Belships has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with a Japanese counterpart for the ship M / S Belforest. Belforest, 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier is currently under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan and will be delivered around 25 September 2015. The ship will at time of delivery be sold and leased back for a period of 12 years with purchase options from year 3 onwards. The transaction is considered as a financial lease and will not have any material impact on the financial figures. Compared to alternative loan financing offer published in the report for 2nd quarter, the transaction will improve Belships cash balance with about USD 4 million at time of delivery. Imabari Shipbuilding Co., founded 1901, is Japan’s biggest shipyard with more than 2,000 ships delivered. The annual production is around 90 ships from 8 yard locations, which equals 23% of Japan’s annual shipbuilding production (grt).
Gibdock completes a refit of the 12-streamer 3D seismic vessel 'WG Cook' for WesternGeco. WG Cook is one of six 12-streamer 3D seismic ships delivered to the owner in 2010. The 19-day project was completed on time and with no serious QHSE incidents in preparation for WG Cook’s deployment offshore Canada for a seismic survey. “The project was awarded on a competitive tender basis, while the location of the yard is also favourable for this project
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) and the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) transit through the Black Sea en route to the Republic of Georgia to deliver humanitarian relief supplies. Dallas is carrying more than 76,000 pounds of supplies, including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, baby wipes, toilet paper and other necessities. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen/Released)
The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Independence (LCS 2) Dec. 18 during a short ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Independence is the second littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, and the first LCS of the General Dynamics variant. LCS is a new breed of U.S. Navy warship with versatile warfighting capabilities, capable of open-ocean operation, but optimized for littoral, or coastal, missions. "Today marks a critical milestone in the life of the LCS 2
Spending related to cruises run by Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and other lines grew at the slowest pace in at least six years as fewer new ships were launched.Cruise ships traveling to and from US ports and their passengers pumped $32.4 billion into the US economy, a 7.9 percent increase, the International Council of Cruise Lines said in a report released last week, according to a report on Bloomberg.
LPD San Antonio finally wins Battle Efficiency award Naval Surface Force Atlantic announced that the ship, delivered prematurely and tormented by years of mechanical malfunctions and mishaps, has been awarded the Battle Efficiency award, or Battle “E” — a coveted honor given annually to units that demonstrate the highest standards of performance and efficiency. “Everyone who believes that San Antonio is still broken and on the sidelines will now realize that we
The new generation of giant container ships will be able to access Melbourne's port within three years under plans released yesterday by the Bracks Government to deepen the channels leading to the city's docks, the Australian reported. But figures released along with an environmental effects statement reveal the cost of the dredging project has blown out from $545 million to at least $763 million. And Treasurer John Brumby refused to say how much of the burden would be borne by
A recent report US Government Audit Office (GAO) report, mandated by the House, discussed amongst other issues: (1) quality problems in constructing recently delivered ships and Navy actions to improve quality and (2) key practices employed by leading commercial ship buyers and shipbuilders to ensure quality and how these compared with Navy practices. Excerpts from the report follow: What GAO Found The Navy has experienced significant quality problems with several ship classes
Stelmar Shipping Ltd. announced that it has taken delivery of the Ambermar, a newly built 35,500 dwt Panamax tanker from the STX Shipbuilding Co. ltd (ex-Daedong) in South Korea. Ambermar has entered into a previously announced 18-month time charter with FAMM, the commercial division of ChevronTexaco. Peter R. Goodfellow, Chief Executive Officer and President commented, “We are pleased to have received delivery of the Ambermar
Silver Ships delivered a 48-ft. Endeavor Survey boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The vessel will be tasked with surveying the waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and rivers of the New Orleans District. The all-welded aluminum vessel is designed and engineered by Naval Architect Lou Codega, PE of Smithfield, VA and features a hull form designed to handle the short choppy seas of the Gulf Coast regions.
Dry Bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today the delivery of a 56,819 dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel, renamed M/V Gladiatorship. The vessel, which was built in 2010 by CSC Jinling Shipyard, has been employed in the spot market
Norwegian tanker shipper Odfjell announced it is upgrading the propulsion systems aboard 19 of its chemical tanker vessels in a move that aims to reduce its fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent. The upgrades, which include the retrofit of new energy efficient propeller
In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, the global shipping industry, as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has launched some key messages to government negotiators, explaining the impressive progress the industry is making to reduce
The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. delivered the new building Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Aakash” (81,600 dwt) to the buyers. The vessel was contracted for sale in August 2015. The company had ordered the vessel in July 2013 at the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc
Pioneer Marine, a shipowner and drybulk handysize transportation service provider, announced it has accepted delivery of a 38,464 DWT Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel, the M.V. Falcon Bay. The new vessel, which was constructed at Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding Co
The first cargo ship delivering Iranian goods docked at the Omani port of Sohar, a few weeks after Tehran and Muscat opened a new shipping route. The vessel, titled Genaveh 12, container with a capacity of 96 TEUs
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., a shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, announced the delivery of the 171,199 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel M/V Leadership. The vessel was acquired from an unaffiliated third party and was built by Imabari-Koyo
Transporter of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargoes, Intermarine, LLC, has begun “Fleet of the Future” deliveries with the addition and maiden voyage of the newbuild Industrial Grand. The 20,000 DWT, 545 foot multipurpose vessel Industrial Grand features three cranes with
A new program that expedites cargo by streamlining container moves is speeding up operations at the Port of Los Angeles. Launched February 25, the "Peel Off" Program has added a new operational model to the Port to clear the current backlog of containers and improve the flow of
The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) delivered its 1996-built Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Arjun” (164,796 dwt) to the buyers on 26th February, 2015. The company had contracted to sell the ship earlier this month.
MTN Communications (MTN) has expanded its cruise client base with three additional operators leveraging enhanced services for passenger, crew and corporate communications. MTN provides products, solutions and content to address each line’s passenger segment with Internet and calling
Shipbuilder General Dynamics National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. – NASSCO – will christen the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) Saturday, February 7, 2015 in San Diego. General Dynamic’s NASSCO arguably has the most diverse and enviable shipbuilding backlog in the U.S
“We have launched a new initiative to help shipowners improve their green credentials and meet other corporate social responsibilities," said Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the registry
The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) delivered its 1990-built Very Large Gas Carrier “Jag Vidhi” (49,701 dwt) to the buyers on 21st January, 2015. The company had contracted to sell the ship in July 2014.
Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region. HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education, medical and flood relief supplies from the capital Honiara