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2016-04-11 15:38:44

Chinese state-owned shipping operator China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has named its new bulk carrier Pacific Talisman at Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (DACKS).

Featuring a weight of 61,000 tons, the new bulker is equipped with energy saving technology, according to its owner.

With the new vessel, CMES' bulk carrying fleet now stands at a total of 4.82 million dwt.


2016-04-11 15:35:41

Swedish tanker owner Terntank Rederi A/S held a naming ceremony for the first two of its four newbuilds on March 26 at AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding in China.

The two vessels, M/T Ternsund and M/T Ternfjord, are dual-fuelled 15,000dwt product tankers, running on both LNG and diesel. The company says that they can ensure bunker reductions of 8 tonnes per 24 hours.

According to Terntank, the M/T Ternsund is to be delivered at the end of June 2016, after which it will enter into a time charter with Finnish North European Oil Trade OY (NEOT), primarily distributing refined oil products from NEOT's refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The delivery of M/T Ternfjord is slated for August 2016. Once delivered, Terntank says that the vessel will be chartered to ExxonMobil, Norway, distributing refined oil products from ExxonMobil's refinery in Slagentangen, Norway to customers along Norway's coastline.

The remaining two newbuilds are to be delivered at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 respectively.

2016-04-11 15:34:26

Miami-based cruise line giant Royal Caribbean Cruises received its 24th ship, Ovation of the Seas, from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on April 8.

Ovation of the Seas is the third Quantum-class vessel, after Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, built at Meyer Werft.

The ship will now sail to Southampton, U.K., where it will offer a series of short getaways before it sets sail on a 52-night Global Odyssey culminating in the arrival to its homeport in Tianjin, China.

The cruise vessel, which was constructed in 18 months, is scheduled to begin its first homeport sailing season in China from Tianjin in June 2016.

Ovation spans 18 decks, encompasses 168,666 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,091 staterooms.

With the delivery of the new vessel, the Royal Caribbean Cruises owns three Quantum-class ships, while two more are under construction at Meyer Werft.

"It's wonderful to welcome Ovation of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships," said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.  

2016-04-06 14:28:47

Gothenburg-headquartered ferry company Stena Line has ordered four new RoPax ferries with planned delivery during 2019 and 2020, with an option for another four vessels, from AVIC Shipyard in China.

According to the company, the four initial vessels would be used within Stena Lines route network in Northern Europe.

"During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50% larger than today's standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years," says Carl-Johan Hagman, managing director of Stena Line.

"These ships will be the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades," said Hagman.

Under the contract, subject to board approval by the end of April, the shipyard would construct the vessels with a capacity of more than 3,000 lane meters in a drive-through configuration.

Featuring an accommodation capacity of about 1,000 passengers, the main engines aboard the new ferries will be 'gas ready' – prepared to be fueled by either methanol or LNG, according to Stena Line.

2016-04-06 14:23:38

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held a keel laying ceremony of a new unit for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, brand of Carnival Corporation, at its Marghera shipyard today.

According to the shipbuilder, the new vessel is scheduled to hit the water in 2018.

Featuring a weight of 133,500 gross tons, the new cruise ship will be able to carry almost 6,500 guests and crew.

Fincantieri said that the ship will be realized on the basis of the project of the twin vessel Carnival Vista, which is expected to join its owner by the end of April from Monfalcone shipyard, Italy.

The keel laying ceremony comes on the back of Carnival's latest deal signed with Fincatieri last week, under which the shipbuilder will construct five new cruise ships for three different Carnival brands.

The new vessels, scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020, will be built for Costa Asia, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.

2016-04-05 13:53:02

China's SINOTRANS&CSC Qingshan Shipyard delivered a 64,000dwt bulk carrier named "ILSABE OLDENDORFF" to German shipowner Oldendorff Carriers, its new client, on March 30, reported a domestic shipping news portal.

The vessel measures 199.9m in length overall, 32.26m in breadth moulded, and 18.5m in depth moulded, with the design draft of 11.3m and the service speed of 14.4 knots.

The Chinese shipyard signed a newbuild contract with Oldendorff Carriers for the construction of six 64,000dwt bulk carriers. Oldendorff Carriers is the first one in the series.

All the remaining five bulkers are expected to be delivered in early 2017, according to the report.

2016-04-05 13:11:47

Carnival Corporation & plc has finalized contracts with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to construct five new cruise ships as part of a memorandum of agreement signed in 2015.

The five new ships include two that will be built for Costa Asia for deployment in China, two ships for Princess Cruises and one designated for P&O Cruises Australia, with deliveries expected in 2019 and 2020.

Including the five new ship orders with Fincantieri, Carnival Corporation has a total of 16 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2020.

The new ships for both Costa Asia and P&O Cruises Australia are expected to be 135,500-ton vessels with the capacity to carry 4,200 passengers.

The 143,700-ton, 3,560-passenger ships for Princess Cruises will be the brand's fourth and fifth Royal-class vessels, featuring the design platform used on Royal Princess, Regal Princess and the new Majestic Princess coming in 2017.

The five new ships across three brands will be constructed at Fincantieri's shipyards in Monfalcone and Marghera, Italy.

The contracts were formalized on April 2 as part of the official handover ceremony for Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam at Fincantieri's shipyard in Marghera, Italy.

Besides the ms Koningsdam, Carnival has received another new vessel so far in 2016, namely the AIDAprima, which joined AIDA Cruises on March 14.

2016-04-05 13:08:04

China's Cosco Guangdong Shipyard has delivered the new livestock carrier Greyman Express to Dutch shipping company Vroon.

Greyman Express, which was named at the shipyard on March 18, is the sixth and penultimate vessel in Vroon's newbuilding programme.

The livestock carrier was launched at the shipyard in September 2015.

The vessels, all built in Guangdong, have been designed with a cargo capacity of approximately 4,600 sqm (around 4,000 head of cattle) and a cruising range of about 18,000 nautical miles.

The seventh, and last, vessel in the series, the Gudali Express, is expected to join its owner's fleet later this year.

All vessels are fitted with animal-welfare facilities exceeding Australian (AMSA) regulations and incorporate a bow design that reportedly ensures fuel savings, according to Vroon.

Featuring a length of 134.8 meters and a breadth of 19.60 meters, Greyman Express is scheduled to deploy on a medium-term charter with Frontier International Agri, a subsidiary of Australia's agricultural company Ruralco.

2016-04-05 13:06:15

Owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog Ltd. has received its first of eight "G-Class" vessels, GasLog Greece.

GasLog Greece, which has been built at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, is a 174,000cbm tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE) LNG carrier. The remaining units of the series are to join Gaslog's fleet over the next 3 years.

"The GasLog Greece is the first of four newbuilding deliveries for GasLog in 2016. All of these vessels have firm, long-term contracts with a very high quality counterparty. They will contribute significant revenue and EBITDA growth to GasLog as each vessel begins operating under its charter," says Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog Ltd.

Following delivery, GasLog Greece has commenced a 10-year charter with a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc.

Seven of the eight G-Class vessels have long-term contracts of between 7 and 10 years. Committed bank financing has been secured for all of the eight newbuild vessels, through the US$1.3bn newbuild facility announced in October 2015.

GasLog Partners LP has the right to acquire GasLog Greece pursuant to the omnibus agreement between GasLog and GasLog Partners.

GasLog's fully-owned fleet includes 18 LNG carriers including 11 ships in operation and 7 LNG carriers on order.

2016-04-01 14:45:59

Chinese builder Jiangdong Shipyard launched a 35,000dwt bulk carrier built for UK-based Graig Ship Management Ltd. on March 30, according to a domestic shipping news report.

The vessel measures 180m in length overall, 14.7m in breadth moulded, 14.7m in depth moulded, with the designed draft of 10.1m and the service speed of 14 knots.



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