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2016-04-12 14:04:16

Chinese shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (XSI) launched the first 2,100CEU pure car truck carrier (PCTC) in a series for a compatriot shipowner on April 11.

2016-04-12 11:45:50

The Netherlands-based Big Roll Shipping has received the first of four module class carriers, the BigRoll Barentsz. The vessel was delivered on April 8 by China-based Cosco Dalian Shipyard.

In combination with the large ballast capacity and the deck strength which is built up on a uniform grid of bulkheads and web frames, the ships can be used for both onshore and offshore heavy transport projects, according to Big Roll Shipping.

Big Roll Shipping says that the vessel will immediately enter into a multi-year contract with Yamgaz, the consortium of Technip, JGC Corporation and Chiyoda for module transportation as part of the Yamal LNG project.

In addition to the Barentsz, the company is constructing three more module carriers: BigRoll Bering, BigRoll Baffin and Big Roll Beaufort. The Big Roll Bering is expected to be delivered in May 2016, while the remaining two vessels are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2016 and early 2017, respectively.

2016-04-12 11:35:17

Western Australia-based shipyard Strategic Marine, a part of Triyards Holdings Limited (TRIYARDS), has secured a new contract with Dutch ferry operator Rederij Doeksen for the construction of two LNG-powered aluminium catamarans. The contract is worth approximately US$50.1m (EUR44m).

Developed by nautical design company BMT Nigel Gee, the two RoPax ferries will feature new single-fuel LNG propulsion system and will have the capacity to carry up to 600 passengers and 64 cars.

The construction of the vessels is to commence in summer 2016 and the delivery is slated for the second quarter of 2018, according to Triyards.

"We foresee an increased focus in the environmental aspects of marine transportation and LNG emerging as the fuel of choice for vessels and ferries. Our focus on the large ferry market is beginning to reap the desired results with this recent win, as we continue to focus on the vertical product chain for aluminium vessels," said Mark Schiller, Strategic Marine's Chief Executive Officer.

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.

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