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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.


13 ULSTEIN X-CONNECT Systems Sold

Managing Director Gunnar Hide Photo Ulstein Group

Deliveries of alarm and monitoring systems (ULSTEIN AMS) for 13 tugs have been contracted to Ulstein Power & Control by US based MT. The systems are based on ULSTEIN X-CONNECT. The alarm monitoring is a part of Ulstein Power & Control’s expertise in integrated systems


Korea Shipping to Buy Up to 10 HMM Vessels

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

The state-backed ship financing company Korea Shipping is looking to buy up to ten container vessels operated by Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and lease them back to the shipping firm, says a report in Yonhap.   “Korea Shipping will provide some 720 billion won  (USD 633


Galasso Named Ocean Signal Sales Manager

Rich Galasso (Photo: Ocean Signal)

Communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal has announced the appointment of Rich Galasso as its new US Sales Manager. Galasso will assist with the company’s sales growth strategy in the US as demand continues to increase for Ocean Signal’s communication and safety


Melbourne Celebrates 25 Years of Service

HMAS Melbourne crew celebrates the 25th anniversary of Melbournes commissioning at Fleet Base East after a successful first of class flight trials period. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 HMAS Melbourne has celebrated 25 years since she entered service with the Royal Australian Navy, proving her motto, ‘She gathers strength as she goes’.   The guided missile frigate has steamed more than 1.5 million kilometres - about 37 times the earth’s


DSME CEO Questioned over Accounting Fraud

Photo by DSME Co.,Ltd

 The chief executive of struggling Korean shipbuilder Daewoo was questioned by state prosecutors on Tuesday over allegations that the yard tried to cover a major deficit in 2015 by underreporting losses.   According to a report in Yonhap, Jung Sung-leep, 66


Shell Bolsters Offshore Wind Interests with Bid in U.S. Tender

Royal Dutch Shell has been shortlisted by the U.S. government to make a bid for an offshore wind project licence in the waters off North Carolina, as it comes under pressure from shareholders to diversify into green energy. Shell, as well as Norway's Statoil


Höegh LNG Orders 4 FSRU from Samsung Heavy

Höegh Gallant. Photo: Höegh LNG

 South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co has won one firm Shipbuilding Contract (SBC) and an agreement for three optional  floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) from Hoegh LNG Holdings.   Under the deal with Norway-based Hoegh LNG Holdings Ltd


COSCO Shipping Holdings to Buy Qingdao Port's Shares

Photo: Qingdao Port International

 COSCO Shipping Ports and Qingdao Port International (QPI) announced to enter into the Transaction Agreement, pursuant to which COSCO Shipping Ports will make strategic investment in QPI.    Taking the proposed New H Share Issurance plan of QPI into consideration


mltech Bags Caspian Contract

Mike Lloyd, managing director Photo mltech

mltech, specialist in pipework set-up and measurement software development, has increased its global presence after securing its first contract in Baku, Azerbaijan.   The one year contract, which has scope for extension, was awarded by Metal Qaynaq Sinaq (MQS) which operates throughout


Royce to Power High-speed Italian Naval Vessels

Image: Rolls-Royce

The construction of two new high-speed multipurpose vessels (UNPAV) for the Italian Navy has recently begun at Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard.   Rolls-Royce has won the contract to supply engines and waterjets to power and propel the two new vessels


Samsung Heavy Trims Operating Loss for 2016

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), South Korea's second largest shipbuilder,  has managed to reduce its operating loss by around 90 percent due to a stabilization in shipbuilding and offshore construction.   SHI ended the year with an operating loss of KRW 147


Bibby Topaz Charter Extension

DSV Bibby Topaz (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore, provider of subsea installation and services to the offshore oil and gas industry, said it has secured a long-term extension to the charter of its dive-support vessel (DSV) Bibby Topaz, owned by Volstad Maritime.   The terms and conditions of the extended charter arrangement


TMG buoyed by global demand

Les Chapman Photo TMG

An expanding maritime consultancy headquartered in Seattle has recorded its busiest start to a year so far with rising demand for its services worldwide. The Maritime Group (International) (TMG) is lining up contracts across multiple sectors for 2017 after a surge of interest in its services


MOL Group Expands its Exploration Portfolio

Photo: MOL Group

 MOL Group expanded its exploration portfolio by acquiring new licenses in Hungary and Norway. MOL acquired 6 new licences in the 4th bid round in Hungary, doubling its exploration acreage in the country.    MOL Norge participated in the latest APA licensing round and acquired 4


Hyundai Heavy Back in the Black

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 The South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has reported a net profit of KRW 682.3 billion (USD 596.6 million) for the full year of 2016, returning from a loss of KRW 1.36 trillion (USD 1.18 billion) seen in the full year 2015.  






 
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