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U.S. Navy Tracks North Korean Ship

According to a June 18 report from Reuters, the United States is monitoring a North Korean ship for weapons and has deployed anti-missile assets to the Pacific in case Pyongyang launches more missiles, U.S. officials said. The U.S. Navy is monitoring a vessel called Kang Nam at sea under new U.N. sanctions that bar North Korea from exporting weapons, including missile parts and nuclear materials, they said. (Source: Reuters)


UN North Korea Sanctions on 4 Black-listed Ships Lifted

Image: Korean Central News Agency

 According to a Reuters report, the UN Security Council agreed to a Chinese request to remove sanctions on four ships that had been blacklisted for ties to Pyongyang after China secured assurances the vessels would not use North Korean crews.   The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the 15-member council on March 2 because they were owned by North Korean shipping firm Ocean Maritime Management Company (OMM).  


EU, S. Korea Will Try Last Minute Negotiations

European Union (EU) and South Korean officials meet next week to try to settle a row over alleged subsidies to Korean shipyards and avert an EU threat to take the dispute to the World Trade Organization. Negotiators meet in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. It could be the last chance for an amicable solution of the row over the EU's allegations that Seoul pays its shipbuilders illegal subsidies, subsidies which it says threaten the existence of European competitors


South Korean Ship Orders Up 127% In 1999

Combined orders received by South Korean shipbuilders totaled 12.72 million gt for 227 ships in 1999, up 127.2 percent from a year earlier, according to the Korea Shipbuilders' Association said. New orders received in December alone totaled 3.71 million GT for 66 ships, the association said in a statement. Ships completed in 1999 amounted to 9.48 million gt for 163 ships, up from 7.28 million gt for 143 ships a year earlier, it said


Ninety North Korean Ships Granted Entry to Japan

Ninety North Korean vessels were granted certificates to enter Japanese ports in the eight months since a new law that bans entry of any ship without insurance took effect, according to a Daily Yomiuri report. The law on liability for oil pollution damage, which came into force on March 1, requires vessels of 100 tons or larger to be insured before docking in Japan. It had been viewed as a de facto economic sanction


Pirates Hijack South Korean Ship

According to the Washington Post, Pirates captured a South Korean-flagged fishing vessel off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday and efforts by a U.S. Navy ship and a Dutch vessel to intervene were abandoned when members of the South Korean crew were threatened with guns and the ship slipped into Somali territorial waters, the Navy said. It was the latest in a series of incidents off the coast of Somalia. On March 18, two U.S


Freight Rate Hikes Benefit South Korean Shipping Firms

South Korea’s major shipping companies benefited in 1999 from freight rate hikes and lower foreign debt service costs resulting from the won’s surge against the dollar, analysts said. However, they said, expectations of rising shipping capacity following more deliveries of new ships would weigh down the growth of revenues for shipping firms this year. Container shipping rates rose about six percent on average last year, which is in line with the country’s recovering exports, one analyst said


Korean Shipbuilder Considers Project in Khanh Hoa

A South Korean ship manufacturer is mulling a project to develop a large-scale shipyard in the coastal central province of Khanh Hoa that should be able to build giant vessels of up to 400,000 DWT, a local official said. A source from the provincial Service of Planning and Investment said South Korea’s STX Shipbuilding Co., a member of STX Group, has proposed to develop a shipyard costing $500m at Van Phong Bay. The proposal has received preliminary support from the provincial


Korean Shipyard Orders Alfa Laval PureBallast

Alfa Laval, a heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, has received two orders of record size for Alfa Laval PureBallast systems from two leading ship yards in Korea. The systems will be installed on board 14 vessels built for A.P Møller – Maersk. The total order value is about 80 MSEK and the delivery is scheduled for 2011 and 2012. “These are groundbreaking orders in many ways,” said Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group


Taiwan’s Evergreen Resume Traffic in Iran's Shahid Rajaee Port

Image: Evergreen Marine Corp

 Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp. has authorized one of its huge container ships to berth at Shahid Rajaei port in southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, reports Press TV.   Ebrahim Idani, director general of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Department, was quoted by Iranian media as saying on Tuesday that the fifth-generation container ship, Ever Legion, has started its journey from China’s Shanghai port and will call at various ports in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia


Hanjin Sends SoS

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 As most of  Hanjin Shipping Co's assets are stranded at sea or in ports world-wide, the the South Korean company is seeking to protect assets world-wide.   Hanjin Shipping’s government-backed creditors are ready to provide the collapsed carrier with roughly 100 billion won


Korean Air Approves Loan for Hanjin Shipping

File Photo Hanjin

Korean Air Lines, the biggest shareholder of Hanjin Shipping, has approved a plan to provide a loan of 60 billion won ($54.16 million) to the troubled shipper. The support will be offered on condition of securing Hanjin Shipping's Long Beach Terminal as collateral, Korean Air said.


Shipbuilding Giants Bid for STX France

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri SpA and Dutch counterpart Damen Shipyards Group are in the running to buy STX France, which has been put on the block by Korean debt-ridden parent STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co, reports WSJ.  


HMM Mulls Buying Hanjin's 37 Boxships?

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HHM), South Korean’s second largest shipping line, is believed to be looking into buying troubled carrier Hanjin Shipping's 37 container vessels, reports WSJ.   HHM will be the first to look at Hanjin’s vessels, with the focus on five 13


Two Dead in Crew Attack on board Fishing Vessel

Vietnamese crewmen held over killing of S.Korea ship captain, engineer. Two Vietnamese crewmen on a South Korean fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean have allegedly stabbed and killed the ship's captain and the engineer over a dispute, South Korea's coast guard said Monday.


S. Korea, Denmark in Flag State Dialogue

Photo Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

Six government officials from South Korea are visiting the Danish Maritime Authority and, in this connection, they exchange experiences and knowledge about shipping, inspections and safety with the Danish authorities. The South Korean government officials are, inter alia


Maersk May Swallow Hyundai Merchant

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co

 Business Korea reports that rumours are now rife in the container business world that Maersk could swoop on Hyundai Merchant Marine and subsume its activities into their own business.   The report says that recent moves by Hyundai Merchant Marine to join the 2M alliance led by Maersk


Shipbuilding: Korea Losing Race with China

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 The Korean shipbuilding industry has plunged into a deep crisis as the big three —Daewoo, Hyundai Heavy, and Samsung Heavy—posted record combined losses in 2015, and 2016 looks no better.   Added to the woes, Korean shipbuilders’ orders in the first half of this year


Hyundai Merchant Marine to Join 2M Alliance

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

South Korean shipper Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd said on Thursday that it had signed a preliminary deal to join a 2M vessel-sharing alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world's two largest container shippers.  


South Korean Yards Face Shrinking Orderbook

Graph: Clarksons

 The global orderbook has continued to decline in the year to date, indicating that there are diminishing levels of activity at many of the world’s shipyards, says Clarksons Research.   In the last six months, South Korean yards have seen the largest decline in their orderbooks


DSME to Build Two VLCCs for BW Group

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has received a 200 billion won (US$179.2 million) order to build two oil tankers for Singapore-based oil and gas transporter BW Group.   According to Yonhap


POSCO Daewoo to Supply Marine Equipment to Indonesian Shipbuilder

Pic: POSCO Daewoo

 POSCO Daewoo has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to supply shipbuilding materials worth US$150 million to Penataran Angkatan Laut (PT PAL), Indonesia’s largest state-run shipbuilder, according to a report in Business Korea.  


Navios Maritime Charter Restructuring with HMM

MSC Cristina. Photo: Scheepvaartwest

 Navios Maritime Partners has reached an agreement with South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine to cut the hire rate of five container vessels chartered out to HMM by 20%.   Pursuant to the charter restructuring documentation executed on July 15, 2016


Banks Halt Support for Hanjin

file Image (Credit: Hanjin)

A bankruptcy would be biggest ever for a container shipper. Hanjin Shipping Co's banks are halting support for the South Korean company, its lead creditor said, making it likely the nation's largest shipper is headed for bankruptcy as it is dragged down by a deep global industry downturn.


North Korea Test Fires Submarine Missile

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) from its east coast on Wednesday, CNN reports quoting South Korean authorities.   The missile flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan — the first missile of its kind to reach such a distance.






 
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