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Cammell Laird Extends Repair Reach West

Following quickly on the heels of an overseas investment deal in Marseilles, Cammell Laird (Holdings) has increased its involvement in the overseas repair and conversion industries by taking a $7.7 million (49%) equity stake in a new holding company along with United States' West Coast shiprepairer Cascade General. This deal has an option for Cammell Laird to take a controlling interest within the next two years. The deal will allow the new company to purchase the repair facility (freehold and docks) at Portland, Oregon, the largest single repair facility on the U.S. West Coast. The facility is currently owned by Portland Port Authority and operated by Cascade General. Cascade General has leased the facility from Portland Port Authority since 1995, when it became the sole shiprepairing company in the port. Since then Frank Foti, Chairman of Cascade General, and future head of the new operation, has been looking to complete the buy-out. Cascade General currently has an annual turnover of some $100 million and wins virtually half of all commercial contracts that are placed with U.S. West Coast shiprepair yards. There are three main markets in which the yard operates — passenger vessels (the many cruise vessels now operating on the Alaskan service), tankers (the many large tankers operating between Alaskan terminals and US refineries) and U.S. Navy and auxiliary market. Last year the yard carried out a complicated conversion project involving a Drillship for Global Marine


Scheldepoort Wins Naval Frigate Contract

(Photo: Damen)

Scheldepoort Repair & Conversion Yard won a Royal Netherlands Navy contract to modernize and upgrade the propeller shaft lines and generator sets of four Air Defenxe and Command Frigates. Part of the Damen Shipyards Group, Scheldepoort is based in Vlissingen in the south of the Netherlands, and specialises in maintenance, modifications, repairs and refits. Peter Sterkenburg, Sales Manager at Scheldepoort, comments: “After an extensive negotiation period


Masa-Yards May Cooperate With Gdynia

Masa-Yards, a unit that Kvaerner has put up for sale, could cooperate in building vessels with the Polish Gdynia shipyard, a group official said. Gdynia shipyard had planned to bid for Masa-Yards, but a consortium formed by Kvaerner won the support of the Finnish government to keep the group's two yards in Helsinki and Turku in Finnish hands. Kvaerner officials said that through cooperation and lower labor costs in Poland, Masa-Yards could gain a competitive edge on other Western shipbuilders


Aker Yards Secures Contracts for Diving Support Vessels

Aker Yards ASA said it won an order from DOF ASA for a diving support vessel (DSV), and a contract from DOFCON ASA and Technip for a second DSV. For DOF, Aker Yards will build a DSV based on Aker Yards' Aker DSV06 design, while the other DSV will be to the Aker OSCV-06L DSV design. Source: Forbes


Korea: New Strategy for ‘Strategic’ Orders

While South Korean shipbuilders continue to enjoy another good year, representatives from three of the world’s largest yards reportedly are angling to focus on securing more ‘strategic’ orders to keep momentum, according to a report in the Korea Times. Korean yards are facing increasing pressure from Chinese shipbuilders, and to maintain its world lead the strategy includes a focus on these strategic orders


Newbold in Entrepreneur Finals

Mark Newbold, who qualified for the finals after winning the western region’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the products category, established Strategic Marine in 2001 with the goal of launching a global shipbuilding company. His company now employs around 1,800 staff at its shipyards in , , and , and has signed more than 120 orders worth over US$230 million in the past year alone.  “It is personally gratifying to win this award,” said Mr Newbold.


Aker Yards Signs Contract with Birka

Aker Yards Lifecycle Services and Birka Line have signed a contract for the refurbishment of the spa area on board the Birka Paradise. The contract is worth approximately $2.7m. The refurbishment is scheduled for completion in January 2008. The scope of work onboard the cruise ship Birka Paradise includes the extension and refurbishment of the spa area (treatment rooms, saunas, showers and other spa facilities). This is the fourth spa refurbishment contract won by Aker Yards in the last


Korean Yard Wins LNG-FPSO Order

Image credit DSME

Korea's DSME Okpo shipyard wins its first order for a Malaysian LNG – FPSO facility DSME says it has won its first order for an LNG-FPSO from Pretroliam Nasional Berhad, Malaysia`s state-operated oil company. The design of this project is a joint effort between DSME and Technip, a France based offshore plant design company. The LNG-FPSO will be 300m long, 60m wide, and have the capacity to store up to a maximum 180,000㎥ LNG with an annual handling capacity of 1.2 million tons.


Germany's Nordic Yards Wins Innovation Award

Nordic Yard Warnemuende: Image credit Nordic

Nordic Yards receives Top 100 award from the Vienna University of Economics and Business at a Berlin ceremony. At a ceremony for the Top 100 companies at the Axel Springer Passage centre in Berlin, journalist and TV host Ranga Yogeshwar presented Nordic Yards’ managing director Vitaly Yusufov with the Top 100 prize for innovation. Nordic Yards is one of the companies whose innovative ideas are driving forward the shift to renewable energy


STX Offshore in Deep Financial Crisis

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 The South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is apparently close to a bankruptcy if not yard soon find new vendors who are willing to pump huge sums into the yard. Otherwise, there is the prospect of a collapse in the first half of the 2016th.   STX Shipbuilding CEO Lee Byung-Mo recently sent a message to its employees, saying, “If we operate our company the way it is without special countermeasures


Dredging Begins in Milford Harbor

Photo by Milford Mayors Office

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging MIlford Harbor over the next two weeks, says a press release from Milford Mayor Ben Blake’s office.   Army Corps will be using a 150-foot vessel called the Currituck, which is a special purpose dredge barge.  


VARD Orders BWT Systems for Topaz Newbuilds

Optimarin Skid 334-FS 2 (Image: Optimarin)

Ballast water treatment (BWT) system Optimarin has picked up an order covering 15 vessels from VARD shipyards.   The vessels, VARD 9 21 Design specialist module carriers, will be constructed for ship owner Topaz at two shipyards in Romania - Vard Braila and Vard Tulcea – and one in


First Damen Tug for Bugsier

DAMEN-ASD-2411 Courtesy Damen

Bugsier, the German towage and maritime service provider, has boosted its already extensive fleet with the addition of a Damen ASD 2411 tug. The tug represents the first purchase of a Damen vessel for Bugsier. Bugsier holds an established position in the German maritime sector: the company is


Hanjin to Return 38 Vessels Next Year

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 Hanjin Shipping is planning to return a total of 38 chartered vessels once their contracts end as part of its restructuring efforts, reports korea Herald.   A company official said Hanjin was planning to return 20 containerships and 18 bulk vessels by 2017


Damen Delivers Floating Pump Station to Hamburg

Damen Shoalbuster 3512 Noordstroom (Photo: Damen)

Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has taken delivery of the Sauger III, a custom floating pump station by Damen Shipyards Group for supporting dredging operations. Situated 110 km inland on the River Elbe and with a tidal range of 3.6 meters, the Hamburg Port requires regularly dredging like most ports


S.Korea Shipbuilders' Lead creditors back Asset Sale, Cost Cuts

The lead creditors of two of South Korea's biggest shipbuilders have provisionally approved plans by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries to raise up to $4.2 billion in asset sales and cost cuts, people with knowledge of the plans said on Wednesday.


Hyundai Merchant Marine Bondholders Approve Debt Swap

A majority of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd (HMM) bondholders have approved a debt-for-equity swap plan, South Korea's second-largest shipper said on Wednesday, paving the way for restructuring of the heavily indebted firm's finances. HMM, which had debts about 5.2 trillion won ($4


Greek Ferry Owners Look West to Gibdock

Nissos Chios (Photo: Gibdock)

Greek ferry owners are stressing the importance of high quality, reliable ship repair partners in the Western Med in the first half of 2016, according to ship repair yard Gibdock  who says it has received two first time ship visits emphasizing the Gibraltar yard’s ability to meet


S.Korea Creates $9.5 Bln Fund for Banks Exposed to Shipyard Troubles

Photo: Robert Kunkel

South Korea's government and central bank will create an 11 trillion won ($9.50 billion) fund to support two state-run banks most exposed to the country's struggling shipping and shipbuilding firms.   "Our key industries like shipping and shipbuilding are being aggressively caught up


Seoul's Effort to Calm Shipping Sector Storm

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korea will pump $9.5bn (11 trillion won) into state-run policy lenders reeling from huge losses on loans made to the beleaguered shipbuilding and shipping sectors to help them deal with further corporate distress, says FT.  


Damen Sharjah wins Best Yard Award

Presenting the Best New Building Yard Award Courtesy Damen

On 29 May at the presentation ceremony for the International Maritime Awards, held at the two-day Shiptek 2016 conference in Dubai, Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSSh) received the prize for Best New Building Yard. The trophy was accepted at the ceremony by DSSh managing director Lars Seistrup.


Tsakos Orders Tankers at Sungdong

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN)

 South Korean shipyard Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (Sungdong) has won an order from Greece’s Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) for two 74,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) crude-oil carriers with an option for two more.


Team Oracle, Airbus Team up to Build Flying Yacht

Oracle Team USA  has won the last two America’s Cup competitions. Photo: Airbus S.A.S

 European planemaker Airbus Group SE has forged a technology partnership with Oracle Team USA as this championship sailing squad prepares to defend its title in the 2017 competition for America’s Cup – which is the oldest international sporting trophy of the modern era (born in


STX Shipbuilding Struggles to Survive

Image: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd

 STX Offshore & Shipbuilding may be put under a court-led restructuring scheme, paving the way for the shipyard to avert liquidation, says a report in Korea Times quoting local court.   Last month, STX Shipbuilding, once Korea's No


RINA Awards First Green Ship Recycling Certificate in India

In line with the growing interest in green recycling, RINA Services recently awarded its first ISO 30000:2009 certificate and HKC Statement of Compliance (SoC) in Alang, India to Shubh Arya Steel, on 28th April 2016. Shubh Arya Steel, a ship recycling yard in Alang






 
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