THE BIG THREE
While China has aggressively built its shipbuilding infrastructure in the past 10 years, the most important number, top winner in contract value, still remains the domain of South Korea, which has reportedly logged $37.8b in orders thus far in 2011 vs. China's $10.3 billion, according to a report today on www.businessweek.com. The evolution of the Chinese shipbuilding industry is actually akin to the development of a shipbuilding nation, with a focus on cheap labor and lower-technology, lower-value tonnage. Meanwhile, South Korea, powered by the "Big Three" of Hyundai, Daewoo and Samsung, today specialize in the high value orders including LNG tankers and oil drilling ships. If history is a guide, though, S. Korean shipyards would be wise to expand its areas of expertise, as it was not 20 years ago that European shipbuilders still dominated the "High Value" tonnage market, while S. Korea was seen as the domain of low-cost tonnage. (Source: www.businessweek.com & staff reports)
Shipbuilding orders trend upward at Samsung Heavy Industries Easing of the Eurozone sovereign debt problems, increased issue of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and growing demand for drillships in Latin America and West Africa have combined to give Samsung Heavy Industries the best order growth visibility among the “Big Three” – Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.
TotalFina's European energy merger with Elf has tied up the rejuvenated oil sector's last obvious pairing but more marriages may still be on the cards. The revival of oil prices from historic lows that spurred furious company consolidation has not fixed the energy sector's underlying problems and other firms will have to seek strength through size, analysts said. U.S. Texaco and Chevron need acquisitions to avoid being left as Big Oil's poor relations while in Europe Italy's ENI
Upon completion of the second successful pipelay, 22,000’ x 6” in the Ship Shoal area, BISSO MARINE pipeline division reconfigured the DLB BIG CHIEF to recover 14,000’ of 20” pipeline in the Main Pass area. The 20” pipeline, which was crossed by three trunklines, had been uncovered, kinked and moved about during Hurricane Ivan, leaving the line in a condition which prevented any opportunity to pig the pipeline prior to the removal.
Three unique pollution control vessels have been launched in Dorset – with a fourth under construction. The vessels – three with Doosan engines and Westerbeke generators from engine and generator specialist WaterMota – are to be used for oil spill recovery in South America and West Africa. Build by Manor Marine for Desmi Ro-Clean, the steel Pollution Catamarans (Pollcats) – 19m, 15.5m and 12m - are designed to absorb oil or pollution working at a speed of up to
The flood of interest in ordering new container vessels is motivated by other factors than supply and demand. The recent surge in new vessel orders at a time of industry-wide overcapacity suggests that market fundamentals are no longer the main driver. Even when the most recently ordered ships are delivered in 2016, Europe and the U.S. are still likely to be climbing out of recession, which means that capacity in the east-west trades will continue to outstrip demand.
Bloomberg has reported that shares of General Maritime Corp., the second-largest US oil-tanker owner, may not rise much further after Bermuda-based Frontline Ltd. raised its stake in the company and said it would seek talks to combine the businesses, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said.General Maritime’s shares are trading at 12 percent more than $36.70, which is JPMorgan’s estimated net asset value for the company at the end of 2006
According to a Feb. 7 report from Chinese news agency, Xinhua, China State Shipbuilding Co. (CSSC), the nation's biggest shipyard, launched three self-developed models of liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships. The three LNG vessels, with a capacity of 160,000 cubic meters, 175,000 cubic meters, and 220,000 cubic meters, are built to meet the increasing shipping demand as the world's economy is on the track of recovery, said the CSSC. (Source: Xinhua)
Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) gets its first order to drydock large LNG carrier for repairs. The Bonny Gas Transport-owned, 79,822 DWT ‘LNG SOKOTO’ has arrived at the yard for maintenance work, including drydocking. Jos Goris, managing director of Damen Shiprepair Brest, says: “We are very pleased with this order and we expect more LNG vessel owners to follow. The yard’s workforce is experienced in repairing LNG vessels and it is good to see this business
This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel opened on Saturday, April 5 when the first cruise ship of the year, the AIDAcara, berthed in the port after sailing through the Kiel Canal. During this year’s season, which will last until mid October, 22 different cruise ships are registered to visit Kiel a total of 125 times. The highlights of the season include the Kieler Woche regatta between June 21 and June 29 during which 16 cruise ships will be in the port alongside many tall ships
The world’s biggest propellers have their cradle in the North of Germany. MMG – Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH – has manufactured for more than 65 years propellers for ships, including the biggest and fastest, in the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Thodoris Dritsas is taken charge as Greece's new shipping minister following the electoral victory of the country's left-wing party Syriza. Among the first decision of the Ministry is halting privatization of Greece's biggest port.
China is closely monitoring the policies of the new Greek government after Athens said this week it will stop the sale of a majority stake in Greece's biggest port, China's trade ministry said on Thursday. The Greek government last year had shortlisted China's Cosco Group as a potential buyer
Shipping firm Stolt-Nielsen reported fourth quarter earnings below forecasts on Thursday and said it was concerned about the outlook for the chemical tanker market, even as lower fuel prices would help operations. Stolt-Nielsen's fourth quarter net profit fell to $13.1 million from $35
Carnival Cruise Lines is to return to Europe next year with its biggest ship ever, the 3,936-passenger Carnival Vista. The Doral-based cruise line revealed details about the new 133,500-ton vessel. The ship, which starts sailing in May of 2016, will include the first IMAX Theatre at sea
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co and Chubu Electric Power Co,, are expected to buy a total of six cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Vitol and GDF Suez in their first joint tender, three traders said on Friday. "They are waiting for the government to confirm
Delays can be expected in the Kiel Canal following a collision this yesterday, 23 January, with the small north lock gate at Brunsbuettel. Only the big north lock chamber and the small south lock chamber at Brunsbuettel are currently available for transits.
The government has granted Chinese-owned Jinzhao Mining Peru the environmental permit for its proposed $1.5 billion Pampa de Pongo iron mine, estimated to produce 22.5 million tonnes per year. The energy and mines ministry said in a statement on Friday that it had also approved the
Jewish groups in the Netherlands and Britain have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world's biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. The Pieter Schelte, which is so big it can lift oil rigs out of the water
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), a yard owned by the industrial conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has secured a US$312million loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to build three 18,000 teu containerships.
The world’s largest financier of ships HSH Nordbank AG wants to move forward in 2015 with the removal of bad shipping loans that racked up during a seven-year glut in the global container fleet, reports Bloomberg. The bank plans several transactions in which external shipping
For The Company of Master Mariners of India, the conference “Maritime Spectrum” that comes at the turn of each year has become a brand in itself, and each one witnessing a bigger gathering of mariners both on shore leave as well as others in land-based jobs
The new Greek government led by the left-wing Syriza party will halt the sale of a majority stake in the port of Piraeus, Greece's biggest, begun by the previous government, the deputy minister in charge of shipping said on Tuesday. "We will not sell a majority stake in Piraeus port
The motor vessel Santa Lucia, which was aground in Delaware Bay, got back underway under its own power at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Santa Lucia is scheduled to anchor at Big Stone Anchorage for a Coast Guard safety inspection before moving on to its destination of Philadelphia
Will the new government in Greece led by radical-left party Syriza levy higher taxes that the shipping industry can’t afford? A report in WSJ says that several owners in Greece’s important shipping sector are worried about this.