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Korean Firms Win Qatar LNG Carrier Contracts

The Samsung Heavy Industries Co., has won a $1.14b deal to build four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The deal from Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd. calls for Samsung Heavy to build the four carriers worth $286 million each by February 2010, the company said in a regulatory filing. Meanwhile, the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., the world's third-largest shipyard, said Monday it had received a $1.22 billion order to build five LNG carriers. The deal calls for Daewoo Shipbuilding to also supply four of the five carriers to Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd., and one to an unidentified European company. Source: Asia Pulse

Wärtsilä Wins UK Aircraft Carrier Contract

Wärtsilä will supply main diesel generating sets and their auxiliary and support systems for the Royal Navy's Future Aircraft Carriers. (Photo: Thales) Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract for approx EUR 30 million for the manufacture and supply of the main diesel generating sets and their auxiliary and support systems for the Royal Navy's Future Aircraft Carriers (CVF) by Thales Naval Division on behalf of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance

Wärtsilä Receives Repeat Order

Wärtsilä Corporation has received a repeat order for two more Sulzer RT-flex engines with electronically-controlled common-rail fuel injection. They will be installed in two 30,000 tdw multipurpose carriers contracted at Shanghai Shipyard in China by Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Co (Chipolbrok). Two similar engines were contracted in October 2001. The engines are seven-cylinder Sulzer RT-flex60C engines, each with a maximum continuous output of 16,520 kW (22,470 bhp) at 114 rev/min.

Huntington Risks Losing $194 Million on Carrier’s Overrun

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. stands to loss as much as $194.3 million, more than 40 percent of its potential fee, under the Navy’s latest estimate of overruns for the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, according to Bloomberg. Construction of the Ford, the Navy’s most expensive warship, is likely to exceed by $884 million the shipbuilder’s target contract cost of about $5.2 billion for detailed design and construction

Freight Logistics Implements CargoSphere Rate Technology Platform

Photo: CargoSphere

CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced that Freight Logistics, a global freight forwarder and logistics service provider, has implemented the CargoSphere technology platform.  Freight Logistics is now self-managing air and ocean carrier contracts using CargoSphere’s SUDS (Smart Upload and Diagnostic Solution) and is receiving rates over CargoSphere’s

SINOPACIFIC Christens Newbuild Bulker


SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group held a christening ceremony today at its Dayang Shipyard for a newly built Ultramax CROWN63R.   As the Godmother, Madam Grace Yang, the wife of former Chinese Ambassador to Greece christened this new vessel as SINICA GRAECA, which is written in Latin (SINICA means China in old Greek) and symbolizes the great Chinese and Greek cultures. Representatives from the shipowner, government, bank, classification societies, supervision teams, suppliers

Delivery of Cargo to Carrier Creates Quasi-Contract

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that a quasi-contract is created when the shipper delivers cargo to the carrier for ocean transportation. In the instant case, the shipper contracted with (and paid) a freight forwarder for shipment of its cargoes from the United States to Syria. The bills of lading were not signed by the shipper. The shipper delivered the cargoes directly to the carrier’s vessels at the pier in Texas. The cargoes were transported and delivered in good order

India's Great Eastern Shipping Sells Two

A dry bulk carrier has been delivered to the buyers & the contract for sale of a product carrier tankship has also been signed. The Great EasternShipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) has delivered its 1995 built Panamax dry bulk carrier Jag Arnav (about 71,000 dwt) to undisclosed buyers. Earlier, the company contracted to sell Jag Pawar, a 1988-built general purpose product carrier of about 29,900 dwt, with delivery to the buyers in Q1 2014.

Navy Awards Design Contracts for UCLASS Carrier Development

Unmanned X-47B on flight deck: Photo credit USN

The Navy has awarded four Preliminary Design Review (PDR) contracts for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) air vehicle segment.
 UCLASS will be the first deployed carrier-based unmanned air system. It will provide persistent, unmanned, semi-autonomous, carrier-based Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting (ISR &T) with precision strike capability to support 24/7 carrier operational coverage.

G E Shipping Contracts to Buy a Supramax Bulk Carrier

Great Eastern

  The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a Supramax Bulk Carrier of about 52,454 dwt. The 2006 built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet in September-October 2014. The Company’s current fleet stands at 30 vessels, comprising 22 tankers (8 crude carriers, 12  product tankers, 2 LPG carriers) and 8 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 3 Kamsarmax, 4 Supramax)  with an average age of 10 years aggregating 2

ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.  

MacGregor to Supply Cargo Access Systems for Mega RoRo Ships

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been contracted by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver RoRo access equipment packages for a series of two post-Panamax RoRo carriers. The vessels are under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for the Luxembourg-based operator CLdN

South Korean Orders for MacGregor's Pusnes Deck Machinery

MacGregors Pusnes Deck Machinery courtesy MacGregors

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for various 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

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

German Vessal Held in US

Cornelia. Photo by Micharms

A German ship Cornelia is being held in the Duluth Bay by U.S. authorities in Lake Superior for a fortnight, says local media.   The U.S. Coastguard is investigating the German bulk carrier for alleged environmental violations.   

Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

 The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed.    Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand

Federal Bering Calls First Time at Antwerp

Federal Bering crew Copyright Antwerp Port

The Federal Bering bulk carrier called for the first time at the port of Antwerp on November 16. The recently built Federal Bering is in Antwerp for three days to load a consignment of 20,000 metric tons of steel for ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp and other steel producers

IRS Software for Common Structural Rule

IRCSR Courtesy IRS

  IRClass has announced the release of new technical software, IR-CSR, for verification and compliance of oil tankers and bulk carriers against recently mandated Common Structural Rules (CSR) by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

Chinese Authorities Raid Container-Shipping Firms

Photo: Maersk Line

China's National Development and Reform Commission  (NDRC) is visiting several major container shipping lines’ offices in Shanghai and throughout the country as part of its surcharges investigation.   According to local media reports

BIMCO Declares Winners of Its 2015 Awards

Declaring BIMCO Awards

Last night in Hamburg, BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give public recognition to all seafarers who have been – and still are – involved in rescuing people in distress at sea. Mr. Louis-Dreyfus awarded the BIMCO President’s Award to Columbia Shipmanagement

GE Partners for Royal Navy Business

GE announce its partnership with VolkerStevin Ltd. to provide technical solutions to the Defense Infrastructure Organization (DIO) for the Royal Navy. Through this partnership, GE is set to design, manufacture and commission a Rotary Frequency Converter (RFC) which enables efficient

Drewry: Container Service Reliability Falls

Containership reliability took a small step backwards in October as the average on-time performance across all trades reached 77.9%, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

Parker Bestobell Marine Launches Compact Valve

Parker Bestobell Marine has launched a new compact version of its Float Isolation Valve (FLIV). The compact FLIV, which is 150mm in diameter and 600mm high, was developed to cater for the use of smaller diameter floats that are now being specified by shipyards for secondary level monitoring

Pioneer Marine Plunges into Red Again, Cancels Ship Orders

Photo by Pioneer Marine Inc

 Singapore-based Pioneer Marine reported a $5.4m loss for the third quarter of 2015, about even with a $5m loss in the same quarter last year.  It canceled orders for three new ships as the bulk-ship operator coped with a steep decline in demand for commodities in China.  

Transpacific Container Lines Address Economic Pressures Ahead in 2016

Pic: Transpacific Container Lines

 In a container freight market challenged by volatility and facing the prospect of further consolidation, member shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced a phased increase in rates and a package of 2016-17 service contract guidelines intended to ensure

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