Solstad Offshore subsidiary Farstad Marine has sold 2002-built anchor handling tug supply vessel Far Saltire. The vessel was delivered to the new owner on September 18, although Solstad Offshore did not reveal the buyer or price. MSI values the vessel at $3.1m.
Christoph Toepfer-led Borealis Finance has announced the acquisition of 2012-built 4,249 teu containership Balthasar Schulte. The Chinese-built vessel was acquired from German owner Thomas Schulte for a price of $10.9m. MSI values the vessel at $10.2m. The vessel is Borealis Finance’s first purchase this year, having sold three panamax boxships since May.
By the Southern Canal Dock in the inner port of Zeebrugge, a ceremony was held yesterday for the start of the construction of a new 1,071 meter quay wall, an extension of the existing Bastenaken quay. This quay wall is the final missing piece that will connect the Bastenaken quay with the reverse quay at the dock's end, where International Car Operators Zeebrugge is located. When this project is finished, the largest dock in het port of Zeebrugge will be completed.
Rauma Marine Construction says that four new multipurpose corvettes for the Finnish Navy will be constructed at Rauma shipyard. The design phase will resume with immediate effect and construction of the first vessel will start at the shipyard in 2022. The Finnish Government approved the procurement, valued at approximately EUR 700 million. Rauma Marine Constructions Oy and the Finnish Defence Forces will formally sign the agreement for the construction of the multipurpose corvettes on September 26, 2019. CEO Jyrki Heinimaa is pleased that Rauma’s long traditions of building Finnish naval ships will continue.
Dutch offshore service provide Van Oord has secured a contract from Orsted to carry out cable installation works for the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a cluster of offshore projects in Taiwan. The company will be responsible for the transportation, installation and burial of the 111 inter array cables and three export cables, and deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus and trencher Dig-It for the projects. The contract marks Van Oord’s first cable project in Taiwan.
Blaming the complexity and sophistication of the project, Meyer Turku has pushed back the delivery of the LNG-powered COSTA SMERALDA by one month to mid-November.
A traditional maritime coin ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, when the keel was laid for MSC Seashore. At the milestone event, MSC Cruises revealed details of the significantly transformed overall design and new features of the ship, the company said in its release. MSC Seashore will be the Company’s longest ship – 339 metres – when she enters service in June 2021, the first of two enriched “Seaside Evo” Class ships with the latest available environmental technology, extended public spaces, more cabins and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the company’s fleet.
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced that Smit Lamnalco, a 50% associated company, has been awarded a substantial 10-year contract with additional extension options by Coral FLNG to provide integrated marine services to the first Mozambique Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) terminal. This marks the first terminal services contract award for the Mozambique offshore LNG developments. The contract value for Smit Lamnalco amounts to approximately USD 200 million and services will commence early 2022. For the delivery of its services Smit Lamnalco will deploy three new 95 ton bollard pull tugs to provide escort, berthing and unberthing services to LNG carriers at the FLNG facility. A new offshore support vessel will be utilized to provide logistical and marine services support. Coral FLNG is a consortium of ENI, ExxonMobil, CNPC, Kogas, Galp Energia and ENH. The FLNG terminal is located approximately 80 kilometers offshore Palma Bay and operates in a water depth of 2,000 meters.
NYK has become the first Japanese shipping company to complete a carbon-neutral voyage by offsetting 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), equivalent to the CO2 emitted by NYK’s environmental flagship car carrier Aries Leader during one voyage between Japan and the Middle East. Aries Leader is equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies, which the company claims reduces CO2 emissions per unit by 30% compared with existing large pure car carriers, comparing emissions on a per car basis. In this initiative, the remaining CO2 emissions not yet eliminated by technology were offset by carbon credits.
The Chinese Yangfan shipyard has handed over the 65,255-gross-ton PCTC GRANDE MIRAFIORI to Grimaldi Lines. A sister of GRANDE TORINO, delivered in late November last year, the 199.9m long and 36.45m beam post-Panamax GRANDE MIRAFIORI will be followed by five more sisters.
Helsinki Shipyard (Finland) will build two cruise liners for the Arctic and Antarctic.