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Aker Yards Builds Large Construction Vessels

Aker Yards is to build two large construction vessels for DOFCON. Both vessels will be delivered from Aker Yards' site at Søviknes in Norway. The value of the two contracts is approximately NOK 1 175 million. The first vessel is of Aker OSCV 06 L design, developed by Aker Yards, and will be delivered from the yard spring 2009. The vessel is 153 m long. It will have DP Class 3 and Ice Class. The vessel will have a maximum speed of 18.5 knots, which is of significant importance for global operations in order to minimize mobilization time. The second vessel is scheduled for delivery spring 2008. It is 118 meters long, and will be equipped with a 250 tons offshore crane, and will have DP Class 3. This vessel is also designed by Aker Yards.


Herbert-ABS Opens Singapore Office

Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC, a marine regulatory, load management, salvage and ship design software company, has opened an office in Singapore to reinforce service and support for Asia-based shipowners, operators and shipyards, the company said. The new office will be led by Director and Naval Architect Rob Tagg, who will expand the activities and strategic plans of Herbert Engineering and Herbert-ABS Software


Shipping Facing Serious Long-Term Challenges

SHIPPING is going to need a great deal of resilience to meet the challenges of the next twelve months, according to international accountant and shipping adviser, Moore Stephens. But, for those who can secure funding, there have been few better times to invest.   Julian Wilkinson, head of the Moore Stephens Shipping Industry Group, says, “More than ever, shipping will be an industry for long-term players. Operating costs increased in 2011


Derecktor and Alaska Government Officials Sign Contract

Paul Derecktor, Alaska Governor Tony Knowles, State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Perkins and several Alaska State Officials were in attendance last week at the State Capitol in Juno, for the signature of the contract that entrusts Derecktor Shipyards with the construction of two new high-speed ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System. This contract will be the first time a U.S. yard builds passenger-vehicle high-speed ferries


Boatbuilding in China

Xin Yue Feng Shipyard’s Chairman Luo Chaoneng with a pair of AHTs.

While much of the focus on coverage of the Chinese shipbuilding industry is on big shipbuilding, Maritime Reporter switches gears this month to explore activities in select boatbuilding sectors.   Damen Yichang Shipyard The Damen boatbuilding name is ubiquitous around the world, and China is certainly no exeception. The Damen Yichang Shipyard in China started ops in 1999 as a JV between Damen Shipyards Group and Sinotrans CSC


Rautaruukki Gets Order For Kvaerner Masa-Yards Project

Rautaruukki Oyj will to deliver 25,000 tonnes of shipbuilding plate to Kvaerner Masa-Yards Oy. Rautaruukki will begin delivering the steel in April to Masa-Yards' shipyards in Helsinki and Turku, Finland. Kvaerner Masa-Yards agreed in December to build a ferry that can carry 2,800 passengers for Norwegian cruise operator Color Line A/S. The ferry, with a gross tonnage of 74,600 tonnes is expected to be delivered in December 2004.


Aker Yards to build four PSV’s

Nordcapital Holding GmbH & Cie. KG in Hamburg, Germany and Aker Yards announced that it has signed an agreement to build four Platform Supply Vessels (PSV's) of the type UT 755 LN at Aker Yards in Norway. The value of the contract is approximately $89.8m. Nordcapital has an option for an additional four vessels that will have to be declared by the middle of May 2006. The four vessels are scheduled for delivery from the fourth quarter in 2007 to the second quarter 2008


Aker to Build PSV for Farstad Shipping

Farstad Shipping ASA, through its subsidiary Farstad Supply AS, has signed a contract with Aker Yards to build a UT 751 E platform supply vessel. The hull for the PSV will be built in Romania and outfitting yard will be Aker Yards Brevik. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for July 2007. The vessel will upon delivery enter into the long term contract that was recently awarded by Norsk Hyrdo


Spain: IZAR Shows Its Mettle in the Gas Sector

As the sole shipbuilding organization outside eastern Asia with a current involvement in the construction of large LNG carriers, IZAR is determined to maintain a long-term position in a promising, higher value-added field of the newbuild market. The present business profile is based on a series of membrane-type vessels of 138,000-cu. m. capacity, contracted in recent years in the face of fierce international competition and oriental domination of gas tanker production


Germany’s Nordic Yards Set to Build Shipyard in Russia

Image by Nordic Yards

 The German shipbuilder Nordic Yards is considering constructing shipyards in Russia, in particular in the Far East.    The owner of the shipbuilder, Vitaly Yusufov confirmed that his company is actively considering the possibility of building own facilities, since the trend toward increasing localization is such that the longer, the higher by year the percentage of necessary localization.   


IRClass First to Certify Indian Recycling Yards per EU Standard

Arun Sharma, Chairman of ISSPL

IRClass is amongst the first organizations in the world to certify ship recycling yards according to EU standards as an ‘Independent Verifier’. IRClass Systems and Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (ISSPL), an entity promoted by Indian Register of Shipping


Great Lakes Dredging Awards Announced

Courtesy Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced that it was recently awarded four contracts with an approximate value of $93 million. Great Lakes received two awards for coastal protection work required along the East Coast as a result of the extensive damage caused by Super Storm Sandy in


Vard Reports High Order Intake from Non-offshore Markets

5 Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo Vard (for illustration only)

New order intake of NOK 6.2 billion from contract wins for 19 vessels. Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialised vessels


South Korean Yards Face Shrinking Orderbook

Graph: Clarksons

 The global orderbook has continued to decline in the year to date, indicating that there are diminishing levels of activity at many of the world’s shipyards, says Clarksons Research.   In the last six months, South Korean yards have seen the largest decline in their orderbooks


General Dynamics Bags $19 Mln U.S.Navy Order

Electric Boat  Courtesy General Dynamics

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $18.9 million contract modification for the continued development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). The funds will be used to procure two VPM pre-production setups to support the manufacturing start of the VPM payload tubes


Shipbuilding’s ‘Fatal Attraction’ – A Dramatic Affair?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Down the years, shipbuilders have always entered and exited the business as cycles have progressed, but over the past decade developments have been dramatic, says Clarksons Research.   Back in 2007, 220 shipyards secured at least one order for a unit of 20,000 dwt or above in size


Japanese Shipbuilding Sliced

Graph: Alibra Shipping Ltd. Research

 New ship orders placed at Japanese yards fell by 80% during H1 2016 compared to H1 2015, according to data from the Japan Ship Exporters' Association (JSEA).    According to ALIBRA Weekly Market Report , this is the worst decline since the autumn of 2008 in terms of gross tonnage


Royals on the High Seas!

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco took the role of godmother.   Dubbed as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, at a whopping cost of $450 million


Steel Cut for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today as the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy


US Coast Guard Shipyard Under New Command

Captain Matthew Lake (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

U.S. Coast Guard Captain Matthew Lake assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard on July 1, 2016. He is the 42nd Commanding Officer in the 117-year history of the yard, the only shipbuilding and major ship repair facility of the U.S. Coast Guard.  


Genting to Invest in Werften

Photo: Genting Hong Kong

 Genting Hong Kong Ltd will invest 100 million euros in its German shipyard, MV Werften to focus on building new large ships.   The three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April would be named MV Werften, be managed in Wismar.  


Shipowners Reject Proposals for Ships to Pay for EU Ship Recycling Licences

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping

 Proposals to compel ships, regardless of flag, to pay for European Union ship recycling licences when calling at EU ports, will undermine efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve working and environmental conditions in developing nations


Newly Formed MV WERFTEN to Focus on Cruise Builds

Wismar

Genting Hong Kong announced that the three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April will be named as MV WERFTEN*, be managed in Wismar and will focus on building large new cruise ships. Lloyd Werft located in Bremerhaven and bought last September will focus on its


Damen Completes Thor Facelift

Thor undertakes refurbishment Photo Damen Shipyards Dunkerque

The DP1 jack-up vessel Thor owned by the DEME Group has completed a short stay at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu). During her time at the yard her hull was repainted in the new DEME livery and her thrusters inspected. Measuring 70 metres by 40 metres


National Museum of the American Sailor Unveiled

The National Museum of the American Sailor name change signals a shift in vision from a regional focus to one that depicts the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4. The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm






 
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