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UltraStrip Signs Agreement with BAE Systems

UltraStrip Systems, Inc. announced the signing of a five year exclusive agreement with BAE Systems ship yard subsidiaries in San Francisco and San Diego to provide its patented robotic automated waterjetting technology equipment and services. UltraStrip's robotic technology will perform high speed coating removal services to the shipyard's customers, including U.S. Navy vessels, oil tankers, cruise ships, bulk carriers, and container ships. BAE Systems San Francisco and BAE Systems San Diego are subsidiaries of BAE Systems Ship Repair, Inc., a group of companies owned by U.K. based BAE Systems.


Northrop Grumman Introduces New ECDIS-E

Northrop Grumman Corporation is introducing the VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display and Information System-E (ECDIS-E), a new cost-effective navigation solution for commercial tankers, container ships, bulk carries and passenger ferries including retrofit installations. Based on the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT platform, the new ECDIS-E combines an optimized feature set with easy to install hardware


COSCO Signs Contracts with Four Shipyards

Xinhua reported that COSCO Group, China's leading shipping and logistics service provider, inked in Boao, Hainan Province on Saturday contracts with four domestic shipyards to build 66 ships. Zhang Fusheng, a COSCO spokesman, did not disclose the total value of these shipbuilding contracts but said they summed up to a record amount for the shipping giant. The move is to help meet China's strong demand for shipping as the country's fast economic development gives rise to more imports of


Star Bulk Acquires Bulk Carrier

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a Capesize bulk carrier of approx. 180,000 dwt, built in 1991 in Japan, for approximately $83.7 million from Japanese interests. The vessel will be financed through a combination of company cash and bank debt. The vessel to be renamed the M/V Star Sigma, is scheduled to be delivered to Star Bulk within April/May 2008. It comes with a one-year time charter back to its present owners which will commence on the day of


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Supramax Vessel

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has taken delivery of the Star Cosmo, a Supramax bulk carrier of approximately 52,247 dwt, built in 2005. The vessel comes with a staggered 3-year charter to Korea Line that commenced on March 17, 2008, at a gross daily rate of $55,900, $41,900 and $27,900 for the first, second and third year respectively. With the delivery of Star Cosmo, Star Bulk's operational fleet currently consists of twelve dry bulk carriers


Sperry Marine Gets Contract

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation  to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) for three U.S. Navy cruisers. The indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract, valued at $2.72m, was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit. Under the contract, the new-generation IBS, running on Sperry Marine’s Voyage Management System (VMS) software, will be back-fitted onto three guided-missile cruisers (CG).


Jaeger Join the Eagle Bulk Fleet

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of the Jaeger, a 2004 built 52,265dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel. The Company has now taken on-schedule delivery of the three vessels as per the acquisition agreement announced on June 23. The Jaeger will continue its existing 11 to 13 month time charter, begun in May 2006, at a rate of $18,500 per day. The Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. fleet consists of 16 dry bulk vessels including 12 Supramax and 4 Handymax vessels


Eagle Bulk Adds to Fleet

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of the Jaeger, a 2004 built 52,265dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel. The company has now taken on-schedule delivery of the three vessels as per the acquisition agreement announced on June 23. The Jaeger will continue its existing 11 to 13 month time charter, begun in May 2006, at a rate of $18,500 per day. The Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. fleet consists of 16 dry bulk vessels, including 12 Supramax and 4 Handymax vessels


New Vessels for FESCO to be Built in China

A series of new vessels will be built in China for the Far-Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO). According to reports, the contract on building of four bulk carriers at the Chinese shipyard Quingshan Shipyard in the city Ukhan was made. Every bulk carrier will be 623 x 104 ft., deadweight 57,000 tons. Every vessel will be equipped with four loading cranes. The bulk carriers will work at transportation of bulked cargo - corn, coal, ore, pipes and others.


Seanergy to Acquire Bulk Energy Transport

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP; SHIPW) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Constellation Bulk Energy Holdings, Inc. to acquire Seller's 50% ownership interest in Bulk Energy Transport (Holdings) Limited for a nominal cash consideration. The remaining 50% of BET is owned and will remain under the ownership of affiliates of the Restis family. BET is a provider of worldwide ocean transportation services through the ownership of a fleet of five dry bulk carrier


ClassNK Approves Fillet Welding Consumable

Classification society ClassNK announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels. Until now


Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type, less crude oil (-2%), mineral oil products (-14%) and other liquid bulk cargo (-14%) were transferred


Stranded Virginia Beach Bulker Salvage Plan Set

Stranded Bulk Carrier: Photo USCG

The Coast Guard advises it is in the final stages of reviewing a salvage plan that is scheduled to begin Friday morning to move the 751-foot bulk carrier, 'Ornak', aground near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Va. “Moving a vessel of this size off the beach is a complicated and


Novorossiysk: New Tonnage Dues Rates

Photo courtesy Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port

GAC informs that tonnage dues rates in the port of Novorossiysk will be increased about 9% with effect from April 27, 2014. The rate increases are as follows: Tankers - Rates in force: 2.67 RUR - New rates: 2.91 RUR - Formula: 2.91 x Reduced GT x 2 Cont/Ro-Ro


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Debt-Laden Bulk Shipper to be Liquidated

A Chinese court has ordered a unit of debt-laden dry bulk goods shipper Chang Jiang Shipping Group Phoenix Co Ltd to liquidate its assets, displaying further evidence of the troubles faced by the country's beleaguered shippers.   The unit


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


IMF April Update Sees Lower Global GDP Growth

Recovery strengthens, remains uneven The message from the IMF is clear: The global recovery is still fragile despite improved prospects, and significant downside risks—both old and new—remain. Recently, some new geopolitical risks have emerged.


Quantifying Arctic shipping risk through case studies

 Shipping activities in Arctic areas are certain to increase in the years to come and, as the Arctic is a challenging and    diverse environment, knowing how to manage its risks will be crucial. Through case studies, DNV GL has estimated that the   


ISC Expects Faltering Q1 2014 Financial Results

ISC Jones Act vessel: Photo courtesy of ISC

International Shipholding Corporation (ISC) provides preliminary guidance for first quarter 2014 results and announces timing of earnings release and conference call. The company says that it expects to report a first quarter net loss, before Preferred Dividends, in the range of $3


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

Photo: OSC

State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


China Shipyard Delivers Handymax Size Bulk Carrier

Bulk carrier file photo CCL

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) inform that its Dalian Shipyard in China has delivered a bulk carrier of 57000 dwt, named "GUOTOU 108", to its Asian buyer. The Handymax bulker measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. About COSCO Shipyard


ISS Network Expands to Venezuela

Photo courtesy of ISS

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has expanded its network in Central and South America with the opening of ISS Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz. Port Manager, Aldo M. Limongelli, who brings 38 years of experience in maritime operations such as chartering, bunkering, stevedoring, transportation


Latest Shipbuilding Contracts Include VLCC Order for Philippine Yard

File image CCL3

In the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin newbuilding orders are reported in Far East shipyards for a range of vessels as follows: Bulk carriers Clarkson Hellas understand that Golden Union have declared options for three further 81


 
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