China's shipbuilding industry faces a severe test in today's sluggish global market China's shipbuilders finished 22.53 million dead weight tons of shipbuilding orders in the first five months this year, a decrease of 10.1 percent year-on-year. New ship orders amount to 9.54 million DWT, a fall of 47.3 percent year-on-year. The total industrial output value of China's shipbuilding industry reached 240.6 billion yuan ($38.2 billion) in the first five months of 2012, but the growth rate was only 0.7 percent year-on-year, the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry informs 'China Daily'. The traditional shipbuilding industry is being hit hardest, according to the association. The ship equipment industry has seen growth of 27.1 percent. The marine engineering equipment manufacturing industry grew by 11.4 percent.
Italian classification society RINA's Fire Research Laboratory has become the only classification society fire test laboratory in Europe to obtain USCG approval. RINA's Genoa-based Fire Research Laboratory has been accepted by the Coast Guard as an independent laboratory authorized to perform tests for non-combustibility, A, B and F fire class divisions, surface flammability, primary deck coverings, vertically supported textiles, furniture and bedding, in accordance with IMO specifications
The 'Okeanos Explorer' is conducting mapping operation in the Western North Atlantic as part of the annual ship shakedown. Multibeam and singlebeam mapping operations are being conducted 24/7 between Rhode Island and the U.S.-Canadian territorial boundary, while sub-bottom profile mapping is being conducted each day between the hours of 1000 and 1800 throughout the March 18, 2013, to April 5, 2013 cruise. Research vessels conduct annual ship shakedown tests to perform at-sea testing of all
In October Cargotec secured two contracts worth around EUR 15 million for complete MacGregor RoRo access and transfer systems for deepsea Container/RoRo (ConRo) vessels. “Both of these contracts are for vessels that will carry general and project cargo, as well as various type of RoRo cargo, and this calls for specialist knowledge,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Sales Director for RoRo Ships at Cargotec
Russia’s renewed focus on the commercial shipbuilding industry was set as a key aim by Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev in his recent discussions on the development of the sector through 2015. The 2015 impetus on competitive opportunity coincides with the 13th International Maritime Exhibition and Conferences of Russia – NEVA 2015. This event provides a collaborative, global platform to promote Russia's Commercial Shipbuilding, Ship Equipment and related Maritime industries.
On May 15 Uljanik Shipyards in Pula will deliver Grande Lagos, built on behalf of Grimaldi-Napoli. The ship will be launched by Mrs. Aldi C. Sekibo, the consort of the Minister of Transports of Nigeria. Grande Lagos is the seventh ship, following up a maxi-order of 11 ships, that was built by the Croatian shipyards Ulajnik in Pula for the Grimaldi – Napoli group. In three years the Uljanik shipyard launched and delivered to the Grimaldi – Napoli group Grande Benelux
On November 21, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters. These requirements, which are in addition to the standard SOLAS regulations, will enter into force starting January 1, 2017
Seaways, the international journal of The Nautical Institute, reports this month that although most mariners seem generally satisfied with the operation of the new Automatic Identification System (AIS), current users have reported certain anomalies. The Institute’s Papers and Technical committee has now identified some key causes and recommendations. A common fault was that ships are transmitting inaccurate information such as incorrect heading (which may be due to poorly defined offset
The shipping software and service provider, Interschalt maritime systems AG, has developed a highly customer-focused concept for the maintenance of navigation and communications systems on board, called InterschaltShore-based Maintenance (IS-SBM). For an annual flat-rate fee, the maintenance concept, which is individually tailored to each customer, is a complete service package which includes coordination, annual performance tests, replacement parts, labor time and travel costs
Orders for five fresh-fish trawlers feature two different ship designs and MAN 6L27/38 engines and aft-ship equipment Icelandic owners, HB Grandi, Vinnslustodin hf. and Hradfrystihusid Gunnvör, have ordered newbuildings based on two different ship designs from specialist fishing-vessel consultants and designers, Nautic and Skipasýn. Optimized for safety, operational economy and pulling power, the 50-meter-plus vessel series differ in their choice of specified propeller
For providers deployed aboard a hospital ships, making sure all the right equipment is on board is vital. The Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) completed a year-long project to optimize and standardize combat support Authorized Medical Allowance Lists, April 5.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed an MOU with General Electric Company (GE) to cooperate for the development of GOGES (COmbined Gas turbine Electric and Steam) package for LNG carriers and containerships. The MOU signing ceremony was attended by Choi Kil-seon
Gibdock’s strategic location has been brought into sharp focus with the docking of HMS Scott, the largest vessel in the Royal Navy's Hydrographic Squadron, for a recent 19-day maintenance period at the Gibraltar yard. Work took place as part of the MOD UK’s Commercially
The meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council (STC) Presidium of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was held on 15 December 2015. The STC is one of the crucial components to ensure the RS activity on rendering the wide range of services in the area of marine transportation
Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016. LA Fleet Week will run through Labor Day, with active military ships beginning to arrive in the days preceding the
Rolls-Royce informs it has signed a contract with Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard in China for a package of advanced ship equipment for a new 124-meter long Dive Support Vessel (DSV). The vessel will be designed by Skipsteknisk in Norway, and is to be delivered in 2017 to its owner
The recently introduced Wärtsilä 31 engine, which has been acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world's most efficient four-stroke diesel engine, has been selected to power a new generation icebreaker currently under construction at the PJSC Vyborg Shipyard
PYI, a premier manufacturer and distributor of high-quality marine, boat, yacht, and shipping equipment and supplies, announced today that it is the provider of the KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System worldwide. Providing a beautiful, high-traction surface, KiwiGrip is a revolutionary
In their recent published Annual Report 2014 Top US Coast Guard official says there will be no let-up in the battle to end ship-sourced waste-oil pollution and ISM Code deficiencies, with even tougher inspection procedures on the way
Classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report, which aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on
The Korean Register informs it has formally opened the Green-ship Equipment Test Certification Center in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea. This large-scale facility will be operated by KR and has been built with the full support of Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the governments
Norwegians are seafarers, with maritime and offshore oil and gas tightly woven into the DNA of this population of more than five million. On the eve of Norshipping 2015, which is personally my twelfth Norshipping since 1993, the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) released its annual
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract worth $30.6m with the American owner Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The contract for ship equipment comprises Azimuth main propulsion, propulsion control systems, anchor winches and an anchor handling crane for an Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS)
With age comes perspective, and in my 20 plus years reporting on this industry I have seen my fair share of regulation that has served to ‘raise the hackles’ of ship owners. It is quite simple really; new regulation often means new procedure, new design, new equipment and new costs
From 1 January, the Danish Maritime Authority will survey all Danish passenger ships in a new way. Shipping companies are positive towards the new passenger ship survey which will, to a greater extent, involve the crew and the daily safety work.