Wartsila unloads famed “Sulzer” works to China State Shipbuilding Corp.

June 20, 2016

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Wärtsilä announced that Wärtsilä has transferred its 30% shareholding in Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD) to CSSC, one of the largest Shipping conglomerates in China. WinGD will continue as an independent, international company to develop and innovate its two-stroke low-speed marine engine portfolio serving all merchant markets and customers worldwide. WinGD has its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, one of the earliest exponents of…

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The strange gaze of the Navel Engineer

December 2, 2013

Qing Quentin Huang, undated picture from internet Well, no steel cut yet, but sure is an entertaining spectacles to see the NSPS develop. The latest headlines on the project are not good, and its not just the Auditor General report. From the middle east to New Zealand, and points in between, a NSPS story out of Hamilton, Ontario, is grabbing some international headlines. The national federal police force in Canada,…

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Arctic jostling

September 18, 2012

Arctic ice cap 2012, source Scientist are announcing a record low level of ice coverage in the arctic during this past summer. Words like “staggering“, “collapse” “record minimum” are being used to explain the extensive loss of sea ice in the arctic region. The arctic polar ice cap is important to regulate the planet’s temperature, significant ice loss delivers proof that the planet is indeed much warmer than it used…

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Welcome home Mariner

August 5, 2011

Canada’s newest ship, is fully loaded with its first cargo of iron ore, and proceeding up the St Lawrence Seaway onto Hamilton. We passed the Algoma Mariner shortly before lunch today, just upstream of Quebec City. A new ship is always an impressive sight, especially since it is so rare in these parts. The ship’s genesis came about a few years back, when Algoma decided to rebuilt two older ship,…

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Old problems, new again

August 15, 2010

If been a couple of decades now, since the big push of the 80’s and 90’s to remove (at great expense) Asbestos on ships and buildings, especially in Canada. The use of Asbestos in ship construction was extensive last century, even though it was a well known hazard to human health, as far back as the 1920. Flash forward to 2010, and this interesting notice from GL (Germanischer Lloyd) advising…

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Valdez Re-incarnation

August 24, 2008

The infamous Exxon Valdez was sold in February 2008 for $32 million, according to reports. Exxon issued no news on the matter, but the Anchorage Daily News reports that the new owners are Bloom Shipping (probably Ever Bloom Shipping) of Hong Kong. They are reportedly going to convert her to an ore carrier and plan to call the ship “Dong Fang Ocean”. In early 1989, Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh…

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Rank my port !

August 12, 2008

Ever wonder what port is the busiest in the world. Well, wonder no more. Cargo System‘s website has an interactive world map listing the 100 busiest ports in the world, with a ranking and a quick overview of that particular port’s activities, and statistics. Pretty neat. The Port of Vancouver, and the Port of Montreal in Canada, for example, rank 45th and 76th respectively – the only Canadian ports to…

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Is that a TEU in your pocket?

May 14, 2008

Cosco orders eight more boxship behemothsNacks to benefit from bulk-box deal worth $2bnJanet Porter, 12 May 2008 Lloyds List THE containership newbuilding market has burst back into life with a massive $1.3bn order from Cosco Container Lines for eight 13,350 teu vessels. The Chinese line, which already has eight 13,100 teu vessels in the pipeline through a long-term charter agreement with Seaspan, confirmed the new order late Friday after setting…

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