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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.


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


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


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


Hanjin Shipping Sees $59.3M Loss

Hanjin Shipping said it saw a net loss of 74.5 billion won ($59.3 million) in 2000 against a 36.8 billion won net profit in 1999. A Hanjin official said the depreciation of the won against the dollar last year was behind the loss, costing the company around 260 billion won. The won shed 11 percent against dollar in 2000. Hanjin, a shipping unit of South Korea's Hanjin Group, posted a recurring loss of 97.5 billion won last year, against a 61


Marine Construction Policy Builds Expertise, Service into Coverage

Ken Baldwin, Chief Underwriting Officer, Travelers Ocean Marine

Construction is a complex business. Equipment can break down; employees can be injured; a project can go awry in unexpected ways. Add a marine element to the work underway, and the pitfalls that a contractor must navigate to manage risk become even more challenging. Marine contractors have long understood that they need specialized coverage and have sought out ocean marine insurance carriers with the expertise to help them


Hyundai Heavy Will Miss Profit Target

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipbuilder, will not meet its full-year profit target after reporting a half-year net loss of 53.1 billion won ($41.68 million), mainly due to a write-off. "Our net profit will be around 100 billion won or slightly less because we have to clean up losses coming from the cancellation of shares at Hyundai Petrochemical," a spokesman said. The original earnings target was 300 billion won.


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.


Samsung Heavy Takes Up 7 Container Ship Order

Container ship file photo

 South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries said on Wednesday that it is proceeding with a project worth 642.9 billion won ($617.67 million) to build seven container ships as planned. The shipbuilder won the order from Chilean shipping firm Compania Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) a year ago


Topaz secures another West Africa contract

Topaz-faye DP2 platform

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, today announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the US$ 11 million agreement


Topaz Secures another West Africa Contract

The Topaz Faye

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the $11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform supply


KONGSBERG to deliver C4I CORTEX for the Combatant Craft Medium Mark One

KONGSBERG C4I CORTEX

 KONGSBERG will provide the C4I infrastructure solution for the CCM Mk 1 production contract, awarded to Oregon Iron Works,    Inc. (OIW) in Clackamas, OR on February 10th, 2014.       KONGSBERG will provide their C4I CORTEX system to fulfill the requirements of


Anglo American seeks compensation from Venezuela

 Anglo American is seeking compensation from Venezuela at a World Bank tribunal over the 2012 cancellation of mining concessions by late president Hugo Chavez's government.   The World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) said on its website the


House LNG Export Bill Advances

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power today approved H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, by a vote of 15 to 11. Authored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the legislation would cut through the red tape blocking exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG). H.R


ABB RCS Workstation Wins Red Dot Award

Photo: ABB

Award for the tabletop unit of ABB’s new remote crane operator station, which is a crucial part of ABB’s crane operation solution that enables increased productivity and provides improved working environment for crane operators.


GPA Reports Record Monthly Tonnage

Photo courtesy of Georgia Port

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its highest month on record in March, moving 2.61 million tons of cargo – a 15.5 percent increase over the same month a year ago. The 349,682-ton increase was powered largely by double-digit container growth


Samsung Heavy Wins Drillships Order

Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd said on Wednesday it won a 1.34 trillion won ($1.27 billion) order to build two drillships for an unnamed firm based in or near Australia.   The South Korean shipbuilder said in a regulatory filing the contract was expected to be completed by June 2017


Keppel Extends Strategy into China

Company signs agreement to manage a shipyard in Quanzhou, China.   Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly owned subsidiary, FELS Offshore Pte Ltd, has signed a management services agreement with Titan Petrochemicals Group Limited (Titan) - a company in which


60 MacGregor Cranes Ordered for Chinese-built Bulkers

Range of MacGregor cranes from well-proven electro-hydraulic versions to highly-efficient low-energy new-generation VFD electric cranes.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a run of orders for bulk versions of its cargo handling cranes from five Chinese shipyards. The cranes are destined for 15 bulk carriers for various owners. The orders were booked in the first quarter 2014 order intake and include:


Bestobell’s Scores Chinese Contract

Image:  Bestobell Valves

Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group, said it has received a major boost to its marine division with the award of a new contract for cryogenic cargo globe valves from the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China. The multimillion dollar contract will see the U.K


S.Korea's Samsung Heavy wins $1.27 bln drillships order

Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd said on Wednesday it won a 1.34 trillion won ($1.27 billion) order to build two drillships for an unnamed firm based in or near Australia. The South Korean shipbuilder said in a regulatory filing the contract was expected to be completed by June 2017. ($1 = 1052


Possible tug strike at Port Hedland

 The risk of strike action at Port Hedland has escalated, after two more unions representing tugboat workers sought permission to ballot workers which possibly could lead to industrial action.   Last week, the Maritime Workers' Union representing tug deckhands won


Gudrun on Stream

The Gudrun platform (Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

At 7:25 a.m. on April 7, Statoil and its partners (GDF SUEZ and OMV) started production on the Gudrun oil and gas field in the North Sea.   "Gudrun is the first new Statoil-operated platform to come on stream on the Norwegian continental shelf since 2005


 
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