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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.


Seatel: Part Barge, Part Hotel

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Svitzer UK and Sanderson Maritime have launched Seatel, a North Sea barge with a 70 bedroom hotel module offering a comfortable, stable platform and high quality accommodation at half the cost of current market alternatives. Designed for anchorage in deep-sea locations, Seatel covers twenty five thousand square feet and has been designed to offer the space and feel of an equivalent land based motel. It was developed to be self sufficient, with onboard generators, an infield maintenance workshop


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)


New Online Maritime Mareketplace Set For Launch

Equilinx, a business-to-business e-commerce hub for the marine industry, will launch the world's first international online marketplace for ship repair and replacement parts, equipment and services in the second quarter of 2000. This new global maritime procurement gateway will combine comprehensive databases of catalogs with a sophisticated search engine that allows buyers to locate parts for ship repairs and maintenance


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.


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.


Storm near Lesser Antilles Could Develop into cyclone

An elongated area of low pressure located about 350 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. "Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for


Country’s Largest Floating Drydock Coming to Portland

Image: depiction of new drydock, courtesy Vigor

The country’s largest floating drydock, the Vigorous, is headed for Portland this weekend. The drydock, a piece of equipment used to lift vessels as large as cruise ships out of the water, is scheduled to arrive at the mouth of the Columbia Sunday


US’ Largest Floating Drydock Heads to Portland

Image: Vigor

The country’s largest floating drydock, the Vigorous, is headed for Portland this weekend. The drydock, a piece of equipment used to lift vessels as large as cruise ships out of the water, is scheduled to arrive at the mouth of the Columbia Sunday


Bureau Veritas to Class, Certify FPSOs for Saipem

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Bureau Veritas has been awarded a contract by Saipem to provide classification and certification services for the two Kaombo FPSOs for service off Angola. The $4 billion project for the FPSOs was awarded to Saipem by Total for the engineering, procurement


Mærsk Putting Valuable Experience to Good Use

The goal is to train and develop local talent to take on increasingly challenging positions on-board the rig

  The Mærsk Deliverer rig team has initiated seven local acceleration programmes in Angola. The goal is to train and develop local talent to take on increasingly challenging positions on-board the rig. To do so, experienced employees play a key role.


Shipping Industry Issues Ebola Virus Red Alert

The Ebola Virus: Image courtesy of Maritime London

Three global shipping organisations have issued guidance to their members on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus, and similar alerts have been issued by the P&I clubs, according to trade organization Maritime London.


Russia Conducts High North Geophysical Surveys

Iceabreaker Yamal: Photo in public domain

For the first time, as part of the Arctic-2014 high-latitude expedition, nuclear icebreakers 'Akademik Fedorov' and 'Yamal' have conducted an entire complex of geophysical research at the North Pole, according to official Russian news agency Arctic-info.


Maersk Drilling Rig Team Train Local Talent

Training session: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling says that its 'Mærsk Deliverer' rig team has initiated seven local acceleration programmes in Angola. The goal is to train and develop local talent to take on increasingly challenging positions on-board the rig. To do so, experienced employees play a key role.


China Rejects Manila Protests, Laments Detentions

China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila's exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist.


Topaz Secures $75m Investment from SCPE

Photo courtesy of Topaz

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, has  announced a $75 million new equity investment in the business from Standard Chartered Private Equity


First Two Mooring Boats Launched for Port of Ras Laffan

Photo courtesy of Nakilat Damen Shipyards

Nakilat has celebrated the delivery of two 16-meter mooring boats built by shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar for towage operator Nakilat Svitzer Wijsmuller. The built-in-Qatar vessels will be operated at the Port of Ras Laffan. The two Stan Tug 1606 mooring boats


Panama Canal Updates Maersk on Expansion

Photo courtesy of ACP

Within the framework of the centennial celebration, the Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano received a Maersk Line delegation led by Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Liner Business, to provide an update on the Expansion Program and discuss the future trends in the maritime industry.


Two MacGregor Subsea Cranes Ordered for Chinese PSVs

Photo: MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a new contract from Chinese shipbuilder, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd., for two 100-metric-ton active heave-compensated subsea MacGregor cranes. The cranes will be fitted to two 86-meter multipurpose platform supply vessels (PSVs) under construction at the


RS to Exhibit at SMM 2014

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) announced it will exhibit at Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM) International Trade Fair September 9-12, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. SMM is the leading forum of the international maritime community


Standard Chartered Private Equity invests $ 75 mi in Topaz

The Topaz Installer performs windfarm support services in the North Sea

  Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”), a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, today announced a US$75 million new equity investment in the business from






 
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