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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


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.


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


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


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


PHA Commission Approves $1.4m in Contracts and Projects

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) approved $1.4m in contracts and projects for the Bayport container and cruise terminals to permit it to meet future demands -- including a new 50-acre container yard -- that will require heavy-capacity forklift and yard tractors. Included in the provisions are: a change order to McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. for Bayport Terminal Complex Phase 1 Container Yard - Stage 1 for $186,929; a change order to Morganti Texas,


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.   


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


Damen Begins Construction of Second Facility at Antalya Shipyard

 From left to right: Ron Keller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Turkey, Zübeyde Solak, Head of Department for the Ministry of Economy Directorate of Free Zones, Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, and Auke Van Der Zee, Damen Shipyards Antalya,  General Manager.

  Damen Shipyards has refurbished a second 12,000 square meter shed at its Antalya, Turkey shipyard for the production of the Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009, the company announced today.   Antalya II will be dedicated to the construction of Damen’s 50-meter FCS 5009


ECO Orders Rolls-Royce Equipment for New AHTS

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract worth $30.6m with the American owner Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The contract for ship equipment comprises Azimuth main propulsion, propulsion control systems, anchor winches and an anchor handling crane for an Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS)


Editorial: Gettin’ Crabby with Deadliest Catch

Greg  Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

As February is our traditional cruise shipping edition, naturally we’ve selected a fishing boat and two crabs for the cover. But as many of you may already know, that’s not just any fishing boat, rather it is the Cornelia Marie, its owner Josh Harris and captain Casey McManus


Haven Marine Bags Back To Back Dockings

Portgarth enters the dry dock at Milford Docks (Photo: Haven Marine Services)

Despite a slow start to the year, Haven Marine Services reports it is now seeing a change in fortunes with two dockings for Svitzer in quick succession, with one vessel sailing after a refit and another in on the same tide. This comes after a prolonged period of inactivity at the yard during the


Mariners Transiting Delaware River Cautioned

Delaware Bay

  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Upper Delaware River lighted buoy 33 (LLNR 3875) and Upper Delaware River lighted buoy 36 (LLNR 3920) are in the center line of the channel. Buoy 33 is 550 yards north of the charted position and currently located in


Zamakona Yards' Commitment to Well-being

Photo with the courtesy of Zamakona Yards

  Recently employees of Zamakona Yards participated in a training course for maintaining Health, Safety and Environment (HSE). The theoretical practice focused on working at heights, in confined spaces and for cultivating prevention techniques and firefighting.


HHI to Add Massive Heavy Lift Vessel

Hyundai-10000 Heavy Lift Vessel (Photo: HHI)

Hyundai Heavy Industries to add 10,000 ton heavy lift vessel to its offshore facility-building infrastructure legion   Shipbuilder and offshore facilities contractor Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) informs that its shipbuilding affiliate, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries


Fast Patrol Vessel launched by Cochin Shipyard

ICGS APOORVA (Courtesy: Cochin Shipyard Ltd)

 Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has launched the 14th of the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) being built for the Indian Coast Guard.    With this, CSL said, it has accomplished a rare feat of achieving three ship building milestones viz, keel laying


Tall Ship Docked for Repairs

Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos in for general maintenance and repairs

The largest brig to be built in the U.K. in a century sailed into in a Greenock dry dock yesterday for general maintenance and essential winter repairs.   The Stavros S Niarchos has arrived at the Garvel Clyde site, which is owned by Aberdeen-based Dales Marine Services


Aibel Bags Johan Sverdrup Contract

Courtesy Statoil

  Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, will sign a contract with Aibel today for the construction of the deck for the drilling platform on the field. The contract is worth in excess of NOK 8 billion. The contract includes engineering work


Unidelta: Twin ASD Tugs From Argentina

Brutus - DT Amura estribor

Best known for modern, innovative passenger catamarans, Astilleros Unidelta SA of Buenos Aires is currently building an innovative tug. The aziumthing stern-drive (ASD) ship-handling tug is now being built at the Argentinian yard. The first, in an anticipated series


Manila Ports Back at Optimum Utilization

Photo:  Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)

 Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) stated that utilization rate at the port of Manila is back to normal after the disruption of operations during the visit of Pope Francis to the country last month.   The state-run PPA said in a statement that container yard utilization and vessel


Algerian Dredger Revitalized

New main engine hoisting in place

  Damen delivered and installed a new main engine for the stationary dredger RezougYoucef. The cutter suction dredger has been built by De Groot Nijkerk in 1988. It has worked in an Algerian reservoir for quite a while and badly needed an engine overhaul


Gail Scraps $7-billion LNG Ship Tender

Image: GAIL (India) Limited.

 Gail India Ltd has scrapped a tender that would have led to the construction of three massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at Indian shipyards.     After postponing tender deadline thrice and also one year later, state-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd has not found any






 
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