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Boskalis Orders Two Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers

Dredging concern Royal Boskalis Westminster nv has placed an order with shipyard IHC Holland for the construction of two innovative 12,000m³ hoppers. The order is part of the multi-year fleet expansion program at Boskalis. The ships will be completed in December 2009 and April 2011. The order involves an investment of more than € 200 million. The new ships stand out because of the use of innovative technologies, strengthening the Boskalis market position in the segment for ‘large trailing suction hopper dredgers’. They will have two separate hoppers, allowing for the optimal use of their capacity in all circumstances, including shallow waters. In addition, the pumping capacity on the vessels is high, allowing them to pump large volumes over longer distances. This means that they can be used in a wide range of projects throughout the world, for both large-scale land reclamation and the construction of ports and waterways. Boskalis has a modern fleet with trend-setting ships, a broad geographical spread, and activities in all market segments. The company has a multi-year fleet expansion program that will strengthen its position on a global market that is growing rapidly. The program involves a total investment of approximately € 850 million and includes the construction of four hoppers with capacities varying from 5,600m³ to 12,000m³, the lengthening of the Queen of the Netherlands into a mega hopper of 35,500m³ and the construction of jumbo cutter Phoenix

Nordic American Tankers Ltd. - Declaration of Dividend

Nordic American Tankers Ltd. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.16 for the first quarter of 2013, the same as for the 4th quarter of 2012.   The level of the declared dividend should be seen in the context of planned fleet expansion. Expansion is essentially the same as investing in the future. However, also yield is a priority as demonstrated by this payment of dividend for the 63rd consecutive quarter since the autumn of 1997.

Bocimar Set for Fleet Expansion

CMB confirms that its subsidiary Bocimar International has sold its Handymax vessel CMB Talent (2001 – 52,403 dwt). The vessel is sold time charter attached, expiring at the end of 2008. The net sale price amounts to USD 53 million. At the time of delivery of the vessel, scheduled to take place at the end of November 2007, a capital gain of approximately $36m will be realized. Further, Bocimar has ordered 10 Handysize bulk vessels (33,500 dwt) from Samjin Corporation (Korea)

Costa Deliziosa Completes Her Technical Launch


Costa Cruises, Italian tourism group and European cruise company, and Fincantieri celebrated the technical launch of the Costa Deliziosa at the Marghera yards: the first time the ship touched the sea flooding the dry-dock where she is under construction. The Costa Deliziosa, the 15th ship of Costa’s fleet with a total tonnage of 92,700 and a capacity of 2,828 passengers, is scheduled to be delivered at the end of January 2010, after completing the interior fitting out operations

LQT Delivers Accommodation Facility and Helideck in Gulf of Mexico

LQT Industries , a full-service provider of accommodation facilities, design-build construction services, and support services to the oil and gas industry, has engineered and built a new series of aluminum accommodation buildings that will be utilized by a major oil and gas operator on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The buildings are 10’W x 35’L and weigh only 16,000 pounds. These newly built buildings

Seacontractors Milestone with Three Damen Workboats

Stan Tug 3011

Customized vessels demonstrate capabilities in demanding global markets. Seacontractors has expanded its workboat fleet with three new orders at Damen Shipyards Group, including the maritime services provider’s ninth vessel from the Shoalbuster range, a Damen Shoalbuster 3209. In addition, Seacontractors’ order for two Stan Tugs makes it the launching customer for the new 70-tonne bollard pull STu 3011 design

Stelmar Announces Time Charter Contract

Stelmar Shipping Ltd. announced that it has renewed the Rimar, a 1998 double hull product tanker, on a six-month time charter contract for $13,500 per day. Peter R. Goodfellow, Chief Executive Officer and President commented, "In 2002, we have signed or renewed profitable time contracts for all seven tankers that have come off contract. We have also been able to sign new profitable time charter contracts for another two tankers that had been operating in the spot market

Hapag-Lloyd Orders Two Ships

Hapag-Lloyd ordered two 8,600 TEU containerships from the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries for delivery in spring and autumn 2007. The newbuildings will have a length of 335m, width of 43m and draught of 14.50m and be able to carry 8,600 standard containers (TEU). They will have a speed of 25 knots. It is planned to deploy the vessels between Europe and the Far East. Hapag-Lloyd released no details on the construction costs.

Star Bulk Acquires Bulk Carrier

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a Capesize bulk carrier of approx. 180,000 dwt, built in 1991 in Japan, for approximately $83.7 million from Japanese interests. The vessel will be financed through a combination of company cash and bank debt. The vessel to be renamed the M/V Star Sigma, is scheduled to be delivered to Star Bulk within April/May 2008. It comes with a one-year time charter back to its present owners which will commence on the day of

IRISL Looks West with New Vessels

Image: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) plans to become one of the world's top ten shipping lines. It plans to modernize its fleet and ally with international shipping majors to tap western markets , reports WSJ.   Mohammad Saeidi, chairman of IRISL said that his company is planning a massive fleet expansion. It aims to re-enter western markets as Tehran exits a long period of sanctions that barred its vessels from calling at European and U.S

Vroon Laying up 12 OSVs

Image: Vroon Offshore Services

 The Netherlands-based Vroon Offshore Services has decided to pull 12 offshore-support vessels out of operation, saying the move is a “direct result of the ongoing slump in offshore oil and gas activities”.   This consequently means it will also reduce the number of onboard

Iran in Major Fleet Expansion Plan

Image: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 In a bid to prepare for the lift of economic sanctions placed on the country, Iran has unveiled a $120 billion fleet expansion campaign.   Mohammad Saeidi, Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), said that the company seeks to purchase 579

Multraship Orders Damen Tugs at Europort

Left to right: Mijndert Wiesenekker, Sales Director Benelux Damen; Pepijn Nuijten, Multraship; Kees Muller, Multraship; Arnout Damen, CCO Damen; and Leendert Muller, Multraship. (Photo: Multraship)

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship, through its 100-percent-owned subsidiary Novatug BV, has commissioned the construction of two Carrousel Rave Tugs (CRTs) as well as a new ASD 3212 tug from Damen Shipyards Group.    Officially ordered today at a signing ceremony at

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

VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard Transportation

Photo courtesy of Bouchard Transportation

Bouchard Transportation Co., announced the launch of Barge B. No. 270, the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc.   The barge was launched at the Pascagoula Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula

UOC Invests $10 Mln in Vallianz

Pic: Vallianz Holdings Limited

 Singapore-listed Vallianz Holdings Limited, that provides offshore support vessels and integrated marine solutions to the oil and gas industry, has received an investment of $10 million from institutional investor fund United Orient Capital Pte Ltd (UOC).  

WFW Advises on MSC Cruise Ship Financing

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised long-time client MSC Cruises (“MSC”) on the €1.2 billion (US$1.35bn), export credit agency (ECA) supported financing of two newbuild ‘Seaside class’ cruise ships

Container Equipment Costs at Record Low

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

Low material costs and stable demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows where it is forecast to stay, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  

Bouchard Transportation Christens New ATB Unit

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, on Tuesday July 14, 2015 in New Orleans.   The ceremony was honored by the Monsignor James Vlaun who blessed the vessels, and Marie Romais

RoRo Launched for Royal Bahamas Defense Force

Photo: Damen

 A Damen RoRo 5612 was launched this month at Halong Shipyard in Vietnam, the shipbuilder announced. The RoRo is one of nine Damen vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force as part of its Sandy Bottom Project. The vessel’s multipurpose capabilities will be put to use by the

China Shipping Orders Eight 13500 TEU Box Ships

Image: China Shipping Container Lines

China Shipping Container Lines has placed orders for eight 13,500 twenty-foot-equivalent container ships at Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding, continuing the aggressive fleet expansion began last year.     As agreed, Jiangnan Changxing will design and build eight 135

MacGregor RoRo Access Systems for Grimaldi Car Carriers

RoRo equipment

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilding group Yangfan to deliver comprehensive RoRo access equipment packages for a series of five post-Panamax 7,800 CEU pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs). The vessels are under construction for Italian operator Grimaldi Group

Greece Crisis Threatens Nigerian Ship Owners

Image: Nigeria Shipowners Association

 There are strong indications that the current economic crisis faced by Greece may truncate a vessel acquisition deal worth over $250 million with some Nigerian ship owners, reports BizWatchNigeria.   Recently, some ship owners Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU

Bouchard Christens ATB

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, in New Orleans. The B. No. 270 was launched at VT Halter Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., earlier this year, and the tug Kim M

Seanergy Maritime 2Q Revenue Nets $1.8 mln

Dry bulk shipper Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.  announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, the company generated net revenues of $1.8 million. Total equity as of June 30, 2015 was $9.4 million.

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