LCS Manchester Completes Acceptance Trials
The seventh Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal, Manchester (LCS 14), has completed acceptance trials December 15 in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the final significant milestone prior to the warship’s delivery in early 2018. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Austal-led industry team while underway, which demonstrated to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. LCS 14 will be the second Independence-variant LCS Austal delivers to the Navy in less than six months.
Korea Dethrones China in Newbuild Orders
According to a March 30 report from The Cholsun Ilbo, Korea regained its top spot in the global shipbuilding industry, beating out China in terms of new orders in the January to February period. London-based market researcher Clarkson said in its latest report that Korea received new orders for 34 ships totaling 700,000 compensated gross tons (CGT), while China secured orders for 19 ships totaling 400,000 CGT in the first two months of the year. (Source: The Cholsun Ilbo)
The Seaside Sea Shipping Receives New Tanker
The Seaside Sea Shipping Company has received the Prisco Alcor tanker deadweight of 116,000 tons. The tanker was floated out at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI, South Korea) on July 11. With the addition of Prisco Alcor, the total deadweight of the Seaside sea shipping company fleet has made 1.2m tons. Source: AKM
China Shipbuilding Shows Signs of Recovery
According to an August 18 report from China Knowledge, China's shipbuilding enterprises received new shipbuilding orders totaling 4.1 million dead weight tons in July, accounting for nearly 70% of the world's total, according to statistics released by the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry. (Source: China Knowledge)
Refurbished Scheduled for Three Oceania Cruise Ships
Oceania Cruises announced that Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, its trio of R-Class ships, will undergo a transformation starting early next year in what the company said is the largest refurbishment program in its history. The ships will receive a $50 million upgrade in a six-week timeframe that includes the refurbishment of suites, staterooms and select public rooms, some in the colors and décor-style found on the line's newest ships - Marina and Riviera. The ships' top accommodations…
MBC To Receive New Tanker
Malaysian Bulk Carriers Bhd (MBC) expects the first of its four new medium-range tankers to be delivered next month, with the balance to be delivered in 2007. With the delivery of the four new mid-range tankers, the company's fleet size would increase to 21 vessels, Bernama reported. The cost of the tanker is about $30m-$31m per ship. (Source: Bernama)
Russia Receives New Stealth Gunboat
Fresh from St. Petersburg's Almaz shipyard, the Astrakhan will be the first in the navy warship to have stealth capabilities and can be armed with various artillery systems previously used only on destroyers. Attending the ceremony, Navy Commander Vladimir Masorin said, "Our country is still capable of building combat ships without outside assistance and there is no doubt it will be in the future," according to a report on www.today.az. Masorin said the Astrakhan would operate in the Caspian Flotilla. (Source: www.today.az)
Garware Offshore Receives New PSV
Garware Offshore Services Ltd announced that it has taken delivery of a newbuild PSV, Kamet, which was built by Havyard Leirvik in Norway. The vessel, which is a UT 755L with clean notation, DP1 and FiFi1 left Norway recently and is due in India by the third week of June 2007. The vessel will be deployed with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd on a five year contract. (Source: www.oilpubs.com)
Cruise West to Refurbish Spirit of Yorktown
Cruise West will refurbish and upgrade the 138-guest Spirit of Yorktown in fall 2007. Four Balcony category cabins will be created that will include private teak-floored balconies with enough room for a café table and chairs for two. Numerous additional upgrades will be completed throughout the ship, including redecoration and renovation of public corridors, lobby areas, and the panoramic Observation Lounge, the ship’s Living Room. Updates will be completed in November and December, just in time for the first Sea of Cortés Holiday cruise departing December 22, 2007. The combined cost of all renovations is approximately $2m. The four Balcony cabins located on the sun deck will undergo a remodel that includes a new layout and the addition of queen beds…
Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track
Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. The reefers have been fit with Carrier PrimeLine Machinery which is the most current technology available for refrigerated equipment. In addition, the entire Sea Star Line reefer…
AMSC Continues Sales Growth in Wind Energy Market
American Superconductor Corporation has received new orders for its D-VAR voltage regulation systems for wind farms in Northern Ireland and Texas. With these additional orders, AMSC now has an installed base and orders for D-VAR and PowerModule solutions to serve more than 2,900 megawatts (MW) of wind power worldwide - nearly triple the amount served by AMSC 12 months ago. According the British Wind Energy Association, the installed base of wind generated electricity in the United Kingdom rose 48 percent in 2006 to 1,963 MW. Stankiewicz noted that the new Texas wind farm installation for which the company received a D-VAR order was determined by the local transmission grid owner to require dynamic reactive support to maintain voltage stability when the wind farm is connected to the grid.
Hyundai Heavy's October Orders Fall
According to a report from Asia Pulse Data Source, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., said that its orders sank 57 percent in October from a year earlier on falling demand for new ships, reflecting a declining shipbuilding cycle. The orders received last month fell to $325m from $758m a year earlier, the shipyard said in a regulatory filing. The company said it did not receive new orders for ships this month. Contracts for marine engines plunged 99 percent to $2m last month and those for construction equipment fell 35 percent to $169m, it said. Orders for offshore platforms more than doubled to $15m, according to Hyundai Heavy. In the first 10 months of the year, Hyundai Heavy's orders gained 20 percent to $26.1b. (Source: Asia Pulse Data Source)
Offshore Systems Awarded New Geomatics Contracts
Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its nautical charting and land-mapping division, OSI Geomatics, has received new orders worth more than CDN$1,500,000. The group of orders span the end of the company's third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter. "Our data production division continues to make excellent progress," said John Jacobson, OSI's President and CEO, "and we're pleased with its growing contribution to OSI's overall business. Our navigation systems business has a number of major quotes outstanding for ECPINS products to both commercial and military customers. The Geomatics contracts are for electronic nautical charting and digital land-mapping services for a combination of government, military, and private customers.
OSI Continues to Receive New Orders For First Quarter
Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that it continures to receive new orders in its fiscal first quarter which ends February 28, 2001. Since announcing a major new order in December, Offshore has received $1.1 million in additional new orders bringing the total new business booked to date in the fiscal first quarter to $1.7 million. The new orders are from three of Offshore Systems’ key customers – the Royal Danish Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy, and are for products to be delivered later in 2002. The orders are for Offshore’s proprietary ECPINS®-M (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System-Military) systems, and for electronic charts and chart services.
Kongsberg ERS and CHS Receive Approvals
out in DNV Class A - Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. Regulation I/12. realism in accordance with recognised training and assessment objectives. certified to this level. standards that were introduced in October 2007.
Russian Navy to Receive New Ships, Subs
In 2006, the Russian navy will continue its renewal program for submarine and surface forces. The navy rearmament program stipulates construction of the new missiles strategic submarine, which could become the basis for the future Russian submarine fleet. Also under construction are a multipurpose submarine and a diesel submarine. In 2007, the navy will receive a new ballistic missile, Bulava, as well as the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine. The surface forces will receive a new corvette, a frigate and several destroyers.
Crowley Receives New 40-ft. Reefers
Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group has begun to take delivery of 929 new 40-ft. refrigerated (reefer) high-cube containers, 1,453 new 45-ft. containers, 1,453 chassis and 347 generator sets. The equipment, all of which is arriving in Jacksonville, FL, during the next four months, is being deployed in the company's Latin America, Caribbean and Puerto Rico liner services as soon as it is received to meet increased customer demand. The new containers will complement an order received in 2006 for 5,942 new 45-ft. (102-in. wide) dry containers, 40- and 45-ft. chassis, 40-ft. high cube refrigerated containers and gensets. Like the containers delivered in 2006, the new boxes were built to Crowley's high security specifications.
Offshore Systems Continues to Receive New Orders
Offshore Systems International Ltd., a marine electronic navigation company with a strong defense niche, announced that it has received $850,000 in new orders from the U. S. Coast Guard. These new orders are for Offshore's proprietary ECPINS(R)-M (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System-Military) systems, and for electronic charts and chart services. "Offshore Systems continues to expand its strong business relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard," said John Jacobson, President and CEO of the company. "The Coast Guard has been a key customer for the last eight years, and its demanding requirements have driven our product…
SatPoint Receives Funding and New Owners
SatPoint a provider of maritime broadband and GSM services, has received new funding through a directed issue to the Swedish investment companies Itum Invest AB and Ponderus Invest AB. The two companies are together holding the majority of shares in SatPoint. Itum Invest will be represented on the Board of Directors by Michael Olsson and Kenth Eriksson. Mr Olsson and Mr Eriksson are leading industrialists and executives with backgrounds in white goods multinational Electrolux and as founders of Tradimus, an industrial logistics and support service provider, which they successfully led to a turnover of 400 m euro. Ponderus Invest will be represented by Peter Edwall. Edwall is a prominent Swedish fund manager with 25 years of close relations to the Nordic shipping industry.
AMHS Ferry's Return Delayed Further
The FVF Fairweather, which was earlier expected to return to service in June, will be delayed until at least July 1, Alaska Marine Highway officials said Monday. The Fairweather went to Ketchikan for a scheduled overhaul in January when workers found damage to its four diesel engines. Later investigation also found damage to two reduction gears, which was expected to delay the return of the Fairweather to revenue service some time after June 1. More recently, further investigation has identified more damage to components on all four-reduction gears. The engine and reduction gear manufacturers have been working with the shipbuilder, Derecktor Shipyards to determine the reason for the mechanical difficulties.
Keppel Secures New Contracts
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has secured contracts worth over $20.7 million through its overseas subsidiaries for the upgrade and repair of three semisubmersibles (semis). One of these contracts, secured in the Netherlands, is for the inspection and repair of a semi accommodation rig, COSLRIVAL (ex-Port Reval), from China Oilfield Services Limited. K&O plans to upgrade COSLRIVAL’s electrical switchboards and piping systems and overhaul its marine equipment and deck crane reinforcement.
Shanghai’s 2005 shipbuilding capacities surpass 4.3M DWT
The four major shipbuilding bases in Shanghai manufactured 71 ships in 2005 with a total value of about $2.1 billion, up 15.4% year-on-year, China Knowledge reported. The shipbuilding capacities of the four major bases exceeded 4.3 million dead weight tonnages (DWT) in 2005, an increase of more than 1.2 million DWT over 2004. The four bases are Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd, Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. Ltd., Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, and Shanghai Shipyard & Chenxi Shipyard Co. Ltd. In 2005, the four bases obtained RMB $4.6 billion worth of contracts and received new orders of 68 ships, or 6.9 million DWT.
Korean Register Approved for Danish Survey and Certification
The Korean Register of Shipping (KR) and the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) signed an agreement on December 20, 2013 enabling the Korean classification society to survey and certify Danish ships. This brings the total number of countries where KR is authorized to carry out ship survey and certification work to 66. KR, in accordance with this agreement, is now able to carry out relevant surveys, audits and issue certificates to Danish and Greenland ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ILL, ISM, ISPS, and MLC.