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India Eases Norms For Ship Imports

India has eased norms for the import of ships, the government announced last week. Import of ships by open general license (OGL) under a bareboat charter-cum-demise method, which is similar to hire-purchase, will not need a technical clearance by the government, but will need an evaluation of the import price, officials said. "The price reasonableness (evaluation) and interest margin on rental payments will be verified by ICICI," a government spokesperson said, referring to bareboat charters. ICICI is one of India's leading finance firms. "However, the price reasonableness will be required only if the value of the imported vessel on CIF (cost, insurance and freight) basis is more than 10 million rupees," he added. New vessels imported under open general license will no longer need technical clearance and price evaluation, but the vessel at the time of registration will be surveyed by principal officer, Mercantile Maritime Department, and deficiency in the vessel, if any, will have to be removed before registration. Import of second-hand vessels with a CIF value of less than $230,000, will also not need technical clearances and price evaluation. The spokesperson said second-hand vessels that do not have a minimum "economic life" of five years will not be allowed to be imported under the guidelines.


Moody's Downgrades MC Shipping

Moody's Investors Service downgraded the senior unsecured rating for bonds issued by MC Shipping Inc to Caa3 from B3. The downgrade reflects the company's deteriorating unencumbered asset base, high leverage, tight liquidity position, weaker operating performance and continuing difficult market situation. Moody's lowered the senior implied rating for the group to Caa2 from B2 and the issuer rating to Ca from Caa1.


Saigon Shipmarin to Build First Vessels for Export

The Saigon Shipbuilding and Maritime Industry Company (Saigon Shipmarin) signed a contract with Japan's Kanematsu Corp. to build two 6,500-tonne cargo vessels. These are the first cargo vessels that Saigon Shipmarin, a member of the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin), has built for export. The first vessel is expected to be handed over in March 2007 and the second, in July. The company has invested over VND 300 billion (over US $18 million) to expand its production scale


Costamere Report Favorable Financial Results

Costamare Inc report unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012. 
 Greek-based Costamere is a leading owner and provider of containerships for charter. The Company has a fleet of 57 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 329,000 TEU, including 10 newbuild containerships on order. Financial highlights:     •    Voyage revenues of $94.9 million and $291


Knightsbridge Reports 2013 Results

Highlights:   Knightsbridge reports net income of $3.0 million and earnings per share of $0.10 for the fourth quarter of 2013. Excluding the results from discontinued operations, the company reports net income of $3.5 million and earnings per share of $0.123 for the fourth quarter. Knightsbridge reports EBITDA from continuing operations of $7.0 million and EBITDA from continuing operations per share of $0.24 for the fourth quarter of 2013.


Nauta Bags Two Fishing Vessel Orders

Image: Nauta

Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Poland has signed two contracts in recent days for building partially outfitted fishing trawlers for its Danish client Karstensens Skibsvaerft AS.   Within the first order Nauta will produce a partly outfitted vessel with length 69.9 meters and beam 14.2 meters. The B – 436 unit will be ready to hand over in March m2017. This vessel will be similar to the other seiners – Kvannoy and Beinur – which Nauta has built for Karstensens Skibsvaerft AS


Russian Shipyard Cuts First Metal for Mistral-class Warship

Mistral-class Ship: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Baltic Shipyard cuts metal for the hull of  first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship for construction in France. Russia and France signed a US$1.2-billion contract on two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology, in June 2011. Under the contract, STX France will carry out the final assembly of the hulls from 24 blocks produced in Russia. STX France handed over in July the first batch of technical documentation on the Mistral project to Russian


Nautisk Launches NaviTab

NaviTab

Nautisk unveiled its latest navigational solution: NaviTab from Nautisk, a unique concept that replaces a vessel’s onboard Navigational Publication library. Hundreds of books have been uploaded onto a hi-spec hand-held device, suitable for use both onshore and on the bridge. “Currently, all vessels sailing global routes must carry a full portfolio of navigational publications (NPs) in order to sail compliantly and meet SOLAS Regulation,” said Nautisk CEO Thomas Fjeld


Seaspan Responds to Canada’s NSS Announcement

Brian Carter (Photo: Seaspan)

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of a series of enhancements to strengthen the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards’ president Brian Carter issued a statement commending the government’s efforts and reinforcing the shipbuilder’s role in producing ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.   “We are pleased to receive the Government of Canada’s support for the National Shipbuilding Strategy


Boskalis Awarded Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Contract

Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Image Royal Boskalis Westminster

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the Offshore Balance of Plant contract by Vattenfall for the construction of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.   Following the announcement on 29 June stating that Boskalis was the preferred contractor, the contract has now been formally awarded. The project will consist of eleven wind turbines with a capacity of 92.4 MW


Laugfs Buys Third LPG Carrier Vessel

Photo: LAUGFS Holdings

 Laugfs Maritime Services, the shipping division of Sri Lanka’s Laugfs Gas,  has purchased its third Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier vessel for USD 2.875 million, reports  Lanka Business Online quoting company sources.  


Dryships to Expand into VLGC sector

The Table

DryShips Inc. announced today that, it has agreed to enter into a “zero cost” Option Agreement (“LPG Option Agreement”) with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas


Gladding-Hearn Delivers NYC Sightseeing Vessel

Circle Line Bronx (Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding)

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, said it has delivered Circle Line Bronx, the first of three new sightseeing vessels for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Inc., in New York City.   “The new vessels will offer guests an enhanced sightseeing experience on every level


MOL: LNG Carrier Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project

At the naming and deliveryceremony on January 6 Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the LNG carrier CESI Qingdao — ordered by a joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) — was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd


Cosco Delivers Module Carrier to Bigroll

BigRoll Baffin, MC-Class Module Carrier Photo BigRoll Shipping

On 23 November 2016, Cosco Dalian Shipyard Co. Ltd handed over BigRoll Baffin, the third MC-Class Module Carrier for BigRoll Shipping, to her owners. The first two state-of-the-art MC-Class Module Carriers, BigRoll Barentsz and BigRoll Bering were handed over earlier this year


Frontline Sees Strong Start to 2017

Crude tanker operator Frontline expects strong demand for its vessels at the start of 2017 and could benefit from oil producers' pact to cut output if it forces Asian buyers to go further afield for supplies, its chief executive said. Spot rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) have


Scandlines’ Deploys New Ferry

New ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route Photo Scandlines

On Wednesday 21 December 2016, Scandlines’ second new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route, M/V Copenhagen, will carry passengers for the first time when it departs from Gedser towards Rostock at 09:00. Scandlines new hybrid ferry was registered 19 December 2016 and departed the same


SFL Takes Delivery of 19,200 TEU Containership

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) said it has taken delivery of MSC Anna, the first of two 19,200 TEU container vessels from Huyndai Heavy Industries, Korea. The vessel is chartered out for a period of 15 years, and lease financing has been secured for the full term of the charter.


Alfa Laval's 100th U-design Scrubber for Grimaldi

Grimaldi Group has placed orders for seven hybrid Alfa Laval PureSOx systems with U-design scrubbers. Photo Alph Laval

The Grimaldi Group has placed orders for seven hybrid Alfa Laval PureSOx systems with U-design scrubbers. The orders are an important milestone, as the second of these systems is also the 100th U-design scrubber to be sold by Alfa Laval.  


Future Care Launches New Website

 Future Care, Inc., a provider of global maritime medical management and cost containment services to the maritime community, has launched its new website www.futurecareinc.com.   The revised website showcases Future Care’s Caring for the Crew program


Austal delivers Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10)

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during the ship’s christening ceremony on June 13, 2015. US Navy photo.

Austal delivered the fifth Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), to the U.S. Navy on December 23, exactly six months from the date LCS 8 was handed over, at an official document signing ceremony held aboard the ship.


Great Ships of 2016: Polaris

Polaris (Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Polaris - World’s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker


Metal Shark Makes Multiple Latin American, Caribbean Deliveries

The PRPD testing one of its new Metal Shark 36 Fearless patrol boats in the Atlantic Ocean near San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark has announced several new contracts with Latin American and Caribbean operators, further expanding the company’s presence in the region. At a recent ceremony with Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla in San Juan


DryShips Expands to Gas Carrier Market with Four New VLGCs

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc. has agreed to enter into a "zero cost" LPG Option Agreement with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) capable of carrying liquefied petroleum


Dong Takes Solstad CSVs

REM Installer. Photo: Solstad Offshore

 Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore has entered into contracts with Dong Energy Wind Power for two of its construction support vessels (CSVs).   The first contract will see the CSV Rem Installer work for Dong Energy for a period of 23 months firm with a further six months






 
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