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Saturday, February 25, 2017

SM Line's Maiden Voyage Next Month

Photo: S M Ship Management

The new container carrier SM Line, owned by South Korean Samra Midas (SM) Group, will launch its first service in the second week of March. The shipper which took over Hanjin's service network between Asia and the US, will also take over several of Hanjin's terminals in South Korea. According to a report in Pulse, it will set sail on its maiden voyage on March 8 along the East and South China Sea with 1,000 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) container onboard. The fledgling shipper’s first cargo service will depart Busan port in southern Korea and stop at China…

Korea Shipping to Buy Up to 10 HMM Vessels

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

The state-backed ship financing company Korea Shipping is looking to buy up to ten container vessels operated by Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and lease them back to the shipping firm, says a report in Yonhap. “Korea Shipping will provide some 720 billion won  (USD 633.7 million)  to Hyundai Merchant this month or next month to shore up its capital base,” the report quoted Sohn Byung-doo, a standing member of the Financial Services Commission, the country’s financial regulator,  as saying. Funds will be transferred to HMM through the purchase of stocks and debts.

Moody's Upgrades HMM Credit Rating

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

South Korean Container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), which collaborates with the 2M alliance, has had its rating improved from the default rating D to instead BB, informs the carrier. "Korea Investor Service (a Moody’s Affiliate)  has upgraded Hyundai Merchant Marine’s credit rating from D (Default) to BB (Stable)." says the company statement. HMM has successfully overcome all the challenges through debt for equity swap and changing conditions (adjustment of charter fee / debt adjustment with bondholders etc).

Korea Bank Puts 10 Hanjin Vessels Up for Sale

File Image: a Hanjin Boxship underway (CREDIT: Hanjin)

Korea Development Bank, the main creditor of the dissolved Hanjin Shipping Co. and state-owned entity, has put 10 Hanjin vessels up for sale in order to source back elements of its extended loans, reports Yonhap. According to the sources, potential buyers are required to submit their bids for the ships — two container ships and eight bulk carriers — by Feb. 21. Previously a South Korean court agreed to formally end Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd’s court receivership process after a two week appeal period, ending the business.

Bahri Acquires VLCC Amjad

Amjad Photo Bahri

Amjad, a 300,000 DWT Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, has become the latest addition to Bahri's growing fleet of 84 vessels of various types. Bahri took delivery of the VLCC, its 37th, in a ceremony held at HHI’s Mokpo shipyard in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. Bahri CEO, Ibrahim Al-Omar, Hyundai Heavy Industries’ President and CEO, M. K. Yoon and President and COO, Sam H. Ka, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to South Korea, H.E.

Digitalisation to Boost Future Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

As a prelude to the 'e-Navigation Underway’ conference, which will take place during the next two days, South Korea's Director General for Maritime Affairs, Mr. Kwang-Youl Park, visited the DMA to talk about cooperation on digitalisation and e-Navigation. Director General Andreas Nordseth from the Danish Maritime Authority said: "We are pleased about our cooperation with South Korea. In 2014, Denmark and South Korea concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to develop e-Navigation.

Keel Laid for Teekay’s First New Canada Tanker

Photo: Teekay Corporation

Teekay Offshore will be the sole supplier and operator of shuttle tankers sfor East Coast Canada(ECC), says Teekay Corporation. On February 15, the keel laying ceremony for Teekay’s first shuttle tanker newbuilding for ECC took place at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea. This milestone marks the end of the block building period as well as the beginning of the next phase – to complete the newbuilding with all its systems. The shuttle tanker, the Beothuk Spirit, is expected to be delivered in August of 2017.

Maersk Expects Healthier 2017 for Shippers

Photo: Maersk Line

Bloomberg quoted Robbert van Trooijen, APAC CEO of Maersk Line, saying that the current year (2017) will be more profitable than the last. Post-Hanjin, ocean freight customers now stressing stability and avoiding risk to supply chains, not just rates, he said. "The bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping and a consolidation in the container shipping industry will pave the way for a better year for the industry," he told the international news wire. Maersk Line is seeing a…

HHI's FSRU Unit equipped by GTT

MARK III SYSTEM'S ORIGINAL DESIGN Photo by GTT

GTT has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to equip a new floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with its Mark III cryogenic membrane containment system. This order includes a firm vessel and one option. The FSRU of 170,000 m3 will be built at Hyundai's shipyard, in Ulsan (South Korea), on behalf of a European shipowner. The vessel will also be equipped with a Dual Fuel Diesel Engine motorization like standard LNG Carrier (LNGC). Delivery is scheduled in March 2019.

Rickmers-Linie Appoints Korea Maritime

Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie. KG, the German based global breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo specialist, has appointed Korea Maritime Co.,Ltd., Seoul as its new agent in South Korea effective September 18. Rickmers-Linie and Seabridge Korea Ltd., Seoul, have agreed to terminate the existing agency agreement effective 17 September 2006. As of 18 September, all Rickmers-Linie’s activities in South Korea will be handled by Korea Maritime Co., with the first vessel being the MV Rickmers New Orleans, scheduled to arrive in Masan on September 21.

South Korea Wants 3 More Aegis Warships

The South Korea Navy has requested three more Aegis destroyers to strengthen the country’s defense against North Korea and to cover territorial disputes in the region according to a military official cited by 'The Korea Times'. Under a Navy buildup project started in 2004 to bolster defense against North Korea, South Korea began to build Aegis destroyers and currently has three 7,600-ton warships ― the King Sejong the Great, the Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong and the Yulgok Yi I. The South Korea Navy has sought to increase its fleet to cope with rising regional tension in the wake of North Korea’s third nuclear test conducted earlier this year and ongoing territorial disputes between China and Japan. Source: 'The Korea Times'.

South Korea Mulls Maritime Study with North Korea

Picture: South Korea’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry

South Korea would propose a joint research with North Korea to develop marine resources and ocean tourism, reports Korea Herald. South Korea’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry pointed out the need of an excavation of North Korea’s marine resources, and development of ecotourism content and infrastructure to attract Asian tourists. The plan is to work together on eco-friendly marine tourism measures with North Korea, and designate uninhabited islands as “Islands of Peace” where they can develop resources together.

North Korea Fires Missiles in Show of Force

Missiles flew far enough to reach any part of S.Korea. North Korea fired three ballistic missiles on Tuesday which flew between 500 and 600 km (300-360 miles) into the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military said, the latest in a series of provocative moves by the isolated country. The U.S. military said it detected launches of what it believed were two Scud missiles and one Rodong, a home-grown missile based on Soviet-era Scud technology. North Korea has fired both types numerous times in recent years, an indication that unlike recent launches that were seen as efforts by the North to improve its missile capability, Tuesday's were meant as a show of force.

DryShips Sails Back into Tanker Market with Two Modern Vessels

Image: DryShips Inc

Greek owner of drybulk carriers DryShips Inc. has announced that it is re-entering the tanker shipping market as it agreed to purchase an Aframax tanker and a very large crude carrier (VLCC). -  One 113,644 DWT Aframax tanker currently under construction in South Korea. The Company expects to take delivery of this vessel sometime in the second quarter of 2017. The vessel is expected to be employed in the spot market. - One 320,105 DWT Very Large Crude Carrier built in 2011. The Company expects to take delivery of this vessel sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

China's Q1 Trade with N.Korea up Despite Sanctions

China's trade with North Korea rose in the first quarter in spite of tough new international sanctions this year targeting Pyongyang's banned nuclear program, including curbs on coal imports. Imports from the isolated country, consisting mainly of coal and clothes, rose 10.8 percent from a year earlier, customs spokesman Huang Songping said on Wednesday. China's exports to North Korea in the first quarter rose 14.7 percent from a year earlier in yuan terms, Huang told a news conference. China is North Korea's only major ally and most important trade partner. Exports consisted of electromechanical products, labor-intensive and agricultural products.

Rickmers Establishes Korea Subsidiary

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist for breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo, is expanding its network of own subsidiaries in Asia and will establish a new subsidiary, Rickmers (Korea) Inc, in Seoul effective November 1, 2007. “With its export oriented industry and as a significant location for shipping and related industries, Korea is one of our key markets in the Far East. Thus it was a logical decision to establish our own office in Seoul. The new subsidiary will primarily take over the role of Rickmers-Linie’s agent in Korea and moreover will be the representative office for Rickmers Group in Korea,” explained Gerhard Janssen, General Manager Marketing & Sales at Rickmers-Linie.

AVEVA Expands in Korea

AVEVA opened a new office in Seoul, Korea, that incorporates a dedicated product training center, following an increased demand for AVEVA solutions. The office will also host sales, marketing, product support, and administration functions for AVEVA customers in Korea. “This new office, in particular the product training centre, enables AVEVA to offer a better service to our customers”, said EunJoo Park, Senior Executive Vice President of Korea and Japan division, AVEVA. “We can vastly increase the number of participants at this new training centre, as well as host more meetings. AVEVA has had offices in Korea for over ten years. In this time we have seen an increased demand for trained users in AVEVA products and solutions across the Plant and Marine industries.

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. South Korea's fund will support two state-run banks most exposed to shipping and shipbuilding firms currently being restructured. The China slowdown is partly to blame. The two state-run banks to be capitalised are Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM).

Korea to Create $1.2bln Shipping Fund

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

The South Korean government will create a US$1.2 billion ship investment fund to aid the shipping industry which has been struggling due to decreasing global trade. A report by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said the fund will help shippers buy and sell vessels with less financial risk. The fund, aims to "aid the shipping industry which has been struggling due to decreasing global trade". Fund will "help shippers buy and sell vessels with less financial risk as the Korea Trade Insurance Corp. and the Korea Maritime Guarantee Insurance Co.

Hyundai Engineering Falls on Concerns of Sale Delay

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., fell the most in almost five months in Seoul on concern Korea Development Bank may delay selling its stock in the company, holding up expansion plans, according to Bloomberg.com. Hyundai Engineering declined 7.5 percent to close at 89,500 in Seoul. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., also part-owned by state-owned Korea Development Bank, fell 5.2 percent to 44,550 won, the biggest drop in more than a month. The delay may stem efforts by Hyundai Engineering and Daewoo Shipbuilding to win orders from the global surge in demand for power plants, refineries and ships. Korea Development Bank and other South Korean creditors had planned to start selling their stakes in the two companies last year.

South Korea And China See Eye To Eye On Fishing Pact

South Korea and China have agreed on a bilateral fishing pact extending Korea's fishing rights effective from June 30, Korea's Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries said on Friday. Korea said the agreement was reached in Beijing, ending talks that began in December 1993. China agreed to allow 1,402 Korean fishing vessels to catch up to 60,000 metric tons of fish per year by the end of next year in its exclusive economic zone, the ministry said. The allowed catch would be similar to Korea's past fishing record. Under the terms, Only 2,796 Chinese vessels would be allowed to catch up to 109,600 metric tons of fish per year by end 2002 in Korea's exclusive economic zone, sharply down from Chinese past fishing record.

Hyundai To Ferry Tourists To North Korea

Hyundai Group will start ferrying foreign tourists to North Korea's fabled Kumgang Mountain starting on Oct. 23, the group announced. "We have issued invitations to about 20 to 30 diplomats, businessmen and other foreigners currently residing in Korea," said Hyundai Group spokesman Yoo Keun-chan. He said they included Jeffrey Jones, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea. Jones said last week his business group was planning a ground-breaking trip north of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas to examine business opportunities, after Washington relaxed long-standing trade sanctions against the communist Pyongyang.

EU, South Korea Fail To Solve Shipbuilding Row

EU, South Korea Fail To Solve Shipbuilding Row Two-and-a-half days of talks between the European Union and South Korea failed to allay European concerns that South Korean shipyards are charging unfairly low prices, according to an EU official. The 15-nation EU has accused South Korea of using western subsidies to sell ships at below construction cost and of putting European rivals out of business. It said late last year it was considering taking action at the World Trade Organization (WTO). South Korea has denied the allegations. The EU has held three sessions of talks with South Korea aimed at reaching an solution. Negotiators plan to talk again by telephone March 23, the official said. This could be followed by ministerial-level talks.

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