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China, Vietnam Want Amicable Sea Dispute Solution

China and Vietnam agreed on Monday to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations. The two countries have sought to patch up ties since their long-running row erupted in May, triggered by China's deployment a drilling rig in waters claimed by the communist neighbours, which lead to confrontation at sea between rival vessels and violent anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam. After a meeting between China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, and Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi, China's foreign ministry said they had agreed to "appropriately handle the maritime problem". The two exchanged smiles and warm handshakes in contrast to Yang's last visit in June, which ended in acrimony with Yang accusing Vietnam of "hyping up" their dispute, which was the worst breakdowns in their relations since a brief border war in 1979. The rapprochement began in late August, a few weeks after Vietnam started courting other countries embroiled in maritime rows with China, including the Philippines and China's biggest investor, Japan, which will provide boats and radar equipment to Vietnam's coastguard. Most significant for Vietnam has been improvements in its defence ties with former foe the United States, including an Oct. 2 U.S

CMB Continues Fleet Rejuvenation

CMB confirmed that its subsidiary, Bocimar and Wah Kwong, have sold the panamax vessel Yasmine Venture (2006 - 73,546 dwt) - ordered in joint venture in 2003 from Jiangnan (China) - to Diana Shipping. The net sale price amounts to $39.6 million, and CMB will realize a capital gain of approximately $5.5 million on this sale. Also, Bocimar and Oak Maritime have concluded an agreement with Chang Myung Shipping (Korea) for the sale of the joint venture vessel Mineral Oak (1996 - 165,693 dwt).

Yang Ming Sales Sag

Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., the island's largest shipping firm in terms of revenues, said on Thursday it made sales of T$3.75 billion in May, down 1.37 percent from the same month in 2000. That brought accumulated sales in the January-May period to T$19.85 billion, a 5.17 percent rise from the corresponding period last year. May sales were down 13.8 percent from T$4.35 billion in April. - (Reuters)

Kongsberg Appoints New Managing Director

Leif Kristian Weum (left) is taking over the helm from Managing Director, Terje Dyhre (right). Photo by Kongsberg Maritime AS

 Leif Kristian Weum has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Kongsberg Maritime Sales and Service office in Athens, Greece.    Kongsberg Maritime Hellas SA is a key Sales & Customer Support office established to serve the significant number of Greek shipping companies, located in the Athens area.   Having served on the Kongsberg Maritime Hellas SA Board of Directors since the office was opened in 2011 and in various customer support and sales

Bourbon Sells Two AHTS in Planned Modernization Program

Bourbon Surf: Image courtesy of Bourbon

Bourbon announces the sale of the 'Bourbon Surf' and 'Bourbon Borgstein', two large 10-year old Norwegian built AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply) vessels for a total amount of US$130 million, generating a total capital gain of approximately US$63 million. Bourbon will continue to operate the two ships for a minimum period of 2 years to a maximum period of 5 years, with an annual bareboat charter cost of 13% of the transaction value.

Quarders Joins Intellian

Intellian selected David M. Quarders as its new Director of VSAT Sales for the Americas. A veteran in both marine electronics and the communications industries, Quarders will help to drive sales growth for Intellian’s VSAT communication antenna line.  “We are very proud to have David join the Intellian team,” said Eric Sung, president and CEO of Intellian. “Intellian has experienced tremendous growth in the Americas in just a few short years

Goldenport Sells Thira

Goldenport Sells Container Vessel Thira

  Goldenport Holdings Inc.  the international shipping company that owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk and container  vessels, announces today the sale of a container vessel, 'Thira'.   The Company has agreed the sale of the 1997 built container vessel to an unaffiliated third party, "BSL Thira Shipping Limited", for a cash consideration of US$6.85 million. The vessel's delivery is due to take place on 21 July 2015.  

Brandsborg - Danfoss-Sea Recovery


Freddy Brandsborg joins Danfoss-Sea Recovery to manage Commercial Marine and Offshore sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He will operate out of the company's Danish location to create new partnerships with many of the shipping and offshore oil companies throughout the region Brandsborg brings with him almost 30 years of experience in the marine and offshore industry. As a mechanical engineer, and later a sales engineer

Ambassadors Cruise Group Appoints Moore Senior VP

Ambassadors Cruise Group has named cruise industry veteran Diane Moore Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Windstar Cruises and Majestic America Line. Moore will report to David Giersdorf, President, Ambassadors Cruise Group. The appointment is effective April 2007. Ambassadors recently purchased Windstar Cruises from Holland America Line. Moore will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all

Schottel Appoints Saudia Arabia Partner

Schottel, German manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications has appointed Modern Power Marine Services as official Schottel sales and service partner for Saudi Arabia in July 2010. With this cooperation Schottel will provide a direct after sales support on this market and will tighten the close relationship to their customers with the focus on long term partnership and customer dedication.

Hanjin Dumps Half of Workers

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 The bankrupting container operator Hanjin Shipping Co. is shedding half of its ground workforce and may ax equally that many of the crew on deck as the bankruptcy court is out to sell most of ground and sea assets, according to the Pulse.  

Hanjin Talks on Long Beach Sale

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is in talks to sell its stake in the Long Beach Terminal in California to Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.(MSC), reports Reuters.   The court overseeing Hanjin's receivership says the company is negotiating with MSC

Korea's Top 3 Shipbuilders' Shaky Performance

File Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 The value of contracts signed by Korea's big-three shipbuilders— Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries — fell far behind the amount they projected for this year, reports The Korea Herald.  

Damen Partners with TeamTec for BWTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system.   The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimized for medium-sized to large vessels

Hyundai Mulls Bid for Hanjin Assets, Routes

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Hyundai Merchant Marine is considering bidding for its bigger local rival Hanjin Shipping Co.'s Asia-U.S. route, reports Yonhap.   Hyundai Merchant, currently under a creditor-led debt restructuring scheme, is planning to submit a preliminary bid for Hanjin Shipping's route

Sailing into the Arctic’s Future

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Last month, a large cruise ship completed its inaugural cruise through the Northwest Passage. The historic journey brought nearly 1,700 passengers from Seward, Alaska, past the rugged wilderness and isolated villages of the Arctic, to the concrete jungle of New York City

Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ

File photo: Navigator Gas

 Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ   Navigator Gas, one of the world’s largest LPG vessel operators, has recently signed up to use ShipServ for all its procurement activities.   The London-headquartered company recently took its ship management activities in-house based

Brunswick Wins $72 Mln Order from US Southern Command

Photo: BCGP

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) said it has been awarded a multi-year, multi-unit contract valued at $72 million.   The single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for both 32-foot and 37-foot Boston Whaler Justice boats and will include spare

Wärtsilä to Power Mediterranean's First LNG Ferry

Baleàrias new RoRo passenger ferry (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry being built for Spanish owner Baleària

Caterpillar Propulsion for New LNG Cruise Ships

MaK M 46 DF (Image: Caterpillar Marine)

MaK M 46 DF dual fuel engines to be installed on a new generation of cruise ships    Caterpillar Marine said its dual fuel engines have been selected for a new generation of cruise ships; tThe company’s MaK 16 M 46 DF dual fuel engines

Hanjin Wants to Sell to Maersk

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The Seoul Central District Court  has approved a divestment of Hanjin Shipping's Asia-US network and the bankrupt carrier has encouraged Maersk Line to bid on the assets, according to The Korea Economic Daily.   It was reported that the ailing Korean shipping company recently

Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen

Hanjin Assets to Go on Sale

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The South Korean court overseeing Hanjin Shipping’s receivership process plans to put the collapsed shipper’s Asia-U.S. operations up for sale as early as Friday, says a report in Fortune.   The company said that it is selling major businesses, including its Asia-U.S

NYK Expects Loss of $1.9 Bln

Image: NYK Line

 The Japanese shipping operator Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) will book an ‘extraordinary’ loss totaling 195 billion Japanese yen (U.S. $1.89 billion) for the interim period of its current fiscal year, forced by a deep slump in the shipping market to write down the

MacGregor in JV with China State Shipbuilding

Photo: Cargotec

 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and China State Shipbuilding Corporation's (CSSC) Nanjing Luzhou Machine Co Ltd (LMC) signed a joint venture contract  to form CSSC Luzhou MacGregor Machine Co Ltd.    Subject to all relevant authority approvals, expected within this year

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