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Black Sea Sees Shipbuilding Boom

According to Today's Zahman, Black Sea sees shipbuilding boom, Mediterranean springs a leak More than 90 percent of world trade is conducted through sea shipping, making shipbuilding one of the fastest growing industries in the recent boom in global trade, which has grown on average by more than 5 percent annually. As a natural consequence of Turkey being a peninsula located at a strategically central position close to many wealthy European markets, Turkey’s growth in shipping construction has outdone all of its global rivals in the last four years, growing 360 percent. The Black Sea region, has been the main beneficiary from this unprecedented upswing. Maritime Undersecretary Hasan Naiboğlu said workshops to manufacture small vessels and fishing boats in the Black Sea district of Ereğli are being modernized to create at least half of the capacity of the shipyards in Tuzla, İstanbul. Boat yards are opening one after another in the Black Sea region, he noted. According to figures provided by the undersecretary, Turkey is the world’s eighth-biggest ship manufacturer, with 1.8 million deadweight tons (DWT) worth of orders last year. It was 23rd in 2002. Turkish shipyards completed 135,000 DWT of orders in 2002, rising to 600,000 in 2006. The sector has invested $500 million in the last three years to expand facilities and improve them technologically. The number of shipyards active in the country was 37 just five years ago

Insurance Advice for Marinas & Shipyards

McDermott Costa Insurance Brokers offers risk-reducing advice to marinas & shipyards regarding third party vendors   Third party service providers can pose serious risk and liabilities for marina and shipyard owners. Without the proper due diligence these marine companies could find themselves footing large bills should a dispute occur.   As a California insurance agency that specializes in ocean marine insurance for boat yards, marinas, yacht clubs

Rodriguez: Small Yard Can Do

Joey Rodriguez was visiting one of the Gulf Coast�s major shipyards recently. Admiring the huge expanse of space with its several big Manitowoc cranes capable of lifting many tons, he commented to the yard’s CEO, “I am intimidated by all the equipment and space that you have here.” To which the CEO responded, “And I am intimidated by what you are able to build without all this equipment and space.”This exchange sums up the respect that Rodriguez has earned over the years for the

Midland Enterprises Expands With The Times

Since planting its roots in 1925 as a small coal delivery business known as the Ohio River Company (ORCO), Midland Enterprises has evolved from one chartered boat and four barges to more than 85 boats and 2,400 barges moving the entire eastern inland waterways system. Established by Albert Converse Ingersoll, the Ohio River Company's main focus at that time was to float West Virginia coal to Cincinnati using its premiere boat — the E.D. Kenna

News: Damen Delivers First-of-Class ASD Tug

The recently developed Damen ASD Tug 2411 is a real push-pull ASD Tug, designed primarily for working over the bow. This tug is a powerful 4,200 kW vessel that develops a bollard pull of around 70,000 kg; full ahead to full astern in a ship's length, turning around in 10 seconds. With the introduction of the Damen ASD Tug 2411, Damen Shipyards has put a new type of port tug on the market: very compact, with an enormous bollard pull

SD Model Makers Delivers Patrol Boat Replica

Photo: SD Model Makers

San Marcos, Calif. based SD Model Makers delivered their eighth scale model ship to Tampa, Fla. based Riverhawk Fast Sea Frames. The 1/36 scale, 24.05-inch model is a replica of Riverhawk’s SeaStriker 22 very high speed fast patrol and interdiction craft. The model replicates the actual SeaStriker that will launch in Tampa in May and be on display at the Special Operations Forces International Convention (SOFIC) beginning May 22 in Tampa.

Schat-Harding Books Strong Year

Schat-Harding, a maker of lifeboats and davits, reported a strong orderbook in the third quarter of 2004, with orders totaling $16 million booked, driven by strong demand from passenger ships, offshore rigs, LNG and ice-class tankers and naval vessels. Key passenger ship orders included six CTL38 cruise tenders and 14 MPC32 compact cruise lifeboats with PD davits for two MSC newbuildings at Chantiers de l'Atlantique

'All-Hands' Ceremony Held at Coast Guard Yard

During an "All-Hands" celebration held at the Coast Guard Yard on Oct. 2, four members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation and the Coast Guard's Assistant Commandant for Systems presented three prestigious awards to the shipyard's work force. Employees of the yard, its tenants commands and invited guests numbered nearly 900 and enjoyed the mid-morning festivities on the parade grounds of the 101 year old shipyard in Baltimore, Md

GD Wins $100m for Virginia-class Submarine Work

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $100.4 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Under the contract, Electric Boat will develop, maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability periods.

Assembly Line Efficiency

Diane Cenac. Photo by Jeff L. Yates, courtesy of Cummins

Raymond Viguerie and, more recently his son Peter, have been building pushboats at a yard on a bayou just off the Itntacoastal Waterway that skirts the Gulf of Mexico. Their Intracoastal Ironworks sits between the bayou and the Bourg-LaRoxe Highway has recently expanded into the neighboring property. In the past they have built a variety of boats, but in recent years focused their efforts on a standard 72- by 30- by 10-foot push boat with two steering and four flanking rudders

Ulstein’s X-BOW Turns 10

subsea vessel  Island Performer (Photo: Ulstein)

While new designs often grab headlines, mature designs that have enjoyed success are perhaps better indicators of true progress in marine technology. When the Ultstein X-Bow made its debut 10 years ago, some scoffed at the unusual design characteristics

Moose Boats is Keeping Busy

New patrol boat for Placer County Sheriff’s Office (Photo: Moose Boats)

U.S. boat builder Moose Boats announced the delivery of two new vessels, as well as a new build order   Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced two recent vessel deliveries: a M2-35 Catamaran Patrol Boat to the Placer County Sheriff’s

SAFE Boats' Riverine Interceptor for Colombia

Courtesy SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International has been selected by the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard to build its new Type-F Riverine Interceptor Vessel.   The contract will provide the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard with a state-of-the-art, shallow draft, aluminum high speed intercept vessel designed to provide

Grandweld Delivers Vessel to ADNOC

United Arab Emirates leading shipyard Grandweld has delivered a dive maintenance and support vessel TAWAM1 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).   Grandweld took the newbuild project from conception to completion, designing and building the 50-meter long vessel with a 65-ton bollard

ASF Reports Ship Recycling Facilities Improvements in Alang

Courtesy Asian Shipowners’ Forum

  The Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) visited ship recycling yards in Alang, India this week and took the opportunity to hold dialogue with SRIA, following the first meeting in March this year in Singapore, to exchange views on future actions to be jointly implemented

Maritime Security Demand Keeps US Builders Busy

Photo: Kvichak

Export hulls – through the FMS Program, as well as Direct Sales – are a key piece of the business model. Even as the crash in energy prices feeds the oversupply of offshore support vessels – a key staple of U.S. boatbuilding diets – and the dwindling backlogs of some

Fincantieri to Optimize Large-Scale Shipbuilding Projects

Intergraph Smart Yard leverages the engineering design basis to provide an extensive portfolio of integrated, preconfigured solutions addressing yards’ key work processes across the project life cycle.

  Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and the world's leading builder of cruise ships, has selected Intergraph Smart Yard to improve the execution of international large-scale cruise, military and merchant ship building projects.

Wärtsilä JV Breaks Ground in China

Picture at the groundbreaking ceremony, Roger Holm, Senior Vice President, Engines, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions and Wu Qiang, President of CSSC, in the middle. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co. Ltd (CWEC) celebrated the beginning of construction on its new 20,000 sq.m. factory with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 28 in Lingang, Shanghai.   Following the groundbreaking ceremony

New Damen Shoalbuster Named

Mr Sithembiso Mthethwa (Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Mr Sam Montsi (Chairman, Damen Shipyards Cape Town), Mr Paul Maclons (Managing Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Dr Rob Davies (Minister of Trade & Industry, South Afric

  The naming ceremony for the first of the two Damen Shoalbusters 3009 being built for marine solutions specialist SMIT Amandla Marine at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), was held on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Mrs Jenny Coltman, Spouse of the Chairman of De Beers Group Services

Two New SAR Vessel Designs from Tuco Marine

Image: Tuco Marine

Tuco Marine has launched two new search and rescue (SAR) vessel designs approaching next week’s Europort in Rotterdam.   The boats have been developed upon international requests and designed by a team of engineers in collaboration with naval experts

BMT Performs Production Engineering for ATB Tug

Photo: BMT Nigel Gee

Independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) said it has completed detailed production engineering for the Nancy Peterkin, an articulated tug barge (ATB) tugboat, built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and destined for Kirby Offshore Marine.

Riders on the Storm

High performance Zodiac Hurricane RHIB with shock mitigation.jpg

It’s no shock that decking, seating and other related equipment for ‘fast boats’ is a critical ingredient for maritime security personnel. A  shock mitigation strategy is essential for all craft that undertake open sea transits or operate in rough water

Sembcorp Marine Opens Largest Fabrication Unit in Southeast Asia

Pic: Sembcorp Marine

 Sembcorp Marine launched its new state-of-the-art steel structure fabrication workshop – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia – which is set to boost the company’s steel fabrication capacity for its future needs.  

Zamakona Repairs Spanish Hospital Ships

Photo: Zamakona Yards

Spanish shipbuilding and repair group Zamakona Yards announced it has completed simultaneously repair and maintenance projects aboard two government-owned hospital ships, Juan De La Cosa and Esperanza Del Mar.   The vessel Juan De La Cosa was repaired at Zamakona Pasaia yard at San Sebastian

Italian Ship Owners Accused of Poor Shipbreaking Practices

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Italian shipping companies Grimaldi Group, Ignazio Messina and Vittorio Bogazzi & Figli are facing strong criticism from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform for reported poor shipbreaking practices. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of 19 environmental

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