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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.

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


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

SCA Circular on Requirements‏ of Ships' Documents, Drawings

Courtesy Suez Canal Authority

  Circular issued by Suez Canal Authority concerning ships' documents and drawings which are required to be ready onboard before transiting the canal for first transit or each transit to avoid any fine and/or delay. Those concerned are requested to take note and be guided by the instructions. The Most Recent Required Drawings and Documents for the Suez Canal Officials (CanaL Inspector) For The First Transit: - General Arrangement Plan (Original drawing all pcs/sheets).

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)

Björk.Eklund Group changes to Greencarrier AB

Following the renaming of the Björk.Eklund Group to Greencarrier AB, its founders Stefan Björk (left) and Björn Eklund (right), will continue to hold the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer respectively.

The Björk.Eklund Group is changing its name to Greencarrier AB with effect from February 1, 2012. Previously the Greencarrier name had only been used by companies that formed part of Greencarrier Freight Services, the division of the Björk.Eklund Group offering customised logistics and transport solutions worldwide.  Now the majority of Group companies not currently branded Greencarrier will also change their names to reflect their membership of the Greencarrier Group

3sun Open New Denmark Base


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.

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

Smart Box Ship Features Built-in Container Tracking

CMA CGM Bougainville (Photo: CMA CGM)

CMA CGM Bougainville is billed as the first containership in the world to be equipped with TRAXENS technology, which transforms containers into smart, connected objects.   Newly built CMA CGM Bougainville, the 18,000 teu flagship of French container shipping company the CMA CGM Group

Thyssen Taps Anil Group for Sub Bid

Photo: ThyssenKrupp

 Diversified German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG has initiated talks to partner Anil Ambani-led ADAG in building up to 12 submarines in a contract expected to be worth Rs50,000 crore ($7.6 billion), reports PTI.   ThyssenKrupp, the Germany-based 41-billion euro company

APM TEC2 Receives Cranes

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas Mexico receives new cranes

The first three of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced Ship-to-Shore (STS) container cranes and two rail mounted cranes for the intermodal rail facility have been delivered to APM Terminals’ Lázaro Cárdenas (TEC2)

Kruszewski Joins Braemar Engineering

Chis Kruszewski

  Braemar Engineering, the specialist maritime engineering consultancy, today announced the appointment of Chis Kruszewski to the role of Senior Electrical Engineer in its Offshore, DP and FMEA Group. Mr Kruszewski joins Braemar Engineering with immediate effect

DMW Marine Military Cranes


DMW Marine Group, LLC. completed a number of projects for the U.S. Navy and foreign Navies in recent years, claiming a place as a go-to supplier for Navy departments globally. Notable projects as listed by DMW include a personnel handling 500 ton meter knuckleboom crane

NHMS Officials Visit MOL’s SOSC

Touring the SOSC

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. welcomed five visitors from The National Hydro-Meteorological Service of Vietnam (NHMS), and hosted a tour of the company’s innovative Safety Operation Supporting Center (SOSC).   The NHMS is a national institute responsible for weather forecasting and

Aruba, Citgo sign MOU to Explore Refinery Restart

Aruba's Energy Ministry said on Friday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PDVSA's U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum to explore reopening and operating the island's refinery, idled since 2012. The 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery was operated buy U.S

SBM Offshore Invited to Participate in Petrobras Tenders

Netherlands-based floating production solutions provider SBM Offshore announced that its main Brazilian subsidiary has received written notification from Petrobras of its ability to participate in the recently issued Libra and Sépia FPSO tenders in Brazil.  

Santos Port Reduces Drafts at Noble, Copersucar Terminals

Brazil's Santos port authority has decided to reduce the drafts on some terminals, including the ones operated by Noble Agri, a local subsidiary of Asian commodities trader Noble Group, and Copersucar due to excess sediment, two shipping agencies said on Monday.  

Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.  

Completed GMS Scirocco Gets first Contract

GMS Scirocco

  Gulf Marine Services the provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, informed that the newly-built GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget and has been awarded its first

MOL's Vessel Safety Campaign Launch Tomorrow

Scene from the previous campaign

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the launch of its biannual vessel safety campaign on October 1, targeting all MOL-operated vessels. The current campaign centers on prevention of onboard fires. MOL positions safe operation as a social commitment and the highest priority in all

Teekay Secures $1bln from Chinese Bank

 Teekay Corporation announced today it has entered into a framework cooperation agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for up to $1 billion in new loan facilities.   The loan facilities would be made available to Teekay and its subsidiaries

Russia to Deepen Novorossiysk for Larger Ships


 The Russian government plans to spend between $400 to $500 million to expand and deepen the harbor of the Novorossiysk seaport to handle larger vessels, reports Moscow News.   Construction, in order to make it more competitive with Ukrainian ports also on the Black Sea

Ulstein Systems Ordered for New Rock Installers

(Image: Ulstein)

Ulstein Power & Control announced it has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd. to deliver power and control for two subsea rock installation vessels for offshore dredging and construction specialist Jan De Nul Group.  

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