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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

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

Chinese Shippers Order for 30 Valemax Vessels

Valemax vessels. Photo: Vale

 The Chinese shipping companies - Chinese shipping majors Cosco Group, China Merchants Group and ICBC Financial Leasing Co- ordered 30 Valemaxes worth a combined $2.5 billion for delivery starting from 2018, deployed on Brazil-China trade routes, reports WSJ.    The vessels will bosst the trade between China and Brazil and also will invest billions of dollars into delaying shipbuilding industry in the country

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

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

Dry Bulk Recovery will Require a Team Effort

(Photo: Pierre F. Beckman, Bulldog and Partners)

Experts believe the dry bulk market is positioned to become profitable by 2019 – but only if a series of sustained measures are taken year on year by the ship owning community as a whole, according to a report recently published by BIMCO.   Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, discussed the recently published analysis of the dry bulk market - the “Road to Recovery” in an interview at BIMCO House

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

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

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

DSME Taps GTT to Equip Maran’s New LNG Carriers

GTT said it has received an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to equip two new LNG carriers scheduled for delivery in 2019.   The vessels will be built at DSME's shipyard in Geoje, Korea, on behalf of Maran Gas Maritime, a Greek management company

GasLog Orders New LNG Carrier from SHI

Photo courtesy GasLog

 GasLog Ltd. today announces that it has signed a time charter party with Centrica plc. ("Centrica") to charter a vessel for a period of seven years. The vessel, a 180,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, has been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries

Hapag-Lloyd Invests in its Reefer Fleet

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Announcing further investment in container fleet, liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has ordered a total of 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation – including 5,000 x 40-foot and 750 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1

Hapag-Lloyd orders 5,750 state-of-the-art Reefers

Photo by Hapag-Lloyd

With delivery beginning in October 2016, the new order strengthens market position in the transport of temperature-sensitive goods / Tests with new refrigeration equipment and natural refrigerants.   Hapag-Lloyd will also be investing in its container fleet this year: The liner shipping

Consolidation of Yard Capacity for Healthy Shipping

Graph: Teekay Corporation

 A dramatic collapse in newbuild orders due to a weak market environment across all shipping sectors is putting pressure on the global shipbuilding industry, says Teekay Corporation.    Just 7.2 million compensated gross tones (CGT) of new orders have been placed through the first

Kalmar Straddle Carriers for DP World's Terminal, Melbourne

Kalmar will deliver ten diesel-electric straddle carriers to DP Worlds West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. Image courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation. Photo Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received orders for 10 diesel-electric straddle carriers from DP World for their West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. One order for five units was booked in Cargotec's 2015 fourth quarter order intake and the other five units were booked in 2016 first

The Dry Bulk Market Will Become Profitable in 2019, If …

Graph: Bimco

 The dry bulk market could become profitable again in 2019 – but only if a series of extremely tough and sustained measures are taken by shipowners, year on year.   2016 has to be the turning point in addressing the fundamental imbalance of the dry bulk market.  

Royal Caribbean Orders 3 Ships from STX

STX France signed three ship order. Photo STX

Following the delivery of Harmony of the Seas on May 12 in Saint-Nazaire, the American group Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. signed an order for three additional vessels, one for its brand Royal Caribbean International (RCI ) and two brand Celebrity Cruises

Asian Shipyards: Outside The Usual Suspects?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Although many builder countries struggled to win new orders in 2015, yards in the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan managed to increase their combined share of global ordering to its highest level on record, says Clarksons Research.  

Vard Back in the Black

OSCV for Farstad under construction at Vard VungTau Photo Vard Holdings

Presenting its financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2016 today Vard Holdings Limited announced a net profit of NOK 43 million for the period, as compared to a loss of NOK 226 million a year back. Over the past quarter, VARD had focused on efforts to grow in new markets while

Nine New Orders for South Korean Shipbuilders

Photo:  Hyundai Heavy Industries

 While South Korean shipbuilders are continuing to struggle for survival as the recession in the global shipbuilding market drags on, they have clinched new orders to build nine ships in the first four months of the year.   Yonhap, quoting industry data, said that the S

Hurtigruten, Kleven Ink Explorer Ships Construction Deal

Hurtigruten Rolls Royce Illustration of vessels Photo Hurtigruten

Norwegian exploration travel company Hurtigruten, has signed a letter of intent for the construction of up to four new explorer ships with Norwegian shipyard Kleven. The order for delivery in 2018 and 2019 is a move to meet growing demand for adventure travel from travellers in the U.S

Tanker Orders And The Flexibility Factor

Chart: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 As the downturn in the number of new vessel orders last year took hold, shipyards’ flexibility to switch sectors to take orders became a key factor in their ability to face up to an extremely challenging period, says Clarksons Research.  

Evac Grows with Influx of Cruise Ship Orders

The cruise business is booming, and Evac said it has benefitted directly with 40 percent annual growth.   The cruise business is the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market, and demand is outstripping supply with average annual passenger growth of over seven percent since 1980

Container Shipping Market Move from Bad to Worse

Photo: CMA CGM

 A record volume of capacity entered the container markets in 2015. But where have the ships been deployed, and which carriers have taken on the most?   The shipping consultants Drewry released their container shipping review for the first quarter 2016

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