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Report: Shipbuilders Need to Target Cruise Market

According to the Korea Times, the next five years will provide an opportunity for Korean shipbuilders to construct cruise ships with a high-profit margin, the Korea Shipbuilders' Association said. The construction of luxury cruise ships declined steadily after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. But with a recent favorable upturn, the market is expected to expand especially in the large and medium-size category through 2010, with an annual growth rate of about 5 percent, the association said. This prospect of stronger demand for cruise ships will offer local shipbuilders opportunities to venture into the construction of cruise ships with less risk. South Korea is the no.1 shipbuilding country in the world with aggregate exports of $17.6 billion last year. However, Korean shipbuilders haven't seen significant sales in the cruise ship business, which accounts for about 20 percent of the global shipbuilding market. Until recently, Europe had almost completely monopolized the building of cruise ships. According to the Association of European Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers, a quartet of Europe-based shipbuilders that has maintained a combined 84-percent market share since 2002. The average age of cruise ships in service at present is about 42.4 years for 19 ships over 10,000 gross tons, and 37.8 years for those less than 10,000 gross tons. Accordingly, replacement demand is likely to become active in the near term, the association said.


Many 1Q Orders for South Korean Shipbuilders

South Korean shipbuilders racked up large overseas orders in the first quarter, keeping them on course to far exceed yearly targets, Korea Times reported. Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipbuilder, clinched orders worth $2.3 billion in the January-March period, compared with its full-year target of $7.4 billion. Its two affiliates - Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries - won a combined $2.75 billion worth of orders in the first quarter


China Targets Shipbuilding Sales of $189 Billion By 2015

SHANGHAI -- China aims to increase annual sales by domestic shipbuilders to $189.7 billion by 2015, as it works toward its goal of becoming the world's leading shipbuilding country, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said.  China also plans to raise the value of annual shipbuilding exports to more than $80 billion by 2015, the ministry said, in a five-year plan for the shipbuilding industry. The plan provides new details regarding China's push for significant growth


Aveva: Navies Can Reduce Project Cost, Risk and Timescales

Photo: Aveva

New business paper describes how technology offers proven collaboration capabilities that benefit all parties in warship procurement projects Aveva today announced its publication of a new business paper, “Taking Command: How Aveva technology can increase capabilities in naval fleet management.” In this paper, Aveva examines six ways that navies can exploit technologies used in other sectors, such as the offshore industry


Nine New Orders for South Korean Shipbuilders

Photo:  Hyundai Heavy Industries

 While South Korean shipbuilders are continuing to struggle for survival as the recession in the global shipbuilding market drags on, they have clinched new orders to build nine ships in the first four months of the year.   Yonhap, quoting industry data, said that the S.Korean shipyards, led by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., have clinched new orders to build nine ships, accounting for 5 percent of new shipbuilding orders placed around the globe.  


Law Maker Attacks Korean Shipbuilders

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Lee Jin-bok, a lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party in Korea says that the government has given an "incentive for mutual growth" to Korea's major shipbuilders while they are accused of an unfair business practice.   The three shipbuilders - Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries - forced their partner companies not correctly to respond to the questionnaire on the 'mutual growth index,' he accused.  


S. Korea Keeps Top Spot in Shipbuilding Beating China, Japan in Q3

Image: Hyundai Heavy

 South Korean shipbuilders have ranked first in the world outpacing Chinese and Japanese rivals in terms of new orders in the third quarter of the year, reports Yonhap quoting  Clarkson Research Services.   South Korean shipyards bagged new orders totaling 2.11 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) last month, trailing Chinese shipbuilders at 3.48 million CGTs and Japanese companies with 2.36 million CGTs.  


South Korean Foreign Ship Orders Drop

New foreign orders received by South Korean shipbuilders fell 15.7 percent in the first nine months of this year from a year ago, provisional figures from the Korea Shipbuilders' Association show. Orders in the nine-month period totaled 5.8 million gt for 110 ships, compared with 6.9 million gt for 121 ships in the same period a year earlier. New orders received in September alone totaled 1.2 million gt for 16 vessels. It did not give comparable 1998 figures


South Korean Ship Orders Up 127% In 1999

Combined orders received by South Korean shipbuilders totaled 12.72 million gt for 227 ships in 1999, up 127.2 percent from a year earlier, according to the Korea Shipbuilders' Association said. New orders received in December alone totaled 3.71 million GT for 66 ships, the association said in a statement. Ships completed in 1999 amounted to 9.48 million gt for 163 ships, up from 7.28 million gt for 143 ships a year earlier, it said


STX Shipbuilding wins $373m Order from India

The STX Shipbuilding Co., South Korea's seventh-largest shipbuilder, has won a $373m order to build six petrochemical goods carriers for a shipping company in India. The order, which accounts for 30.7 per cent of STX Shipbuilding's sales last year, calls for the Korean shipbuilder to deliver the six vessels to India's Shipping Corp. by July 2010, the company said in a statement. Source: ANTARA


Yangzijiang Shipbuilding to Slash 2,000 More Jobs

Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd said it plans to cut 2,000 additional jobs, just under 10 percent of its current workforce, stepping up efforts to cut costs as new vessel orders slide amid a volatile global economy.


Australia Warns DCNS after Security Breach

Australian defence officials warned French naval contractor DCNS to beef up security in Australia, where it is preparing to build a A$50 billion ($38.13 billion) fleet of submarines, in the wake of a massive data leak, a government spokesman said on Friday.


Vard Bags Hapag-Lloyd Cruises contract for 2 Vessels

VARD 6 07 Overall length 138 m  Breadth 22 m  Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has secured contracts for the design and construction of two luxury expedition cruise vessels for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.


MN100: Conrad Shipyard

Johnny Conrad (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

The Company: Conrad Shipyard was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana. The company designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, liftboats, barges, offshore supply vessels and other steel and aluminum products for both commercial and government markets


COSCO Delivers PSV and Two Jack-up Rigs

VOS PASSION Photo by Vroon.nl

 Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of its 51 percent owned Cosco Shipyard Group Co., Ltd., has delivered two jackups to the Foresight Group of companies through United Arab Emirates-based drilling and rig management services firm Hallworthy International FZC.  


Svitzer Team Visits Sanmar Shipyards

Photo: Sanmar

Members of Svitzer's management team visited both of Sanmar’s shipyards to monitor the progress of existing orders and discuss further existing contracts between the towage and emergency response firm and the Turkish shipbuilder. Svitzer ‘s chief technical officer, Kristian Brauner


KOGAS to Support Korean Shipyards

Deagu Head Office. Photo: Korea Gas Corp.

 In a bid to help South Korean local shipyard weather their worst-ever slump, the State-run Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer, will soon place shipbuilding and maintenance orders with them, says a report by Yonhap.  


Is DSME Facing Delisting?

Photo: DSME Co.,Ltd

 South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME),  faced with risks of being delisted from the stock market due to capital erosion, is seeking measures for survival, says a report in Korea Times.   DSME has fallen into the state of complete capital impairment


5K Workers Lose Jobs in Korean Shipyards

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 According to a report by Korea Economic Daily the number of workers who left Korea's top-three shipbuilding companies - Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries, and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering - in the first half of this year is estimated at around 5,000.  


MV Werften Begins Building Crystal’s New Cruise Ships

From left to right: Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director MV WERFTEN; Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman Genting Group; Edie Rodriguez, CEO Crystal Cruises; Walter Schölzig, Project Manager MV WERFTEN; and Erwin Sellering, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Photo: MV WERFTEN)

The first two of four Rhine class river cruise ships are simultaneously under construction at MV WERFTEN in Wismar. Delivery of the 7-star vessels Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler to Crystal River Cruises will be in 2017.   Shipbuilder MV WERFTEN held a keel-laying ceremony for two Rhine


Samsung Heavy Industries to Raise $985 mln via Rights Issue

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd said on Friday its board of directors have approved a plan to raise about 1.1 trillion won ($985.22 million) via a rights issue. Samsung Heavy, part of the Samsung Group conglomerate


Austal JV Wins First Ferry Contract

Image: Austal Limited

Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture company formed by Austal Limited and Guandong Jianglong Shipbuilding of Zhuhai, China, has won the first ferry contract to build a 42 metre high speed aluminium ferry for Chinese mainland operator Blue Sea Jet.


Damen Bags Jack-up Pontoon Contract

Contract signing Clive Frost and Pascal Slingerland Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) in the United Arab Emirates has won a contract to build a shallow draught, self-propelled Jack-up Pontoon 3526 for the UAE-based contractor Aqua Diving Services Ltd. Once delivered, it will be used primarily to deliver offshore support services


BAE Systems Delivers Tug to Seabulk Tankers

Sea Power (Photo: BAE Systems)

Built at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Fla. shipyard, the new tug Sea Power has delivered the tug Sea Power to Seabulk Tankers, Inc. to be used to enhance the shipper’s Jones Act coastal operation, powering barges that transport chemical and petroleum products between U.S. ports. 


Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

Graph: Clarkson Research

 In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson.   Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights






 
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