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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


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


Hyundai Heavy Reports Q3 Results

According to Reuters, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. reported a net profit in the third quarter because of more profitable orders and one-off gains from an accounting change. Earnings at South Korean shipbuilders, which dominate the global market, are set to improve due to falling steel plate prices and a more stable South Korean won. But analysts are concerned vessel prices could weaken in the coming quarters due to sluggish global trading volumes and as Chinese shipyards boost capacity


Korean Navy Launches New Submarine

Korea launched a new submarine on Friday. The 214 class Sohn Won-il was launched from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. The Shon Won-il accommodates a crew of 40. The 214 comes with a $350m price tag, and the Navy plans to acquire nine of them by around 2020.


Korea's STX Offshore Debt to Equity Swap Hastened

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. will issue new shares worth 38.4 billion won (US$36.5 million) as part of its debt-to-equity swap scheme. The shipbuilder will float 15.37 million shares, which will be listed on the main Seoul bourse on Jan. 9, 2014, reports Yonhap News Agency. Yonhap cite Jeong Yu-mi, a spokesperson for STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, as informing that trhe new share issuance is part of the 700 billion won debt-to-equity swap program aimed at stabilizing the company


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


Hanjin Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Merger Talks in Air

Photos: Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine

 A report in WSJ says that Hanjin Shipping Co has applied for a creditor-led debt restructuring to avoid bankruptcy, reviving talk of a possible merger with rival Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM).   It could be merged as a part of the government-led restructuring of ailing industries


Hempel’s Fouling Defence Product Hempaguard Applied to 500 Vessels

Image: Hempel

 Leading marine coatings manufacturer, Hempel, announces - after only two and a half years on the market -  its award winning innovative fouling defence product Hempaguard has now been applied as a full vessel coating to 500 ships.   


Korean Shipbuilders Maintain Top Ranks, Despite Troubles

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 Korea's 'Big Three' shipbuilders are still the world's three biggest by order backlog, despite their troubled management, according to data from UK-based Clarkson Research Services.   The country’s three largest shipbuilders – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co


Langh Tech Scrubbers for Norwegian Cruise Line Newbuilds

Breakaway Plus class vessel (Image: Meyer Werft)

Finnish manufacturer and supplier of scrubber solutions Langh Tech will deliver scrubber systems to two new cruise vessels on order at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for (NCL).   The two newbuildings of NCL’s Breakaway Plus class will be equipped with Langh Tech’s hybrid type scrubbers


Austal Wins SCA Safety Awards

Terry O Brien accepts Austal SCA Safety Awards from Stephen Woodring and Tom Godfrey of SCA Photo Austal

Austal USA remains one of the safest shipyards in the country the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced Mar. 7. Austal’s hard-earned workplace safety record has been recognized, yet again, by the SCA with both the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety and the 2015 Award for


ABB Wins European Marine Engineering Award

Azipod D Photo ABB

European Marine Engineering Award 2016 for Azipod D recognizes innovation and originality in auxiliary machinery Power and automation technology group ABB has won a European Marine Engineering Award, acknowledging the innovation behind the new Azipod D electric propulsion solution


Norwegian Officials Meet with HHI Leadership

Erna Solberg (Photo: Thomas Haugersveen/Prime Ministers Office)

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, along with Jan Grevstad, Norwegian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, and other Norwegian government officials, visited Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to meet with Choi Kil-seon, chairman and CEO of HHI, and Kwon Oh-gap, president and CEO of HHI.


Optimarin Reports Surge in BWTS Orders

(Image: Optimarin)

 With its latest succession of contracts won, ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin reports it has now sold more than 400 of its environmentally friendly UV-based systems.    Optimarin said 2016 has been a boom year for a company that installed the first ever


Box Shippers Form Asia-focused Ocean Alliance

Photo: CMA CGM

France's CMA CGM and China's COSCO Container Lines are to form a four-way vessel-sharing alliance with Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line focused on Asia routes, CMA CGM said on Wednesday.   Container shipping has seen route-sharing develop in response to a severe downturn in


Hanjin Shipping Seeks Bank-Debt Restructuring

Hanjin's debts at 5.6 trln won at end 2015; company has been squeezed by low shipping margins. South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd will ask creditor banks to restructure its debt, the country's largest shipper by assets said, in an attempt to weather a squeeze in margins from a severe industry


Tanker Orders And The Flexibility Factor

Chart: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 As the downturn in the number of new vessel orders last year took hold, shipyards’ flexibility to switch sectors to take orders became a key factor in their ability to face up to an extremely challenging period, says Clarksons Research.  


Cobham, Inmarsat Enable Smart Shipping for Nanjing Tankers

Contract signing ceremony with Mr. Zhang Chuan Qin, EVP of NTC (right), and Mr. Song Zhen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCN. Photo Inmarsat

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), and Cobham SATCOM today announced that their partner Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company Ltd. (MCN) has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date, with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China


DP World Wins Limassol Port Contract

Photo: DP World

 DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, and the Cypriot logistics and services company GAP Vassilopoulos Public have won two concessions to manage commercial activities at Limassol Port in Cyprus starting in January.  


Canada to Build 7 New Survey Vessels

Charting Canada's waters: Canada’s government to build seven new hydrographic survey vessels   Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Hunter Tootoo, announced that Kanter Marine Inc. of St. Thomas, Ontario is the winning bidder for the procurement of


Hyundai Heavy Industries Back in Black

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

According to a regulatory filing, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) racked up 10.2728 trillion Korean won in sales for Q1 2016, a 7.8 percent decline from the previous quarter while operating income swung to a profit of 325.2 billion won, putting an end to a nine-quarter losing streak.  






 
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