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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.


Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrives for Metal Shark Patrol Boats

Metal Shark now offers Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives in its 29 Defiant patrol boats for customers requiring optimum performance, durability and maneuverability. The 29 Defiant can now be ordered with twin Volvo Penta D4-225 sterndrives. The first boat has just been placed into service by the


GTT Wins DSME Order for 9 More Icebreaking LNGCs

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), announced the order of nine Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) which will be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding &


QinetiQ Signs Contract with ASV

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QinetiQ, as part of a new Marine Surface Target Service, has signed a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) for the supply and operational support of autonomous surface target vessels.    The partnership is part of a new initiative enabling QinetiQ's Marine Surface


Crowley Christens New DP2 Tugboat

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Crowley Maritime Corp. said that the third of four tugboats in the Ocean-class series, Ocean Sky, has been christened in Houston. The ceremony served to formally welcome the third dynamic positioning (DP) tugboat to the company’s expanded ocean towing fleet


Discussion: Cruise Ship Waste Management

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Ship to Shore flexible Recycling DEERBERG-SYSTEMS sets the course for the future of waste management onboard cruise ships With a round table discussion in Hamburg, DEERBERG-SYSTEMS said it is addressing the questions of tomorrow gathering cruise lines, ship yards, ports and disposal companies


Mexico's Senate OKs Bills Expanding Power of Energy Regulators

Mexico's Senate gave general approval on Monday to legislation laying out expanded powers for energy regulators, part of the fine print needed to implement a constitutional reform that overhauls the oil, gas and electricity sectors. Senators must still debate reservations to the regulatory


Volvo Penta Offer D4, D6 Series Engine Keel Cooling Option

Marine Diesel D4 Engine: Image courtesy of Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta of the Americas has announced the availability of a keel cooling option with D4 and D6 marine diesel engines to meet customer demands in the North American marine commercial market. Details as follows: Volvo Penta is now offering factory-built keel-cooled engines for the entire line


Ireland Ratifies the MLC

Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today announced the ratification by Ireland of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), which sets standards for working and living conditions for


Training Builds Support for Sennebogen Customers

Photo courtesy of Sennebogen

When Sennebogen LLC opened its new headquarters in Stanley, N.C., in 2009, the facility was equipped with one of America’s premier OEM Training Centers for heavy equipment. Since then, more than 1,000 technicians have attended the hands-on courses in material handler maintenance and


Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

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Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered into a contract to construct a new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) RAmpage 6400 Multipurpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) at Eastern’s


Giant Rubber Duck Returns Larger than Ever

The worlds largest rubber duck was lost to bad weather in China last week, but the giant duck is due to return larger than before for the Tall Ships Festival in Los Angeles

How do you lose a 59-foot giant rubber duck?  Torrential downpours and heavy flooding helped accomplish that task in China last week; but the loss of the enormous bath toy won’t impede plans for the duck’s West Coast debut at the Tall Ships Festival Los Angeles on Aug. 20.


Seadrill Bondholders: Majority Accept Conversion Offer

Offshore drillship: Image Seadrill

Seadrill Limited says that holders of approximately US$547 million of Seadrill's convertible bonds due 2017 (representing approx. 84.1% of the total outstanding amount) have submitted their acceptances of the voluntary conversion offer made by Seadrill on 18th July 2014.


Upcoming Maritime Recruitment Fair at CMTI

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Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) says that Norfolk Tug will be among the maritime companies recruiting new talent at its professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CMTI campus in Hayes, Va. CMTI adds that Vane Brothers will also be on hand


SFL Announces Sale of Three Older VLCCs

Front Opalia (Photo courtesy of SFL)

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce to an unrelated third party. The company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter parties with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd


Seafarers Beware – Social Media Ahead

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Videotel, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched a new program, Social Media at Sea, addressing the unique dangers of inappropriate use of social media by shipboard personnel and providing simple solutions to ensure that seafarers understand the dangers - and benefits - of this onboard






 
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