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Report: Containership Order Buoys S. Korea

According to a report on Reuters, shares in shipbuilders in South Korea were buoyed when news broke that Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering had won a $2 billion order from A.P. Moeller-Maersk AS to build 10 container ships. It was reported that it was also in the running for another larger order, 10 ships at $4b. Daewoo and the entire South Korean shipbuilding industry has been fending off fierce competition from China, as Chinese yards have now staked the claim as the world's most prolific shipbuilding country. (Source: Rueters & Staff reports)  


Editor's Note

Buoyant is perhaps the best word to describe the overall status of the world marine market. As you flip through the pages of this year’s Annual World Yearbook, you will find a number of articles, from the status of the U.S. Shipbuilding market, to the pending boom in the offshore oil and gas markets, to the staggering climb in dayrates for the tanker and bulker markets, which clearly show the industry is on the the way up


South Korea is Number One

According to a report from the Kyodo news service, the combined tonnage for ship orders received by South Korean shipbuilders was higher than that of Japanese shipbuilders in 2002. The Shipbuilders' Association of Japan reported that Japanese shipbuilders received orders worth a combined 5.9 million tons in the year, down 25.9% from 2001. South Korean shipbuilders reportedly received orders for a combined 7.59 million tons, up 18


EU To Propose Subsidy Program To Battle South Korea

The European Union is proposing to subsidize its embattled shipyards in a long-standing dispute over what it views as unfair competition from South Korea. The EU will make the proposal to an EU industrial council meeting in Sweden on May 15, said EU Ambassador to Korea Frank Hesske. Sweden is the current president of the 15-member group. The EU, which has been holding talks with South Korea about the issue for the past two years, could take the case to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)


Hyundai Heavy to Import Chinese Steel Plates

According to reports, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. to import wide and heavy plates for shipbuilding. Hyundai Heavy Industries plans to import 180,000 tons of steel plates from Baosteel yearly. Hyundai Heavy Industries said that the price was lower than that offered by Japanese steelmarkers and a South Korean report said that South Korea would gradually enlarge imports of China- made steel plates for


STX Targets $3b Sales in 2012 at Chinese Shipyard

South Korea's STX Shipbuilding Co., said that its shipyard to be built will post $3b in sales in 2012, similar to that of its shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea. During a ground-breaking ceremony for the shipyard, Kang Duck-soo, chairman of STX Group, said its $500 million project to build the first South Korean-owned shipyard in China by the end of 2008 will help the company emerge as a global shipbuilder. STX Shipbuilding and its affiliate, STX Corp


S. Korea Eyes Cruise Building Market

Han Jong-chan assembles the massive blocks used to build ships at one of South Korea's huge and successful shipbuilding yards and has never been happier. Han has worked Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering's famed shipyard on remote Koje island here for 18 of his 38 years, recently on night shifts as hefty orders force workers to man giant cranes and welding shops around the clock. Despite a troubled past, a looming dispute with the European Union over subsidies and growing competition


Ship Subsidy Agreement Hammered Out In Brussels

The European Commission and South Korea have signed an agreement aimed at allaying European concerns that South Korean shipyards charge unfairly low prices, the European Union's executive body said. But the Commission said in a statement it has already asked for consultations with South Korea, as allowed for under the new agreement, "in order quickly to clarify several issues of concern and receive answers to key questions." These talks will take place in Seoul on July 18 and 19


Hyundai Heavy Leads Shipyard Decline on Prices

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., led a decline in South Korean shipyard stocks in Seoul trading on concern prices for new vessels may drop. Hyundai Heavy fell 5.8 percent, the biggest decline in more than a week, to close at 319,500 won in Seoul. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., a unit of Hyundai Heavy, fell 7.1 percent to 201,500 won. The shares also dropped after UBS AG said orders may slow this year from the record sales in 2007.


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.  


DSME to Manage Iranian Shipbuilder

Pic: Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex co .

 Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) has signed a business agreement with the Iranian government on operation and technology instruction for Iranian state-run shipbuilder Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO), reports the Pulse.  


Fourth Damen Fast Ferry for S. Korea

Handing over ceremony_lowres Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has sold a Fast Ferry 4212 to South Korean ferry operator DAEA Express Shipping. The vessel, named Sea Flower, is the fourth ferry of this design that Damen has sold in the last five years to companies operating on the east coast of the Korean peninsula.


DSME Reveals Additional Self-Restructuring Plan

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has  revealed an additional self-restructuring plan amid the falling shipbuilding orders.   The company’s creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank


STX Shipbuilding Likely to Enter Court-lead Restructuring

Photo: Robert Kunkel

South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd will likely need to enter court-supervised receivership due to financial difficulties, the firm's lead creditor Korea Development Bank said on Wednesday. STX Offshore's creditors took control of the company in 2013 after the


Daewoo Shipyard Posts Q1 Operating Loss

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. posted a first-quarter loss after incurring more costs to finish some offshore projects.   First-quarter operating loss came to 26.3 billion won ($22.8 million) , sharply narrowing from an operating loss of 1


Massive Layoff Ahead for Hyundai Heavy

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI)

 Another massive reduction in the Korean shipbuilding workforce may come as most shipyards are still struggling with falling orders and mounting losses, reports Yonhap quoting industry sources.   Hyundai Heavy Industries plans for large layoffs amid a prolonged recession in the global


Two New Tugs Built for TNPA

TNPA’s new tugs, Qunu and Cormorant, were launched and named at the Southern African Shipyards in Durban Linda Mabaso, Chair of Transnet SOC Limited, named the vessels, flanked by Trishna Misra, Chief Financial Officer of Southern African Shipyards. (Photo by Philip Wilson – Logico Creative Solutions)

 The South African government’s Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative has yielded more results with the ceremonial launch of two more tugboats built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).   The two tugs – named Qunu and Cormorant – form part of


No Merger for Ailing Korean Shipmakers

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 The South Korea government plans to drop its forceful measures to push ailing local shipbuilders to merge with each other as mergers or additional cash outlays to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) are unlikely


Hyundai Heavy Industries Shedding Jobs, 'Non-Core' Assets

An LNG vessel being built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea (Credit: HHI)

South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd, the world's biggest shipbuilder by revenue, will slash more jobs and sell non-core assets as part of efforts to cope with shrinking orders, it said on Monday. The South Korean government has urged ailing industries to speed up restructuring efforts


S. Korea to Host Six-Nation Submarine Rescue Exercise this Month

Photo: South Korea Navy

 South Korea will host a six-nation submarine exercise in its southern seas later in the month, Yonhap quoted the Navy as saying.   The Pacific Reach 2016, involving the United States, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea will kick off on May 25 for a 10-day run in the


With Zero Orders in April, Korean Shipbuilding Goes Dark

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

Korean shipbuilders, who once dominated the global market, received zero orders in April, says Clarksons Research Services.   A report in Korea JoongAng Daily says that out of the 31 orders placed in April worldwide, 18, or 48 percent of the total, went to Chinese shipyards


As Korean Shipyards Founder, Central Bank Dragged into Rescue Bid

They are South Korea's "too-big-to-fail" firms - the world's largest shipbuilders that are both a massive economic force and an important national symbol - and the government wants the central bank to fund an unconventional rescue of the sector.  


Moscow demands N.Korea's explanation on Russian Yacht Detention

Photo Korean Central News Agency (For North Korea )

 A North Korean coast guard ship has detained a Russian yacht with a crew of five people on board, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, adding it had sent a note to Pyongyang demanding explanation for the cause of the detention.


South Korean Shipbuilders’ Off-Shore Debts

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 Beleaguered South Korean  shipbuilders's total liabilities as of the end of last year for their 34 overseas affiliated companies have reached 5.3584 trillion won (US$4.65 billion), up 28.7% compared to five years ago, reports BusinessKorea.  


Sonatrach Orders LPG Vessel from China

Photo:  Groupe SONATRACH

 Algeria’s state-run oil company Sonatrach has awarded two Chinese firms a $40 million deal to deliver a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier and an option to provide a second vessel, according to a Sonatrach document seen by Reuters.  






 
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