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STX Finland Wins N. Sea Contract

STX Finland Oy has signed a contract for the construction of  two large offshore modules for the North Sea. The modules will be delivered  from STX Finland´s Turku Shipyard at the end of year 2012. The project will bring some 250 man-years of labour to Turku Shipyard.    The construction of these two large modules with overall dimensions of approximately 63m x 52m x 47m and 40m x 45m x 13m will start during spring 2012. The total weight of these two modules will be more than 5000 tons. This demanding project will include the steel fabrication, surface protection and hot outfitting of the modules. When completed the modules will be transported by barge to Norway, for final assembly, outfitting and commissioning.

Samsung Lands $330 Million in Orders

South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co. said on Saturday it won $330 million in orders to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier for BP Amoco Plc and two large container vessels for Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd (OOCL) - scheduled for delivery in early 2004. BP Amoco would pay Samsung Heavy $170 million for a 138,000-cu. m. LNG carrier, a Samsung spokesman said. The two container ships for OOCL

Abu Dhabi Awards Construction Contract

Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB), has granted a major construction contract worth $12.2 million to a joint venture of Arabtec and Overseas AST Co. The contract is the first of two major construction contracts planned in ADSB's ongoing facility expansion. This past August, the company signed a separate contract with Synchrolift for a new shiplift system, which is currently being manufactured. This contract with Arabtec and Overseas AST includes the construction of shiplift piers, dry berths

Fugro Seacore Jacket Installation Works for Australia’s Largest Platform

Fugro Seacore (FSCL) has just completed drilling on the jacket installation works on the North Rankin B platform in Australia.    Fugro Seacore designed, built and operated two large pile top drills for Heerema Marine Contractors for jacket installation work of the platform substructure. The North Rankin B platform is the Australia’s largest offshore platform, measuring 100m long by 50m wide weighing 25

LNG Powered OSV Delivered to Island Offshore

Island Contender: Photo credit Island Offshore

Island Offshore's new UT 776 CDG design vessel 'Island Contender' delivered by STX Brevik shipbuilders. The owners say that fuel consumption measurements show that it was correct to go for this configuration: two larger gas engines which can be used alone or together in all operational situations, and twin diesel engines if more power is required. With the actual prices of gas and gasoil it is a considerable saving to utilize gas

Storm Sets Barges Adrift in Hudson River

Multiple sources reported that two large construction barges moored near the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York broke free and floated down the Hudson River. Strong winds from a recent snowstorm caused the barges to break from their moorings and float down the river, one traveling as far as 15 miles before being recovered. Both barges have been put back into place. There has been no report of injuries. The Associated Press pointed out that this is not the first time a barge has broken free

North Europe – Morocco KNSM Service Upgrade

Maersk Sealand and P&O Nedlloyd announced the upgrade of the direct KNSM service between North Europe and Morocco. To replace existing smaller tonnage, the companies will, beginning at the end of November 2005, phase in two larger and faster vessels, each with a capacity of over 400 TEU (at 14 tons/TEU). The upgraded service will include Bremerhaven, Germany in a new weekly fixed day rotation of Bremerhaven; Casablanca (Morocco), Agadir (Morocco), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremerhaven

Canadian Superior Acquires Offshore Acreage

Canadian Superior Energy Inc. acquired two major exploration licenses offshore Nova Scotia from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. It has been advised by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board that Canadian Superior was successful in acquiring two large offshore drilling licenses totaling 822,000 acres offshore Nova Scotia at the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board's November 1, 2001 Land Sale (See Canadian Superior's website at www.cansup

Dockwise Liftboats to Transport New Statoil Offshore Rigs

Artists impression of White Marlin courtesy of Dockwise

Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) inform it has been awarded a contract by Statoil Petroleum AS for the transportation of two very large new jack-up drilling rigs from Korean shipbuilders to the North Sea, said to be the largest and heaviest jack-up rigs ever to be transported on a heavy marine transport vessel. The two rigs are on order with a South Korean yard and are scheduled to be transported to Norway between the second half 2016 and the

Zueitina Oil Port Still Closed after Rebel Deal

Libya's eastern Zueitina oil port was still not under government control one week after an agreement with a federalist rebel group to immediately reopen it along with the Hariga terminal, a spokesman for National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Monday.   The spokesman said that NOC was still waiting for confirmation from the government-run Petroleum Facilities Guard that they were able to establish full control over the complex.  

Floating Tidal Energy Platform Up and Running

Photo: Damen

The first months of operating the BlueTEC tidal energy platform have been a success, according to the BlueTEC Texel Tidal partnership: with every tidal flow, the platform supplies electricity into the Dutch national grid. The success has led project partners to work toward developing plans for the

Hanjin-Hyundai: No Merger or Only Restructuring?

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea’s government is discussing whether to merge or sell  Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine in an attempt at state-led industrial restructuring.    But the two lines in question belong to different container alliances

China Merchants to Acquire Sinotrans

Photo: Sinotrans Shipping Limited

 Chinese transport giant China Merchants Group looks set to takeover Sinotrans & CSC in the potential merger between the two shipping giants in China, reports Reuters.   The two companies have been locked in reorganization talks, financial magazine Caixin  said

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

Ro-Pax(roll onroll off passenger)ferries.

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

Ferguson to Build Two CalMac Ferries

Image:  CalMac Ferries Limited

 Scottish minister Nicola Sturgeon have named Ferguson shipyard as the preferred bidder for a £97 million contract for the biggest new ferries on the Clyde since 2001 in a deal that could secure more than 150 jobs.   The move will provide boost for shipbuilding in the civilian

Cosco CSCL Merger Talks Continue

Photo: Cosco

 The closed-door talks on what is believed to be merger discussions between Cosco and China Shipping continue, reports local media.   According to JoC, the Chinese executives of the carriers have been tight lipped on the discussions

Five Chinese Ships in Bering Sea as Obama Visits Alaska

Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state.   Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first

Deck Cargo Barge on Delivery Voyage to Canada

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A 16,000 DWT deck cargo barge, Seaspan 252, was handed over to its owner, Seaspan Marine, in August, 2015.   The barge, 114 meters long by 27.5 meters wide with a depth of 8.4 meters and classed ABS +A1 Barge, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C

Daewoo Put Under Pressure by Korea EXIM

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 South Korea’s second-largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) hit a hurdle in its efforts to get capital injection after the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Exim Bank) delayed necessary funding for its shipbuilding project, reports MKBN.  

Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.  

Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

Seaspan 252 (Photo: Paul Hilder)

Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s

USCG: Body Found in Search for Ship Sunk in Hurricane

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said its crews had found a body and an empty, heavily damaged lifeboat in their search for the cargo ship El Faro, believed to have sunk after going missing off the Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin. Rescuers are no longer looking for the ship

U.S. Investigators Head to Florida to Probe Ship Lost in Hurricane

El Faro (Photo: NTSB)

Federal safety investigators traveled to Florida on Tuesday to investigate the U.S. container ship lost at sea after being hit by powerful Hurricane Joaquin, leaving one person confirmed dead and 32 others missing. The team from the National Transportation Safety Board left Washington for

Search for Ship Lost in Hurricane a Big Challenge


Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived on

China Completes lighthouses construction in disputed South China Sea

Maritime claims in the South China Sea Image by Wikipedia

  China has completed the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as tensions in the region mount over Beijing's maritime ambitions. A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef in the

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