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CSIC Begins Building Shipbuilding Facility

XFN reported that China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) has started construction on two new drydocks in the eastern city of Qingdao, with a projected total investment of 7.4 bln yuan. The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said in a statement on its website that construction on the new docks is scheduled to be completed by April 2009. The facilities, which will have combined annual capacity of two mln deadweight tons (dwt), will be able to build very large crude carriers (VLCCs), bulk cargo vessels and container ships with capacity up to 8,000 TEUs.

NASSCO Cuts Steel on APT "ECO Tanker"

Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of another ship in its commercial shipbuilding backlog, starting construction of a second “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony in its San Diego shipyard. U.S. Rep. Scott Peters signaled the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel. NASSCO began construction on the first tanker in September 2014.

Gladding-Hearn Starts Construction of Fourth NY Water Taxi

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has started construction of a fourth water taxi for New York City-based New York Water Taxi. Delivery is set for next April when the commuter ferry will begin passenger service between Yonkers, N.Y., and downtown Manhattan. Like the three sisters before her, the bright yellow, all-aluminum catamaran, designed by Incat Crowther, will measure 72 feet (22 m) long and 27.3 feet (8.3 m) abeam, and draw 5 feet (1.5 m)

Azimut Planing-Megayacht Under Construction

Azimut 42: Credit Azimut

Azimut starts construction on 42-meter triple-deck planing megayacht Azimut Yachts announced the start of construction of their 42-meter  planing megayacht. The largest of the line the new model include accommodation  for twelve guests in five cabins as well crew size of ten. Technically, she will have a top speed in the region of 22-knots with cruising at 17-knots. All to be made possible via her intended twin MTU 16V 4000 M93L engines

Nichols Brothers to Build Arctic Landing Craft

Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Bowhead Transport, LLC has recently awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders a contract to construct a new 150 by 50’ Landing Craft. The landing craft will operate in Arctic coastal villages of the North Slope Borough of Alaska and between the Pacific and Arctic oceans. The vessel designed by Columbia Sentinel Engineering, Inc. will consist of a steel hull, including the main deck; with an aluminum deck house and pilot house

NASSCO Starts Building 3rd SEA-Vista Tanker

Artists rendering of SEA-Vista commercial product tanker (Image: General Dynamic NASSCO)

Ceremony signals the start of construction for the third SEA-Vista ECO Tanker to be constructed at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.   U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start construction today for the third product tanker to be built for SEA-Vista Newbuild II LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, Inc.   The 610-foot Jones Act tankers are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design, offering improved fuel efficiency

ExxonMobil Begins Construction of Project Offshore

Exxon Mobil Corporation has announced that its subsidiary, Mobil Equatorial Guinea, Inc. (MEGI), has awarded contracts and started construction to expand current production of the Zafiro field, offshore Equatorial Guinea. First production from the new $900 million project is scheduled for September 2003. The Zafiro field, located on Block B, is approximately 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of Malabo in water depths of 1,400-2,800 feet

New Icebreaker Could Keep Northern Sea Route Open

Icebreaker LK-60: Image credit Rosatomflot

Russia's Baltic Shipyard starts construction of the first LK-60 nuclear-powered icebreaker. The LK-60 will be the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built, making commercial traffic along the Northern Sea Route possible all year around. According to Barents Observer, Russia will have a large demand for new nuclear-powered icebreakers in the near future.  Of the existing six vessels that are operating in Arctic waters today only one will be operational by 2020.

Nordic Yards Begins Rescue and Salvage Vessel Builds

Dmitrii Malofeev (RMRS) and Walter Schölzig, Project Manager at Nordic Yards

Nordic Yards started construction of two ice-breaking rescue and salvage vessels for the Russian Ministry of Transport today. The cutting of the first steel section, which traditionally marks the start of flame-cutting, was celebrated at the Wismar yard in the presence of representatives of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS) classification society. The Russian Ministry of Transport ordered the two multipurpose rescue and salvage vessels from Nordic Yards in December 2012

Kenya to Start Work on New Northern Seaport

Kenya will start construction work next month on a long-delayed new port to be built on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, the presidency announced on Monday. The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project is intended to include a port, new roads, a railway and a pipeline by 2030 that will give landlocked South Sudan and Ethiopia access to the Indian Ocean. The overall price of the project, first proposed in the 1970s, has been put at $25

Tanzania Starts Work on $10 bln Port Project Backed by China and Oman

Tanzania started construction work on a $10 billion port and special economic zone on Friday, a project backed by China and Oman that aims to transform the East African country into a regional trade and transport hub.   The port, which will be Tanzania's biggest, is being built at Bagamoyo

DONG Plans World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Image: DONG Energy

DONG Energy announced today it has decided to construct the 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometersm off the west coast of Britain.   The final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities

Klaipedos Nafta and Port of Helsingborg Sign LNG Deal

Image: AB Klaipėdos nafta

 Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta has signed a deal with the port of Helsingborg to cooperate on the HEKLA – Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG infrastructure facility deployment project (HEKLA).   Klaipedos Nafta has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Spanish

Controversial Nicaragua Canal Project Postponed

Image: Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co

 China's Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co. said it is delaying the start of construction on a controversial $50 billion inter-ocean canal across Nicaragua until late 2016.   HKND has obtained approval for environmental studies of the canal earlier this month

NASSCO Starts Building APT’s 4th ECO Tanker

Congresswoman Susan Davis measures the first piece of steel for the fourth American Petroleum Tanker. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ceremony signaled the start of construction for APT-4 ECO Tanker, the fourth of five Jones Act tanker ships to be constructed at NASSCO for American Petroleum Tankers.   General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of the fourth of five “ECO” tankers to be built

Naval Architects Count the Cost of Ship Design Errors

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says recent claims experience demonstrates that naval architects need to be aware of the need to protect against their exposure to liability for damages resulting from errors in design work.  

Construction Begins on UK’s Next Warship

HMS Medway (Image: BAE Systems)

Construction of the U.K. Royal Navy’s second new Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) has begun, marked by a ceremony led by Defense Secretary, Michael Fallon, at BAE Systems in Glasgow.   The Secretary of State formally started construction of HMS Medway

TransCanada Says Petronas LNG Project Plans to Go Ahead

TransCanada Corp said on Friday a consortium led by Malaysian national oil company Petronas has decided to proceed with plans to build a terminal in northern British Columbia to export Canadian natural gas to Asia.   TransCanada said it plans to start construction this year of the Prince

Keel Laid for TUI Cruises’ New Ship

Photo: Meyer Turku Oy

 Keel laying of TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 5 and start of production for Mein Schiff 6 at Meyer Turku    The keel of Mein Schiff 5 was laid on June 23, 2015 at Meyer Turku shipyard’s drydock. Before the keel-laying ceremony

Vancouver Shipyard Starts Building First NSPS Vessel

Kyle Washington – Seaspan Executive Chairman, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, John Weston – MP West VancouverSunshine CoastSea to Sky, Minister Finley – Public Works & Government Services Canada

  The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, joined by Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country

NASSCO Starts Building 2nd SEA-Vista Tanker

Kevin Graney, Pete Radzicki, Parker Larson, Debora Burke, Dave Burke and Tom Denning (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ceremony signals the start of construction for the second SEA-Vista ECO Tanker to be constructed at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.   General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, signaled the start of construction for the second of three 50

Japan Demands Chinese Halt to South China Sea Energy Play

Japan called on China on Tuesday to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations, concerned that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japanese territory.

Petronas-led Consortium to Start Construction of B.C. LNG terminal Soon

Gas and Power Regas Terminal. Photo: Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

 British Columbia's finance minister Michael de Jong said that the construction of Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) $36 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project in Canada is expected to start in September.  

Ondimar Firms Order Suezmax Quartet at Navantia

NAVANTIA ratified contracts to build 4 Suezmax tankers, expandable to two

  Navantia and Maritime Transport Ondimar LDA (shipping company Ibaizabal Group) today ratified the contracts signed in late June and the financial structure for the construction of 4 Suezmax tankers, expandable to two. 4 boats will involve 3 million hours of work for Navantia and the

Ivory Coast Starts Construction of Abidjan Port Upgrades

Ivory Coast began construction on Tuesday of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.   Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast

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