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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


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


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.  


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


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


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


Greek Privatization Agency Sets Deadlines on Port, Railway Tenders

Greece's privatizations agency on Thursday announced deadlines for bids on tenders for the country's two largest ports and state railways TRAINOSE, assets Athens has agreed to sell as part of a new three-year bailout by its international lenders.


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


Seattle, Tacoma Prepare for Seaport Alliance

Terminal 46 in Seattle (Photo: Port of Seattle)

The Northwest Seaport Alliance hits key milestone as ports of Seattle, Tacoma prepare to unify marine cargo management   A draft of the final agreement between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle has been released, heralding a milestone in the formation of a Seaport Alliance that will unify the


Drydock Vigilant Expected at Vigor Seattle

MILLENIUM FALCON

  The 14,000-long ton capacity drydock Vigilant that will support hundreds of family-wage industrial jobs at Vigor Industrial’s shipyard on Harbor Island is scheduled to arrive in Elliott Bay late Saturday or early Sunday. The 528-foot long drydock


Bangladesh at Front of Shipbreaking Activity

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 There has been a firm level of ship demolition activity in the first four months of 2015 and the two largest owner regions, Asia/Pacific and Europe account for 88% of the tonnage sold for recycling, according to the latest review of shipbreaking trend by Clarkson Research.    


L.A., Long Beach Create Supply Chain Working Groups

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  Seeking new supply chain efficiencies, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced the creation of working groups focusing on peak operations and terminal optimization to develop ways to strengthen the competitiveness of the San Pedro Bay port complex.  


Maritime Services Become More Globalized

Image: Menon Business Economics

 Shipping is the premise for international trade and has always been an international industry. A central driver for the global shift has been the operational and technological development of the shipping industry, which has lowered transportation costs dramatically


Fincantieri, Finmeccanica Win Italian Navy LHD Contract

Photo Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.

  Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and reference player in the naval shipbuilding industry, and Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading manufacturer in the high technology sector, have been awarded the contract for the construction and equipment of one


Washington Maintain Service with Back-up Ferries

Photo: WSDOT

 In order to meet demand and keep the system moving, all available back-up Washington State Ferries vessels will be called into service while two larger ferries are out for emergency repairs between Monday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 22.


WSDOT Ferry Fleet Banks on Back-up Vessels

Olympic Class (144-Car) Ferries Samish. The states newest ferry, Samish, officially joined the AnacortesSan Juan Islands route on June 14, 2015.

  In order to meet demand and keep the system moving, all available back-up Washington State Ferries vessels will be called into service while two larger ferries are out for emergency repairs between Monday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 22.


Foreign Steel Cuts Lakers’ Ore Float in June

 With foreign steel now commanding nearly 32 percent of the U.S. market, it was inevitable that iron ore cargos hauled in U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) would take a hit, and that hit came in June, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. Cargos totaled 4


Incat Designs Dive Vessel for Down Under Cruise & Dive

33m Catamaran Cruise and Dive Vessel.

  Incat Crowther has entered into a contract to design a 33m Catamaran Dive Vessel for Down Under Cruise & Dive of Cairns, Australia. Construction of the vessel is well underway at Marine Engineering Consultants on Queensland’s Gold Coast.


Will COSCO-CSCL Marriage Happen Soon?

Image: China Shipping Group

 The ocean carrier merger - between China’s two state-owned megacarriers, COSCO and CSCL - rumours are back in the news!   The beleaguered state behemoths struggling in a protracted industry slump  - China Ocean Shipping Group  (Cosco) and China Shipping Group -






 
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