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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


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


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 Korean Okays Casinos in Cruise Ship

Image: Sapphire Princess

 South Korea plans to enable its citizens and foreign tourists to wager on new cruise ship services that will serve ports around the country, reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   Some major overseas cruise companies – such as Genting Hong Kong Ltd’s Star Cruises – operate shipboard casinos that only open once the vessel is in international waters.   The plans also include allowing local residents to use casinos on cruise ships


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.


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


Seaspan Rejects Hanjin’s Proposal on Charter Rate

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The container ship-leasing company Seaspan Corp declined Hanjin Shipping Co.’s request for a cut in charter rates by about 30 percent, dealing a blow to efforts by South Korea’s biggest liner to revamp debt amid a prolonged trade slump, reports Bloomberg.  


Two Dead in Crew Attack on board Fishing Vessel

Vietnamese crewmen held over killing of S.Korea ship captain, engineer. Two Vietnamese crewmen on a South Korean fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean have allegedly stabbed and killed the ship's captain and the engineer over a dispute, South Korea's coast guard said Monday.


Austal Bags Contracts for Three Passenger Ferries

The 50m high speed catamaran to be built by Austal Philippines for Seaspovill. (Design Incat Crowther) Image by Austal Limited

Austal Limited announced securing two new contracts for three commercial passenger ferries with a total value of approximately AU$30million. Firstly, Austal has been awarded a contract for the construction of a 50 meter high speed passenger catamaran for Seaspovill Co


S. Korea, Denmark in Flag State Dialogue

Photo Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

Six government officials from South Korea are visiting the Danish Maritime Authority and, in this connection, they exchange experiences and knowledge about shipping, inspections and safety with the Danish authorities. The South Korean government officials are, inter alia


Naust Marine Supplies Winch Control for Sakhalin Trawlers

JSC Pilenga’s Ostrov Sakhalin, a BATM-class supertrawler (Photo: Naust Marine)

Naust Marine has secured a contract to supply Autotrawl (Autotow) Winch Control to four Sakhalin trawlers—a first for BATM-class trawlers of the Russian Far East.   JSC Pilenga, a trawler-vessel operator based on Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East


JX Nippon Acquires 10% Stake in Petronas LNG

Petronas Floating LNG. Photo: Petroliam Nasional Bhd

 Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and Japanese oil company JX Nippon Oil & Energy (JX NOE) have signed an agreement for the sale and purchase of equity in Petronas LNG 9 Sdn Bhd (PL9SB), say local media.   Under the agreement, JX NOE will acquire a 10% stake in PL9SB


S.Korea Creates $9.5 Bln Fund for Banks Exposed to Shipyard Troubles

Photo: Robert Kunkel

South Korea's government and central bank will create an 11 trillion won ($9.50 billion) fund to support two state-run banks most exposed to the country's struggling shipping and shipbuilding firms.   "Our key industries like shipping and shipbuilding are being aggressively caught up


Seoul's Effort to Calm Shipping Sector Storm

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korea will pump $9.5bn (11 trillion won) into state-run policy lenders reeling from huge losses on loans made to the beleaguered shipbuilding and shipping sectors to help them deal with further corporate distress, says FT.  


S. Korea Boosting Condensate Imports from Iran

South Korea, Asia's largest buyer of condensate, will step up purchases of the ultra light oil from Iran by more than 50 percent in June, two sources said, as competitive pricing squeezes out rival oil from Qatar.   Expected June shipments of condensate from Iran may reach at least six


S.Korea, UN Join Patrols to halt Illegal Chinese Fishing

South Korea and the U.N. Command, which overseas the Korean War armistice, said on Friday they had begun a joint operation to keep Chinese fishing vessels from operating illegally off the west coast. The move comes after South Korean fishermen


STX Shipbuilding Struggles to Survive

Image: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd

 STX Offshore & Shipbuilding may be put under a court-led restructuring scheme, paving the way for the shipyard to avert liquidation, says a report in Korea Times quoting local court.   Last month, STX Shipbuilding, once Korea's No


USS Mississippi Enters Korean Port

The USS Mississippi. Photo: U.S. Navy

 The US Navy’s USS Mississippi nuclear-powered submarine has arrived in South Korea as part of its maiden voyage to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, says US military statement.   With a crew of approximately 141 Sailors, Mississippi will conduct a multitude of missions while


India Teams up with Japan, South Korea on LNG

Dharmendra Pradhan. Photo: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

 India plans to form an alliance with Japan and South Korea to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) at "reasonable prices", the country's oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.   India may soon rope China into the alliance as well, he said.  


IRISL launches Direct Container Service from Incheon to M.E.

Courtesy IRISL

THE Incheon Port Authority said a regular container service connecting the port directly to the Middle East has been launched for the first time, backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). According to MANA,The Iranian state-run IRISL will deploy its 5


MSC Launches 'myMSC'

Image: Mediterranean Shipping Company (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd

 MSC has recently launched a new customer portal called ‘myMSC’ which allows you to submit your VGM instructions online and much more.   The launch of this portal has been advanced in anticipation of the new SOLAS regulation which comes into effect on the 1st July 2016.






 
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