Philippines Shipyard Sale Open to All
All offers from potential buyers of a strategically located but debt-laden Philippine shipyard will be welcome, the trade minister said on Thursday, ruling out barring Chinese firms over national security fears.Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government would not, and could not, block interested buyers of distressed shipbuilder Hanjin Philippines, which defaulted on $1.3 billion in loans, of which $900 million is owed to South Korean banks and the rest to five Philippine lenders.Hanjin, a unit of South Korea's Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd, until recently employed 20,000 workers at its yard in Subic Bay, which until 1992 was home to a U.S.
HMM Intros Scrubber Installation Fund
South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a win-win fund for scrubber installation in preparation for IMO 2020 and to seek cooperation in the shipping-related industries.The total investment amount will be KRW 153.3 billion (USD 135.8 million) which consists of HMM’s investment of KRW 46 billion and the rest of the amount of KRW 107.3 billion (including Korea Ocean Business Corporation’s…
HMM CEO to Step Down
Chang Keun Yoo, president and CEO of South Korea container line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has decided to resign from his position next month.Chang-Keun Yoo has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd since April 02, 2013 and serves as its Chairman of the Board. Yoo served as an Executive Vice President of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd., and Head of HMM Europe Ltd.According to a report in WSJ, he has offered to resign after months of being under pressure from its top creditor to quit over failures in its turnaround.
Philippine Lenders Saves South Korea's Hanjin
The troubled South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co said that it has reached an agreement with Philippine banks on debt-rescheduling for its Philippine affiliate HHIC-Phil, Southeast Asia’s largest shipyard by area size.Philippine creditors agreed to acquire shares of Hanjin Heavy, HHIC-Phil Inc., which operates the yard in Subic Bay, in return for solving surely obligations. This means the scheme includes a debt-for-equity swap with Philippine lenders, it added.Hanjin said the deal would be submitted to a Philippine court by the end of this month.
LGP-Fuelled ME-LGIP to Power Chinese VLGC
Further shipowners turning to LGP in advance of 2020 emissions deadlineJiangnan Shipyard, owned by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has ordered an LPG-burning MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP engine in connection with the building of an 86,000-m3 VLGC (Very Large Gas Carrier) for Tianjin Southwest Maritime (TSM), the Chinese shipping company. Vessel delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2021 and includes an option for a second vessel.Bjarne Foldager – Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions – said: “With 2020 and the new IMO emissions fast approaching…
eMARINE Global Wins Warship ECDIS Contract with Hanjin Heavy
The provider of information and communications technology for the maritime industry eMARINE Global announced its second contract with Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) to deliver its Warship Electronic Chart Display & Information System (WECDIS) for four new Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy patrol ships.The maritime ICT provider in South Korea said in a press release that in 2018, it successfully delivered on the first phase of this project, installing its innovative WECDIS technology on the first four patrol ships.
Shipbuilding: Fitch Warns Over Hanjin Shipyard's Debt
The exposure of five Philippine banks to financially distressed Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Philippines (HHIC-Phil), which recently declared bankruptcy after it defaulted on over $400 million in loans, could put pressure on their credit ratings.Their exposure to what may well be the largest corporate default in Philippine banking history may put pressure on the credit ratings of local lenders, Fitch Ratings said.According to reports, Hanjin owes $412 million to Philippine banks. Another $900 million is owed to Korean banks.
Chinese Eye Philippines Hanjin Shipyard
Two Chinese shipbuilding companies have expressed intent to invest in the largest Philippine shipyard, debt-riddled Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines, the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) said.Drowning in debt, the Philippine business of the Hanjin Group of South Korea, has asked the government for help in search of an investor who would take over the business and save the troubled shipbuilder.Philippines Rodrigo Duterte administration has stepped in to help save the troubled investor in Subic.According to local media reports…
South Korea's SK Group to Sell SK Shipping
South Korea's large family-owned business conglomerate SK Group is planning to get out of shipping by offloading shipping subsidiary SK Shipping Co., on account of the debt burden amid an industry slowdown.According to a report in the Pulse, SK Holdings Co., the holding entity of SK Group, is reportedly seeking to sell a majority of its stake in SK Shipping to local private equity firm Hahn & Co. for an estimated 1.5 trillion won ($1.3 billion).Hahn & Company is said to be reviewing…
Bio-Sea BWTS Installed in CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupéry.
France's BIO-UV Group has successfully installed and commissioned its Bio-Sea ballast water treatment system (BWTS) in CMA CGM's new flagship, the 400 m long, 20,600 TEU CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupéry.The vessel, one of the largest containerships to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries' yard in the Philippines, and the largest to fly the French flag, was christened in Le Havre earlier this month by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, and the Minister in charge of Transport…
Wärtsilä Wins First ‘LPG as Fuel’ Order for New Gas Carriers
Wärtsilä will provide an integrated cargo handling and fuel gas system for two new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers for Belgium-based owner Exmar. The 80,000m³ very large gas carriers are being built at HHIC-Philippines (Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines) in Subic Bay, and will be the first vessels capable of running on LPG, according to Wärtsilä, who secured the order in July 2018.Wärtsilä, which offers ‘LPG as fuel’ as a fully integrated part of the cargo handling system…
CMA CGM Inaugurates Antoine de Saint Exupery
French shipping group CMA CGM inaugurated its new flagship vessel 20,600 TEU-containership CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery in Le Havre, France.Two French ministers, Bruno Lemaire (Economy) and Elisabeth Borne (Transport) were present for the event.Delivered last January 26 by Philippine shipyard Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines of Subic Bay, the vessel is one of the largest container ships in the world. At 400-meters long by 59-meter wide, the vessel has the capacity to carry 20…
Container Equipment Prices Put Pressure on Ship Leasing: Drewry
Container equipment rental rates and cash investment returns remain weak, despite last year’s recovery. But an earlier rise in container prices which lifted values to their highest level in five years will continue to put a dampener on returns, according to Drewry’s latest Container Census & Leasing annual review and forecast report, published this month. Long-term lease rates for standard dry equipment leapt by over 50% in 2017, having begun their recovery the year before as the Hanjin bankruptcy left large quantities of equipment impounded and therefore out of the market.
Hyundai Merchant Marine Cargo Processing at Busan Port Hits Record
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that its cargo processing at Busan Port for January to July 2018, has hit a new record.Processed cargo during the first seven months of this year reached 1,157,980 TEU, an increase of 14.3 percent year-over-year.For the volume of exports and imports has recorded 608,872 TEU, a soaring 14.1 percent year-over-year.Also, the transit cargo volume increased from 473,341 TEU to 541,926 TEU, up 14.5% year-over-year.HMM attributed the performance to its service & volume reliability…
Government Okays USD 1.2 bln for Korea Ocean Business Corporation
The government of South Korea decided to invest 1.35 trillion won (USD 1.2 billion) in Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC). The compnay was created in order to help its shipping industry stand on its feet, especially after the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping.Yonhap reported quoting the finance ministry that Cabinet approved a plan to contribute 12.7-percent stakes in each of the country's four port authorities to the KOBC.Earlier this month, the corporation was officially launched in Busan…
Container Shipping Bankruptcy Lends Insight on Potential Fallout from Trade War
Global trade tensions have captured headlines in recent months, as the imposition of a series of tariffs and counter-tariffs by various global trade counterparts has raised questions about the possibility of a trade war. Such development could potentially have an impact on global trade flows, and, consequently, the companies which facilitate international movement of goods.Though the situation is still developing and the final impact is uncertain, Gregory Draco, the Chief U.S. Economist at Oxford, predicted in July that the tariffs would create an 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent drag on U.S. GDP.
ABB Ability Lands Deal for Nine Heavy Lift Vessels
ABB Ability Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS marine software will map the safest and most efficient routes for a fleet of heavy lift vessels servicing the expansion of a giant oil field in Kazakhstan.ABB has secured a series of contracts for nine heavy lift vessels transporting modules for the Tengiz oil field expansion by Tengizchevroil (TCO). OCTOPUS will enhance the safety and efficiency of the heavy-lift vessels carrying out the transportation work by indicating the optimal route based on weather and forecasted vessel motions.TCO has contracted China’s biggest shipping company…
EXMAR’s New VLGCs to Run on LPG
Two very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuildings being constructed for Belgian owner EXMAR will be equipped with main engines that will use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel. Both vessels will be constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction at its Subic Bay shipyard in the Philippines for delivery within the third quarter of 2020. The MAN Diesel & Turbo engines will use part of the onboard LPG cargo for the vessels’ propulsion. EXMAR has contracted the vessels to serve long-term commitments with Statoil ASA of Norway for worldwide LPG transportation.
Sinokor, Heung-A Integrate Shipping Operations
South Korean shipowners Heung-A Shipping and Sinokor Merchant Marine have confirmed that they are in talks to merge their container businesses, reports Pulse News. According to various media reports, the South Korean liner companies have decided to merge their container shipping services by the end of the year before joining forces with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM). HMM had already agreed to become a strategic partner to Sinokor and Heung-A by creating an HMM+K2 consortium. The two companies would sign the deal on April 3…
First LPG-powered Dual-fuel VLGCs Ordered
Shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries announced it will construct two 80,000 m3 very large gas carriers (VLGC) at its Philippines facilities for Belgian integrated gas shipping company EXMAR. Upon construction, the carriers will be chartered by Statoil. The newbuildings will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) was chosen as a fuel option so the vessels will comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur-emission legislation due to enter force in 2020.
HHI to Build First LPG-Powered Dual-Fuel Engine VLGC
Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it will construct two Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) in their Philippines Facilities for EXMAR, the Belgian integrated gas shipping company. The 80,000 m3 newbuildings will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that the VLGCs have chosen LPG as a fuel option so they can comply with the new IMO sulphur-emission legislation due to enter force in 2020. Engine delivery to the yard has been scheduled for December 2019. Upon construction, the carriers will be chartered by Statoil.
Latest Innovations in Heavy Duty Machinery
In the first of a series of marine industry sector reviews, MR&EN correspondent Tom Mulligan reports on the latest innovations in heavy lifting machinery technology with a selective overview of new product launches and recent equipment installations on board ships, ferries and workboats, as well as in ports, docks, harbors and shipping terminals worldwide. Markey Machinery’s Render/Recover and Asymmetric Render/Recover ‘active heave’ compensating winches have been recognized as…
South Korea Eximbank Pledges Huge Loans to Shipping
As part of the government's large-scale rescue plan for shipping sector, the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) sets a figure for loans and guarantees to the country's shipping sector. According to Yonhap, Korea Eximbank will funnel more than 800 billion won ($749.3 million) in shipping finance as a part of the state-sponsored program to revive the shipping industry following the collapse of Korea’s flag sea carrier Hanjin Shipping. The five-year plan for rehabilitating the maritime sector involves the building of more than 200 ships…