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21 Jan 2019

Hyundai Heavy Industries Wins New Orders on Tanker Vessels

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Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (HHI) announced  that it won an order to build two crude carriers from a shipping company based in Europe.The ships would be built by the group’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries brand and are scheduled to start delivery in the second half of 2020The world’s largest shipbuilder by sales said that the unnamed European shipowner is paying $130m for the two 158,000-dwt vessels.HHI will deliver the 274-meter-long and 48-meter-wide vessels from the second half of 2020 onward…

16 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…

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…

03 Jan 2019

Hyundai Heavy Industries Eyes USD 15.9bln Order for 2019

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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…

10 Dec 2018

SHI Bags $358m Order for 2 LNGC

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South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) revealed that it has clinched a KRW 400bn (USD358 million) deal to build two LNG carriers.According to a press release from the Korean shipbuilder, the contract, with an unnamed Asian shipper, calls for Samsung Heavy to deliver the vessels by the end of 2021. The deal also includes an option for four additional orders that could be made next year, it said."SHI's new order total for 2018 now stands at 44 vessels and 5.4 billion USD.

06 Dec 2018

DSME Bags $370 mln Order for 2 LNG Carriers

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The world's second-largest shipbuilder by orders Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME) has clinched a US$370 million deal to build two LNG carriers.A report in Yonhap said that  under the deal with an unidentified customer, the South Korean shipbuilder is set to deliver the 174,000-cubic-meter ships by the first half of 2021.The Korean shipyard has an option to build four more vessels as well, it said. The company informed that the deal on the options would be finalized in 2019.DSME has won deals valued at a combined $5.64 billion to build a total of 41 ships…

25 Nov 2018

Seoul Orders 140 LNG Ships

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The Korean government will order 140 liquefied natural gas ships, worth 1 trillion won ($880 million), from the nation’s small and midsized shipbuilders by 2025, said Korea’s press agency Yonhap.South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the government will provide shipbuilders and suppliers   1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion) in financial aid to prop up the country’s ailing shipbuilding industry.The report quoted Yoon Sung-hyuck, chief of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy’s shipbuilding and offshore plant industry division as saying that…

18 Nov 2018

Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering Posts Q3 Loss

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The South Korean shipbuilding major Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has posted a net loss in the third quarter from a year earlier due to one-off losses.According to a stock exchange announcement by the world’s second-largest shipbuilder by orders, the net loss reached 323.9 billion won (US$285.1 million) in the three months ending Sept. 30 from a net profit of 74.9 billion won during the same period last year.DSME's operating profit in the third quarter fell 9.6…

15 Nov 2018

Hyundai Merchant Marine Loss Grows in Q3

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South Korea's largest shipping firm by sales Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) said that its operating loss in the third quarter increased to 123.1 billion won (US$108.65 million) from 29.5 billion won in the same period last year.According to the company, the net loss widened due to unfavorable market conditions and high fuel costs.According to Yonhap, the net loss reached 166.7 billion won (US$146.7 million) in the July-September period, compared with a net loss of 60.3 billion won during the same period last year."Bunker fuel prices reached $445 per metric ton in the third quarter…

12 Oct 2018

Hyundai Samho Heavy Bags LNG Capesize Pair Order from H-Line

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South Korean midsized shipping company H-Line, owned by local private equity firm Hahn & Co, has ordered two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered 180,000 dwt capesizes at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI).A report by Yonhap, quoting the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries sources, said that the LNG-powered 180,000-ton vessels will be used on a route between South Korea and Australia starting from 2021.According to the Ministry, the bulk carriers will be the first LNG ships in South Korea to sail on a foreign shipping route.Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.…

17 Aug 2018

KOGAS Invests $8.84bn in LNG, Hydrogen Projects

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South Korean state-owned Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) will invest 10 trillion won (US$8.84 billion) by 2025 to expand its natural gas capacity and infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles and other clean energy sources, reports Yonhap.Kogas, which has a monopoly on domestic natural gas sales,  unveiled a long-term business plan on the 35th anniversary of its foundation as it expects to play a greater role under the government’s energy transformation policy. The world’s second-largest…

14 Aug 2018

South Korea Tops Global Shipbuilding Industry in July

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South Korea maintained its number one ranking in the global shipbuilding market in July. The South Korean yards were responsible for almost half of all new orders placed in July 2018.According to Clarkson Research, Korea received orders in July totaling 970,000 compensated gross tonnage or CGT, a measure of work needed to build a vessel. That accounts for about fifty percent of the month's global shipbuilding orders.Yonhap reported that it is a sign of the industry's possible…

29 Jul 2018

Korea Ocean Business Corporation to Support 10 Shipping Companies

Photo taken during the inauguration of Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC):  Provided by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries

The state-run Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC) said it will offer support to 10 small and medium shipping lines as part of its effort to revive the country's maritime transportation sector.According to a report in Yonhap, KOBC selected the shipping lines as its primary negotiation partner with so-called sale and lease back (S&LB) assistance to be provided. KOBC aims to provide different services to rebuild shipping industry, including management of trade, support for replacement…

25 Jul 2018

Government Okays USD 1.2 bln for Korea Ocean Business Corporation

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The government of South Korea decided to invest 1.35 trillion won (USD 1.2 billion) in Korea Ocean Business Corporation (KOBC). The compnay was created in order to help its shipping industry stand on its feet, especially after the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping.Yonhap reported quoting the finance ministry that Cabinet approved a plan to contribute 12.7-percent stakes in each of the country's four port authorities to the KOBC.Earlier this month, the corporation was officially launched in Busan…

23 Jul 2018

Samsung Heavy Industries Post Quarterly Loss

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Seoul-listed South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) sunk into the red in the second quarter, on increased costs and one-off losses.SHI said in a regulatory filing that it posted a net loss of 142.7 billion won ($126 million) in the second quarter, compared with a net profit of 22.7 billion won a year earlier.The world's third-biggest shipbuilder by sales  blamed increased fixed costs and losses stemming from a delay in the delivery of a drill ship to Ocean Rig.Operating losses reached 100.5 billion won in the second quarter…

01 Jul 2018

Samsung Heavy Industries Bags Two Special-Purpose Ships Order

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South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has received a contract to construct two special-purpose ships for an unnamed European company. According Yonhap, the deal has a value of around KRW 266.1 billion (USD 240 million). The report said that the special-purpose units are scheduled for delivery to the European owner by the end of January 2021. SHI declined to identify its client and the nature of the special-purpose ships. Last month, SHI won contract for building four shuttle tankers of total 152…

20 Jun 2018

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Delivers New High-tech LNG Carrier

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South Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has delivered a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with a full re-liquefaction system (FRS) to an unidentified owner, said a report in Yonhap.Most of the LNG ship orders the company has received so far this year include the FRS system. "It is a major achievement for the world’s second-largest shipbuilder by orders as the company now has the technology to build LNG ships with either the partial re-liquefaction system (PRS) or the FRS system…

15 Jun 2018

Hyundai Merchant Marine Signs LoI for 20 Vessels

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South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has selected  country’s three major shipbuilder and signed letters of intent (LOIs) with them to build 20 container carriers by mid-2021, reported Yonhap. According to company sources, as quoted by Reuters, the South Korea’s largest shipper believes that through the acquisition of the most technologically advanced mega container ships, it can strengthen cost competitiveness and react rapidly to the international environmental regulations.

22 Apr 2018

South Korea Eximbank Pledges Huge Loans to Shipping

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As part of the government's large-scale rescue plan for shipping sector, the Export-Import Bank of Korea  (Korea Eximbank) sets a figure for loans and guarantees to the country's shipping sector. According to Yonhap, Korea Eximbank will funnel more than 800 billion won ($749.3 million) in shipping finance as a part of the state-sponsored program to revive the shipping industry following the collapse of Korea’s flag sea carrier Hanjin Shipping. The five-year plan for rehabilitating the maritime sector involves the building of more than 200 ships…

25 Mar 2018

STX Shipbuilding Stages Strike

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The trade union workers of South Korea's STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. said Sunday they will stage a strike starting this week to protest the company's self-rescue plan, reports Yonhap. According to Korean media reports, the union would organize the strike action this week to express its disagreement with the company's planned restructuring program as it does not guarantee workers’ jobs. Starting today (Monday) 8:00 a.m., the union said 700 workers will walk out and called on the company to scrap the planned layoff of workers.

16 Mar 2018

Korea Lines orders two VLCCs at Hyundai Heavy

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South Korean shipping firm Korea Line Corporation (KLC) has placed an order for two new very large crude carriers(VLCC) at country's biggest yard, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and the company will explore further collaborations with the country's shipbuilders. According to Yonhap news agency, the new VLCCs are expected to have been delivered by the  2020. The total amount of the agreement will amount at 185.6 billion won (US$173 million). The carriers, which can hold 300,000 tons of crude oil each…

27 Feb 2018

DSME Wins $368 Mln Order

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME) has won a 394 billion won ($368 million) order for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessels from an unnamed firm, Yonhap reported. The shipbuilder is expected to deliver two 170,000 cubic meter capacity LNG carriers to an owner in the Oceania region by September 2020, according to Yonhap.

23 Feb 2018

Hyundai Heavy Bags LPG Storage Tank Deal in Nigeria

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Hyundai Heavy said it plans to start to build the tanks in May and is set to deliver the tanks to Nigeria's Dangote Oil Refining Company, Africa's largest refinery, beginning in April 2019. The 15 cylindrical tanks - each being eight meters in diameter and 95 meters in length - can hold 75,000 cubic meters of LPG, according to Hyundai Heavy. The 15 gas cylinders w ill be installed at Dangote Oil Reining’s refining and petrochemical plant near Lagos in southwestern Nigeria. The Korean company manufactures and sells ships…

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