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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Korea News

Samsung Heavy Industries Replaces CEO

South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries named Joonou Nam as its new chief executive officer on Monday after Park Dae-young resigned to take responsibility for the firm’s losses.   The shipbuilder’s shares plunged last week as it forecast a fourth straight year of operating losses and announced a rights issue.   Nam previously oversaw Samsung Heavy’s shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.     (Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Joyce Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Cheniere Boosts LNG Tanker Fleet Amid Asian Demand Boom

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U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Cheniere Energy has expanded its shipping fleet with a flurry of spot vessel charters to keep up with Asian winter demand growth as spot prices hit three-year highs, market sources said. Cheniere's Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana pumped out 22 cargoes last month and more are expected as it ramps up its fourth production unit, or train, with more than half of all November volumes sold to China, Japan or South Korea, according to ship-tracking data.

Austal, JR Kyushu Jet Ferry Developing New Vessel Concept

Render of the proposed 80 meter trimaran high speed passenger ferry concept for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry, announced in Japan (Image: Austal)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Austal Australia and JR Kyushu Jet Ferry will see the two firms develop a new high speed trimaran passenger ferry concept for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry’s South Korea to Japan service, one of Japan’s busiest international routes. The companies will design and build the 80 meter trimaran based on Austal’s trimaran hull form, with the interior to be developed by leading Japanese designer, Eiji Mitooka of Don Design. The parties will now move toward a contract for the design…

PanOcean Signs USD 1.8bln Deal with Brazil's Vale, Orders Six VLOCs

Photo: Pan Ocean

South Korean shipper Pan Ocean has won a 1.98 trillion won ($1.82 billion) contract to transport iron ore over a period of 27 years for Brazilian mining giant Vale, Reuters reported. The South Korea company said in a regulatory filing that it is set to carry iron ore from Brazil to China from January 2020 to August 2047. According to Straits TImes, the contract commences from the first quarter of 2020. "The main objective of the company for entering into this COA is to secure a stabilised source of revenue and profit," said Pan Ocean.

Hyundai Merchant Tops World with 82.9% Operation Reliability

Graph: HMM. Source: SeaIntel

South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) tops highest on-time global performance in October, second time after its first rank in August the company announced. Danish shipping consultancy SeaIntel’s Global Liner Performance Report - calculated for US Europe, Trans Atlantic, India and South America services - showed that HMM once again ranked 1st reliable carrier in October among the 18 global container carriers. HMM’s reliability in October has scored 82.9 percent - improved 6 percent points higher than last month. This was 8.1 percent points higher than the global average of 74.8 percent.

Corvus Energy Names Bjørkeli CEO

Geir Bjørkeli (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy has appointed Geir Bjørkeli as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bjørkeli was previously Director of Norway for the Dutch company Huisman, and established the company’s Norwegian presence for offshore construction equipment solutions. Bjørkeli will remain based in Bergen, Norway. Prior to joining Huisman, Bjørkeli was a design engineer with the ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein. He held several positions with Rolls-Royce, including VP Sales for North East Asia and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine Japan…

Ocean Yield Invests in 3 NAT Suezmaxes Newbuilds

Photo: Nordic American Tankers

Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire three suezmax crude tankers with 10-year bareboat charters to Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT). The net purchase price is USD 43.2 million per vessel after seller's credit. The net purchase price constitutes 77.5% of the gross purchase price, which is equal to the yard contract price. The vessels are scheduled for delivery by the yard, Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea, in June, August and October 2018. NAT will have options to acquire the vessels after year 5 and 7 in addition to an obligation to repurchase the vessels at the end of year 10.

Agreement Between GTT and DSEC

Photo: Gaztransport & Technigaz

The leading global stakeholder in the shipping of liquefied natural gas (LNG) GTT and Korean DSEC, a renowned naval engineering company, have signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of GTT membrane containment systems. This deal strengthens both GTT and DSEC’s commercial offer. It addresses the requirement of clients wishing to fit membrane type LNG fuel tanks to all types of vessels (cruise vessels, container ships, bulk carriers or roll-on / roll-off ferries, etc.).

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Looks for New Investor as Sanctions Bite

Arctech Helsinki shipyard (Photo: Eric Haun)

Russian state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is looking for a new owner for its Arctech Helsinki shipyard as sanctions against the holding company hamper business, the head of the shipyard said on Tuesday. The shipyard is the world’s biggest builder of vessels that can navigate ice-covered waters, and it has expected more orders as melting sea ice opens the Arctic to more shipping, mining and oil drilling. However, following the Ukraine crisis and back-to-back East-West sanctions, Russian ownership has complicated the shipyard’s access to finance.

ReCAAP, India Coast Guard Conduct Workshop

Group photo of the Capacity Building Workshop Co-organized by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and India Coast Guard in New Delhi, India. Photo: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and the Indian Coast Guard have commenced the 2017 Capacity Building Workshop in New Delhi, India. Themed “Striding Over Domestic Challenges,” this year’s workshop draws ReCAAP Focal Points from maritime enforcement and government agencies across Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States.

Rickmers-Linie Appoints Korea Maritime

Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie. KG, the German based global breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo specialist, has appointed Korea Maritime Co.,Ltd., Seoul as its new agent in South Korea effective September 18. Rickmers-Linie and Seabridge Korea Ltd., Seoul, have agreed to terminate the existing agency agreement effective 17 September 2006. As of 18 September, all Rickmers-Linie’s activities in South Korea will be handled by Korea Maritime Co., with the first vessel being the MV Rickmers New Orleans, scheduled to arrive in Masan on September 21.

South Korea Mulls Maritime Study with North Korea

Picture: South Korea’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry

South Korea would propose a joint research with North Korea to develop marine resources and ocean tourism, reports Korea Herald. South Korea’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry pointed out the need of an excavation of North Korea’s marine resources, and development of ecotourism content and infrastructure to attract Asian tourists. The plan is to work together on eco-friendly marine tourism measures with North Korea, and designate uninhabited islands as “Islands of Peace” where they can develop resources together.

South Korea Wants 3 More Aegis Warships

The South Korea Navy has requested three more Aegis destroyers to strengthen the country’s defense against North Korea and to cover territorial disputes in the region according to a military official cited by 'The Korea Times'. Under a Navy buildup project started in 2004 to bolster defense against North Korea, South Korea began to build Aegis destroyers and currently has three 7,600-ton warships ― the King Sejong the Great, the Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong and the Yulgok Yi I. The South Korea Navy has sought to increase its fleet to cope with rising regional tension in the wake of North Korea’s third nuclear test conducted earlier this year and ongoing territorial disputes between China and Japan. Source: 'The Korea Times'.

North Korea Fires Missiles in Show of Force

Missiles flew far enough to reach any part of S.Korea. North Korea fired three ballistic missiles on Tuesday which flew between 500 and 600 km (300-360 miles) into the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military said, the latest in a series of provocative moves by the isolated country. The U.S. military said it detected launches of what it believed were two Scud missiles and one Rodong, a home-grown missile based on Soviet-era Scud technology. North Korea has fired both types numerous times in recent years, an indication that unlike recent launches that were seen as efforts by the North to improve its missile capability, Tuesday's were meant as a show of force.

South Korea Jails Former Hanjin Shipping Chairwoman

File Photo: Hanjin Shipping

The former chairwoman Choi Eun-young (55) of the now-defunct Hanjin Shipping was jailed 18 months for insider trading, reports Yonhap. According to the report the Seoul Central District Court found Choi  guilty of selling off her family-stake in the shipping company days before it declared a court-led debt restructuring plan. She was also fined with USD 1.09 million. The court said, although her charges are grave enough to deserve a heavy punishment, it considered that the stake…

South Korean Shipyards: Silver Lining for the Biggies

Photo:  Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Though South Korea’s big three shipbuilders -Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries - showing signs of fiscal recovery this year,  orders at midsized shipbuilding companies remain sparse. Korea Herald reported citing  Korea Export-Import Bank of Korea that the order receipts of medium-sized shipyards in Korea were estimated to be around $110 million in the first quarter. Despite an improvement compared to last year’s first quarter…

Rickmers Establishes Korea Subsidiary

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist for breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo, is expanding its network of own subsidiaries in Asia and will establish a new subsidiary, Rickmers (Korea) Inc, in Seoul effective November 1, 2007. “With its export oriented industry and as a significant location for shipping and related industries, Korea is one of our key markets in the Far East. Thus it was a logical decision to establish our own office in Seoul. The new subsidiary will primarily take over the role of Rickmers-Linie’s agent in Korea and moreover will be the representative office for Rickmers Group in Korea,” explained Gerhard Janssen, General Manager Marketing & Sales at Rickmers-Linie.

China's Q1 Trade with N.Korea up Despite Sanctions

China's trade with North Korea rose in the first quarter in spite of tough new international sanctions this year targeting Pyongyang's banned nuclear program, including curbs on coal imports. Imports from the isolated country, consisting mainly of coal and clothes, rose 10.8 percent from a year earlier, customs spokesman Huang Songping said on Wednesday. China's exports to North Korea in the first quarter rose 14.7 percent from a year earlier in yuan terms, Huang told a news conference. China is North Korea's only major ally and most important trade partner. Exports consisted of electromechanical products, labor-intensive and agricultural products.

AVEVA Expands in Korea

AVEVA opened a new office in Seoul, Korea, that incorporates a dedicated product training center, following an increased demand for AVEVA solutions. The office will also host sales, marketing, product support, and administration functions for AVEVA customers in Korea. “This new office, in particular the product training centre, enables AVEVA to offer a better service to our customers”, said EunJoo Park, Senior Executive Vice President of Korea and Japan division, AVEVA. “We can vastly increase the number of participants at this new training centre, as well as host more meetings. AVEVA has had offices in Korea for over ten years. In this time we have seen an increased demand for trained users in AVEVA products and solutions across the Plant and Marine industries.

Korea to Create $1.2bln Shipping Fund

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

The South Korean government will create a US$1.2 billion ship investment fund to aid the shipping industry which has been struggling due to decreasing global trade. A report by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said the fund will help shippers buy and sell vessels with less financial risk. The fund, aims to "aid the shipping industry which has been struggling due to decreasing global trade". Fund will "help shippers buy and sell vessels with less financial risk as the Korea Trade Insurance Corp. and the Korea Maritime Guarantee Insurance Co.

Seoul's Effort to Calm Shipping Sector Storm

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korea will pump $9.5bn (11 trillion won) into state-run policy lenders reeling from huge losses on loans made to the beleaguered shipbuilding and shipping sectors to help them deal with further corporate distress, says FT. South Korea's fund will support two state-run banks most exposed to shipping and shipbuilding firms currently being restructured. The China slowdown is partly to blame. The two state-run banks to be capitalised are Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM).

Hyundai Engineering Falls on Concerns of Sale Delay

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., fell the most in almost five months in Seoul on concern Korea Development Bank may delay selling its stock in the company, holding up expansion plans, according to Bloomberg.com. Hyundai Engineering declined 7.5 percent to close at 89,500 in Seoul. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., also part-owned by state-owned Korea Development Bank, fell 5.2 percent to 44,550 won, the biggest drop in more than a month. The delay may stem efforts by Hyundai Engineering and Daewoo Shipbuilding to win orders from the global surge in demand for power plants, refineries and ships. Korea Development Bank and other South Korean creditors had planned to start selling their stakes in the two companies last year.

Korea Line Signs USD 1.15 bln LNG Shipping Deal from KOGAS

Pic: Korea Line Corporation

Korea Line Corporation (KLC) has secured a KRW 1.27 trillion (USD 1.1 billion) contract to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) for its compatriot Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS). Yonhap reported that under the deal with Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS), Korea Line will transport LNG through May 30, 2037, the company said in a regulatory filing. Other details of the contract were not revealed. In 2013, Korea Line was taken over by SM Group, a midsized shipping group. Korea Line currently operates some 30 vessels…

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