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Report: SPP Group to Build 15

According to a Reuters report, South Korea's SPP Group (www.spp.co.kr) won new shipbuliding orders for a cumulative 15 ships -- reportedly seven of them bulk carriers -- for $660m.


ISS Palumbo UK Acquires Union Transport

ISS Palumbo UK, part of maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), has acquired U.K. freight forwarding specialist Union Transport (Newcastle) Ltd.   The merger of the Union Transport business with ISS Palumbo and its worldwide network will enhance the combination of global project freight forwarding and integrated logistics ISS Palumbo offers to its customers, including ENI, SAIPEM and Air Products.  


Aker Finnyards: Negotiations with Employee Reps Concluded

Since the beginning of 2005 Finland's three largest shipyards in Helsinki, Rauma and Turku have been working as one company, the new Aker Finnyards. As a part of the restructuring, negotiations were started on November 9 with the employee representatives to improve the productivity of the yards. The formal negotiations have now been concluded, and the number of employees that will be affected will be approximately 315.


New Leadership at Fugro

Fugro GeoServices announced several recent promotions within the company, including two key management appointments: Ted Hampton, president and Adam Jackson, senior vice president. Mr. Hampton is a licensed geologist and former vice president of the company. He replaces longtime leader Mr. Tom Hamilton, who will retire this spring after nearly 30 years with Fugro. Together, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Hampton led the formation of Fugro GeoServices in 1999 to provide oil and gas clients in the Gulf


Korea Yards to Build Scorpio LPG Tankships

Image courtesy of Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers signs agreements with two S. Korea shipyards to construct a minimum of 5 & up to 10 LPG tankships, Scorpio's first venture into this specialised market. Emanuele Lauro, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, commented, "We are excited about our entry into LPG which we have long considered an extension of the product market. With common customers, shipbuilders, and trade lanes, and offsetting seasonal swings


India Govt, Cochin Shipyard Pact on FY17 Growth Targets

Image: Cochin Shipyard Ltd

 Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  with the government of India for the ongoing fiscal under which targets agreed are in line with aggressive growth plans of the public sector firm.   "CSL has signed a MoU with the Government of India for the financial year 2016-17," Ministry of Shipping said in a statement.   The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Shri Rajive Kumar


Port of Brunswick Wins Honda Import Deal

Photo courtesy of Honda

The Georgia Ports Authority has won new import business from Honda. The 2015 Honda Fit, built at the carmaker’s new plant in Celaya, Mexico, is moving into the U.S. through the Port of Brunswick. International Auto Processing (IAP) will handle the cars upon arrival.   “Highlighting the truly global nature of auto manufacturing, a Japanese company building cars in Mexico has chosen Georgia’s deepwater ports as a vital gateway to the U.S


Greencarrier Freight Services Achieves ISO Standards

Georg Skivik Moltu (Photo courtesy: Greencarrier Freight Services)

Greencarrier Freight Services’ business has strengthened its position in the energy and project forwarding markets by achieving management (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) certification for its Energy & Project Business Unit. “As a new and relatively small company in the oil and gas and project logistics industries, we have to produce a level of quality, personal service and knowledge that exceeds what the competition is doing,” said Georg Skivik Moltu


Hong Kong Eyes Shipping Boost from China's New Silk Road, Iran

File photo: Maersk Line

Hong Kong's crucial shipping trade is hoping China's overseas infrastructure plan and closer business ties with Iran will enable the city to tackle the downturn in the seaborne sector and tougher competition, officials said.   The global container sector, which transports everything from bananas to iPhones, as well as the dry bulk shipping market hauling commodities including iron ore and coal, is struggling with a glut of ships


Kudos for Norsafe from Australian Navy

Courtesy Norsafe

Norsafe Receives High Praise from Australian Navy Norsafe, global leader in marine life-saving equipment, has received a glowing recommendation from the Australian Navy for the quality of its lifeboat servicing on one of the Navy’s replenishment vessels HMAS Sirius. The work on the HMAS Sirius involved lifeboat overhaul and upgrade plus Non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection and overhaul of the winches and davits.


Carnival to Sponsor ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’

Image: Carnival

 Carnival to Sponsor ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’   Carnival Corporation & plc announced it will sponsor the two-part finale of the upcoming season of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” airing next year on February 6 and 13


DSME to Spin off IT Biz Unit

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME)

 Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) plans to spin off its IT business unit next year in an effort to streamline its business structure, reports Yonhap.   The unit, provisionally named DSME Information System, will be started on Jan. 1, the company said


Scottish Ferries Contract for Parker Bestobell Marine

Ferry Valve (Photo: Bestobell Marine)

Parker Bestobell Marine, part of Parker Hannifin, has won a contract to supply cryogenic globe and check valves for two Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries (Calmac) being built at Ferguson Marine Engineering in Glasgow.   The valves will be installed in the liquid natural gas (LNG) fuel gas


Cobham, SpeedCast Partner to Grow Maritime Broadband

Photo: Cobham

Cobham SATCOM and SpeedCast International Limited have concluded a global framework agreement covering the provision of maritime stabilized antennas, which offers high speed connectivity at sea. The commercial framework was awarded following a multi-vendor selection process by SpeedCast


Its Official: HMM to Compete wtih MSC for Long Beach Terminal

Photo:  Long Beach Container Terminal LLC

 As Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Swiss shipping giant  Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC)  are expected to enter the takeover battle for the Long Beach Terminal in California, they will aggressively negotiate its price, reports Business Korea.  


Hyundai Heavy Turns to Black in Q3

Pic: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries emerged from the third quarter with a black bottom line, although with a smaller profit than in the previous quarter, thanks in part to reduced costs and improvement in its non-shipbuilding business.  


Korea Mulls New Ship Financing Company

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Reuters report quoting South Korea government sources that the country is planning  to establish a state-backed ship financing company with an initial capital of 1 trillion won ($871.73 million) to help improve the financial health of Korean shipping companies.   


Korea Dreams it Big for HMM

File Photo: HMM

 The government of South Korea has decided to help Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), the nation’s only major shipping line, grow into a mega shipper by all means available, reports Business Korea.   The state plans to provide loans of up to 6.5 trillion won (US$5


DSME Creditors Mull Equity Swap

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 Creditors of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) are set to announce a debt-for-equity swap and other measures, worth 3 trillion won (US$2.62 billion), reports Yonhap.   Korea Development Bank (KDB), a main creditor of DSME


China Cosco, DEME in Offshore Wind Deal

Photo: DEME

 The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME Group and Chinese COSCO Shipping have officially embarked on a joint journey to develop offshore wind energy in China, under an umbrella agreement signed on 31 October


Vattenfall Wins Danish Wind Project

By Erik Matzen and Nikolaj Skydsgaard Swedish utility Vattenfall has won a tender to build Denmark's biggest offshore wind farm, but still faces the potential cancellation of a separate wind project in the country, the Danish energy ministry said on Wednesday.


S.Korea State Banks to Inject $2.4 Bln into Daewoo Shipbuilding

Struggling Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd's will receive an injection of 2.8 trillion won ($2.4 billion) from two state-run creditor banks to save it from being delisted, one of the lenders said.   Daewoo's main creditor, Korea Development Bank (KDB)


Court Okays STX Offshore Rehabilitation Plan

STX Shipbuilding CEO Lee Byung-Mo. Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has got the green light to carry on operations. A Seoul court today approved its rehabilitation plan, saving the yard, once the world’s fourth largest, from liquidation, reports Yonhap.   STX Shipbuilding, once South Korea's No


Dry Bulk’s Biggest Spenders

Figure 1 (Source: VesselsValue)

In the last month, we have seen the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) recover to the same level it was 12 months ago (see circles in fig.1). Vessel values have started to firm, but not at the same rate and are still at historically low levels.  


Korea Rolls Out Indigenous Combat Operation System for Subs

File Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has succeeded in producing the nation’s first integrated combat system, which serves as the brain of attack submarines.   The integrated combat system detects, tracks and identify targets and help accurately evaluate tactical and






 
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