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Unithai Shipyard Has Four Vessels Under Repair

Thailand’s Unithai Shipyard & Engineering currently has four vessels undergoing repair - Technomar Shipping’s 33,185 dwt containership Kota Perwira, Ahrenkiel Shipmanagement’s 26,140 dwt bulk carrier Caria, the Almog, a general cargo vessel owned by Dynamic Shipping Services, and the Spar Cetus, a 45,146 dwt bulk carrier from Fleet Management. Unithai Shipyard has another four vessels scheduled to arrive throughout this month (May) - the Stolt Alliance, a 12,674 dwt chemical tanker from Stolt Nielsen, Osaka Asahi Kaiun’s 16,563 dwt containership Singapore Bridge, the Sutra Dua, an 8,073 dwt chemical tanker from Sutrajaya Shipping, and Bunga Orkid Empat, a 43,246 dwt bulk carrier from Malaysia’s MISC. Five heavy fabrication projects are currently underway at the Unithai shipyard, including a bowline-combined cycle power station, for Japan’s Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy industries and a combined heat and power system project for PTT/CMI and PS/CMI – Thai Services Co. For Japan’s Namura Shipbuilding, Unithai is currently working on the Reihoku power plant, whilst also working on a radiant section for Boustead International Heaters for Mina Al Ahmadia refinery, in the Middle East. Local Thai company Unocal are currently working on two offshore projects at the Unithai shipyard -a generic gas deck platform is under construction, along with a central oil processing platform, both for offshore platforms.


Kongsberg Sub-Bottom Profiler Delivered to Japan

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) recently awarded Kongsberg Defence Systems a contract for the delivery of one Kongsberg TOPAS PS 18 Parametric Sub-bottom Profiler system. The contract was handled through the Kongsberg agent in Japan, Nippon Kaiyo Co. Ltd. The system will be installed on board R/V Hakurei-Maru No.2 in February 2010, and it will replace an existing Atlas Parasound system.


Piracy Top on Agenda in Maritime Meeting

The Standard has reported that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) secretariat has drafted a resolution to tackle piracy along the Somali coastline. The resolution to fight sea pirates, who pose a threat to shipping in the Indian Ocean will be tabled at the IMO bi-annual council meeting next Monday in London. Kenya will lead a delegation to the meeting where it will submit its concerns over the attacks off the Somali coast, which threaten to mar cruise tourism in the region.


Vietnam Strives to Become Fourth Largest Shipbuilder

According to reports, the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin Group) will exert an all-out effort to make the country the world's fourth largest shipbuilder by 2015. President and CEO of Vinashin Group Pham Thanh Binh spoke about the plan at a ceremony in Ha Noi on July 8 to announce the Prime Minister's decision on the establishment of the Vinashin Group and to mark the 10th founding anniversary of the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin)


MAN B&W Cements Valuable Releationship

China Changjang Shipping Group Corp. (CSC) and the manufacturer of large-bore diesel engines MAN B&W Diesel celebrated a special event at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg. CSC will order the 250th marine engine and the 50th CP propeller from MAN B&W Diesel. Since 1995, the Chinese shipyard has been procuring both two-stroke and four-stroke engines also GenSets and propellers from MAN B&W Diesel, predominantly for use in container and RoRo vessels.


Maiden Call of "Glovis Condor" at the Haropa Ro-Ro Terminal

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GLOVIS, a Korean company and a newcomer as a shipping line, was at first expert in global automotive logistics. As a result of a tonnage agreement with Hoegh Autoliners, the latter market this shipping service on the Middle East trade with one vessel per month and GLOVIS manages the operations, with Marmedsa as Agents. The Glovis Condor calls for the first time at Le Havre as part of the service. “Glovis Condor, built in 2011


Ship Service Provider GAC Announces Senior Appointments

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The GAC Group announces key management appointments for its head office and local operations in Oman and the United Kingdom. Group Vice President for Human Resources Jan Farnelid will retire on 31 August and take on a consulting role with the Group until the end of the year. Since 2004, Jan has successfully implemented HR policies and initiatives that underline the importance of GAC’s focus on human capital as a key enabler of its expansion strategy.


3sun Open New Denmark Base

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3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, announced the opening of its first office in Denmark, as part of the Group’s international growth plans. The new office in Esbjerg, Denmark will support 3sun Group’s increased presence in region, allowing the Group to offer its range of products and services to a wider market and range of companies operating within the area.


CMA CGM Christens Its Largest Ship

The CMA CGM KERGUELEN’s godmother, Mrs Catherine Hayot, closed the ceremony by launching the bottle of champagne that broke on the vessel’s hull and by stating the traditional sentence

The CMA CGM Group announced that the CMA CGM Kerguelen, the group’s largest vessel, was christened in Le Havre, France. The christening took place in presence of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group, the vessel’s godmother Catherine Hayot, and of many institutional and political representatives, partners and clients. Latest of the CMA CGM fleet’s vessels, the CMA CGM Kerguelen was delivered on March 31


DNV GL Rejigs Top Deck

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen and Tor E. Svensen (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Group has appointed Tor Svensen as Group Executive Vice President.  Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen will succeed Tor Svensen as Chief Executive Officer of its Maritime business area. Both will report to the incoming Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen, starting August 1, 2015.   Ørbeck-Nilssen has served as COO and Senior Vice President of DNV GL’s Maritime business area since 2013. He will now take on the new role as CEO and continue to operate out of the


Eni Mulls Mozambique LNG Supply Deal

Italian oil and gas group Eni is holding discussions with a potential buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply from its floating export project in Mozambique, an executive said on Thursday. "We are in discussions with a potential buyer, a key term agreement has been finalised


Activists Block Shell's Arctic Drilling Quest

Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone.   The 13 Greenpeace protestors


US Senate Energy Panel Votes to Lift Oil Export Ban

The U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would lift a decades-old ban on the export of crude oil.   The 22-member panel passed the bill to allow the United States to export oil and boost state revenue-sharing for offshore oil and gas drilling by a vote of 12-10.


MHI: Notice of Absorption-Type Split Agreements

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MHI gives Notice Regarding Conclusion of Absorption-type Split Agreements Relating to Transfer of Ship Construction and Hull Block Manufacture Businesses to Two Consolidated Group Companies by Company Split. On February 4, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd


Obama, Leaders Discuss Possible Sanctions, Force for South Sudan

U.S. President Barack Obama and regional leaders discussed options on Monday that included sanctions and a "regional intervention force" if South Sudan's warring parties do no agree a peace deal by August 17, a U.S. official said.  


Mersey Maritime, Liverpool Football Club at LISW15

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  Mersey Maritime, in association with some of its key members, is hosting what will be one of the most exciting events at London International Shipping Week (LISW15) on 9th September at The Walkie Talkie Building, 20 Fenchurch Street.  


'Kayaktivists' to Launch Blockade of Shell Icebreaker

Kayaktivists demonstrate in front of the Fennica in Portland Harbor (Photo courtesy Portland Ecofilm Festival)

 A small group of protesters and activists are gathering at the Cathedral Park boat ramp in Portland, preparing to stay for a 24-hour vigil as they wait for Royal Dutch Shell Oil's icebreaker ship, the MSV Fennica, to depart from Portland for the Arctic, reports Reuters.  


Gazprom Earmarks RUB 10.8 bln for R&D

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  Gazprom Group continues earmarking considerable funds for financing research and development (R&D) activities. In 2014 a record-breaking amount in the whole Company history – RUB 10.82 billion – was devoted to these purposes


Keppel Makes a Clean Sweep at WSH Awards

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  Keppel Group has clinched 35 awards at this year's Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Awards, organised by the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore. It is the highest number of awards won by a single organisation this year.


Philippine Port Project Draws Multi-National Attention

MANILA, July 29 (Reuters) - A 18.99 billion pesos ($417.91 million) project to modernise a port in the southern Philippines has attracted interest from five groups, a government official said on Wednesday, with bids due to be lodged by the fourth quarter.


Sea Trucks Returns to the Gulf of Mexico

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Offshore installation services provider Sea Trucks Group announced it has been awarded a charter contract for its accommodation construction vessel Jascon 31 to operate in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the groups return to the region.  


Sembcorp Marine Posts 17% Fall in Q2

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 Low oil prices and muted sentiment in the industry continued to take a toll on Sembcorp Marine's second-quarter earnings.   The rigbuilder has announced that net profit for the three months ended June 30 sank 17 per cent to to $79.58 million (SGD 109 million), compared to $96


Cambodia: Anti-dredging Protests Heat Up in Koh Kong

Protestors in Koh Kong board a Vietnamese sand-dredging vessel in an attempt to halt its operations. Photo: Mother Nature

 The The Phnom Penh Post reported that activists have continued their campaign to drive out sand dredging companies from Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district, refusing a meeting with local authorities and instead holding a 100-strong protest outside the district hall.  


CSG8 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Rear Adm. Robert Burke, right, is relieved by Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle as Commander, Submarine Group EIGHT (CSG 8) during a change of command on U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino July 29, 2015.

  Rear Adm. Robert  Burke turned over command of Submarine Group EIGHT (CSG8) to Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle, during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, July 29, 2015. Presiding at the change of command ceremony were Commander, U.S


Neptune Orient Lines Logs Q2 Profit

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) swung to a tiny net profit in its second quarter after six straight quarters of losses but said it had seen severe freight rate erosion. "The group's container shipping business continued to face a challenging environment characterised by






 
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