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BC Ferries Signs $45.5m Deal to Build New Ferry

BC Ferries has signed a $45.5m Contract to construct a new intermediate-sized ferry slated for the Saltery Bay-Earls Cove route. Construction of the 125-car, 600 passenger, 328-ft. vessel will begin later this year at Vancouver Shipyards, a Washington Marine Group company, in North Vancouver. The design includes a lounge, snack bar and a new state-of-the-art lifesaving system. The ship is expected to enter service initially on the Saltery Bay route by the summer of 2008. Originally the new vessel was slotted to go to Bowen Island. The new vessel will allow BC Ferries to retire the 46-year-old Queen of Tsawwassen, the summer vessel on the route linking Powell River to the Sechelt peninsula. The specifications for the new vessel are similar to both the Queen of Tsawwassen and the Queen of Chilliwack, the ferry on the Saltery Bay route in the winter. Source: Peak Online

Halliburton Launches State-of-the-Art Vessel for GOM Work

Halliburton Energy Services has deployed a new vessel, M/V Cape Hawke, to Carmen, Mexico to enhance its contract longstanding with PEMEX. The new vessel replaces M/V 221, which has been providing services for PEMEX in the Gulf of Mexico for the last 19 years. M/V Cape Hawke is the second totally new state-of-the-art vessel unveiled by Halliburton this year for work in the Gulf of Mexico. M/V Stim Star, launched in February, serves the frac pack deepwater market

Seaspan Buys Two Ships

Seaspan Corporation announced that it has agreed to purchase two new building vessels from affiliates of Conti Holding GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, increasing Seaspan’s total fleet to 25 vessels. Seaspan will acquire the two 3,500 TEU vessels upon their delivery in February and July 2007 respectively from Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in China. The total delivered cost is expected to be approximately $50 million per vessel, subject to certain pre-delivery expenses remaining at budgeted levels

Gladding Hearn Signs To Build New Vessel

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation of Somerset, Mass. signed a contract to build a 60-ft. vessel to replace the Institution's 46-ft. coastal vessel Asterias. Construction of the new vessel is estimated at a cost of $1.6 million, with delivery expected in March 2004. "The need for this type of vessel has increased dramatically over the past few years as our interests in our continental shelf continue to increase

Gladding Hearn Signs To Build New Coastal Vessel

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation of Somerset, MA, signed a contract today to build a 60-ft. vessel to replace the Institution's aging 46-ft. coastal vessel Asterias. Construction of the new vessel is estimated at a cost of $1.6 million, with delivery expected in March 2004. "The need for this type of vessel has increased dramatically over the past few years as our interests in our continental shelf continue to increase

Local Shipyard Constructs Port Metro Patrol Boats

Image courtesy of Daigle Welding & Marine

Port Metro Vancouver has previewed 2 new harbour patrol vessels currently under construction at local shipyard, Campbell River’s Daigle Welding & Marine. The new vessels will provide continuous marine surveillance with early incident detection and activity tracking. Peter Xotta, Port Metro Vancouver’s Vice President of Planning & Operations spoke about the announcement saying, “This is an exciting day for Campbell River

Aker Yards Signs $100M Contract

Aker Yards has signed a contract worth approximately NOK 650 million to build a Well Intervention Vessel for Island Offshore. The vessel will be delivered in January 2008. Main duties for the new vessel of Rolls Royce design, will be maintenance and repair of oil-/gaswells in deeps of as far as 600 meters, and operate with a riserless wireline intervention system. The vessel will operate an ROV, (remote operated vehicle), for operations on the sea bed

Tidewater to Invest in Aging Fleet

New Orleans-based Tidewater Inc., operator of the world’s largest fleet of offshore supply vessels, plans to invest between $300m and $500m annually through 2011 to renew its vessels. Tidewater CEO and Chairman Dean Taylor made the announcement, saying the investment would position the company to take advantage of growing opportunities in international markets. The company recently accepted 16 new vessels and plans to receive another 50 by 2011

Jumbo Orders Another Heavy Lift Ship

An agreement has been signed with the Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia, for the construction of a top segment heavy lift vessel. The new vessel will have a length of 152.6 m and a beam of 27.4 m and is equipped with 2x 1,100 mt cranes (at 27.5m outreach). In tandem the cranes can lift up to 2,200 mt. This makes it the one of thge strongest heavy lift vessel in the world. To be able to work in Arctic regions, the vessel is to be built under ice class

Ferry Contract for German Shipbuilder

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited announce Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft  preferred shipbuilder  for new Scottish highlands ferry Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has announced that Lloyds Banking Group plc (LBG) are to provide financing for a replacement vessel for the Stornoway to Ullapool route and has named Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft MBH & Co. KG (FSG), Germany as the preferred shipyard for the detailed design and construction of the vessel.

Construction Begins on Matson’s Aloha Class

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Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that production has begun on its two new Aloha Class containerships following a steel cutting ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) in Pennsylvania.   Matson subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

Matson Closes $75mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today the issuance of $75 million in 30-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced private placement on July 30, 2015. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 13 years and will

Japan’s First ME-GI Engine Passes Factory Tests

FAT attendees pictured in front of the ME-GI engine at MES’s Tamano Works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

The factory acceptance test (FAT) of the first ME-GI engine in Japan recently took place at the Tamano Works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), overseen by classification society DNV GL.   The engine, developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo

Norden to Exit Capesize Bulker Markets

Danish shipping company D/S Norden plans to cut the number of vessel types it operates to help it through a long-depressed shipping market that could be about to get worse due to a slowdown in China, the company's chief executive told Reuters.

Shipbuilding: Crowley's First LNG ConRo Ship on Schedule

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Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group is now 25 percent complete, the company announced.

Cat’s C280 Engines Meet EPA Tier 4, IMO Tier III

Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine now offers its Cat C280 medium-speed diesel engines for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III service. The EPA Tier 4 standards applied to all new U.S. flagged vessels starting in January 2014 and IMO III

MacGregor Cargo Handling for HL Newbuilds

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 MacGregor has received an order worth USD 21 million for optimised cargo handling systems for five 10,500 TEU container ships currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries for German operator Hapag-Lloyd.  

Kirby Orders 2 More Workboats from NBBB

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) informs it has received orders for the construction of two new 120’ x 35’ x 19’-3” Twin Screw Tugboats for Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.    Keels will be laid for both vessels this fall

Six New Ferries for Sydney Harbor

Image: Incat

Six new ferries to operate on Sydney’s Inner Harbor have been ordered from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania’s Hobart Shipyard, who was awarded the contract to prepare detailed designs and build the new vessels.   Announcing the result of a competitive tender process the NSW

Two Topaz OSCV Order for Vard

VARD 3 for Topaz Energy and Marine

  Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, has secured new contracts for the design and construction of two Offshore Subsea Construction Vessels (“OSCV”) for a new customer

New Bulkers Launched into Fuel-saving Future

View of the Elsabeth C and Mirela tied up in port in China (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

One of the first commercial applications of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new MAN Alpha Kappel FP propeller took place off the coast of China recently when the vessel Elsabeth C, a 58,500-dwt Supramax bulk carrier owned by Frontmarine Co. Ltd – an affiliated and managed company of

Sinotrans Orders Four Boxships

Image: Sinotrans Shipping

 Sinotrans Shipping has ordered four new energy-saving containerships of 1,900 teu in capacity each at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company for $98.2mln.   The four newbuildings, each costing $24.55m, are scheduled to be delivered from the shipyard in May, June

Hapag-Lloyd Secures Financing for Five Newbuilds

The new ships are being built by the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI). (Photo Hapag-Lloyd)

Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd announced it has signed a 12-year $372 million facility agreement with a banking syndicate to finance the construction of five new vessels ordered from a South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in April 2015.  

Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader

Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.   According to Rand, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any

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