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Celebrity Cruises Orders New Ship

Celebrity Cruises has exercised its option to order a second 118,000 gross-registered-ton ship. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage, with delivery of the first ship planned for Fall 2008 and the second ship in Summer 2009. Celebrity also announced names of both new ships. The first new ship will be called Celebrity Solstice, and the second ship will be named Celebrity Equinox. The new series of ships will be known as the Solstice class. Terms for the second Solstice-class vessel are substantially the same as those of the first ship.


Euronav in $384m Deal for 4 VLCCs

Photo: Euronav

Euronav has entered into an agreement for the acquisition through resale of four VLCCs which are completing construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries for an aggregate purchase price of $384 million or $96 million per unit. The vessels are due to be delivered as early as September 2015, January, March and May 2016. In addition and against the payment of an option fee of an aggregate amount of $8 million, the seller has also agreed to grant Euronav an option to acquire up to a further four VLCCs


DNB Market Report Says: 'Just Look at the Car Carriers'

In its latest shipping sector report DNB Bank, focuses on how ship speed optimization has changed fundamental supply/demand balances. The DNB Bank report expounds: Speed optimisation has completely changed the fundamental supply/demand balances. Over the past year we have pointed out how high bunker prices and speed optimisation have completely changed the fundamental supply/demand balances in the shipping industry


Cruise Ship Newbuilding Famine Relieved by NCL

Norwegian Cruise Lines New Ship: Photo credit NCL

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) orders new cruise liner from Germany's Meyer Werft with option for a second. The ship's contract price is approximately euro 700 million and the company has export credit financing in place which was arranged and underwritten by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH of Germany. Delivery is scheduled for delivery in October 2015, and the delivery for the second (optional) ship would be spring 2017. The new ship, at 163,000 gross tons and approximately 4,200 passenger berths


Caterpillar Launches Cat 3500 Gasket Kits

Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce the launch of Cat 3500 marine diesel engine gasket kits for engine overhauls.  Cat gaskets are a critical part within Cat diesel engines and are specifically engineered with specialized materials to reduce leaks and keep fluid within the engine. Recognizing varied customers’ needs for their particular application, the kits are arranged by serial number to provide customers with a simplified and expedited ordering process


25,000-TEU Ships Possible, Not Practical

Pic by Maersk Line

 Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou said ships with capacities of 25,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units are possible but not practical today, and that he expects 18,000-19,000-TEU container ships to remain the largest afloat for years to come, according to a report in JOC.   Skou believes there are no design barriers that would prevent construction of a 25,000 TEU ship. However, he said: “Unless the market really starts to grow very very fast, I don’t think you're going to see 25


Royal Caribbean Looks to Order New Ultra-Voyager Ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., along with Finnish shipbuilder Kvaerner Masa-Yards, has developed a design for a new and even more spectacular ship, the "Ultra-Voyager," and that both parties have signed an agreement that could lead to a firm order. The conditional agreement anticipates one newbuilding, deliverable in 2006, and one option, for delivery in 2007 or 2008. The agreement anticipates that the cruise line and the yard could enter into construction contracts for Ultra-Voyager


Kirby Marine Orders New Towboats

Kirby Marine has 241 active towboats and 887 active tank barges with a total capacity of 16.4 million barrels. The company’s ongoing repower program that has seen 46 Cummins engines installed to date. More recently the publicly traded corporation has announced plans for two new builds the first of which will be delivered in September 2006. The 90x35x10-foot vessel will be built by Quality Marine of Houma Louisiana to a design by Maine-based naval architect Corning Townsend


Maersk Tanker Fleet on Fuel-saving Retrofit Crusade

Maersk Tankship: Photo courtesy of Maersk Tankers

Maersk Tankers plan to spend up to $35m as it pushes ahead with a fuel saving retrofit programme. One of the company's "I-class" VLCCs is being fitted with fuel saving devices, iincluding Becker Mewis propeller ducts and propeller boss cap fins on a range of owned tankers. The programme includes screening and retrofitting around 70 tankers over the next two to three years, reports Carbon Positive. The company's drive to raise fuel efficiency will focus on as many as 35 separate


ESL Orders LNG-fueled Bulker following Transport Deal with SSAB

ESL Shipping’s fleet comprises 14 vessel units with a combined total tonnage of about 287,000 tons. Photo ESL Shipping

  ESL Shipping Ltd and the steel company SSAB have signed a long-term frame agreement covering SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transports within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea. The purpose of the agreement is to enable mutual, long-term gains in efficiency and to reduce overall logistics costs, while simultaneously making raw material logistics as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible


Low Bunker Prices Benefit Ship Owners in 2015

Graph: Poten & Partners

 As 2015 draws to a close and the Worldscale Organisation published the new 2016 Flat Rates, Poten and Partners goes through the annual exercise of updating Flat Rates in its systems.    This highlighted once again the significant changes in bunker prices that occurred over the


2016 Looks Tricky for Shipping Market

Source: Clarksons

 2015 was clearly a very challenging year for the shipping markets. With earnings rock bottom in many sectors, investors shifted into a lower gear with respect to the placement of new vessel orders last year, says Clarksons Research.  


Another Brutal Year for Korean Shipyards?

Image: Samsung Heavy Industries

 2016 could be a brutal year for Korean Shipyards. Yonhap reports that the country's shipbuilders failed to clinch any new orders in January, underscoring the protracted slump in the global shipbuilding segment.   "January is usually an off-season for shipbuilders


Large Yacht Code for Super Yachts - AMSA

Courtesy AMSA

From March 1, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will adopt the Large Yacht Code for super yachts and training vessels of 24 metres or more in length in a first for the Australian yachting community. Marine Order 52 will change the way large yachts in Australia are regulated in


Shipyards Rising Competitive Stirrings

Shanghai:  Plans for a new “Shanghai Maritime City” might need more ship orders

A mini order boom fueled by gas, “green-tech”, tankers and new rules is underway in shipbuilding. It won’t fill all yards, but changes like the July 2015 cap on sulfur emissions garner retrofit and rush orders. Even China’s Directive 55 obliges its mixed bag of yards to


Juggling Follows New Ship Capacity

Photo: Maersk Group

With China’s COSCO confirming its $1.5-billion order of 11 new 19,000 TEU ships for delivery in 2018, the “arms race” for Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV) of over 18,000 TEU continues but carriers are having to be more creative when deciding where to deploy smaller


Chinese Shipyard Orders Plunge

Image: CNSS

 New ship orders at Chinese yards have fallen 68.3 percent to the end of August as tough conditions prevailed in the global shipping market, Global Times reported quoting data from the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI).  


GTT Receives 3rd FSRU Order of 2015

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has won a new order for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) from the Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.  


Saga Cruises Orders New Ships

Image: Saga Cruises

 Saga Cruises has placed an order for a new cruise ship to be built by Meyer Werft in Germany with the delivery date of Summer 2019.    The deal comes with an option for a second new ship to be delivered in 2021. The 55,900 gross ton vessels will span approximately 234 metres in


S. Korea Keeps Top Spot in Shipbuilding Beating China, Japan in Q3

Image: Hyundai Heavy

 South Korean shipbuilders have ranked first in the world outpacing Chinese and Japanese rivals in terms of new orders in the third quarter of the year, reports Yonhap quoting  Clarkson Research Services.   South Korean shipyards bagged new orders totaling 2


Yangzijiang Secures Two VLGC Orders

Image by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

 The Singapore-listed and China-based shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has secured new orders worth $730m, including two very large gas carriers, between September and October.   The  two 84,000 cbm very large gas carriers (VLGCs) were ordered by Shanghai Zhenrong Energy.


Maersk Line Slashes Costs, Jobs on Asia-Europe Slowdown

Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, said on Wednesday it will slash costs, cut staff by almost a fifth and pull out of vessel orders as trade along the busiest routes in the world, from Asia to Europe, slows down.  


Korea's Ship Building Orders Dip to 6-Year Low

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipbuilders' new orders in November fell to the lowest level in six years amid woes over their growing losses, Yonhap reports.   Meanwhile, Chinese rivals scooped up a large slice of contracts, according to the data compiled by global researcher Clarkson Research Services


Contracting in Dry Bulk Remains Low - BIMCO

Dry Bulk contracting Courtesy BIMCO

The current newbuilding prices for dry bulk ships has dropped so much that they just passed the lows of 2012 heading downwards and are now at the lowest level since 2003. That could potentially sway owners into buying new ships feeding even more into the already oversupplied fleet and worsening


Ningbo Port Orders New Dual-fuel Tug

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd. to design a new dual-fuel tug for Ningbo Port   On October 21, Robert Allan Ltd. was awarded a contract by Ningbo Port Company Ltd. in China for a RAstar 4200-DF Class dual-fuel (LNG-MDO) tug.   The award of this contract builds on a history of collaboration between






 
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