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Cammell Laird Extends Repair Reach West

Following quickly on the heels of an overseas investment deal in Marseilles, Cammell Laird (Holdings) has increased its involvement in the overseas repair and conversion industries by taking a $7.7 million (49%) equity stake in a new holding company along with United States' West Coast shiprepairer Cascade General. This deal has an option for Cammell Laird to take a controlling interest within the next two years. The deal will allow the new company to purchase the repair facility (freehold and docks) at Portland, Oregon, the largest single repair facility on the U.S. West Coast. The facility is currently owned by Portland Port Authority and operated by Cascade General. Cascade General has leased the facility from Portland Port Authority since 1995, when it became the sole shiprepairing company in the port. Since then Frank Foti, Chairman of Cascade General, and future head of the new operation, has been looking to complete the buy-out. Cascade General currently has an annual turnover of some $100 million and wins virtually half of all commercial contracts that are placed with U.S. West Coast shiprepair yards. There are three main markets in which the yard operates — passenger vessels (the many cruise vessels now operating on the Alaskan service), tankers (the many large tankers operating between Alaskan terminals and US refineries) and U.S. Navy and auxiliary market. Last year the yard carried out a complicated conversion project involving a Drillship for Global Marine


Scheldepoort Wins Naval Frigate Contract

(Photo: Damen)

Scheldepoort Repair & Conversion Yard won a Royal Netherlands Navy contract to modernize and upgrade the propeller shaft lines and generator sets of four Air Defenxe and Command Frigates. Part of the Damen Shipyards Group, Scheldepoort is based in Vlissingen in the south of the Netherlands, and specialises in maintenance, modifications, repairs and refits. Peter Sterkenburg, Sales Manager at Scheldepoort, comments: “After an extensive negotiation period


Aker Yards Secures Contracts for Diving Support Vessels

Aker Yards ASA said it won an order from DOF ASA for a diving support vessel (DSV), and a contract from DOFCON ASA and Technip for a second DSV. For DOF, Aker Yards will build a DSV based on Aker Yards' Aker DSV06 design, while the other DSV will be to the Aker OSCV-06L DSV design. Source: Forbes


Korea: New Strategy for ‘Strategic’ Orders

While South Korean shipbuilders continue to enjoy another good year, representatives from three of the world’s largest yards reportedly are angling to focus on securing more ‘strategic’ orders to keep momentum, according to a report in the Korea Times. Korean yards are facing increasing pressure from Chinese shipbuilders, and to maintain its world lead the strategy includes a focus on these strategic orders


Newbold in Entrepreneur Finals

Mark Newbold, who qualified for the finals after winning the western region’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the products category, established Strategic Marine in 2001 with the goal of launching a global shipbuilding company. His company now employs around 1,800 staff at its shipyards in , , and , and has signed more than 120 orders worth over US$230 million in the past year alone.  “It is personally gratifying to win this award,” said Mr Newbold.


Vittoria Shipyard Enters International Tug Market

Photo courtesy of Vittoria Shipyard

Vittoria Shipyard, which is one of Italy’s main constructors of military and commercial boats, has laid down the challenge to the international tug market with orders from the Russian and Algerian governments for a total value of 15 million Euros.   In the case of Russia, which is known around the world for the severity of its regulations and high quality and security standards, Vittoria Shipyard will build one of the boats that will be used in the operations scheduled for the


Masa-Yards May Cooperate With Gdynia

Masa-Yards, a unit that Kvaerner has put up for sale, could cooperate in building vessels with the Polish Gdynia shipyard, a group official said. Gdynia shipyard had planned to bid for Masa-Yards, but a consortium formed by Kvaerner won the support of the Finnish government to keep the group's two yards in Helsinki and Turku in Finnish hands. Kvaerner officials said that through cooperation and lower labor costs in Poland, Masa-Yards could gain a competitive edge on other Western shipbuilders


Aker Yards Signs Contract with Birka

Aker Yards Lifecycle Services and Birka Line have signed a contract for the refurbishment of the spa area on board the Birka Paradise. The contract is worth approximately $2.7m. The refurbishment is scheduled for completion in January 2008. The scope of work onboard the cruise ship Birka Paradise includes the extension and refurbishment of the spa area (treatment rooms, saunas, showers and other spa facilities). This is the fourth spa refurbishment contract won by Aker Yards in the last


Malta Drydocks Loses $7M Conversion Contract

Hebridean Island Cruises has pulled out of a $7 million conversion contract with Malta Drydocks and awarded it to a British yard instead, the Malta company said on Tuesday. Scotland-based Hebridean had already issued a letter of intent in favour of Malta Drydocks for the conversion of a modern ship into an old style classic cruise liner, the Malta firm said. Malta Drydocks did not reveal the name of the U.K. yard or the name of the cruise liner


STX Offshore in Deep Financial Crisis

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 The South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is apparently close to a bankruptcy if not yard soon find new vendors who are willing to pump huge sums into the yard. Otherwise, there is the prospect of a collapse in the first half of the 2016th.   STX Shipbuilding CEO Lee Byung-Mo recently sent a message to its employees, saying, “If we operate our company the way it is without special countermeasures


Daewoo Shipbuilding unlocks $2.6 bln Bailout

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Carabay)

Bondholders at final meetings agree to debt-to-equity swap; shipbuilder needs about $400 mln in operating funds by April-end.   South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd has won near unanimous agreement from bondholders to swap their debt for equity


WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

The WIN WIN Concept. (Image: DNV GL)

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase


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


196 Ships Broken Worldwide in Q1

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 196 ships were sold in total the first quarter of 2017, meaning that 65%, ended up on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, said South Asia quarterly update of NGO Shipbreaking Platform.   128 ships were sold for scrap to the South Asian beaches in the first quarter of 2017


Japanese Orderbook: Down But Showing Staying Power

Graph: Clarksons Research.

 The Japanese orderbook has shown its endurance in the current muted shipbuilding market and recently surpassed its South Korean counterpart in size for the first time since 1999, says a report by Clarksons Research.   While the orderbook is shrinking for all of the ‘big 3’


First LNG-fueled Aframax Tankers Ordered

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reports $240 million order for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled aframax tankers   Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) said it recently won a $240 million order to build four 114


SM Group Mulls More Takeovers

Photo: SM Line Corp

 South Korea’s Samra Midas Group (SM Group) said that it is looking to acquire some overseas shippers, among other businesses in an effort to expand its foothold in the maritime sector, Yonhap News Agency cited one of the company’s officials.  


CFE Extends 2-Cargo LNG Tender Close by One Day

Mexico's state-run power utility CFE has extended the close of a buy tender seeking two liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in April by one day to Wednesday, trade sources said. The deliveries are due to arrive at Mexico's Altamira terminal on the Atlantic coast


Daewoo Shipbuilding to Get Fresh $2.6 Bln Bailout

File photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd

South Korean state banks are preparing a fresh $2.6 billion bailout for floundering Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd, which has built up huge losses from offshore projects and risks missing debt repayments.   Daewoo


USS Independence on Time & on Course

USS Independence tow position (Photo: EMR Group)

The decommissioned aircraft carrier, USS Independence has just passed by Costa Rica on its final mission, from Bremerton and onward to Brownsville, Texas. This is the first leg of a long 16,000 mile journey that will take the 60,000-ton super carrier around the tip of South America


DSDu Completes Refurbishment of Floating Dock

Photo courtesy of DSDu

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) has completed major refurbishment works to the yard’s floating dry dock.   The dock, capable of taking vessels up to 180 meters in length and lifting 14,000 tonnes, is owned by the Port of Dunkerque (Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque – GPMD) and


Damen Acquires Keppel Verolme Shipyard

Damen Shipyards Group said it has entered into an agreement with Keppel Offshore & Marine to acquire the Keppel Verolme shipyard in the Rotterdam Botlek area, in a move that further increases its activities within the regional ship repair and conversion market.


DSME's Bailout Plan Cleared by Pension Fund

Photo: DSME

 South Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) agreed to a restructuring of bonds issued by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).    Reuters reported that this move is expected to help the world’s largest shipbuilder tide over a financial crisis


Daewoo Shipbuilding Bondholders Okay Bailout Plan

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Carabay)

Debt-to-equity swap plan is condition of $2.6 bln bailout.   South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd on Monday won near unanimous approval for a debt-to-equity swap plan in the first three of five bondholder meetings


Plunge in Newbuild Orders for China

Photo: Fujian Southeast Shipyard

 The newbuilding orders for China’s shipbuilding yards plunged by  25.4% during the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to data provided by the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (Cansi).  






 
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