V.Group Acquires Graig Ship Management
Marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group said it has acquired Graig Ship Management Ltd, part of Graig Shipping PLC, which has developed a reputation for new build supervision and ship management of dry bulk vessels. This reputation, which has its roots as part of Graig Shipping PLC’s 100 year history and is supported by a global maritime workforce, has grown steadily over the past 25 years. Graig Ship Management will continue to operate independently within the V.Group portfolio.
Graig Group moves into Singapore
Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management has established a new company in Singapore. Graig Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd will provide ship management, crewing and other services across Asia. Geoff Hutcheon has been appointed General Manager. "Singapore is one of the world's leading maritime hubs and the ideal place for the Graig Group to expand its Asian footprint," said Hutcheon. Geoff Hutcheon has extensive experience as an engineer at sea and as a project manager, surveyor and newbuilding supervisor ashore.
Graig Ship Management Appoints CEO
Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management appointed Ian Morgan as CEO. Ian takes over from current CEO John Arkell, who is retiring shortly following almost five years as the driving force behind GSM's growth. position of technical superintendent. In July 2006 Ian was appointed fleet technical manager and in July this year rose to the position of general manager and director of GSM. "We are confident Ian will rise to the challenge of his new key role with the Group, and his strong technical background will be especially beneficial as we continue to innovate our range of newbuilding vessels," said Hugh Williams, CEO of the Graig Group. Graig has successfully supervised the building of over 100 ships of different types at yards in Asia.
Graig Takes Delivery of Bulk Carrier
Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management Limited has taken delivery of the 79,600 dwt bulk-carrier King Peace, for which it is providing full technical management and crewing on behalf of Shanghai-based Zhong An Shipping. The vessel was built at China’s Wu Jia Zui Shipyard under the supervision of Graig China Ltd. Managing ships for Chinese owners is a logical step for Graig, which began business in China in 1995, building ships there for itself, then building up expertise in newbuilding supervision and Chinese yard capabilities to help other Western owners to get the best out of China.
Graig Ship Management Appoints Callender
Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management has appointed Matt Callender as Operations Director. He joined GSM as General Manager in March and is responsible for the day to day running of GSM's fleet. Callender has thirty-five years experience in shipping, beginning as a sea-going engineer, rising to Chief Engineer, then building a career in management, including a period as Joint Managing Director of Reederei NORD Klaus Oldendorff and General Manager - Technical for OSG Ship Management.
Graig Opens Chinese Facility
Graig Shipping Plc has opened a new facility in Shanghai, China, to provide a centre of excellence for ship design, newbuilding supervision, shiprepair and classification. "Chinese ship yards have enormous potential," says Hugh Williams, CEO of Graig. "This facility will help owners to get the very best from China. Under one roof we now have Graig Ship Management, which provides the highest quality newbuilding supervision services, Graig Carl Bro Ship Design, which will shortly be launching new designs for Chinese yards, and Graig Harris Pye, which offers competitive repair and vessel upgrading. We are also proud to share the complex with DNV, which is the leading classification society in the Chinese market."
Graig Takes Delivery of First of Handysize Pair
Cardiff-based Graig Group has taken delivery of the 35,000 dwt handysize bulk carrier Graig Cardiff, the first of two Seahorse 35 class vessels building for Graig and partners at Jiangdong Shipyard, Wu Hu, China. The Graig Cardiff is entered into the Lauritzen Bulkers pool and is currently on her maiden voyage from Shanghai to Argentina. Her sister vessel, the Graig Rotterdam, is due for delivery later this year. Both vessels have been constructed under the supervision of Graig China Limited and will be managed by Graig's ship management divisions in Cardiff and Shanghai.
Graig Wins Suezmax Supervision Contract
Graig secures ten-vessel supervision contract for Global Union suezmax newbuildings. Graig China Ltd (GCL), part of the Cardiff-based Graig Group, has been contracted by Hong Kong-based Global Union Shipping Limited to supervise the construction of ten 157,000 dwt suezmax crude oil tankers building at Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Co Ltd in China. The last vessel in the ten-ship order is due for delivery in January 2014. GCL is supervising – or has already delivered - forty other newbuildings at the Rongsheng shipyard. The total number of ships in GCL’s newbuilding programme is now nearing 150. Global Union says that one of the…
Graig Wins Major Chinese Newbuilding Contract
Shanghai-based Graig China, part of the UK’s Graig group, has won a ten-ship order to supervise newbuildings for Chinese leasing company Minsheng Financial Leasing Co Ltd. The supervision contract brings to twenty-three the number of Chinese-owned vessels building in Chinese shipyards under the supervision of Graig. The new contract is to supervise the construction of ten 76,000 dwt bulk carriers to be built at Jiangsu Rong Sheng Heavy Industries Co Ltd, with delivery of the final vessel scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.
Cooney Joins Graig Group Board
The Graig Group has appointed Peter Cooney as a non-executive director. managing director and ceo of Graig. on our board. experience in the shipping industry. a very forward thinking company. independent oversight to Graig," says Cooney.
Graig expands into Germany
Cardiff and Shanghai-based Graig Group is expanding into Germany. Graig has established a ship management company in Hamburg, and has sold and chartered back seven ships in a $24m KG deal backed by Hamburg-based KG broker Ownership Emissionhaus Gmbh. Graig Shipmanagement (Germany) Gmbh will manage seven modern Confidence-class multi-purpose vessels, part of the nineteen-ship series which Graig built in China between 1997 and 2003. The first two vessels, CEC Confidence and CEC Cardigan, have already been offered to German investors, and the rest will follow during April. "This move into Germany gives us access to a powerful and flexible source of equity finance…
Chinese Ship Repair Potential Unlocked
Two leading European shipyard supervision and specialist ship repair groups have joined forces to provide a specialist ship repair service in China. Cardiff-based Graig Shipping Plc and Barry-based Harris Pye Marine Ltd. have launched Graig Harris Pye (China) Ltd, which will meet all ship repair and conversion needs of shipowners from its modern Shanghai office. of Graig. "Very competitive steelwork prices, and a flexible, skilled workforce are attractive to owners. specialist pipework and steelwork projects, boilers and economisers, and can provide supervision and skilled technicians for all aspects of marine repair in China. John Coffin has been appointed general manager of Graig Harris Pye. team of shipyard supervisors based in Shanghai. China.
Latest Global Shipbuilding Contracts
Amongst newbuilding orders in the past week U-Ming Marine Transport of Taiwan continue their Capesize ordering with a firm order for four more 186,000 dwt dry bulk carriers, according to the latest Clarkson Hellas Weekly S+P Report. Dry Bulk: U‐Ming Marine Transport of Taiwan (Far Eastern Group) have continued their Capesize ordering at SWS by declaring four further options to their original order of four firm 186,000 DWT Capes in February this year. Although pricing was undeclared, Clarkson Hellas understand delivery of the options is split between 2015 and 2016. Having been signed earlier this year, it has come to light this week that Cara Shipping (Rizhao Steel) has placed an order for two firm 82,000 DWT Kamsarmax at Jinling, with the vessels due for delivery in 2014 and 2015.
First Diamond 53 Launched in Vietnam
The first of a series of 16 Diamond 53 double hull bulk carriers has been launched at Vietnam's Ha Long shipyard. The largest ship ever built in Vietnam, the 53,000dwt Florence is the 10th Diamond 53 to be successfully launched, and 9 of the well-proven modern design are already giving excellent results in service. During the launching it is understood a block tripped and punctured the shell plating over a length of about 1.2m, leading to some water ingress. Water has now been removed and the vessel has been moored safely at the fitting out berth where construction work is continuing. There was no structural damage to the vessel and at no time was the vessel at risk.
Cargo Ship Bound for U.K. Launched
A 53,000-tonne cargo ship built by Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin), was launched in the northern port city of Haiphong, on April 20. The ship, 190m long and 32.26m wide, is one of a series of fifteen due to be handed over to the Graig Investment Group, a UK-based international ship owner and shipping services provider. It was the second boat of its kind built by Vinashin’s affiliate, Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Company and is also the largest being built in Vietnam under a contract worth nearly US $1 billion between Vinashin and the Graig Group. (source: VNA)
Graig Supervises Building of Wind Power Installation Vessel
Graig Shipping has provided a full support package for the supervision of the building of the first of a series of unique high technology Wind Turbine Installation Vessels. The 130 metre long vessels bring together proven technologies to provide a system which will support a new offshore industry, harnessing wind power for electricity generation. Working with Graig's advice and support, UK-based engineering firm Mayflower Energy Ltd has ordered one ship and has an option for a second vessel from China's Shanhaiguan yard. "Chinese shipyards are now first choice for new vessel types," says Hugh Williams, CEO of Graig. "Not only are they competitive on pricing, but they are flexible and willing to adapt to new technology and new designs.
Graig Extends Cooperation With Vinashin
Graig Group is to build on its recent fifteen-ship order in Vietnam by developing series production of a full range of modern-design bulk carriers at Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) yards. The series will range from handysize up to capesize. Speaking after announcement of the Strategic Alliance formed with Vinashin on Friday February 27, Graig CEO Hugh Williams said, "We see significant potential here in Vietnam, and we will be working together with our Vinashin partners to meet the growing demand for modern bulk carriers. The success of our Diamond 53 handymax project in China and in Vietnam proves that owners want well-thought-out and strong vessels at good prices. We will shortly be announcing new sizes of the Diamond range for Graig and its partners.
Graig Group Secures Orders For Bulk Carriers
double-hull ultra handymax Diamond 53 bulk carrier. confirmed, through Graig, three orders at Shanghai's Chengxi yard. deliveries will begin in January 2005. granted by the two shipyards. says Hugh Williams, ceo of Graig. for bulkers, we expect many more to follow their lead. discussions with charterers. company based in Shanghai. Bulk Carrier with full Nauticus package including a full 3-D model. Seascope has been appointed as exclusive broker for the Diamond series. concerns raised by IMO/IACS around bulk carrier safety. and four 36 tonne electro-hydraulic luffing cranes. Diamond 53 design can be found on the www.graigcarlbro.com website. panamax vessel, the Diamond 75. capesize Diamond.
Unique Bulk Carrier Launched
design with an eight-ship order in Vietnam. Vinahsin's Pha Rung shipyard. Delivery dates begin in mid 2007. hull handymax design. of these vessels ordered to date. available to handysize operators. 34 based on the same concepts. indicate that power requirements for service speeds are lower than expected. discharging time, and major savings of time in cargo hold cleaning. protection, with all bunker tanks coffered from the ships sides. surfaces in the holds. openings and no lower hopper side tanks in holds 2, 3 and 4. hold to be flooded, and all ballast can be sequentially exchanged at sea. The vessel is fitted with four cranes up to 36 tonne capacity each. hull structure, even when the vessel is loaded. fore decks - improves the safe operation of the vessel.
Graig builds Diamond alliance in Vietnam
state shipbuilder Vietnam Ship Industry Corporation (Vinashin). Graig's long standing experience with building high quality ships in China. Graig. with procurement, with finance and with all important quality control. Vietnam can provide them with high quality tonnage. significantly enhancing safety and environmental protection. Delivery date for the first Vinashin vessels is January 2006. Namtrieu Shipbuilding Industry Company in Haiphong. largest and most sophisticated vessels yet built in Vietnam. another substantial shipbuilding centre," says Williams. with the full support of the Vietnamese government. discussion. discussions with charterers. company based in Shanghai. Bulk Carrier with full Nauticus package including a full 3-D model. is scheduled for delivery this year.
Four-ship Boost for Diamond 53
ultra-handymax bulk carrier design, by signing a letter of intent to build four vessels, with four options, at CSIC yards in China. first of a series of Diamond 53 type vessels is scheduled for 2004. "Double hull bulk carriers are the way forward," says Hugh Williams, CEO of Graig. owners and charterers major operational cost savings, while significantly enhancing safety and environmental protection. conducting. The Diamond 53 ultra-handymax double-hull bulk carrier design has been developed jointly by Graig and Denmarks' Carl Bro, with whom Graig has a joint venture design company based in Shanghai. operational experience both from owners and class. including a full 3-D model. The first series of ships are intended to be built at Bohai and other nominated CSIC Shipyards in northern China.
Four-Ship Boost for Diamond 53 Double Hull
A Consortium led by the U.K.-based Graig Group and its China-based subsidiary have given a major boost to the Diamond 53, a new, future-proof double-hull ultra-handymax bulk carrier design, by signing a letter of intent to build four vessels, with four options, at CSIC yards in China. Delivery of the first of a series of Diamond 53 type vessels is scheduled for 2004. "Double hull bulk carriers are the way forward," says Hugh Williams, ceo of Graig. owners and charterers major operational cost savings, while significantly enhancing safety and environmental protection. conducting. The Diamond 53 ultra-handymax double-hull bulk carrier design has been developed jointly by Graig and Denmarks' Carl Bro, with whom Graig has a joint venture design company based in Shanghai.
Vessel Trends:New Era of the Double-Hull Bulker
As an endorsement of a commercially circumspect approach to double-hull bulk carrier design and construction, UK-based Graig Group has generated a tranche of orders for its cost-competitive Diamond ultra-handymax type. Although a letter of intent signed with China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (CSIC) during the SMM Exhibition in Hamburg last September had put four newbuilds and four options in the frame, recently confirmed transactions open the way to a 16-ship program. New Century Shipbuilding has been entrusted with four examples of the robust 53,000-dwt Diamond class, and Chengxi Shipyard has been awarded three vessels, and a total of nine options have been taken out at the two yards.