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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

Port of Hamburg Reports Cargo Downturn

(Photo: HHM / Peter Glaubitt)

Germany’s largest universal port reported the effects of weakened Chinese foreign trade plus the steep downturn in trade with Russia during the first nine months of the year. Totaling 104.6 million tons, seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was down 4

Chesapeake Inks Deal: 3 Tugs for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore to build three more ocean going tugs. This new contract marks the 15, 16 and 17th tugboats built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding since 2008. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one

SSI Hires Holder for US Sales

SSI has hired CAD/CAM specialist Robert Holder as part of its sales force in the U.S. market.    According to SSI, the hiring is intended to meet the expanding demand for SSI's design and manufacturing solutions in the shipbuilding and offshore industries.  

Russian Navy Trying Hard for Facelift

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns, says a report in Center for International Maritime Security.  

Daewoo Shipbuilding May Post Loss of Over US$4.6 Bln

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) is expected to log an operating loss of over 5 trillion won (US$4.4 billion) this year, up by some 1 trillion won from previous forecasts, reports Yonhap.   The outlook follows a recent audit by the state-run Korea Development

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.

ESG to Launch First Ship Designed with FORAN

Vessel 249 under construction at Eastern (Photo: SENER)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG), a shipbuilder based in Panama City, Fla., is due to launch the HARVEY SUB-SEA in November 6, marking the launch of the shipyard’s first vessel designed with the FORAN CAD/CAM System developed by the engineering and technology group SENER.  

China Shipping 21,000 teu Order for SWS

Image: China Shipping Group

 China Shipping Group's CSCL has agreed a deal to bareboat charter up to 11 units of 21,000 teu containerships, of which five will be options exercisable after six months of charter for the first six ships, says local media reports.  

First LPG Carrier Order for MHI Shipbuilding

LPG carrier (Image: MHI)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), announced it has received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.   

Pole Star Launches Cloud-based Platform

Image: Pole Star

Pole Star, a U.K.-headquartered technology company delivering maritime application solutions, has launched its new cloud application platform, designed to facilitate the company’s vision to enable a universal maritime ecosystem.   

Yangzijiang Secures Two VLGC Orders

Image by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

 The Singapore-listed and China-based shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has secured new orders worth $730m, including two very large gas carriers, between September and October.   The  two 84,000 cbm very large gas carriers (VLGCs) were ordered by Shanghai Zhenrong Energy.

'Brodosplit' Delivery for Fincantieri Group

Courtesy Brodosplit  Shipyard

  By loading fitted sections (grand blocks), with more than 1450 tons of steel equipped with piping, ironmongery components and electric routing on a special cargo barge delivery was executed in Shipbuilding Industry Split Inc. on 5 November 2015.

New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Fort Schuyler (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Baltimore-headquartered marine transportation provider The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the Fort Schuyler, the latest Maryland-built tugboat to join the company’s fleet.   Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras Class tugboat contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake

Steel Delivered to Build Russia’s New Icebreakers

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has been selected as the key steel supplier in the construction of nuclear icebreakers (Project 22220) at the Baltic Shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation. A 60MW universal nuclear icebreaker known as Arctic – Project 22220’s

STX Offshore in Deep Financial Crisis

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 The South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is apparently close to a bankruptcy if not yard soon find new vendors who are willing to pump huge sums into the yard. Otherwise, there is the prospect of a collapse in the first half of the 2016th.  

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