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Carnival To Swap Ships

Carnival Corp., which is working to revive profitability at its Seabourn luxury cruise line, said that next year it will shift a ship now sailing for Seabourn to the company's Holland America Line. The Seabourn Sun, at 38,000 tons the largest of the six Seabourn ships, will move to Holland America in April 2002 after the vessel finishes an around-the-world tour. Carnival, the world's biggest cruise group with 44 ships among its half a dozen lines, last month changed top managers at its jointly run Seabourn and Cunard lines.


STX Shipbuilding Gains on Stake Purchase in Aker Yards

STX Shipbuilding Co., the first South Korean yard in China, had its biggest two-day gain in more than a week in Seoul on optimism the purchase of a stake in Norway's Aker Yards ASA will add cruise liners to its range of vessels. STX Shipbuilding has more than quadrupled this year, making it the fourth-best performer in South Korea's Kospi 200 index. The stake purchase in Aker Yards will allow STX Shipbuilding to use the Norwegian company's expertise in cruise liners


Cruise Lines Face Y2K Supplier Squalls

Cruise Lines Face Y2K Supplier Squalls The world's biggest cruise lines have safeguarded their own computers against Year 2000 glitches, but still face possible electronic squalls arising at food vendors and other suppliers. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and other major cruise lines operating out of North America are stopping short of declaring full victory over possible Y2K disruptions, due to worry about outside vendors, officials said.


Biggies to Rule Ocean, says Maersk CEO

Nils Andersen. Photo: Maersk Line

 The WSJ reports that the Danish container-shipping group is ordering more megaships even as freight rates remain low. Reason?   The world’s biggest container-shipping companies are set to dominate seaborne trade over the next few years, leaving little space for small and midsize operators to compete.   This opinion was expressed by A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S Chief Executive Nils Andersen.  


Korea's HHI Shows Diverse LNG Carrier Models at Gastech

File photo CCL£

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI),  claimed to be the world’s biggest shipbuilder, and the only one in Korea capable of constructing both Membrane type and Moss type LNG carriers, informs it will exhibit at the upcoming Gastech 2014 show in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The shipbuilder says it has taken the lead in introducing cutting-edge LNG-related ships, and developing independent LNG storage system and technology


Maersk Orders Advisory Software for 140 Ships

Photo: Maersk Line

ABB and Dutch weather forecasting specialist MeteoGroup have won an order to outfit 140 Maersk container vessels with software to optimize routes   Power and automation group ABB informs it is working with MeteoGroup to equip 140 containerships from Maersk Line with advisory software to optimize routes, boost maritime safety and protect cargo based on factors including the hull design and the weather; helping the shipping line avoid conditions that could be harmful to the ship


Cunard Narrows Field For Queen Mary Builder

Reports indicate that Cunard will likely sign the deal to build the world’s largest and most costly cruise ship this week, and it is believed that either France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique or Northern Ireland’s Harland and Wolff will be beneficiary of the contract to build the ship, which has been estimated at $600 million. Five European shipyards have been in the running for the massive Queen Mary 2. The cruise industry is convening in Miami this week at the annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping


World's Biggest Floating Diamond Processing Vessel Sets Sail

The world's biggest floating diamond processing vessel will set sail for the first time within three weeks and should be in position off Namibia before Christmas, the Namibian Minerals Corporation (NAMCO) said. "This is the biggest offshore diamond processing plant in the world," NAMCO chairman Alastair Holberton told reporters on a tour of the ship in Cape Town harbor. "We expect that in its first work up year in operation it will harvest 200,000 carats of diamonds worth about $30 million


Hutchison Buy Follows Maersk Deal

Hutchison Port, a unit of conglomerate Hutchison announced earlier on Wednesday a 30 percent investment in Westport Holdings, a multi-purpose terminal in Malaysia's biggest port, Port Klang. Hutchison, controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, said in a statement that the deal would allow it to participate in Malaysia's economy. It gave no other details of the deal. Malaysia has 15 ports including Port Klang, on the west coast of Malaysia, which is the nation's main port.


Dubai's DP World Eyes Dollar Bond

DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, wants to issue a dollar-denominated bond and could announce plans to market the deal to fixed-income investors as soon as next week, three sources aware of the matter said on Thursday. The Dubai-based firm could raise between $750 million and $1 billion from the bond, depending on investor appetite and the interest rate the company would have to pay to borrow the money, two of the sources said


Asia-Europe Box Rates Down 8 pct

The containership Maersk Kalmar. Maersk controls around a fifth of containers transported from Asia to Europe. (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 8.1 percent to $431 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Again

File Image (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 13.9 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Iran Plans Listing NITC to Fund Fleet Modernization

Photo: NIOC

Iran plans to list its national tanker company to raise badly needed cash to upgrade its massive fleet and replace older vessels, as the middle east country prepares for an aggressive return to the global oil market.   The country emerged from years of economic isolation last weekend after


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

File Image:Maersk

Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry.


U.S. LNG Seen Destined for Europe

Image: Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation

 According to Wood Mackenzie Ltd, Europe is set to be the key destination for liquefied natural gas supplies from the U.S. after prices fell in Asia, the world’s biggest consumer of the fuel says a report in Bloomberg.   The U.S


Asia-N.Europe Freight Rates Dip 20.6 pct

File image: a containership conducting argo operationsain the port of Oakland, CA (credit: Captain Katharine Sweeney)

Rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 20.6 percent to $740 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week to Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. Freight rates plummeted 15


Shipping Industry Unfazed by China Sea Tension

Map: The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

 Reuters reports that China's growing military presence in the South China Sea has drawn warnings from the United States that Beijing is seeking to exert control over one of the world's most important sea lanes, but so far the shipping industry seems less concerned.  


Vattenfall: Subsidy-free Offshore Wind by 2025

Sweden's Vattenfall expects to be able to build offshore wind power projects, one of the most expensive sources of renewable energy, without subsidies by the middle of the next decade, a senior company official said on Thursday. The state-owned utility plans to boost its wind power portfolio in


Asia-Europe Box Rates Down Sharply

File Image: The CMA CGM Containership Benjamin Franklin is built to carry nearly 18,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (image: Marad)

Rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 24.4 percent to $932 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week to Friday, a London-based container derivative trader with access to data from Shanghai Shipping Exchange told Reuters.


Saudi-Iran Standoff and Oil Tankers

Map by  National Geographic Society

 The Saudi-Iran standoff is certainly one to worry over given its ramifications for oil supply as they sit on either side of the Persian Gulf, the world’s biggest concentration of oil tankers, reports Bloomberg.   The Strait of Hormuz at  the mouth of the Persian Gulf is the


Freeport-McMoRan Chairman James Moffett to Step Down

Freeport-McMoRan Inc co-founder James Moffett will step down as chairman and quit its board, months after the miner added two new directors under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.   Freeport said Moffett, who had been appointed chairman emeritus


Piraeus Port Privatization Bid Soon

Photo: Piraeus Greece

 As the pushed back the date - the Dec. 21 deadline - for the submission of binding bids for the sale of its biggest port Piraeus (OLP) approaches, the pace is picking up with binding bids, reports WSJ.   Three of the world’s biggest port operators expected to submit their


ABP Port of Southampton Welcomes its Latest Record-Breaker

Photo: ABP Port of Southampton

 The biggest container ship in the world, the MSC Maya, made its maiden call at Southampton on Tuesday 15 December.    The 395.4m vessel, which can carry a world-leading 19,224 containers, is just the latest giant container vessel to call at the port in recent weeks.  


Nordsee One Wind Farm Construction Kicks Off

Photo: DEME Group

DEME Group’s offshore marine engineering company GeoSea announced the start of the construction works for the offshore wind farm Nordsee One in the German North Sea.   The Nordsee One offshore wind farm (85 percent Northland Power – 15 percent RWE) is situated approximately 40


Trafigura Expects Tougher Shipping Markets in 2016

Commodities trading firm Trafigura expects tougher conditions in tanker markets next year as weaker world economy prospects and a slide in oil prices are set to take their toll on shipping. Bargain hunters picking up cheap crude after the price drop and refineries






 
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