Shipyard news


They could have used the more lawyerly term; “took up an attitude of negative buoyancy”.


Sunstone Group has called option no. 3 for a Expedition cruise ship to Ulstein design:

And their neighbour in Ulsteinvik Rolls Royce Marine gets 3rd order for design and equipment packet for a research vessel to be built at a Spanish yard for Belgium:


Or the waterline exceeded the air draft.


In Russia, the breaking news was how the heroic crew of the aircraft carrier managed to save a crane.


The hull of Colour Hybrid has arrived at Ulstein for outfitting:

She is scheduled to enter service between Sandefjord and Stromstad in June next year.


Things are happening fast. Sunstone has confirmed another two options for the Ulstein designed Expeditions cruise ships and is expected to take all 10 vessels agreed on the initial LOI:

Another US company looks to order ships to be built in China for non-Jones Act trade:

But will any of them be flying the American flag??

An old US brand in shipping will disappear, at least in Asia:
I presume that the US flag APL fleet will still maintain the name. (??)


Serial production started at Zvezda - the weak rouble and self contained Russian economy will make it internationally viable:


The Russians correctly point out that having state ofthe art large shipbuilding capacity is a matter of national security and independence.

When will the US Government wake up to this fact.


I know that it is a sore point for many here that high cost Norway can have a thriving shipbuilding and marine equipment industry, but I risk posting this announcement from the Ulstein Group anyhow:

PS> The owner of Colour Line is from Aalesund, to make this project even more local.

RRM has added two more machinery and equipment packets for Expedition Cruise ships to their order book:

How can they do it, being based in expensive Norway??


First steel has been cut for the topsides of the Johan Castberg FPSO:

The hull is under construction in Singapore.

At the same time SBM is ordering their second Fast Track FPSO hull in China:

FPSO is obviously seen as the way forward for deep water/harsh environment oil field development. (Likewise FLNGU for gas fields)


Solvent free paint for ships have been introduced to protect the environment around shipyards and health of shipyard workers:

Korean owners order bulkers from Chinese yards:

The first new Research vessel for project 20183 has been launched into the White Sea:


While the Americans are still arguing about funding a single icebreaker, Russia commissions yet another. You can spot other icebreaking vessels in the video as well: research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov, nuclear-powered Arktika and diesel-electric Viktor Chernomyrdin.


And another four to come:


Maybe because they have so few warm-water ports? We get to take the easy way out.


That is a great point. Why bother spending $Bs on large USCG icebreakers when there is no longer a US fleet to break ice for? OK, I get that there never was a fleet in the arctic or Antarctic, but that money could be better spent reinvigorating USMM. Freedom of navigation exercises at the poles mean nothing to me if we have no merchant fleet left.


USCG has never done much “escort icebreaking” outside of the Great Lakes and the USCG icebreakers are not really equipped for that. Healy/Renda mission off Nome was an exception and it kind of showed.


With the exception of the annual McMurdo Station break-out for resupply in Antarctica, I’d hazard that the new USCG polar icebreakers will do NO escort icebreaking outside of emergency response. And that is the reason Russia, Finland, and Sweden all have plenty of icebreakers and US doesn’t. We don’t need them for anything other than to show a US flag on the polar caps. Those three countries actually need icebreakers to support commerce.


Indeed, the icebreaker I linked above will be permanently based at an offshore oil terminal; few pics:


Steel cutting ceremony for the hull of Yara Birkeland has been held at Vard Tulcea, Romania:


Vard Vung Tau, Vietnam to build a longliner for Australian Longline, Tasmania for delivery 2020.
The vessel will be catching Toothfish in the Southern Ocean:

Fishing vessels to ST design are now under construction many places in the world, but this is the first to be built in Vietnam and for Australian owners.