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Monday, October 24, 2016

Launching of HOS Warhorse at Gulf Island Shipyards

The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet Photo Gulf Island Shipyards

Gulf Island Shipyards will launch the HOS Warhorse the newest vessel of Hornbeck Offshore services. The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet. The Launching ceremony will commence on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 9:00 at Gulf Island Shipyards’ facility in Jennings Louisiana (111 Bunge Street, Jennings, LA 70546).  

Keppel to deliver third FPSO for Shapoorji Pallonji, Bumi Armada JV

Bumi Armada Courtesy Bumi Armada

Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to Armada Madura EPC Limited (Armada Madura), a joint venture between Shapoorji Pallonji Group (Shapoorji Pallonji) and Bumi Armada Berhad (BAB). The spread-moored FPSO unit was named Karapan Armada Sterling III during a naming ceremony held earlier this month at Keppel Shipyard. The FPSO will be deployed to the Madura BD Field in Madura Strait East Java which is operated by Husky-CNOOC Madura Limited (HCML).

'We Will Not Stand by and Wait for Global Regulation' -Maersk Line

Photos: Maersk Line A/S

Shipbreaking has become commercial due to the recycling of steel becoming a global commodity in demand. This means that the dismantling and recycling of a ship are recognized as part of the value of the ship, which has evolved into a massive challenge for the shipping industry. "The choice is clear. One option is to continuing to wait for global agreement – while hundreds of vessels continue to be dismantled on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan – or to act now and begin improving the conditions in yards. That is what we have done in Maersk.

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

(Photo: Astican & Astander Shipyards)

Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards customers. As part of Lavinia Group, which runs a fleet of more than 70 vessels, the shipyard understand the owner´s needs. Astander, in the port of Santander, has more than 140 years’ presence in the international market and has continually modernized and updatd its facilities. The latest investment program…

Maersk Names Fourth Jack-up at DSME

Photo by Maersk

Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jack-up was named on 14 October at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea. "Maersk Drilling’s fourth XL Enhanced ultra-harsh environment jackup was named on 14 October at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea," says a company press release. At the edge of the bustling Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea…

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

Image: Damen

Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support from Damen under its Technical Cooperation program. The new tugs will be deployed on two major maritime projects for which ECO has recently won contracts. The first of these is a contract that ECO won earlier this year with a new Corpus Christi based LNG export terminal.

Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen vessels and experience some of them out on the water. The vessels on display included Multi Cats, a wide range of Stan Tugs, high-speed RHIBs, Pilot boats, Fast Crew Suppliers, fast Patrol Boats and pontoons.

Western India Shipyard for Sale

Photo: Western India Shipyard

ABG Shipyard Ltd, which was one of the largest shipbuilding company in the country operating in the private domain, has decided to divest its entire stake in its subsidiary Western India Shipyard Ltd (WIS). The company’s board has agreed to invite suitable bid from the prospective investor and negotiate the deal including best price,  it said in a filing with stock exchanges. "Board of Directors of the company, in their meeting held today, i.E. October 6, 2016 have decided and approved…

DCNS Mulls Buying Stake in STX France

Photo: STX France

The head of the French state-controlled naval defence group DCNS said on Wednesday it was "closely studying" a possible stake purchase in STX France, a shipyard subsidiary of the struggling South Korean conglomerate STX Corp. Herve Guillou said DCNS was not however looking at the option of taking a majority stake. The French state holds a 33 percent minority stake in STX France, which runs naval shipyards in Saint-Nazaire on the west coast. Loss-making STX Corp is in administration.

Ferus Smit Launches Arklow Cape

Photo: Simon Marrink

Shipbuilder Ferus Smit has launched new build M.V. Arklow Cape on Friday, October 21 at its Westerbroek shipyard in the Netherlands   Arklow Cape (Nb. 425) is the second vessel in a series of 10 that will be delivered to Irish owner Arklow Shipping.   With a maximized hold volume of 220,000 cft and a carrying capacity over 5,000 deadweight tons, the ship falls under the 3,000 gross tons limit. Arklow Cape has one single hold and an 1A iceclass notation. It is propelled by a 1,740 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.

UK’s Wight Shipyard to Build Two Fast Ferries

Photo: Wight Shipyard Co

The largest fast passenger ferry order for a U.K. shipyard in over 25 years has been confirmed by MBNA Thames Clippers. Two new 170 capacity passenger boats will be built at the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight, and will join London’s growing river transport network in summer 2017. Representing an investment worth over £6.3 million, the order will see the creation of 75 new jobs across the Isle of Wight and London, and the involvement of over 100 businesses in the South of England as part of the delivery supply chain.

Grand Bahama Shipyard Reopens after Hurricane

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard

The largest shipyard in the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSL), has reopened for business after sustaining minor damages from Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew passed through Grand Bahama Island October 6, 2016 with winds up to 120 mph causing disruption and significant damage to the island’s infrastructure and the community in general. The yard reported minor damage, mainly to buildings and general property, and after a coordinated response effort is now clear and ready to safely accept vessels. Three vessels are scheduled to arrive for work on October 14, 2016.

Euronav Defers VLCC Resale Deliveries into 2017

Euronav NV said it has agreed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017. The vessels, previously expected to be delivered between October and November 2016, will now be delivered in January 2017. Pursuant to these deferred deliveries, the amount of approximately $97 million that was previously expected to be paid to the shipyard during the fourth quarter of 2016 is now expected to be paid in the first quarter of 2017. “It is, in fact, hard to understand why anyone would think of taking delivery of a ship in the last two to three months of the year given the importance that the vintage year has on the value of any ship.

Bollinger Delivers FRC to the US Coast Guard

Lawrence Lawson sister ship Margaret Norvell was delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Lawrence Lawson, the 20th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. said, “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the USCGC Lawrence Lawson to the U.S. Coast Guard, the latest FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards and the second FRC to be stationed in the 5th Coast Guard District at Cape May, N.J. FRCs already in commission have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives.

Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company. Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1,600-ft of linear pier on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif. Lind Marine’s strategic acquisition of Moose Boats will ensure continuity of vessel production for the well-established patrol boat’s brand as well as complement a vertically integrated business model which Lind Marine has developed over the past century.

German Shipbuilders Strong in a Weak World Market

High-tech rescue vessel BERINGOV PROLIV built by Nordic Yards intended for use in the arctic. (Photo: Nordic Yards)

The global shipbuilding industry continued its downturn in 2015 with the number of new orders halved compared to 2013 level. The year 2016 is shaping up to be even worse. The “Big Three” shipbuilding nations China, Korea and Japan are major customers to the world leading maritime equipment and system producers from Germany. The fact that the domestic supply chain has been generating more than half of its sales within Europe will come in as an important stabilizing factor to weather the current storm: according to Clarksons Research…

France Mulls Majority Stake in STX Yard

France could take a majority stake in the French subsidiary of struggling South Korean shipyard group STX Corp, French daily Liberation said on Monday, citing unnamed sources at the finance ministry. The French state holds a 33 percent minority stake in STX France, which runs naval shipyards in Saint Nazaire on the west coast. Loss-making STX Corp is in administration. "All options are on the table. The government could increase its stake, alone or not, and take a majority stake in STX France as long as necessary," the newspaper quoted the source at the finance ministry as saying. The finance ministry declined immediate comment. Reporting by Michel Rose

Oldendorff Acquires 8 Vessels

Babycape Photo Oldendorff

In the Babycape segment, Oldendorff's London office usually operates around 30 vessels in its global network of trades. The company informed that it likes to have some owned vessels in every segment in which it operates to ensure more reliable and flexible service. The Babycape vessels were purchased from companies managed by Hartmann Reederei (Leer) and Thomas Schulte (Hamburg), and join three other Babycapes in the Oldendorff fleet which were  bought in summer 2016. The 119…

Palfinger Wins Deck Equipment Package

Illustration of Havyard 832 MPV, where Palfinger Marine will deliver and extensive deck equipment package of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. (Copyright: Palfinger Marine GmbH, Havyard Group)

Palfinger Marine signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Cemre to supply a deck equipment package to a Havyard 832 MPV vessel being built for Esvagt. The package from Palfinger consists of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. The MPV will measure 81.9 x 17.16 m, with a  deck area of 620 sq. m., a speed of 15 knots and a bollard pull of 100 tons. The delivery of the equipment is scheduled for 2017.

Euronav Pushes Delivery of Two VLCCs at HHI

Photo Euronav

Euronav NV announces today that it has agreed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (“HHI”) shipyard in South Korea to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017. Thanks to the excellent relationship that the Company enjoys with HHI, these vessels, previously expected to be delivered between October and November 2016, will now be delivered in January 2017. Pursuant to these deferred deliveries, the amount of approximately…

Rolls-Royce Equipped Vessels Enter Service with Qatari CG

Ares 110 Hercules (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Qatar’s Coast Guard Command has taken delivery of the first in a series of 17 composite hull boats powered and propelled by MTU high-speed engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets. The vessels, two Ares 75 and one Ares 110 Hercules, will be the first three boats of this program to be delivered by the end of this month. Two additional boats are planned to be delivered by the end of the year; one Ares 75 and one 110 Hercules. Meanwhile, preparations for the construction of the first Ares 150 class boat have already been completed and its launch is expected towards the end of next year.

Finnish Shipyard wins Ship Deal from Royal Caribbean

Courtesy Meyer Turku

Miami-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Meyer Turku shipyard signed a memorandum of agreement for two next generation cruise ship orders to be delivered in 2022 and 2024. The around 200,000 gross ton large cruise ships under the project name “Icon” will mark the beginning of a new generation of LNG powered cruise ships with a number of innovations such as an application of fuel cells for power generation. Fuel cells are a very energy efficient and clean way to generate electrical energy.

Nimitz Begins Sea Trials

Washington State Ferry M/V Kaleetan passes by as USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits Sinclair Inlet as it gets underway from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo by Vaughan Dill)

Sea trials for the newly refurbished U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) commenced on October 5, following a 20-month Extended Planned Incremental Availability (EPIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. Nimitz entered the shipyards in February 2015 for its fifth major maintenance period and completed the largest maintenance period to date without bringing the carrier into dry dock, according to Cmdr. Mark Yates, Nimitz chief engineering officer and native of Smithfield, Va. “We've repaired and replaced quite a few systems,” said Capt.

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