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Shipbuilders Complain About S. Korean Shipbuilding Aid

European shipbuilders recently complained to the European Union over South Korean state aid to its shipbuilders, opening the way for a possible EU case against Seoul at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Reuters reported. The Committee of EU Shipbuilders' Associations (CESA) said it had filed a complaint with the European Commission under the EU's Trade Barriers Regulation over alleged trade distortions in global shipbuilding caused by South Korean aid to its industry. "We are complaining about the state aid that Korean companies are receiving," Reinhard Lueken, the head of CESA's Brussels office. He said there were a number of bankrupt shipyards in Korea still offering prices which did not cover their costs. "By doing so they have a very harmful effect for the European industry," he said. The EU has repeatedly accused South Korea of setting unfairly low prices for shipbuilding, undercutting European yards. The EU and South Korea hammered out an agreement in April aimed at stabilizing the world shipbuilding market, which the EU says suffers from overcapacity and steadily falling prices. But the EU has accused South Korea of not fully implementing the agreement. When further talks broke down in September, the EU said it could launch a WTO dispute against South Korean shipbuilding practices. But, it said it would first have to receive a complaint from European shipbuilders before it could do so.


NMEA Agreement with South Korea's MEIPA

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the Marine Electronics Industry Promotion Association (MEIPA) of South Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will insure the adoption of NMEA standards, training and product certification throughout South Korea, the number one shipbuilding nation in the world. The MOU sets a framework for NMEA and MEIPA to work together to develop courses and materials for the South Korean market


Hyundai Founder Dies

Chung Ju-yung, the rags-to-riches founder of South Korea's mighty Hyundai industrial empire, died on Wednesday aged 85. Born into a poverty-stricken farming family in 1915 in what is now North Korea, Chung helped propel South Korea from the ashes of civil war into an industrial powerhouse. Chung died in hospital from complications from pneumonia, hospital officials said. Chung left home at 18 to seek his fortune against the will of his father who wanted his first son to feed his family


Bestobell Exhibits LNG Technology

Photo courtesy of Bestobell Valves

Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), attended the Gastech 2014 exhibition in South Korea recently and said it had a great response from visitors across the globe, including a significant number from South Korea and Japan.  The company showcased its cryogenic valves, which are already widely used for industrial gas, LNG marine and land-based LNG (liquefied natural gas) applications across the world.


South Korea to Ban Single-Hulled Tankers after Spill

Reuters reported that South Korea will ban single-hulled tankers from traveling in its waters by 2011, earlier than the international regulation that calls for a ban from 2015, Seoul's maritime ministry said. A single-hulled tanker was involved in South Korea's worst oil spill last month, leaking around 10,500 tons of crude oil after a sea-bound crane mounted on a barge punched holes in the tanker's hull. As of January


China Keeps Top Position in Ship Building

In advance of SMM 2012, the leading trade fair for the maritime industries, to be held at the Hamburg Fair site from September 4-7, the duel in international shipbuilding is going into the next round – the Chinese shipyards were just ahead again in 2011. According to the latest survey by Clarkson Research, China delivered a total of 1,177 ships with 67.2 million DWT. The closest competitor was South Korea, which had 531 ships and 53


South Korean Shipbuilders' Order Book Shrinks

South Korean shipbuilding orders drop 58.6 percent through September 2012. South Korean shipbuilding orders dropped 58.6 percent for the first nine months of this year due to the persistent recession in the global shipbuilding industry, a government report reveals. The drop was attributed to the recession in the global shipbuilding industry. Global shipbuilding orders declined 48 percent to 14.34 CGT over the cited period due to an oversupply of ships and the prolonged global eaconomic


Daewoo Shipbuilding Shares Surge on M&A Talk

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. shares rose as much as 6.7 percent on August 3 after a local newspaper said steel maker POSCO Co. Ltd. was interested in buying the shipbuilder. South Korea aims to sell a controlling stake in Daewoo, the world's second-biggest shipbuilder, in the second half of 2006. State-run Korea Development Bank and government restructuring agency KAMCO own a combined 50.6 percent stake, valued at more than $3b according to current market prices


Qatargas Gains Two New LNG Vessels

Two new LNG vessels that will join the Qatargas fleet have been handed over to the owners’ consortium by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd (DSME) at its ship building yard in the Geoje Island in South Korea. The vessels Al Ruwais and Al Safliya will now proceed with bunkering and leave South Korea in the next few days. The first cargo will be delivered to Japan using one of these vessels before the year end.


Korea Mulls Shipbuilding Finance Back-up Plan

South Korea is considering whether to set up state-sponsored guarantee funds for the faltering shipping industry as part of the government's efforts to help ship owners raise funds, reports Xinhua, citing a senior South Korean regulatory official An official at the Financial Services Commission (FSC), South Korea's financial regulator, is quoted by Xinhua as stating that the government plans to order a feasibility study by research institutes on the feasibility of setting up a shipping


Scorpio Tankers: Latest Financial & Ship Delivery News

Scorpio tankship: Photo courtesy of the owners

Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has updated its stock buyback program; lists its latest new vessel deliveries, and gives the release date of its second quarter 2014 earnings report. Stock Buyback Program The company has purchased 6,327,861 of its common shares in the open market at an average


Korea Ferry Businessman's Body Located

Yoo had been target of South Korea's largest manhunt; Failure of police to catch Yoo had been burden for Park government. The body of South Korea's most wanted man, linked to the sinking of a ferry in April that killed 300 people, was identified more than a month after being found in an orchard


SAL Heavy Lift Adds 2 Ships to its Fleet

New additions to SAL fleet

  SAL Heavy Lift has added two ships of Type 116 to its fleet to serve clients with lift requirements of up to 900 mtons. MV Calypso and MV Amoenitas are equipped with two cranes of each 450 mtons and have the highest ice class. As SAL's type 183 and 176 vessels are well planned ahead


Two Vessels Join SAL Heavy Lift’s Fleet

Amoenitas loading tugs in China (photo courtesy of SAL Heavy Lift)

Both vessels named after historical predecessors; first voyages already booked SAL Heavy Lift, one of the world’s leading heavy lift vessel operators, has added two ships, Calypso and Amoenitas, to its fleet to serve clients with lift requirements of up to 900 metric tons.


MOL to Launch Arctic Ocean LNG Route

MOL Arctic.jpg

Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) said on Wednesday that it will start transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the Arctic Ocean in 2018 using icebreaker LNG tankers. MOL, with its joint venture partner China Shipping, has ordered three icebreaker LNG carriers from South Korea's Daewoo


Simplex-Turbulo to Represent Fujian Huadong Yard

Fujian Huadong shipyard (Photo courtesy of Simplex-Turbulo)

Simplex-Turbulo Co. Ltd. announced that it now represents three drydocks: Jurong (Singapore), Astander (Northern Spain) and the newest addition Fujian Huadong (China). A new shipyard built in 2011, the Fujian Huadong shipyard is located on the northern side of Fujian Luoyuan Bay


Durastic Supplies North Sea Oil Platform in Korea

John Gallagher

Marine flooring manufacturer Durastic has supplied a range of its specialist products to Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea to help build a major new North Sea oil platform for BP. Durastic, which has sites in Liverpool, Jarrow and Southampton, U.K


Maersk Triple-E Ships Upgrade with Hull Performance Solutions

The capacity of a Triple-E vessel, 18,000 TEU

  Jotun, the global leader in marine antifouling coatings, has signed a landmark agreement with Maersk Line to supply Hull Performance Solutions with SeaQuantumX200 for the Triple-E new build project. The Triple-Es are the world’s largest ships - renowned as much for their energy


China & S. Korea Restate Opposition to Nuclear Weapon Development

Chinese President Xi Jinping with South Korean President Park Geun-hye

  Chinese President Xi Jinping with South Korean President Park Geun-hye Thursday reiterated firmly opposed to the development of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, while undertaking efforts to complete FTA negotiations before the end.


ABS, DSME Partner on First LNG Fueled Drillship

Innovative LNG fueled drillship project will promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in offshore operations. ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has entered into a joint development project (JDP) with South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding


Scorpio Tankers Update Finance & Newbuilding News

Scorpio tankship: Photo courtesy of the owners

Scorpio Tankers inform of a new $150 million stock buyback program; initial purchasers' exercise of their option to purchase additional $60 million in convertible senior notes due 2019, and newbuilding vessel deliveries. Main points follow: New $150 Million Stock Buyback Program


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 27

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 27 1813 - USS President anchors in Bergen, Norway 1950 - To support U.N. call to assist South Korea, Truman authorizes U.S. naval and air operations south of 38th Parallel, Korea For more information about naval history


Cruise Lines Spend Big, Get Quirky to Lure Chinese Travellers

Looking to convince Chinese tourists that a ship can be a holiday destination and not just a way to get there, the world's leading cruise lines are spending billions of dollars on flashy new vessels and quirky on-board services. Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd are trying to pique


MacGregor Wins $50m Cargo Handling Order from HHI

MacGregor believes it is time to think differently, overturning the long-held assumption that cargo profile, cargo handling and cargo securing are considered only at the end of the main ship design process

Cargotec's MacGregor secures $50 million of orders for further high efficiency cargo handling solutions from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) MacGregor, part of Cargotec, said it has received further orders, worth around $50 million, for optimized cargo handling systems from Hyundai Heavy


Foster Wheeler Licensee To Supply Power Equipment to S. Arabia

Foster Wheeler Power Plant

  Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq:FWLT) announced today that BHI Co., Ltd., a licensee of its Global Power Group, has been awarded a contract by Samsung C&T for the design and supply of six heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for the 2






 
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