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.
According to UK-based Clarkson Research Services, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) had an order backlog in November of just over three million compensated gross tons (CGTs), an indicator of the level of shipbuilding ouput. That puts the Chinese shipbuilder in fifth place by order backlog in November, posing a threat to South Korean shipyards which had been dominating the top five list for years.
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
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
Owners anchoring ships rather than fix at low rates. W. Australia-China capesize rates hit over two-month low. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady as ship owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower amid a dearth of cargo, ship brokers said. "We are reaching a floor, particularly in the Pacific. It's got to the point where owners just won't fix their ships," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday
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.
Japan’s three largest shipping companies - Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) - and three other carriers worldwide will form the world's third-largest container shipping alliance, reports Nikkei. South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, Germany's Hapag-Lloyd and Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport, on Friday agreed to join forces.
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)
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.
The promise that some oil traders and brokers saw for an expanded Panama Canal to become a new route for large tankers will take longer to realize than expected because many ships must first undergo inconvenient retrofits to transit through the new locks, shipping industry experts said.
In a bid to help South Korean local shipyard weather their worst-ever slump, the State-run Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer, will soon place shipbuilding and maintenance orders with them, says a report by Yonhap.
Lerwick Port Authority have inaugurated a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) which utilises the latest technology to improve the handling of ship movements at the busy Shetland port. Transas, a world-leader in providing harmonised integrated solutions to the maritime industry
A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, in its strategic review, is considering several options including a two-way split into an energy and a transport company, says a Bloomberg report. According to Danish daily Berlingske, the shipping group is likely to break up into transportation and energy
According to a report by Korea Economic Daily the number of workers who left Korea's top-three shipbuilding companies - Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries, and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering - in the first half of this year is estimated at around 5,000.
Alaska Gasline Development Corp. President Keith Meyer says the Big 3 oil companies are cooperating with the state’s desire to take full ownership of the AK LNG Project. He laid out an ambitious list of “to-dos” the state needs to check off if it is going to lead
Less than a year after the coal industry was declared to be in terminal decline, the fossil fuel has staged its steepest price rally in over half a decade, making it one of the hottest major commodities. Cargo prices for Australian thermal coal from its Newcastle terminal
Kiel is today (Saturday, 13th Aug.) celebrating the arrival of its 2,500th cruise ship visitor Cunard Line’s “Queen Elizabeth”, which berthed this morning to mark the event. The President of the City of Kiel, Hans-Werner Tovar paid tribute to the occasion during a reception at
The record for the biggest cruise ship into Lerwick Harbour will be broken on Today (Sunday) when Celebrity Silhouette enters the Shetland port on a 14-nights British Isles Cruise. On her maiden call at Lerwick, Celebrity Cruises’ 122
Sete Brasil Participações SA presented a draft reorganization plan on Friday that includes seeking up to $5 billion in funding and downsizing business, three months after the Brazilian rig leaser sought court protection against 18 billion reais ($5.7 billion) in looming debt payments
Oil prices were up about 1 percent on Friday, on track for their biggest weekly gains since May, after a short covering rally was triggered by comments from Saudi Arabia's oil minister in the previous session about possible action to help stabilize the market.
The delivery of two super post-Panamax cranes at South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on Friday marked another step in the port’s push for big ship readiness, to be followed in the coming years by the completion of the Wando Welch wharf project and harbor deepening to 52 feet.
Libya has begun maintenance of the port of Es-Sider, biggest in the country of the terminal on oil export as part of plans to increase output from Africa’s biggest holder of crude reserves, says RNS. Exports should resume in a month once official orders are received to reopen
The U.S. trade deficit rose to a 10-month high in June as rising domestic demand and higher oil prices boosted the import bill while the lagging effects of a strong dollar continued to hamper export growth. The Commerce Department said on Friday the trade gap increased 8.7 percent to $44
Managing Director of Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Mohammad Saeed-Nejad says the nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 has removed all sanctions imposed on Iranian ports. The big vessels and famous international shipping lines are facing no restrictions in their traffic