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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

Australian Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board Chair Appointed

The Australian Government has appointed Professor Don Winter as the Chair of the newly established Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board. Professor Winter is a former Secretary of the United States Navy, and has held senior executive positions in the private sector and in academia.

Glosten to Chair SNAME Shipbuilding Panel

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten said it will chair a panel on modern shipbuilding at this year’s SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC) in Bellevue, Wash. The panel will discuss new technologies in shipbuilding, how to address an aging workforce

Newport News Names Cullen VP of Nuclear Propulsion

Mary Cullen (Photo: HII)

Mary Cullen has been appointed vice president of nuclear propulsion at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Cullen will assume her new role on November 14 following a transition into the job with the help of Barry Fletcher

Maersk Names Fourth Jack-up at DSME

Photo by Maersk

 Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jack-up was named on 14 October at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.   "Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jackup was

DSME Denounces McKinsey Report

Pic courtesy: VisitKorea

 The report by Global consulting company McKinsey & Company that Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) is least likely to survive among the big three shipbuilding companies has brought about strong opposition from DSME.   

South Korean Yards Eyed for $3.8 Bln LNG Shipbuilding Deal

A little-known investment company said it intends to order up to 20 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, probably from South Korean shipbuilders. The contracts would be worth as much as $3.8 billion, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.  

LNG Newcomer Mulls $3.8 billion 20-Vessel Order

Image: CB&I

 According to Reuters CBI Energy and Chemical (CB&I), a little known investment firm, plans to order up to 20 LNG carriers, in a deal worth up to US$3.8 billion – a  huge prospect to South Korea’s beleaguered shipbuilding sector and a massive boost to the global LNG

MacGregor in JV with China State Shipbuilding

Photo: Cargotec

 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and China State Shipbuilding Corporation's (CSSC) Nanjing Luzhou Machine Co Ltd (LMC) signed a joint venture contract  to form CSSC Luzhou MacGregor Machine Co Ltd.    Subject to all relevant authority approvals, expected within this year

Mitsubishi Plans to Shrink Ship Building Operations

Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) Photo Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Ocean Development

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is planning to stop taking new orders for large passenger ships, downsizing its shipbuilding operations due to a slump in orders, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday. The plans by Japan's fourth-largest shipbuilder come as new shipbuilding orders have

ARCOS Brings Technology Approach to Shipbuilding

ARCOS Innovations Inc. is a new joint venture founded by members of SSI leadership and a senior SSI reseller with expertise in the implementation and development of enterprise systems for shipbuilding and offshore.   The mission of ARCOS is to help customers solve key business challenges

COSCO, China Shipping Merge Shipbuilding Units

Photo: Cosco

 China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11 shipbuilding yards into a single entity in one of the industry’s biggest consolidation moves yet, reports Wall Street Journal.   China’s two biggest state-owned shipping companies plan to merge 11

New Japanese Coal Carrier Enters Service

Noshiro Maru. Photo: NYK Line

A new coal carrier Noshiro Maru was delivered on September 30 at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture. A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by Makoto Kaiwa, chairman of Tohoku Electric Power; his wife; and NYK Chairman

Kawasaki May Quit Shipbuilding

Photo: Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries said it would consider a drastic revision of its shipbuilding, and has even indicated that it may pull out of its shipbuilding business due to its worsening profitability, reports Reuters. Kawasaki Shipbuilding revised its profit outlook lower for the business

VGM Grace Period Ends October 1

File photo: Port of Savannah

The three-month settling-in period suggested by the IMO to its Member States in which competent authorities were urged to adopt a ‘practical and pragmatic’ approach to the enforcement of the SOLAS revision stipulating all packed containers have a verified gross mass (VGM) before being

MarAd Stresses Economic Impact of Shipyard Jobs in NE

Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

In comments before the international Tradewinds Ship Owners Forum in New York City, Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen highlighted the more than 42,700 jobs, $3.6 billion in labor income and $4.78 billion in GDP associated with employment for shipbuilding and repair in the

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