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Chinese Container Ship on the International Market

The ship to which China owns the full intellectual property rights is on the international market for the first time, according to People's Daily. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. and Costamare Shipping Co. Greece signed a contract to build four of the 8,530 TEU container ships. The 8,530 TEU container ship is said to be the largest ever exported. Source: People's Daily Online


HK Shipowner CSSC Orders Mega-Container Ships

Waigaoqiao-controlled Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry has signed a shipbuilding contract with CSSC Shipping (Hong Kong) to build three 16,000 TEU ships, the largest ever built by Chinese yards, reports China Logistics Portal. Jointly designed by Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and CSSC-affilated Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), two of the ships will be built at Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry and one will be built at Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.


Schat-Harding to Supply for Chantiers Cruise Ship Order

Schat-Harding has been chosen to supply the lifeboats, tenders and davits for reportedly, the largest ever cruise ship order to be placed at France's Chantiers de l'Atlantique yard. Schat-Harding will supply six CTL38 tenders, 20 MPC32 150 person lifeboats and 2 MCB24 combined life / rescue boats and davits to the two vessels, ordered by MSC Cruises. The 333 m long vessels will carry 3,887 passengers and more than 1,300 crew


Niagara Christened at Port Weller Dry Docks

The largest-ever Canadian ship built for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence was christened at Port Weller Dry Docks at the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal. CSL Niagara is the newest member of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet, and the first of three ships built by Port Weller as part of a $100 million fleet reinvestment program by CSL. Measuring 740 x 78 x 48 ft., Niagara required more than 6,000 tons of steel for construction


Becker Marine Wins Another Rudder Order

TLKSR Rudder

Becker Marine Systems receives order for 93m2 TLKSR rudders - the largest ever built. 93m2 TLKSR Rudder ordered by STX O&S for 16,000 TEU container vessels Becker Marine Systems has been elected by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding to design and supply the largest ever built full spade rudders for Zodiac’s container vessels of more than 90m2. The largest rudders so far delivered by Becker Marine Systems are 85m2 TLKSR® rudders that were installed on five 14


Batista companies extend test in Brazil offshore field

Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's bankrupt shipmaker and sister oil company are extending tests in the offshore Tubarão Azul field until March 7, according to a Wednesday securities filing. OSX Brasil SA said its OSX-1 platform would continue tests in the field operated by Oleo e Gas Participações SA, the oil producer formerly known as OGX. The failure to produce as much oil as expected at Tubarão Azul, Batista's first offshore field


CSL Niagara Christened

The largest-ever Canadian ship built for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence was blessed at a ceremony last June at the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal at Port Weller Drydocks. The vessel is the newest member of the Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) fleet, and the first of a trio of ships to be constructed by Port Weller as part of a $100 million fleet reinvestment program by CSL. Measuring 740 x 78 x 48, the newbuild required more than 6,000 tons of steel


HHI Secures $3b in Orders for May

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co said it secured orders for 31 vessels worth $3.3b in May. According to AFX News, it is the largest ever monthly shipbuilding orders total. The figure, which beat the previous record of $2.6b set a year ago, includes its affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries' orders for seven ships worth $700m. In the five months to May, Hyundai Heavy and Hyundai Samho's orders totaled $8b for 82 ships.


MAN Diesel to Power Catamarans

MAN Diesel announced a contract for eight engines to power two catamarans. The catamarans will be the latest in a series of fast multihull ferries from leading catamaran exponent Incat of Tasmania, Australia. With an overall length of 367 ft. and a beam of 98 ft., the new catamarans are the largest ever built in Australia. The new contract also involves the first orders received for the 28/33 D diesel since the engine’s transfer from MAN Diesel’s UK facilities to its engine works in


Emerging Nation Shipyard Delivers Largest Ship Yet to German Owners

Ananda Shipyard & Slipways hands over multi-purpose 6,100 dwt vessel to Komrowski Maritim Gmbh. Ananda Shipyard and Slipways Ltd have handed over Enzian, an oceangoing multi-purpose vessel, to German company Komrowski Maritim Gmbh. The 110.9-metre long and 16.5-metre in breadth ship is the largest ever locally built ship for export, say Ananda. Bangladesh started exporting oceangoing ships in 2008, and Ananda was the first local company to export its first vessel to Europe


Scandlines Raises Profitability, Competitiveness in 2014

Courtesy Scandlines

  Scandlines reports good financial results in 2014 as the company strengthened its competitive position through significant investments in new ferries as well as the completion of a number of important strategic objectives concerning customer service and environmental initiatives


Viking Star Towed into London

Credit: Viking Star

Kotug Rotortugs RT Ambition and RT Evolution were charged with a special task this morning as they towed new cruise ship Viking Star on her first call to the Port of London. RT Ambition and RT Evolution towed Viking Star through the Thames Tidal Barrier on the Upper River Thames and assisted


Fincantieri Cuts Steel for MSC Seaside

Steel cutting

  Geneva-based MSC Cruises S.A., and Fincantieri, today cut the first steel for its new generation of ship, MSC Seaside.   In a ceremony held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Chief Executive Officer


Maersk Oil Targets North Sea Lead

Maersk Oil is investing nearly $5 billion in Culzean and the first phase of Johan Sverdrup, one of Norway’s largest ever discoveries. (Image: Maersk Oil)

Maersk Oil says there is still huge potential value in the North Sea, citing projects like Culzean – which received board approval this month – and Johan Sverdrup, as the Danish oil and gas company aims to improve from its current rank of ninth to become a top-five producer in the


Asia-Europe Box Rates Drop Almost 21 pct

File Photo: containership underway.

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 20.5 percent to $934 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Fincantieri Wins Carnival Cruise Ship Order

 Fincantieri SpA

 Fincantieri SpA has been awarded an order by Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction of two new cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line. Both will be sisters ships respectively to Carnival Vista and Koningsdam


Cargo of UK Rapeseed to Ship to Turkey

A cargo of 25,000 tonnes of British rapeseed will be shipped to Turkey next month, farmer-owned grain merchant Openfield said on Tuesday.   Openfield said it would be the largest ever cargo of rapeseed from Britain to be shipped to Turkey.  


Dar es Salaam Port Enhances Capacity

Image: Tanzania Ports Authority

 Tanzania's Dar es Salaam Port has got ready to welcome large container vessels including MSC Martina, one of the largest container vessels.  Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has informed that the adequate improvements have enabled to dock such large vessels at the country's major port.


Construction Vessel Delivered to Eidesvik Offshore

Photo: Eidesvik Offshore

Eidesvik Offshore has taken delivery of Viking Neptun, an offshore construction vessel from Kleven Verft AS.   According to Eidesvik Offshore, TBN Viking Neptun is represents its largest ever investment in the subsea segment. A long-term loan facility of $124 million has been drawn with


'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Harmony of the Seas - Image by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.     The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas


Viking Neptun Delivered for Technip

Photo: Fuglefjellet AS

Viking Neptun was delivered from Kleven Verft to Eidesvik on February 17, and the naming ceremony was held in Stavanger on February 28. The vessel’s Godmother, Patricia Pilenko, broke the champagne bottle on Viking Neptun, which will now start operating on charter for Technip in the North


Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than


Queen Names P&O Cruises' New Luxury Ship

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially named P&O Cruises new flagship Britannia. (Photo by James Morgan, © P&O Cruises)

P&O Cruises UK’s Britannia, the biggest ship designed exclusively for Britain, was christened today in official naming ceremony; AIDA Cruises’ AIDAprima will begin service later this year, the second of 10 ships scheduled to be delivered to Carnival Corporation’s fleet


AUV Helps Locate Sunken Japanese Warship

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (Photo: Paul Allen)

Bluefin Robotics underwater robot helps locate historic sunken Japanese battleship Musashi; located by philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen, aided by advanced undersea technology    Bluefin Robotics underwater autonomous vehicles (AUV) scour the ocean floors around the world


HMS Prince of Wales Bridge Sets Sail

Photo: BAE Systems

The bridge section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier set sail today from Glasgow on its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island






 
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