Friday, May 27, 2011

KOMEC‘s Visit to Shipyards in China

Korea Marine Equipment Global Service Center (hereafter KOMEC) returned after visiting large shipyards around Gwangdong, China for about one week since April, 17th.

Via this visit to shipyards in Guangzhou area where the shipbuilding industry is most rapidly growing, KOMEC attempts to find new customers for domestic marine equipment manufacturers, and develop A/S networks in not only China but also Hong Kong and find new sales partners.

In the wolrd market of ship and marine equipment, Korea and China are rivaling each other for the top. However, for the higher technical needed marine equipment market, Korean marine equipment is demanded more than Chinese equipment.

Through the visit, we could confirm that Korean marine equipment's excellence in terms of quality. However, to maintain the higher competitiveness in marine equipment the Korean industry's efforts is in urgent demand.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Japan & Norway sign tech agreement

The Norwegian and Japanese governments have signed a co-operation agreement on maritime technology at Nor-Shipping.

Norwegian state secretary Rikke Lind and the Japanese transport minister Hideo Kubota signed the agreement in a special ceremony at the launch of the week-long maritime technology exhibition in Oslo.

The two countries have agreed to co-operate in technology areas such as LNG, offshore wind technology, ship recycling and environmental technologies.

At the ceremony were representatives from Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Grieg Shipping, Statoil, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and the Norwegian research institute, Marintek. From Japan there were representatives from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan Marine Science and the Japanese National Maritime Research Institute.

Published : May 25, 2011

Source: Asiasis

Korean aim at Nor-Shipping bonanza

10 South Korean shipbuilders installed booths at Nor-Shipping 2011 and embarked on an aggressive promotion activity, attracting industry eyes if they will deliver news of winning newbuilding orders during the exhibition period.

Especially, on May 26, a reception called 'Korean Day' is to be held where chief executives of the 10 South Korean shipyards take part.

This time around, final contracts for so-far negotiated newbuilding projects may be announced.

Eight Korea Shipbuilders' Association member companies have participated in the exhibition through Korea Pavilion.

Hyundai Heavy Industries exhibits its own-developed drillship, Samsung Heavy Industries and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding show the state-of-the-art LNG-FPSOs.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering promotes the world's largest 18,000-teu boxship.

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries displays 13,100-teu ship, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard shows Con-Ro ship, and Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction and SLS Shipbuilding exhibit boxships.

Meanwhile, Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and SPP Shipbuilding also installed their own booth each and promote 6,500-teu/3,600-teu boxships and offshore plants.

Published : May 25, 2011

Source: Asiasis


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Korean Keep ‘Order Momentum‘

South Korean shipbuilders are expected to continue order intake momentum in the latter half of the year, centering on LNG carrier newbuilding orders.

Seoul-based Hana Daetoo Securities analyst Kim Hyun said, "LNG carrier newbuilding orders resumed in four years and this would relieve worries that newbuilding orders may discontinue after containership and drillship order spree in the second half of the year."

He said, "LNG development, catalyzed by nuclear plant crisis in Japan, will expand in Asia-Pacific region and LNG on/offshore facilities orders will increase in earnest, centering on Australia and Southeast Asia."

"Newbuilding orders for LNG carriers and new concept LNG production/storage facilities will become blue ocean for South Korean shipbuilders," he added.

Kim said, "As of May, 'Big 3', namely Hyundai, Samsung and Daewoo, are estimated to have achieved 49% of their combined annual order target. In the second half of the year, they would clinch orders for drillship and containership options, LNG carriers and offshore facilities, over-attaining their order targets by 20.4% on average."

Published : May 24, 2011

Source: Asiasis


Chinese face grim outlook

China’s shipbuilding industry is expected to face choppy seas this year amid rising costs from labor, raw materials and yuan appreciation, the China Association of National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said in a report on May 19.

Of China’s 1,519 shipbuilders tracked by the association, 313 ran in the red during the first quarter, with losses totaling 1.1 billion yuan ($170 million), up 28.8% from a year earlier.

In the first four months, China built ships amounting to 18.8 million deadweight tons, increasing 1.2% year-on-year. New orders totaled 13.6 million deadweight tons, up 6.6% year-on-year, while combined outstanding orders were at 183.8 million deadweight tons, down 6.2% from the end of 2010, according to the association.

Starting this year, demand in the international market has been changing in favor of large-sized container vessels, liquid-natural-gas vessels and value-added engineering vessels, which are dominated by Korean and Singaporean shipbuilding firms, said the association.

About half of Chinese shipbuilders received no new orders so far this year, with some suspending production as existing orders run out, the association added.

Published : May 24, 2011

Source: Asiasis


Sumitomo orders "CleanBallast"

Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI-ME) decides for the RWO ballast water treat-ment system.

RWO Marine Water Technology, a part of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, has received an order for three of its ballast water treatment systems CleanBallast from the Japanese shipyard Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co. Ltd. (SHI-ME).

The shipyard located in Yokosuka, Japan, has built in excess of 1,300 ships. Specialising in medium-sized tankers with high added value SHI-ME has a reputation in the industry as one of the technology leaders. The ballast water treatment plants of the long-established Bremen company RWO will be installed in 2012 in three Aframax tankers which will be built for a European shipowner.

The CleanBallast ballast water treatment system, with a maximum capacity of 3,000 m³/h, will be equipped with several of RWO's advanced disinfection systems operating in parallel. This allows the system to cater for differing rates of ballasting and de-ballasting.

"Besides its very low energy consumption, high product quality and simple system configu-ration, its disinfection performance in low conductivity water without dosing chemicals and no risk of re-growth of organism during voyage are the reasons SHI-ME decided applying CleanBallast," says Akihiko Masutani, Project Manager of SHI-ME. "In addition, CleanBallast also works in intermittent operation or even in turbid water and has a number of further positive features" he added.

The fully IMO type-approved CleanBallast technology has been developed by RWO since 2003, technologically refined over the years and extensively tested in real-life conditions. Even under extreme situations, such as high sediment concentrations, CleanBallast exceeded the IMO test requirements.

The design and the testing of the plant under realistic environmental conditions is an essential prerequisite in order to guarantee a rapid and safe intake of ballast water and short times in port. In addition, the efficient removal of the sediments considerably lowers tank cleaning costs and prevents the loss of valuable load capacities.

To date, RWO has received orders for more than 40 CleanBallast systems. By the beginning of May, 32 ballast water treatment units from the Bremen company were already in successful commercial operation.

Published : May 24, 2011

Source: Asiasis