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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


Nakilat Transfers LNG Umm Slal to in-house Management

(Photo: Nakilat)

  cut Umm Slal_edited (greg d:)     Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Max LNG carrier Umm Slal from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) effective November 23, 2016, as part of the planned transition announced last month.


Partners to Build LNG Dual-fuel Bunker Ship for Singapore

Harley Marine International Holdings Pte. Ltd. said it has signed an MoU with Pavilion Gas Pte. Ltd, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) to build the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fueled bunker tanker for Singapore.  


Seanergy Maritime Adds a Bulker

Courtesy Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.

Athens, Greece - Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today that it has taken delivery of a 178,838 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel, renamed to M/V Lordship and built in 2010 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. The M/V Lordship is the first of two Capesize vessels that the Company


AAL Wins Australia Shipping Excellence Awards

Frank Mueller, General Manager of AAL Australia Photo AAL

AAL, one of the world’s leading breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift shipping operators, has been awarded the prize for ‘Excellence in Project Cargo, Breakbulk / Heavy Lift’ at the 21st Annual Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards.


Nakilat Transitions LNG Mekaines to In-house Management

Mekaines  (Photo: Nakilat)

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Max LNG carrier Mekaines from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from November 7, 2016, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on October 19, 2016.


Eagle Bulk Snaps 6-year Order Drought

U.S. based ship owner and operator Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. has bought its first vessel in more than six years, acquiring a 2016-built dry bulk vessel constructed in China at Nantong COSCO Kawasaki Heavy Industries Engineering Co., Ltd. (NACKS), the shipper said in a statement.


Eagle Bulk Reports 3Q Loss

Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

 Connecticut-based Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc reported a loss of $19.4 million in its third quarter ended September 30, 2016. It had net loss of $20.4 million last year Q3.   It has a loss of 52 cents per share compared to  $10.83 net loss per share, for the comparable quarter in 2015


MHI Seeks to Integrate Marine Diesel Engine Businesses

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), its wholly owned subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME), and Kobe Diesel Co., Ltd. have concluded a basic agreement to pursue integration of the marine diesel engine operations of MHI-MME and Kobe Diesel.


World’s Largest Ethane Carrier Delivered

Ethane Crystal is the world’s first very large ethane carrier (VLEC) (Photo: SHI)

The world's first very large ethane carrier (VLEC), Ethane Crystal, has been delivered to India’s Reliance Industries Ltd. by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), representing a significant milestone for the gas shipping industry.


Nordic American Tankers Expands Fleet to 33 Vessels

Photo: Nordic American Tankers

 Armed with $120m from the placement, Nordic American Tankers  (NAT) has contracted to increase its fleet from 30 to 33 vessels, enhancing its potential for both higher earnings and dividends.   The Company will have a fleet of 30 trading vessels in early 2017


Robert Allan Designed Tug Delivered to Ocean Group

TundRA 3600 series icebreaking tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd

On October 28th, 2016 the Ocean Group Inc. of Quebec City, Canada took delivery of the 6000 kW ASD tug Ocean Taiga. This icebreaking escort tug joins her sister Ocean Tundra as some of the most powerful tugs in the Canadian registry, part of a new generation of extremely capable tugs


Hyundai Heavy to be Split into 4 Firms

Shipbuilder to be split into four companies; spinoff is part of restructuring plan submitted to creditors. South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries is being split into four companies, with its non-shipbuilding businesses being spun off to improve management efficiency and competitiveness


US Post-election Shipping Rally Raises Interest, Questions

File photo: Diana Containerships

Shares of U.S. shipping companies shot higher again on Wednesday, causing volatility halts in a number of stocks and raising questions among investors and analysts over the extent of their sharp post-election rally.   The jump in share prices and unusually heavy trading volume even


Clean Arctic Alliance Response to Arctic HFO Ban

Image Courtesy Clean Arctic Alliance

Responding to reports that the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) had reconfirmed its support of a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping during its annual general meeting, Clean Arctic Alliance advisor Dr Sian Prior said:  


BPCL to Export Light Diesel Oil in Rare Move

India's Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd will export a light diesel oil cargo from Kochi in a rare move, industry sources said on Tuesday.   The state-owned refiner sold 35,000 tonnes of the cargo, which has a sulphur content of 1.5 percent, to Vitol and is expected to load the cargo this week






 
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