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China Overtakes Korean Shipbuilding

South Korean shipbuilders were overtaken by their Chinese rivals in new orders acquired in the first four months of the year, a London-based market researcher said on Wednesday. South Korean shipbuilders such as Hyundai Heavy Industries Co and Samsung Heavy Industries Co received a combined 6.9 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) in new orders in the January-April period, up 6.9% from a year ago, Clarkson Research Studies said. New orders acquired by Chinese shipyards totaled 8.5 million However, South Korea maintained its No 1 ranking in the global shipbuilding industry in terms of backlogs of orders and the volume of vessels built, the market researcher said. South Korean shipbuilders' combined backlogs of orders totaled 46.4 million CGTs as of the end of April, compared with their Chinese rivals' 34.2 million CGTs and Japanese shipbuilders' 29.7 million CGTs. Korean shipyards built 3.2 million CGTs in the first four months of the year, nearly triple the Chinese shipyards' figure of 1.2 million CGTs. South Korea, home to seven of the world's top 10 shipyards, clinched record-high orders last year because of strong demand for crude-oil carriers and offshore exploration equipment amid high oil prices. Source: Asia Pulse/Yonhap


Good start for Jotun in 2004

The Jotun group generated sales of NOK 2,039 million in the first four months of 2003 which is NOK 244 million more than for the same period in 2003. The group generated a profit on operating profit before tax of NOK 228 million compared to NOK 185 million last year. Sales measured in volume have increased and the strong currency fluctuations of recent years have moderated so that sales measured in NOK more closely reflected the group's growth.


Tanker Rates Plateau After 90% Surge

Middle East tanker charter rates, up more than 90 percent since the start of the year, appear to have reached a plateau, shippers said. Worldscale rates for chartering a very large crude carrier (VLCC) to transport two million barrels of crude oil from the Middle East to the U.S. Gulf now stand at W82.5-W85, compared with W42.5 at the beginning of January. To Japan rates have risen to W95-W100 from about W52.5. That means the cost of shipping oil to the U.S


Unitor to Supply Skaugen Fleet

A six-ship fleet of state-of-the-art ethylene carriers building for Norway’s I.M. Skaugen at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, China are being fitted with a comprehensive range of fire-fighting and fire-protection systems from Unitor. All six ships, known as the Super Coolers, have been specially designed for operation within the Norgas fleet of gas tankers. The first four vessels, Norgas Orinda, Norgas Sonoma, Norgas Petaluma and Norgas Alameda have a capacity of 8,556m³


Northrop Grumman Newport News to Lay Keel

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Newport News sector is teamed with Electric Boat to build the first four ships of the Virginia-class. Texas is the second ship of the class and the first one that will undergo final assembly and delivery at Newport News in 2005. The keel that will be laid for Texas is part of the stern section of the ship. The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be U.S. Sen. John Warner of Virginia. Other ceremony participants will include Northrop Grumman


Lamprell to Deliver 2 Additional Rigs for NDC

NDC Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, and Lamprell Chief Executive Officer, Jim Moffat, shake hands after signing the contract award for two further high specification jackup drilling rigs which NDC awarded to Lamprell

Lamprell received a new contract award valued at approximately $365 million from National Drilling Company (NDC) for the construction and delivery of two further high specification jackup drilling rigs of a Super 116E (Enhanced) Class. Lamprell was previously awarded contracts by NDC for a series of six identical rigs and is on schedule to complete construction of the final two jackup rigs, having already delivered the first four on time and on budget


Navy Contracts for Sub Conversion

The Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) a cost reimbursement modification, valued at $162,359,000 for the conversion of the USS Georgia from an Ohio Class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN 729) to Ohio Class guided missile submarine (SSGN 729). "This contract modification represents the final contractual step in transforming the first four Ohio Class SSBNs into the most capable strike and Special Forces platform in the Navy," said Capt


Navig8, Ocean Yield in Chemical Tanker Deal

Image: Ocean Yield

 Norway’s Ocean Yield has bought eight chemical tanker newbuildings for $306.8m from Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc, which will lease the vessels back on 15-year   "hell and high" bareboat charters.   Navig8 Chemical Tankers has options to buy the vessels during the charter period, with the first option exercisable after five years.   The Oslo-listed ship-owner Ocean Yield will provide Navig8 Chemical Tankers with a pre-delivery loan matching the remaining


Busiest Capesize Demolition Market Ever

Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

  The activity on the demolition market is off to a good start in 2015 when looking at dry bulk tonnage, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO).   The dry bulk market has long suffered from weak freight rates stemming from falling demand and an oversupply of ships. However, despite worsening freight market conditions, the demolition of dry bulk tonnage has not been adapting fully to this trend as could be expected


113 Migrants Drown in Libya-Italy Weekend Transits

An estimated 113 people died in four shipwrecks between Libya and Italy at the weekend as the crossing becomes the preferred sea route for migrants to Europe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. With the closing of land routes in the Balkans and a recent deal under which Greece sends migrants back to Turkey, Italian officials have said they expect more people to try to make this longer and much more dangerous crossing from Libya.


Oil to Water: Impala Tugs Undergo Conversion

Photo: Thordon Bearings

The first four of 15 Impala Terminals Colombia-operated tug/tow boats have been converted from oil to water-lubricated tailshaft bearings.   Impala Zambrano, the first of 15 triple-screw and twin-screw push boats scheduled for oil-to-water conversion


Ship Breaking Activity Grows Slowly but Steadily -BIMCO

Source: BIMCO, Clarksons

Global ship demolition activity rose by 16 percent in the first nine months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015, showcasing shipping industry action to counter the imbalance between supply and demand in the market, according to BIMCO.  


Metal Shark to Expand its Franklin Shipyard

Photo: Metal Shark

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced an expansion project now underway at its waterfront shipbuilding complex in Franklin, La.   To accommodate increased production needs, Metal Shark is erecting a fully-enclosed 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building to


Record October for Savannah Port

Georgia Ports Authority achieved its busiest October ever for loaded containers, moving 251,566 loaded twenty-foot equivalent container units. (Photo Georgia Ports Authority  Stephen B. Morton)

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch reported to the GPA board Monday fiscal year to date growth of 4 percent for loaded container traffic, moving 1.01 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 40,545 TEUs compared to the same period in 2015.  


Asian Traders Unload Floating Gasoline as Market Flips

File image: A tanker at sea (credit: BMT)

Gasoline shifted from tankers to landed storage or sold off; forward gasoline prices to flip to backwardation from July. The number of tankers storing gasoline in waters off Singapore and Malaysia is dwindling as the fuel is sold off or shifted to cheaper onshore storage because of changes in


China May Approve More Crude Imports for Teapots

More independent refineries seek crude import quotas. Total quota may hit 2 mln bpd by end-2016. China could approve more crude import quotas for independent refiners that will bring the total volume to close to 2 million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of 2016


DNV GL to Class Gas Ready Stena RoPax Newbuilds

DNV GL has signed a contract to provide classification services for Stena Line’s new RoPax ferries, to be constructed at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China, the classification society announced today at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens, Greece.  


S. Korea Boosting Condensate Imports from Iran

South Korea, Asia's largest buyer of condensate, will step up purchases of the ultra light oil from Iran by more than 50 percent in June, two sources said, as competitive pricing squeezes out rival oil from Qatar.   Expected June shipments of condensate from Iran may reach at least six


Norwegian Unions Say 755 O&G Workers Could Strike

About 755 Norwegian workers on seven oil and gas fields could go on strike from Saturday, hitting output from western Europe's top producer, if a new wage deal is not agreed before a Friday deadline, trade unions said on Monday.   A final round of mandatory talks will be hosted by a state


Newly Formed MV WERFTEN to Focus on Cruise Builds

Wismar

Genting Hong Kong announced that the three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April will be named as MV WERFTEN*, be managed in Wismar and will focus on building large new cruise ships. Lloyd Werft located in Bremerhaven and bought last September will focus on its


Port Hedland June Iron Ore Exports to China Rise to Record

Port Hedland (Photo: Pilbara Ports Authority)

Record iron ore shipments to China moved through Australia's Port Hedland terminal in June, as major producers BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals operated close to full capacity and inventories at Chinese ports swelled.   Most of the ore both companies mine is sent to China


Spot Rate Trends on Asia-Europe See Reversal: Drewry

Graph: Drewry

 The downwards trend line in Asia-Europe spot freight rates has finally been reversed, as data from World Container Index Shanghai-Europe reveals.   Whereas the first four months of 2016 saw 50% or larger reductions in freight rates and record-low spot rate levels


Paradip Port Cargo Volume Looks Up

Photo: Paradip Port Trust

 Among five major ports on the east coast Paradip Port topped the list with 28.65 million tonnes of cargo for the first four months, followed by Chennai Port 17.42 million tonnes, V.O.C Port 13.07 million tonnes, Krishnapatnam Port 11.57 million tonnes and Kamarajar Port close to 9 million


Cummins Delivers First QSK95 Engines

(Image: Cummins)

Manufacturer of diesel engines and generator sets for the marine industry Cummins Inc. said it recently delivered the first four QSK95 engines for a marine application, with four additional units to be delivered in December.   The engines were delivered to longtime Cummins partner SEACOR


Siemens Bags Electric Ferry Propulsion Contract

Image: Multi Maritime

 Siemens said it has secured a contract to supply propulsion systems for two new The all-electric battery ferries to be operated by Fjord1 on the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway.   Both vessels will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers






 
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