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Spotlight on German Shipbuilding

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German Shipbuilding: Growing order income with new advanced product solutions The German shipbuilding industry has a world market share of around one percent. This is certainly in another league compared to China, South Korea and Japan, which divide the global shipbuilding pie of containerships, bulk carriers and tankers among themselves. But the German shipyards are on top in Europe. Here, around 90,000 people in the shipbuilding and supply industry are employed, and the German maritime cluster remains in strategic and symbolic importance. Aside from the Norwegians, which maintain a strong presence in the offshore segment, the Germans companies are in a worldwide leading position. Recent news about the German shipbuilding has not been the best. But the takeover in early February 2014 of Sietas-Werft – which is based in Hamburg and was traditionally rich, but now insolvent – by Pella Shipyard closes one door, but opens new perspectives for remaining employees. And the future of the P+S-Werft in Wolgast and Stralsund remains unclear. A year and a half after its insolvency, the last newbuild left the assembly hall of the Volkswerft in Stralsund, a RoRo ship for the Danish shipping company DFDS. For this shipyard and for the entire German shipbuilding industry, the prospects of building high-value, specialty ships today holds the most promise for future business.


Wärtsilä Powers 5 Aker Yards Vessels

3D drawing of the LNG-fuelled Platform Supply Vessel being built at the Aker Yards facility at Søviknes, Norway

Wärtsilä Powers 5 Aker Yards Vessels Wärtsilä has signed major contracts with Aker Yards AS Søviknes and Aker Yards AS Trading - the recently established project development arms of the Aker Yards Group - for the supply of propulsion equipment for five offshore vessel projects being built in Norway, India and Brazil. The orders cover the supply of a total of 15 Wärtsilä engines, as well as power generation, automation, and other ancillary equipment.


Aker to Build PSV for Farstad Shipping

Farstad Shipping ASA, through its subsidiary Farstad Supply AS, has signed a contract with Aker Yards to build a UT 751 E platform supply vessel. The hull for the PSV will be built in Romania and outfitting yard will be Aker Yards Brevik. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for July 2007. The vessel will upon delivery enter into the long term contract that was recently awarded by Norsk Hyrdo


Chouest Continues Aggressive Newbuild Program

Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) plans to continue its newbuilding program. Having already designed, built, owned and operated almost 70 new generation offshore vessels servicing the deepwater oil and gas industry over the past decade, the company plans for 11 new vessels, with options for an additional 14. Construction highlights feature three additional 280-ft. deepwater supply vessels, with an option for 10; four 160-ft


ABB Wins Offshore Contracts of $150m

ABB, a power and automation technology group, recently won six contracts collectively worth more than $150m to supply main electrical systems for drilling rigs and drill-ships built in Asia. The orders were booked during the third quarter of 2008. Among the new orders are three deepwater drilling rigs now under construction at the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, two drill-ships (Stena DrillMAX ICE and the Pride #4 drill-ship) to be built at Samsung Heavy Industries and another drill-ship for


Wärtsilä to Power Six New Pipe-laying Vessels

Wärtsilä power and positioning systems have been selected for ships being built for use by the Brazilian energy company Petrobras Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply integrated power solutions to six new offshore Pipe Laying Vessels (PLVs) being built for operation in Brazilian waters. The majority of these orders were booked before the second quarter of 2012. The PLVs will be operating for the Brazilian multinational corporation Petrobras for the construction of


Atlantic Towing, Deep Panuke Project

Atlantic Towing is the successful bidder for EnCana Corporation’s offshore supply vessel services contract for the Deep Panuke Project. This award includes building a new state-of-the-art offshore supply vessel at the Halifax Shipyard. The building and commissioning of the new vessel will employ over 200 shipyard workers at the peak and provide 426,000 person hours of employment.  The new contract will raise total employment levels at the shipyard to over 600 at peak


First Choice Marine Supply in Charleston

First Choice Marine Supply announces it now offers launch services in the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. First Choice now handles all scheduling and pricing of launch services including personnel, spares in transit or deck and engine supplies. President Greg Nielsen said, “We are excited about this new expansion. Our company has been supplying services into Charleston for quite some time. This is one more step for us in our growing relationship with our customers in this market


Dredger Builder Delivers Workboats Too

Dredger Workboat: Photo credit IHC Beaver Dredgers

IHC Beaver Dredgers, known for standard cutter suction vessels, continues to deliver workboats to complement its dredgers. For example, the company has supplied another Delta Multi Craft (DMC) 1050 to support an IHC Beaver® 1200 for its operations in Nigeria. The workboat was supplied from stock to ensure a minimum lead time and it has now formed the perfect working partnership with the dredger. The versatile DMC 1050 will assist the dredger in its daily operations


CH Offshore Charter Out Two AHTS

Singapore's CH Offshore Ltd has chartered out two AHTS vessels on long term bareboat charters to an unamed company. The charter concerns the “Amethyst”, a 2007-built 12,240 brake horsepower anchor-handling tug supply vessel and the “Turquoise”, a 2007-built 12,240 brake horsepower anchor-handling tug supply vessel, for a period of three years each, with an option to purchase at the expiration of the charter. CH offshore


Wärtsilä to Power LNG-fueled RoPax Ferry

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A ferry being built for Sweden’s Rederi AB Gotland will be fueled by LNG, featuring a Wärtsilä integrated solution which includes a complete LNG powered propulsion- and fuel storage and supply system, as well as comprehensive project services


Gazprom, OMV Ink Additional Deal

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  Vienna hosted today the signing of an Addendum to the existing contract for gas supply to Austria between Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Gerhard Roiss, Chief Executive Officer of OMV. The document is to adjust the contract terms and conditions


NAO Secures PSV Contracts with Oil Major

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Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) informs that it has secured platform supply vessel (PSV) contracts with a major oil company.   NAO’s two new contracts with are for four months firm periods, with further options for each vessel.  


Congestion is Port of Long Beach’s Toughest Issue

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Slangerup’s State of the Port address outlines goals for Energy Island, smarter supply chain   In his first-ever State of the Port address, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup on Thursday unveiled plans for congestion-beating smart systems for cargo movement and an


Huisman Cranes for New Maersk Subsea Support Vessels

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In December 2014, Huisman secured a contract from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard for the delivery of four customized 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes and two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes onboard four new subsea support vessels (SSVs) for Maersk Supply Service


Tighter Supertanker Market Impacts Asian Fuel Supplies

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and


GE Powers Diadema Cruise Ship

Fincantieri shipyard to equip in-board propulsion for Carnival and Costa vessels, GE’s Power Conversion business has helped the shipyard successfully deliver the Costa Diadema cruise ship to the Carnival Corporation on October 28, 2014.


CakeBoxx, Globe Tracker Partner for Asset Tracking

Globe Tracker International, a company in global autonomous asset tracking, monitoring, remote management and data sharing services, and CakeBoxx Technologies, developer of CakeBoxx door-less intermodal shipping containers, today announce their strategic partnership.


Danish Port Gets EU Funding for LNG Bunkering

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Port of Hirtshals in Denmark will receive over EUR1 million a pilot construction of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank and bunker, co-financed by EU’s TEN-T Program.  The pilot project will see construction of a 500 cubic meter LNG storage tank and bunkering facility


Greatship to Buy PSV

  Greatship (India) Limited (GIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, has signed a contract to buy a 2015-built 4000 dwt Platform Supply Vessel (PSV). The vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet during Q4FY2015.


Bomb Threat Cut Lithuania LNG Terminal Output

Gas supply from Lithuania's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal was interrupted on Wednesday due to a bomb threat that later turned out to be a hoax, the terminal's operator Klaipedos Nafta said on Wednesday. The terminal is now preparing to restart, a spokeswoman said.


The Art of Propeller Making

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The world’s biggest propellers have their cradle in the North of Germany. MMG – Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH – has manufactured for more than 65 years propellers for ships, including the biggest and fastest, in the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


GE Launches GE Marine Organization

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GE unveils GE Marine organization to power, propel and position the global marine industry   GE unveiled today its new GE Marine organization which cumulates several GE businesses and will be led by Tim Schweikert, vice president, GE Marine.  


Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

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Reftrade UK  has made an investment to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE, has been installed in Reftrade UK’s fleet


First Container for LNG Hybrid Barge

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The HUMMEL (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg. The first container with LNG fuel has arrived in the Hanseatic City. The barge works like a floating power plant and uses LNG to supply






 
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