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CSSC Wants In on China’s First Cruise Ship

CSSC Wants In on China’s First Cruise Ship

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has expressed interest in building the country’s first self-developed luxury cruise ship. According to CSSC Chairman, Hu Wenming,  the group has been building up its know-how on construction, design and management of large cruise ships, stressing that the success of the first project of this type is of utmost importance. Hu said […]

Hyundai Mipo Scores Carrier Trio

Hyundai Mipo Scores Carrier Trio

 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co, a subsidiary of South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries, has secured orders for three vessels, two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and one asphalt carrier. The LPG order, worth USD 104.7 million, comes from the Marshall Islands-based operator StealthGas. The carriers are slated for delivery by the end of 2017. These vessels will measure […]

IHC Stocking Up on Dredgers

IHC Stocking Up on Dredgers

Royal IHC (IHC) has started constructing Easydredge 2700, the first vessel in its range of standard trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD),  in response to the increasing global demand for TSHDs. IHC says that the new vessel will be supplied with a “world-dredging package”, which includes bottom doors, a bow coupling and a dredging depth of 25m. […]

Spiking LPG Demand Fuelling VLGC Orders

Spiking LPG Demand Fuelling VLGC Orders

A sharp rise in LPG shipping demand, particularly out of the US, is driving an ordering frenzy for very large gas carriers (VLGCs) which will increase the size of the LPG shipping fleet by over 50% over the next two years, according to the LPG Forecaster report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. The main demand […]

Construction of Caribbean FLNG on Course

Construction of Caribbean FLNG on Course

Antwerp-based LNG and LPG owner and operator Exmar said that the construction of the world’s first floating liquefaction unit Caribbean FLNG at Wison Heavy Industry’s shipyard in Nantong, China is progressing as planned. Start of operations is scheduled from the second half of 2015. Exmar and Pacific Rubiales ENERGY (through its affiliate Pacific Midstream Holding Corp.), […]

Bigger Ships Needed for US Ethane Boom

Bigger Ships Needed for US Ethane Boom

Lloyd’s Register has issued a report entitled Seaborne Ethane: a Report into the Commercial Need and Technical Requirements for Very Large Ethane Carriers that looks at the commercial landscape, regulatory issues and technical realities of a new trade in ethane emerging as a result of increased US gas production – and the technology required for […]

UPDATE: Fire-Stricken Pine Galaxy Towed to San Francisco

UPDATE: Fire-Stricken Pine Galaxy Towed to San Francisco

The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy arrived in San Francisco for repairs Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Commercial tugs towed the ship safely into the Port of San Francisco with an escort by the Coast Guard Cutter Pike and the crew of a Coast Guard Station San Francisco 45-foot Response Boat — Medium. The Pine […]

Much Bigger Fleet for LNG Shipping Needed in the Long Term

Much Bigger Fleet for LNG Shipping Needed in the Long Term

Continuing weak demand and excess tonnage are expected to depress LNG shipping earnings in the near term. But longer term the sector could face vessel shortages as ordering slows and liquefaction projects come on stream, according to the LNG Shipping Market Annual Review and Forecast report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. The global LNG trade fell […]

Stena Trusts MacGregor

Stena Trusts MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a contract from Stena North Sea Ltd to convert the 29,800gt RoPax ferry Dieppe Seaways to optimise it for its new route between Dublin and Holyhead in Ireland. MacGregor’s RoRo conversion team is no stranger to the vessel, which will be renamed Stena Superfast X, originally altering the ferry […]

Interview: Switch to Gas Needs Speeding Up

Interview: Switch to Gas Needs Speeding Up

Maritime transport is moving towards the use of gas as a prime source of energy for propulsion and power generation on board ships. As the ‘dash for gas’ takes hold worldwide, the maritime industry has a golden opportunity to leapfrog the increasingly strict regime governing emissions of harmful atmospheric pollutants, reduce the carbon footprint of […]

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