South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering is revealed most likely to win order of around $270m LNG-RV from Petrobras, a state-owned oil company in Brazil.
Petrobras proceeds with a "Petrobras Project" to build Brazil of the largest energy-exporting country and invests $224.7bn for five years.
Also, the oil major is in newbuilding program for 28 ultra-deepwater drillships to start up production from 2013.
At a ceremony held on board Austal’s next generation 102 metre trimaran this morning, Austal was awarded a contract for the design, construction and through-life support of eight new patrol boats for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
This contract is Austal’s second significant contract with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, having designed and constructed Customs’ current fleet of eight Bay Class vessels, which have been in operation for over 10 years.
Austal will build the fleet of Cape Class Patrol Boats at its shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Construction of the first vessel is expected to commence in February 2012, with all eight due to be delivered between March 2013 and August 2015.
The In-Service Support contract extends for a minimum period of eight years and encompasses a full range of intermediate and depot level maintenance activities. Further options can be exercised by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for In-Service Support for the life of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Fleet.
The eight 57.8m Cape Class Patrol Boats will play a significant role in protecting Australia’s borders from multiple maritime threats, and have been designed to have greater range, endurance and flexibility, as well as enhanced capability to operate in more severe sea conditions than the current Customs’ fleet.
Austal Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bellamy, commented that Austal is proud to have been selected to work with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service once again, and that the contract is strategically important for the Western Australian company. “The Cape Class contract cements Austal’s position as the sole provider of Australia’s Border Protection Command patrol vessels, and as a leading supplier of Australia’s front line border security and surveillance capabilities. It also provides us with the opportunity to continue to work with our long standing partner, DMS Maritime, to provide in-service support for the new Cape Class fleet. This contract is significant for Austal in that it is a key first step in the repositioning of our Henderson facilities as a defence focused operation, and reaffirms our position as an emerging global defence prime contractor. Having already designed and built the Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boats, today we are the prime contractor for these new Customs vessels as well as for two multi-ship US Navy programs; the Littoral Combat Ships and Joint High Speed Vessels.”
“The Cape Class contract will also aid Austal in sustaining our Henderson workforce,” concluded Mr Bellamy.
Offshore services provider Alam Maritim Resources has clinched two contracts worth RM20.16m ($6.72m) to hire out two vessels.
Malaysia-based Alam Maritim won tenders from Petronas Carigali to provide one accommodation vessel and from a local oil and services firm to provide one unit workboat.
The Petronas Carigali contract is for 138 days with extension options and the second contract is for 30 days without extension options.
“The contracts... are expected to positively contribute to the earnings and net assets of Alam Maritime for the financial year ending 31 December 2011,” Alam Maritim said in a statement.
South Korean shipbuilder Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has won an order for two kamsarmax bulkers.
South Korea's Mirae Asset Securities and Global Marine Finances announced on Aug 12 to have struck hands with Cargill of the US, an international producer and marketer of food, agriculture, etc., and created performance-based ship funds.
The ship funds placed orders for two 82,000-dwt bulkers to Sungdong and will be operated in a way of long-term charter to Cargill by fluctuating freight. then disposal of ships after chartering contract ends.
Performance-based ship funds with direct investment, in particular, earn high returns on the investment in times when freight and ship value recover.
Prominent pension funds in Korea and Global Marine Finances's stockholder, Mirae Asset took part in this fund as investors, by raising funds, financial restructuring consultation and principal investment.
Another shareholders of Global Marine Finances, Samsung Construction & Trading, backed up this project as well. Taking advantages of its global network and previous experiences as an investor and ship broker, Samsung C&T introduced Korean ship fund to Cargill and played an important role in signing a long-term chartering contract.
Samos Steamship of Greece signs up for a 52,000-dwt products tanker at South Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.
Delivery is reportedly for 2012 but other sources put the delivery date as March 2013.
The order is Samos’s first with a Korean shipbuilder. Its other bulkers and tankers have been built in Japan.
Tassos Tsamouranis of Samos declines to reveal when the Hyundai Mipo order was signed but does confirm other orders that appear to have gone unreported.
No prices have been revealed on any of them and although Tsamouranis says they were “recent”, some appear to have been placed some time ago.
A 156,000-dwt tanker is being built at Sumitomo Heavy Industries. The vessel is listed with delivery in August 2012.
Additionally, one 37,000-dwt bulker is due to come out of Japan’s Saiki Heavy Industries in January 2014.
Container Carriers Corp, the recently-launched boxship offshoot of shipowner Evangelos Marinakis’ Capital Maritime group, has firmed up a fifth containership newbuilding at South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries and is looking at further expansion in the sector.
The series order for 5,000 teu units at Hyundai three months ago was originally structured as four firm vessels and three separate pairs of options, adding up to a potential project of up to 10 vessels in all.
The fifth vessel appears to have been negotiated with HHI as a result of a five-vessel charter with Korean liner operator Hyundai Merchant Marine.
A containership broker said that HMM has tied up the five ships at a daily rate of $29,900 for “in excess of 10 years”.
Delivery dates for the first four vessels run from November 2012 to April 2013.
Brokers have reported a newbuilding price of about $60m each for the vessels.
Formosa Plastics Marine Corp (FPMC) has returned to the newbuilding scene after a four-year break.
The shipping arm of industrial conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group has ordered two 82,000-dwt bulker newbuildings from state-owned Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry in China for between $33.5m and $34m each with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2013.
Sources familiar with FPMC say the owner is also mulling signing up for several 205,000-dwt Newcastlemax newbuildings.
“Before the collapse of the financial markets in 2008, Formosa Plastics was planning to place up to four 205,000-dwt bulker newbuildings and was in talks with several shipyards over its requirements. But with the market downturn, it stopped the discussions,” said one market source.
“There is a possibility that the owner may revive its plan to build the Newcastlemaxes as we heard its parent company is building a new power plant.”
Zhongchuan Huangpu Wins 76K BCs
Guangzhou Zhongchuan Huangpu Shipyard has won an order for four 76,000-dwt bulkers.
Newbuilding price is said to be around $31m per ship.
China Merchants Bank booked the 76K vessels against the background of low ship price.
Meanwhile, back in June, Guangzhou Zhongchuan Huangpu Shipyard also won four 65,000-dwt bulkers from COSCO.
Goldwin Shipping of Hong Kong has booked up to three bulker newbuildings at CSSC Chengxi Shipyard early this month.
The low-profile company, also known as Jinwei Shipping, has inked one 64,000-dwt vessel at the state-owned shipbuilder with an option for two more.
Goldwin director Catherine Cheng confirms the order and says the company will take delivery of the firm ship at the end of 2012.
Cheng did not disclose a price but market players put it at around $31m per ship.
The bulker is being built to a new design, the result of a collaboration between Chengxi and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design Research Institute (SDARI).
The Libyan oil tanker fleet could soon be sold to Russian investors, as speculation swirled Tuesday about a reported $300 million deal with the Gadhafi regime, which is under economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the United States and the European Union, The Moscow Times reports.
Libya's General National Maritime Transportation Company, or GNMTC, could sell a portion of its fleet to unspecified Russian investors that include state-owned shipping corporation Sovcomflot, sources told industry journal The Petroleum Economist.
A spokeswoman for Sovcomflot told The Moscow Times that she had no official information on her company's interest in Libyan oil tankers. "It's rumors, and we don't comment on rumors," she said.
GNMTC lists a fleet of 15 vessels on its web site that, before civil war erupted in February and halted crude shipments, were involved in the export of the 1.6 million barrels of oil Libya produced daily.
Libya's shipping industry is believed to have close ties to the Gadhafi family. A U.S. Embassy cable from Tripoli in 2008, released by WikiLeaks, identified Moammar Gadhafi's son, Hannibal, as the key figure behind GNMTC. Hannibal Gadhafi had also been linked to the company during a Libya-Switzerland spat in 2008 when he was briefly arrested in the alpine country for joining his pregnant wife in a violent assault on their servants.
Reached by phone in Tripoli, GNMTC's spokesman declined to comment.
GNMTC is not a Libyan-registered company subject to economic sanctions, but Hannibal Gadhafi is on a United Nations blacklist of figures associated with the North African regime. Assets controlled by blacklisted individuals are subject to sanctions.
In June the European Union added six Libyan ports to a list of frozen assets — Tripoli, Al Khums, Zuara and the oil terminals of Brega, Ras Lanuf and Zawiyah.
President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that signaled Russia's observance of the UN embargo on arms, ammunition and military shipments to Libya shortly after the start of the conflict. Russia was set to lose $4 billion in export earnings as a result of the ban, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian Technologies, said at the time.
Though GNMTC's fleet was valued at $300 million for the alleged deal with Russian investors, before the outbreak of Libyan hostilities its book value was $1.3 billion, The Petroleum Economist reported, adding that Hannibal Gadhafi may be seeking to raise cash as a part of an exit strategy for his family.
Moscow has sought to position itself in the role of an international mediator in the Libyan conflict, hosting Moammar Gadhafi's foreign secretary for talks last month.
"We must continue the search for opportunities for a peaceful solution," Medvedev said July 20.