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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ship Repair Yard News

Grand Bahama Shipyard Continues Relationship with PC Maritime Services

(Photo:GBS)

Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) informs its exclusive agency agreement in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg will continue, as PC Maritime Services’ new owner, Hilka Willms, takes the helm.    Upon the retirement of Hans Stoop, his successor Willms will maintain the continuity of GBS representation in BeNeLux.   Willms’ experience on both sides of the ship repair business started with a decade-long career at a ship repair yard in the Netherlands, followed by ship repair yard representation experience.  

Tallink Cruise Ship Receives Maintenance at BLRT Yard

Victoria I

The maintenance of passenger ferry Victoria I at Finland’s largest ship repair yard, a part of BLRT Grupp, has been finished. Scheduled maintenance of Victoria I was carried out within six days at Turku Repair Yard’s dry dock. “The success of such projects, when quality maintenance has to be executed within shortest possible time, is ensured by smooth cooperation of BLRT Grupp and ship owner teams and partners. We are proud that our experience gives Tallink Grupp the confidence to place repair works with us,” said Vesa Marttinen, the Managing Director of Turku Repair Yard.

Damen Acquires Swedish Repair Yard

Swedish ship repair and maintenance yard Oskarshamnsvarvet in Oskarshamn.

Damen Shipyards acquires Swedish shiprepair yard Oskarshamnsvarvet. On May 16th, 2012 Dutch shipbuilding and -repair company Damen Shipyards Group has taken over the shares of Swedish ship repair and maintenance yard Oskarshamnsvarvet in Oskarshamn. The acquisition was prepared in close cooperation with the owners and includes the full continuation of the repair yard, both as to current operations and personnel. Oskarshamnsvarvet is a ship repair yard on the south-east coast of Sweden.

Orissa Govt to Examine Shipbuilding Proposal

Orissa, which plans to set up at least a dozen of ports along its 450 km long coastline, has received a proposal for shipbuilding and repair yards. Sources said Bharati Shipyard Ltd. and Apeejay Surendra Group, had jointly proposed to develop a state-of-the-art shipbuilding and ship repair yards at Dhamara in Bhadrak district. Official sources said the government was serious about the proposal because this could result in as many as 41,000 new jobs. [Source: The Economic Times]

Gulf Region Turning into Hub for Ship Repair Services

The Gulf region is fast turning into a major hub for ship repair services and conversion projects, with Dubai Drydocks in the UAE and the Arab Ship Repair Yard (ASRY) in have been experiencing a significant increase in business volumes, AME reported. There are several reasons for the growing interest of ship owners and management companies in GCC-based ship repair yards, the most important being the cost factor. It is but obvious that ship owners will always seek the best deal possible when negotiating repair operations. Labor and steel parts are the most important components of any basic repair operation, and therefore hold the key to competitive pricing.

KR Shipping Supports Duqm Port, Dry Dock Ops

 According to a report from Oman Daily Observer, shipping and maritime services provider Khimji Ramdas (KR) Shipping has set up a joint venture company to support the operations of the ship repair yard currently under commissioning at Duqm. The JV has been awarded a long-term contract to provide tugboat services to the state-owned Oman Dry-dock Company (ODC), which owns and manages the Duqm ship repair facility.   (Source: Oman Daily Observer)  

Oman Dry-dock Growth Prospects Good

Oman Dry-Dock Co eyes $20 million annual revenue by year 2020 Oman Dry-Dock Co (ODC), which owns and manages the Sultanate's newly operational ship repair yard at Duqm, has said it is eyeing annual revenues of around $200 million by the year 2020, Oman Daily Observer has reported. Over the past 12 months, the yard had successfully dry-docked, repaired and maintained a total of 76 ships across all classification types and sizes. The yard's two huge graving docks can accommodate the world's largest vessels of up to 600,000 dwt, and as many as 10 ships of different sizes can be repaired at once at the two docks.  

Brazil's EDPI Ship Repair Yard Project gets Funding Approval

EDPI Ship Repair Yard Project Receives Priority from FMM Photo  Empresa de Docagens Pedra do Ingá

At the 33rd ordinary meeting on Thursday, 1 December, the Board of Directors of the Merchant Marine Fund (CDFMM), at the Ministry of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation in Brasilia (DF), approved to finance basis 2.15 billion reais for the construction of a new ship repair facility in Brazil as part of a 9.15 billion reais program for new and existing projects. Company (BBDC). The yard will be located in the municipality of Lucena, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraíba. Banco da Amazônia. depending on a number of project parameters.

Report: Va. Shipbuilders Unhappy with New Port Security Rules

A federal plan to screen port workers could drive up the cost of building and repairing Navy ships while doing nothing to improve security, industry officials say. Under the new system, longshoremen, truckers and other transportation workers who need access to secure port areas will undergo FBI background checks and submit fingerprints that will be embedded on biometric cards. But the federal law mandating the system--officially known as the Transportation Worker Identification Credential--also extends to some shipyards, including Navy shipbuilder Northrop Grumman Newport News, the region's largest private employer with 19,000 workers. Ship repair yard officials are confused about the law: some say their companies fall under the law, others say they do not.

ASRY Signs New UK Agent

ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard), a shipyard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a representation agreement with Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd (SRS) to exclusively market ASRY’s products, services and facilities to the U.K. shipping market. The move comes as part of ASRY’s strategic realignment of its agent network that has seen several new agents sign with ASRY recently. Nils Kristian Berge, ASRY Chief Executive said of the new signing, “We are streamlining our agent network to remind our key markets, historically and going forward, of ASRY’s leading position in the Arabian Gulf shipyard scene. Like ASRY, SRS has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1968 as the first independent U.K.

German, Hong Kong Firms To Build Bahamas Shipyard

Lloyd Werft shipyard and Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. will reportedly join the Grand Bahama Port Authority to build a $70 million ship repair yard in the Bahamas.

Drydocks World Participates in Sea Asia

Drydocks World, the global maritime arm of Dubai World, announced their participation in Sea Asia 2009, scheduled to take place in Singapore from the 21st to the 23rd of April 2009. Sea Asia 2009 will bring together top maritime professionals, which include Shipping CEOs and executives of over 350 international companies from 45 nations, showcasing the industry’s latest technology, products and services. Welch will be a guest speaker for the Shipbuilding and Ship Conversion session at the exhibition on the 22nd of April.

UltraStrip, Lisnave and Tecor Sign Agreement

UltraStrip Systems, Inc., the developer of a robotic ship-hull cleaning equipment, agreed to a five year agreement with Tecor-Tecnologia Anticorrosao, S. A. to be the exclusive ultra high pressure water jetting contractor at the ship repair yard of Lisnave, Estaleiros Navais, S.A. in Portugal. Lisnave, established in 1937, is one of the largest and busiest heavy marine ship repair yards in the world. The agreement reflects the shipping industry’s growing concern for protecting the world’s oceans and waterways through technology that concurrently maximizes cost efficiencies. UltraStrip President and CEO, Stephen R. Johnson, said, “Tecor and Lisnave’s choice of UltraStrip’s high production…

Wärtsilä Delivers to Russian Shipyard

The Multipurpose Salvage Vessel (MPSV) being built by Russia's Nevsky shipbuilding and ship repair yard will be equipped with an integrated total electro-propulsion package from Wärtsilä. (Photo courtesy Wärtsilä Corporation)

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply an integrated total electro-propulsion package for a Russian state-owned ship. The package is to be installed in a Multipurpose Salvage Vessel (MPSV) being built by Russia's Nevsky shipbuilding and ship repair yard in Shlisselburg, close to St Petersburg. Wärtsilä's ability to supply integrated total propulsion was an important consideration for the shipyard when selecting the company as a partner for this project. Other important considerations for the shipyard were Wärtsilä's ability to meet the unique technical requirements of the vessel…

Topaz Marine Appoints New Managing Director

Geoff Taylor

Topaz Marine Engineering, a regional marine repair service provider and boat builder, announced the appointment of Geoff Taylor as its new Managing Director. Geoff joins the company following a period as an independent marine consultant. Prior to this he enjoyed a career spanning twenty seven years with Dubai Drydocks and Drydocks World. After holding a number of managerial positions he became Technical Director of Dubai Drydocks in 1999, CEO in 2004 and Group CEO in 2007. He was instrumental in developing Dubai Drydocks from a single site ship repair yard into world class repair…

TDDCL Seeks Input for New Repair Yard

Image: TDDCL

The Trinidad Dry Dock Company Limited (TDDCL) has invited companies to submit proposals to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment and Geotechnical Investigation for a new ship repair yard development project at Port of Spain. TDDCL has executed a Memorandum of Agreement with Invest Trinidad and Tobago (InvesTT), which is empowered by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate the future development and operation of the Port of Spain Dry Docks on the reclaimed 140-acre Sullivan Island.

Damen Shipyards Group acquires Shipdock

As of this week, Damen Shipyards Group is the new owner of Dutch ship repair yard Shipdock. Shipdock, a well-known shipyard group with roots dating back to 1877, operates facilities in Amsterdam and Harlingen. The yard will continue its ship repair and conversion services, with Shipdock Harlingen servicing ships up to 120 m and Shipdock Amsterdam servicing vessels up to 250 m. Furthermore, its personnel and management will remain in place, guaranteeing a seamless transition of the yard into the Damen Shipyards Group…

Metalock in A&P Shipcare - Chatham

A&P Group has signed an agreement between A&P Shipcare - Chatham and Metalock Engineering (U.K.) Ltd. proposing an inter company co-operation venture. The foundation of this venture is based on a close working relationship between Metalock and A&P Shipcare which goes back many years. Metalock already regularly carry out works at all A&P locations and are an ISO 9002 accredited company, as are the A&P facilities. The Metalock process is an internationally recognised brand name which is synonymous with marine and industrial repair, the world over. Metalock are not only familiar with ship repair yards, but also the technical departments of the world ship owning community and all the various classification societies.

News: ISPS Code for Ship Repair Facilities?

Lloyd Werft's Werner Lüken may not be too sure as to whether ship repair yards constitute "port facilities" under the ISPS Code but others do not share his doubts. Speaking at the Shiprepair Conference and Exhibition in London last month, he said he really didn't think that repair yards should be included under the Code's requirements and that newbuilding yards certainly shouldn't be. However, he admitted to being in ongoing discussions with the German authorities on the point and, as perhaps the world's most prominent cruiseship yard, there is a lot at stake. The arguments are complex and will keep lawyers busy for months. However, as Peter Rowat of the London Shipping Consultancy pointed out, whether or not repair facilities are covered by the Code's requirements is not really the issue.

Reliance Group to Invest in Dredging Market

News sources including The Economic Times of India say the Reliance Group is set to enter the shipbuilding and dredging markets with two separate companies. Sources said the petroleum giant is expected to invest around $1b each in two companies and has begun talks with international majors for a strategic tie-up for the dredging business. The $2b investment is over and above the $1.3binvestment that the Group is making at Rewas Port, off Navi Mumbai. The shipyard will be built at Rewas, where Reliance is setting up a mega-port and a special economic zone (SEZ). The company is also looking at a ship repair yard at Kakinada for servicing offshore/platform vessels and rigs. The group will repotedly spend around $1b to build dredgers at its own shipyard and other yards.

Sealink Unfazed by Escalating Costs

Sealink International is not concerned with the current turbulent economy and escalating material costs, the Staronline.com reported.  Company officials said the group’s performance would not be affected as it was able to mitigate the high material costs with its build and sell strategy.  Sealink’s foreign revenue is mostly contributed by its shipbuilding business, while chartering activities bring in the bulk of the local revenue.  For this financial year ending Dec 31 (FY08) and FY09, the company was expecting 65:35 revenue distribution for the shipbuilding and chartering segments respectively.  On its expansion plans, Sealink has allocated capital expenditure of RM50mil to enlarge its fabrication yard and RM10mil to RM20mil to build a ship-repair yard.

Damen Shipyards Acquire Swedish Ship Repair Yard

Dutch shipbuilding and repair company Damen Shipyards Group has taken over the shares of Swedish shiprepair and maintenance yard Oskarshamnsvarvetin Oskarshamn. The acquisition was prepared in close cooperation with the owners and includes the full continuation of the repair yard, both as to current operations and personnel. Oskarshamnsvarvet is a shiprepair yard on the south-east coast of Sweden. It is specialized in the maintenance and repair of vessels up to 80 m and has built, repaired and maintained a substantial part of the Swedish coastal fleet since 1863. Apart from a floating dock, the company operates a slipway covered by a portal crane of 100 tons.

Greek Ferry Owners Look West to Gibdock

Nissos Chios (Photo: Gibdock)

Greek ferry owners are stressing the importance of high quality, reliable ship repair partners in the Western Med in the first half of 2016, according to ship repair yard Gibdock  who says it has received two first time ship visits emphasizing the Gibraltar yard’s ability to meet contrasting ship renewal needs. The Hellas Seaways ro-pax vessel Nissos Chios and the Portucalence Shipping Company ferry Express Santorini were both in the Gibdock yard for the first time recently, the former undergoing a broad spectrum of scheduled repairs and the latter in for emergency structural renewal.

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