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Swire Orders Six PSV's

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) confirms it has ordered six high-specification 3,700 dwt PSVs from Universal Shipbuilding Corp in Japan The vessels will be built at USC's Keihin Shipyard and be delivered progressively from the third quarter of 2014. The orders follow-on from an order for four 5000 dwt PSVs from USC in late 2011. Mr Neil Glenn, Managing Director of Swire Pacific Offshore, said: "We are delighted to announce this additional PSV order with USC. "SPO now has 29 vessels on order and will have one of the youngest, most technologically advanced and reliable fleets in the industry - ensuring we are well aligned with the future demands of our customers." The contract includes options for a further four vessels of this type from Universal Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).  


Japanese Shipbuilders Sign Aveva Contracts

Aveva (LSE:AVV), supplier of engineering IT systems for the plant and marine industries, announced that several Japanese shipbuilders -- Namura Shipbuilding, Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, Shin Kurushima Dockyard, Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering and Imabari Shipbuilding Group -- have signed contracts worth over $2.5m to extend their use of Aveva marine solutions. The contracts were made in the first half of Aveva’s financial year ending 30 September 2008.


Long Term Charter for MT Achilleas

Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: CPLP) secured long term fixed rate time charter employment with profit share arrangements for its remaining spot VLCC, the M/T Achilleas. In particular, the M/T Achilleas (297,863 dwt, built 2010 Universal Shipbuilding Corp.) has secured employment with the Partnership's sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. ('CMTC') for a maximum charter term of up to 3 years. It will be earning a gross daily charter rate of $28


ABS Adds to Membership

At the recent ABS Council meeting in N.Y., 40 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the international classification society. The ABS Council also elected two new members to the society’s Technical Committee.   “ABS governance is vested in a membership comprised of distinguished individuals drawn from the international shipping, shipbuilding and offshore industries, from academia


Swire PSV Genset Contract for MAN

Photo courtesy of MAN

MAN L27/38 diesel-electric units to power platform supply vessels in major Swire Pacific Offshore contract Swire has ordered eight IMT-997 platform supply vessels (PSVs), with four to be built by Universal Shipbuilding Corporation in Japan and a further four to be built by EISA Shipyard in Brazil. Each vessel will be equipped with 4 × 6L27/38 MAN gensets, with each unit rated at 1,980 kW at 720 rpm. All generating sets will be constructed by MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Korean licensee


ClassNK, IHIMU, DU, and IBM Japan to Develop Software

ClassNK, IHI Marine United (IHIMU), Diesel United (DU) and IBM Japan have announced they will jointly develop a ship maintenance management system to help reduce ship lifecycle cost.   The jointly developed system, which will make use of the latest condition monitoring sensor technology and data analysis systems, will be offered by ClassNK as a cloud-based service to shipowners, managers and operators from June 2013.


Star Software Implemented Aboard Universal Marine Bulkers

Photo: MirTac

Container and bulk shipping company Universal Marine and MirTac, a provider of fleet management solutions, have implemented Star Fleet Management software onboard the new bulk carriers mv Pride and mv Star II. Recently, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading (part of the Universal Marine group) and NedNor, brought the relatively small bulkers mv Pride and mv StarII into service in bareboat charter to carry dry and break bulk along the coasts of the Atlantic.


Keel Laying for Russia's Second Nuclear Icebreaker

The launching ceremony for nuclear icebreaker Arktika took place at the Baltijskiy Zavod in St Petersburg (Photo Rosatom)

Today the Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg (part of United Shipbuilding Corporation) laid the keel of Ural, Project 22220’s second series-produced nuclear icebreaker. The icebreaker’s body is to be built entirely from shipbuilding steel supplied by OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works ("MMK").   In total, MMK will supply 15,000 tonnes of steel for Ural. MMK metal has also been used in the construction of the first Project 22220 icebreakers – the flagship


Adjustable Small Boat Chock System Introduced by UMT

Image credit UMT

UMT International launches new AU (Adjustable/Universal) chock system for 2013 The challenge for the yacht owner is to find a safe and secure method to bring on board and effectively stow and secure rigid inflatable boats (RIB), rigid tenders, light weight dinghys and jet-skis. To meet this challenge UMT introduce for 2013 their new “AU” Adjustable/Universal Chocks. The new design with adjustable mounting bolts allows adjustment of the supports to accommodate the different hull


Vietnam Shipbuilding Growing

The Vietnam Shipping Corp. (VINASHIN) grew 46.5 percent last year, reporting a turnover of $ 692 million. This year, VINASHIN has lined up several large projects including construction of and upgrades to 14 shipyards, the most prominent of which are Song Hong, Ha Long, Nhat Le, and Nghi Son in the north and Dung Quat, Cam Ranh, and Da Nang in the central region. The state-owned giant plans promotions, training programs, and market expansion in Egypt, Japan


Japan to Overtake Korea in Global Shipbuilding

Photo: DSME

 Japanese shipyards are on the verge of overtaking Korean shipyards in remaining order backlogs and market share, reports Business Korea.   South Korean and Japanese shipbuilders recorded a backlog of 20.46 million CGT and 20.06 million CGT early this month, respectively


DSME to Spin off IT Biz Unit

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME)

 Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) plans to spin off its IT business unit next year in an effort to streamline its business structure, reports Yonhap.   The unit, provisionally named DSME Information System, will be started on Jan. 1, the company said


James Murray Joins Gulfstream Shipbuilding Management Team

James Murray (Photo: Gulfsteam Shipbuilding)

Gulfstream Shipbuilding welcomes James Murray, a second generation boat builder and operator/owner, to the Sales Management Team. James is the son of Jim Murray, who originally opened the shipyard 35 years ago as Freeport Shipbuilding.  James built a variety of custom boats at the shipyard


FORAN Expands User Base in Korea

Hansung Ship Eng. Power station (Photo: FORAN)

These are difficult times for the shipbuilding industry, in particular that of Korea, which faces its worst-ever order drought. Big, medium-sized and small shipbuilders are undergoing deep restructuring as a consequence of the workload downturn


AVEVA Announced Academic Initiative in Vietnam

Photo: AVEVA

AVEVA partners with Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Association and The School of Transportation Engineering of Hanoi University of Science and Technology    AVEVA announced the beginning of a partnership with two institutions in Vietnam


Fred Harris to Retire

Fred Harris (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ubiquitous General Dynamics Leader Fred Harris to Step Down January 1, 2017; Dirk Lesko to Lead Bath Iron Works; Kevin Graney to Lead NASSCO General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) said that in the wake the retirement of Frederick J. Harris  effective January 1, 2017, Dirk A


Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer Paul Ignatius Launched

The Ingalls-built destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) launched at first light November 12, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), the company’s 31st Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, on Saturday.   “The DDG 51 program provides our U.S


Throughput at Port of Hamburg Up Slightly

Megaboxer at Waltershofer Hafen (Photo: HHM / Dietmar Hasenpusch)

At 104.9 million tons, total seaborne cargo throughput for the first three quarters of 2016, covering general and bulk cargo segments, was up 0.3 percent on the previous year. “Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg has stabilized and for the first three quarters of 2016 again


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


Court Okays STX Offshore Rehabilitation Plan

STX Shipbuilding CEO Lee Byung-Mo. Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has got the green light to carry on operations. A Seoul court today approved its rehabilitation plan, saving the yard, once the world’s fourth largest, from liquidation, reports Yonhap.   STX Shipbuilding, once South Korea's No


Korea's Labor Unions Asked to Cooperate In Daewoo Revamp

Photo: Korea Marine Equipment

 Creditors of embattled Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. have demanded that the shipbuilder's labor union accept the company's large-scale restructuring scheme in return for helping the shipyard stay afloat, says Yonhap.  


Four Bids for STX Offshore, STX France Emerge

Four parties have expressed interest in buying one or both of South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd and a controlling stake in STX France SA, a spokesman for the Seoul court overseeing STX Offshore's receivership said on Friday.


DSME Creditors Mull Equity Swap

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 Creditors of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) are set to announce a debt-for-equity swap and other measures, worth 3 trillion won (US$2.62 billion), reports Yonhap.   Korea Development Bank (KDB), a main creditor of DSME


Odffjell to Build Record Size Stainless Steel Chem Tankers

Kristian Mørch CEO Odfjell SE (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Odfjell has ordered four chemical tankers (with options for an additional four) with stainless steel cargo tanks from China Shipbuilding Trading CO., Ltd. and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., Ltd. The ships cost $60m each.   The 49,000 dwt ships, with a cargo capacity at 54,600 cbm


Korea Mulls New Ship Financing Company

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Reuters report quoting South Korea government sources that the country is planning  to establish a state-backed ship financing company with an initial capital of 1 trillion won ($871.73 million) to help improve the financial health of Korean shipping companies.   






 
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