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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

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.

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

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

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)

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

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

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. will handle ship constructions, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hull Production Co., Ltd. will manufacture hull blocks. By making full use of the diverse resources cultivated at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works

First LPG Carrier Order for MHI Shipbuilding

LPG carrier (Image: MHI)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), announced it has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.   

Dorian LPG Acquires 'Commander'

Courtesy Dorian LPG

  Dorian LPG Ltd.  a leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers ("VLGCs"), reported today that it has taken delivery of the ECO VLGC Commander from Hyundai Heavy Industries. The Commander is Dorian LPG's 15th newbuilding delivery

Naming Ceremony of LNG JUROJIN

LNG Carrier Courtesy MOL

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

NYK and Astomos Conclude Time-charter Contract for 12th VLGC

NYK gas carrier. Pic by NYK Line

 Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)  concluded a time-charter contract for a new VLGC (very large gas carrier) with Astomos Energy Corporation, the world's pre-eminent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) company.    The new VLGC will be built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co

HHI Shows Smarter Way to Shipbuilding at KOMARINE 2015


  Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading integrated heavy industries company, announced today it teams up with its shipbuilding affiliates, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), to participate in KOMARINE 2015

Dorian LPG Acquires VLGC

Dorians ship being built, seen here at Dock Stage

  Dorian LPG Ltd.  a leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers ("VLGCs"), reported today that it has taken delivery of the ECO VLGC Clermont from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. This will be Dorian LPG's twelfth newbuilding delivery

AVIC Terminates Proposed Acquisition of Shanghai Catic

Image: AVIC International Maritime Holdings Limited

 AVIC International Maritime Holdings Ltd, an active player in the marine and offshore industry, issued a statement that its proposed acquisition of Shanghai Catic Industrial Co Ltd has been terminated after failing to secure relevant regulatory approval.  

GasLog Raises $1.3B for Eight LNG Newbuilds

Photo:  GasLog Ltd

 Peter Livanos-backed Monaco-headquartered owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers GasLog Ltd. has completed a USD 1.3 billion credit facility with fourteen international banks to finance the construction of eight 174,000 cbm newbuilds.  

EIB Antes €165 Mln for Amsterdam Sea Lock

The current Noordersluis lock was built in 1929

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide EUR 165 million (187.5m) to support the construction of a new sea lock at IJmuiden, the principal access to the Dutch Port of Amsterdam. The current Noordersluis lock was built in 1929 and the new larger lock will ensure that the next

Daewoo Shipbuilding May Post Loss of Over US$4.6 Bln

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) is expected to log an operating loss of over 5 trillion won (US$4.4 billion) this year, up by some 1 trillion won from previous forecasts, reports Yonhap.   The outlook follows a recent audit by the state-run Korea Development

ABS Spearheads Offshore Standardization JIP

Korean shipyards, operators, drilling contractors and engineering companies join ABS to develop new offshore design standards   ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Korean shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy

Dorian Acquires Cheyenne

Courtesy Dorain

  Dorian LPG Ltd. reported today that on October 22, 2015, it took delivery of the ECO VLGC Cheyenne from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. The Cheyenne is Dorian LPG's 13th newbuilding delivery. The Cheyenne will trade in the Helios LPG Pool

AET Orders Eight Tanker Newbuilds

Photo: AET

AET, an owner and operator of petroleum tankers, has signed contracts worth approximately $500 million combined for the construction of eight new vessels.   AET on Tuesday contracted Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd (SHI) for four 113

Keel Laid for Lead Ship of Arctic Tanker Series

Photo: RS Class

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday at Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for the first of six ships in the project 42К Arctic Shuttle Tanker series.   The six tankers in the series will be named after the famous Russian explorers of the Arctic

Creditors to Pump $3.7B into Ailing DSME

Image: DSME

 Creditors of South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. will pour 4.2 trillion won about (US$3.68 billion) into the ailing shipyard to help it get back on track, the main creditor bank said, according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.  

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