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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

SCI Bags 3rd Best Enterprise Award

Participants with the Award

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., has won the third prize for the ‘Best Enterprise Award’ in the 26th Regional Meet organized by the Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS), Western Region. The forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) and its network have been functioning since 1989 under the Aegis of SCOPE to promote growth and development of women in PSUs. Central PSUs, nationalized banks and insurance companies are corporate life members of WIPS, and about 10

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)

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

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).

MacGregor Wins Orders for Pusnes Deck Machinery

Pusnes Deck Machinery (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced it has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for several shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

CMA CGM Slashes Fleet CO2 Emissions by 50%

Graphics: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, is pleased to announce a 50% improvement in its CO2 performance for its owned fleet. Thanks to an efficient environmental policy sustained by deploying innovative solutions, this success was accomplished in 10 years.  

SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

Image: SSAB

 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  

S&P Raises Steamship Mutual outlook to Positive

Pic Credit Steamship Mutual

  Poor’s has revised its outlook on Steamship Mutual to Positive from Stable. The A- financial strength rating has been reaffirmed. In their announcement Standard & Poor’s note: • the Club’s risk-based capital is expected to remain extremely strong;

NYK Again in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

NYK Included in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for a Fourth Consecutive Year Image from NYK

NYK has been included in the CDP*’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for a fourth consecutive year.   The company received a perfect score in the CDP's 2015 Climate Change Information Request, ranking in the top 10 percent of the CDP’s Japan 500 target companies

Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 28 pct

CMA CGMs Marco Polo at sea (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe plunged by 27.9 percent to $295 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

Ro-Pax(roll onroll off passenger)ferries.

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

CMA CGM in Talks to Buy NOL

Courtesy CMA CGM

  CMA CGM confirms that it has entered into exclusive discussions with Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) and Lentor Investments Pte. Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited), its controlling shareholder, with respect to a potential combination with NOL

CMA CGM Outperforms, Nets $51 mln 3Q Profit


  In third-quarter 2015, CMA CGM once again outperformed the market average in an industry shaped by a sharp fall in freight rates and overcapacity in certain markets. Freight rates were especially weak on certain lines, including Asia-Europe

New Charges in 2012 Fatal Platform Blast

West Delta 32 platform after the explosion (Photo: BSEE)

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC, Grand Isle Shipyards Inc., Wood Group PSN Inc., as well as Don Moss, 46, of Groves, Texas, Curtis Dantin, 50, of Cut-Off, La., and Christopher Srubar, 40, of Destrehan, La., have been charged with crimes for a November 2012 explosion on an oil production

Somali Pirates Hijack Iranian Fishing Vessel

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean.   Although there are still occasional cases of sea attacks

Golden Ocean CEO: No Share Issue

Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean Group said on Tuesday it did not consider an equity issue to improve its liquidity and balance sheet following challenging markets conditions. "We are not considering equity issue. We are working on other options, including sale and leaseback

MAN Selects Rud to Head PrimeServ Diesel

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s executive board has appointed Per Rud as the new head of PrimeServ Diesel.   Rud will assume his new role on January 1, 2016 and takes over from Wayne Jones, who will join the executive board as the new chief sales officer.  

North Group Increases Projected Free Reserve

Directors of the North P&I Club and Sunderland Marine Insurance Company (North Group) have revised their projection for the group’s year-end free reserve up to $380 million, an increase of 12 percent on last year and $20 million more than estimated at the half-year point.

BTӦ Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Sweden-based BogserTeam Ӧresund (BTӦ), part of MarCon gruppen, recently signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2810. MarCon gruppen is currently experiencing growth and is undertaking a program of renewal and expansion to its fleets.

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