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China, Vietnam Want Amicable Sea Dispute Solution

China and Vietnam agreed on Monday to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations. The two countries have sought to patch up ties since their long-running row erupted in May, triggered by China's deployment a drilling rig in waters claimed by the communist neighbours, which lead to confrontation at sea between rival vessels and violent anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam. After a meeting between China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, and Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi, China's foreign ministry said they had agreed to "appropriately handle the maritime problem". The two exchanged smiles and warm handshakes in contrast to Yang's last visit in June, which ended in acrimony with Yang accusing Vietnam of "hyping up" their dispute, which was the worst breakdowns in their relations since a brief border war in 1979. The rapprochement began in late August, a few weeks after Vietnam started courting other countries embroiled in maritime rows with China, including the Philippines and China's biggest investor, Japan, which will provide boats and radar equipment to Vietnam's coastguard. Most significant for Vietnam has been improvements in its defence ties with former foe the United States, including an Oct. 2 U.S


CMB Continues Fleet Rejuvenation

CMB confirmed that its subsidiary, Bocimar and Wah Kwong, have sold the panamax vessel Yasmine Venture (2006 - 73,546 dwt) - ordered in joint venture in 2003 from Jiangnan (China) - to Diana Shipping. The net sale price amounts to $39.6 million, and CMB will realize a capital gain of approximately $5.5 million on this sale. Also, Bocimar and Oak Maritime have concluded an agreement with Chang Myung Shipping (Korea) for the sale of the joint venture vessel Mineral Oak (1996 - 165,693 dwt).


Yang Ming Sales Sag

Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., the island's largest shipping firm in terms of revenues, said on Thursday it made sales of T$3.75 billion in May, down 1.37 percent from the same month in 2000. That brought accumulated sales in the January-May period to T$19.85 billion, a 5.17 percent rise from the corresponding period last year. May sales were down 13.8 percent from T$4.35 billion in April. - (Reuters)


Kongsberg Appoints New Managing Director

Leif Kristian Weum (left) is taking over the helm from Managing Director, Terje Dyhre (right). Photo by Kongsberg Maritime AS

 Leif Kristian Weum has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Kongsberg Maritime Sales and Service office in Athens, Greece.    Kongsberg Maritime Hellas SA is a key Sales & Customer Support office established to serve the significant number of Greek shipping companies, located in the Athens area.   Having served on the Kongsberg Maritime Hellas SA Board of Directors since the office was opened in 2011 and in various customer support and sales


Bulk Carrier Secondhand Sales Booming

 The festive season is here, so shoppers are out and looking to buy. However, when it comes to the bulk carrier sale and purchase market, business has been booming throughout 2016, says Clarkson Research Services.   The depressed earnings environment and limited availability of finance have seen increased ‘distressed’ sales, while some investors have been hoping to pick up a bargain. Let us take a look at this ship shopping spree.  


Hanjin Shipping's Sale of Total Terminals Okayed

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

Bankrupt South Korean shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd won U.S. court approval at a hearing on Wednesday for the $78 million sale of its stake in U.S. terminal operator Total Terminals International LLC, overcoming objections of container companies.   "My decision is to approve the sale," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood said, adding he would approve the transfer of the sale's proceeds to South Korea.  


Brandsborg - Danfoss-Sea Recovery

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Freddy Brandsborg joins Danfoss-Sea Recovery to manage Commercial Marine and Offshore sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He will operate out of the company's Danish location to create new partnerships with many of the shipping and offshore oil companies throughout the region Brandsborg brings with him almost 30 years of experience in the marine and offshore industry. As a mechanical engineer, and later a sales engineer


Quarders Joins Intellian

Intellian selected David M. Quarders as its new Director of VSAT Sales for the Americas. A veteran in both marine electronics and the communications industries, Quarders will help to drive sales growth for Intellian’s VSAT communication antenna line.  “We are very proud to have David join the Intellian team,” said Eric Sung, president and CEO of Intellian. “Intellian has experienced tremendous growth in the Americas in just a few short years


Bourbon Sells Two AHTS in Planned Modernization Program

Bourbon Surf: Image courtesy of Bourbon

Bourbon announces the sale of the 'Bourbon Surf' and 'Bourbon Borgstein', two large 10-year old Norwegian built AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply) vessels for a total amount of US$130 million, generating a total capital gain of approximately US$63 million. Bourbon will continue to operate the two ships for a minimum period of 2 years to a maximum period of 5 years, with an annual bareboat charter cost of 13% of the transaction value.


Goldenport Sells Thira

Goldenport Sells Container Vessel Thira

  Goldenport Holdings Inc.  the international shipping company that owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk and container  vessels, announces today the sale of a container vessel, 'Thira'.   The Company has agreed the sale of the 1997 built container vessel to an unaffiliated third party, "BSL Thira Shipping Limited", for a cash consideration of US$6.85 million. The vessel's delivery is due to take place on 21 July 2015.  


Greece Gets Three Improved Bids For Thessaloniki Port Sale

Greece received three improved binding financial bids for a majority stake in Thessaloniki Port , its second-largest, the country's privatisation agency (HRADF) said on Friday. Last month HRADF got three bids for a 67 percent stake in Thessaloniki Port.


Total E&P UK, Survitec Ink Lifesaving Equipment Deal

Survitec Group has announced a five-year contract award with Total E&P UK Ltd for the provision of lifesaving equipment maintenance services.    The contract, which adds to an existing contract for lifeboat maintenance services


Deutsche Invest Highest Bidder for Thessaloniki Port

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German private equity firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners was the highest bidder for a majority stake in Greece's Thessaloniki Port with an offer of 231.9 million euros ($251.8 million), privatisation agency HRADF said on Monday.   The sale is a key part of the country's international


Private Equity Boost for Hyundai Samho

South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), a shipbuilding affiliate of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), said it has attracted 300 billion ($264 million) won investment via pre-IPO.   Under the agreement signed with Korean private equity firm IMM Private Equity


DNV GL Certifies ABB’s Marine Academy

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ABB’s Marine Academy has been recognized by classification society DNV GL for meeting its standards for maritime training. Operating in six locations around the globe, ABB’s Marine Academy aims to reduce vessel downtime and improve safety through education


Wärtsilä, Shipyards Partner on BWMS Retrofits

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The technology group Wärtsilä is in the process of signing agreements with a number of major shipyards, the latest being Keppel Shipyard Ltd (KSL) of Singapore. The agreements are intended to establish cooperation and communication between the parties in relation to the International


Glassman Joins VMAG

Robert Glassman (Photo: VMAG)

Marine electronics, navigation and communication systems supplier Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) said it has recruited Robert Glassman as a Senior Technical Sales Engineer as it expands its portfolio to provide turnkey marine technology for refits and new builds.  


STI Marine Opens Rotterdam Distribution Center

STI Marine, a Division of Specified Technologies Inc., has added a new distribution center in Rotterdam, Netherlands.   The central European location benefits local shipbuilders, providing an even more responsive service than before, improving availability and expediting delivery


Liebherr Opens Buenos Aires Office

Staff from Liebherr Argentina celebrating the opening of the Buenos Aires subsidiary with members of the Liebherr family (Photo: Liebherr)

In March Liebherr-Argentina S.A. opened a new office in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. From the subsidiary Liebherr is expanding activities in Argentina and Uruguay, primarily in the product areas of mining, mobile cranes and port and harbor cranes.  


Liebherr Offshore Cranes Accessing New Markets

Design layout of the new Liebherr HLC 295000 mounted on Deme’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion. (Image: Liebherr)

Liebherr’s maritime manufacturing plant in Rostock has been awarded the contract to supply the heavy-lift crane for the Orion, a new wind farm installation and platform decommissioning vessel ordered by DEME from COSCO (QiDong) Offshore, a subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry


China Hands Over Third Patrol Ship to Pakistan

Pic: Mercantile Marine Department,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping

 China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, PTI reported.   The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd


Volvo Penta Names Bjuve VP, Customer Support/Training

Martin Bjuve (Photo: Volvo Penta)

 Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training. In this position, he will provide strategic direction and management for support and product training for dealers and customers across the U.S


Australian MATV Completes Sea Trials

Photo: Damen

The Royal Australian Navy’s new Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore has passed sea trials. Following final vessel handover from builder Damen Shipyards Group, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties.  


DynaCERT Secures CE Certification for Hydragen Technology

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 dynaCERT Inc.  has received CE certification for its HydraGEN technology.    Specifically, the models HG1 (Class 6-8 trucks), HG2 (Class 2-5 trucks, refrigerated trailers and shipping containers) and HG3 (diesel-powered ocean ships


US Court Rejects Frontline's Bid to Stop BW-DHT Deal

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A U.S. court has rejected a last-minute effort by billionaire investor John Fredriksen's Frontline to prevent BW Group from acquiring a major stake in rival oil tanker firm DHT Holdings, DHT said on Thursday.   The New York County Supreme Court's decision means that privately-owned BW Group






 
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