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Wärtsilä Opens Propeller Factory in China

Propeller in the new factory Wärtsilä's joint venture company in China, Wartsila CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd., inaugurated its new propeller factory at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province. The new factory is expected to double Wärtsilä's capacity to manufacture this type of propellers. During the past ten years the output has increased by 500 percent. In 2007 up to May, there are 425 vessels contracted in China, which is 45 percent of the global vessel order intake, ranking China number one in the world. The new factory has more than doubled the annual production output to 6,500 tons of propellers. The new maximum size of propeller that can be produced at the new factory is suitable for the world's largest container ships that are currently envisaged with propellers individually weighing up to as much as 140 tons. The joint venture Wartsila CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd was set up in 2004 by Wärtsilä (55 percent) and Zhenjiang CME Ltd (45 percent), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). The total investment in the new factory is $13.4m. About 80 percent of the world's newbuildings use fixed-pitch (FP) propellers of the type manufactured in the new factory. Most of the propellers are sold to the rapidly-growing market in China. About 15 to 20 percent of the production is exported.

Wärtsilä, CSIC, Mitsubishi New Chinese Factory


Wärtsilä, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) inaugurated their new, jointly owned, low-speed marine engine factory QMD in Qingdao, Shandong province. The state-of-the-art QMD factory features a modern welding shop, machine shop, assembly shop, and a testing shop, as well as facilities for heat treatment, blasting and painting. This engine production factory has automated equipment and processes, the flexible use of test beds

Rolls Royce Factory to Serve Equipment to Yards

Rolls Royce has opened a new factory in Shanghai, China, to serve the world’s largest commercial shipbuilding market. Together with an existing facility in Korea, the factory forms a new production hub for north-east Asia enabling the company to supply shipyards with marine equipment at the point of manufacture – and open up new markets in the process. The Asian shipbuilding market is currently worth £19 billion annually and accounts for around 80 percent of all global construction

Aalborg Reports Record Marine Boiler Sales in 2001

Aalborg Industries closed year 2001 with the highest total of marine boilers ever sold during a year. Aalborg also reported that its marine turnover was also the highest ever, and the same goes for the order backlog of marine boilers. The new MISSION series of boilers had an exceptional year during which especially the MISSION D-type boilers made a breakthrough in the Korean and Chinese tanker markets. A steadily increasing number of Aalborg Industries boilers for Japan

Wärtsilä Confirms Layoffs at Turku

Negotiations with personnel representatives at Wärtsilä's Turku Factory have concluded. The factory will implement temporary layoffs in order to adjust the capacity to prevailing production volume. The layoffs will apply to 350 workers and will come into effect in mid-October. The layoffs will be implemented step by step this fall and during the first months of 2003.

Hempel Signs Paint Production Investment Agreement


The signing of an investment agreement between leading international coating supplier Hempel and local government officials in the Russian Ulyanovsk region marks an important milestone in the Hempel Group’s plans for its first Russian paint production facility. significantly increase our ability to service our customers in the region.” The new plant will feature the latest in environmentally-friendly coating production equipment technology

Hempel Expands in India

Leading industrial and marine coatings supplier Hempel is building a strong presence in the Indian subcontinent Hempel, one of the world’s leading industrial and marine paint suppliers, is expanding its operations in the Indian subcontinent. With the opening of a new manufacturing unit in Nashik, Maharashtra, Hempel is strengthening its manufacturing capabilities and presence in the Indian subcontinent. The company also plans to invest approximately EUR 15-20 million in a greenfield

Investment in Design: Wärtsilä Italian Style

By David Tinsley Trieste engine plant enters new era Skilful management has been core to the shaping of the huge Trieste engine building factory as a pivotal element in Finnish-owned Wärtsilä Corporation's production network. As the one-time Grandi Motori Trieste(GMT) works, a symbol of Italian industrialization in the 1970s, the factory has been the subject of far-reaching organizational change since the Finns took charge

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 9

1938 - Prototype shipboard radar, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory, is installed on USS New York (BB-34). 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) makes initial U.S. submarine attack on Japanese ship. 1952 - Strike by aircraft from Task Force 77 destroys munitions factory and rail facilities near Rashin, North Korea (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 14

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 14 1813 - HMS Pelican captures USS Argus 1886 - SECNAV establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard 1945 - Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk during World War II (August 15 in DC) For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

From left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Dirk Lehmann (Becker Marine Systems) and Arjan Stavast (Shell Downstream LNG)

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports

Japan’s First ME-GI Engine Passes Factory Tests

FAT attendees pictured in front of the ME-GI engine at MES’s Tamano Works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

The factory acceptance test (FAT) of the first ME-GI engine in Japan recently took place at the Tamano Works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), overseen by classification society DNV GL.   The engine, developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo

GC Hidromek, Aker JV to Develop Dredgers

  GC  “Hidromek”  (Russia) and Aker Arctic (Finland) have signed the strategic partnership agreement  at NEVA 2015 GC “Hydromech” (Russia) Inc and Aker Arctic (Finland) signed an agreement on strategic partnership at the NEVA 2015 International

Umoe Mandal Places Order with DuroWipers

Photo: DuroWipers

Norwegian operator Umoe Mandal has purchased six External Panorama Pantograph heavy duty windscreen wipers from U.K. based DuroWipers to equip a newbuild Surface Effect Ship (SES).   Statkraft has entered into an initial six month charter agreement for the new WaveCraft vessel to transport

SCHOTTEL Pumps €45 Million into New Factory

Shrink fitting of shaft and bevel gear; ©SCHOTTEL

SCHOTTEL, a German manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, has invested a total of €45 million to open a new state-of-the-art Rudderpropeller factory, increasing the company’s production capacity by roughly 30 percent.  

Mega Dock for Tug and Super Yacht Berthing

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons.

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons.  The berth measures 150 x 32 ft. with a freeboard of 5 ft.   The units were cast in SF Marina’s Factory in Walham Sweden, each  weighing more than 240 metric tons

Tersan Fishing Trawler for Nenets Rybakkolhozsoyuza

Fishing vessel, named Pechora

  The vessel, named "Pechora" eighth day of September was launched at a shipyard in Istanbul. The new sea trawler will be released in 2016. It will replace the outdated fleet of seven collective farms, which are included in the Nenets rybakkolhozsoyuz

Hamburg Süd Bolsters its Reefer Fleet

Photo: Hamburg Süd

Press Release - Giving produce exporters a better way to maintain the quality of perishables in transit, Hamburg Süd, one of the top refrigerated container carriers worldwide, recently added 400 refrigerated containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s XtendFRESH atmosphere control

Wärtsilä Propulsion for Norwegian Fishing Vessel

The new fishing vessel for Halstensen Granit AS will feature a complete Wärtsilä propulsion solution for efficient and reliable operation

   A new factory trawler fishing vessel being built for Norwegian marine trawling operator Halstensen Granit AS is to feature a complete Wärtsilä propulsion solution. The vessel is under construction at the Tersan yard in Turkey and the Wärtsilä equipment is

Canadian Frigates Get a Radar Upgrade

Canadian Navy Halifax-Class Frigate (Copyright: US Navy,

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has completed factory acceptance tests and delivery of 12 sets of navigation radars for the Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates.    The scope of onboard systems covers X-/ and S-Band radars with high-performance

Rolls-Royce to Design, Equip Canadian Stern Trawler

Image: Rolls-Royce

The shipbuilding company VARD Group AS in Norway has received an order from a Canadian company for a shrimp stern trawler to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce, whose portion of the deal is worth in excess of £6 million.   The fishing vessel

Thordon Bearings Names New China Distributor

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings Inc. of Canada announced that CY Engineering Co. Ltd. will take over as the new authorized distributor for the People’s Republic of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, effective August 28, 2015. With this agreement, CY Engineering becomes Thordon’s stocking

Interview: Germán Carlos Suárez Calvo, CEO of Astican & Astander Shipyards

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How did you find a career in the maritime industry? As a consequence of my father´s dedication to the industry, as founder of a shipping agency in the early eighties as well as partner in a large shipping company and shipyard´s ownership

Hamburg 2015 Port Forecasts Revised Downward

Photo: Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg Marketing Association has slashed its forecast for container volumes at Hamburg's port, a hub for eastern European trade, due to weakening growth in China and shrinking trade with Russia. The association said on Monday it now expects container volumes to fall 7 percent to 9

Tianjin Port Death Toll Rises to 114

Image: Youtube Video

 Rescue crews have found 114 bodies, with 95 people still missing, 85 of whom are firefighters, after two huge explosions  China’s Port of Tianjin where dangerous chemicals and goods are stored late Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency reports.  

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