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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

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.

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)

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

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, Trans Pacific Shipping 6 Limited, concluded a shipbuilding contract with MI LNG Company Limited,* and other joint-venture company, Trans Pacific Shipping 7 Limited

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

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

Korean Shipbuilders in Red

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipbuilders are struggling with huge losses stemming from the delivery of low-priced ships and a delay in the construction of offshore facilities such as drill ships.   The shipbuilders' earnings are expected to remain in the doldrums until the first half of 2016

TMS Cardiff Gas Orders First LPG Carriers

Courtesy TMS Cardiff Gas

  TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd. has signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea for the construction of two 78,700 cbm LPG carriers with the option to build another two. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 and Q3 2017, when they will enter into time charter contracts with Shell

Two Indian Shipbreakers Deemed HKC Compliant

Photo: Priya Blue Industries

ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statements of Compliance to two ship recycling facilities in India    Two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd. and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd., have received Statements of Compliance (SoC) from

NOCC Opts for Optimarin BWT System for Its Newbuild


  Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has been chosen by Norwegian Car Carriers AS (NOCC) as the supplier of choice for its two newbuild vessels currently under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea

GTT Receives 3rd FSRU Order of 2015

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has won a new order for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) from the Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.  

MHI's Two New Firms Commence Operations

MHI Shipyard, Nagasaki Credit Wiklpedia CCL

  On October 1 two new wholly owned group companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) succeeding to MHI's ship construction operations in the Nagasaki district will commence business operations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

MacGregor Cargo Handling for HL Newbuilds

Image: MacGregor

 MacGregor has received an order worth USD 21 million for optimised cargo handling systems for five 10,500 TEU container ships currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for German operator Hapag-Lloyd.  

GTT’ Mark V Earns DNV GL General Approval

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its new containment system Mark V has been granted General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) by classification society DNV-GL.  

Maersk Orders 9 Tankers from Samsung Heavy Industries

Maersk Tankers, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, has placed a $300 million order for nine medium-range tankers from Samsung Heavy Industries' Ningbo shipyard in China. The nine vessels, whose flag states have yet to be determined

Ceona Ship Goes to Court Appointed Administrator

Photo: Ceona

 UK offshore vessel owner  Subsea contractor Ceona has gone into administration, with the loss of 102 jobs.   Ceona and Ceona Services (UK) Ltd have been hit by the depressed subsea market caused by the low price of Brent crude oil.  

Kalmar, RCI JV Begin Jetty Construction in Taicang, China

RCI jetty ground breaking ceremony

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) celebrate the ground breaking of a new jetty at RCI's facilities in Taicang, China today.   RCI is a joint venture established in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China

Samsung Companies Consider Merger Again

Image: Samsung Engineering

 South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co will try again to merge with sister company Samsung Engineering Co Ltd later this year, reports Korea Times.   Samsung Engineering CEO Park Jung-heum has said he will once again pursue a merger talk.  

Siemens Power and Drive Systems for New DSV

Image: Siemens

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has commissioned Siemens to equip the latest diving support vessel being built for Toisa Ltd. with complete drive and power systems.   According to Siemens, the solution is designed to improve the vessel’s reliability and maneuverability

Seadrill Cancels West Mira Construction Contract

Offshore drilling company Seadrill Limited said it has exercised its right to cancel the contract for the construction of the West Mira drilling unit following builder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd.’s inability to complete the project on deadline.  

Law Maker Attacks Korean Shipbuilders

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Lee Jin-bok, a lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party in Korea says that the government has given an "incentive for mutual growth" to Korea's major shipbuilders while they are accused of an unfair business practice.   The three shipbuilders - Hyundai Heavy Industries

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