Greek shipowner Thenamaris is reportedly in talks with South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries about an order for two LNG carriers.
The owner is widely rumoured to have signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the yard for two vessels but full details have yet to emerge.
Market pundits point to Stena Bulk’s eye-catching rate of $110,000 per day on its first LNG-carrier newbuilding, the 173,000-cbm Stena Crystal Sky, which has caught the attention of players thinking of taking the plunge.
Owners report that yards have upped their prices in response to the interest, especially with the big-three South Korean shipbuilders.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering recently signed LNG carriers for just over $200m per ship.
One suggests that some of the strong levels being quoted are for large vessels or ships with added features such as on-board regasification or ice-class and winterisation features. He says the addition of a growing range of optional features is helping blur market prices.
Korea's top three shipbuilders saw an increase in new orders this year despite global shipbuilding orders dropping sharply from a year earlier.According to related industries
on Thursday, global shipbuilding orders during the January to May period stood at 12 million CGT or compensated gross tons which is not even a third of total orders received last year.
However, Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries secured orders worth 14.8 billion and 11.1 billion dollars, respectively, during the first half of this year which is more than what the two shipbuilders received during 2010.
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering also won contracts worth more than 6.7 billion dollars more than half of last year's total orders of 11.2 billion dollars.
Then what is behind the Korean shipbuilders' strong performances this yearAnd all 21 orders were won by Korean firms, with Hyundai securing 9, Samsung 8 and Daewoo 4.
The three shipbuilders also secured two-thirds of the total global LNG carrier orders, while also receiving more than 40 orders for container vessels with over 10-thousand TEU or twenty-foot container capacity.
Industry officials attribute the three companies' dominance to the outstanding technologies Korean firms possess and forecast that the trend will continue in the latter half of this year.
Krasnoyarsk Shipyard was awarded a contract for building 25 ships for Yenisei River Shipping Company" (ERP).
The ships are scheduled for delivery in 2015, the Krasnoyarsk Governor’s press office reported.
The enterprise is currently reconstructing the building berth. The shipbuilder plans also to upgrade its machinery equipment. The company expects revenues for 2011 to exceed RUB 250 million.
Major stakeholders of the shipyard are Yenisei River Shipping Company, MMC Norilsk Nickel, gold mining company "Polus" and Vankorneft.
OJSC Krasnoyarsk Shipyard was founded in 1929. Since then the company has built more than 3,000 vessels. In 2010, Kransoyarsk started construction of specialized containers. Now the company employs over 270 people.
JSC Yenisei River Shipping Company is the main carrier of the goods on the waterways of the Yenisei River basin. The company owns and operates the largest in the region dry cargo and tanker fleet, about 650 vessels with total capacity of about 680,000dwt. In 2010, the operator transported about 3,3 million tons of cargo. The main shareholder of JSC ERP is MMC Norilsk Nickel.
South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has inked an order for construction of two LNG carriers.
In Athens, on June 29th, Daewoo chief executive Nam Sang-tae and Angelicoussis Group chairman John Angelicoussis put pen to paper on a contract to build two 159,800㎥ LNG carriers.
Daewoo said the contract value is more than $400m which means the newbuilding price tag per ship is just over $200m.
They are scheduled for delivery from Geoje Okpo Shipyard by the first half of 2014.
Meanwhile, both companies agreed on two additional options for the same type vessels.
Angelicoussis Group's LNG shipping subsidiary Maran Gas Maritime will take delivery of the newbuildings.
Including the two LNG carriers, Daewoo has inked newbuilding orders for 30 ships worth $7.13bn in the first half of the year, attaining 65% of its annual order target of $11bn.
Keppel Singmarine Brasil (KSM Brasil), Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M)'s new 7.6-ha shipbuilding facility in the state of Santa Catarina, has secured two newbuild contracts worth about S$140 million from fleet operators in Brazil.
The first contract entails building a series of six 45-tonne bollard pull twin-screw Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) harbour tugboats, for REBRAS - Rebocadores do Brasil S.A. (SMIT Rebras).
In the second contract, the yard will construct a large-sized 4500dwt Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) based on its proprietary MTD 9045P-DE design for Keppel O&M's Brazilian ship-owning arm, Guanabara Navegacao Ltda (GNL).This is the first vessel constructed under the business model to build Offshore Support Vessels in anticipation of demand in Brazil, and such vessels will be offered for bare-boat charter or sale upon completion.
KSM Brasil specialises in constructing Offshore Support Vessels such as Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels, PSVs, Oil Recovery Support Vessels and harbour/terminal tugboats.
The new facility in Brazil is also able to fabricate offshore steel structures and support major projects undertaken by Keppel's BrasFELS yard in Angra dos Reis.
Mr Hoe Eng Hock, Executive Director of KSM Brasil shared, "Petrobras will need over 100 Brazilian-built offshore support vessels by 2020, to facilitate the exploration and development of the Santos Basin's deep water pre-salt fields. We see a growing market for purpose-built support vessels that can operate safely and efficiently offshore Brazil.
"Keppel Singmarine has been building harbour tugs for the global fleet of Smit in Singapore and China Nantong for the past 20 years. With the award of six harbour tugs contract, the relationship and partnership between Smit and Keppel has deepened and expanded to the new frontier in Brazil."
KSM Brasil's scope for the six tugboats includes detailed design and engineering work and the purchase of all equipment. The first tugboat will be delivered in 4Q2012, followed by the remaining five at three-month intervals. These Robert Allan-designed tugboats will be deployed by SMIT Rebras to work at key ports across Brazil.
Meanwhile, GNL's 4500 dwt PSV is slated for completion in 2013. The PSV is custom-designed by Keppel's Marine Technology Development unit to meet the stringent requirements of Petrobras. The unique arrangement of the PSV's internal tanks and systems enable it to transport a wide combination of oil-based and water-based bulk cargoes for offshore exploration and production.
This ABS Classed PSV spans 94.2m long and 19.8m wide. It features a large deadweight capacity in excess of 4,500 tonne and a deck space of 1000sqm which can accommodate 26 crew members. Equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system and dynamic positioning (DP) 2 capability, this PSV is well suited to operate in different offshore conditions.
The above contracts are not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year.
In the past week, three renown European ship owners placed three large orders for four 6,600TEU containership and ten 205,000DWT bulk carriers.
Shipbuilding contract for ten 205,000DWT bulk carriers was placed on 26 June, a rarely seen large order for Chinese ship yards in the first half of 2011. The vessels are tailor-made ship types with shallow draft and lower fuel consumption (daily consumption less than 60 tonnage).
Two European customers placed orders for four 6,600TEU containerships.Designed with latest technology, the vessels are more environmental friendly. The speed has been reduced from 25 to 21 knots and the ballast water capacity were also reduced to achieve higher fuel efficiency.
The vessel models under the three new contracts are incorporating the same environmental features highlighted by lower NOx and SOx emissions in compliance with Tier II emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). In the prevailing market, most vessel owners require shallow draft vessels with low oil consumption as they are more cost efficient, and low emission vessels fit current international requirements and market demands.
Bourbon has turned to Grandweld Shipyards in Dubai with an order for six seismic vessels.
French offshore giant Bourbon says the newbuildings have been bought against five-year charters with CGGVeritas.
It does not say how much the new ships will cost but explains this latest move fits in with the mammoth 150 strong newbuilding plan unveiled last year.
Each of the new ships is scheduled to hit the water by the close of 2012, Bourbon says in a statement.
In January 2010 Bourbon hatched a plan to splash $2bn on 80 supply vessels and 64 crew boats in what it labelled the “2015 Leadership Strategy”.
It showed its hand at the same time as it sold off a vast chunk of its dry-cargo fleet to Genco and spin-off Baltic Trading.
Bourbon has since completed its exit from the dry-cargo sector to focus exclusively on offshore.
DryShips Inc , a dry bulk shipper and oil and natural gas driller, has added options for two more drillships with a base price of $608 million each, Wells Fargo Securities said in a note following the company's analyst day on Friday.
The Greece-based company now has three options with Samsung Heavy Industries , and if all of them are exercised, DryShips' fleet will comprise two semi-submersible rigs and 10 drillships.
This will make DryShips one of the largest pure play ultra-deep water drillers in the world amid a resurgence in drilling for oil even in the harshest of environments.
"While DryShips addressed the potential for its involvement in M&A in the drilling space, it reiterated its desire to remain a high spec, pureplay ultradeep water driller vehicle, and would not go after any transactions that would dilute the quality of its asset base," analyst Michael Webber said.
Webber also said the planned U.S. listing of DryShips' Ocean Rig unit would likely be delayed till August due to a regulatory review process. DryShips had targeted a June-July listing.
The company's shares have lost more than a quarter of their value this year, largely on weakness in the dry bulk market. The stock inched up about 2 percent to $4.03 before the bell on Monday.
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.
South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said Monday it has won a $1.8 billion deal to build 10 giant container ships for A.P. Moeller-Maersk of Denmark.
Under the agreement with the world's largest container carrier, Daewoo said it will by 2015 deliver the 10 ships, which each have a capacity of 18,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers.
Daewoo, South Korea's second largest shipbuilder, in February won a $1.8 billion order from the same shipper with an option to provide 20 additional vessels if requested.
The latest agreement is part of that agreement, Daewoo said.
"With this deal, we have achieved 61 percent of our sales goal of $11 billion for this year," the company said in a statement.