New MSC Divina to be christened in May 2012 by Sophia Loren
MSC Divina will be the newest addition to the MSC Cruises fleet when she finally graces us with her presence in May 2012, Cruisecompare UK reports.
MSC Divina will actually be named in honour of screen legend and MSC Cruises godmother Sophia Loren when she is introduced in May next year.
Although Divina will be a truly unqiue ship just like every other in the MSC Cruises fleet she will be roughly modelled on her sisters MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida. www.cruisecompare...
Tata NYK joint venture orders three new bulkers in Japan
Tata NYK Shipping has ordered three new bulkers in Japanese yards, Seatrade Asia online reports. The joint venture between Japanese shipowner NYK Line and Indian steel group Tata has inked the supramaxes at Tsuneishi and Oshima shipyards for delivery in 2012 and 2013. The aim of the jv is to get to a position whereby half of all the Indian steel mills cargoes are shipped on the venture’s own vessels.
Currently the NYK Tata fleet stands at 16 ships, of which two are owned.
CSCL ready to order 12 mega containerships worth $1.13bn
China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) is ready to splash $1.13bn to construct 12 containerships of 10,000 teu each at two Chinese shipyards. CSCL affirmed that it will engage separately Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) and Dalian Shipbuilding Heavy Industries to construct four 10,000 teu containerships, and may engage each of the two yards again to construct two more vessels. The container line added that the contract plan is subject to approval at the general meeting of the company. Source: Seatrade-Asia
MOL, Osaka Gas Subsidiary Sign Construction Deal for 2 LNG powered LNG Carriers
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that MOL and Osaka Gas International Transport Inc. (OGIT; President: Yuichi Funahashi), subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (President: Hiroshi Ozaki), have agreed on a plan to co-own two newbuilding LNG carriers. The agreement also includes a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (MHI) to build the new vessels, which will be co-owned by MOL and OGIT. At the same time, MOL and Osaka Gas concluded a long-term LNG transport contract.
The new vessels are slated for launching in 2014 and 2015. MOL will manage and operate the ships, which will sail under a 20-year contract with Osaka Gas.
The 153,000m3(*1) class carriers will be the first in the world to feature a continuous tank cover for Moss spherical tanks integrated into the ship's hull. Housing the four spherical LNG storage tanks under a continuous cover reduces weight while maintaining the ship's overall strength. This will improve fuel efficiency. The adoption of a new steam turbine engine that features a system to capture and use reheating steam also contributes to higher fuel efficiency.
The new vessels' high fuel efficiency will contribute to reduce CO
emissions, and the use of natural gas as fuel will reduce sulfur oxide emissions. They will also adopt a ballast water treatment system (*2), to protect marine ecosystems, and are corresponding to according to the Ship Recycle Treaty (*3), which will minimize environmental impact during scrapping and dismantling when their service lives end.
Maersk Drilling, a unit of Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk , said on Tuesday it had entered into a four-year $780 million deal with London-based BP for a deepwater rig, Reuters reports.
The contract was for the ultra deepwater semi-submersible rig "Maersk Discoverer" for work initially offshore Egypt, and the maximum contract value was about $780 million, including mobilisation fees, the company said in a statement.
"We hope it can pave the way for strengthening our position as a reliable contractor for BP within the deepwater segment," said Maersk Drilling Chief Executive Claus Hemmingsen in the statement.
The four-year contract includes an option for a further year, and is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2012, it said.
Shares in A.P. Moller-Maersk were down 0.3 percent at 36,760 crowns at 0728 GMT, in line with the Copenhagen stock exchange's benchmark index .
Todays Keel Laying for Royal Princess Marks Construction Milestone
A significant construction milestone occurred today when the keel for the new Royal Princess was laid in the building dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. As the keel - the bottommost part of the ship - was ceremoniously lowered into position, Princess Cruises and shipyard officials marked the occasion with a celebration and countdown to the ship's debut in spring 2013.
Following a traditional blessing by a priest, the ship's keel - which weighs approximately 500 tons - was moved into position by a huge crane onto the keel blocks. The computer-guided maneuver took only minutes, belying the more than two million man hours that will ultimately go into building the vessel. The 3,600-passenger, 141,000-ton ship will remain in the building dock until its float-out next summer. www.sfgate.com/cg...
Turkish Investor Yildrim vetoes CMA CGM plan for up to 20 new containerships
A proposed order by CMA CGM for up to 20 10,000teu containerships has been vetoed by Turkish businessman Robert Yildirim , who exerted his group’s voting rights on the French shipping line’s board, ifw-net reports.
The initial order was to have been for 10 vessels, to be followed by a second series of 10, built by Chinese yards and chartered to CMA CGM for 10 years.
“This effectively meant the operator would be buying the ships,” Yildirim said.
In July, CMA CGM revealed it was in talks with Chinese interests about new ships to serve emerging markets, such as South America.
But Yildirim Group, instrumental in the financial rescue of the French carrier by investing $500 million for a 20% stake, has a veto over major decisions through voting rights acquired as part of the rescue deal.
“CMA CGM cannot make major decisions without our approval,” Yildirim said.
“Our aim is to see CMA CGM emerge more strongly, and such an order at this time would not be in the interests of the company or the container market.”
K Line to launch new Northeast Asia to Southeast Asia service in November
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) will launch a new weekly service called Jaseco-J from Northeast Asia to Southeast Asia from 3 November, Seatrade Asia online reports. “K Line aims to expand the service coverage to/from China to the Philippines and Indonesia with this direct service (...),” the Japan-based container line said.
The port rotation will be Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Manila South Port, Manila North Port, Jakarta, Surabaya, Manila South Port, Hong Kong and back to Qingdao.
E.R. Schiffahrt Christens Two Container Mega Carriers in Ulsan
At the weekend, the Hamburg shipowner E.R. Schiffahrt christened its first two 13,100 standard container mega carriers in Ulsan, South Korea. At 366 metres long, 48.2 metres wide and 15.5 metres draught, they are among the largest container ships sailing the world’s oceans today.
The “E.R. Benedetta” and the “E.R. Cristina” are the 100th and 101st ships put into operation by E.R. Schiffahrt, which was founded in 1998. The huge container ships will be commissioned on 29 November and 20 December 2011 and will fly the German flag. There will be two cadets in each of the ship’s 20-person crews. The ships were built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the largest shipyard in the world. Since 2002 E.R. Schiffahrt has ordered 79 ships, totalling more than five billion US dollars from the yard. Hyundai is working on six further 13,100-TEU (= twenty foot equivalent unit) sister ships for E.R. Schiffahrt, which are expected to be delivered by May 2012. Both freighters are on long-term charters to the second largest liner shipping company in the world, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company Ltd., based in Geneva, Switzerland). More at worldmaritimenews...
Maersk to Make More Regular Use of Armed Guards on Ships
AP Moller-Maersk will make more regular use of armed guards on tankers passing through the Gulf of Aden, the company has confirmed (Source: InterManager, October 17, 2011). However, there are “no immediate plans” to extend the policy to containerships, Maersk Tankers chief technical officer Steffen Jacobsen added.
It remains unclear which contractor is likely to pick up the work, with security industry sources suggesting that it will probably have to be divided between several providers.
The world’s largest shipping concern has seen attacks on a number of its ships, most famously on boxship Maersk Alabama, but has previously employed guards only on an ad hoc basis. Read more at worldmaritimenews...