Shipbuilding News

17 Sep 2019

Vigor Lays Keel for Next Gen Landing Craft

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Representatives from the U.S. Army and federal and local elected officials joined Vigor for a keel laying ceremony, celebrating the first milestone in the construction of the Army’s next generation landing craft, the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) or MSV(L).The nearly billion dollar contract to build MSV(L) was awarded to Vigor in October, 2017. The new design, developed in partnership with BMT, improves the capabilities of the current LCM-8 and provides the optimal combination of performance…

17 Sep 2019

Evergreen Orders Ten Ships

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Taiwanese shipping line Evergreen has confirmed its plans to build a total of ten 23,000 TEU containerships.According to a stock exchange filing, the new vessels would be built at three shipyards  in South Korea and China.According to the reports from the South China Morning Post, the enormous order will cost Evergreen anywhere between US$1.4 billion and US$1.6 billion. It is estimated that each vessel will cost between $140 million and $160 million.The new vessels could see Evergreen become the sixth biggest carrier line in the world…

17 Sep 2019

ABS, Keppel to Build Smart Rigs

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In an Industry first, the provider of classification services to the offshore industry ABS partnered with Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations.One of the rigs, which was delivered earlier this year for work in offshore Mexico, is already online with its performance being monitored from Singapore.In line with issuing the ABS Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units, Keppel O&M is recognized…

16 Sep 2019

Coastal Passenger Ferry for China

Photo courtesy of Cummins

The Zhoushan Islands are just off shore of east China's Zhejiang province, and lie south of Shanghai on Hangzhou Bay. The main island is home to a naval base, shipyards and a port. It is a busy island with a well-developed ferry system carrying both people and vehicles back and forth to the mainland. A fine new 690-passenger ferry, Zhoushan Islands Prosperity, has recently been added to this fleet of vessels. It is the largest ferry to date from the Hunan Xiangchuan Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.

16 Sep 2019

Air Caster Tech in the Shipyard

The megayacht Cakewalk, built at Derecktor Shipyards’, Bridgeport, Ct., shipyard was launched using air bearings. Photo courtesy AeroGo, Inc.

Like the magic carpet of ancient myth, air caster technology has revolutionized the way in which heavy payloads can be moved in a cost effective and efficient way — floating on air. Developed post-World War II by engineers at General Motors, air casters were later modified and improved for the construction of the iconic Boeing 707 in the early 1960s. Today, used in a host of industries, companies in the maritime industry are employing air casters to handle lifts from mega-yachts to massive hull sections and Z-drives.A PrimerA form of hydraulics that uses air instead of fluid…

16 Sep 2019

Costa Smeralda to be Delivered a Month Late

Citing technical complexities, Meyer Turku is delaying the delivery of the cruise ship Costa Smeralda one month from mid-October to mid-November.With its new LNG propulsion system and many sophisticated rooms with stage and audio/video equipment the complexity and sophistication of the ship is very high in order to create a unique Costa-style passenger experience. Aside from its unique design features also its size of 180,000 GT is much larger than the recently built ships at Turku shipyard.In getting this all to work together with many involved persons and companies, Meyer Turku had a slower progress speed than needed.

16 Sep 2019

Greenland Research Vessel Picks MAN Hybrid Propulsion

 
Graphical rendering of the new research vessel (picture courtesy Skipsteknisk)

The Astilleros Balenciaga S.A. shipyard in Spain ordered a complete MAN propulsion package – including MAN 27/38 and 175D engines, a five-blade MAN Alpha propeller and both remote-control and MAN HyProp systems – in connection with the construction of a research vessel for the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.The 61-m, ice-class trawler is designed by Norwegian company, Skipsteknisk. Delivery of the propulsion package is scheduled for Q1, 2020 with the vessel expected to enter service from spring 2021.

16 Sep 2019

Metal Shark Delivers Foil-assisted Catamaran

Photo credit: Manta Films / Pure Florida

Shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has delivered a new excursion vessel to Southwest Florida tour and charter boat operator Pure Florida.Sea Flight is a custom 40’ x 14’ welded aluminum foil-assisted catamaran designed and built to USCG Subchapter “T” standards and configured to carry up to 33 passengers.Designed by Jutson Marine Design, the vessel features a foil-assisted catamaran hull delivering unsurpassed performance, economy, and ride comfort, the builder said. Specially engineered forward and aft transverse hydrofoils elevate the hull at planing speeds to substantially reduce drag…

16 Sep 2019

Jiangsu Builds Bulker for Navibulgar

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Chinese Shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Was hoisted the flag of the first 45,500 dwt bulk carrier, ordered by Navibulgar.The godmother Mrs. Zhang Yingchun - Deputy General Manager, Operational Department of Export Import Bank of China gave to the newly built vessel the name Plana and wished her happy sailing.The party was joined by the CEO of Navibulgar Capt. Alexander Kalchev and other Company managers. First Master of the vessel is Capt. Gancho Hristov, and first chief engineer – eng.

14 Sep 2019

Graney Name President General Dynamics Electric Boat

Kevin Graney was named president of General Dynamics Electric Boat. Photo: General Dynamics

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) appointed General Dynamics NASSCO president Kevin Graney as president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, effective October 1. David J. Carver, NASSCO’s vice president and general manager of repair, will succeed Graney as president of General Dynamics NASSCO. Jeffrey S. Geiger, who has served as president of Electric Boat since 2013, will retire effective September 30.Graney began his shipbuilding career with General Dynamics Electric Boat in 1995 as…

13 Sep 2019

Port Napie Orders Damen Tug

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Napier Port, the third largest port on New Zealand’s North Island, has placed an order with Damen Shipyards Group for an Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) Tug 2412 Twin Fin for delivery later this year.The contract was signed by Sjoerd de Bruin, sales manager Pacific for Damen and Napier Port CEO Todd Dawson at Napier Port main office.Napier Port is currently developing a sixth wharf which, at 350 meters long, will be capable of handling the larger vessels that are expected to access the port in the near future.

12 Sep 2019

S. Korean Shipbuilding: Hyundai Dominates

Source: Vessels Value

According to recent statistics from VesselsValue, South Korea's shipbuilding business today is dominated by Hyundai with an order book backlog that stands at approximately $22 billion, nearly triple that of the next closest competitor in Samsung Heavy Industries. See the chart for full details on the 'Top 5'

12 Sep 2019

MAN Cryo LNG Supply System For Norwegian Ship

MAN Cryo is to instal an LNG fuel-gas supply system for a new multipurpose palletized-cargo and refrigerated vessel for Norwegian shipowner Egil Ulvan Rederi. (Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

Marine LNG systems manufacturer MAN Cryo is to deliver an LNG fuel-gas supply system to Norwegian shipowner Egil Ulvan Rederi. The new system will be installed on a multipurpose palletized-cargo and refrigerated l lift-on / lift-off (LoLo) vessel which will be built by Multi Maritime in accordance with an MM85CC design at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey. With a length of 86 meters and a width of 19.5 meters, the 3,500 dwt vessel is expected to be delivered late next year.MAN Cryo will be responsible for building a vertical…

12 Sep 2019

Grand Bahama Shipyard: Open for Business after Hurricane Dorian

Photo courtesy of Grand Bahama Shipyard

Post the departure from Grand Bahama Island of hurricane “Dorian” the most devastating storm to ever hit the Bahamas, Grand Bahama Shipyard confirms it will be ready to resume business on Wednesday September 11th, 2019.“There is no significant damage to the shipyard,” said Graham Couser, Vice President at the yard, “However, the island has suffered badly with personal tragedies and major infrastructure damages. As a business and community leader, it is our obligation to expeditiously return the shipyard…

12 Sep 2019

Volvo Penta, Marell Collaborate on High-Speed Vessels

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Volvo Penta and Swedish boatbuilder Marell have joined forces to create the new Marell M15 patrol boat. Equipped with Volvo Penta’s latest D6 engine and DPI system, the vessel is tailor-made from helm-to-prop.Volvo Penta’s latest D6-440 DPI propulsion system is the power behind Marell’s new 15m fast patrol boat. Equipped with twin D6-440 DPI sterndrives, the Marell M15 has a top speed of 45 knots and includes a fully integrated system from Volvo Penta, including its Electronic Vessel Control (EVC.2) and Glass Cockpit System.

11 Sep 2019

Damen Shipyards to Hold Maritime Festival

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Dutch shipbuilding and engineering conglomerate Damen Shipyards Group is once again holding its one-day-only annual industry networking event at its headquarters at Gorinchem in the Netherlands.Following three successful editions as the Damen Workboat Show, this year it has been rebranded as the Damen Maritime Festival to better reflect the full Damen product range as well as the day’s lively atmosphere and will take place on Thursday 19 September.As before, the festival will…

11 Sep 2019

GTT Wins Two Orders from Hyundai Heavy

Mark III concept. Pic: GTT

French liquefied natural gas containment system specialist Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that it has  received two orders from the Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).Each order is concerning the tank design of one new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier (LNGC), one on behalf of the ship-owner Tsakos and the other one on behalf of Capital Gas Carriers, said the engineering company.Each unit will offer a capacity of 174,000 m3, it said.GTT will design the tanks of the vessels, which will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system.

11 Sep 2019

Marine Coatings Market: Clean, Green & $9.3B by 2025

Frost  & Sullivan said shipbuilders and dry-docking companies should work with marine coatings specialists to ensure that high-performance, environmentally-sustainable marine coatings that can protect the environment and increase fuel efficiencies are developed for use in the maritime sector.
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In its latest analysis of the marine coatings sector, UK-headquartered market analyst Frost & Sullivan’s has shown that increased development and adoption of more environmentally sustainable and durable antifouling coatings using higher priced chemistries is a fast-growing trend in the marine sector. In addition, Frost & Sullivan’s report, ‘Global Marine Coatings Market, Forecast to 2025’, says that the Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market owing to its large…

11 Sep 2019

UK Lighthouse Authority Gets New Ship

The UK Department of Transport is to order new vessel for Trinity House to replace the THV Patricia and provide safety information and guidance for ships in UK waters and abroad.

A Trinity House workboat approaching Beachy Head Lighthouse on the south coast of England. Trinity House’s fleet of support vessels carries out a number of activities around England, Wales and the Channel Islands in support of its role as a General Lighthouse Authority.

(Photo: Trinity House)

The UK’s Department for Transport is to acquire a new ship for the General Lighthouse Authority Trinity House to replace THV Patricia, which has been in service since 1982, to ensure other vessels continue safe and smooth operations in UK waters and overseas. The General Lighthouse Authority is responsible for providing more than 600 aids a year to navigation around UK waters, including ships, lighthouses and buoys. The as yet unnamed vessel will deliver critical navigation aids to ships in some of the most dangerous waters in the world…

11 Sep 2019

China-Built Cruiser Delivered to Sunstone

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China Merchants Heavy Industry has delivered an expedition cruise vessel to SunStone Ships, the first of its next-genn INFINITY-class vessel and perhaps more significantly China's firm entrance into the cruise ship building sector.The arrangement to bring this ship from drawing board to delivery slip is the culmination of marrying European cruise design and quality with Chinese ship-building efficiency. The vessel will be chartered out to Aurora Expeditions.https://www.marinelink.com/news/cruise-ship-construction-china-rising-438788The vessel has departed China Merchants Heavy Industry…

11 Sep 2019

Pronomar Equips Louis Dreyfus SOVs

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Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard has contracted Dutch equipment supply company Pronomar to equip two service operation vessels (SOVs) ordered by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs for Ørsted with drying systems for the workwear of the technicians.The first of the two vessels, Wind of Change, has been using Pronomar’s equipment since June 2019 when it started servicing Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.With accommodation for 90 people, this vessel is one of the biggest SOV’s in the offshore wind industry.After a successful delivery in April of this year…

11 Sep 2019

MAN Cryo to Supply LNG Fuel-Gas System

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MAN Energy Solutions said that its marine LNG fuel-gas-system manufacturer MAN Cryo has been contracted to supply an LNG fuel-gas supply system for Norwegian shipowner, Egil Ulvan Rederi newbuild.According to MAN,  the LNG fuel-gas system will be supplied for a ‘multipurpose palletized cargo and refrigerated vessel, also known as a LoLo (Lift-on/Lift-off).The vessel is designed by Førde, Norway designer, Multi Maritime, that already counts a number of LNG-powered vessels in its portfolio.

10 Sep 2019

Van Wijngaarden Orders Damen Multi Cat

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Van Wijngaarden Marine Services placed an order with Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for a Damen Multi Cat 3013, to be named KILSTROOM. To date Van Wijngaarden Marine Services relationship with Damen has focused on the group’s Shoalbuster range with the company now operating five of the popular and versatile class. The Multi Cat 3013 will bring a new level of capability and allow Van Wijngaarden Marine Services to extend the range of services that it offers its customers.The 30-m…

10 Sep 2019

Vestdavit to Equip Norwegian CG Vessels

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Vestdavit secured an order to supply three new Norwegian Coast Guard vessels with davits equipped for polar conditions, in a project which also calls for installation of a deck-mounted transfer system for rapid deployment.The ships are being built by Vard Group within the P6615 project to replace Nordkapp-class ships with a new generation of search-and-rescue, surveillance, and oil recovery vessels. The 136m length newbuildings have been developed for worldwide operations including arctic areas and will feature ice-strengthened hulls and ice-class notation on their delivery from Vard Langsten…

10 Sep 2019

Corvus Opens New Facility in Norway

Norwegian-Canadian marine propulsion energy storage solutions provider Corvus Energy has opened its a new battery manufacturing facility in Bergen, Norway. The automated factory is equipped with a digitized production line based on nine robotic stations and has the capacity of up to 400 MWh per year.“There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry," said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO, Corvus Energy. "The Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway.

10 Sep 2019

WSF, Vigor Launch Hybrid-Electric Ferry Build Program

Vigor Industrial and Washington State Ferries launched WSF’s new hybrid-electric ferries program in a ceremony held at Vigor’s Seattle, Washington shipyard held September 9. (Photo: Vigor Industrial LLC)

Dignitaries from the State of Washington joined Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State Ferries officials and Vigor Industrial employees yesterday (September 9) at Vigor’s Seattle, Washington shipyard to celebrate the launch of a new hybrid-electric ferry build program for the ferry operator. Speakers included Washington State Governor Jay Inslee; Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation for Washington State Department of Transportation; and Vigor’s CEO, Frank Foti. The ceremony concluded with a dedication of a sign marking program’s construction site.Earlier this year…

10 Sep 2019

DFDS, Moby in Ferry Swap Deal

Once refurbished, this is what DFDS new ferries on the Amsterdam – Newcastle route will look like when they take up service at the beginning of 2020. Image: DFDS

Copenhagen headquartered ferry and logistics company DFDS has reached an agreement with the Italian ferry company Moby to acquire its the two combined freight and passenger ferries (RoPax).The Danish company decided to purchase the ships, the 2001-built Moby Wonder and the 2005-built Moby Aki, in order to expand capacity on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route.Moby will in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on Amsterdam-Newcastle — King Seaways and Princess Seaways, built in 1987 and 1986, respectively.“The new ferries are ideally suited for our Amsterdam-Newcastle route.

09 Sep 2019

Hyundai Wins LNG carrier Order from H-Line

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), a unit of the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has won an order for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.According to a stock exchange announcement by HHI, the deal has a value of $191.2 million.Yonhap reported that, under the deal with H-Line Shipping Co., a midsize South Korean shipper, Hyundai Samho will deliver the vessel with a cargo capacity of 174,000 cubic meters by December 31, 2021.Hyundai Samho, under Hyundai Heavy Industries Group…

09 Sep 2019

Oman Shipping Adds Jabal Shams

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Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has held a naming ceremony for the latest addition to the company’s Dry Bulk fleet, the Jabal Shams. The ceremony marks the official handover of the vessel from Zhoushan Changhong Shipyard to OSC.The shipping arm of the ASYAD Group said that the new ship will join OSC’s fleet of over 50 world-class vessels including LNG Carriers, LPG Carriers, VLCCs, Tankers, VLOCs, Dry Cargo, and Container ships.Today’s ceremony follows the naming of the Jabal Shams’ sister ship, the Jabal Almisht in Zhoushan in August.

09 Sep 2019

InvaSave Ready for BWM Convention Deadline

Photo: Damen

The InvaSave mobile ballast water treatment system from Damen Green Solutions has demonstrated beyond doubt its capability to help ships meet the incoming D2 standard. All vessels will be required to comply with the standard which came into force on September 8th this year.This summer the InvaSave crew teamed up with local service provider Tradebe Santander  (Tradebe Company) to receive ballast water from a tanker in Gijon. What appears to be a simple exercise has significant…

09 Sep 2019

Transforming Mid-Scale Liquefied Gas

Image Credit: SSRC Technologies.

The Type B Mid-Scale Containment Solution.SSRC Technologies AS introduces a novel containment solution for small and mid-scale liquefied gas carriers. The Type B containment system provides excellent thermal performance, low weight and ease of fabrication. In cooperation with world-renown Moss Maritime AS, the patented Type B containment system has been specifically developed for the mid-scale LPG, NH3, Petchem and LNG markets. The SSRC system is also uniquely suited to scalable floating storage and regasification solutions…

09 Sep 2019

MN100: Thordon Bearings Inc.

image credit: Thordon Bearings

A perennial fixture in our prestigious MN100 edition - MarineNews' annual look at the best 100 individuals and firms in the shallow draft, brown water and workboat sectors - Thordon Bearings has been on the leading edge of environmental improvements for the marine industry for many years. The Case:Thordon has invested heavily in the inland waterway market,  keeping two warehouses well stocked with tailshaft bearings, seals and rudder bearings to ensure quick delivery. The TG100…

09 Sep 2019

MacGregor Develops Cargo System for MSC Boxship

MacGregor has built a new cargo system for one of the world’s largest container ships, the MSC Gülsün. (Photo © MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA)

Cargotec company MacGregor has developed a new cargo system for one of the world’s largest container ships, the MSC Gülsün.The ship was built by South Korean company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and delivered in July of this year, having a capacity of more than 23,000 TEU, a length of 400 meters and width of 61.5 meters, and is the first of 11 ultra-large containerships MSC has on order, six of which are being supplied by SHI. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering will construct…

09 Sep 2019

SHI to Build Arctic LNG Ship for Zvezda

Russian company Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has given Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) the contract to construct LNG carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project. (Photo © Adobe Stock / Wojciech Wrzesien)

Russia's Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has awarded the contract for the LNG carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The South Korean company will also provide technical specifications and design documentation for the LNG carriers project.SHI will design LNG ships with 45 MW power capacity, enabling the safe transportation of LNG while breaking up to 2.1 meters of ice -52°C weather conditions.An SHI spokesperson stated: “The contract we have signed proves that SHI has a competitive edge in icebreaking and LNG carriers.

08 Sep 2019

Exmar Expects Two VLGCs Delivery in 2021

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Belgium-based floating assets specialist Exmar said that it  has two newbuild 88,000 m³  Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) on order at Jiangnan Shipyard (China) which will use LPG as a fuel marking a new era for the Company and the industry.Both vessels are committed to a long-term charter with Equinor after delivery in 2021, said the provider of floating solutions for the operation, transportation and transformation of gas.Currently, Exmar controls one chartered vessel in this segment, the 83,300 m³ BW TOKYO that is chartered to Trafigura until the fourth quarter of 2019.

06 Sep 2019

SFL Acquires Three VLCC Newbuildings

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The international ship owning and chartering company Ship Finance International (SFL) announced that it has agreed to acquire three 300,000 dwt crude oil carriers, or VLCCs, currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea.The Bermuda-headquartered company said that the net purchase price will be $180 million, or $60 million per vessel and they are expected to be delivered to SFL within the next two months.The vessels were ordered in 2018 by affiliates of the Norwegian listed company Hunter Group…

06 Sep 2019

HHI to Deliver New LNG Carrier to TEN in 2021

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Greek tanker company TEN announced that it is proceeding with the order of one-option-one 174,000cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea.The vessel will be delivered in the second half of 2021, said the transporter of owning a versatile fleet of modern crude and product tankers with strong ice-class capabilities, shuttle tankers and LNG vessels.With this order, the Company’s LNG proforma fleet rises to four vessels, two of which…

06 Sep 2019

Windstar Cuts Steel for Second Star-class Ship from Fincantieri

Pictured left to right are Windstar Cruises’ Vice President of Expansion Projects John Gunner and Vice President of Fleet Operations Christopher Prelog, along with Fincantieri’s Shipyard Director Salvatore Savarese and Vice President of Ship Repair and Conversions Andrew Toso, at the Windstar Star Plus Initiative steel-cutting ceremony at Fincantieri’s yard in Palermo, Italy.

(Photo: Windstar Cruises / Mary Schimmelman)

esterday at Fincantieri’s shipyard, in Palermo, Italy, Christopher Prelog, Vice President of Fleet Operations for Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, activated the torch to make the first cut in the new steel that will become the newly constructed mid-section of the company’s new ship MS Star Legend. This is the second of three new mid-ship sections being designed and constructed as part of Windstar’s $250 million Star Plus Initiative which aimsto expand and transform the line’s three Star-class vessels.“This is a momentous day for Windstar as we reach another major milestone,” said Prelog.

06 Sep 2019

Metal Shark Expands Into Peru

A Metal Shark 45 Defiant patrol vessel, similar to the vessels being built for the Peruvian Navy at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, Louisiana USA production facility.

USA-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced its expansion into the country of Peru, with a new patrol boat order now in production, and a multiyear co-production agreement recently established with the state-operated Peruvian shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA-PERU SA).The first round of Peruvian Navy maritime interdiction vessels are now being built by Metal Shark in the United States. Under a co-production agreement with SIMA, Metal Shark plans to deliver multiple similar vessels to Peruvian interests through training and the transfer of designs…

06 Sep 2019

MN100: ABB

Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist recently ordered two new passenger vessels sailing on pure electric power, enabled by ABB’s technology. IMAGE: ABB

At the very cutting edge of clean, modern and ultra-efficient propulsion and automation solutions, ABB takes its rightful place amongst MarineNews' prestigious 2019 MN100 winners.The Case:ABB believes that modern ships will be built on the foundation of electricity. This expands their range of viable energy sources beyond traditional fuel to for instance batteries and fuel cells. The electrical backbone, integrated with automation and control systems, will also transform the industry…

06 Sep 2019

Polar RV Sir David Attenborough Naming Ceremony

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s new polar research vessel: the naming ceremony for the ship will be held at shipbuilder Cammell Laird’s yard in Birkenhead, England on September 26.

(Photo: British Antarctic Survey)

On Thursday, 26 September, the ceremonial naming of the new British polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough will take place at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard.The ship was commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, built by Cammell Laird, and operated by the British Antarctic Survey. This vessel is designed to transform how ship-borne science is conducted in the Polar Regions and its commissioning is part of a major UK Government polar infrastructure…

06 Sep 2019

Navig8 Product 2020 Adds New MR Tanker

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Shipping company Navig8 Product 2020 has taken delivery of a new scrubber-fitted MR tanker, the Navig8 Gauntlet.The  international shipping company focused on the transportation of  Clean Petroleum Products (CPP) said that the 49,000 dwt vessel was delivered from Japan’s New Times Shipbuilding and is the sixth unit in a series of eight such scrubber-fitted tankers in the company’s newbuilding program.The Navig8 Guantlet will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Chronos8 commercial pool, it said.Last month, the company took delivery of the Navig8 Goal.

05 Sep 2019

Bollinger Announces Promotion

Christian Pierce, Bollinger's Director of Engineering (Image CREDIT: Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards announces the promotion of Christian Pierce to Director of Engineering.Within this role, Pierce will lead the engineering department in all facets of engineering on both government and commercial programs and is responsible for the execution of functional and design engineering compliant with customer requirements.Since joining the Bollinger team in 2017, Mr. Pierce held the positions of Lead Engineer and Engineering Manager in which he was responsible for supervising and directing the naval architecture…

05 Sep 2019

First Hybrid Fish Farm Boat On the Water

Photo: Danfoss Editron

Danfoss Editron has delivered two 105kW motors that will help power Edel, the first hybrid vessel built for the aquaculture sector by Norwegian shipyard Moen Marin. Edel is also the first diesel-electric vessel in the fleet of NRS Farming, Norway’s leading producer of sustainable salmon.The 13.5 by 7.5m vessel will become part of NRS Farming’s fleet and be used for sustainable fishing in salmon farms located in Norway’s fjords. As it has an operating pattern of predominantly short trips, NRS Farming plans to run Edel mainly on battery power.

05 Sep 2019

Polymer Pioneer Wins Sperry Award

Thomson onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson with SeaThigor mechanical face seal installed.

 (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings’ founder and polymer materials pioneer George A. (Sandy) Thomson has been awarded the global transportation sector’s most distinguished accolade, the Elmer A. Sperry Award 2019 for “Advancing the Art of Transportation”.Thomson joins a long list of Sperry Award recipients, which was established in 1955, including Donald Douglas, Ferdinand Porsche, Sir Geoffrey De Havilland, Christopher Cockerell, Leonard Hobbs, Perry Pratt, Josef Becker and Malcom McLean.“I am deeply honored and humbled to win this award…

05 Sep 2019

Keppel On Track to Deliver Dual-Fuel Bunker Tanker

Built by Keppel O&M, Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits. (Photo: Keppel Offshore & Marine)

(Photo: Keppel  Offshore & Marine)

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has said the company is on track to deliver the first dual-fuel bunker tanker for Singapore on time and with a perfect safety record.The Marine Vicky, named by Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), is owned and operated by Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd (Sinanju), and will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits. Quah Ley Hoon commented: “This is Singapore’s…

05 Sep 2019

Two SCHOTTEL-Driven Ferries for BC Ferries


Photo Credit: BC Ferries

German propulsion manufacturer SCHOTTEL has delivered propulsion units for two 81-meter road ferries to Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. Each of the newly built vessels ordered by Canadian operator BC Ferries will be equipped with two high-efficiency SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers. Once operational, they will serve the Northern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver.Improving environmental stewardship“This class of vessels is very important for BC Ferries as it introduces a state-of-the-art…

05 Sep 2019

ABB Propulsion Takes Ship to North Pole

Norwegian Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard and its crew at the North Pole: the ship is the first ABB Azipod powered craft to reach the Pole. (Photo: ABB)

Norwegian Coast Guard ship KV Svalbard is the first vessel powered by an ABB Azipod propulsion system to reach the North Pole.The ship is equipped with twin 5MW Azipod icebreaking units which enabled it to sail through polar ice at speeds of up to 6 to 7 knots when it took part in an international scientific expedition, the Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment led by Norwegian research foundation The Nansen Center.The Azipod electric propulsion system is designed to make s ships highly maneuverable…

05 Sep 2019

MacGregor Cargo System for World's Largest Boxship

MSC Gülsün (Photo courtesy of MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has designed the cargo system for the world’s largest containership, MSC Gülsün, which was delivered in July 2019 by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries. She is 400 m long, 61.5 m wide and is the first in a series of 11 ultra-large containerships with a capacity of more than 23,000 TEU. Six of the vessels are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries, and the other five by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.The system was developed in close collaboration with MSC from an early stage of the project.

05 Sep 2019

Oldendorff Orders ABB Azipods for Newbuild Bulkers

ABB Azipod electric proplusion is being installed on two Oldendorff Carriers newbuild dry bulk carrier vessels.

(Photo: ABB)

Bulk carrier operator Oldendorff Carriers has for the first time placed an order with ABB for Azipod electric propulsion systems for two newbuild dry bulk carriers.The self-unloading dry cargo transhipment vessels with 21,500 dwt capacity will be fitted with two 1.9 MW Azipod electric propulsion units each. The contract also covers the delivery of electric, digital and connected solutions, including a main diesel-electric power plant, generators, switchboards, bow thruster motors…

05 Sep 2019

SHI, Zvezda Partner in Arctic LNG 2 Carriers

Arctic LNG 2 project of Novatek. Image: Novatek

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has announced that it has signed a contract to assist Russian shipyard Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex with the construction of icebreaker LNG carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project.According to a statement, SHI is selected by Zvezda Shipyard as the partner for the construction of Arctic LNG carriers in Russia thanks to SHI's expertise and technological prowess.The two sides have also confirmed the establishment of a joint venture for cooperation on shuttle tankers where SHI has the highest market share…

04 Sep 2019

X15-Powered Lobster Boats on the Water

The recently introduced marine version of the Cummins X15 will offer variable speed and fixed speed ratings between 450 horsepower (336 kW) and 600 horsepower (447 kW), while meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier II emissions standards. Image: Cummins

When Steve Corkum Jr. of Yarmouth Sea Products couldn’t find a yard prepared to build 15 lobster boats in a single order, he started his own shipyard. Bayview Marine recently launched the first in the 15-boat series and is well pleased with the initial performance.The 44.3 by 30-foot hull is designed for maximum working space and stowage for lobster or crab traps. The first of the series of fiberglass vessels performed well on trials. Propulsion power is provided by a six-cylinder Cummins X15 diesel rated for 500 HP at 1800 RPM.

04 Sep 2019

GTT Wins Tank Design Order for 8 LNG Carriers

A typical GTT LNG tank design. File Image / CREDIT: Conrad  Shipyard & GTT

GTT has received several orders concerning the tank design of eight new LNG carriers.Seven of the LNGCs will be built by the Korean Shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on behalf of three ship-owners based in America, Oceania and Bermuda.GTT’s Mark III Flex technology has been selected to equip the LNG tanks of six LNGCs ordered by SHI and the Mark III Flex+ technology to equip the seventh. Each unit will offer a 174,000 m3 capacity. The delivery of the vessels is scheduled…

04 Sep 2019

After 40 Years of Service, Ferry Completes Major Refit

The Comorant sails again after its four-month refit at Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding(CREDIT: Gladding Hearn)

With thousands of miles under her keel ferrying passengers from Woods Hole, Mass., to the private island of Naushon, part of the Elizabethan Island chain south of Woods Hole, the Comorant just underwent a four-month refit at Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, which built the vessel in 1979. Pret Gladding, a co-founder of the Somerset, Mass.-based shipyard, designed the 56 ft., 49 passenger ferry for the Naushon Island Trust. The Cormorant is the year-round lifeline to this small island community…

04 Sep 2019

MN100: The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding

The company held a ceremony to mark the day – July 1, 1919 – when the school was established. During the event, a historical highway marker was unveiled, and tools, textbooks, commemorative coins and other items were placed in a time capsule. (CREDIT: The Apprentice School)

The Apprentice School at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division celebrated its 100-year anniversary just last month. That's worthy of inclusion in this year's MN100 list, for more than one reason. Certainly, this fine school deserves to be mentioned among our very best 100 organizations for this year. That 100-year anniversary is bigger news than you might otherwise think. Accordingly, the company held a ceremony to mark the day – July 1, 1919 – when the school was established.

04 Sep 2019

Cammell Laird Appoints New QA Manager

Cammell Laird's HSEQ director Tony Potter welcomes the company's new quality assurance manager Gordon Maxwell (Photo copyright: Cammell Laird)

Merseyside UK shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird has appointed a new quality assurance manager to forge closer relationships with suppliers and bring best practice from other industries to his new role.Gordon Maxwell is the new QA manager heading up a team of 19 striving to deliver the company vision of getting it right first time.He said he is looking to take a more proactive approach to quality assurance as he draws on his experience of working for the likes of television parts manufacturer Philips Components and central heating manufacturer Baxi.

04 Sep 2019

Wärtsilä to Support Hurtigruten’s Green Push

The ‘Finnmarken’ is the first of three Hurtigruten ships to be fitted with Wärtsilä NOR systems for Tier III compliance, after which it will be renamed the ‘MS Otto Sverdrup’. 
 (CREDIT: Wartsila)

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a broad scope of solutions that will support Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, in its push for greener and more sustainable shipping.Hurtigruten is converting an additional three vessels to become premium, hybrid powered expedition cruise ships. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q2 2019 and covers the ‘MS Finnmarken’, the first of the three vessels to be upgraded. Following the conversion project, the 140 metre…

04 Sep 2019

Lifeboat Converted Into Unsinkable Solar-Powered Arctic Excursion Boat

The ‘Stodig’ (Norwegian for ‘steady’) was designed by British architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel as a comfortable excursion vessel for Arctic journeys. The solar-powered vessel is able to right itself when capsized and has been dubbed ‘the unsinkable solar lifeboat’.

(Photo courtesy of Asylum PR)

A new solar vessel that can theoretically be submerged and remain unharmed has been produced by repurposing a lifeboat that could originally accommodate 100 people.Two British architects, Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel, recognized that the craft could be converted into an adventure vessel that could explore the Norwegian Artic while offering its occupants all the comforts of home.“We wanted to experience a range of different cultures, different approaches to living by the sea, different landscapes, different climates.

03 Sep 2019

Cascade Engine Center's Scania Reach Expands

Scania's 16L engine (CREDIT: Scania)

Scania USA Announces Expansion of Marine Territory for Distributor, Cascade Engine Center, LLC.As of September 1st, Cascade Engine Center, LLC has been assigned additional marine territory in the West Coast of the United States to include Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.Cascade Engine Center currently represents Scania’s latest marine platform: 13- and 16-liter engines for auxiliary and propulsion applications; and currently distributes themin Alaska, Gulf Coast, Hawaii, Idaho…

03 Sep 2019

ABB Electric Azipods to be Installed on Bulker

ABB's Azipod (CREDIT: ABB)

ABB enters new market segment with order to install Azipod electric propulsion on board two dry bulk carriers from Germany’s largest bulk carrier company Oldendorff Carriers.Two self-unloading dry cargo transshipment units will be the first bulk carriers in the industry to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. Both vessels, due for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers in 2021 from the Chengxi Shipyard in China, will be equipped with a complete power and propulsion solution from ABB.Each 21,500 DWT vessel will feature two 1.9MW Azipod units.

03 Sep 2019

Arcosa Marine Launches First Barge from Reopened LA Yard

The newest delivery from Arcosa Marine. Note the Nabrico FASST winch in the background. (Image: Arcos Marine)

After reopening its idle barge manufacturing operations earlier this year, Arcosa Marine’s Madisonville, LA, facility launched its first barge on July 25 to a welcoming crowd from the banks of the Tchefuncte River.The tank barge, E2MS 314, constructed for the family owned and operated E Squared Marine Service, LLC (E Squared), was christened by Kevin Morley of Frost Bank, after which Arcosa Inc. president, Thomas Faherty, addressed the crowd. “We are honored by E Squared’s continued trust in Arcosa Marine to deliver the highest quality inland barges to their fleet,” said Faherty.

03 Sep 2019

Wärtsiläs LNG Storage & Supply System for Dredges

Wärtsilä LNG fuel storage and supply system for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers. Copyright: Van Oord

Innovative Wärtsilä LNG fuel storage and supply system to deliver multiple benefits for two new dredgers.The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a unique and patent-pending LNG fuel storage and supply system for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs). The ships are being built by Keppel Offshore & Marine for Van Oord, the Dutch marine contractor. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q2 2019.The Wärtsilä system comprises two 640m3 single-shell polyurethane insulated storage tanks…

03 Sep 2019

MN100: R.W. Fernstrum & Company

R.W. Fernstrum CEO & President Sean Fernstrum

The 2019 version of the MarineNews MN100 edition - our annual look at the very best individuals and firms in the shallow draft, brown water and workboat sectors - has come and gone. Anchoring that prestigious list, as always, is R.W. Fernstrum & Company. That's no surprise to MarineNews readers.THE COMPANY:R.W. Fernstrum & Company set the standard in marine heat exchangers over 70 years ago, building a reputation focused on innovation. Today, its commitment is to continual improvement, ensuring customers have quality, reliability, and the latest in cooling technologies.

03 Sep 2019

Incat Crowther to Supply Second New York – New Jersey Ferry for Seastreak

Incat Crowther has been contracted to build a second UCSG Subchapter K certified fast ferry as a sister ship to the Seastreak Commodore (pictured). (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Marine engineering design specialist Incat Crowther has been awarded the contract for the construction of a new vessel for New York and New Jersey ferry operator Seastreak.The new vessel will operate as a sister ship to the company’s Seastreak Commodore ferry, which was delivered to the company in June 2018, the success of this vessel enabling a second Incat Crowther 45 ferry to accommodate the large passenger volume along traditional routes serviced by Seastreak.The addition of the new vessel brings the operator’s fleet of Incat Crowther-designed vessels to a total of nine.

03 Sep 2019

SMM 2020 Publishes Maritime Industry Report

File Image: SMM

“Driving the maritime transition”: In times of the global climate debate and the digital transformation, SMM 2020 will once again be the focal point for decision-makers in the maritime industry.Topics that are currently high on the industry's agenda are highlighted in the new issue of the SMM Maritime Industry Report: Shipping, shipbuilding and supplier companies are especially interested in alternative propulsion technologies and attractive niche markets.The year 2020 marks a major turning point in international shipping: On January 1…

03 Sep 2019

HII Completes Initial Sea Trials of Virginia-Class Submarine

The Delaware SSN 791: The submarine Delaware returns to the Newport News Shipbuilding division following its first set of sea trials with three HII-built aircraft carriers visible in the distance at Norfolk Naval Station. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division successfully completed the initial sea trials on the newest Virginia-class submarine, Delaware (SSN 791).The submarine, in the final stages of construction, spent three days at sea proving all of its systems, components and compartments. Delaware submerged for the first time and performed high-speed maneuvers on the surface and underwater.“Delaware performed well during sea trials, which is a testament…

03 Sep 2019

Singapore’s first LNG-Powered Bunker Tanker Christened

The Marine Vicky (CREDIT: Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd)

The Vessel is on track to commence deliveries of compliant marine fuels from Q1 2020.Singapore-based bunker tanker owner and operator Sinanju Tankers Holdings (“Sinanju”) achieved a new milestone today with the launch of the republic’s inaugural LNG-powered conventional bunker tanker.The 7,990 dwt vessel was christened “Marine Vicky” by her Lady Sponsor, Ms. Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at a launch ceremony held in Nantong, China at Keppel Nantong Shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (“Keppel O&M”).Ms.

03 Sep 2019

New RoPax Design from KNUD E. HANSEN

KNUD E. HANSEN’s newest ferry design is a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars, also featuring 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers.

(Photo: KNUD E. HANSEN)

Danish ship design specialist KNUD E. HANSEN has revealed its newest, groundbreaking design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars.The vessel also features an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers. The vessel has been designed to with flexible maneuvering and docking capabilities making it highly suitable for markets such as the Mediterranean region but it is also able to work in a variety of locations and under a range of operation…

03 Sep 2019

Knud E. Hansen Intros New RoPax Design

Image: Knud E. Hansen

Danish naval architectural consultancy Knud E. Hansen has released its newest design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1,500 passengers and 440 cars.The vessel also offers an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers, said the marine engineering company.The vessel has a service speed of 25 knots and can operate close to optimum engine load even at slow speeds due to its diesel electric propulsion plant and azimuthing pods. The four engines have a combined power of approximately 48 Megawatts and are fueled by marine diesel oil (MDO).

03 Sep 2019

MacGregor Bags Cochin Shipyard Project

Image: Cochin shipyard Ltd

Cargotec's maritime cargo and load handling unit MacGregor secured a turnkey contract to deliver 4 shipsets of weather deck hydraulic operated folding hatch covers for 8000 dwt coal carriers.As per the contract, the company will design and key components, fabrication and transportation of hatch covers as well as commissioning of the complete system at Cochin shipyard Ltd (CSL), the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India.The orders will be booked into Cargotec's…

03 Sep 2019

Mitsubishi Christens Mitsui's LNG Newbuild

Image: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries company based in Yokohama, christened Mitsui & Co.(MOL) liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier named Marvel Heron.The 297.5-meter-long vessel is Mitsubishi Shipbuilding's newest carrier that achieves significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance through adoption of a more efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system.After completion scheduled in September, the Marvel Heron will go into service primarily transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project…

02 Sep 2019

ABB Installs Electric Azipods On Board Bulkers

Azipod propulsion to be installed on board Oldendorff Carriers newbuilds. Pic: ABB

Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB has announced that it is entering a new market segment by installing Azipod electric propulsion systems on board two dry bulk carriers from Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers.Two self-unloading dry cargo transshipment units will be the first bulk carriers in the industry to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. Both vessels, due for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers in 2021 from the Chengxi Shipyard in China, will be equipped with a complete power and propulsion solution from ABB.Each 21,500 DWT vessel will feature two 1.9MW Azipod units.

02 Sep 2019

Wartsila Supplies LNG Engine for Dredgers

Wärtsilä LNG fuel storage and supply system for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers. Copyright: Van Oord

Finnish technology group Wartsila will supply a unique and patent-pending LNG fuel storage and supply system for two new trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs).The dredgers are being built by Keppel Offshore & Marine for the Dutch marine contractor Van Oord. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q2 2019.The Wärtsilä system comprises two 640m3 single-shell polyurethane insulated storage tanks, featuring a new and innovative ‘In Line Tank Connection Space (ILTCS)’ that contains the process equipment.

02 Sep 2019

Damen Sells Two ASD Tugs to Ecuador

Pic: Damen Shipyards Group

Dutch shipbuilding giant Damen Shipyards Group said that it has  sold two Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) Tugs to Ecuador-based DLEN S.A.According to the operator of 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, the vessels will give tug assistance during bunkering operations to Corpetrolsa’s fleet of tankers, a subsidiary of DLEN, as well as other vessels entering the ports of Esmeraldas and La Libertad.The new two-vessel order follows hot on the heels of last year’s delivery of three Damen Stan Tugs to the DLEN.

02 Sep 2019

Fednav Welcomes New Handy Bulker

Image: Fednav Limited

Canadian bulk shipping company Fednav Limited has taken delivery of Federal Montreal, its newest Great Lakes-suitable Handysize vessel. The ceremony was attended by senior management from both Fednav and the shipyard.The Federal Montreal is a 34,500 DWT international ice-class bulk carrier, flagged in the Marshall Islands. Built to trade in the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, the vessel is certified by DNV GL and is equipped with the latest environmental protection technology.Named in honour of the city Fednav calls home…

02 Sep 2019

Austal, Fred. Olsen Partner on Trimarans

Image: Austal

Australian-based global ship building company Austal and the UK-based, Norwegian-owned cruise shipping line Fred. Olsen have partnered on two next generation trimarans with advanced environmental credentials.Starting with the design process, Austal’s R&D team used optimized lightweight structures and the benefits of Austal’s ongoing weight reduction program to reduce the power required to achieve the vessel’s high speed.This results in significantly lower emissions from the main engines compared to a steel vessel equivalent.

02 Sep 2019

Silver Moon Launched at Fincantieri

Image: Silversea Cruises

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched Silver Moon, the second of three Muse-class ships to be built for Silversea Cruises.The new ultra-luxury cruise ship was launched on August 29 at Fincantieri’s Ancona yard and is set to enter the ship owner’s fleet in 2020.The ceremony was attended, among others, by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea, while Fincantieri was represented by Giovanni Stecconi, Ancona Shipyard Director.The godmother of the ceremony was Miss Roberta Bonisiol…

02 Sep 2019

Marine Diesel Engine Market to Grow 3.9%

Image: MAN Energy Solutions

The global marine diesel engine market is estimated to grow at CAGR above 3.9% over the forecast time frame and reach the market value around US$ 8.1 billion by 2026.The worldwide market for marine diesel engines has expanded mainly as shipping industry needs to decrease carbon emissions, said Acumen Research and Consulting.The shipping industry focuses on developing higher-efficient diesel engines that use less diesel while offering more ship propulsion. However, the latest shipping and shipbuilding downturn has impaired the market.Shipbuilding orders decreased with lower shipping prices.

30 Aug 2019

NYK Signs LNG Vessel Order for Total TC

Pic: NYK

Japanese shipping gaint Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has signed a new long-term contract with Total Gas & Power Chartering Limited (TGPCL), a subsidiary of Total, a leading oil and energy company headquartered in France.The contract calls for TGPCL to charter from NYK a newly built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that will be built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in Korea and scheduled for delivery in 2021.The LNG carrier will be equipped with a WinGD-made dual-fuel slow-speed diesel engine (i.e.…

30 Aug 2019

MN100: Elliott Bay Design Group

Named one of this year's MarineNews' prestigious MN100 firms, Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) in 2019 expanded to the East Coast by opening an office in New York and teamed with AMD Marine Consulting Designs to be their exclusive North American vessel design representative. EBDG delivers designs that are better to build and better to operate.The Company:EBDG is a full-service, employee-owned company with offices in Seattle, New Orleans, Ketchikan and New York. The firm provides naval architecture…

30 Aug 2019

New Technology for Safer Tank Cleaning

Safe cleaning of cargo and bunker tanks: new degassing technology developed by NanoVapor Inc is being introduced by EcoChlor and NanoVapor to reduce risks to seafarers when cleaning out confined spaces on board ship. (Photo: Ecochlor / NanoVapor Inc)

There have been a number of recent tragedies surrounding the cleaning of confined-spaces on board ships and despite there being very strict procedures, regulatory guidelines and instruction manuals in place regarding working in enclosed spaces, seafarers are still at risk of dying when cleaning out cargo tanks as enclosed spaces are frequently impossible to properly ventilate, their atmosphere difficult to measure, and the spaces themselves difficult to reach.To address these concerns…

30 Aug 2019

UPM to Charter 7 LNG-fueled Newbuilds

Image: UPM Global

Helsinki-headquartered UPM Logistics says that it has entered into a long-term charter agreement with the Finnish Bore Ltd and the Dutch Wijnne Barends, both affiliates of the Dutch Spliethoff Group.Together, the companies will design and build seven state-of-the-art vessels for sustainable sea transportation for UPM in Europe.“This arrangement is a consistent step in UPM’s logistics strategy. It will safeguard a sustainable, competitive and reliable shipping solution for our businesses and customers on long term…

30 Aug 2019

AkzoNobel to Coat Chinese Icebreaker

Image: Akzo Nobel N.V.

Dutch multinational company AkzoNobel‘s coatings solution selected by Polar Research Institute of China to protect its first domestically built polar icebreaker, Xue Long 2 from harsh Arctic and Antarctic condition.Purpose-built to cope with thick ice sheets and the extreme challenges of polar exploration, the 12,366 ton research vessel is coated with Intershield 163 Inerta 160 from the International product range.The tried and tested abrasion resistant system has a proven 47-year track record of performing in temperatures as low as -50°C and has already been used on more than 1…

29 Aug 2019

Inland Container on Vessel Logistics Advance

File Image: American Patriot Container Transport LLC

Missouri Port Authorities Team Up To Advance Plan For Statewide Initiative That Focuses On Innovative Inland Waterway Container-On-Vessel Freight Service.Missouri Governor Michael Parson visited the Mississippi River town of Herculaneum on August 12 to find out more about statewide efforts to deliver a new option to transport freight along the inland waterways and what role an innovative waterway vessel could play in moving larger volumes of goods and commodities along both the Mississippi River and Missouri River and their tributaries.

29 Aug 2019

Conrad Starts Production on Second 6000 HP Towboat

Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City has started production on a second 6000HP Inland Towboat designed by MiNO Marine of New Orleans. The Subchapter M compliant vessel measures 166’ x 49’ x 12’ and is powered by Tier IV compliant engines.Conrad has orders from two customers for the vessels. Conrad worked closely with MiNO Marine, who developed the design based on regulatoryrequirements and current needs existing in the market. Conrad’s production line is geared for serial production for multiple customers…

29 Aug 2019

Revenues Soar at Russia’s PAO Sovcomflot

Sergey Frank, President and CEO, PAO Sovcomflot. Photo: Sovcomflot.

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), which serves the energy shipping and offshore services to the oil and gas industries, reported in the first half of 2019 revenues rose 16.6% ($828m vs. $710.1m), TCE revenue rose 19.1% ($609m vs. $511.3m) and EBITDA rose 42.4% ($381.2m vs. $267.7m) as compared to the first half of 2018.Highlights from the first half included:• Korolev Prospect, Vernadsky Prospect and Samuel Prospect LNG-fuelled 114,000 DWT Aframax tankers added to the fleet.•In March 2019, the Group celebrated the 10th anniversary of the start of LNG shipments from the Sakhalin-2 project.

29 Aug 2019

Shipbuilding: Diversity Drives Derecktor

Derecktor New York.

Derecktor is a diverse boatbuilding organization, with a multitude of yards and long experience building  hundreds of yachts, workboats and military craft. Its shipyards today include:• Robert E. Derecktor: The company headquarters located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Mamaroneck, NY, and the original Derecktor yard. Today, the site remains as the company’s new construction base, and it also provides repair services for a variety of yachts and commercial craft.• Derecktor Robinhood: Located in Riggs Cove…

29 Aug 2019

MN100: Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd. CEO & President: Mike Fitzpatrick

Prominent on this year's prestigous MarineNews MN100 list is Robert Allan Ltd. Robert Allan Ltd. is a recognized world leader in innovative Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering with a particular focus on harbor and seagoing tugs, shallow draft towing vessels and fireboats for major world ports. Robert Allan Ltd. has won many awards for their design work from a variety of publications and other organizations.The Company:Robert Allan Ltd. is Canada’s most senior consulting Naval Architectural firm, established in Vancouver, B.C. in 1930.

29 Aug 2019

Thun Orders New Tanker for Geos Charter

Image: Thun Tankers

Swedish shipping company Thun Tankers BV has placed an order for a 4,250 dwt product tanker at Dutch Ferus Smit shipyard.The ordered tanker will be delivered October 2020 and enter into a long term agreement with UK based Geos Group Ltd, said the coastal shipping company.The vessel will be built with “NAABSA” – Not Always Afloat But Safely Aground – design being able to call tidal restricted niche ports.Thun’s long experience of building resource efficient, high quality vessels…

29 Aug 2019

Okeanis Adds Fifth New VLCC

Pic: Okeanis Eco Tankers

Greek shipping company Okeanis Eco Tankers (OET) has taken delivery of Nissos Donoussa, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) newbuild.The Alafouzos family-owned firm said that Nissos Donoussa has commenced trading in the spot market.The 319,000 dwt ship has been delivered by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).In April 2019, OET was granted an option by the Alafouzos family to acquire two Suezmax newbuilding vessels to be constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries with expected delivery dates in the third quarter of 2020.The option secures a right for the tanker company…

28 Aug 2019

Haisla Nation, Seaspan ink LNG Canada Tug Deal

Front row L to R: Bart Reynolds, President Seaspan Marine, Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor Haisla Nation, Frank Butzelaar, CEO Seaspan Marine Transportation – Back row: Representatives from Seaspan, the Haisla Nation and union leadership witnessed the signing of the agreement.

HaiSea Marine, a joint venture partnership between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan ULC, today announced the signing of a contract award with LNG Canada to design, build and operate escort tugs and harbor tugs required for LNG Canada’s LNG export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.The value of the contract award is approximately $500 million over 12 years and will result in employment for approximately 70 mariners and six onshore staff, plus other roles for employees of the partner organizations.“HaiSea Marine is majority-owned by the Haisla…

28 Aug 2019

R/V Nanuq Joins U. of Alaska Fleet

The College of Fisheries and Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks added a new Armstrong Marine-built research vessel to its fleet, Nanuq, which arrived in Seward, Alaska, ealiers this summer.The Port Angeles, Wash.-based boatbuilder designed the 40-foot aluminum hulled boat and Pacific Power Group, working closely with Armstrong, fit the vessel with a pair of Volvo Penta D6 engines that each deliver 330hp. The engines are paired with Aquamatic outdrives and Volvo…

28 Aug 2019

PEMA T-beam Production Line for Shipbuilding Efficiency

In today’s rapidly changing shipbuilding industry, competitiveness and productivity need to be developed constantly. In practice, it means that every unnecessary work phase and possible bottle neck should be eliminated from the production chain. Pemamek’s automated T-beam production line takes into account these demands, enabling shipbuilders to improve their overall shipyard profitability and efficiency. Automated PEMA T-beam production line enables high capacity and geometrically…

28 Aug 2019

RMK: Targeting “Next Wave of Tanker Demand” in 2021-22

Launched on June 12, 2019, Cosima PG is being built for a European client, to be delivered in November 2019.
Photo: RMK Marine

RMK Marine Shipyard is located in the Tuzla/Istanbul, Turkey, since 1997 as part of the Koc Group of Companies (https://www.koc.com.tr/en-us) which is Turkey’s biggest conglomerate. It specializes in shipbuilding as well as super/mega yacht refit, conversion and new building projects. On the shipbuilding side, specialty, high-temperature product tankers, such as asphalt and bitumen, as well as chemical and oil products tankers have been a staple of RMK Marine. Since 1997, RMK…

27 Aug 2019

Dutra Launches Hydraulic Dump Scow

Photo courtesy of DCA

On August 20, 2019, Dutra’s new Jones Act built Hydraulic Dump Scow ES15 was successfully launched, christened, commissioned and will finish sea trials and additional testing this week. Next week the ES15 will head to Massachusetts to to work on the Boston Harbor Deepening Project.ES15 is a 6,000cy Hydraulic Dump Scow built in Corn Island Shipyard in Grandview, Indiana, located at 734 Mile Marker on the Ohio River. Departing from Corn Island, IN  on August 27, 2019, the vessel will head south on the Ohio River…

28 Aug 2019

MN100: Cimco Marine and the OXE Diesel Outboard

As Trace Laborde, Marine Manager for Laborde Products, says, “The OXE diesel is the complete package, a true diesel engine. It’s great for any maritime application that requires fuel efficiency, simple maintenance, compliance with all European and EPA Tier 3 regulations, and unmatched performance.” That’s high praise, predictably coming from one of OXE’s authorized North American distributors, but in this case, the talk is matched by this OEM’s proven performance.The OXE was recently…

28 Aug 2019

PG to Deliver Cargo Systems for MPSV Newbuilds

(Image: Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway)

Norwegian-based PG Flow Solutions said on Wednesday it has secured orders to supply large liquid-cargo systems and associated equipment for two multipurpose support vessels (MPSV) being constructed in China for an undisclosed shipowner.Under the contract with Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, theliquid handling and pump specialist said it will supply a comprehensive hydraulically driven cargo system with pumps, mud agitators, hydraulic power pack and control system to each of the two vessels.

28 Aug 2019

China Bank Supports Hoegh LNG for New FRSU

Image: Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Hoegh LNG on its first ever sale and leaseback deal with China Construction Bank Financial Leasing (CCBFL) for its tenth Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU), the Hoegh Galleon, which was delivered yesterday (August 27) and has been taken back on charter by Hoegh LNG for twelve years.Following the completion of the transaction, Hoegh LNG is now fully funded with both equity and debt for its current newbuilding program, which will be completed with the delivery of Hoegh…

27 Aug 2019

LNG Carriers to 'Sail on Air'

Mr. Danping Lou, Chief Technical Officer, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a part of CSSC Group (left) with Noah Silberschmidt, CEO, Silverstream Technologies (right) (Photo: Silverstream Technologies)

Silverstream Technologies, an air lubrication manufacturer for the shipping industry, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hudong-Zhonghua, part of the CSSC Group, which will see the Silverstream System integrated into Hudong-Zhonghua’s new building designs for its future LNG carriers in order to increase operational and fuel efficiencies.The system is said to help reduce fuel costs and emissions by between 6% and 8%.Hudong-Zhonghua is a subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China’s largest shipbuilding group, and the second largest in the world.

27 Aug 2019

Crowley Orders New ATB for Enhanced AK Service

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Fuels has signed construction contracts to build a 55,000-barrel, articulated tug-barge (ATB) that is specifically designed to serve the Western Alaska market with delivery of clean fuel products.The 410-foot ATB will have enhanced performance features for the demanding river and sea conditions of Western Alaska, an area that depends on safe and reliable marine delivery services during the short open-water season. An ATB consists of a tugboat and barge that are connected from the bow of the tug to a notch in the stern of the barge by a hinged connection system…

27 Aug 2019

Viega Announces Fall Training Schedule

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire.Viega, LLC has announced its Fall 2019 lineup of courses at its seminar centers in Broomfield, CO and Nashua, NH.The offerings include topics from radiant design and LoopCAD software to press technology. With two fully equipped state-of-the-art seminar centers, Viega is an industry leader in supporting the trades and helping contractors become more versatile, skilled and efficient. To date, more than 40,000 people, from self-employed contractors to employees of large firms…

27 Aug 2019

Shipbuilding: Norway’s Fjellstrand Rewrites the Book

“We see that several car types are built on the same platform and see that there is a benefit in the cost within that industry. We have no reason to believe that this should not be the case also within the maritime industry.” said Fjellstrand’s head of research and development, Edmund Tolo. Photo courtesy Fjellstrand

As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

27 Aug 2019

Hyundai Samho Wins Orders for 5 Ships

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, a unit of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), received orders for the construction of five vessels.According to Yonhap, the orders include two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and three petrochemical carriers - for some 410 billion won ($337 million) combined.Hyundai Samho will build two LPG carriers with a cargo capacity of 84,000 cubic meters (2.97 million cubic feet) by November 2021 for 197.3 billion won, for  an unidentified…

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