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Japanese Foreign Ship Orders Increase

Japanese shipyards received in October foreign orders for 44 vessels totaling 1,583,880 gt, the Japan Ship Exporters' Association reported. The tonnage jumped 728.4 percent compared to orders received a year earlier, a spokesperson said. Thirty-five orders were for bulk carriers, seven for freighters and two for oil tankers. The statistics cover orders received by association members for steel vessels of 500 gt or more. In September, foreign ship orders rose 175 percent year on year.


Daewoo Gets Container Ship Order

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. said on won a $592.3m container ship order from an Asian shipper. The vessel will be delivered to the company by the end of July 2011, Daewoo said in a filing with the Korea Exchange. Source: Reuters


Daewoo Wins Ship Orders

Beleagured Daewoo Heavy Industries won $230 million in ship orders from Companies in Hong Kong and Europe. Daewoo reported earned an order to build a bulk carrier from Hong Kong's Tai Chong Cheang Co. Ltd. and two bulk carriers from Oak Maritime Inc. Norway's Bergesen d.y. Group ASA is reported to have given Daewoo an order for one mineral carrier and Belgium's Bocimar N.V. an order for two bulk carriers. The orders tallied at $120 million


STX Shipbuilding Gets $266.7M Ship Order

South Korea's STX Shipbuilding Co. (067250.SE) said Wednesday that it received a $266.7M order to build six petrochemical product carriers. An STX spokesman said the South Korean shipbuilder won the order from a Hong Kong-based company, but declined to identify the company. STX will deliver the tankers - which will have the capacity to load 51,000 tons of petrochemical products - by Sept. 2009, the company said.


GE Shipping Orders New Tankers

Great Eastern Shipping Company (GE Shipping) has ordered two new building Long Range One (LR1) product tankers from STX Shipbuilding Company, Korea. The vessels, of around 74,500 dwt each, are due for delivery during Q3 FY 2008-09. With this order, the company`s new building orderbook stands at 9 tankers (4 LR1 product tankers and 5 MR product tankers) with an aggregate dwt of 0.52 Mn and 5 OSVs (4 AHTSVs and 1 PSV). Source: IRIS


S.Korea STX Sees Orders Resuming in 2nd Half

According to a Feb. 26 report from Reuters, South Korea's STX Group, which runs the world's No. 4 shipbuilder and No. 5 dry bulk carrier, said new ship orders could resume in the second half when financing difficulties ease. Its shipmaking arm, STX Shipbuilding, is aiming to boost new orders for offshore vessels and plants by 80 percent this year to $1.8b, Vice Chairman Lee Jong-chul told reporters. (Source: Reuters)


Kone Wins Cruise Ship Order

Kone received an order from Celebrity Cruises to design, supply and install lifts for three passenger cruise ships. Kone is to supply a total of 69 units including passenger elevators, service elevators and dumbwaiters. The ships will be built at Germany’s Meyer Werft. The first ship is expected to be ready by October 2008, and the last by June 2010. (Source: http://newsroom.finland.fi)


Cruise Ship Orders Could Outstrip Demand

Cruise ship berth supply will reportedly exceed demand growth if new orders continue at their current level, according to shipping analysts.


Hyundai Heavy Wins $1.36b Container Ship Order

Heavy Industries Co, has secured an order worth $1.36b from an unnamed European shipowner to build eight container ships. The company said in a regulatory filing that it plans to deliver the vessels by April 2012. The contract value is equivalent to 10.2 percent of total revenue it earned in 2006. Source: Reuters


Tanker Orders Will Not Be Cancelled

According to a report from Emirates Business 24/7, existing new-build programs in the tanker sector of the shipping industry are expected to go ahead with no fear of cancellations despite the current slowdown in the industry's performance, said a senior executive. While ship orders in other sectors have suffered from unprecedented cancellations due to financial constraints, the relatively stronger position of the tanker sector has helped to prevent a similar trend.


Another Megaship to Join Royal Caribbean Cruise Fleet

Anthem of the Seas passes newly enhanced Explorer of the Seas as she departs on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK. Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean has ordered a fourth ship for its Quantum Class family of ships from Meyer Werft. The ship will be delivered in 2019.   With two Quantum-class vessels already delivered and a third under construction, Royal Caribbean Cruises on Thursday announced plans to order a fourth


Daewoo Bags Big Maersk ULCS Order

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 AP Moller-Maersk has returned to South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for its latest series of ultra-large container ships (ULCS), reports The Korea Economic Daily.   The total contract to build 11 ultra-large containerships is worth US$1.7 billion


Sainty Marine in Troubles Waters

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 Financially troubled Chinese shipbuilder Sainty Marine has announced Bank of China and China Exim Bank have frozen its bank accounts.   Shenzhen-listed Sainty Marine has also announced that it has reached an agreement with Dutch ship investment firm, Universal Marine


Korean Shipyards Bullish on Mega Vessels

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 As the construction of ultra large container ships gained momentum, Korean shipyards are sweeping up the market, according to a report appeared in Business Korea.   Total orders of 21 container ships exceeding 20,000 TEU in capacity were placed globally from the end of last year to


Celebrity Cruises Orders 2 New Ships

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  Celebrity Cruises has taken a bold step in ship design with the signing of a letter of intent for a new class of vessels, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and French shipbuilder STX France announced today. The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships


Fincantieri Wins Carnival Cruise Ship Order

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 Fincantieri SpA has been awarded an order by Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction of two new cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line. Both will be sisters ships respectively to Carnival Vista and Koningsdam


US Navy Eyes Next LCS Contracts in Q1

Littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Keith DeVinney)

The U.S. Navy plans to award contracts before the end of the first quarter to Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal for its next three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as well as money to buy materials for a fourth, Navy officials said Thursday.  


Shipping Rates Drop as China Cuts Coal Need

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Shipping costs plunged to almost the lowest on record following tumbling demand for coal in China and weakening growth in the nation’s iron ore purchases, reports Bloomberg.  The Baltic Dry Index, which tracks freight rates for ships carrying raw materials


LNG Shipping Rates Nosedive

LNG Ship (Source: Shell)

 With LNG prices down as slowing demand combines with rising output, the cost to ship super-chilled natural gas has also tumbled to the lowest level in more than four years and is forecast to fall further, reports Bloomberg    According to Andrew Buckland


Oversupply, China Slowdown Push Freight Prices Down

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 Freight shipping prices have plummeted to a historic low, fueled by a long-standing problem of too many ships and lower demand from China, as per a report in AFP.   However, the economists say that this is not a serious warning sign on the global economy.  


Shipping Industry Faces Shake Up

Photo: Aurelie Moulin

As global shipping grapples with its worst downturn in 30 years, private equity firms are unwinding massive bets made on the sector in a move set to accelerate a restructuring of the shipping industry.   Private equity invested tens of billions in global shipping after the 2008 financial


Maersk Predicts Container Traffic Demand Growth

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 As freight rates are expected to continue to decline due to oversupply, the container shipping demand is expected to grow 3-5% this year, according to Lars Mikael Jensen, chief executive of Asia Pacific region at Maersk Line.   He said supply growth as ships ordered several years ago


Carnival to Add Nine Ships to Cruise Fleet

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Carnival Corporation enters into strategic partnerships to add nine cruise ships to its fleet over a four-year period starting in 2019; shipbuilders Fincantieri and Meyer Werft to each build next-generation cruise ships for Carnival Corporation through two separate, long-term partnerships  


Hanjin’s Subic Shipyard Wins Bid for Six Boxship

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction’s (HHIC) Philippines-based Subic Shipyard Courtesy HHIC

  HANJIN Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC)-Phil’s Subic Shipyard hit the jackpot bids. On April 20, the company said that it signed a deal to build six 11,000-TEU containerships for European and Asian shipping companies.


Cargotec to Sack 220 at MacGregor

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 Finnish cargo-handling machinery maker Cargotec announces savings measures in its subsidiary MacGregor to respond to the weakening market situation due to the low oil price and low number of new merchant ship orders.   Cargotec is laying off some 220 employees globally at its






 
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