Shipbuilding News

19 Jan 2019

Algoma Central: Refund Given for Cancelled Ship Contract

Algoma Central Corporation (TSX: ALC), a provider of marine transportation services, announced that it has received full refund of all instalment payments made in connection with the now-cancelled shipbuilding contracts with Uljanik d.d. and 3Maj Shipyard of Croatia.Algoma entered into five shipbuilding contracts with 3Maj Shipyard, an operating unit of Uljanik d.d of Croatia. According to a press release from Algoma, after considerable delay, the first of the five vessels was delivered in 2018; however, Algoma cancelled the remaining four contracts as the shipyard’s financial difficulties led to a much-publicized attempt to refinance the company and shipyard management was unable to put forward a credible plan that would lead to completion of the remaining hulls.

18 Jan 2019

HII to Acquire Fulcrum IT Services

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Fulcrum IT Services, LLC, an information technology and government consulting company headquartered in Centerville, Va. The planned acquisition is expected to close in February.Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Fulcrum expands HII’s capabilities in enhanced situational awareness and predictive threat analytics through Fulcrum’s advanced engineering, cyber security, software development, big data engineering, and intelligence and special operations experience. Fulcrum will join HII’s Technical Solutions division.

17 Jan 2019

GasLog's LNG Pair to be Built at SHI with GTT Tank

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Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that it has received an order from the Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the tank design of two LNG carriers, on behalf of the ship-owner Gaslog.Each offering a capacity of 180,000 m3, the tanks will be fitted with the Mark III Flex+ containment system.The vessels' delivery is expected for Q2 and Q3 of 2021 respectively, said GTT, an engineering company expert in containment systems with cryogenic membranes used to transport and store liquefied gas…

17 Jan 2019

Seaspan Awarded Major Joint Support Ships Contract

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Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded L3 MAPPS a contract for work on Canada’s new Joint Support Ships (JSS).According to a press release, the award is one of several to be announced for Canadian suppliers supporting Seaspan’s work on naval supply ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). This work will contribute to Seaspan fulfilling its Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy commitments.Based in Montreal, L3 MAPPS will provide the globally deployed Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for JSS.

17 Jan 2019

Zvezda Shipyard Order Jumps Up by 42%

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Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has increased its portfolio of orders by 42 percent in the second half of 2018.The shipbuilding and engineering complex in the town of Bolshoy Kamen in the Russian Far East said that currently, it has a total of 37 vessels in its orderbook and is in the process of securing new contracts.Zvezda’s anchor customer is Rosneft, which placed an order for 26 vessels, including 12 Arc6 and Arc7 ice-class tankers, 4 ice-class multi-purpose support vessels…

17 Jan 2019

Jensen Maritime Provides Design for Shaver's New Tugboat

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Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, has provided the detailed design for Shaver Transportation Company’s new, Z-drive tug – Samantha S. The multi-purpose tug was built at Diversified Marine Inc., in Portland, Ore., and is operating along the West Coast. The tug is ABS-classed and carries a FFV1 firefighting notation.The 112-foot by 44-foot tug has a 22-foot draft, was built for escort, ocean towing and ship assist, and has firefighting capabilities if needed. The tug features a raised pilot house and a squared forward end.

17 Jan 2019

Troubled Shipbuilder Uljanik Draws Investor Interest

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Croatia's largest shipbuilder Uljanik, which is trying to attract investors to stay afloat, extended a due diligence process until late next week after drawing the interest of potential strategic partners.Croatia's Economy Minister Darko Horvat said four potential investors were looking at Uljanik's business data and another company was also interested, but did not elaborate."I expect at least two serious offers for Uljanik at the end of this process which would then prevent its bankruptcy…

17 Jan 2019

SHIPBUILDING: MV Werften Acquires Neptun Ship Design

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The shipyard group MV WERFTEN is acquiring the Rostock-based Neptun Ship Design, Germany’s largest ship design office. Neptun Ship Design in Rostock is being acquired as an independent subsidiary of MV WERFTEN to provide design services for the shipyard group in future. In addition to the group’s own designers at its yards in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund as well as a designer network throughout Europe, further significant engineering capacities are thus being united under one roof.

16 Jan 2019

Shipbuilding: Fitch Warns Over Hanjin Shipyard's Debt

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The exposure of five Philippine banks to financially distressed Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Philippines (HHIC-Phil), which recently declared bankruptcy after it defaulted on over $400 million in loans, could put pressure on their credit ratings.Their exposure to what may well be the largest corporate default in Philippine banking history may put pressure on the credit ratings of local lenders, Fitch Ratings said.According to reports, Hanjin owes $412 million to Philippine banks. Another $900 million is owed to Korean banks.

16 Jan 2019

Sunseeker, Rolls-Royce Present Yacht with MTU Hybrid Power

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Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce have agreed to present the first yacht fitted with an MTU series production hybrid propulsion system in 2020. At Boot Düsseldorf from January 19-27, Sunseeker and MTU will present the new hybrid propulsion system.The new Sunseeker yacht will have an integrated MTU hybrid propulsion system. It will consist of two 12-cylinder MTU Series 2000 diesel engines (each delivering around 1,432 kW/ 1,947 hp), on-board generators, electric propulsion modules…

15 Jan 2019

DSME Wins Order for Four VLCCs

VLCC. File Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) has clinched a $366 million order to build four units of very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from an unidentified shipper in the Oceanian region.According to a regulatory filing, the four tanker vessels which will be delivered in 2021. This marks the second large VLCC order in under a month.According to Yonhap, DSME is aiming to win $8 billion worth of new orders this year, up 10 percent from last year's order target of $7.3 billion.Last year…

15 Jan 2019

Eniram Helps French Ferry La Méridionale to Cut Fuel

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French ferry operator La Méridionale and Eniram, a Wärtsilä have taken notable steps on digitalising La Méridionale’s fleet with the help of the latest energy management technology."This partnership is in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, which through the extensive use of digitalisation, will enable the efficient use of resources with the least possible impact on the environment," said a press release.The ‘Piana’, a ro-pax ferry that travels between Marseille and Corsica, was equipped with Eniram Trim and Speed solutions in April 2017.

15 Jan 2019

Gladding-Hearn’s Refitted Launch Ready for 14 More Years on Delaware Bay

The pilot boat Brandywine underway (CREDIT: Gladding Hearn)

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered a retrofitted pilot boat to the Delaware Bay pilots association. Brandywine, one of the shipyard’s early 53’ Chesapeake class launches built in 2004, is one of nine pilot boats built for the pilots since they took delivery of their first boat from the Mass. shipyard in 1957.Along with installing new shafts and Brunton propellers, the yard replaced the twin Daewoo 650 Bhp diesel engines with a pair of Volvo D16 EPA Tier-3-compliant 650 Bhp diesel engines…

15 Jan 2019

Shipbuilding: Synergy's New 20,000+ TEU Containership

Captain Rajesh Unni (Photo: Synergy Group)

Synergy Group took delivery of Ever Gifted, an Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) newbuilding built in Japan at Imabari Shipbuilding.Currently under Synergy’s technical management on Evergreen Line’s popular Far East-North Europe and Mediterranean service, the 20,000+ TEU capacity ULCV is one of the largest container ships in service worldwide.Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO and Founder of Singapore-headquartered Synergy Group said: “The Ever Gifted is one of the highest capacity container ships currently in service.

15 Jan 2019

Ship Design: ABS AIP for Neptun's Wind Turbine Transport Vessel

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ABS granted Approval in Principal (AIP) to Neptun Ship Design for its Wind Turbine Transport Vessel design, the first to support transporting parts for turbines greater than 9 Mega Watts (MW).The 178m long Blue Azurit design allows wind turbine manufacturers to produce full length welded towers ready for installation. The energy-efficient vessel is designed to pick up components direct from the supplier’s berth, transport parts to an offshore harbor, or feed them to the installation vessel.In granting this AIP…

15 Jan 2019

Shipbuilding: Fincantieri signs $542M Cruise Ship Deal

Positive momentum in the cruise sector continues, as Fincantieri signed a $543M contract with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  for the construction of one new ultra-luxury cruise ship for the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand to be delivered in 2023.The new vessel will be a sister ship to “Seven Seas Explorer”, which took the sea in 2016, and to “Seven Seas Splendor”, due to delivery in 2020. With about 54,000 tons, the unit will be able to accommodate up to 750 guests on board and she will be the brand’s sixth-all-suite vessel in Regent’s fleet. As her sister ships, the new vessel will be built using the very latest environmental protection technologies.

15 Jan 2019

New Crewboat for PSA Marine

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Singapore-based shipbuilder Lita Ocean has delivered Summit PSA 5, a new 25m monohull crewboat for compatriot owner and operator PSA Marine.The Incat Crowther designed vessel will provide for the transport of both personnel and light cargo to and from a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).The vessel is powered by two MAN D2842 LE410 marine engines rated at 809 kw @ 2,100 rpm driving two fixed pitch propellers. The vessel has a full load speed in excess of 26 knots, easily exceeding the contract requirement of 25 knots.Tank capacities include 11…

15 Jan 2019

CDP, Fincantieri and Snam Join for Innovation of Ports

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Italian investment bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), the largest shipbuilder in Europe Fincantieri and natural gas transmission company Snam teamed up to innovate port facilities in Italy and develop sustainable technologies for maritime transport.The preliminary collaboration agreement is aimed at identifying, defining and implementing medium-term strategic projects for the innovation and development of port facilities in Italy, as well as for the development of sustainable technologies applied to maritime transport…

15 Jan 2019

Alexandroupolis FSRU Delivery Delayed by Six Months

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Greek utility company Gastrade has extended the timeline for completion of its Greek LNG development by six months to allow more time for the delivery of offshore floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for the Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System Project.Gastrade, the developer of the 5.5 billion cubic metre per year regasification project, has pushed back its completion date from the end of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021 to give interested suppliers more time to deliver an FSRU.The project is being developed by Gastrade…

15 Jan 2019

Ecodelta Christened in Rotterdam

Ecodelta-the new LNG consuming dredger. Image:  Conoship International

A new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Ecodelta, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG),  was christened last Friday (January 11) in the Dutch port of Rotterdam.The dredging vessel, built at the Dutch yard Barkmeijer for shipping company Van der Kamp, is a key component of the new contract entered into by Bagger & Aannemingsmaatschappij Van der Kamp and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.In 2015, the project Ecodelta was initiated by Van der Kamp, a Zwolle-based dredging company…

15 Jan 2019

Rauma Marine Constructions Signs LOI for Hybrid Ferry

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Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) has signed a letter of intent with the ferry operator Kvarken Link for the construction of a dual fuel ferry.The vessel order will have a value of approximately EUR120 million (USD137.63 million), said a press release.The vessel commissioned by Kvarken Link, a company owned by the cities of Umeå (Sweden) and Vaasa (Finland), will operate between the two cities.he vessel order will have an impact on employment totalling around 800 person-years.

14 Jan 2019

ST Engineering Secures $560m New Contracts in 4Q2018

ST Engineering has announced that its Marine arm has won $560m worth of new contracts in the last quarter of 2018. Fast Patrol Boats For the Singapore Police Coast GuardThe Ministry of Home Affairs has awarded ST Engineering a contract for the design, construction and maintenance of Fast Patrol Boats for the Singapore Police Coast Guard. Construction of the boats is expected to commence in mid-2019.145 MW Floating Power BargeST Engineering and Siemens have jointly received an order for a SCC-800 2X1C SeaFloat barge-mounted power plant from Seaboard Corporation subsidiary Transcontinental Capital Corporation (Bermuda) Ltd., an Independent Power Producer with operation in Dominican Republic.Under a turnkey plug and play concept…

14 Jan 2019

NASSCO Expands Ships Production Capacity

Kevin Graney, President of General Dynamics NASSCO, addresses a crowd of shipbuilders as the company commissioned a new panel line in the San Diego shipyard January 11, 2019. Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to commission its new panel line, which expands steel production capabilities for the construction of commercial and government ships in San Diego.The American shipbuilding company with three shipyards located in San Diego, Norfolk, and Mayport said in a press release that the new panel line enables distortion-free welding of plates as thin as five millimeters to produce lighter, more energy efficient ships.The cutting-edge facility uses hybrid laser arc welding and numerically controlled robots to mill…

14 Jan 2019

Chinese Eye Philippines Hanjin Shipyard

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Two Chinese shipbuilding companies have expressed intent to invest in the largest Philippine shipyard, debt-riddled Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines, the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) said.Drowning in debt,  the Philippine business of the Hanjin Group of South Korea, has asked the government for help in search of an investor who would take over the business and save the troubled shipbuilder.Philippines Rodrigo Duterte administration has stepped in to help save the troubled investor in Subic.According to local media reports…

13 Jan 2019

Vilnia Maersk Delivered to Maersk

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Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S has taken delivery of Vilnia Maersk, a 3,600 TEU containership, from COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard.According to a stock exchange annoucement, Shanghai NSE supplied main switchboard   for the vessel.The statement said that the 3600TEU Container Vessel (Hull No.: N693) was built by COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co., Ltd. for Maersk Line Ltd.The ship is the sixth in a series of a total of seven Baltic feeders Maersk’s brand Seago Line plans…

13 Jan 2019

Hapag-Lloyd on Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

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Ships are often disassembled on beaches by people who don’t wear any protective clothing or take any other safety precautions. One reason for this is that there still aren’t any globally agreed standards that shipping companies must adhere to, said a report by Hapag-Lloyd.In 2017, 835 ships of the global fleet of 50,000 vessels were recycled – but in very different ways. In December 2018, the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) launched an online platform to draw attention to these practices and…

13 Jan 2019

Norway Builds World's First Hydrogen Ferry

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The world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry will be built by Norled. It will be put into operation at the Hjelmeland association in 2021.According to a press release from the Norwegian shipping company, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norled AS signed an agreement, on the construction of the world's first hydrogen-electric ferry. It must be put into operation on Hjelmeland route in 2021.The development contract that Norled won in fierce competition with Fjord 1 and Boreal on the development…

11 Jan 2019

First European Shipper Signs Green Shipping Guarantee Program

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) announces the signature of the first agreement under its Green Shipping Guarantee Programme (GSGP) through ABN Amro.The EIB will contribute EUR 10.1 million to an ABN AMRO arranged facility to finance the construction of three cement carrier vessels for the Eureka Shipping group, said a press release.The project vessels’ design represents an improvement to the overall environmental performance of the promoter’s fleet, as well as cement carrier vessels currently operating in European waters.

11 Jan 2019

Selektope Doubles Antifouling Coating Orders

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The number of ships using Selektope-containing antifouling coatings more than double in 2019 with the largest ever single volume order received for the barnacle-repelling antifouling ingredient Selektope coupled with strong commercial developments in late 2018, claims a press note.Placed by the marine coating manufacturers Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP) in December 2018, this follow up order fulfils CMP’s previous minimum commitments contained in supply agreements signed in early 2018 ahead of time…

11 Jan 2019

Blue Atlantic Fabricators Launches Lovejoy Wharf Ferry & Water Taxi Dock

Boston Harbor Cruises’ new subsidiary is building for Massachusetts in the Commonwealth.Blue Atlantic Fabricators of East Boston, MA announces the fabrication and launch of a 50 ton, 20ft x 80ft floating dock to be located at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston. This all-steel dock, will be the facility for privately-run ferry and water taxi service between Lovejoy Wharf and Boston’s Seaport District, offering both bow-loading and side loading capabilities.Blue Atlantic Fabricators built the floating dock for C. White Marine, Inc. who, as general marine contractor for developer Related Beal, will finish and install the docking system at the multiuse Lovejoy Wharf property.

11 Jan 2019

DNV GL, Washington State Partner for Sustainable Maritime Growth

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Washington State partnered with DNV GL in late 2017 to develop the “Washington Maritime Blue” strategy for the sustainable development of the state’s $38 billion maritime industry. With that strategy now complete, the State unveils how it plans to achieve the vision of being home to a world-class, thriving, and sustainable maritime industry by 2050.At an event in Seattle, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Maritime Innovation Advisory Council unveiled the results of their…

11 Jan 2019

Crowley’s LNG-Fueled ConRo Completes Maiden Voyage

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The second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new combination container/roll-on roll-off “ConRo” ships - MV Taíno, one of the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) - completed its maiden voyage to Puerto Rico on Friday morning, Jan. 11. MV Taíno, which departed Jan. 8 from its mainland homeport of Jacksonville, Fla. (JAXPORT), is the second of two ConRo vessels constructed for Crowley. Sister ship MV El Coquí began its first-in-class service in July 2018.The ships…

11 Jan 2019

Next-Generation LNG Carrier Christened

Next-Generation LNG Carrier "NOHSHU MARU" (Photo: MHI)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. held a christening ceremony for a next-generation LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier under construction for TRANS PACIFIC SHIPPING 5 LTD., a joint venture of JERA Co., Inc. (JERA) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL). The new ship, named Nohshu Maru, is the fourth vessel of the latest model "Sayaringo STaGE" type, featuring significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system.

11 Jan 2019

Mergers: Commission to Assess Acquisition of Chantiers de l'Atlantique by Fincantieri

The European Commission has agreed to the request submitted by France and Germany asking it to look at Fincantieri's proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l'Atlantique in the light of the EU Merger Regulation.The Commission considers that the transaction could harm competition at European and global level.The proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l'Atlantique by Fincantieri does not reach the turnover thresholds set by the EU Merger Regulation for transactions notifiable to the European Commission because of their European dimension. However, the plan was notified for authorisation in France and Germany.France submitted a referral request pursuant to Article 22(1) of the EU Merger Regulation.

11 Jan 2019

Shipbuilding: SHI Eyes Fat Order Book in 2019

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South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) expects to increase orders by almost 24 percent in 2019 compared to last year.According to Yonhap, SHI is aiming to clinch USD7.8 billion worth of new orders this year which marks a 24 percent hike from last year’s tally.The shipyard also aims to post $6.4 billion in sales this year, up 29 percent from last year, it said in a regulatory filing.According to the stock exchange annoucement, SHI secured some $6 billion worth of new orders last year…

10 Jan 2019

CMA CGM's First Vessel Dedicated to the French West Indies Delivered

CMA CGM Fort de France (Photo: CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group has announced it has taken delivery of the CMA CGM Fort de France, the first of an order for four container ships dedicated to the French West Indies.With a capacity of 3,500 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent units) and a length of 219 meters, the CMA CGM Fort de France stands out by its draft which is adapted to the West Indies ports. It is also equipped with a large number of plugs for refrigerated containers (“Reefers”) which allow the transport in optimal conditions of perishable goods such as bananas…

10 Jan 2019

United Wind Logistics Picks MAN GenSets for Newbuilding

Rendering of the new deck carrier (picture courtesy Heavylift@Sea)

Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard Group Co,.Ltd has ordered 2 × MAN 9L 21/31 + 2 × MAN 6L16/24 GenSets in connection with the construction of an modern deck carrier. The specialized vessel will transport offshore wind-turbine components and has been ordered by Hamburg-based company, United Wind Logistics (UWL), which is employing Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG for building supervision and technical management. The order includes options for two further vessels. MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee…

10 Jan 2019

Damen Completes Refit of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Damen Shiprepair Brest)

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth has left Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) following a 12-day repair and refit program. She is the most recent addition to the Cunard fleet, having been delivered in 2010.The program was highly intensive with a series of major systems being overhauled or installed. On arrival the ship was placed in Damen Shiprepair Brest’s drydock number 3, one of the largest in Europe at 420 meters, and the relevant manufacturers began immediately on maintenance to her stabilizers…

10 Jan 2019

Turner Iceni Adds Two Vessels

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UK-based renewable energy vessel specialist Turner Iceni has acquired two new boats – MCS Maestro and Don Quixote - that now will be refitted for work later this year.MCS Maestro, a 18m South Boat, was purchased from Maritime Craft Services. The vessel will be refitted with Volvo IPS 900, shot blasted and repainted in Turner Iceni livery. Interior modifications include a new galley and updated nav comms. Don Quixote, a 20m South Boat built in 2009, was purchased from Vroon. She will be re-engined with 1400hp MAN and Hamilton 651 jets which will have the new AVX control system and jet anchor.

10 Jan 2019

New Zealand Intros Fully-Electric Ferry

Concept photo of New Zealand’s first fully electric ferry. Image: McKay

New Zeland's multi-disciplined electrotechnology company McKay announced that they are to develop and implement the country's first plug-in fully electrical ferry along SSC Marine, which is planned to be built in Wellington.According to the company statement, the ferry is the first of its kind in New Zealand and also in the entire southern hemisphere.The project will consist of a modern, composite catamaran ferry using a McKay designed and installed power and energy management, energy storage system and electric propulsion systems.

10 Jan 2019

Fincantieri to Build Two New Ships for Norwegian's Oceania Cruises

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The largest shipbuilder in Europe Fincantieri and the US Group Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. signed a contract for the construction of two new generation cruise ships for the Oceania Cruises brand, with delivery scheduled respectively in 2022 and 2025, which will start the “Allura-Class”.The agreement has an overall value exceeding 1 billion euros.With about 67,000 tons and the capacity of accommodating approximately 1,200 passengers on board, these units will be the new flagships of Oceania Cruises future fleet…

09 Jan 2019

Gaslog Orders Two LNG Carriers at Samsung Heavy

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The Monaco-based international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, GasLog Ltd said that two 180,000 cubic meter LNG carriers with low pressure two stroke (LP-2S) propulsion and GTT Mark III Flex Plus cargo containment systems have been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea.The newbuilding ordered to fulfil the Charters Gaslog signed with the wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc each for a firm period of seven years.Gaslog…

09 Jan 2019

Jensen Maritime Designs New Tier IV Tractor Tugs for Foss

The Jensen designed Foss tier 4 tug. CREDIT: Jensen

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, has provided the detailed design for an initial four, with an option for six additional, Tier IV tractor tugboats being built by Nichols Brother Boat Builders for Foss Maritime.The 90-short ton bollard pull tugs are based on Jensen’s popular Valor tugboat design, of which 9 have been successfully built and deployed to date and an additional five remain under design/construction. Once delivered, the Foss tugs will be deployed along the U.S.

09 Jan 2019

GTT Receives Order for Tank Design of Two New LNG Carriers

GTT has received an order from the Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the tank design of two new 174,000 m3 LNG carriers (LNGC), on behalf of the Japanese ship-owner NYK.The tanks of these units will be fitted with the Mark III Flex membrane containment system. The vessels' deliveries are scheduled between the third and the fourth quarters of 2021.

09 Jan 2019

MacGregor Deck Machinery Selected for Heavy-Duty Naval Operations

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been selected to supply deck machinery equipment for a US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) T-ATSX-class vessel under construction at Gulf Island Shipyards, in Houma, Louisiana, US. The order was booked into Cargotec's fourth quarter 2018 order intake and the equipment is planned for delivery during the first quarter of 2020.MacGregor's latest naval contract with Gulf Island Shipyards, a subsidiary of Gulf Island Fabrication Inc, includes the option for a further seven vessels. The towing, salvage and rescue ship (T-ATSX) is a new class of vessel that will be deployed for worldwide naval service including open-ocean towing…

09 Jan 2019

Langh Tech Delivers Scrubber Systems to Polaris Fleet

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Langh Tech and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (STX O&S) have signed a deal for scrubber retrofits on seven vessels in the Polaris fleet. The four 180K bulkers and the three 300K VLOCs in the fleet will be equipped with Langh Tech’s open loop scrubbers.The scrubber installations will be done as turn key deliveries by STX O&S. On each of the vessels the main engine and the three auxiliaries are connected to the scrubber. The scrubbers are multi-inlet type and Langh Tech delivers all the equipment necessary for a fully working open loop system.

09 Jan 2019

InvaSave to be used for Atlantic Blue Port Services Project

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On Thursday, December 27, an InvaSave 300 Mobile Ballast Water Treatment System was transported from Damen Green Solution’s premises in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be used for a demonstration program as part of the “Atlantic Blue Port Services” project, made possible by the INTERREG Atlantic Area Program, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).Upon arriving in the port of Las Palmas, the unit will be connected to a vessel’s ballast…

08 Jan 2019

Shipbuilding: French, German Intervention Upsets Italy

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Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini attacked France and Germany on Tuesday over their role in a European Union investigation into a planned merger involving Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri."What has happened is extremely serious, France and Germany behaved wrongly.

08 Jan 2019

VesselsValue Weighs in on 2019 Future Winners!

Overall, the outlook for shipping asset prices remains bright, but several areas are more attractive than others.The VesselsValue forecast takes many factors into consideration when assessing each vessel class and age. Today we’ll look at some of the most appealing segments and the fundamental reasons why ships of this size are more likely to appreciate. Subscribers have access to a far more granular look at all ship types and ages, allowing for accurate risk assessment of any…

08 Jan 2019

Esvagt Turns to Vestdavit for High Seas Windfarm Boat-Handling

Esvagt’s latest windfarm Service Operations Vessels will be equipped with davits from Vestdavit that offer safe and comfortable boat launching and recovery even in the most challenging conditions (Photo: Havyard)

Vestdavit has reinforced its claim to be the davit supplier of choice for higher sea states after securing orders to equip three state-of-the-art Esvagt Service Operations Vessels (SOVs) destined to support windfarm maintenance in challenging North Sea conditions.Developed by Havyard Design & Solution and built by Havyard Ship Technology, the Esvagt trio will be delivered in 2020-2021. The construction project continues a run of eight Havyard designed vessels built for Esvagt but the davit contract has brought Vestdavit particular satisfaction…

08 Jan 2019

EU Will Review Planned French-Italian Shipbuilding Merger

Photo courtesy of Chantiers de l'Atlantique

The European Commission said on Tuesday that it would investigate Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's planned acquisition of French counterpart Chantiers de l'Atlantique after France and Germany asked it to do so.The merged entity would not have a turnover high enough to require notification to EU regulators."However, the plan was notified for authorisation in France and Germany," the Commission said in a statement.It added that, on the basis of information provided by both countries…

08 Jan 2019

China Bans Open-Loop Scrubber Discharge at 'Some' Ports

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China's maritime authority has banned the discharge of "wash water" used in ships to strip hazardous sulphur emissions from engine exhaust gases from Jan. 1 for some ports, according to a government document reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday.The ban on water discharge from so-called open-loop scrubbers is part of an effort to prepare for International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that will ban ships from using fuel oil with a sulphur content of more than 0.5 percent from 2020…

07 Jan 2019

Huntington Ingalls Appoints Joseph E. Tofalo as VP

(L-R) Joseph E. Tofalo and Jay Donnelly. Photos: Huntington Ingalls Industries

America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo has been named corporate vice president of program integration and assessment.The U.S. Navy, Ret. will report directly to Mitchell B. Waldman, executive vice president of government and customer relations.Tofalo will be responsible for working with federal entities, academic institutions and industry associations that are engaged in shaping future architectures and capabilities.

07 Jan 2019

Danfoss Editron powers Stockholm’s First Hybrid Ice-Class Passenger Ferry

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Stockholm shipping company Waxholmsbolaget has launched its first hybrid ice-going passenger ferry, powered by innovative hybrid electric propulsion by Danfoss Editron Oy.The 27.5m vessel, designed and built by Baltic Workboats, is serving the Stockholm archipelago (Sweden) and is built to transport up to 150 passengers at a time.The electrified ice-class ferry will help the city of Stockholm achieve its target of becoming a fossil fuel-free city by 2040, while providing more…

07 Jan 2019

Nanyang Technological University Brings Methanol Power to Singapore

Photo courtesy of Methanol Institute

The Methanol Institute (MI) is backing a project at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore which will be the first evaluation of Methanol as a marine fuel in Asia.The project consists of two phases, with the first consisting of desktop and bench-testing the Methanol-powered engine employed in the GreenPilot evaluation program in Gothenburg, Sweden. In the second phase, the engine will be shipped to Singapore for installation onboard a harbor craft vessel for service within a fleet for a six-month sea trial…

06 Jan 2019

BAE Systems to Modernise USS Shoup

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BAE Systems has received a $78.8 million contract for the maintenance and modernisation of the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Shoup.The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $87.6 million if all options are exercised, said a press release.According to the release, the scope of the depot modernisation period availability includes dry-docking the ship and performing underwater hull preservation works. BAE Systems will also upgrade the ship’s Aegis combat system and its command and control equipment…

06 Jan 2019

Taiwan: Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Bags CGA Ship Order

Image: Coast Guard Administration, Ocean Affairs Council.

The construction of a 600-tonne Coast Guard Administration (CGA) patrol ship by  the Taiwan-based shipbuilding company Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Corporation (JSSC) began in Kaohsiung.An official statement from Taiwan coast guard said that the ship is the first of a dozen to be produced by the company for the agency.According to Taipei Times, CGA Fleet Branch head Hsieh Ching-chin and JSSC Chairman Han Pi-hsiang presided over the initiation ceremony Friday to mark the start of the…

06 Jan 2019

Global Shipbuilding Market to Grow 2% by 2023

Graphics: Technavio

Analysts forecast the global shipbuilding market to grow at a CAGR of over 2% during the 2019-2023 period.According to Technavio analysts, one of the key factors contributing to the growth of the global shipbuilding market is the increasing seaborne trading."In the last couple of decades, the shipping industry has recorded an increase in the total trade volume. Rapid industrialization and the liberalization of economies are the prominent factors propelling trade volumes between two countries…

06 Jan 2019

Austalia, Iran Sign Shipbuilding Pact

Image: ISOICO

The Australian government decided to increase cooperation with Tehran in marine industries and shipbuilding irrespective of the US sanctions, reports Mehr News Agency, quoting the deputy head of Iran's Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO).After meeting  Australian Ambassador Ian Biggs, Mohammad Nouri Amiri, deputy head of  IDRO said that in spite of the US sanctions, Australia will cooperate with Iran in newly-developed marine industries and shipbuilding know…

06 Jan 2019

South Korean Shipbuilding No.1 Again

Image:  Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

South Korea’s shipbuilding industry reclaimed the title of world’s biggest shipbuilder (in terms of orders volume) in 2018 for the first time in six years, since it had conceded No.1 spot to China in 2012.The global orders of Korean shipbuilders stood at 12.6 million compensated gross tonnage (CGT) last year, accounting for 44.2 percent of the total orders, according to Clarkson Research, shipbuilding and marine analysis agency in the U.K. The orders of Chinese shipbuilders were 9.1 million CGT…

04 Jan 2019

Daehan Shipbuilding Gets DNV GL Approval for LNG Tanker

Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager of Korea & Japan at DNV GL – Maritime (left), presents the AiP certificate to Yong-Duk Park, CEO & President of DHSC. Photo: DNV GL

Korean shipbuilder, Daehan Shipbuilding (DHSC), has been given approval in principle (AiP)  from International accredited registrar DNV GL for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled 115,000 dwt Aframax tanker.As the maritime industry continues to build on its efforts to reduce emissions to air, LNG as a ship fuel is attracting a great deal of attention across many ship sizes and types. The new joint development project (JDP) undertaken by DHSC and DNV GL focussed on producing…

04 Jan 2019

Bouchard Barge Gets Major Overhaul

M/V Bouchard Girls & B. No. 295 (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.)

Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. announced Friday that one of its barges has ended its shipyard period after completing a major overhaul.The work was performed at Gulf Marine Repair in Tampa, Fl. She left the shipyard earlier this week.Bouchard Barge No. 295 (B. No. 295) left Gulf Marine Repair in Tampa, Fla. earlier this week following an extensive scope of repair and upgrade work, a Bouchard spokesperson told MarineLink.Approximately 90 percent of the the barge’s main deck plate has been replaced…

03 Jan 2019

Forward Ships Receives South Korean Patent

Image: Forward Technologies Corp.

Forward Ships, which enables the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the fuel of choice for ships at a global scale, said that its  innovative machinery arrangement received its first official patent right from South Korea, a major shipbuilding nation.The Korean Intellectual Property Office Examiner decided to grant this patent application pursuant to Article 66 of the Korean Patent Act to Arista Shipping S. A.  The Project Forward initiative led by Athens-Based Arista Shipping…

03 Jan 2019

Hyundai Heavy Industries Eyes USD 15.9bln Order for 2019

Image: Hyundai Heavy  Industries

South Korea's shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has set a 2019 shipbuilding total sales target of USD15.9 billion.According to the Yonhap News Agency, this is a 20.7 percent increase on last year's target of $13.2 billion. The group - including HHI, Hyundai Samho Heavy and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard - won $13.7 billion worth of deals in 2018.Yonhap said that HHI vowed to win deals worth $8 billion in the shipbuilding segment, followed by Hyundai Samho Heavy and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard with $4.3 billion and $3.5 billion…

03 Jan 2019

Nordlaks Orders 2nd Live Fish Carrier

Illustration of Nordlaks two new live fish carriers (Photo: NSK Ship Design)

Nordlaks is ordering another live fish carrier with gas / battery hybrid propulsion, to reduce the diesel consumption for transporting live fish from 2020. The first live fish carrier is already under construction. Vessel number two originates from the same design by NSK Ship Design."Technology development means that we get to choose out of range of solutions the ones that can be efficient both for the environment and the business at the same time. Another example is the use of electricity at our fish farms…

03 Jan 2019

Rolls-Royce Delivers Ship Design, Equipment to New Fishing Vessel

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine has signed a contract to deliver ship design and an extensive range of equipment to a 70-meter long stern trawler to be built for Engenes fiskeriselskap AS, based in Troms county, northern Norway.This highly advanced fishing vessel is to be built by Gondan shipyard in Spain.The vessel will be of type NVC 370 with a low resistant hull design, which meets increased demands for fuel efficiency combined with good sea keeping. It will be equipped with a package of power and propulsion…

03 Jan 2019

Gulf Island Delivers Terminal/Escort Tug to Bay Houston Towing

Image Credit: Gulf Island Fabrication

Gulf Island Fabrication announced that its Shipyard Division has successfully delivered the M/V Mark E. Kuebler, a Z-Tech 30-80 Terminal/Escort Tug to Bay Houston Towing Company.The M/V Mark E. Kuebler was designed by Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, BC. and built at Gulf Island’s, Jennings, Louisiana facilities. The vessel will be operated by G&H Towing on behalf of Bay Houston Towing Company. Gulf Island is currently building nine (9) sister vessels that are at various stages of construction.The M/V Mark E.

03 Jan 2019

Schoellhorn-Albrecht Delivers Deck Machinery Package

Photo: Schoellhorn-Albrecht

Schoellhorn-Albrecht recently delivered [1] Anchor Windlass suitable for use with 2” anchor chain, and [6] Mooring Winches for use with 7/8” to 1-1/8” Wire Rope, to be used on the Cleveland Rocks Conversion to a Self-Unloading Cement Carrier.Design Characteristics of Machinery:Anchor Windlass: The Anchor Windlass was fabricated with a 2” wildcat, a manual band-brake, a wildcat clutch, an Ø18” warping head, a chain stripper, and an integrated pawl-type chain stopper. Powered by a 2-speed 25/25HP Electric Motor…

03 Jan 2019

Cosco Dalian Shipyard Orders TTS Cranes

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Norway’s TTS Group has been awarded a NOK 102 million (USD11.7 million) contract with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard Company in China for five sets of cargo cranes and hatch covers."The contract regards five shipsets of cargo cranes and hatch covers. The equipment is for use on multi-purpose vessels," said a press note.Deliveries are expected to take place by the end of 2019, it said. Last year,  TTS Groupsecured another contract with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd in China for a shipset…

03 Jan 2019

Imabari Confirms Newbuilding Order for 12 Container Carriers from Evergreen

Anchor Chang / Chairman of Evergreen Line & Yukito Higaki/President of Imabari. Image: Imabari Shipbuilding

Japanese ship building marine engineering and service company Imabari Shipbuilding, with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation,has secured a newbuilding order of twelve units of 11,000TEU Container Carriers for Evergreen Line, Taiwan.Having dimensions of about 334m in length with about 48.4m breadth service speed in about 23 knots, loading capacity is over 11,000TEU, said a press release."Like our other Ultra large-size containers with track record, this Vessel is adopted with eco-friendly hull form design and Twin-Islander enhancing more loading capacity to compare with our former design…

02 Jan 2019

Rolls-Royce Designs New Fishing Vessel for Engenes

Pic: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract to deliver ship design and an extensive range of equipment to a 70-metre long stern trawler to be built for Engenes fiskeriselskap AS, based in Troms county, northern Norway.This highly advanced fishing vessel is to be built by Gondan shipyard in Spain, said a press release from Rolls-Royce.Shipowners Johannes Arne and Børge Arvesen, Engenes fiskeriselskap, said: "This is a milestone for our company and carries on the proud traditions of trawl fishing in our part of Norway."The vessel will be of type NVC 370 with a low resistant hull design…

02 Jan 2019

Sovcomflot Orders Three LNG-fueled Tankers from Zvezda Shipyard

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On December 28, 2018, Sovcomflot (SCF Group) placed an order at Zvezda shipbuilding complex for construction of three new generation product carriers that use cleaner-burning LNG fuel as their primary fuel.Three MR-class vessels will have a deadweight (DWT) of 51,000 tonnes each. They will transport petroleum products and gas condensate and will be chartered to Novatek under long-term time charter agreements. Each tanker will have an ice class of 1B, enabling safe operations in areas with challenging ice conditions, including the Baltic.Using LNG fuel enables to significantly reduce emissions.

02 Jan 2019

First Shore-to-Ship Cold Ironing Connection In Eastern Med

Photo: Lloyd's Register

Eastern Mediterranean achieved reduced environmental footprint at the port of Killini, which on December 20th, 2018 held an inauguration event of the first pilot shore installation for the electrification of ships with an overwhelming ceremony that shed light to the endeavor that was accomplished by the EU co-funded Action ‘elemed’ and the shipping company Levante Ferries, who experienced the plug in of its passenger ro-ro ferry Fior Di Levante to the new electrification position on shore.The event was opened by Mr Nabil-Iosif Morant…

02 Jan 2019

Aker Arctic Bronze Propellers for Ice-class Ships

Image: Aker Arctic

Bronze has been the preferred material for open water and low ice class ship propellers for decades, said Finnish engineering company Aker Arctic that operates an ice model test basin in Helsinki."Few years ago, Aker Arctic began investigating the possibility of using it also in high ice class vessels. In November 2018, the first bronze propellers based on the new strength dimensioning criteria were installed on the Finnish ice class 1A ASD tug Calypso," said a statement from the designer of icebreakers.While bronze is not as strong as stainless steel…

02 Jan 2019

Keppel Wins New Marine Contracts

Image: Keppel Offshore & Marine

Singaporean conglomerate  Keppel Offshore & Marine said that it has secured new marine contracts with a combined value of S$300 million (USD 220 mln) through its subsidiaries. According to a press release from the company, the first contract is by Keppel Singmarine with Shturman Koshelev LLC for the design and construction of an ice-class LNG bunker vessel. When completed in 4Q 2020, the vessel will be chartered to Gazpromneft Marine Bunker Ltd (Gazpromneft) for operations in the Baltic Sea.

01 Jan 2019

NYK Gets Green Loan for Methanol-Fueled Chemical Tanker

Pic: NYK Line

Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)  has secured a green loan of JPY 2 billion (USD 18.04 million) to finance the construction of its first methanol-fueled chemical tanker set for delivery in 2019."A green loan is a loan whose proceeds are used solely for the purpose of funding environment-friendly projects. NYK will continue to take steps for the development and use of technology linked to environmental performance by proactively promoting green finance, said a press release from the company.This green loan has been certified by Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd.

01 Jan 2019

Samsung Heavy Bags USD 188 mln LNG Newbuild Order

File Photo : SHI-bulit LNG carrier

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has clinched a deal worth 209 billion won (USD 188 million) to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.The South Korean shipbuilder said in the New Year's eve said that vessel is being built for a European owner, but it did not disclose the tanker’s capacity.SHI said in its statement said that the delivery is scheduled for March 31, 2021.SHI's new order total for 2018 now stands at 49 vessels and 6.3 billion USD. which include 18 LNG carriers…

31 Dec 2018

Ship Design: Addressing the Elusive Issue of Comfort Onboard

Figure 1/2: Seasickness sensitivity factor as function of age (left); sensitivity factor as function of exposure (right). (Image MARIN)

In a world that brings pretty much anything to you at the press of an app, we are often asked why it is so difficult to assess comfort onboard a yacht.That the assessment of comfort onboard is not an easy task is also shown by the fact that there is no industry standard as yet. This problem has already been identified by the International Organization for Standardization and a new working group (ISO (TC8/SC12/WG 5 AWI 22834) led by MARIN is aiming to develop a comfort standard for yachts in the next three years.ISO Comfort standardOn a parallel track…

27 Dec 2018

Great Ships 2018: World’s Largest MOSS Type LNG Carrier

Photos: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

Pacific Breeze, a 182,000 cu. m. capacity LNG carrier, is the world’s largest MOSS type LNG carrier ever constructed, built at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Japan (KHI). This capacity was achieved by extending the equatorial ring section of No. 3 and 4 cargo tanks by 1.6m in height from the conventional spherical shape, which increases approximately 5,000m3 from the second largest MOSS type LNG carrier constructed by KHI. Kawasaki Panel System was adopted for the thermal insulation system of the cargo tanks…

27 Dec 2018

Great Ships 2018: BP's British Partner

Photos: BP Shipping

BP Shipping took delivery of British Partner, the first of a half dozen new 173,400 cu. m. capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be delivered through 2018 and 2019 from the DSME shipyard in South Korea. BP Shipping, which launched a fleet rejuvenation program in 2016 that includes 32 new vessels for delivery over a three-year period, said the six new Partnership class ships will increase its ability to transport LNG in emerging new markets, such as Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt and Bangladesh, in addition to established markets, such as India, China, the U.S.

27 Dec 2018

Damen Snags Year-End Contract from EMAR Offshore

Johan van Beek, managing director EMAR Offshore Services, Vincent de Maat, sales manager Damen and Wilbert Versteeg, commercial director EMAR Offshore Services, during the contract signing for a Damen ASD Tug 2811.  Photo: Damen

EMAR Offshore Services placed an order for a Damen ASD Tug 2811, a stock vessel to be named E-TWO and delivered in Q1 2019 after an additional FiFi1 system and aft winch are installed.The ASD Tug 2811 is one of Damen’s ‘next-generation’ harbor tugs, announced in 2018. An upgraded version of the ASD Tug 2810, it has been optimized for the decade ahead with features that include full compliance with the new stability regulations, a modular marine NOx reduction system and the Damen Digital Platform to maximize performance and reliability.

27 Dec 2018

Third Party Oversight

File Image: the El Faro's VDR as it looked installed on the vessel.

... one year after the commandant’s Final Action Memo on the El Faro sinking.“… the Coast Guard is ultimately responsible to monitor the performance of third parties that perform delegated functions and also to guarantee the effectiveness of vessel inspections and surveys. Yet the Coast Guard failed to adequately oversee the third party in this case, and the investigation reveals that the Coast Guard has not sustained the proficiency and policy framework to do so in general. The…

27 Dec 2018

Empty Shipyard: "Hyundai Town" Grapples with Uncertain Future

File Image / CREDIT © Burnell11

Hyundai has outsized influence over town's economy, population; Ulsan could be South Korea's Rust Belt in the making.When Lee Dong-hee came to Ulsan to work for Hyundai Heavy Industries five years ago, shipyards in the city known as Hyundai Town operated day and night and workers could make triple South Korea's annual average salary.But the 52-year-old was laid off in January, joining some 27,000 workers and subcontractors who lost their jobs at Hyundai Heavy between 2015 and 2017 as ship orders plunged.To support their family, Lee's wife took a minimum wage job at a Hyundai Motor supplier.

26 Dec 2018

Great Ships of 2018: Halunder Jet

Image: © Flensburg Förde Reederei, FRS

Fast and comfortable to Heligoland with Halunder JetThe work took just over a year, the big day becomes finally reality: the successor to the former HALUNDER JET is ready. Around 250 shipyard employees and 60 employees from Förde Reederei Seetouristik, Flensburg, Germany, worked on the catamaran in the AUSTAL shipyard in Cebu. After 15 years of loyal service, the company, FRS, finally said goodbye to the old HALUNDER JET in the fall of 2017. It was hauled to the west coast of America…

26 Dec 2018

Keppel Wins Marine Contracts Worth $219M

• Design and Build an ice-class LNG Bunker Vessel• Modification and upgrade of an FPSO• 65 Scrubber Retrofit Projects Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) and Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), clinched contracts worth a combined value of about $219 million for the design and construction of an ice-class LNG bunker vessel, refurbishment of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO), and 65 scrubber retrofit projects.

24 Dec 2018

Rosetti Marino Withdraws from Heerema Deal

Image: Heerema HFG

Italy's Rosetti Marino has withdrawn its offer to buy Heerema Fabrication Group’s (HFG) Zwijndrecht facility in the Netherlands, with HFG confirming the yard is to close.Rosetti Marino and HFG entered into a letter of intent on the 16th of November with the aim to sell to Rosetti Marino the HFG activities at the yard in Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands.Both companies have worked closely together and in good mutual cooperation to investigate the viability of this proposed sale.Rosetti Marino…

24 Dec 2018

Samsung Heavy Bags Two More New Orders for LNG Carriers

File Image: Samsung Heavy

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has received an order to build two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers worth a total of about 426 billion Korean won (USD 378 mln).The South Korean shipbuilding giant  did not reveal the company behind the newest order but said it is a North American shipper.SHI said in a stock exchange annoucement that it would deliver the vessel in Augsut 2021.It was four days ago that the shipbuilder won contract for LNG carrier newbuilding  from an undisclosed owner from Oceania is worth KRW 209 bn (USD 186 million).

24 Dec 2018

Imabari Shipbuilding Delivers Two Container Ships to Yang Ming

14,000 TEU full-container vessels. Photo: Imabari Shipbuilding

Two new 14,000 TEU full-container vessels built for Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation  by Imabari Shipbuilding  Japan, were named as YM Wonderland and YM Wisdom respectively.Yang Ming Chairman Bronson Hsieh, and National Ocean Taiwan University President Chang Ching Fong, were invited to the naming ceremony. Ms. Sun Lan Tien, wife of Mr. Chang Ching Fong and Ms. Wu Li Fen, wife of Yang Ming Shipping Europe GmbH Managing Director Hsu Shih Feng…

24 Dec 2018

China to Push LNG Shipbuilding

Image: Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co

China would like to compete with South Korea in the field of building liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers building.South Korea has won 86 percent of the world's total orders or 52 orders for LNG carriers so far in 2018, according to Clarkson Research. The remaining nine orders were shared by companies from China, Singapore and Japan.Though China leads offshore engineering products and mega container vessel shipbuilding sectors, the country is a laggard in LNG shipbuilding.A recent report in the country's official media China Daily quoted Tan Naifen…

24 Dec 2018

MacGregor Wins USD 25 mln Orders for Cruise Access Equipments

Image: MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured cruise access equipment orders from three European shipyards.The provider of engineering solutions and services to  offshore and marine industries said that the total order value is approximately EUR 22 million.The orders were booked into Cargotec's fourth quarter 2018 order intake and the delivery of the MacGregor equipment is planned to start during the fourth quarter 2019 and finalised during the first quarter of 2024."We are delighted that our customers rely on MacGregor expertise to provide safe and efficient equipment for these ships…

24 Dec 2018

BIMCO Pushes for Shipdex

Photo: The “Shipdex Executive Members” Group

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and MAN Energy Solutions hosted a conference for software suppliers delivering Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) to expand the use of Shipdex.Shipdex is the standard protocol for exchanging technical data - such as manuals – electronically between supplier and ships directly, cutting the need for huge stacks of - often outdated - paper manuals.“Honestly, we would have liked to see more suppliers for the conference.

24 Dec 2018

CMA CGM Takes Delivery of First LNG-Powered Vessel

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group, a leading shipping group, has announced its subsidiary Containerships, an expert in Intra-Europe which it acquired in October, took delivery on December 12th of its first container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Containerships Nord.With Containerships, the CMA CGM Group reasserts its ambition for LNGThe 1,400-TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) Containerships Nord  is the first of an order for four LNG-powered container ships. The following vessels…

24 Dec 2018

Great Ships 2018: MV INNOVATION

Photo: Damen

The first of Damen’s revolutionary new RSD 2513: Always operating ‘bow first’ – a new Paradigm in Harbor Towage harbour tugs is a real innovation as its name saysThe radical new design of the RSD Tug 2513 is the result of extensive industry consultation at every level to find solutions to the general demand for tugs that are compact for operations in and around harbors and terminals, yet have the power and flexibility to maneuver even the largest vessels safely, quickly and efficiently…

22 Dec 2018

Shipbuilding: New 110m Catamaran Named Saint John Paul II

Virtu Ferries ship launched at Incat. Photo: Incat

Shipbuilder Incat has launched the 110m vehicle / passenger ferry from the shipyard at Derwent Park in Hobart Tasmania. The ship will commence sea trials in mid January prior to delivery to her new owner Virtu Ferries for service between Malta and Sicily.Bearing the livery Saint John Paul II the vessel has been named in honor of the Pope who served from 1978 to 2005, so revered the Pope has often posthumously, but unofficially, been referred to by Catholics as "St. John Paul the Great".

22 Dec 2018

Ingalls Shipbuilding: $930M Contract for Pair of USCG Ships

Ingalls Shipbuilding's seventh U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Kimball (WMSL 756), during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. HII photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received two fixed-price incentive contracts from the U.S. Coast Guard to build two additional National Security Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard. The contract values for the a 10th and 11th ships in the program are $468.75 million for NSC 10 and $462.13 million for NSC 11.“This additional funding for two NSCs is a great accomplishment on which to end the year,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias.

22 Dec 2018

Bath Iron Works Wins Contract for Fifth DDG 51 Destroyer

The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) returns after successfully completing acceptance trials. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer spent a day underway off the coast of Maine testing many of its onboard systems to validate that their performance met or exceeded Navy specifications. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works/Released)

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a contract to build a fifth DDG 51 destroyer as part of the multi-year award announced in September. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).In the most recent multi-year competition, BIW was awarded four ships. The Navy held a separate competition for an option ship as part of its commitment to growing the fleet. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer will be funded in the Fiscal…

21 Dec 2018

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Delivers Kirby ATB

The ATB, tug RONNIE MURPH and barge KIRBY 155-03, departs Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo: Fincantieri)

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding delivered an Articulated Tug Barge Unit (ATB) to Kirby Corporation (NYSE: KEX). “This is the third 155,000 barrel ATB it has built for Kirby in the past three years," said Kirby CEO David Grzebinski. "This new Jones Act-compliant ATB unit will allow us to continue our commitment to provide efficient and reliable customer service.”The 8,000-hp, 12-knot tug Ronnie Murph measures 130 x 42 with a 23-ft. depth and a 19-ft. draft.The barge, KIRBY 155-03, is measures 521 x 72 ft., with a depth of 41 ft. and a 155,000-barrel capacity.

21 Dec 2018

FSRU Suppliers Shift from Emerging Markets, Cut Back New Orders

Photo courtesy of Hoegh LNG

Political instability and low credit ratings in emerging economies are putting some shipowners off ordering new floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), as they shift focus to more mature gas markets.Liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand from emerging markets in Asia, Africa and South America was expected to be boosted by FSRU technologies that are less expensive and time-consuming than onshore import terminals.But a boom in speculative FSRU orders from shipowners led to an oversupply of units this year as import projects across the world were delayed or cancelled…

21 Dec 2018

Superyacht ARTEFACT: A real “arte factum”

Image: Copyright Nobiskrug

NOBISKRUG’s Project 790 is one of the first yachts built under the new strict IMO Tier III emissions regulations. The name and visionary design of the 80-meter hybrid superyacht was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018: MV ARTEFACT.Less than a year away from completion, Nobiskrug’s new superyacht MV ARTEFACT will be one of the first yachts built under the new IMO Tier III low emissions regulations with an array of first-of-their-kind technology features and engineering advances…

20 Dec 2018

Nichols Brothers to Build Two High-Speed Ferries for Kitsap Transit

Pic: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

The Northwest's boat builders Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has won a design and build contract to build two new high-speed passenger-only ferries for Kitsap Transit with an option for a third.The Kitsap County, Washington public transit agency launched a new fast-ferry service in July 2017 between Bremerton and downtown Seattle with plans to add service connecting Kingston and Southworth to Seattle.Earlier this year, Kitsap Transit purchased the “Finest,” a 350-passenger high-speed catamaran from New York Waterways and shipped it to Puget Sound.Following a refurbishment at NBBB…

20 Dec 2018

SHI Bags New Order for an LNGC

File Photo : SHI-bulit LNG carrier

South Korea's major shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) announced yesterday (Thursday) that it has clinched a deal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.According to a press note from SHI, the contract from an undisclosed owner from Oceania is worth KRW 209 bn (USD 186 million). This is the fourth LNG carrier newbuilding order for the shipyard in December.SHI's new order total for 2018 now stands at 46 vessels and USD 5.7 billion, which include 15 LNG carriers…

20 Dec 2018

Damen: Tandem Seismic Vessel Repairs in Amsterdam

Photo: Damen

Sister-ships Oceanic Sirius and Oceanic Vega have completed a round-the-clock, 10-day maintenance program at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm). For eight of those days the two 106-meter vessels were in the yard’s 250-meter drydock no.4 in a tandem arrangement to maximize the efficiency of the yard's resources.The twin SX120 type seismic research vessels were built by Ulstein Verft in Norway are owned by CGG Eidesvik Ship Management AS, a joint venture between Eidesvik Offshore and CGG.

20 Dec 2018

Great Ships of 2018: #4 - Beluga Ace

Image: MOL

Beluga Ace: New Design Car Carrier with Six Liftable DecksBeluga Ace, the first vessel of next-generation FLEXIE series car carrier built by the Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., was delivered to Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in March 2018. The space onboard was rearchitected using the design concept. The six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers, allow loading of vehicles with different heights. As a result, loading efficiency was improved by 6.25% from the conventional type of car carrier…

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