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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dim Q3 Forecast for Korean Shipyards

File photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korea's major shipyards are projected to report weaker-than-expected earnings for the third quarter of the year, due to increased costs and the construction of low-priced ships amid decreased new orders. Yonhap News Agency, quoting data compiled by Yonhap Infomax, said that Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is expected to log an operating income of 106 billion won (US$93.6 million) during the July-September period, compared with the previous year's operating earnings of 322 billion won.

Smart Ships: Inmarsat, Samsung Heavy Industries Partner

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President (Photo: Inmarsat)

Satellite communications services provider Inmarsat said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), establishing a relationship to leverage the ‘smart ship’ connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at the vessel construction stage. The agreement envisages the South Korean yard installing Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and offering applications to cover remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, to leverage the satellite communications platform’s capabilities from the moment the ship is delivered.

Hercules of Korean Shipbuilding

Photo courtesy of Samsung Heavy Industries

Samsung Heavy Industries recently achieved a new milestone, successfully carrying a block that weighed as much as 9,283 tons – quivalent to the combined weight of 133,000 adults of average weight, this is the heaviest block ever built in the global shipbuilding industry. Building gigantic structures of the size of apartment buildings or bigger, and putting them together with top-level precision require advanced technology and facility. Super-size cranes to lift them are also a must.

LNG Carriers, Drillship Orders Increase in Korea Yard

Photo credit Wiki CCL 'lngrivers'

Easing of the Eurozone sovereign debt problems, increased issue of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and growing demand for drillships in Latin America and West Africa have combined to give Samsung Heavy Industries the best order growth visibility among the “Big Three” – Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Already, Samsung Heavy Industries has achieved 38 percent of its annual order guidance or $3.8 billion, winning the orders from Inpex’s central processing facilities and two drillships.

$630m Drill Ship is Korea's Most Expensive Ship

The most expensive ship among the orders Korean shipbuilders have won this year is a $630m drill ship. Samsung Heavy Industries won a contract from Sweden in October to build the 97,000-ton drill ship, which is 228 m long and 19 m tall. In terms of price, the ship costs the equivalent of five 300,000-ton crude oil carriers (VLCCs) or two or three LNG ships. The next most expensive orders were also for drill ships, worth $550-590 million in second to fifth, which were won by Samsung Heavy Industries from European countries including Norway. Excluding drill ships, a $284 million LNG ship is the most expensive order, won by Samsung Heavy Industries from Qatar in March.

Orders at Korea's 3 Big Shipyards to Break $30B

Korea's three major shipbuilders are expected to draw in orders worth $30 billion this year, according to a report on http://english.chosun.com. Reports put orders for Hyundai Heavy Industries at $13 billion, Samsung Heavy Industries at $10-11 billion, and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering at $10 billion. Samsung Heavy Industries won the most number of orders as of March with four liquid natural gas tankers, one floating production storage, one offloading vessel, and nine oil tankers.

S. Korean Shipyards Forecast to Win Most LNG Carrier Orders

South Korean shipbuilders are expected to win the bulk of global orders for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers this year thanks to their capabilities to build such ships, industry sources said Wednesday. The country's three shipbuilders -- Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and STX Shipbuilding Co.-- have clinched the world's 12 LNG ship orders placed this year, they said. Samsung Heavy Industries has received orders for six LNG carriers so far this year, followed by Daewoo with five orders and STX with one. About 40 to 60 LNG ships are expected to be ordered worldwide this year by countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Spain and Australia, according to the sources.

South Korea Shipyards Fear Hull Blocks Shortage

Shipyards in South Korea are worried about a shortage of hull blocks as demand from Japan grows and local block manufacturers convert to shipyards, Korea Times reported. Two block suppliers for Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries converted to building ships last year. To cope with declining supplies, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering is now building a block factory in China's northeastern port city of Yantai to begin production early next year. Samsung Heavy Industries has been running a block factory, Samsung Heavy Industries Ningbo, in China since 1997. It is searching for a site to build another in the Chinese northeastern province of Shandong. (Source: Korea Times)

Samsung Heavy Industries to Launch Deal with Japanese Shipbuilder

Photo Credit: SHI It has been reported that South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the Japanese company, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co. The deal is said to be the first of its kind, initiating a strategic collaboration between Japanese and South Korean shipbuilders. The cooperation would entail the construction and repair of cargo vessels and special purpose ships.

Samsung Heavy Industries Wins $771m Contract

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., has received a $771m order to build six container ships from a European company. The vessels will be delivered by July 2010, it said in a filing with the Korea Exchange. The value of the order accounts for 11.2 percent of its recent sales. Source: Yonhap

Framo to Deliver Pump Systems to GasLog

GasLog LNG Tanker (Image: GasLog)

Norway's Framo AS said it has won a contract to deliver pump systems (sea water lift pumps) for a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) for the ship owner GasLog at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard. Delivery of the systems is scheduled for August 2018. Recetnly Framo has signed a contract with Höegh LNG for the delivery of pumping systems to their new FSRU. The contract is for one unit, with option for three more units which are currently being built at Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea.

South Korean VDR Receives DNV Approval

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Echelon jointly announced the certification of SHI's LonWorks Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) by Det Norse Veritas (DNV). DNV approval is the last hurdle for receiving a Wheel Mark certification -- a European maritime equivalent of the CE Mark. DNV is also able to grant CE Mark certification. VDRs are a key entree into the lucrative ship control system market for Samsung Heavy Industries. "The LonWorks platform is a key component in our strategy to move into the European passenger ship market -- the world's largest and most lucrative," said Dr. Seuk-Kyung Sung, vice president & Ph.D., Digital Business Team, Samsung Heavy Industries Co, Ltd. Dr. Seuk-Kyung Sung added, "Additionally, Samsung Heavy Industries has a focus on the Integrated System concept.

SHI Inks Orders for 5 Ships at Posidonia

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) apparently found no troubles in Greece this year, as the company reports inking a deal for five ships at Posidonia 2010, meaning its contracting amount has reach $3.3 billion in 2010, more than double the annual contracting amount of the previous year. SHI won orders for five 158,000 t SUEZMAX-class oil tankers during Posidonia 2010. Samsung Heavy Industries focused on attracting shippers and winning contracts at Posidonia 2010, the ship fair that was held starting on June 5, 2010, and participated in by over 1,700 businesses. CEO Roh In-Sik and the Sales Manager fully supported the Company’s efforts to win more contracts. Their efforts paid off when they secured a contract to build five oil tankers on June 10, 2010, the final day of the fair.

Orders at Korean Shipbuilders to Break $30b

Korea's three major shipbuilders are expected to draw in orders worth $30b this year, Arirang News reported. Industry reports put orders for Hyundai Heavy Industries at $13b, Samsung Heavy Industries at $10-11b, and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering at $10b. Samsung Heavy Industries won the most number of orders as of March with four liquid natural gas tankers, one floating production storage, one offloading vessel, and nine oil tankers. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Hyundai Heavy Industries is also reportedly looking ahead to a stellar year and expected to secure their targets set for 2007 when foreign firms begin placing orders for various projects later on in the year. Source: Arirang News

Samsung, Daewoo Merger on the Way?

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

As the Korea government is pushing for restructuring of the faltering shipbuilding industry, speculation grows over a possible merger between the country’s two major shipbuilders — Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, reports Korea Herald. South Korea's shipbuilding sector has been facing rough weather. The global economic slowdown is severely impacting the country's so-called big three in the industry: Hyundai Heavy Industries, followed by second-ranked Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries.

Creditors Putting Pressure on Samsung Heavy

Photo:  Samsung Heavy Industries

The restructuring issue of Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) will spread to the entire Samsung Group as its main creditor Korea Development Bank(KDB)  and the financial authorities are putting pressure on the group, reports Business Korea. SHI has submitted its self-rescue plan to its main creditor, the state-run KDB, the Korea Herald reports citing a company official as saying on Tuesday. The plan, aimed at restoring the company’s liquidity, reportedly includes up to 1,500 job cuts, selling of KRW 200 billion worth (USD 169 million) of real estate assets and disposing of stakes in Doosan Engine.

ABB Wins Electrical Contract for Drillships, LNG Carriers

ABB's order, worth $80 million from Samsung Heavy Industries, is to supply energy efficient drives, motors and electrical power systems for five drilling vessels and two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be built at Samsung’s shipyard in Korea. The vessels will be used to extract, process and transport oil and gas. Samsung is building five drill ships (three for Seadrill Ltd. in Norway, one for Pacific Drilling S.A in Brazil and one for Ensco Plc in the UK) and two LNG carrier vessels for Golar LNG Ltd in the UK. The vessels will be used for oil and gas exploration and the transportation of liquefied natural gas. ABB will deliver the complete electrical system for the seven vessels…

Seaspan Container Lines Expands

Seaspan Container Lines has placed an order for nine new 4,250 TEU container ships. The new ships will be chartered to the Canadian shipping company, CP Ships. “It is an honor for us to expand our customer base to include CP Ships. Their people, performance, and history are all first class. We are extremely excited about this new relationship,” said Kyle Washington, CEO and chairman of the Washington Marine Group. The new ships will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries, in South Korea. Gerry Wang, director, Sea Span Container Lines said, “this continues our very strong partnership with Samsung. This is the 36th large containership Seaspan has ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries over the past three years.

Samsung Heavy $630M Orders for Tankers, Offshore Platform

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., South Korea's third-largest shipbuilder, said it has won orders worth a combined $630m for five oil tankers and an offshore. Under the deal with a Norwegian customer, Samsung Heavy will deliver the oil tankers by 2013. Another deal with a U.S. customer calls for the shipbuilder to deliver the offshore facility by 2013. With the deals, Samsung Heavy has won deals valued at $6.1b in 2010. For the year, Samsung Heavy aims at winning $8b worth of orders.  

Korean Shipyards Bag $1.5bln Newbuild Order from MSC

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) - two major shipyards in South Korea -  are poised to sign a deal worth $1.5 billion to build container ships for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), according to the Financial Times. The report said that this deal is the latest signal that the South Korea’s troubled shipbuilding industry is showing signs of recovery, after large losses posted by both companies in recent years because of a lack of orders. MSC is working on an order for up to 11 container vessels, the report said. The deals will help local shipyards struggling to win more shipbuilding deals.

Samsung Wins Containership Job

Samsung Heavy Industries Co. reportedly won a $240 million order from Germany's Hamburg Sud to build six 3,400-TEU containerships.

Korean Shipbuilders in Red

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

South Korean shipbuilders are struggling with huge losses stemming from the delivery of low-priced ships and a delay in the construction of offshore facilities such as drill ships. The shipbuilders' earnings are expected to remain in the doldrums until the first half of 2016, although their third-quarter bottom lines may beat estimates after suffering a record loss three months earlier, reports Yonhap. The country's big three shipbuilders - Hyundai Heavy, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering…

Hyundai, Samsung Clash in Drillship Market

According to a report from the Korean Herald, the competition in the market for drillships is heating up with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. threatening Samsung Heavy Industries Co.’s dominance. Hyundai Heavy has turned its eyes to the market in recent years. The company’s first drillship was delivered late last year and Samsung Heavy has lost its place at the top of the drillship market to Hyundai Heavy.   Source: The Korean Herald  

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