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2017-06-20 10:27:05

China's Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (DSIC) held on June 5 a naming ceremony for Xin Long Yang, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) built for COSCO Shipping.

On the occasion, representatives of the shipbuilder and the owner of the vessel also signed delivery and acceptance documents.

The 308,000 dwt Xin Long Yang belongs to a new generation of energy-saving VLCCs developed by DSIC, the shipbuilder explained.

With a gross tonnage of 162,000 tons, the newbuilding has a length of 333 meters and a width of 60 meters.

Currently, the market value of the newbuilding stands at USD 73.7 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.

Apart from Xin Long Yang, COSCO has five 308,000 dwt and two 319,000 dwt VLCCs on order at DSIC, scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2018.

2017-06-19 11:30:17

Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield has taken delivery the delivery of the liquefied ethylene gas carrier Gaschem Orca from China's Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE).

Upon delivery, the carrier commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to the German shipping company Hartmann Group. It will enter into a 10 year sub-charter to SABIC Petrochemicals upon arrival in Houston in July, according to Ocean Yield.

Gaschem Orca will be used for shipments of ethane from Houston to SABIC’s cracker in Teeside, UK.

The 36,000 cbm vessel is the second of two sister ships delivered to the company.

The first eco-friendly LEG carrier, the 38,000 cbm Gaschem Beluga, joined its owner in November 2016. Upon delivery, it too commenced a 15-year bareboat charter to Hartmann.

Ocean Yield ordered the batch of three LEG carriers from Sinopacific in May 2014, however, in mid-October the company said it decided to cancel the third vessel under the agreement as a result of the negotiations which were undertaken after Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering filed for receivership in August 2016.

So far this year, Ocean Yield has taken delivery of five vessels and the company's total fleet stands at 37 vessels, of which 36 have been delivered.

2017-06-19 11:28:07

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will hold the naming ceremony for the Guayaquil Express, the fourth of five newbuildings in its 10,500 TEU class, at the container terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg today.

Ordered in 2015, the Guayaquil Express will plough the seas between Europe and South America. With a length of 333 meters and a width of 48 meters, the ship is designed for the new locks of the Panama Canal.

The vessel will operate in the SWX service, calling at the ports of Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Cartagena, Manzanillo/PA, Buenaventura, Callao, Puerto Angamos and Valparaíso.

By deploying the ship, rather than bringing any new tonnage into the market, Hapag-Lloyd is replacing two older vessels with each of the new state-of-the-art ones. As a result, more efficient ships will be deployed between North Europe and South America West Coast “without noticeably increasing capacity in the market,” the company said.

Like the Guayaquil Express, which was built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea, all vessels in the series are named after ports in South America.

Each of the five new ships has 2,100 plugs for temperature-controlled reefer containers. Hapag-Lloyd informed that the vessels set the highest standards in environmental protection, and achieve especially low fuel-consumption and emissions levels thanks to innovative onboard technologies. They are equipped with a highly efficient main engine, an optimized hull shape and a novel lashing and loading system for a higher utilization.

All five newbuildings will sail under the German flag and are classified DNV GL.

Homeported in Hamburg, the ships can carry a maximum of 19 rows of containers side by side on board, which each have a maximum capacity of 123,500 tonnes. The eight cargo holds and decks, offer a total capacity of 10,590 TEU.

2017-06-19 11:25:22

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) revealed it will manage MV GPO Grace, GPO Heavylift’s purpose-built semi-submersible vessel newbuilding.

Launched in December 2016, the 64,000 dwt GPO Grace is one of the four identical heavy lift vessels being built at CSBC shipyard in Taiwan.

"This will be the most technologically advanced heavy lift vessel in the world. It will be our first heavy lift vessel in our managed fleet today and we aim to expand further in this segment," Carl Schou, President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management, commented.

"With this latest addition into our managed fleet, it is a comeback for us in the heavy lift segment. Such advanced vessel fits well with our digital solution which will enhance operational efficiency," Schou added.

As disclosed, WSM is in the process of securing the second contract with GPO Heavylift for the second heavy-lift ship, MV GPO Amethyst.

All of the four ships are owned by Singapore-based Greenland Heavylift Holdings and operated by GPO Heavylift.

With a gross tonnage of 45,100 tons, each of the ships will feature a length of 225 meters and a width of 48 meters.

The four newbuilds are expected to be delivered until the end of 2017, according to information provided by VesselsValue.

GPO Grace will be managed by the Oslo management center and will sail with a full complement of Latvian crew, WSM said.

2017-06-19 11:22:32

US-based ship operator Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of MV Groton Eagle, the sixth of nine Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels it purchased from Greenship Bulk Trust  in March 2017.

With the addition of the 63,500 dwt MV Groton Eagle, previously named JS Narmada, Eagle Bulk's fleet increased to 46 vessels on the water.

The bulk carrier was constructed in 2013 by China’s shipbuilder Dayang Shipbuilding.

Following the delivery of the remaining eight Ultramaxes, which are scheduled to join Eagle Bulk Shipping's fleet over the coming months, the company's pro-forma owned-fleet will consist of 49 Supramaxes and Ultramaxes.

The US owner initially agreed to acquire six Crown-63 Ultramaxes, according to an agreement unveiled in late February 2017. The company later received an approval to acquire another three dry bulk sister vessels.

Eagle Bulk purchased the ships, which would be renamed after Connecticut coastal towns, for a total of USD 153 million.

2017-06-19 11:20:21

Northern Europe's shipping and logistics company DFDS has today ordered two additional RoRo newbuildings from Jinling Shipyard in China.

The new ships are slated for delivery in early 2020 and are planned to be deployed in DFDS' route network on the North Sea.

"The ships form part of our new building programme that underpins our ability to deliver the transport capacity required by our customers and our continuous pursuit of efficiency improvements," says Niels Smedegaard, CEO.

The ships are similar to the two ships ordered in September 2016, for delivery in early 2019, and are likewise designed to each carry 6,700 lane metres of freight equivalent to around 450 trailers.

The large size of the ships will decrease unit costs as well as the environmental impact per transported unit, the company said in a release.

As disclosed, the ships represent a new generation of environmentally friendly RoRo ships as they comply with the latest environmental rules of the new IMO-standard EEDI (Energy Efficency Design Index). Also included are scrubbers for the removal of sulphur, ballast water treatment systems and a number of energy efficiency initiatives.

The investment in the two ships totals around DKK 1.0 billion (USD 150 million) to be paid during the period from ordering to delivery in early 2020. More than half of the payment is due on delivery.

Hence, DFDS’ investment outlook for 2017 is raised to DKK 1.8 billion from previously DKK 1.7 billion following the new order.

2017-06-16 11:46:03

FMG Sydney, the fourth of eight very large ore carriers (VLOCs) ordered in 2014 by Australian iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue), has arrived into Port Hedland.

The 260,000 dwt newbuilding, which flies the flag of Hong Kong, features a length of 327 meters and a width of 57 meters.

Following the deliveries of FMG Nicola, FMG Grace and FMG Sophia, FMG Sydney was handed over to its owner by China's Yangzijiang Shipyard.

"It's terrific to celebrate the successful arrival of our fourth ore carrier, FMG Sydney. This magnificent vessel joins a fleet of ships that has increased the industry leading efficiency of our world class port," Andrew Forrest, Fortescue Founder and Chairman, commented.

"Our work with the Pilbara Ports Authority and Port Hedland Pilots to design the ore carriers has maximised the safety and maneuverability in the Port Hedland channel," Fernando Pereira, Fortescue Port and Rail General Manager, said.

A further four ore carriers are being built at Guangzhou Shipyard International, with the delivery of the final vessel expected in mid-2018.

When fully operational, the fleet will provide approximately 12 percent of Fortescue's total shipping requirements, as explained by the company.

2017-06-16 11:43:59

Damen Shipyards Group will deliver three newbuild tugs to Kotug Smit Towage for its European harbour towage operations. This order will bring the total number of Damen-built tugs operating in Kotug Smit's fleet of 69 to 22.

This agreement encompasses two ASD Tugs 2913 and an ATD Tug 2412 Twin Fin.

The ASD 2913 is renowned for its manoeuvrability and environmentally efficient performance and boasts 80 tonne bollard pull. Damen has outfitted one of the two 2913 vessels with a fire-fighting system. The 70 tonne bollard pull ATD Tug 2412, with its Twin Fin feature, combines compactness with manoeuvrability.

Kotug Smit Towage CEO René Raaijmakers stated: "We are delighted to be supporting our growth in the UK with the addition of three new tugs to our fleet. These Damen tugs were selected for their high performance and short delivery time and will fit perfectly into our European harbour towage operations, especially given their commonality with the tugs we are currently operating."

Damen's Area Director Benelux, Mijndert Wiesenekker said: "We are very pleased to be delivering these vessels to Kotug Smit and continuing to help them in their sustained growth and development. Thanks to Damen’s standardised shipbuilding philosophy two of the vessels had already been constructed as stock vessels, ensuring Kotug Smit of the fastest possible delivery time."

Simultaneously, Kotug Smit Towage commenced a charter of a Damen-built ASD 2810 Hybrid tug, which was renamed Hampshire during Kotug Smit's 'Herring with friends-party' – a traditional Dutch event to mark the beginning of the herring season – in Rotterdam. Hampshire was freshly delivered from Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam, where she had been repainted in Kotug Smit Towage colours.

2017-06-16 11:28:48

Maersk Supply Service, a part of Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group, has entered into agreements with two yards to postpone delivery of a total of nine newbuildings.

The vessels in question include five anchor handling vessels, under construction at Kleven Yard in Norway, and four subsea support vessels, being built by China’s Cosco Dalian shipyard.

"Both MSS and the yards consider this the best possible solution given the current market situation," Maersk Supply Service said.

The first Starfish anchor handling vessel, Maersk Master, was delivered in March this year, while vessel number two will be delivered in late June.

The next three Starfish ships from Kleven will be delivered in 2018, and the latest in the beginning of 2019. The four Stingray subsea support vessels at Dalian COSCO, none of which have been delivered to date, will all be slightly postponed with contract delivery dates planned from summer 2017 to spring 2018.

"It is our priority to optimize the utilization options for our new-buildings, and we are confident that the new delivery schedule will benefit the competitive edge of Maersk Supply Service," Steen S. Karstensen, MSS CEO, said.

2017-06-15 10:54:51

Norwegian shipping company Wilson ASA has signed an agreement with Germany's Lauterjung Group to buy two 2,460 dwt bulk carriers.

The vessels in question are MV Arion and MV Hestia and they will be bought for EUR 3.5 million (around USD 3.9 million).

As informed, the bulkers will be acquired during the next quarter and subsequently renamed.

Arion and Hestia were built at Romanian Vard Tulcea shipyard in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

The purchase is said to confirm Wilson's "long-term belief" in the market within this tonnage segment.

Wilson has been operating the two ships on time charter and the bulk carriers will not be added to the company's existing fleet.

Currently, Wilson operates a fleet of 119 ships, of which 80 are owned and controlled by the company.

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