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Korean Shipyards Face Challenge

Korean shipbuilders' earnings are forecast to improve through 2008 and beyond as the tight supply and demand balance allows them to pass on rising costs, said investment bank Lehman Brothers in a report. Lehman's expects earnings at the shipyards to report a 64 percent growth over the 2006-2008 period as revived interest in container ship investment amid continued demand for tankers and gas carriers is increasingly making global shipbuilding a seller's market. "At the same time, Korean shipyards are more keen on managing risk and costs by hedging their foreign exchange exposure and procuring lower-cost steel plates from China," the report said. It also noted that Korean shipyards' flexible vessel design capabilities are the key differentiating factor that positions them ahead of their Japanese and Chinese counterparts. Lehman's top picks were Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. among shipbuilders, and Samyoung M-Tek among vessel parts suppliers. Yet, it might not be all smooth sailing for Korea's shipyards after 2008 with Brazil, Russia, India and China rushing to build large shipyards to meet the growing demand for vessels to transport oil and raw materials, according to maritime information portal site Marine-net.


Graig expands into Germany

Cardiff and Shanghai-based Graig Group is expanding into Germany. Graig has established a ship management company in Hamburg, and has sold and chartered back seven ships in a $24m KG deal backed by Hamburg-based KG broker Ownership Emissionhaus Gmbh. Graig Shipmanagement (Germany) Gmbh will manage seven modern Confidence-class multi-purpose vessels, part of the nineteen-ship series which Graig built in China between 1997 and 2003


ILS-Software Package for German Coast Guard

Just two weeks after christening the first of three 216 ft. (66 m) Offshore Patrol Vessels, the German Coast Guard (Bundesgrenzschutz) ordered an extensive software and data package for Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) of the new " Bad Bramstedt"-class from Abeking & Rasmussen, designers and builders of the new vessels. The order consitsts of three on-board versions and one shore version of the new developed Virtual Ship Explorer (VSE)


Blue Star Maritime to Sell Catamaran

Greece's Blue Star Maritime SA said it signed an agreement to sell its catamaran Seajet 2 for $3.6M to the Sea Jet II Shipping Co The delivery of the vessel is expected to take place by the end of March. Part of the sale price will be paid when the vessel is delivered, while the credited amount of $3M will be paid in monthly instalments until September 2006. Blue Star said the vessel sale is part of its policy to focus on the operation of fast, modern, conventional vessels.


Bahri Financed for Two General Cargo Ships

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) will sign a financing agreement with Public Investment Fund (PIF) for 2 newbuildings Bahri is to sign a 'Murabaha Agreement' with Public Investment Fund (PIF). The cash will be used to finance part of the total construction cost of building two General Cargo vessels at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The value of the financing contract is equivalent to Saudi Riyals 450,000,000 (Four Hundred and Fifty million)


US Research Ships Ready to Cast Off in 2015

Arctic-bound Sikuliaq (Photo: U.S. National Science Foundation)

Two new U.S. research vessels are going full steam ahead: the U.S. National Science Foundation will formally commission its Arctic-bound Sikuliaq, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Neil Armstrong will begin science operations.  Live Science reports that two new U.S. research ships will take to the seas in the Arctic and Atlantic in 2015, allowing scientists around the world to explore the geology, biology and health of the oceans.


Initial Cleanup Completed on NS Savannah

A historic nuclear-powered ship that probably attracted more barnacles than tourists while serving as a floating museum off Mount Pleasant has completed the first leg of its rehabilitation. But the next phase of work won't take place in the Lowcountry, as federal officials had once considered. The NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger vessel, is being restored, possibly for its second stint as a floating museum, according to its owner, MarAd.


Containership MOL Comfort Adrift

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reports that the containership MOL Comfort could not continue sailing under its own power because the hull fractured in two parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.   At about 10:00 JST (05:00 local time) on June 19, 2013, two parts, fore and aft, laden with containers are drifting at about 2 knots near 12’57”N 61’10”E (the aft) (the central part of the Indian Ocean) in an east-northeast direction.


Panama Canal Pilotage Regulations and Training of Pilots

The Panama Canal said it enjoys an excellent safety record, which it credits mainly to the extensive training required of its pilots. To continue providing this service, training on board transiting vessels is essential. Nevertheless, a number of recent reports have brought to the canal's attention the reluctance of several masters to allow Panama Canal pilots in training to maneuver their vessels under the supervision and control of qualified Panama Canal pilots as part of their required


Total Cancel 'Skandi Aker' Vessel Contract

Skandi Aker: Photo Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions' subsidiary Aker Oilfield Services says it has been notified by Total in Angola of the termination of a USD 250 million, two-year contract for the 'Skandi Aker'. Aker explain that the Skandi Aker started operations as a well-intervention vessel for the first time in September 2013 when the contract with Total commenced. The value of the remaining contract period is about USD 150 million and will be removed from the order backlog.


Samsung Bags $4.7bn Order for 3 FLNG from Shell Gas

Image:  Samsung Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co. as won a 5.2 trillion won (US$4.7 billion) order to build three floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities, reports Yonhap.   Under the deal with the Netherlands-based Shell Gas & Power Developments B.V


Oranjewerf Ship Repair becomes Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf

  On 1 July 2015, Oranjewerf Ship Repair, which joined Damen Shipyards Group in 1989, will officially change its name to Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. This name change will be the final step of integrationfor the yard into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, part of the Damen Shipyards Group


First ME-LGI Engine Test Deemed a Success

ME-LGI demonstration at the Tamano works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Mitsui tests first commercial model on HFO and methanol   MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) recently demonstrated the liquid-gas-injection concept in Japan on 17 June, 2015 using the very first ME-LGI engine to ever be commercially produced


Chinese PM Inks 2 Agreements During CMA CGM Visit

Chinese Prime Minister LI Keqiang (left) with Jacques R. Saadé, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM (Photo: CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group hosted the Chinese Prime Minister, the French Foreign Affairs Minister and a ministerial delegation at its headquarters in Marseilles, July 1, the global shipping company announced.   Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was accompanied by France Minister of Foreign Affairs


Japan, China to Agree on Military Protocol

Japan and China will next month conclude an agreement to define procedures for communication between their naval vessels and military aircraft during unexpected encounters to reduce the risk of confrontation, a source told Reuters. As China's military grows and as Japan looks to expand its Self


Australian Frigate Conducts Missile Exercise

Melbourne is currently conducting mariner and war fighting training in preparation for an operational deployment. (Photo: Bonny Gassner)

The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate HMAS Melbourne fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles as part of an operational training exercise reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills.   The missiles were fired off the coast of New South Wales on June 24 against two unmanned


Robert Goodwill Hails Port of Tyne

Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill visits the port. Pic: Port of Tyne

 UK's Ports and Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill said that the Port of Tyne is a model of innovation and a major contributor to both the local and national economy.   During his first visit to the port yesterday (25 June), the MP for Scarborough and Whitby witnessed firsthand the


UASC Behemoth Calls at Felixtowe

18,800 teu Barzan, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe

  United Arab Shipping Company's (UASC) newest vessel, the 18,800 teu Barzan, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. The biggest container ship in the UASC fleet, the mega-ship arrived at the UK's largest container port from Port Kelang in Malaysia


Tanker Converted to LNG-electric Propulsion

Photo: Bergen Tankers

Bergen Tankers’ 95-meter-long chemical and product tanker Bergen Viking has returned to service following its conversion from diesel-electric to liquefied natural gas (LNG)-electric propulsion.    Delivered in 2007, the Rolls-Royce powered vessel supplies diesel and petrol along


Tuco Reveals New Naval Interceptor Vessel Design

Image: Tuco Marine

Following last week’s Seawork exhibition on workboats and small military and security vessels, Tuco Marine of Denmark reveals its newest vessel in the ProZero line. The ProZero 12m Interceptor. The interceptor is a high-speed craft suited for fast response interdiction, surveillance, patrol


Savannah Port Sets Cargo Record

Port of Savannah. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

 Port of Savannah set records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May, with the highest tonnage ever recorded in a single month.   The Port of Savannah has handled more than 338,000 TEUs, the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday. The container throughput represented a 16


SeaZip Offshore Service Commences Operation

SEAZIP OFFSHORE SERVICE GETS OFF TO A SUCCESSFUL START IN THE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

  Harlingen-based SeaZip Offshore Service has entered into a partnership agreement with Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). HMC, the world's market leader in transporting, installing and dismantling offshore oil and gas installations, has contracted service vessel SeaZip 4 for its annual


Technip Wins Jurong's FPSO Conversion Contract

  Technip has been awarded a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd. The project is part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is built at the Jurong Shipyard


Jotun to Update Performance Guarantees

The 17 National Standardization Bodies represented on ISO’s Marine Environment Protection Sub-committee (ISO-TC8-SC2) has voted in favor of circulating ISO 19030 parts 1 and 2 as Draft International Standards. In anticipation of final approval of the standard expected next year


Huge Yacht Carrier Headed for South Pacific

DYT Yacht Transport’s largest semi-submersible ship, Yacht Express, will make its first trip to Sydney, Australia. (Photo credit: Onne van der Wal)

New policies making it easier for foreign-flagged vessels to explore the coastlines of Australia have lead DYT Yacht Transport (DYT) to schedule its largest semi-submersible yacht carrier, the 686-foot (209-metre) Yacht Express, to deliver yachts to the South Pacific






 
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