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MHI-MME First Receives MET-MBII Turbochargers First Order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME) received first order for MET33MBII turbochargers for 12PC2-6B engines manufactured by JFE Engineering Corporation. It will be equipped in the main engines for two Ro-Pax vessels newly built by Naikai Zosen Corporation and owned by Miyazaki Car Ferry Co., Ltd.. Delivery schedule is October 2020 for the first ship and February 2021 for the second. MET-MBII series, a new type of axial turbocharger for achieving a further increase in air flow volume while maintaining the reliability and ease of maintenance ...

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Yangfan Group Inked four 1,868TEU Containerships Contract

On March 20th, 2020, Yangfan Group Co., Ltd. Inked a newbuilding contract of four (4) 1,868TEU containerships from Zhejiang Haigang Shipping Limited which is the subsidiary of Zhejiang Seaport Group & Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group. The new order is the second order after Yangfan Group bagged one 18,000DWT domestic trading chemical tanker on January 1st 2020. The captioned vessel’s overall length is 171.95m, breadth 27.50m, module depth 14.30m. In addition, This kind of vessels as designed has very good performance & advanced features in energy conservation, advanced energy efficiency management ...

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World’s first 23,000-tank LNG-powered container ship starts trial voyage

The world’s first 23,000-tank liquefied natural gas-powered container ship has set out on its trial voyage. The mega ship, made by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group under China State Shipbuilding, is 400 meters in length and 61.3 meters in width. It is the world’s first ultra-large container ship with liquefied natural gas as its main power source, boasting optimal environmental protection performance. Source: ECNS

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3 Korean Shipbuilders Suffering a Severe Order Drought

The three major Korean shipbuilders had attained even less than 5 percent of their annual order targets until last month. By February this year, the combined order receipts of the three shipbuilders stood at US$1,177 million, only 3.8 percent of their annual target. Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Samho Heavy Industries) landed orders of only US$587 million in the first two months of 2020. The figure is only 3.7 percent of its annual order target. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung ...

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Marc Van Heyningen Appointed As New CΟΟ Damen Shipyards Group

As of April 1st, Marc van Heyningen will become the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Damen Shipyards Group. This completes the Executive Board of the leading Dutch maritime solutions provider. “We warmly welcome Marc on board,” said CEO Arnout Damen. “With his experience and background, he is certainly able to take operational excellence within our company to an even higher level.” Marc is a MSc in Civil Structural Engineering at Delft University and has spent the vast majority of his career working for Fluor Corporation in various general and ...

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China’s new vessel orders surge 41% in Jan-February

China’s shipbuilders saw their new vessel orders increase by 41.4% on year over January-February, according to the latest release by China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) published on March 18. The leap in orders during this year’s first two months was mainly due to the low base for the same period last year, however. The Chinese shipbuilders received new ship orders equivalent to 3.32 million dead weight tonnes (dwt) over the first two months, the statistics showed, of which some 3.24 million dwt or 97.6% were for ships ...

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BBC exposes dirty and dangerous scrapping of oil and gas units in India

A BBC Disclosure production released this week reveals the harm caused by shipbreaking activities in Alang, India, as well local officials’ and leading oil and gas companies’ efforts to cover up their unlawful practices. The investigation, conducted by journalists Mark Daly and Chris Foote, focuses on the attempt to illegally export a trio of floating rigs full of asbestos and mercury from the Scottish Cromarty Firth. The BBC Disclosure documentary and longread trace five rigs that were sold in 2017 by oil and gas company Diamond Offshore to cash buyer ...

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Yangzijiang Shipbuilding bags $1.63b vessel contract

The 10 containerships are scheduled to be delivered from 2022. Mainboard-listed Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has inked a new shipbuilding contract to build up to 10 vessels worth $1.63b (US$1.15b) for Hong Kong-based maritime investment firm Tiger Group, according to a press release. The 10 dual-fuel 14,000TEU containerships have a contract value of $163.28m (US$115m) each. Two of the vessels are firm orders whilst the remaining eight are options. These vessels are scheduled to be delivered from mid-2022. This deal is considered to be amongst Yangzijiang’s largest orders in value, according to ...

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Damen Marine Components Wins Steering & Rudder Systems Order For Three New Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers

Damen Marine Components has won an order for three sets of steering and rudder systems for three dual-fuelled trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) currently being built at Keppel Offshore & Marine’s shipyard in Singapore for Van Oord. The vessels will be 138-metres in length and have a hopper capacity of 10,500 m³. They will represent the very latest in sustainable, energy-efficient dredging and are due for delivery in 2021. The third will be handed over the following year. Each vessel will have two Van der Velden COMMANDER™ piston-type steering systems ...

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Hyundai Heavy to stage partial strike for higher pay

Unionized workers at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. will enter a partial strike on Friday as they have yet to seal a wage deal for the year of 2019, the union said Monday. Hyundai Heavy and its union have held 46 rounds of negotiations from May 2 last year through March 12 to narrow their differences over wages and the standards for bonuses. “The union will hold a two-hour strike on Friday as the wage talks are at stalemate,” a union spokesman said over the phone. The union has demanded a ...

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Forth Ports Places Order For Next Generation Damen Asd Tug 2312

Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Forth Ports Limited for an ASD Tug 2312. The signing ceremony took place in Tilbury Docks, UK on 26th February. Representing Damen was Area Director Frank de Lange, while Forth Ports was represented by COO Stuart Wallace. The new vessel will operate as part of the Forth Estuary Towage operation, conducting towage work at various Forth Ports locations as well as providing towage services to other external customers in Scotland. Forth Ports has a range of existing operations in the Forth and ...

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Doosan Heavy faced with worst crisis from govt’s phase-out policy

South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., once unrivalled in nuclear reactor equipment provider, is struggling to solve liquidity crisis and wreck the country’s supremacy in commercial nuclear energy due to the liberal government’s radical policy to phase out of nuclear and coal fuel. The company has been virtually out of work after the government in 2017 announced suspension of new reactors and retirement of aged generators to phase out of nuclear fuel altogether. As result, the plans to add new nuclear reactors in Daejin and Yeongdeok and already-licensed ...

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Hyundai shipyard and KCC develop solvent-free coating for very large ore carrier

Solvent-free coating developed by KCC, a top provider of construction materials and paints, through joint work with South Korea’s Hyundai shipbuilding group, will be applied to a very large ore carrier (VLOC) equipped with eco-friendly facilities to reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Harmful air pollutants emitted from shipyards come mostly from volatile organic compounds used in solvent-based paints. As an alternative, solvent-free paints have been recommended, but it’s been difficult to use them for commercial ships. Since the viscosity of new paints is low, it is easy to work and ...

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GTT signs a Global Technical Services Agreement with Excelerate Energy LP.

GTT S.A. announces that its subsidiary GTT North America has signed a 5-year Global Technical Services Agreement with the ship-owner Excelerate Energy L.P. GTT will support Excelerate Technical Management (ETM) with the maintenance and operation of 9 FSRUs1 equipped with GTT’s NO96 technology. This agreement includes GTT on-site technical assistance for inspection, maintenance, repairs, operations and engineering, as well as access to the HEARS®2 emergency hotline, which enables ship-owners and their crews to contact GTT’s experts 24/7 to respond to operational issues. Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT S.A., ...

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South Korean Shipbuilders Undergoing Difficulties

South Korean shipbuilders are experiencing difficulties as global shipbuilding orders have plunged amid the COVID-19 outbreak. South Korean shipbuilders’ concerns are rising with international oil prices plummeting and the spread of COVID-19 leading to less and less orders. According to market research firms, global new shipbuilding orders totaled 1.17 million CGT for the first two months of this year whereas the amount was 7.72 million CGT and 4.89 million CGT in the same periods of 2018 and 2019, respectively. This is mainly because no large LNG carrier order has been ...

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