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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.


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


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


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.


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


Kollmorgen Inks $6.5m Sub Deal

Kollmorgen Corp., Electro-Optical Division, Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a $6,580,913 firm-fixed-price contract for production of eight Universal Modular Mast (UMM) Systems. The UMM provides for development and acquisition of a non-hull penetrating mast that serves as a lifting mechanism for five sensor configurations (the Photonics Mast, the Multi-Function Mast, the Integrated Electronic Mast, the High Data Rate Mast and the Photonics Mast Variant) on Virginia Class and SSGN Class


Australia Cautions Against Unilateral Security Measures

The Honorable John Anderson, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and the Minister for Transport and Regional Services delivered a Speech in which he discussed the globalization of the maritime shipping industry and cautioned against unilateral maritime security measures, such as pre-screening of cargo, that go beyond the universal measures being developed at the IMO. Source: HK Law


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


China Rongsheng to Sell Shipbuilding Business

Pic by China Rongsheng Heavy Industries (RSHI)

 China Rongsheng Heavy Industries (RSHI) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an undisclosed third party Chinese investor to sell its onshore shipbuilding and offshore engineering business.   Both parties will further negotiate details of the deal


Sen. Wicker Calls for Larger Navy

      Sen. Roger Wicker, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower

  U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, today called for increased shipbuilding and warned about readiness shortfalls  while delivering the opening statement for the subcommittee's review of Navy shipbuilding programs.  


CADMatch Maritime Day Set for April 16

Image: SSI

In collaboration with Autodesk, SSI's dealer in the Benelux, CADMatch, has organized CADMatch Maritime Day for April 16, 2015 in Oosterhout, NB. The day’s theme will be "Engineering: the foundation for success."   


GTT Bags Order for DSME-built LNGC

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has received an order for one liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC).   The ship will be built by the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo


OSX Brasil CFO Steps Down, CEO to Take Role

OSX Brasil SA Chief Financial Officer Claudio Antônio da Silva Zuicker is stepping down, and Chief Executive Officer Vladimir Kundert Ranevsky will add the role of CFO, the troubled Brazilian shipbuilder said in a statement on Tuesday.  


Europe Should Resume Shipbuilding

João Ferreira (Pic: EU Parliament)

 In the EU journal Parliament, Portuguese Member of European Parliament João Ferreira has proposed a five-point plan to stimulate growth in the EU shipbuilding industry.    He said that after a decline in industrial activity since the 1970s


MMK Boosts Steel Shipments to Shipbuilders

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) supplied 78,000 metric tons of metal products to shipbuilders in 2014, which represents a 37.2% growth year-on-year.   MMK supplies up to half of all metal products sold to the Russian shipbuilding industry


MOL Expands Container Fleet

Containership Courtesy MOL

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has signed a deal for construction of four 20,000 TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL also concluded an MOU for long-term chartering of two 20,000 TEU containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd


Remontowa to Build Ferries for BC Ferries

Image by BC Ferries

 Polish shipyard Remontowa Shipbuilding SA has signed a contract for building three car-and-passenger ferries for the Canadian ship owner - BC Ferries Company, said Xinhua.   The Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard in the Polish seaside city of Gdansk has laid down the keel of the first


General Dynamics Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for Submarine Colorado

Annie Mabus chalked her initials into the keel of the nuclear submarine Colorado, which were then welded by Electric Boat employee John Alves (Photo courtesy of General Dynamics)

  Continuing a time-honored shipbuilding tradition, Ship Sponsor Annie Mabus laid the keel of the submarine Colorado, on Saturday, March 7, marking the ceremonial start of construction for the 15th ship of the Virginia Class. The event was hosted by General Dynamics Electric Boat at its


Bangladesh Mulls Investments in Shipbuilding

Picture: Khulna Shipyard Limited

 If the Bangladesh government shows more vision and ambition in helping remove constraints on local shipbuilders, investments will pour in, say industry observers.   The EU Ambassador in Dhaka has said that the European Union is looking to invest in the Bangladeshi shipbuilding industry


Conference to Highlight Advancements in Shipyard Welding

When it comes to shipbuilding, welding is the most vital and fundamental manufacturing process in the construction of ships and metal hull boats. At the 2015 American Welding Society’s (AWS) 9th semiannual shipbuilding conference to take place April 7-8, in Virginia Beach, Va


GTT Receives Order for MOL LNGC

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has received a new order for one Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier (LNGC).   The new ship for Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) will be built by the


Southeast Asian Shipbuilders Turn Bullish

Picture by Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA)

  Despite the issues surrounding over-tonnaging in the ship-building industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, more than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia in 2015.    According to a report by Robert Willmington of IHS Maritime


Ocean Conservancy and NAMEPA Partner to Fight Marine Debris

  NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) and the Ocean Conservancy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this month, the two group announced in a press release.   The agreement aims to foster a collaborative effort that encourages marine pollution






 
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