Seaspan Ferries' First LNG-fueled Vessel Arrives
Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) announced the arrival of the Seaspan Swift, the first of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid diesel, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and battery ferries to its fleet. The new state-of-the-art vessel, currently docked at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, arrived after an eight-week journey that spanned a total of 10,661 nautical miles following its construction at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey. Another first occurred this week at SFC, with assistance from VARD…
US Navy Destroyer John Finn Delivered
The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) on December 7, the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer DDG 113 after completing three sets of at-sea and in-port trials which proved the ship's operational readiness. The ship is the 63rd DDG 51-class destroyer and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.
Gulfstream Wins DHS Ferry Contract
Gulfstream Shipbuilding won a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger/vehicle ferry to service the New York and Connecticut waters. This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay. The vessel has an expected delivery date of April 2017. “Gulfstream Shipbuilding is not only familiar with the Eastern Long Island Sound waters…
$59 mln US Navy Contract for General Dynamics
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $59 million contract for the continuation of Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Lead Yard Services and Flight III Upgrade design efforts. This contract extends the services for engineering, technical support, special studies and Flight III design work for Arleigh Burke-class ships through December 2017. The Flight III upgrades include a more powerful missile defense radar, increased shipboard power production and hull enhancements.
New Dry Dock at BAE Systems’ San Diego Yard
A new 950-foot-long, 55,000-lifting-ton floating dry dock has arrived at BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard as part of the company’s $100 million investment in the yard to service the anticipated increase of U.S. Navy ships on the West Coast. “We have made the strategic investment to meet the ship repair needs of the Navy,” said Joe Campbell, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair. The new floating dry dock arrived at the company’s shipyard towed by the oceangoing and salvage tug Posh Terasea Eagle.
US Imports Up as Holiday Shopping Continues
Imports at the United States’ major retail container ports are expected to be up 3.2 percent this month over the same time last year as stores bring in the last of the merchandise for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “There’s still shopping to be done, and retailers are making sure the gifts that need to be under a tree are waiting on the shelves,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said.
DSME, Kongsberg Maritime Join Forces
DSME and Kongsberg Maritime have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) for a new LNG FSRU regasification control system. As part of the delivery scope for a vessel currently under construction at the Okpo shipyard in South Korea, DSME will develop a High Fidelity Dynamic Simulator for the regasification plant. The JDA, which was signed on 29th November 2016, enables DSME to utilise Kongsberg Maritime’s Dynamic Process Simulator ‘K-Spice’ and the ‘K-Chief’ automation and control system for the joint development of the vessel’s regasification control system.
Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in November
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.5 million tons in November, a decrease of 16.8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. November’s loadings were also 15.1 percent below the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.1 million tons, a decrease of 16.2 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 406,000 tons, a decrease of 19.3 percent, LCA said. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 25.3 million tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago.
Abidjan Orders 16 Passenger Ferries
As part of a presidential plan to reduce urban congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, 16 new passenger ferries have been ordered by Société de Transport Lagunaire (STL). Known as the economic capital of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan is located around the 100-km long Ébrié Lagoon on the west coast of Africa and therefore water-based transport holds a vital position in everyday life in the area. Furthermore, due to rapid population growth and the deterioration of existing ferry services, traffic congestion is a major problem in the city.
Port Taranaki Orders New Tug from Sanmar
Within a few weeks of unveiling a new compact tractor tug jointly designed with Robert Allan Limited, Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar has secured an order from a port on the west coast of New Zealand. Port Taranaki has awarded the Sanmar a contract to build the very first of its exclusive Delicay series, a compact, under 24m rule length design conceived as an off-the-shelf unit with numerous variations to suit customer needs. This vanguard of the series will measure 25.3m x 12m and…
Maersk, Hyundai Merchant Marine alliance talks in doubt
Hyundai Merchant Marine says still in talks to join 2M; joining an alliance was precondition for HMM debt relief. Doubts about the future of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd surfaced on Friday after Denmark's Maersk Line said the South Korean shipping firm was no longer being considered for the 2M vessel-sharing alliance. Joining an alliance with major shipping firms was one of the conditions of a debt restructuring deal between heavily indebted Hyundai Merchant Marine and its creditors in May so any breakdown in talks could raise serious questions about the future of South Korea's largest shipping firm. Maersk Line, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it was still in talks with Hyundai Merchant Marine but they were no longer about it becoming an operating partner in the alliance.
HHI Receives $650 mln Order from Iran for 10 ships
South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd received a $650 million order to build 10 ships for Iran's state-owned shipping company, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on Saturday, citing a Hyundai Heavy spokesman. The company will build container ships and tankers for Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, with delivery starting in 2018, Yonhap cited the spokesman as saying. The number of each type of ship was not disclosed. The deal was signed on Friday and was the first shipbuilding order by the Iranian firm since the lifting of international sanctions, Yonhap said.
DIANA, Charter Contract with Koch for Newbuilding
Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels, “Hull No. H2548” (to be named “San Francisco”), which is currently under construction. The gross charter rate is US$11,750 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum twelve (12) months to about sixteen (16) months. The charter is expected to commence on January 6, 2017.
Brazil's EDPI Ship Repair Yard Project gets Funding Approval
At the 33rd ordinary meeting on Thursday, 1 December, the Board of Directors of the Merchant Marine Fund (CDFMM), at the Ministry of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation in Brasilia (DF), approved to finance basis 2.15 billion reais for the construction of a new ship repair facility in Brazil as part of a 9.15 billion reais program for new and existing projects. Company (BBDC). The yard will be located in the municipality of Lucena, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraíba. Banco da Amazônia. depending on a number of project parameters.
SCI Led JV Takes Delivery of LNG Carrier “PRACHI"
A Joint Venture comprising The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), and Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL), have taken delivery of a new build Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier MT “PRACHI” having a capacity of 173,000 m3, from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. South Korea on 30th November, 2016. Simultaneously, the vessel has been delivered to Petronet LNG Ltd, New Delhi India’s first importer of LNG on a 19 year charter.
Bumpy Ride for Car Carriers
The car carrier sector has been yet another part of the shipping industry to have faced challenging conditions this year, says Clarksons Research. The focus has largely been on demand side difficulties, with growth in global seaborne car trade appearing to have gone into reverse gear. It has been a rather bumpy ride, and today’s car carrier market indicators still seem to be flashing up plenty of warning signals. Growth in global seaborne car trade has struggled to return to the robust levels seen prior to the global economic downturn…
Cosco Rolls Out Largest Semi-Submersible Ship
Breakbulk carrier COSCO Shipping has rebranded as COSCO Shipping Special Transport and launched its largest semi-submersible vessel to date, the Xin Guang Hua, reports Xinhua News Agency. Xin Guang Hua, capable of carrying 100,000 tonnes of cargo, is 255 meters long and 68 meters wide. Guangzhou Shipyard International Company, the builder, delivered the ship to Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers Co. Ltd, a member of China Ocean Shipping Group, in the southern city of Guangzhou.
India for Optimum Utilization of Shipping Sector
The Ministry of Shipping, India has prepared a Vision Document for “Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development” for optimum utilization of the shipping sector and coastal resources. The document envisages increasing the share of Coastal/Inland water transportation, development of coastal shipping as part of an end to end logistics supply chain, integration of inland waterways with the coastal routes and development of regional centers to generate cargo for coastal traffic.
New Patrol Vessel for PCG
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has taken delivery of a new Japanese-built patrol vessel in Manila on December 8. The new vessel, Malabrigo (MRRV-4402), is the second in the Parola-class patrol vessel series of 10 new 44-meter multi-role response vessels (MRRV) being built and delivered by the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) Yokohama shipyard in Japan. The vessel, named after the Malabrigo Point Lighthouse situated in Lobo, Batangas, will be an additional floating asset to the search and rescue vessels currently being utilized by the Philippine Coast Guard. The new vessel will further strengthen the agency’s capability in functions such as the law enforcement, security, search and rescue, environmental protection and safety administration within the country’s maritime domain.
Injured RO/RO Crewman Rescued off Galveston
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man after he was struck by a piece of machinery and suffered a deep laceration and possible fracture on his leg while aboard a cargo ship about 15 miles east of Galveston early Friday morning. The crew of the roll-on roll-off (RO/RO) cargo ship Torino contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 4:49 a.m., reporting a 38-year-old man was struck by a crank lever about 2 inches below his knee and needed assistance. A Coast Guard flight surgeon determined he needed medical care and watchstanders deployed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston. The helicopter arrived at 6:44 a.m. and the crew hoisted the man aboard.
Passenger Ship Evacuation Guidelines Revised
SOLAS Regulation II-2/13.7.4 ‘Means of escape’ currently requires escape routes on ro-ro passenger ships to be evaluated by an evacuation analysis early in the design process, and recommends the use of MSC.1/Circ.1238 when conducting the analysis. For non-ro-ro passenger ships, the guidelines are applied either on a voluntary basis or sometimes as part of the approval of alternative designs. Experience gained through evacuation analyses or accidents with passenger ships has shown that the existing voluntary guidelines do not satisfy the practical conditions of state-of-the-art passenger ships.
Seanergy Maritime Prices $ 15 mi Offering
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today the pricing of its $15 million public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and class A warrants, at a combined price to the public of $1.50 per common share and class A warrant. The offering is expected to close on or about December 13, 2016. The Company estimates that the net proceeds from the offering, after deducting the underwriting discount and offering expenses, will be approximately $13,380,000. The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment…
Robert Allan Inks Contract with Uzmar Shipyard
Robert Allan Ltd. has announced the signing of a contract during the recent International Workboat Show in New Orleans, USA. Robert Allan Ltd. and Uzmar Shipyard signed documents commencing a new high performance escort tug project. Uzmar has now built over 90 Robert Allan designed tugs and workboats since the first project in 1996, ranging in size from 15m aluminium catamarans, to 36m escort tugs, to 46m shallow draft pushboats. This contract covers a new RAstar 3000-W design setup to accommodate propulsion packages of up to 90 tonnes of bollard pull while still staying under 500 GT.
Shipping Traffic Resumes in Bosphorus Strait
Traffic in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain, resumed on Thursday after a brief suspension triggered by a bulk carrier suffering an engine malfunction, shipping agent GAC said. GAC said the Marshall Islands-flagged, 225-metre vessel, identified as M/V Anna Smile Forward, had engine malfunction, forcing the transit traffic in the strait to be closed at 12.25 am (0925 GMT). Coastal safety tugs were deployed to help the vessel and the traffic was back to normal at 1540 (1140 GMT).
China's Commodity Party Could Create Lingering Hangover
China has thrown the world's commodity producers and traders a massive party in the last few months, as evidenced by robust figures for November's imports of crude oil, iron ore and coal among others. But as all partygoers know, sooner or later the festivities come to an end, and the longer the party continues the more severe the hangover tends to be. China imports of iron ore jumped to the third highest on record, with November's 91.98 million tonnes up 13.8 percent from the previous month, taking the year-to-date gain to 9.2 percent compared with the same period in 2015.
Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Sliding as Overcapacity Weighs
Capesize rates 26-33 pct higher than a year ago, but could fall towards Chinese New Year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may fall further next week as prospects for a pre-Christmas rally fade with ship supply outpacing cargo demand, ship brokers said. With Christmas and New Year holidays looming, rates could drop for at least the next six weeks until after Chinese New Year at the end of January, brokers said. "Rates are likely to meander down until they find support from iron ore and fuel prices," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.
Gondan Delivers Live Fish Carrier
Yesterday GONDAN delivered the vessel “MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live Fish Carrier built by the yard. After recently completing successfully the sea trials program, the vessel will head today to Bergen, her Port of Registry. Later on she will sail to Scotland, where the vessel will operate. This Live Fish Carrier, with 50 meters length and 12,6 meters beam, has capacity to transport 1000 m3 of water and fish alive in her hold. She will operate in the Shetland Islands, where she will transport young and adult fish between different farms along the coast…
JLT Mobile Computers Selected by DCT Gdansk
JLT Mobile Computers has delivered 47 of its JLT VERSO+ 10 rugged mobile vehicle computers with the most compact form factor in its class to the new T2 deep-water terminal at DCT Gdansk in Poland. Located in the heart of the Baltic, DCT Gdansk is Poland’s largest container facility, and the only deep-water terminal in the Baltic Sea region. The rugged mobile vehicle computers, supplied by IT systems engineering company and JLT partner Autepra, have been installed on Kalmar T2 terminal tractors.
Japan to Overtake Korea in Global Shipbuilding
Japanese shipyards are on the verge of overtaking Korean shipyards in remaining order backlogs and market share, reports Business Korea. South Korean and Japanese shipbuilders recorded a backlog of 20.46 million CGT and 20.06 million CGT early this month, respectively, says Clarksons Research. Industry experts are pointing out that the latter will exceed the former within a couple of months if the recession in the shipbuilding industry continues. Korean shipyards has suffered…
Höegh LNG Orders Four FSRUs at Samsung Heavy
Norway’s floating liquefied natural gas company Höegh LNG has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for one firm and three optional floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). Complete shipbuilding contract for the firm vessel is expected to be signed by mid-January 2017. According to a statement by Höegh LNG, the vessels have scheduled delivery dates of two units in 2019 and two vessels in 2020. The 170,000-cbm FSRUs will have a regasification capacity of 750 MMScf/day and full trading capabilities.
New LNG Carrier Delivered for Petronet
A consortium comprising Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), and the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of a new liquefied natural fas (LNG) carrier on November 30, 2016, in South Korea. The vessel, Prachi, has a capacity of 173,000 m3 and was built to order by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. based on a long-term time charter contract with Petronet LNG Limited (PLL). A naming ceremony for the ship was held on October 18, 2016.
New Orleans Receives $1.75 Mln for Port Upgrade
U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen visited the Port of Greater Baton Rouge’s container-on-barge operation Tuesday while delivering his personal congratulations on the recent awarding of a $1.75 million grant to the Baton Rouge port and the Port of New Orleans. The grant will be used to acquire specialized container loading equipment to increase efficiencies to the current container-on-barge shuttle service operated by SEACOR AMH between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Norwegian Cruise Line Approved to Sail to Cuba
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced that it has received approval from the government of the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to Cuba, beginning March 2017. All three of the company’s brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will offer U.S. travelers the opportunity to visit the country on select sailings starting next year. The company’s first cruise to Cuba will set sail from PortMiami on Oceania Cruises’ Marina on March 7, 2017 with select Caribbean itineraries featuring calls on Havana. Seven Seas Mariner, of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, will call on Havana during two cruises in April 2017. Norwegian Sky will also offer a selection of four-day voyages that will overnight in Havana in May 2017.
Hapag-Lloyd Names First of Five 10,500 TEU Box Ships
Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony for the first of its five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class containerships, Valparaíso Express. Valparaíso Express was named by Rozío Gonzaléz – wife of Andrónico Luksic, Chairman of the Board of the Quiñenco Group – who performed the ceremony at the Terminal Pacifico Sur (TPS) in the port of Valparaíso, where the new ship will call regularly going forward. The Quiñenco Group is the largest shareholder of CSAV, one of the three controlling shareholders of the Hapag-Lloyd.
Dry Bulk Owners Say the Worst is Over
The worst is over for the dry bulk shipping sector, after years when too many ships chased too little cargo, yet the extent of the lost business means a full recovery is still some way off, leading ship owners said on Wednesday. Dry bulk shipping, which transports commodities including coal, iron ore and grain, has been among the worst performing shipping segments in recent years, partly due to worries over the health of top industrial goods importer China. Some companies have…
Consolidated Container Fleets Worth $33.4 Billion
Following the sale of Hamburg Süd to Maerskfor $4 billion, VesslesValue senior analyst William Bennett has compiled a report on the top consolidated container fleets. Currently these top five fleets are worth $33.4 billion and account for 33 percent of the entire container fleet. Maersk have confirmed rumors that they will acquire German container shipping line Hamburg Süd. Hamburg Süd’s strong position in north-south trades will complement Maersk's current business. Maersk is thought to have paid roughly $4 billion for Hamburg Süd whose fleet is worth $1.5 billion.
GE Gas Turbines to Power Indian Stealth Frigate
GE’s Marine Solutions announced that its LM2500 marine gas turbines will power the Indian Navy’s P17A stealth frigate. The LM2500 gas turbines will be provided by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Industrial and Marine Gas Turbine division, Bangalore, India under license from GE. HAL will assemble and test the LM2500 gas turbines prior to installation; HAL is licensed by GE to do so for Indian Navy LM2500 propulsion applications. HAL also is licensed to provide service and comprehensive support including inspection…
Ecovix to File for Bankruptcy - Report
Brazilian shipbuilder Engevix Construcoes Oceanicas (Ecovix) is expected to file for bankruptcy protection from creditors in a local court this month, the newspaper Valor Economico said on Wednesday. The company, based in Rio de Janeiro, has more than 6 billion reais ($1.7 billion) in outstanding debts, according to Valor. Ecovix did not immediately respond to requests for comment made via phone and email. According to Valor, Ecovix's creditors include state-run oil company Petrobras, suppliers, China's Cosco, Norway's NOV and also local banks Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and Caixa Economica Federal. The company's expected request for protection from creditors is intended to give it room to negotiate a debt restructuring and the sale of company assets to new investors, the paper said.
Robert Allan, Uzmar Shipyard Ink Tug Deal
Robert Allan Ltd. has signed a contract during the recent International Workboat Show in New Orleans, USA. Robert Allan Ltd. and Uzmar Shipyard signed documents commencing a new high performance escort tug project that is an example of the continuing strong co-operation existing between the two companies. Uzmar has now built over 90 Robert Allan Ltd. designed tugs and workboats since the first project in 1996, ranging in size from 15 m aluminium catamarans, to 36 m escort tugs, to 46 m shallow draft pushboats.
Höegh LNG, SHI Ink FSRU Deal
Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") for one firm and three optional FSRUs at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea. The 170,000 m3 FSRUs have regasification capacity of 750 MMScf/day and full trading capabilities. The vessels have scheduled delivery dates of two units in 2019 and two units in 2020. Complete shipbuilding contract for the firm vessel is expected to be signed by mid-January 2017. President and Chief Executive Officer Sveinung J.S.
APL launches New Zealand Express II Service
APL launched a new weekly service with direct connection between New Zealand and North Asian ports: the New Zealand Express II (NZ2) service. “APL introduced the new NZ2 service to serve the China-New Zealand market in a direct and more efficient way. Compared to transshipment options, the NZ2 service provides our customers with dedicated and faster connectivity between the North Asia and Oceania markets. The direct service will enable businesses to accelerate their products’ speed and access to these markets…
Tenth Terex Gottwald Crane for Japan
The fleet of diesel-electric Terex Gottwald mobile harbour cranes in Japan continues to grow. In spring 2017, Terex Port Solutions (TPS) will supply a Model 2 crane to the Port of Otake in the south of the country. There, the machine in the G HMK 2204 two-rope variant ordered via Chikuho Seisakusho Co., Ltd. (CS) will handle mainly containers and general cargo. For this purpose, the new crane has a lifting capacity curve adapted to Japanese requirements with a maximum lifting capacity of 62 t, an outreach of up to 40 m and a maximum lifting speed of 85 m/min.