry Ltd is likely to join state-run China Ocean Shipping Group to set up a $96.8 million shipyard in east China. The shipyard, a 50-50 joint venture, will design and build vessels of at least 160,000 dwt. There are also reports that South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Ltd is expected to set up a wholly-owned shipyard in China.


MOL, Osaka Gas’s Newbuild LNG Carrier Named

Photo courtesy of MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that a naming ceremony for the LNG Venus, a newbuilding liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The vessel is under construction at MHI and will serve Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. As a large group of guests looked on, Osaka Gas President Ozaki named the vessel, and his wife cut the rope. The LNG Venus is co-owned by MOL and Osaka Gas’ wholly owned subsidiary


First Bulk Carrier Delivered to ADM of US

Newly developed bulk carrier with MALS

  The first unit of a new bulk carrier developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), a vessel offering superlative energy efficiency and environmental performance, was delivered today to Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) of the U.S., one of the world's foremost grain processors, following its completion at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of Nagasaki, an MHI licensing partner. The incorporation of a wide spectrum of innovative technologies - including MHI's proprietary Mitsubishi


Oshima-built Grain Carrier Delivered in the US

Newly developed bulk carrier with MALS (Photo: MHI)

Today the first unit of a new bulk carrier developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) was delivered to Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) of the U.S., following its completion at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of Nagasaki, an MHI licensing partner. The newly delivered bulk carrier is the first of three vessels, designed to serve as grain carriers, ordered by ADM in 2011 from Sumitomo Corporation. The vessel was constructed by Oshima Shipbuilding with MHI providing the conceptual


Qingdao and CNOOC Sign Contract

The Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) have recently signed a contract on the building of a 100,000-ton FPSO (floating, production, storage and offloading) vessel in Haixi Bay of Qingdao. Qingdao will thus become China's third FPSO vessel building base after Dalian and Shanghai. FPSO, used for offshore oil exploitation and production, has a high technology content and is difficult to build


Petronas, HHI Novation Agreement with MISC

LNG Ship Puteri Firus (Image by MISC Bhd )

 Malaysia’s MISC Bhd and parent Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) have agreed to build new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers worth US$1.1 billion and charter them to another unit owned by the national oil and gas company for up to 20 years.   


Gail Scraps $7-billion LNG Ship Tender

Image: GAIL (India) Limited.

 Gail India Ltd has scrapped a tender that would have led to the construction of three massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at Indian shipyards.     After postponing tender deadline thrice and also one year later, state-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd has not found any


Subaru Air Freights Parts, Circumvents U.S. Port Delays

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd , the maker of Subaru cars, said it would continue flying car parts to its U.S. factory beyond an initial arrangement through the end of February, as a labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports delays shipments. The Japanese automaker had said earlier it was spending an


Steel Cutting Ceremony for Otto Offshore Newbuild

Colourful ceremony to celebrate the start-up of the shipbuilding project for Otto Offshore.

  On Friday 6 February 2015, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd., China, held a steel cutting ceremony for the first of four platform supply vessels of ULSTEIN’s PX121 design being built for Otto Offshore Limited. The shipbuilding contracts at Wuchang were announced in August


Bertling on Rapid Growth Trajectory in India

Carbondioxide absorber is one of the heaviest packages handled in India by Bertling

  As the Indian economy shows signs of green shoots Bertling Logistics India Private Ltd., the country's only project logistic multi-national has etched out strategic plans to consolidate its multifarious activities in order to gear for a major leap forward that will place it on a higher


SAL Heavy Lift’s MV Frauke Wraps Up Offshore Gig

MV Frauke

The specialist vessel MV Frauke operated by SAL Heavy Lift has just completed a major long term offshore industry project, the company announced. The Type 176 vessel MV Frauke finalized the project, which it began in July 2014, in December 2014.


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.


MHI Receives "Grand Prix" Award

High Marks Given to MHI REPORT 2014

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received the Grand Prix at the Nikkei Annual Report Awards 2014 sponsored by Nikkei Inc. The Grand Prix is the top award to be given to the company most highly appreciated by judges. The award-winning publication is the "MHI REPORT


Taiwan Uses Chinese Shipping Firm to Spratly Port

Pic: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (Old name: Zhenhua Port Machinery Company)

 A state-run shipping company from mainland China came to Taiwan's rescue  to get vital materials to a $100 million port it is building on a disputed island in the South China Sea last month, reports Reuters.   Taiwanese officials couldn’t find a local firm to do the job


Japan Automakers Impacted by U.S. Port Dispute

Japanese automakers are being forced to ship some car parts to U.S. plants by expensive air cargo and tweak production processes as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports shows no signs of letting up. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd's Subaru, the fastest-growing brand in the United States


MHI Consolidates 5 In-house R&D Facilities

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will reorganize its research and development structure.   The reorganization initiative calls for the creation of a new Research & Development Center consolidating the five currently existing Research & Development Centers


MAN Diesel & Turbo Extends CSSC Relationship

The group photo from the CSSC signing ceremony in Beijing (Photo courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo renewed its contract with Chinese two-stroke licensee, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) at a ceremony in Beijing on February 2, 2015. The agreement runs for the next 10 years and covers the production of low-speed engines at CSSC affiliates: CSSC – MES


LR2 Product Tanker Joins Scorpio Tankers' Fleet

Scorpio Tankers Inc. Announces Delivery of a Newbuilding LR2

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. today took delivery of STI Alexis, an LR2 product tanker from Daehan Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. This vessel will begin a voyage for 52 days at approximately $33,500 per day. The Company has also exercised an option to extend the charter on one of its time chartered-in


ClassNK Approves New Corrosion Resistant Steel

ClassNK has issued approval for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s newly developed corrosion resistant steel (NSGP-2) for use on the upper deck and/or inner bottom of crude oil tanker cargo oil tanks (COT).   Following earlier approvals of steels for the inner bottom


Jiangsu Hantong Bags Two Bulker Order

Jiangsu Hantong Shipyard

  Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co., Ltd and Vulica Shipping Limited have entered into Shipbuilding Contracts for construction of two 68,000 metric tons deadweight Self Unloading Panamax Bulkcarriers. Hantong had built and delivered two 55






 
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