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2016-06-16 14:11:36

Chemical and product tanker Stenaweco Impulse, jointly owned by Swedish Stena Bulk and Danish Weco Shipping, was named on June 13 at Langelinie Pier in Copenhagen.

The 50,000dwt Stenaweco Impulse is the sixth in a series of 13 IMOIIMAX MR newbuild tankers.

Three of the 13 IMOIIMAX tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, six together with GAR (Golden Agri Resources), two by Stena Bulk's sister company Concordia Maritime and two by Stena Weco, a joint venture between Stena Bulk and Weco Shipping.

"The Stenaweco Impulse, has given our collaboration with Stena Bulk a new dimension as we now also have a jointly owned vessel," said Johan Wedell-Wedellsborg, chairman of Weco Shipping.

The Stenaweco Impulse is 183 meters long and 32 meters wide. It will trade in Stena Weco's global logistic system.

The IMOIIMAX design was developed by Stena Teknik together with the Chinese shipyard Guanzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI).

The Stena Impression, Stena Image, Stena Imperial and Stena Important were delivered in 2015 and the Stena Imperative in January 2016.

The remaining seven vessels are expected to be delivered by 2018.

2016-06-16 14:05:59

Baku-based shipping company Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping said it commissioned four 5,490dwt dry bulk vessels which are expected to start working in the Black and Mediterranean Seas, according to the company.

Featuring a breadth of 16.5 meters, the new vessels were named Poet Vaghif, Poet Sabir, Hussein Javid and General Aslanov.

The bulkers, which were built in Russia, will now become a part of the company's fleet of eleven ships conducting freight transportation outside the Caspian Sea market.

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping operates a merchant fleet of 14 dry cargo ships, 34 tankers, 13 ferries and 2 Ro-Ro vessels, according to data provided by the company.

The company also owns a fleet of offshore support vessels as well as two shipyards.

2016-06-15 11:09:09

Norwegian ferry owner and operator Fjord1 has inked a newbuilding contract with Turkey-based Tersan Shipyard for two battery-powered ferries that will be fully electrically operational.

The two ferries are expected to start operating from Jan. 1, 2018, until 2027 on E39 Anda-Lote on the west coast of Norway.

"This will be the first ferry connection in Norway where the Road Administration requires use of zero-emission technology. The new ferries are an important step towards more environmental friendly public transportation," said the company.

Charging of batteries is made through fully automatic charging stations at the quayside. Battery capacity shall be sufficient to continue operations for several hours without charging, e.g. during maintenance on grid or charging stations, Fjord1 said.

Additionally, the ferries will also be equipped with biodiesel generators, which enable potential operation as plug-in hybrids on other fjord crossings in the future.

The ferries' cargo capacity is 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers.

The construction of the two ships is scheduled to begin this October.

"These battery-powered ferry projects will be pioneering the Norwegian environmental friendly public transportation policy and Tersan Shipyard is very proud to be involved in these future ferries," said Nurettin Paksu, Chairman of the Board at Tersan Shipyard.

The design has been developed by the Norwegian ship design company Multi Maritime, in cooperation with Fjord1.

2016-06-15 11:03:17

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Co (AMPTC) has exercised options for two coated suezmaxes at South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The options stem from a contract signed last March for two firm 159,000dwt vessels. The options are scheduled for delivery in mid-2018.

In total, AMPTC has six suezmaxes on order at HHI. The ships are all being built to ice-class 1C specification.

2016-06-12 13:14:48

Chinese shipbuilder Penglai Zhongbai Jinglu Ship Industry Co., Ltd. (Jinglu Shipyard) held a christening and delivery ceremony for a 64,000dwt bulk carrier built for its Greek shipowner Laskaridis on June 10, according to a domestic shipping news report.

The vessel was named IOLAOS at the ceremony. It is the sixth 64,000dwt bulk carrier Jinglu Shipyard delivered to the Greek owner, the report added.

2016-06-12 10:40:04

The Netherlands-based shipyard Ferus Smit recently launched a newbuilding Arklow Cadet for a shipping company based in Ireland, Arklow Shipping.

The vessel was launched at the Westerbroek yard near Groningen.

Arklow Cadet is the first vessel in a series of ten that will be delivered to the said shipowner.

With a maximized hold volume of 220,000 cft and a carrying capacity of over 5000 deadweight tons, the vessel has one single hold and an 1A iceclass notation.

Additionally, it is propelled by a 1,740 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.

2016-06-06 16:55:25

CSSC-affiliated Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard has signed a letter of intent with German shipowner Nordic Hamburg for the construction of four 1,400teu dual-fuel container vessels with options to order two more.

Nordic Hamburg ordered the six vessels at Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding in 2014 and planned to charter the vessels to Finnish company Containerships. Nordic Hamburg and Containerships cancelled the orders at Guoyu Shipbuilding in May due to the poor financial situation at the yard.

2016-06-06 16:54:02

Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries held a christening ceremony for its second and third Salish-Class vessels, the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland on June 2.

"This ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction of our three new Salish-Class vessels as they each take another step closer to entering our fleet," Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries' President and CEO said.

The 107-meter ferries are capable of carrying 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. There are two car decks and each ferry has a speed of 15.5 knots.

The Salish-Class vessels are fuelled by natural gas, what will result in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year as well as in the reduction of costs, according to the company.

The first vessel, the Salish Orca was christened in November 2015. It is planned to arrive in B.C. by the end of this year, sailing on the Comox – Powell River route.

The Salish Eagle is expected to arrive early in 2017 and the Salish Raven in the spring of 2017. The two vessels are to provide service to the Southern Gulf of Islands.

All three vessels are planned to be in operation in the summer of 2017, according to the company.

2016-06-02 13:16:57

Major shipbuilding nations will be put to the test during 2016, as the shipbuilding industry enters one of the toughest years in recent history, according to IHS Maritime & Trade.

Competition between shipbuilding nations is expected to intensify as a consequence of diversification in other sectors.

Chinese yards seem to be destined to enter the technically complex areas of cruise vessels and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, while some of the recent Japanese yards' orders for container ships and tankers are expected to add to the build-up in competition.

Huge demand for shipping and commodities in the period after China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that drove demand for cargo space appears to have come to an end, said Dalibor Gogic, principal analyst at IHS Maritime & Trade.

The tanker sector saw only a few ships booked in different sub-segments; for crude oil tankers, this is still in the single digits. A glut of orders in 2015, a lack of available finance, and a risk adverse mindset among shipowners appear to be affecting the orderbook numbers for this year. As in other trades, the numbers seem to coincide with the introduction of the IMO's Tier III emission standards regulation in January. Product tankers follow a similar pattern with only 16 ordered in the Handysize segment and about 9 ordered in the MR (medium range) sector.

Dry bulk seems to be suffering badly as a result of the current prices. With the exception of 30 VLOCs booked this year, activity was unsurprisingly minimal. When taking into account the number of dry bulkers booked in the first five months of this year, this number is actually worse than in 2009 and 2012, Gogic said.

Another suffering vessel fleet sector at the moment is container ships. Like the dry bulk fleet, orders are at a record low and it remains to be seen if current market conditions will impede bookings for the rest of the year.

Specialized sectors, such as the LPG and LNG sector, have received a lot of attention from investors in the past few years. However, the combination of the large number of deliveries in recent years, delays in some projects, and low crude oil prices, which are typically used as a benchmark for LNG prices, has pushed freight returns for the spot market lower recently. So far this year, there were no orders for LNG ships, while only a few LPG vessels were ordered in the VLGC and small sizes this year.

Other specialised fleets, such as cruise vessels, are generating a lot of interest in new markets in Asia. Contrary to the large commodities fleets, this sector is seeing much stronger demand. Another sector that seems to be doing very well is ro-ro cargo vessels, with demand largely driven by fleet renewals.

While the tanker fleet outlook remains cautiously optimistic on demand for cargo space and future freight rates, the freight rates are expected to soften towards the second part of the year as more ships are expected to hit the waves, particularly in the crude oil tanker segment. Demand for both crude oil and products is expected to remain healthy.

The dry bulk fleet is expected to have very low number of orders this year, while the container fleet could face a very low ordering activity throughout this year as overcapacity threatens the very survival of shipping lines.

2016-06-01 15:58:01

Tokyo-headquartered shipbuilder Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) has increased its orderbook as it received a contract to build a 10,000 gross ton RoRo vessel, showed data provided by VesselsValue.

Under the contract, signed with an undisclosed buyer on May 27, the new 6,200dwt ship is expected to join its owner's fleet in 2018.

Featuring a length of 153 meters and a width of 30 meters, the new RoRo will fly the Japanese flag.

Separately, the shipbuilder said it had just delivered a 182,000dwt energy-saving Capesize bulk carrier to the Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group.

With a length of 292 meters and a width of 45 meters, the new bulker Golden Fulham is currently on its way from Japan to Singapore, where it is expected to arrive on July 12, Marine Traffic's AIS data shows.

Just last week Japan Marine United received an order for two 84,000cbm Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) from Japanese shipping company NYK Line. The vessels, which are scheduled for delivery in January 2019, are priced at US$75m each.

Besides the latest RoRo deal, JMU's orderbook currently stands at 22 ships, including Capesizes, Panamax bulkers, Suezmax tankers, VLGCs and LNG carriers, according to data from VesselsValue.

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