Shipyard news


Kleven has entered into a MoU to build another Diamond Mining vessel for De Beers Marine Namibia:

This will be a fully equipped Deepwater Mining Vessel, not just for prospecting.


No wonder Philly Shipyard ASA is doing good on Oslo Stock Exchange:

Makes KIR happy I’m sure


European Shipyards have to cooperate and coordinate to compete with Asia competitors:


TK has taken up option for two more DP-2 Shuttle tankers at SHI in Korea:

These are intended for the North Sea market.


Maersk Supply have taken delivery of the second Subsea Support Vessel from COSCO Shipyard, Dalian, China:
To more of the same to go, with delivery next year.


New contracts are pouring in to Vard Aukra. Only the last month they have signed three new contract, all based on designs being developed by Vard’s design office in Aalesund :

And the latest;

In Sept. it was announced that Topaz Energy & Marine, Dubai has add two more Module Carriers to the previous ordered 15:
The vessels will be built and delivered from three Vard Shipyards in Brazil, Romania and Vietnam.

BTW: The second one, Topaz Ishim, was recently delivered from Vard Tulcea:


Sembcorp Marine and Shell Inc. ink LOI for a FPU to be used in the GoM:


Chinese shipyards are gearing up to meet the future demand for innovation and LNG as the maritime fuel of choice:


Jumbo has signed LOI for a new HLCV of Ulstein D&S design to be built in China.
The vessel will be LNG powered, equipped with a 2200 mt SWL Mast Crane and DPS-2 class:


The time for LNG powered ships are here:


The idea of building LNG carriers at Indian yards have been scrapped:

It just shows that to build such ships are not an easy task, nor is operating them safely.


The first hull of a series of 4 cruise ships for Pontan has arrived at Soviknes shipyard for outfitting:


The first two battery powered ferries built in Turkey for Fjord 1 has been delivered:

The Gloppefjord is already in traffic, while the Eidsfjord is in Vigo, Spain awaiting weather to cross the Bay of Biscay.

There are a total of 19 new battery powered ferries on order for Fjord 1, most of them from Norwegian yards.

In total it is expected to be 50 or more ferries of this type, some new and some upgraded from LNG- or Diesel/-Electric propulsion in operation in Norway by 2020.

In addition there are one Hydrogen Fuel cell powered ferry under construction, also for delivery by 2020.

Here is an article in Dagsavisen from July last year about the development of the ferry business in Norway:

Building the ferries in Norway is becoming more economical now, since GIEK has been granted permission to give loan guarantees also for Norwegian owners building vessels in Norway for use in domestic trade as of this year:

That should increase the possibility for Norwegian yards to compete on conditions, not only on price and quality.


Ulstein has hanked in another CSV order:


The first of the new Polar Cruise ships for Hurtigruten was launched at Kleven today.
Here is a video just released:øsette-sitt-første-hurtigruteskip-16115256.ece?rs64380

See pictures from the launching:


Japanese shipyard outperform their Korean competitors for new orders and nobody can accuse Japan of being a low cost/low wage country, or using cheap imported labours at their yards:
Why can they do this when European yards are not?
Not to mention US yards, with cheap Mexican and East European workers available?


Luckily the Asian yards still have a long way to go before they can compete with the Europeans in cruise ship business. The Japanese try every ten years and always end up making huge losses.


However, the biggest one, Fincantieri, will build cruise ships in China, in a joint venture with a Chinese yard…

Europe has many, many small companies, serious, flexible, with skilled workers, essential to build the cruise ships’ hotel part. This will not be easy to build up from scratch in China.

The many individual yards in Europe are gone; there are still two big yards, the big ship-builder Fincantieri in Italy with its large cruise ship department and the cruise ships only Mayerwerft in Germany.
STX France in Saint Nazaire is now Fincantieri and STX Finland belongs to Mayerwerft.

Smaller and specialized cruise ships are still built by independent yards, but the one-billion-dollar ships are too ‘heavy’ for them (see STX Europe).


Russia wants to renew their fishing fleet with modern vessels:
That is good news for the Maritime Cluster in Sunnmore, since most of the new vessels will be built to designs from here and a lot of the the equipment will be made here.


VARD may be racking in new contracts, but they are also loosing money:

BTW; Kronor is Swedish. The Norwegian currency is called Kroner. {Big difference)