Logwin Experiencing Increased Demand
Ship Parts Logistics – Logwin experiences increasing demand. Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) – More and more ships only order spare parts when they need them since this saves procurement and storage costs. Logwin, the international logistics services provider, is also seeing this trend with the demand for its Ship Parts Logistics special service growing by 28 % in the last three years. Shipowners are benefiting from cooperation with a logistics specialist because they can save costs as a result of improved transport conditions.
Global Shipbuilding to Turn Around in 2017: Castrol
Despite a marginal deterioration in the growth outlook for the global shipbuilding industry, annualized five-year growth rates for the sector are still forecast to reach a healthy 3 to 5%, before picking up substantially after 2017, says Castrol Marine Trade Barometer. The Barometer predicts that growth will be driven largely by the Asia-Pacific region, but also Latin America and the Middle East. All European nations but the Netherlands face a downward trend until 2017. Mandhir Singh, COO at Castrol, says, “The main growth in shipbuilding will come from AsiaPacific countries to 2019.
USG to Sell 2 GTL Ships for $42m
North American building products company United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) announced that it has entered into agreements to sell two gypsum carrying ships. The two ships, part of USG’s non-core shipping business, Gypsum Transportation Limited (GTL), will be sold for $42 million. The sales are expected to close in April 2015. The announcement was made as part of USG’s 2015 Q1 report.
U.S. Labor Seeks Ban on Some Foreign Ship Parts
The Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO has sued the U.S. Coast Guard over allowing domestic shipyards to use preassembled foreign ship parts and engines, Ron Ault, president of the MTD, said on Tuesday. Preassembled ship parts require little or no assembly at U.S. shipyards, and cut the need for U.S. labor at these yards, he told Reuters in an interview. MTD, a trade department of the American federation of labor unions, coordinates negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metal-working and related crafts and trade unions. Angela McArdle, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman, said it was the Coast Guard's policy not to comment on pending litigation. MTD's suit, filed late last week in the U.S.
CSSC to Build Engine Manufacturing Base
China State Shipbuilding Co Ltd (CSSC) has inked a framework agreement with local government to invest to build a shipping parts and accessories production base in , according to China Knowledge. The new production base will be located in Panyu, , which is expected to be the largest marine diesel engine manufacturing base on Mainland . CSSC is now running a marine diesel engine production base in jointly with 's Mitsui Shipbuilding Ltd, with an annual manufacturing capacity of three million horsepower. Source: Knowledge
ClassNK's Structural Rules for Bulkers & Tankers
The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the establishment of its “Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tanker” (Rules for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships Part CSR-B&T) on 27 February 2015. These new technical rules were developed in response to adoption of the “Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Tankers” by IACS. The requirements in Part CSR-B&T apply to both bulk carriers 90 meters or longer and oil tankers 150 meters or longer whose contracts for construction are dated on or after 1 July 2015.
Ellicott Dredges Adds Parts Distributor in Mexico
Ellicott Dredges, LLC appointed MAKISUR S.A. de C.V. as its distributor for dredge parts in Mexico. Makisur will distribute parts and provide technical and onsite support for all of Mexico’s existing and new Ellicott dredge owners. Makisur will maintain a stock of critical spare parts for the 370 Dragon and 670 Dragon model dredges and does have capacity for growth as demand increases. Ellicott has 15 years of collaboration with Makisur having placed dozens of Ellicott Dredges into the Mexican market and now has the ability to locally supply stock parts in Mexico. The Ellicott/Makisur Parts Depot is located in Tabasco, Mexico, and has the capability to ship parts to all of Mexico. makisur.com
ESL Shipping Launches Viikki
Viikki, the new eco-friendly dry cargo vessel of ESL Shipping, part of Aspo Plc, was successfully launched today at the Jinling shipyard in Nanjing, China. “The longstanding work in this project becomes concrete today when we see the vessel floating for the first time. There is still a lot of work ahead before her delivery, but I’m confident that we will get a superb vessel tailored to our needs”, comments Captain Jussi Vaahtikari. Viikki is the first LNG-powered handyzise bulk carrier in the world and is a forerunner in energy efficiency and eco-friendliness.
Three Part Contract Keeps Snorkels Running for Norshipco
"We've owned aerial work platforms before," says Stan Blankenship, superintendent at Norshipco in Norfolk, Va., "but it just didn't pay off for us. When we had breakdowns, we had to divert personnel to repair the equipment rather than working on ships, parts were sometimes hard to get and operational training was an issue that we weren't dealing with properly. "So we decided to find a company that could get us the machines we needed, provide the service required to keep them running reliably and give our workers training to operate the equipment properly and safely. "What we needed was a comprehensive package that would get us booms and could be counted on to do it reliably and safely.
Wartsila Chosen to Supply "Bangkok-Max" Container Ships
Wärtsilä will supply the main engines for the first series of eight "Bangkok-max" container ships being built at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. The ships, ordered in June, will serve as feeder vessels in Asian waters. The scope of supply includes eight Wärtsilä RT-flex60C main engines, which will be built by a Wärtsilä licensee, Hudong Heavy Machinery (HHM), based in Shanghai. The engines are compact - an ideal size for the narrow engine room on the ships - and were designed for fuel-efficiency. Four of the ships are being built for Buss Shipping, part of Buss Group from Hamburg, which is known for its port operations in Northern Europe and for its Container Financing by Buss Capital.
Chinese Maritime Industrial Output Dips in 2013
The first half of 2013 has seen a drop in Chinese maritime industrial production. According to figures released by the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI), the total industrial output of the 80 main ship enterprises in China (whose operations include shipbuilding, ship repairs and production of ship parts) amounted to $27.8 billion, down 16.6% year on year. In the first half of the year the total industrial output of the shipbuilding companies of the 80 main ship enterprises in China amounted to $14.3 billion, down 31.2% year on year. The overall operating revenue and gross profit of the 80 ship enterprises was reported to total $19.5 billion and $580 billion, down 18.5% and 53.6% respectively, both year on year.
Farstad Announces Sale of AHTS
International Offshore Services ANS, a wholly owned company of Farstad Shipping ASA, has reached an agreement to sell the AHTS Lady Margaret. Buyer of the vessel is Vigeo Ltd, Farstad Shipping's joint venture partner in Nigeria. The vessel is of design ME505 (BHP 8850) built in Australia in 1993. Delivery to the new owner will take place at the turn of August/September. Vigeo will also take over Farstad Shipping's part in the joint venture being the company in charge of the operations in Nigeria. Due to the prevailing safety situation in Nigeria Farstad Shipping has decided to withdraw from that market. The price for the vessel is $14.5m. This will give a booked profit of approx.
Naming & Delivery of Stena Polaris
Concordia Maritime took delivery of the product tanker Stena Polaris from Brodosplit Shipyard in Croatia and at the same time a naming ceremony was held. The vessel has been signed to a three-year charter with ST Shipping, part of Glencore, for the transport of refined petroleum products. The Stena Polaris is the eighth unit in the P-MAX series and the first of two P-MAX tankers with the highest ice class, 1A. Her sisters, the Stena Penguin with delivery planned for Q4, 2010, and the Stena Premium, with delivery planned for Q1, 2011, have also been contracted for three years by ST Shipping. The vessel’s godmother was Mrs. Helle Andersen, wife of Jan Andersen, Head of Shipping at ST Shipping.
Japanese Builders to Develop New Materials
A group of Japanese firms, including Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., have signed a deal with the Defense Agency to develop new materials for building ships, part of a Japan-U.S. agreement to conduct research in this field together, according to a report on www.tmcnet.com. By switching from the usual steel to new materials, the firms hope to make ships lighter and more durable, the report said. A potential new material, carbon fiber, is 10 times as strong as steel and 80 percent lighter in weight. Another material, stainless steel, is more rust-resistant than steel and does not break as easily. Their use is expected to make ships stronger because vessels in major accidents often snap in the middle and sink, according to the report. (Source: www.tmcnet.com)
Vietnam Shipbuilding Growing
The Vietnam Shipping Corp. (VINASHIN) grew 46.5 percent last year, reporting a turnover of $ 692 million. This year, VINASHIN has lined up several large projects including construction of and upgrades to 14 shipyards, the most prominent of which are Song Hong, Ha Long, Nhat Le, and Nghi Son in the north and Dung Quat, Cam Ranh, and Da Nang in the central region. The state-owned giant plans promotions, training programs, and market expansion in Egypt, Japan, and several European countries besides forming a partnership with Japan’s Universal Corp. to manufacture ship parts. Source: Thanhnien
L&T in Talks for Shipbuilding Contract
India’s biggest engineering and construction firm, Larsen and Toubro Ltd, is in talks with a Dutch shipowner for a new building contract valued at more than $100 million according to the Wall Street Journal. New orders: Larsen and Toubro’s employees shift a 20-tonne ship part in the company’s shipbuilding yard in Hajira. L&T is negotiating with a Dutch shipowner for a new shipbuilding order. L&T is currently building eight ships valued at about Rs1,150 crore. These comprise six for RollDock and two from BigLift Shipping BV, also of the Netherlands. L&T launched its shipbuilding venture in May 2006 with an order for building four ships valued at Rs440 crore from the Rotterdam-based shipping firm Zadeko Ship Management CV (now known as RollDock BV).
Cruise Firm Switches to Online Purchasing
Royal Caribbean Cruises has implemented electronic purchasing technology to cut the $1bn it spends annually on resources for its ships. The cruise operator completed a switch to vendor Ariba’s software technology last month, and is using a web portal to purchase goods ranging from ship parts to food and drink. The firm also hopes to reduce purchasing costs and administration through a managed service contract with Ariba, which will process past invoices and accounts payable data. ‘We operate nearly 30 cruise ships, which have been built in different countries at different times, and there are hundreds of thousands of parts we need to buy to keep them running,’ said Michael McNamara, director of strategic sourcing planning and automation at Royal Caribbean.
First Non-Military Standard, Underwater Noise
A new voluntary consensus standard for the measurement of underwater noise from ships is now available from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The new standard will be known as ANSI/ASA S12.64-2009/Part 1, “American National Standard, Quantities and Procedures for Description and Measurement of Underwater Sound from Ships- Part 1: General Requirements”. Noise Control Engineering, Inc. of Billerica, Mass. led the effort to develop the new standard having its Vice President Michael Bahtiarian chair the committee. NCE also provided significant administrative resources to completing the effort. “We started this effort to fill a need for NCE clients designing and building quiet research vessels,” noted Chair Bahtiarian.
MarAd: $77mto for National Defense Reserve Fleet Ships
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced contracts totaling $77 million for three U.S. maritime firms to operate 10 National Defense Reserve Fleet ships through July 27, 2015. “This money will help make sure these important Defense Reserve Fleet ships are manned with skilled mariners and are ready when our Nation calls,” said Secretary LaHood. The contracts were awarded to Ocean Duchess Inc. of Houston, Texas for $16,618,430; Keystone Ocean Shipping of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. for $30,212,588; and Interocean American Shipping Corporation of Moorestown, N.J. for $30,533,710. These companies are responsible for maintaining the ships in good mechanical condition and ensuring crews are available for their operation when needed.
European Shipping Week Announces Speakers
Adam Goldstein, President and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of CLIA Europe and Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, and Paolo Tonon, Vice-President and Head of Maersk Technology join the list of key industry shipping personnel and EU regulators at European Shipping Week in Brussels March 2-6 . Goldstein and Tonon will bring experience and knowledge of corporate strategy and information technology to the innovation panel discussion, and Vago will be a participant on the closing roundtable session.
V-Ships, Empros Team Up on Bulk Carrier Management
V.Ships, part of the V.Group, has entered into a partnership with Empros Lines to create a dedicated bulk carrier management cell in Greece. The cell will be staffed by the Empros’ technical team and hosted in the Piraeus office of V.Ships Greece. The partnership builds on the successful container cell established in 2013 with Costamare and further demonstrates V.Group’s commitment to the Greek shipping industry. A steering committee formed of senior executives from both V.Ships and Empros Lines will oversee the cell’s operations.
RINA Tackles Ocean Noise Pollution
International classification society RINA has acted to tackle noise pollution of the seas by developing a voluntary notation which will apply to vessels for which efforts have been made to mitigate underwater noise. Paolo Moretti, Head of the Marine Business Line, RINA Services, said, “Noise is the new pollution. The international community has raised concern that the underwater noise generated by commercial shipping may have negative consequences on marine life, especially marine mammals. IMO has recently published MEPC Circ. 833 “Guidelines For The Reduction Of Underwater Noise From Commercial Shipping To Address Adverse Impacts On Marine Life” which sets out advice on design and operational solutions that may be adopted to reduce underwater radiated noise.
Navy 3D Spares Printing: 'The Future of Logistics'
The U.S. Navy hosted its first 'Maker Faire', a series of workshops titled, "Print the Fleet," to introduce 3D printing and additive manufacturing to Sailors and other stakeholders attending a two-day event held at Combat Direction Systems Activity (CDSA), Dam Neck, a Navy warfare center. The Navy's event took place on the heels of the first White House Maker Faire, held June 18. The White House event showcased the work of entrepreneurs and forward thinkers from around the country, as well as students exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related skills.