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THE BIG THREE

S. Korea Still Dominates World Shipbuilding

Hyundai Heavy Industries built Abdelkader, a 177,000 cu. m. Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG Carrier which was named Great Ship of the Year in 2010 by Maritime Reporter & Engineering News.

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)  


LNG Carriers, Drillship Orders Increase in Korea Yard

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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.


Oil's Merger Year Leaves Some In The Lurch

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


Pollution Control Vessels Launched

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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


Vessel Ordering Mania – Why?

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.


Chinese Shipyard in Fifth Place for First Time

Image: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding

 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.  


Damaged Pipeline Recovered

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.


China Launches Three Models LNG Vessels

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)


Cruise Season Opens in the Port of Kiel

Photo: Port of Kiel

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


Japan's Big Three Shipping Lines Form 3rd Largest Alliance

Photo: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

 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.  


US Oil Rig Count Steady for First Time This Year

U.S. energy firms this week kept the number of rigs drilling for oil unchanged for the first time this year, services company Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday, as crude futures trade near a seven-month high.   Drillers kept the number of rigs at 318 in the week to May 20


JWA to provide ShipDC with Marine Weather Info

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The database service operated by ClassNK’s wholly owned subsidiary Ship Data Center (ShipDC) has been set to receive marine weather information from Japan Weather Association.   ShipDC acts as a platform for big data related to shipping by securely collecting


Samskip, Pro-Log Double Barge Services

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Multimodal network operator Samskip and inland waterway transport provider Pro-Log are celebrating the 10th anniversary of barge operations connecting Rotterdam and Duisburg by adding a second vessel, increasing service frequency to six times weekly.


After Paris, A Move to Rein In Emissions by Ships

Projections for the aviation and shipping industries share of global CO2 emissions under various regulatory and demand scenarios. (Graphic courtesy of ENVI/European Parliament)

 As the world moves to slash CO2 emissions, the shipping and aviation sectors have managed to remain on the sidelines. But the pressure is now on these two major polluting industries to start controlling their emissions at last - a report by Yale University.  


Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday weighed down by lower rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


US Navy Asks Lockheed to Fix Littoral Combat Ships Issues

U.S. Navy photo by Timothy Schumaker

The U.S. Navy has sent Lockheed Martin Corp three requests to correct problems, including propulsion-related issues, with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program dating back to May of last year, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.   The ships were originally designed as a small


As Korean Shipyards Founder, Central Bank Dragged into Rescue Bid

They are South Korea's "too-big-to-fail" firms - the world's largest shipbuilders that are both a massive economic force and an important national symbol - and the government wants the central bank to fund an unconventional rescue of the sector.  


Aberdeen Harbour Performance Steady on Diversity

Photo: Aberdeen Harbour

Activity at Aberdeen Harbour remained steady throughout 2015 resulting in the port recording a 9.7 percent increase in turnover, up from £28.9 million in 2014 to £31.7 million in 2015. Pretax profit was also up by 21 percent at £15.03 million, compared to £12


World's Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 The world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas – which cost US$1 billion to build over 32 months – has been finished and was delivered to owner Royal Caribbean International.   The immense floating town has 18 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2


Greece to Evaluate Deep-sea O&G Exploration Bids

Greece will conclude the evaluation of deep-sea oil and gas exploration bids in the coming weeks and will name the preferred bidders soon after, its energy minister said on Friday, as the country seeks to tap into its limited oil reserves.  


Argentine Grains Port Workers Return after Brief Strike

A one-day strike at the Rosario grains export hub in Argentina ended on Friday after the government compelled union and company officials to enter into wage negotiations for 15 days, a union leader said.   The strike began at midnight local time and ended around noon after the union agreed


Xeneta Proposes Commodity Status in Container Shipping

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With ultra-low container rates, multiple operators teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and adversarial relationships developing between those shipping goods and the carriers, Xeneta believes the entire container industry must evolve. The Oslo-based benchmarking and market intelligence platform


Asian Shipyards: Outside The Usual Suspects?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Although many builder countries struggled to win new orders in 2015, yards in the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan managed to increase their combined share of global ordering to its highest level on record, says Clarksons Research.  


Japan Weather Association to Provide ShipDC with Marine Weather Info

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The database service operated by ClassNK’s wholly owned subsidiary Ship Data Center (ShipDC) has been set to receive marine weather information from Japan Weather Association.   ShipDC acts as a platform for big data related to shipping by securely collecting


CMA CGM Aims to Cut Costs by $1 Bln

Photo: CMA CGM

France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, reported a first-quarter net loss on Friday and targeted $1 billion in cost cuts to keep operating margins positive during the current market downturn.   Weak freight rates in the past year have left many lines operating






 
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