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KMY Wins Two-Ship Order From RCL

Kvaerner Masa Yards won a $1.09 billion contract to build two ships for Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL). The Eagle-type cruise ships are scheduled to be ready for delivery in 2002 and 2003. "The intentional agreement has been signed under the conditions that the yard can finance construction of the ships," Kvaerner said. "Even though Kvaerner has decided to pull out of shipbuilding and concentrate its operations in other fields -- and the process to find a new ownership structure for Kvaerner Masa Yards is ongoing-- we welcome the deal," Kvaerner Chief Executive Kjell Almskog said. Almskog said the deal boosted the yard's current order book to 19.9 billion crowns from 10.8 billion crowns. "Such an order book will secure the yard in years ahead, independently of ownership structure," Almskog said.


Premier's S.S. OceanBreeze Sold To Imperial

Imperial Majesty Cruise Line purchased the S.S. OceanBreeze from Premier Cruise Lines, said President Arthur M. Pollack. The total value of the deal, including the purchase price and planned upgrades to the vessel, is in excess of $16 million. "The purchase of the OceanBreeze reaffirms our commitment to the short-term cruise concept and the South Florida market," said Pollack. The OceanBreeze began to sail under its new ownership on May 20


Kvaerner, RGI to Establish Joint Ownership for Shipyards

Aker Kvaerner and Aker RGI have entered into an agreement to establish a joint ownership for their wholly owned shipyards in Germany, respectively Kvaerner Warnow Werft and Aker MTW. Among other conditions, the agreement is dependent on approval from Aker Kvaerner's and Aker RGI's lenders. The aim is to implement the new ownership by the end of 2002. Aker Kvaerner will own 40 percent of the two yards. In February Aker Kvaerner and Aker RGI began working closely together in


Kockum Sonics Acquires LMI

Loadmaster International Inc. (LMI) announced a new ownership structure. LMI, with offices in both California and Malmö Sweden, was formerly owned jointly by Herbert Engineering Corp.(HEC) of Alameda, California and Xantic BV of The Hague Netherlands. The Malmö operations LMI AB (former Kockumation) will be acquired by Kockum Sonics, also of Malmö Sweden, and the Alameda operations of LMI will revert to sole ownership as a subsidiary of Herbert Engineering Corp.


AVIC International will Acquire Deltamarin

The majority of the shares of Deltamarin Ltd are to be sold to AVIC International Investments Limited, a publicly listed company on the Singapore Stock Exchange.   After the closing of the acquisition, Deltamarin’s existing operations will continue as they are and the business will remain independent keeping the name and the brand of Deltamarin unchanged. The aim of the intended new ownership structure is to enable Deltamarin’s solid growth in the marine and offshore oil and


Nautican Under New Ownership

Canadian entrepreneur Elizabeth Boyd has purchased Nautican, a manufacturer of high-performance integrated propulsion units and hydralift skegs. Ms. Boyd is a naval architect and engineer and has worked with many marine industry service providers. Founded in 1972 by Josip Gruzling, Nautican pioneered the use of hydrofoils to increase efficiency, and conducted groundbreaking research in hydrodynamics, naval architecture and computing


Norway's Frontline Finally Gets Sweden's ICB

A two-year fight for Swedish tanker company ICB Shipping ended Thursday in victory for Norway's Frontline -- but only after four of 12 ICB tankers are sold to a new group set up by key ICB players. An agreement between Frontline, ICB and ICB's main shareholder, Greek shipowner John Angelicoussis, values ICB at about 4.6 billion crowns and ends a stalemate over ownership. Bermuda-registered Frontline launched a hostile takeover bid for ICB in September 1997 with the aim of creating one of the


Bunkering Shares Sold To Overseas Shipping Stevedoring

Romania's privatization agency, the State Ownership Fund (FPS), is reported to have sold its stake in bunkering company Navcom to Yemen's Overseas Shipping & Stevedoring Co.


Nordic Tankers Carries Out a Directed Share Issue To Former Minority Investors in Five Chemical Tankers

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Nordic Tankers has today carried out a directed issue of 1,181,809 new shares to former minority investors in the five stainless steel vessels acquired from Clipper and other investors in January 2010. The issue increases Nordic Tankers’ share capital by 3.1% from DKK 37,764,888, nominal value, to DKK 38,946,697, nominal value, and as the share issue constitutes less than 10% of the outstanding share capital no prospectus is required


Colfax Fluid Handling Introduce ALLMIND Pump System

Pump upgrade reduces total cost of ownership through diagnostic capabillity and variable speed drive ALLMIND will protect a pump, maximises efficiency, lower energy usage and lower maintenance and spare parts costs, claims manufacturer Colfax Fluid Handling (a business of Colfax Corporation a leader in critical fluid-handling, transfer solutions for the commercial marine, defense, oil & gas, power and industry).


NAMJet Wins Huge US Army Bridge Boat Propulsion Contract

BEB photo courtesy of NAMJet

Marine waterjet manufacturer NAMJet says it has been contracted to provide propulsion systems for Birdon America's US Army Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) 400-boat replacement platform. At the same time NAMJet announces its manufacturing and operational HQ has moved to Denver, Colorado.


Keeping it in the Family: Maersk Founder's Scion Steps Aboard

Robert Maersk Uggla: Image courtesy of Maritime Denmark

At its recent general meeting of AP Moller-Maersk, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller's grandson Robert Maersk Uggla was elected to the board of the company, which will ensure the family's active ownership and continuity in the company, according to a report by Børsen with Maritime Denmark


Correction: Mississippi River Closed in Iowa after Barge Hits Bridge

(Corrects ownership of bridge to Canadian Pacific not Union Pacific, paragraph 4) The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday closed the Mississippi River at Sabula, Iowa, after a barge struck a railroad bridge, said Eric Washburn, bridge administrator for the agency's Eighth District Western Rivers Bridge


Market Recovery Continues Across Japan for WSS

Yoshihiro Iizuka

Speaking ahead of Sea Japan today, WSS General Manager for Japan Yoshihiro Iizuka says that although the Japanese market is moving towards growth for 2014, the recovery will be stronger in the second half, with an increase in newbuilds expected towards the end of the year


New Conference, New Clients for DockMaster

DockMaster, a suite of marine business software, will stage its latest user conference this week as its client roster continues to grow under new ownership. More than 100 DockMaster customers will gather in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the free DockMaster User Conference: OnBoard 2014


Exploration Well in Kramsnø Completed

Irene Rummelhoff, senior vice president exploration Norway. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Statoil, together with PL532 partners, has made a gas discovery in the Kramsnø prospect in the Barents Sea. The exploration program around the Johan Castberg field has been vital in providing area knowledge, but so far not delivered expected oil volumes.


Diana Shipping Adds Another Dry Bulk Vessel

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Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the newly built m/v Crystalia, an Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,525 dwt that was contracted in March 2012.


Big Growth in Mediterranean Transhipment Business Observed

Transhipment volumes: Image courtesy of Drewry Maritime Research

Virtually all large Mediterranean transhipment hub ports recorded double digit growth in 2013, well above regional and global growth levels, notes the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. Once all full year data is collated


NSRP Awards $3.3M for Shipbuilding R&D

The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected four major research and development projects for award, as part of the program's continuing mission to reduce costs associated with U. S. shipbuilding and ship repair


MOL Ink Deal to Build, Charter 300m LNG Carrier

New LNG carrier rendering courtesy of MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) inform it has signed a Head of Agreement on joint ownership and 20-year charter contract for a newbuilding LNG carrier with Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. At the same time, MOL signed a contract with Japan Marine United Corporation to build the new vessel.


Australia's Victoria state may sell two biggest ports

Australia's Victoria state government said it may sell Port of Melbourne, the country's largest container and general cargo port, continuing a rush by states to sell major assets to fund new infrastructure projects. Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the government will commission a


Beating the Bye-Bye Bonus Blues

A changing tax landscape doesn’t have to mean bad news – at least not just yet. A Changing Landscape Historically, bonus depreciation has had a significant effect on construction of new vessels, allowing businesses to initially expense 30 percent


WSS Joins CLIA Global Executive Partner Program

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has strengthened its links to cruise industry owners and operators by becoming a member of the Cruise Lines Industry Association’s Global Executive Partner Program. WSS counts some of the world’s biggest cruise operators among its clients


Viking Strengthens Partnership with Lobby Marine Veteran

Viking Offshore & Marine Limited has announced it would participate in the ownership of a second cantilever drilling jack-up rig, further strengthening its partnership with Singapore rig veteran, Chan Kwan Bian as it accelerates its entry into mainstream offshore rig chartering.  


Reflex Marine Launches New Transfer Device

FrogXT4, with suitable caption The FROG-XT4, Reflex Marine’s new personnel transfer device.

Reflex Marine’s brand new personnel transfer device, the FROG-XT4, was debuted at a recent launch event in Stavanger, Norway. The new four-person device was unveiled at Reflex Marine’s regional partner EnerMech’s fifth birthday party.


 
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