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South Korean Shipbuilders' Order Book Shrinks

South Korean shipbuilding orders drop 58.6 percent through September 2012. South Korean shipbuilding orders dropped 58.6 percent for the first nine months of this year due to the persistent recession in the global shipbuilding industry, a government report reveals. The drop was attributed to the recession in the global shipbuilding industry. Global shipbuilding orders declined 48 percent to 14.34 CGT over the cited period due to an oversupply of ships and the prolonged global eaconomic slowdown, the report adds that demand for container ships and bulk carriers contracted sharply, informs Xinhua. Despite the global slump, South Korea kept its position as the world's No.1 shipbuilding country with the market share of 36.3 percent. It was followed by China with a 4.98-million-CGT of orders, or 34.7 percent of the total, and Japan with a 1.66 CGT of contracts, or 11.6 percent of the total. The ministry noted that South Korea's shipbuilding orders were led by contracts for ships related to development and transportation of natural resources such as drill ships, tankers and ships that carry liquefied natural gas (LNG).  


South Korean Foreign Ship Orders Drop

New foreign orders received by South Korean shipbuilders fell 15.7 percent in the first nine months of this year from a year ago, provisional figures from the Korea Shipbuilders' Association show. Orders in the nine-month period totaled 5.8 million gt for 110 ships, compared with 6.9 million gt for 121 ships in the same period a year earlier. New orders received in September alone totaled 1.2 million gt for 16 vessels. It did not give comparable 1998 figures


China Shipbuilding Industry 2012 Profits Sink

China's shipyards launched 60-million dwt in 2012 representing a drop of 21% from the previous year. According to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology government statistics reported by CNTV, new orders for shipbuilding also tumbled by about 44 percent. Industry experts consider that the shipbuilding industry would continue to be weak in 2013, and it’s unlikely the market will pick up in the short term.


Dry Bulk Market Crisis: Opportunity or Threat?

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The shipping industry is experiencing the biggest dry bulk market recession since the 1980s, as uncertain global economic outlook and increased imbalance between supply and demand have lead to historically low freight rates .It seems the downturn will continue until 2017 if a viable equilibrium is not achieved.    The recent measures in 2013 which promoted the replacement of older tonnage with newer, in combination with the Chinese financial backing


Recovery for European Shipowners?

Pic: Maersk Line

 European Shipowners may increase freight rates or renegotiate bunker clauses in the coming year in order to capitalise on lower crude oil prices and consolidate the recovery seen in 2015, reports ICIS.   Bunker fuel prices came down significantly amid lower crude oil prices but some shipowners have been unable to take advantage of this because of the bunker clauses they agreed to.   A bunker clause is an agreement between charterer and shipowner whereby the charterer pays


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.   But whilst for many this might be seen as a step in the right direction in terms of rebalancing supply and demand, for the world’s shipbuilders it might feel like a most abrupt adjustment.  


U.S. Satellite Industry Dominates

The market for commercial communications satellites is expected to be worth $25.4 billion over the next 10 years, according to Forecast International’s recently completed study "Commercial Communications Satellites: 2005-2014." Also anticipated within the next few years, is the long awaited rebound in the commercial communications market. Fueling this recovery will not only be the growing market for the application of key technologies and services to the commercial consumer but also


China's Shipbuilders Suffer Fall in New Orders

According to a report from Yonhap, orders won by Chinese shipbuilders dropped more than 6 percent in the first seven months of this year due mainly to prolonged uncertainties in the global economy, the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry said. Source: Yonhap    


Floating Production: What’s New in January?

Photo: Petrobras

  2014 Floater Orders – We thought it would be useful to provide a summary of floater orders placed last year. As listed below, 25 units were ordered during the year - 10 FPSOs, one Barge, four FLNGs, seven FSRUs and three FSOs.    FPSOs (10) • Kaombo CLM • Kaombo GGC • Deep Producer 1 • Catcher • Armada Ali • Libra EWT • Madura BD • Front Puffin • Tartaruga MV 28  • Petrojarl 1 Production Barge (1)


Keppel's Profit Nosedives

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 Keppel Corp., the world’s largest builder of oil rigs, posted a 41 per cent fall in quarterly profit, its fourth straight decline, as offshore and marine segment revenue slumped because of the deferment of some projects and suspension of contracts related to Sete Brasil.   The Singapore conglomerate has been hit by the 60 per cent drop in oil prices since mid-2014. Its businesses include property development and infrastructure.  


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.  


Nigeria's LNG Export Falls

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has raised alarm over Nigeria’s dwindling investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), according to a report in Thisday.   He noted that with no new investments


Sembcorp Profit Halved as Clients Defer Projects

Revenue falls 30 pct; order book at S$9.7 billion. Singapore rig-builder Sembcorp Marine's quarterly profit halved as customers deferred projects, and it faces prolonged uncertainty on contracts from its biggest client, Sete Brasil, whose shareholders have approved its bankruptcy.


Cargotec Logs Higher Profits

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Cargotec's January-March 2016 interim report: Profitability improved according to target   * Strong order intake in Kalmar and Hiab   * MacGregor profitability satisfactory considering current market situation   * Strategy execution proceeding as planned  


Primorsk Shelves Restructuring Plans

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 Russian tanker player Primorsk International Shipping has dropped its restructuring plans in favour of pushing through asset sales, reports WSJ.    This is what Primorsk's lawyers told a bankruptcy court in Manhattan on Friday


SOLAS Insufficient on Gas Detection -WSS

Ship operators must combine vigilance, structure and care with the new SOLAS X1-1/7 - MSC.1/Circ.1477 & MSC.1/Circ.1485 regulations to safeguard crews from the dangers of gas when entering enclosed spaces, warns Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS)


S. Korean Shipyards Order Books Empty?

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 The global slump in the shipbuilding industry means that South Korea's ship yards have to look far and wide for new orders.    Combined, the three major yards have only received one order in the first quarter of the year.  


Container Shipping Market Move from Bad to Worse

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 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


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Fall on Reduced Demand

MidEast VLCC rates fall nearly 30 Worldscale points this week; port congestion in Basra, China adding to market uncertainty. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may drift lower next week on weaker sentiment among owners and reduced chartering demand ahead of the release of May's


Shipping Markets on the Tightrope

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research is exploring into the impact of the demand side on the state of health of the shipping markets.    Despite the fact that today’s global orderbook appears less onerous than previously (at 16% of the fleet), capacity levels are still important


How Japan Can Lead the Marine Renaissance

Image: GE

Being an island nation, Japan is inevitably dependent on seaborne trade. Over time, this has led to it becoming a strong player in the global maritime market.    Japan’s shipbuilding pedigree has gained the country a foothold in LNG carriers


Container Shipping Faces Tough 2016 as Rates Plunge 78 pct

File image: a Maersk boxship in the port of New Orleans (credit: port of New Orleans)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe have plummeted 78 percent this year, after posting another drop this week, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Statoil Looks to the Arctic to Increase Exploration off Norway

Oil firm Statoil is looking to a rebound in exploration activity offshore Norway in the next few years with a focus on the Arctic, having curbed activity due to the oil price slump, the firm's exploration chief for Norway told Reuters.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Face Pressure

Number of MidEast charter fixtures less than usual; Basra crude exports set to fall in May. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will come under further pressure next week if the current sluggish chartering activity continues, ship brokers said on Friday.


Yen Drops on Rate Cut Talk; Oil Climbs

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The U.S. dollar rose to a three week high against the yen on Friday, on a report of likely further monetary policy easing from the Bank of Japan, while a rise in crude oil prices was offset by poor technology sector earnings, leaving Wall Street stocks steady.






 
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