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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

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

South Korea New Builds May be Canceled

According to a March 10 report from Reuters, South Korea's shipbuilders are showing signs that they will delay or cancel orders. For years, shipbuilders have been a major source of dollars for South Korea, but now this latest news may further erode the won. (Source: Reuters)

Long and Successful Links: Sanmar Hosts Robert G Allan

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Some 200 delegates from all around Turkey attended the Pilotage & Towage Services Technologies Congress in Izmir, an event supported by shipbuilder Sanmar, whose Projects Director Ali Gurun presented a paper about technical specification of modern harbor and terminal tug boats outside of

STX Offshore in Deep Financial Crisis

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 The South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is apparently close to a bankruptcy if not yard soon find new vendors who are willing to pump huge sums into the yard. Otherwise, there is the prospect of a collapse in the first half of the 2016th.  

ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.  

MacGregor to Supply Cargo Access Systems for Mega RoRo Ships

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been contracted by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver RoRo access equipment packages for a series of two post-Panamax RoRo carriers. The vessels are under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for the Luxembourg-based operator CLdN

Creditors to Pump $3.7B into Ailing DSME

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 Creditors of South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. will pour 4.2 trillion won about (US$3.68 billion) into the ailing shipyard to help it get back on track, the main creditor bank said, according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.  

Royal IHC Names Dredger Mahury

 Shoalbuster 3009 naming ceremony (2)

Shipbuilder Royal IHC has named the Mahury, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) on October 29, 2015 at its partner MTG Dolphin’s shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The new TSHD is Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging’s fourth IHC-built vessel

China Shipping 21,000 teu Order for SWS

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 China Shipping Group's CSCL has agreed a deal to bareboat charter up to 11 units of 21,000 teu containerships, of which five will be options exercisable after six months of charter for the first six ships, says local media reports.  

Sanmar Names Caterpillar ‘Engine of Choice’

A tug built by Sanmar Shipyards (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Marine’s dealer in Turkey, Borusan, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards for the supply of a range of propulsion units over the next three years.    The LOI covers the supply of Cat propulsion engines and generator sets to

Bath Iron Works Christens Future USS Rafael Peralta

USS Rafael Peralta’s sponsor, Rosa Maria Peralta, breaks a bottle of champagne against the vessel’s bow (Photo: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works)

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works christened the U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) at a ceremony held on its Bath, Maine shipyard on Saturday, October 31.   The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S

USNS Brunswick Completes Acceptance Trials

Photo: Austal

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced that Expeditionary Fast Transport 6 (EPF 6) USNS Brunswick, formerly known as Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.   The trials, representing the last significant milestone before delivery

Yangzijiang Secures Two VLGC Orders

Image by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

 The Singapore-listed and China-based shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has secured new orders worth $730m, including two very large gas carriers, between September and October.   The  two 84,000 cbm very large gas carriers (VLGCs) were ordered by Shanghai Zhenrong Energy.

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard

DSME Ordered to Halt Production After 2nd Fire

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) has received orders from government officials to cease production on five of its ships presently under construction, following a series of deadly shipyard incidents, Yonhap reported.  

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

Viega Becomes Partner Member with SCA

Viega LLC has announced its membership with Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), making it the first member representing the state of Kansas.   SCA’s mission aims to support and promote the American shipyard industry, which includes ship builders

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