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05 Feb 2020

S.Korea Announces $690M Shipping Aid

FSC Chairman Eun Sung-soo. Photo: Financial Services Commission

South Korea' Financial Services Commission has announced 820 billion won ($690 million)  in funding to help modernize aging passenger boats and cargo ships.According to a Yonhap, the package is meant to help smaller shipping companies build 59 new ships -- 21 passenger boats and 38 cargo vessels.The Financial Services Commission announced that shipping companies will be reimbursed for up to 60 percent of the cost of the new vessels, and South Korea's state-run Korea Ocean Business Corp.

05 Feb 2020

Japan Takes Shipbuilding Dispute to WTO

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The Japanese government has filed a new petition with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against South Korea concerning alleged aid provided by the Korean government to the country’s shipbuilding industry.According to Yonhap, Japan has asked South Korea to discuss the issue which it says is affecting international competition, and if the talks fail, Japan will seek to establish a dispute settlement panel.In November 2018, Japan filed a complaint with the WTO, claiming that South Korea violated existing regulations by providing subsidies to its shipbuilders…

05 Jan 2020

DSME Targets $6.8Bn in Deals for 2020

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South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME) is targeting deals worth more than $6.88 billion in 2020, said a report by Yonhap.DSME received an additional order of six container vessels worth 891.8 billion won (US$768 million) from an African client on Dec. 27. DSME will deliver the vessels to their owner by the end of October 2022.The world's second-largest shipbuilder by order backlog won orders worth $6.88 billion to build 39 vessels, achieving 82 percent of its annual order target of $8.37 billion in 2019.The 39 ships includes 10 LNG carriers…

05 Jan 2020

HHI Projects a Revenue of $15.9Bn in 2020

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South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group, which includes the world's largest shipyard, aims for a revenue of USD 15.9 billion in 2020.Yonhap News Agency said the combined target of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. remains unchanged from last year’s goal.HHI said it aims to bag $8 billion worth of deals in 2020, according to the report.Hyundai Mipo Dockyard said in a regulatory filing that it aims to clinch deals worth $3.65 billion this year.In 2019…

01 Jan 2020

South Korean Yards Close Year with No.1 Spot

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South Korean shipbuilders are expected to maintain their status as the world’s top position in new orders this year, although they may fail to meet their annual order targets.South Korean shipbuilders have secured new orders totaling 7.12 million compensated gross tons to build a total of 168 ships through November, accounting for 36 percent of the total deals placed around the globe, said a report in Yonhap.According to the report, the Chinese rivals have bagged 7.08 million CGTs worth of orders for 304 ships in the first 11 months of the year…

30 Dec 2019

DSME Wins $771M Order for 6 Box Ships

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South Korean shipbuilding and offshore contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) has secured a 891.8 billion-won (US$771 million) order to build six container ships.According to Yonhap, the world’s second-largest shipbuilder by order backlog will deliver the ships to an unidentified client in Africa by October 2022 under the deal.With the latest deal, Daewoo Shipbuilding has won orders worth $6.88 billion for 39 vessels so far this year, achieving 82 percent of its annual order target of $8.37 billion.The 39 vessels include 10 LNG carriers…

30 Dec 2019

HHI Wins $293M Newbuild Order

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South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group said that its two affiliates have clinched two deals worth 340 billion won (US$293 million) in total to build six vessels.Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), a unit of HHI, has won a KRW 110 billion ($100m) newbuilding order for four units of 1,800 TEU container carriers from Taiwanese shipping line Evergreen Marine Corporation.The boxships will be built to the Con-Green design developed by HMD in conjunction with Man Energy Solutions and DNV GL in HMD’s Ulsan shipyard in phases starting 2021.In a separate deal…

25 Dec 2019

Saudi Aramco, Korea Shipbuilding Roll-out New JV

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Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KOSE), a manufacturer of oil tankers, cargo and passenger vessels, and warships, and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) plans to set up a joint venture to build engines.According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency the JV will break ground for the plant in the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in the kingdom’s eastern coast in September 2020, and the project is set to be completed in May 2022.The Korean company is working to build a shipyard at the complex through a separate JV with Saudi Aramco…

20 Dec 2019

Shipbuilder Wins $1.13B Orders for 6 Ships

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South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured orders for a total of six liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers from European and Asian shipowners, totaling $1.13 billion.The ships - four LNG carriers for a European client and two others for an Asian shipping company - will be installed with a dual-fuel propulsion system to enhance efficiency and reduce toxic gas emissions.Four of the vessels for the European owner will be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries while the remaining two will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries.According to Yonhap…

09 Dec 2019

Daewoo Wins Aggelikousis Order for 3 Ships

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South Korean shipbuilding major Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME) said that it has secured a US$380 million order to build three vessels from Angelicoussis Shipping Group (ASGL), the Greek provider of marine shipping services.DSME will build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier for Maran Gas Maritime Inc. and two very large crude carriers (VLCCs) for Maran Tankers Management Inc.Maran Gas Maritime and Maran Tankers Management are subsidiaries of Angelicoussis Shipping Group.According to a report in Yonhap…

14 Nov 2019

Hyundai Seeks EU's Ok to Acquire Daewoo

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South Korea’s leading shipbuilding conglomerate Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group has submitted an application to the European Union for approval for its takeover of the compatriot shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).According a Yonhap report,  HHI informed that the submission will be reviewed by anti-trust authorities at the European Commission, expecting the results of their call in 2020.Hyundai Heavy has been taking prerequisite steps since April to apply for the EU’s mergers and acquisitions approval.In March…

10 Nov 2019

SHI Losses Widen

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South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) reported its third-quarter net loss of 583.2 billion won (US$ 503.8 million), compared with a KRW80.30 billion loss in the same quarter a year earlier, staying in the red compared with a year ago.The loss widened sharply in the wake of a cancelled shipbuilding deal. Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Co. (MODEC) was recently selected as the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit supplier for the Barossa Project in Australia.

04 Nov 2019

HHI Adds $1.2Bln to Coffer Selling Stake in Refining Unit

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South Korea's top shipbuilding conglomerate Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group said that its holding company HHI Holdings Co will receive 1.4 trillion won ($1.24 billion) in proceeds next month from the sale of a stake in its refining unit, Hyundai Oilbank.In April, state-owned Saudi Aramco had agreed to buy a 17 percent stake in HHIs oil processing operations.Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings said in a regulatory filing that it had signed a sales agreement with Saudi Aramco…

15 Oct 2019

DSME WIns Order for Five Mega Ships

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South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has secured an order for five new container ships set for delivery next year. The contract is worth KRW 903.9 billion (about USD 762 million), DSME said in a stock exchange filing.DSME announced the order without naming the buyer. But according to a WSJ report, Mediterranean Shipping Co.(MSC) is the company that placed order for  five giant container ships in a new sign that ocean cargo carriers are building up their capacity despite falling freight rates and weak trade growth.The report said that the Geneva-based MSC…

15 Oct 2019

Korean Shippers Jointly Pitch for Qatari LNG Newbuilds

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Five South Korean shipping companies - Korea Line, Pan Ocean, SK Shipping, Hyundai LNG Shipping and H-Line Shipping -  could partner up to secure liquefied natural gas transportation services for Qatar’s LNG production capacity expansion project.Qatar Petroleum is expected to put up shipping contracts for at least 40 LNG carriers by the end of the year for its North Field Expansion project, which aims to increase the nation’s LNG production capacity from 77 million tons to 110 million tons per annum starting in 2024.According to Yonhap, the Qatari state-run company will need an additional 60 L

26 Sep 2019

HHI Bags Order for 2 Crude Carriers

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South Korea shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) group said that its unit Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries has won a deal to build two crude carriers.The shipbuilding deal worth KRW 158.7 billion (about USD 132.8 million) was signed with an undisclosed company from Oceania on September 23, 2019, HSHI said in a stock exchange filing.According to Yonhap, Hyundai Samho will build two 158,000-deadweight-ton (DWT) crude carriers by May 2021 for the unidentified Oceanian customer.Hyundai Samho…

10 Sep 2019

Hyundai Wins LNG carrier Order from H-Line

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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

Ørsted Sees Huge Offshore Wind Potential in S Korea

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Ørsted A/S, the world’s largest offshore wind power producer, said it sees high potential in the Korean offshore wind power market, intending to build long-term, sustainable relationships with the Korean government and companies.“South Korea is a peninsula surrounded by three seas,” said Park Jung-min, head of the Korean market development at Ørsted Asia Pacific. “We estimate that South Korea’s potential offshore wind power capacity can reach 30 GW.”According to Yonhap News Agency…

27 Aug 2019

Hyundai Samho Wins Orders for 5 Ships

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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…

20 Aug 2019

SHI to Build 10-LNG-fuelled Tankers

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South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is to build 10 LNG-powered crude tanker vessels.The order was placed by an unnamed "Oceanian" customer. The contract for the vessels was valued at KRW 751.3 billion (US$621 million), which is around $62 million per vessel.Samsung Heavy said in a statement that  it will deliver the 113,000 dwt LNG-fueled tankers by January 2022.SHI has achieved 54% of its annual target of USD 7.8 billion by obtaining orders for 29 vessels…

12 Jul 2019

H-Line Orders LNG bulkers at Samho

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Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co (HSHI), the Korea supplier of ship, tanker ship, bulk carriers ship, container ship, LNG ship, said it has clinched a deal to build two bulkers fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).According to a Yonhap report, under the deal with H-Line Shipping Co., a midsize South Korean shipper, Hyundai Samho will build two 180,000-ton vessels, which will be used on a route between South Korea and Australia starting in 2022.HSHI has not revealed the value of the deal…

16 Aug 2019

Samsung Heavy Bags LNG Carrier Order

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South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has secured a deal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier for an Asian customer.According to Yonhap, SHI the deal is worth 225.5 billion won (US$185 million).The new vessel is scheduled for delivery to the undisclosed owner in late October 2021.The report said that with the deal, Samsung Heavy has secured deals valued at $3.6 billion in total so far this year to build 19 vessels, with 10 of them being LNG carriers.

22 Jul 2019

Pirates Rob Korean Bulk Carrier

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Pirates attacked a South Korean-flagged cargo ship in the South China Sea early on Monday, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and even the sailors' shoes, South Korean authorities said.Two people sustained minor injuries when seven pirates boarded the CK Bluebell and made off with $13,000 and belongings including mobile phones, clothes and shoes from the 22-strong crew, officials from the oceans and fisheries ministry said.Tougher policing has made piracy less frequent on the strategic shipping route in recent years.The dry bulk vessel CK Bluebell had set sail from its anchorage off Singapo

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