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Pension Fund Set to Scrap Plan to Bid for Daewoo

AFP reported that 's state pension fund is likely to scrap plans to bid for Daewoo Shipbuilding because of global financial turbulence. The National Pension Service the world's fifth largest, had been in talks with POSCO, GS Group and Hanwha Group to find a partner for the acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding. Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipyard, is also interested in Daewoo Shipbuilding, the world's third biggest yard. The pension fund, with assets of $187b has posted a negative return so far this year due to the financial turmoil. State-run Korea Development Bank and a government asset-management unit are selling a 50.4 percent stake in Daewoo Shipbuilding, a deal newspapers said will fetch as much as seven trillion won. They had taken over Daewoo Shipbuilding in 2000 after its parent Daewoo Group collapsed under a debt mountain totalling 82 billion dollars -- one of the world's largest corporate failures. Source:  AFP


Last Liberty Ship Leaves James River Reserve Fleet

Arthur M. Huddell is bound for Greece

The Department of Transportation announced that the last of ’s famous ships, the Arthur M. Huddell, will be towed from the James River Reserve Fleet site at , , to , on July 28, to prepare the World War II-era vessel for a cross-Atlantic tow to its new homeport in .  Greek officials say the ship will become a merchant marine museum of that nation’s shipping industry. While in , the Huddell will be berthed at the W3 Marine facility while the cross-Atlantic tow-prep is


Shell, BP 2005’s Leading Oil Tanker Hirers

Royal Dutch Shell plc and BP plc, Europe’s largest energy companies, were the leading hirers of oil tankers last year as crude prices rose to records. Shell hired 762 crude oil tankers for single voyages in 2005, accounting for 7.5 percent of the global total, according to figures compiled by New York-based shipbroker Poten & Partners. BP rose from fifth in 2004 to second, with a share of 4.9 percent. Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s top energy company, came third in the survey.


This Day in Naval History - Nov. 29

From the Navy News Service 1775 - Capt. John Manley in schooner Lee captures British ordnance ship Nancy with large quantity of munitions. 1890 - First Army-Navy football game (Navy won 24-0). 1929 - Cmdr. Richard Byrd makes first flight over South Pole. 1944 - USS Archerfish (SS 311) sinks Japanese carrier Shinano, world's largest warship sunk by any submarine during World War II.


China to Build World's Largest Repair Facility

China Ocean Shipping, China’s dominant maritime firm, is investing Yuan2bn in what is envisioned to become the largest shiprepair facility in the world. The base will be in the Zhoushan archipelago in Zhejiang province, two hours’ steaming from Shanghai, which is likely to become the world’s biggest port in the coming decade providing plenty of repair work, particularly for very large crude carriers and containerships


Seafaring Tradition Perhaps Key to DP World's Growth

At DP World's annual gala dinner the chairman noted the company's success was rooted in UAE's rich maritime tradition. The UAE’s rich sea-faring tradition supported and drove DP World’s rise from a local port operator to today being third largest marine terminal operator globally, said Chairman H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem addressing the recent Annual Grand Gala Dinner of DP World, UAE Region. Addressing the event held under the theme “Dreams of the Sea”


Report: Three Carriers Dominate TransAtlantic Trade

Three new carrier groups now control 58% of the total capacity in the transatlantic container trade, according to World Liner Supply, a new quarterly report from the compairdata.com on-line shipping database. The fourth quarter 2000 issue of World Liner Supply shows that the merger of services and the combination of smaller carrier groups has led to a substantially higher market concentration in the North America/northern Europe container trade.


Report: S. Korea lags China, Japan in Shipyards

According to reports, South Korea fell behind China and Japan in the number of shipyards ranking in the world's top 50 in terms of order backlogs as of the end of May, although seven South Korean companies were No 1 through No 7, a London-based market research firm said. Fifteen Japanese shipyards and the same number of Chinese companies were included in the world's top 50 list, while only nine South Korean shipyards made it, Clarkson Plc. said.


Crystal Cruises Voted World's Best in Reader Survey

Photo credit Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises voted winner of 'World's Best Large-ship Cuise Line' for 17th time by readers of Travel + Leisure magaizine In recent months, Crystal say it has spent $40 million on redesigns of its award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and $100 million in a little over five years. "While we have delighted travelers this year with newly designed spaces, new services, and new value-conscious pricing


Dubai Drydocks World Established

Dubai World has consolidated its drydocks and maritime business by bringing Dubai Drydocks, Al Jadaf Shipyard, Platinum Yachts FZ and Platinum Yacht Management under a single umbrella - Dubai Drydocks World (DD World), a statement said. Dubai World, which runs DP World, the world's third largest port operator, yesterday announced the establishment of Dubai Drydocks World (DD World) to consolidate the dry docks and maritime sector of the organisation


Bill in Congress to Expand Benefits for WWII Merchant Seamen

 U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Congress)

  Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would make deserving World War II U.S. Merchant Mariners eligible for honorary veterans’ status and certain veterans’ benefits, Rep


First LNG-powered EcoLiner Launched

Damen EcoLiner (Photo: Damen)

Europe’s greenest inland vessel debuts Damen group innovations   Damen Shipyards Group launched the first LNG-powered Damen EcoLiner inland shipping tanker at its Romanian yard in early February. The EcoLiner, developed to deliver fuel economy for inland shipping operators while


Caterpillar to Stay in Peoria

Courtesy Caterpillar

  After a multiyear study focused on modernizing its global headquarters, Caterpillar Inc. today reaffirmed it will remain in Peoria, Illinois, and revealed a design that will eventually span 31 acres on the city’s riverfront. The key elements of the campus are:


Holland America Line Heads NOAA's List of Weather Observations

Holland American Line

  Holland America Line topped the list in 2014 for the World’s Leading Weather Observing Cruise Ship Companies who submitted weather information to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Holland America Line fleet of 15 ships sent in a combined total of 22


Are Megaships Game Changers?

Image: A.P. Moeller-Maersk Triple-E

 Bragging rights for the world’s largest container ship have changed hands four times in as many months and keep on shifting again, says a report in the Bloomberg.   The megaships have come to dominate container shipping with astonishing rapidity over the past decade


Port of San Pedro Seeks to Fund Upgrades with European Roadshow

     Ivory Coasts Port of San Pedro (courtesy of sanpedro-portci.com)

  Ivory Coast's second largest port of San Pedro will hold a roadshow in France and Britain next month as it seeks to raise 180 billion CFA francs ($300 million) to fund upgrades, the port's director said.   San Pedro is already the world's leading port for cocoa exports


Vancouver Port Operations Resume Atfer Container Fire

Port Metro Vancouver said on Thursday that operations had resumed at most port facilities shut down by a shipping container fire the day before, but that its Centerm container terminal was still closed. The chemical fire, which prompted a massive emergency response late on Wednesday and shut


Vancouver Container Fire Closes Port

A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core. The toxic smoke forced local residents to take shelter inside


Vancouver Port Fire Leads To Evacuation

Image edited from Youtube video

 A chemical fire at a Vancouver container terminal led to a partial evacuation of Canada’s largest port for several hours Wednesday afternoon, as a cloud of white smoke drifting over the city prompted health warnings and road closures, says Canadian Press.  


Massive Rent Hike at Port of Melbourne

Aerial view of the Port of Melbourne

 The Port of Melbourne Corporation has told DP World Australia that it wants to increase rent at the terminal by up by 800 per cent of the current amount, reports local media. It also comes as the Victorian government prepares the Port of Melbourne for sale.  


Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than


Access to Brazil's Itajai Port to Open as Truck Protest Ends

Protesters have agreed to open access to Brazil's main poultry exporting port of Itajai in Santa Catarina state, the port said on Wednesday, ending a lingering flashpoint after a two-week truck drivers' protest. A union of autonomous truck drivers agreed to the port's proposal to raise payments


Propulsion is the Next Step for Survitec's MES

Photo courtesy of Survitec

The company that launched the world's first MES is now actively developing an Alternative Escape System (AES) for large passenger ships.  Survitec Group wants to combine the benefits of chute evacuation with the advantage of propulsion


Rotterdam Port Receives Largest Box Ship

MSC Oscar (Photo Ries Wendel de Joode)

  The MSC Oscar arrived on Tuesday (yesterday) at the APM1 terminal in Rotterdam. With a capacity of 19,224 TEU (20-foot containers), the 396 meters long and 59 meters wide ship is the largest container ship in the world. The MSC Oscar arrived from Algeciras and will leave for Bremerhaven


Shipping Contributes $164bln to EU

Photo: ECSA is presenting the updated version of the Oxford Economics study on econ. impact of shipping

 The European Community Shipowners' Associations has released the results of a recent update of an Oxford Economics study on the economic value of the EU shipping industry which highlights the industry’s contribution to the European Union's economy based on new data.  






 
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