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Aker American Shipping Signs Agreement With Hyundai Mipo

Aker American Shipping has, through its subsidiary Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc., signed an agreement with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd. extending the current relationship to include additional tankers as well as containerships. This further solidifies the strong partnership between Aker American Shipping, a leading Jones Act ship owner, and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, a leading global shipbuilder. Under an agreement signed in 2004, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has been providing design and procurement services for a series of ten 46,000 dwt tankers currently being constructed at Aker American's shipyard in Philadelphia. The new agreement covers an additional six tankers, which mirrors an agreement in principle for additional charters with Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) that Aker American Shipping announced in February 2007, as well as exclusive rights for containerships.


Aker and OSG Announce Agreement for up to Six More Tankers

Aker American Shipping ASA and Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announced that they have signed an agreement in principle pursuant to which Aker American Shipping subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, will construct up to six additional Veteran Class MT-46 Jones Act Product Tankers (three fixed plus three options) and transfer them to another subsidiary, American Shipping Corporation, which will bareboat charter them to subsidiaries of OSG for initial terms of 10-15 years.


Kvaerner, RGI to Establish Joint Ownership for Shipyards

Aker Kvaerner and Aker RGI have entered into an agreement to establish a joint ownership for their wholly owned shipyards in Germany, respectively Kvaerner Warnow Werft and Aker MTW. Among other conditions, the agreement is dependent on approval from Aker Kvaerner's and Aker RGI's lenders. The aim is to implement the new ownership by the end of 2002. Aker Kvaerner will own 40 percent of the two yards. In February Aker Kvaerner and Aker RGI began working closely together in


OSG to Build More Tankers

(Pictured is Overseas Houston) Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG), signed an agreement in principle pursuant to which Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, a subsidiary of Aker American Shipping ASA, will build up to six additional Veteran Class MT-46 Jones Act Product Tankers (three fixed plus three options). Once transferred to another Aker subsidiary, American Shipping Corporation, OSG will bareboat charter the vessels for initial terms of 10 to 15 years


Aker RGI Proposes Alternative to Redemption Offer

Aker Maritime previously obliged to postpone the agreed redemption of shares because of objections raised by the French company Coflexip. Aker RGI now offers to buy all the shares in Aker Maritime at the same price as in the redemption offer. In practice this means that the redemption can be carried out in spite of Coflexip's objections. In the original redemption offer the value of the Aker Maritime share was set at NOK 95


AAS to Split?

Aker's Aker American Shipping (AAS) reportedly has decided to split its business into a shipyard and a separate ship-owning company, according to a report on Forbes.com, a move reportedly designed to advance its business prospects in the U.S. Under the plans, American Shipping Corporation will be a vessel-owning subsidiary of AAS, while the shipyard activities will be organized into the newly-established company Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (APS), Forbes.com reported.


Aker Kvaerner Deepwater contract for GOM

Chevron, with partner Kerr-McGee, has awarded Aker Kvaerner, Inc. the semisubmersible hull and mooring system contract for their Blind Faith project in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract has a total value of approximately $120 million. Aker Kvaerner's scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and transportation. The award is a recognition of the deepwater competence in Aker Kvaerner. The Blind Faith platform to be located in the Mississippi Canyon 650 block


Contract Signed for SemiSub Platform

Statoil and Aker Kværner has signed the contract worth approximately NOK 8 billion for the semisubmersible platform to be located at the Gjøa field offshore Norway. This is in accordance with the memorandum of understanding presented in Aker Kvaerner's disclosure to the Oslo Stock Exhange at 29 September 2006. The scope of work to be performed by Aker Kvaerner will be detail design of topside and hull, procurement, construction and hook-up of topside, and mating of topside and hull


Aker Solutions, IHI Partnership on LNG Terminal

The Aker Solutions and IHI partnership has received a signed Notice of Substantial Completion for Sempra LNG's Cameron LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminal near Lake Charles, La.   The Cameron LNG terminal project combined Aker Solutions' expertise in regasification engineering, construction management, commissioning and start-up with IHI's design and manufacturing knowledge of LNG storage and processing systems.  


Aker Solutions Secures New UK Contract

Aker Solutions has secured a contract for maintenance, modifications and operations work with an undisclosed customer in the UK sector of the North Sea. The two-year contract will guarantee over 180 jobs annually for Aker Solutions in Aberdeen, UK. There are also two optional one-year contract extensions that may be exercised in the future. Aker Solutions estimates the contract value to be approximately £13 million per year


Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Names Petterson CEO

Effective May 1, Lasse Petterson has assumed the role of chief executive officer (CEO), a provider of dredging, environmental and remediation services.   In his over 35-year career, Petterson has gained extensive experience in the engineering, construction and maritime industries


Mariners, Shipbuilders Call on President to Put U.S. National & Economic Security First

Aaron Smith: President & CEO, OMSA

Profoundly damaging announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) puts foreign companies first and American companies and workers last.   The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) today responded to an announcement by U.S


IMCA Supports CBP's Jones Act Decision

Allen Leatt (Photo: IMCA)

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomed withdrawal of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notice to revoke and modify rulings relating to offshore vessels under the Jones Act.   Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA, explained


Riverboat American Duchess to Launch in August

Artist rendering of American Duchess, the company’s latest riverboat (Image: American Queen Steamboat Company)

 The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the American Queen and American Empress, will launch service on its new American Duchess when it sets sail from New Orleans on Aug. 14, 2017, following its christening a day earlier.  


The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary

	Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of the American Club’s managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (Photo:  American Club)

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published.   The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both


Tech File: Vesconite Rudder Bushings

Photo: Vesconite

South American river tugboats need robust rudder bushings: some 20 tug boats on the Parana River, running through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, have been equipped with Vesconite rudder bushings.   In the challenging waters of South American rivers


American Hellenic Insures 1,000 Vessels

Photo: American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company

 American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company (AHHIC) has already provided cover for 1,000 vessels managed from Europe, the Americas and Asia, said said Vincent Solarino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHHIC and President and COO of Shipowners Claims Bureau, managers of the American Club.


Aker Wins Hook-Up Deal for Johan Sverdrup Field

johan sverdrup Photo Statoil

Aker Solutions won a contract from Statoil for the hook-up of the riser platform for the Johan Sverdrup field, Norway's largest offshore development in the past three decades. The company will work closely with subcontractor Kvaerner on joining together the platform's seven modules


Norwegian OSV Operators in Blockbuster Merger

File Image: A Farstad OSV (CREDIT: Farstad)

Debt-laden Farstad Shipping gets lifeline; billionaires Fredriksen and Roekke join forces.   Hit by the oil industry recession, Norwegian offshore service vessel (OSV) operators Farstad Shipping, Deep Sea Supply and Solstad Offshore announced plans to merge on Monday to counter the downturn


VARD bags Aker BioMarine Fishing Vessel Order

Aker BioMarine fishing vessel - Artist impression Photo VARD

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels has secured a contract for the design and construction of one krill fishing vessel for Aker BioMarine in Norway. The new and innovative vessel of VARD 8 10 design is specially


Nordic American Offshore Announces Public Offering

Photo:  Nordic American Offshore

 Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has announced an underwritten public offering of 33,333,333 common shares pursuant to the Company’s effective shelf registration statement.     Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, DNB Markets, Inc


Balancing Port Competitiveness and Security

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Secure and efficient ports support a sustainable maritime sector and underline the interconnection between ships, ports and people.    This was one of the themes outlined by International Maritime Organization (IMO) ' Javier Yasnikouski, Head of Maritime Security


Public Offering Fetches $47.7mln for Nordic American

Photo: Nordic American Offshore

 Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has closed the follow-on offering of 40,000,000 common shares at a public offering price of $1.25 per share resulting in aggregate net proceeds of approximately $47.7 million.    The proceeds could be slightly in excess of $50 million


Aker Solutions Secures Work for Njord A Upgrade

Photo: Thomas Sola / Statoil

Aker Solutions will provide design engineering for the upgrading of the semi-submersible Njord A platform in Norway. The company will as a subcontractor of Kvaerner take part in upgrading the platform after operator Statoil exercised an option in an agreement awarded in April 2016


Norway's Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply Agree Merger

Photo: Solstad Offshore ASA

 Norwegian OSV companies Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply have signed off on merger plans first announced on February 6, 2017.   The statutory merger plans have been approved and signed by the boards of Solstad, Farstad






 
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