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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

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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


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


VT Halter Delivers ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, a 6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug, during sea trials (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc. has delivered the 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated (ATB) tug, MV Frederick E. Bouchard, to owner Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. at the shipbuilder’s facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.   The delivery, which culminates a two-vessel contract awarded by Bouchard Transportation to VT Halter Marine in August 2014, follows the delivery of the contract’s first vessel, MV Morton S. Bouchard Jr., on February 1, 2016


World Fleet Growth: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research says that there has been a rapid expansion in the world fleet over the last decade. However, the pace of growth has slowed dramatically in recent years.    Generally more limited contracting and subsequently significantly lower delivery volumes combined with


DEME, Royal IHC win DPC Innovation Award

LNG powered hopper Minerva under construction in Kinderdijk Photo Royal IHC

On November 10, DEME and Royal IHC have been awarded a DPC Innovation Award for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHD). The DPC Innovation Awards consisted of 13 categories looking at the most innovative and forward-thinking projects


Damen Workboats for Fratelli Neri Fleet Expansion

ASD Tug 2913 Toscana Photo Damen

Italian towing company Fratelli Neri S.p.A. has expanded its fleet with the delivery of three new Damen workboats. The trio of vessels will be based in the company’s home port of Livorno, on the Tuscan coast. Damen delivered all the vessels from stock;completing the final outfitting works


Tough Times in Shipping Fleet Demolition

 Strong demolition has been a prominent feature of the shipping industry this year, as challenging market conditions continue to drive a significant supply-side response in a number of sectors, says Clarksons Research.   Across the total shipping fleet


Fleet Growth: Private Trends And Public Developments

Graph: Clarksons Research

 According to Clarksons Research, the world fleet has experienced a sustained period of growth during the last decade, with owners based in the Asia/Pacific region responsible for the largest share of this expansion.    However, since the start of 2014


Nordic American Tankers Expands Suezmax Fleet

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of Suezmax tanker Nordic Luna, the first of four secondhand sister vessels purchased as part of the company’s plans for fleet expansion.   The second vessel is expected to join the NAT fleet in mid-June


Fincantieri Cuts Steel for Seabourn Ovation

Seaburn Ovation  an ultra-luxury vessels which Fincantieri is currently building Courtesy Fincantieri

A steel cutting ceremony for Seabourn Ovation, the second of two ultra-luxury vessels which Fincantieri is currently building for the shipowner Seabourn, a brand of Carnival Corporation, was held June 7 at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa.  


Global Fleet Growth: A More Mature Trend?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The supply of ships into the fleet is a key determinant of vessel earnings across the shipping sectors, and world fleet growth is closely followed by everyone in the maritime industry, says Clarksons Research.   In recent years the overall pace of growth of the world fleet appears to


UASC's Dismal Performance

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), which is close to merging with Hapag-Lloyd, revealed enormous deficits and a massive debt in its key financial figures, says Alphaliner.   The first-time revealed UASC financial figures uncover more than $4bn of debt incurred during a major fleet


New Container Equipment Prices to Fall to Record Lows

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Cheaper production and material costs as well as weaker demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows and is forecast to fall  further during 2016, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry


Growth in the Leased Container Equipment Fleet to Slow

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

 Following markedly slow growth of just 3.5% in 2015 due to decreased rental demand, the global leased container equipment operating fleet is forecast to increase by little more than 1% in 2016, according to the latest edition of the Container Leasing Industry Annual Report 2016


The Bulkcarrier Orderbook: Long Story, Short Tale?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Depressed dry bulk market conditions have put severe financial pressure on owners in recent times, triggering a slump in bulkcarrier contracting, observes Clarksons Research.   This has helped drive a significant contraction in the bulkcarrier orderbook


New LNG Carrier Delivered to MISC Berhad

(Photo: MISC Berhad)

MISC Berhad (MISC) held the naming and delivery ceremony of its new LNG carrier, Seri Camellia. The 150,200 cu. m. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier is the first in a series of five MOSS-Type LNG carriers ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) by MISC


Oldendorff Acquires 8 Vessels

Babycape Photo Oldendorff

Oldendorff reported that it is continuing its fleet expansion and have acquired eight more vessels, including three Babycapes and five Post-panamax bulk carriers, as follows: 119,000 tdw, built 2011 – UBC Onsan 119,000 tdw, built 2011 – UBC Ohio


Saudi Shipper Bahri Q3 Net Profit Falls

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 37.6 percent drop in third-quarter net profit on Monday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 318.4 million riyals ($84.92 million), down from 510






 
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