Friday, July 1, 2011

MAN lands Korean naval order

Under the project name LST-II, Hanjin is constructing the landing ship tank (LST) vessel, which has an approximate length of 127 m.


The naval vessel features a CODAD (Combined Diesel and Diesel) propulsion configuration with the 4 × 12V28/33D STC diesel engines integrated with two twin-input/single-output gearboxes and two CP propellers.

The four engines are each rated at 5,460 kW and 1,000 rpm, with each featuring a 10% overload capacity for 1 hour/6 hours.

The MAN 28/33 variant's STC suffix denotes its sequential turbocharging system and its characteristic large torque envelope.

Delivery date for the engines has been set for October 2012 with the landing ship due for delivery in September 2014.

The contract is the result of another successful cooperation between MAN Diesel & Turbo and its long-standing, Korean partner - STX - and is the initial fruit of a new V28/33D licence.

Published : July 1, 2011

Source: Asiasis

Samjin inks two 36K BCs

South Korea’s Samjin Shipbuilding Industries Co., Ltd. which is located in Weihai city, Shandong, China announced that it has successfully inked newbuilding contracts for 2 units of 36,000 DWT handy bulk carriers, which is the major product of Samjin on 28th day of June.

These newly contracted vessels are scheduled to be delivered from the 1st half of 2013.

In view of this contract standing in succession of 4,700TEU container ships contract dated 3rd of June, Samjin has been winning continuous new contracts and proved to be one of the most assured shipyards toward customers’ satisfaction even in this depressed bulk market.

Samjin’s those currently good performance is based on shipowners’ favor, which has been concreted on Samjin’s good quality and on-time delivery of past delivered vessels.

Meanwhile, on 24th day of June, Samjin Shipbuilding Industries Co., Ltd. has successfully delivered ‘CMB ARIANE’ which is the 7th vessel among 10 vessels for BOCIMAR subsequent to the naming ceremony which has been held on 23rd day, June.

At this naming ceremony, Michael Zhang who is the representative of Bocimar Shanghai and 17 ship owners’ guests participated and celebrated the birth of ‘CMB ARIANE’ and wished her safe voyage.

This newly delivered DWT 33,500 Log/Bulk Carrier ‘CMB ARIANE’ has a length of 180m, a breadth of 30m, a depth of 14.7m, which is same as the previous delivered 20 units of handysize bulk carriers.

The newly delivered vessel demonstrated its consistent and stable production capacity as well as the highly quality of Samjin products by recording a cruising speed of 14.8 knots during their sea trial which exceeds the contract guaranteed speed.

Ever since entering shipbuilding business in 2007, Samjin Shipbuilding Industries Co., Ltd. has delivered 23 units of vessel including bulk carriers, PCTC and floating dock using 1 set of dry dock and 2 sets of skid berth and has positioned as a leading shipyard by way of diversification through the contract of container ships and heavy cargo carrier.

The shipbuilding company has signed newbuilding orders for 18 ships so far this year including four 33.5K bulkers, eight 36K bulkers, four 58K bulkers and two 4,700TEU containerships. It aims to win 30-ship orders in 2011.

Published : June 30, 2011

Source: Asiasis



German marine suppliers to recover

Sales of German marine equipment makers fell again in 2010, but rising orders have prompted hopes the industry will see a recovery in 2011.

Total sales last year amounted to €11.1bn ($16bn), which was 6% down on the 2009 figure. Record turnover of €12.9bn was achieved in 2008.

“[Last year] was a difficult year for the component makers’ production, due to fewer orders from shipbuilders in 2009,” said Alexander Nürnberg, managing director of deck machinery maker Hatlapa and head of the Marine and Offshore Equipment Industries’ Committee, which is part of the German Engineering Federation VDMA.

German companies' marine components export ratio stands at 72%, with China being the single most important customer, receiving 21.3% of all exports.

The order intake recovered slightly in 2010, with an increase of 8%. A year earlier, orders had collapsed by 29%. These developments make VDMA anticipate a small increase in turnover for the current year — and moderate, but continuous growth for the coming years.

Some 55% of the sales volume has been ordered by shipyards and another 17% directly by owners or shipmanagers.

Published : June 30, 2011

Source: Asiasis



Wartsila-CuiXing JV for marine engines

Wärtsilä and Jiangsu CuiXing Marine Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd. have agreed to establish a joint venture for manufacturing Wärtsilä 26 and Wärtsilä 32 medium-speed marine engines in China.

The agreement was signed Wednesday in Nantong, China.

The value of Wärtsilä's investment in the joint venture is EUR 16 million. Wärtsilä's share of the joint venture is 49 per cent and Jiangsu CuiXing's share 51 per cent.

The joint venture's production facilities in the Rugao city of Nantong, Jiangsu province in Eastern China, will focus on the assembly and testing of engines. Operations are planned to start in early 2013. The joint venture is subject to approval by the relevant authorities.

"This joint venture is a major step in our strategy to broaden our presence and production close to our marine customers in China, the largest shipbuilding nation in the world. China has notably increased its market share in shipbuilding during recent years, and today has more than 40 per cent of the total global vessel order book. Through this joint venture, we will further improve our leading global position in the marine market," said Ole Johansson, President & CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation at the signing ceremony.

"This joint venture will enable Wärtsilä to offer competitive products to its customers in the Chinese marine market. Wärtsilä expects to significantly increase its market share of medium-speed engines. Our objective is to become one of the leading medium-speed engine manufacturers in China," says John Zhu, President, Wärtsilä in China.

Wärtsilä has been present in China for more than 20 years, through its fully owned subsidiary and long-term licensing agreements. To serve the world's largest shipbuilding region, Wärtsilä has established joint ventures for propeller and auxiliary generating set production with leading Chinese shipbuilding groups and a joint venture for automation services. Wärtsilä also manufactures thrusters at its 100 per cent owned company facilities, while low-speed engines are produced by seven licencees and by a joint venture company. Before the current investment Wärtsilä's investments in China exceed EUR 60 million.

In the marine market, the leading Chinese ship owners are Wärtsilä customers. Wärtsilä Services provides service and maintenance for its customers from seven locations in China, the largest of which is in Shanghai.

Including Wärtsilä joint venture companies, there are currently more than 1800 Wärtsilä employees working in China.

Published : June 30, 2011




Thursday, June 30, 2011

New general manager of COSCO Shipyard

The Board of Directors of COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited (“the Company”) (“the Board”) announced the resignation of Mr. Wang Xing Ru as General Manager of COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd (“COSCO Shipyard”), a 51%-owned subsidiary of the Company, with effect from 24 June 2011.

Appointment of Mr. Wang Yu Hang as General Manager of COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd Following Mr. Wang Xing Ru’s resignation as General Manager of COSCO Shipyard, the Board has gone through a nomination and thorough selection process for his successor.

The Board, having reviewed the profiles of the candidates, has recommended to the Board of COSCO Shipyard for the appointment of Mr. Wang Yu Hang (“Mr. Wang”) as the new General Manager of COSCO Shipyard.

The Board of Directors of COSCO Shipyard, having reviewed and considered the qualification of Mr. Wang, approved the appointment of Mr. Wang as General Manager of COSCO Shipyard on 24 June 2011.

Background of Mr. Wang Yu Hang

Mr. Wang graduated from marine engineering department of Dalian Maritime College in 1983.

He was the Managing Director of COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd (“COSCO Shipbuilding”) since May 2009, promoted from Deputy Managing Director, a post held by him from February 2007 to May 2009. COSCO Shipbuilding, which is a shareholder of Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd, is one of the most advanced shipbuilding yards in China. Mr. Wang has good qualifications and extensive working experience in the shipbuilding industry.

The Board welcomes Mr. Wang as the new General Manager of COSCO Shipyard and would like to thank Mr. Wang Xing Ru for his invaluable contributions to the group during his tenure of service and look forward to his continued support.

Published : June 29, 2011

Source: Asiasis

Tokyo approves ozone BWTS

FineBallast OZ works using a specially-designed pipe to inject micro bubbles of ozone into the ballast water system as ballast water tanks are filled to kill off harmful organisms.

Because the ozone is extracted from the air and generated on board there is no requirement to store the active chemical.

Any remaining harmful substances are eliminated by using activated charcoal before ballast water is discharged, which has no environmental impact.

The system has been approved as complying with IMO Guidelines in the International Convention for the Control and management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments and the procedure for approval of systems making use of active substances.

MES carried out a full scale land-based test of the system to gain the necessary approvals. MOL conducted an onboard test on the operator’s 4,646 teu capacity containership MOL Express.

Published : June 29, 2011

Source: Asiasis



1st order for MAN G-type engine

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s assessment of the two-stroke market has borne fruit with a number of Greek shipowners showing concrete interest in the company’s new, G-type, ultra-long-stroke engine program.

Athens-based shipowner Thenamaris has placed a surprise order for four 6G80ME-C9.2 engines to power 4 × 5,000-teu container vessels, to be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea.

Specifications for the contract indicate a ship speed at NCR of 21.5 knots with a design draft of 12 m. Hull numbers S616 – S619 have already been assigned to the newbuildings with the first ship scheduled for delivery in August 2013.

MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that another, Greek shipping company is currently undertaking a technical evaluation on the feasibility of using the 6G80ME-C engine in a series of 4,800-teu container vessels to be built at Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in China.

MAN Diesel & Turbo said that it is also currently involved in several, active VLCC projects where the G80ME-C9.2 is the preferred engine choice. Indeed, this vessel type was originally the primary target behind the introduction of the G80ME-C9.2 engine. The shipping industry is currently debating whether or not VLCC lay-out speed should be reduced to 13 knots from the existing 15 to 15.5 knots, a scenario which the G80 is tailor-made to meet.

Ole Grøne – Senior Vice President Low-Speed Promotion & Sales – MAN Diesel & Turbo said: “We are delighted with the market response to the G-type. We viewed its introduction as both viable and timely and are pleased that the market has seen fit to back this up.”

The G-type program

The G-type programme was introduced to the market in October 2010 with the G80ME-C9 model. MAN Diesel & Turbo subsequently expanded the ultra-long-stroke programme in May 2011 with the addition of G70ME-C9, G60ME-C9 and G50ME-B9 models.

The G-types have designs that follow the principles of the large-bore Mk-9 engine series that MAN Diesel & Turbo introduced in 2006. Their longer stroke reduces engine speed, thereby paving the way for ship designs with unprecedented high-efficiency.

Tankers and bulk carriers have traditionally used MAN B&W S-type engines with their long stroke and low engine-speed as prime-movers, while larger container vessels have tended to use the shorter-stroke K-type with its higher engine speed.

Following efficiency optimisation trends in the market, MAN Diesel & Turbo has also thoroughly evaluated the possibility of using even larger propellers and thereby engines with even lower speeds for the propulsion of tankers and bulk carriers. Larger container vessels are now increasingly being specified with S80ME-C9 and S90ME-C8/9 engines because of the opportunity they offer to employ larger propeller diameters; an S90ME-C9 engine will replace a corresponding K98 with the same cylinder count.

Such vessels may be compatible with propellers with larger diameters than current designs, and facilitate higher efficiencies following adaptation of the aft-hull design to accommodate a larger propeller. It is estimated that such new designs offer potential fuel-consumption savings of some 4-7%, and a similar reduction in CO2 emissions. Simultaneously, the engine itself can achieve a high thermal efficiency using the latest engine process parameters and design features.

Published : June 29, 2011

Source: Asiasis



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shipyards remain in slowdown

While businesses around the world are bouncing back from the global recession, shipyards are still in the middle of its effects.

Orders have plunged, prompting shipbuilders to slash payrolls and shift toward building drilling rigs and other offshore products for the energy industry.

The reason for the recession's lagging effect on shipbuilding is peculiar to the industry.

A decline in world trade and shipping three years ago cut demand for ships. But because big tankers and container vessels take three to four years to build, shipyards kept busy filling orders received before the financial crisis.

Orders for ships sank in 2009 and recovery has been slow, although analysts expect orders to increase later this year.

The downturn is affecting shipyards worldwide. China's shipbuilding association last month said some of the country's yards would suspend production after completing existing orders.

With the global economy still fragile and financing prospects uncertain, it will be several years until orders are back to normal, people in the industry say.

Published : June 28, 2011

Source: Asiasis


Samsung cruiseship signing impending

Samsung Heavy Industries is about to seal its first cruiseship newbuilding order, no later than this month.

The deal will be the first cruiseship order for South Korean shipbuilding industry.

Samsung president Ro In-sik recently said the company will soon sign a final contract with Utopia of the US to build a 100,000-gt cruiseship.

An official from the shipbuilder also confirmed that the companies are preparing to seal the deal within this month.

The final contract would be signed 19 months after Samsung signed a framework agreement with Utopia on November 30th 2009, when the US cruise line selected Samsung as the sole contract party for the construction of the cruiseship.

At that time the newbuilding price tag was said to be $1.1bn and sources say the final price would not be far from that.

Samsung's first cruiseship will be, so-called, an 'Apartment-Type' cruiseship.

Samsung has been steadily preparing for the cruiseship business since 1997 when it established a passenger ship division for the first time in South Korean shipbuilding industry. It has also accumulated know-how in construction division.

Meanwhile, if Samsung finalizes the Utopia cruiseship order by this month, it would have signed more than $12bn newbuilding orders in the first half of the year, over-achieving its annual order target of $11.5bn in just six months.

Its new order intakes so far this year include eight drillships, eight LNG carriers, 13 containerships, four shuttle tankers, one FPSO, one LNG-FPSO, offshore platform topsides and one offshore supply vessel.

Published : June 29, 2011

Source: Asiasis


STX tied up with Russia

STX is forging closer relationships with Russian shipbuilding industries.

Following deals by STX to construct LNG carriers and shipbuilding facilities for Russia, STX France has signed a contract to build two vessels for the Russian Navy. These will be the first naval vessels to be exported to Russia by a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

STX France has agreed to provide technology along with the hardware.

As Russia aims to modernize its shipbuilding industry, STX Group is now committed to extend full technical aid involving merchant ships, naval vessels and ice-breakers.

STX France will act as subcontractor under a contract signed between France's DCNS and Russian defense export agency Rosoboronexport for the construction of two Mistral class helicopter carriers (LHDs).

The two vessels will be built at STX France's Saint-Nazaire shipyard. The first ship will be delivered to Russia in 2014 and the second in 2015. The state-run Russian shipbuilder United Shipbuilding Corp. (OSK) will provide part of the hull of both ships.

According to French media reports, DCNS and STX France will provide OSK with the navigation system and other technical data on the LHD. OSK will build two LHDs at its own yard.

Earlier this month, STX accepted an order from Sovcomflot for two LNG carriers. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, will build the ships in cooperation with a Russian yard.

STX has earlier agreed with OSK to construct a large shipyard at St. Petersburg. Late last year, STX Finland put its Helsinki Shipyard, reputed as a major ice-breaker builder, under joint ownership with OSK.

The Russian government has been promoting the development of the shipbuilding industry with the aim of acquiring technology to construct merchant ships needed to move its energy exports, build up its fleet of naval vessels and upgrade the production at its shipyards.

Published : June 28, 2011

Source: Asiasis



Cargotec inks RoRo equip with HMD

Cargotec recently signed a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea to deliver MacGregor RoRo equipment for four deep-sea ConRo vessels to be built for a Saudi Arabian owner.

The MacGregor equipment will be delivered in 2012 - 2013.

The contract includes 1600 tonnes of MacGregor equipment for each of the four vessels as follows: jumbo quarter ramp, stern door, two ramp covers, several bulkhead doors, two levels of hoistable decks and movable access ramps.

"These specialist ships are designed to carry general and project cargo as well as various type of RoRo cargo. Cargotec has great expertise and technical know-how in delivering flexible and efficient MacGregor cargo handling solutions to our customers," says Magnus Sjöberg, Sales Director for RoRo Ships at Cargotec.

"Furthermore, we have a long and successful relationship with the shipyard and we understand their business and processes."

Published : June 28, 2011

Source: Asiasis


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Daewoo inks more 18,000TEU‘s

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has scored 10 more 18,000TEU ultra-large containerships.

Daewoo president Nam Sant-tae and AP Moller-Maersk president Eivind Kolding signed the contract in Japan on June 27th to build additional 10 18,000TEU ships.

The deal is worth about KRW 2trn ($1.84bn) and the newbuildings are scheduled for delivery by 2015 to the Danish shipping giant.

Daewoo signed first 10 same vessel order in February and of the 20 optional ships 10 have now been firmed up.

Daewoo said its high sales capability, differentiated technology and deep trust the owner has in it have led to the clinching of the deal, as well as the active support from the Export-Import Bank of Korea.

Meanwhile, Daewoo also announced that it signed two 9,200TEU containership order with Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines for KRW 110bn ($101m) per ship on 24th.

The company also said that it agreed with NOL to change the size of the 10 8,400TEU ships inked last year to 9,200TEU ones on the day.

Including the latest deals, Daewoo has penned newbuilding orders for 28 vessels worth $6.67bn so far this year, attaining about 61% of its annual order target of $11bn.

Published : June 27, 2011

Source: Asiasis

CSSC inks eight bulkers

CSSC-affiliated Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) and Guangzhou Zhongchuan Huangpu Shipyard have won an order for a total of eight bulkers from COSCO subsidiary Shenzhen Yunshu.

The eight-ship newbuilding orders are the first of COSCO's broader 20 coastal bulker newbuilding project.

GSI will build four 50,000 dwt bulkers while Guangzhou Zhongchuan won 65,000 dwt bulker quartet.

Both ship designs were developed by COSCO itself and they are said to be at top level in China in terms of eco-friendliness and energy efficiency.

Published : June 28, 2011

Source: Asiasis