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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.  


Bourque Joins Sea Machines

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Following a recent capital investment and the growing global interest from the marine sector, Sea Machines Robotics said it has been expanding its crew and is poised for further growth, expecting to deliver first generation systems to marine customers this summer.  


Philly Shipyard to Build Four New Containerships

Philly Shipyard aerial view. Photo: Philly Shipyard, Inc

 Philly Shipyard announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a blue chip U.S. shipping operating company for the construction and sale of up to four new, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly containerships with planned deliveries in 2020 and 2021.   


Crowley Names Vargas VP, Business Development

Daniel Vargas (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley names Daniel Vargas new Vice President of International Business Development, prtnering with Jeffrey de la Combe to enhance Caribbean services   Veteran sales executive in ocean transportation and logistics Daniel Vargas has been appointed vice president of international business


Abu Dhabi Ports: No Immediate Plans for a Listing

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Abu Dhabi Ports has no plans to launch a public sale of shares in the short term, the chief executive of the state-owned company told Reuters on Tuesday. "There are no immediate plans to go public," Mohamed Juma al Shamisi said when asked if the company planned to sell shares and a


New Motion Compensated Gangway Unveiled

Photo: Barge Master

Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth have jointly introduced a new motion compensated gangway to the offshore wind market. After numerous simulations and virtual tests, the first actually manufactured gangway is currently being tested onshore at the Bosch Rexroth facilities in Boxtel, the Netherlands


Yildirim to Sell its Stake in CMA CGM

Photo: Yildirim Holdings AS

 Turkish port operator Yildirim Holdings AS has announced plans to sell its 24 percent stake in the French shipping major CMA CGM, Bloomberg reported.   The company mandated China Citic Bank Corp. to find investors from Asia or the Persian Gulf for its interest in the world’s


Erling Sande Named Cox Powertrain's Norwegian Distributor

Erling Sande AS headquarters - Drammen, Norway (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain has announced its first European distributor appointment as Drammen, Norway based Erling Sande AS.   The marine power specialist has signed an agreement to become Cox Powertrain’s sole Norwegian distributor and in doing so will play a prominent role in driving


TUI Sheds Its Stake in Hapag-Lloyd to Focus on Tourism

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Europe's largest tourism group TUI Group said on Monday it had sold its stake in container shipper Hapag-Lloyd, bringing to a close plans for the sale of non-core businesses in order to focus on its tourism operations.   TUI Group has been investing in more of its own hotels and cruise


Rickmers to Sell its Last 9 Vessels to Navios

File photo: Rickmers Maritime

 HSH syndicate, comprising HSH Nordbank and DBS Bank, has approved the sale of the remaining nine of 14 vessels of Singapore-based Rickmers Trust Management for some $54 million to Navios Partners Containers and Navios Partners Containers Finance.


Andreassen Joins PBES to Develop Energy Storage Markets

Arnstein Andreassen (PhotoPBES

Norwegian energy storage company Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) announced Arnstein Andreassen has joined the firm to develop marine energy storage markets. Andreassen brings decades of experience in power generation and propulsion.   In his previous positions


Rays of Hope Seen for German Marine Equipment Suppliers

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Germany’s marine and offshore equipment suppliers will have to continue efforts this year to respond to the continuing weak demand from other countries and growing competition in global shipping markets, says German Engineering Federation (VDMA) who reported a decline in orders in the


Solstad Farstad Sells 2010-Built AHTS

Far Shogun. Photo:  SolstadFarstad ASA

 Solstad Farstad, which claimed to be the world’s largest OSV firm, has sold a relatively new AHTS vessel Far Shogun, since its formation last month following the mega-merger of three leading OSV companies in Norway.  The 2010-built, 23


James Troop Celebrates 150th Anniversary

L-R Robert Pollock, Bob Troop and Derek Bate in Coburg Dock (Photo: James Troop)

Liverpool diesel-engine sales and maintenance specialists James Troop & Co is celebrating its landmark 150th anniversary with a surge in new business and export sales.   The family-run company based in Runcorn is one of Liverpool’s longest-standing maritime and industrial


Two Frenchmen Investigated over 2002 Malaysia Submarines Deal

Two French former defence industry executives have been placed under preliminary investigation as part of a probe into the 2002 sale of submarines to Malaysia, an official in the French judiciary said on Wednesday.   The source said Philippe Japiot and Jean-Paul Perrier


PetroChina Unloads First US SPR Cargo

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PetroChina is this week unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from U.S. strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China, according to shipping data and two industry sources.   The move comes as China, the world's No






 
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