NCL F3 Grounded

October 11, 2008

News of yet another grounding, of sorts, as hit my email box this week. Looks like the new “owners” of Miami based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have perhaps gotten a case of the credit blues; seems a common problem these days in the good ‘ol US of A. Aker Yards in France has issued a stop work order on NCL’s first new mega ship, dubbed the F3. At 150,000GT and…


One big ore… carrier

August 26, 2008

MOL celebrates ore carrier deliveryMike Grinter, 6 August 2008, Lloyds List The Tubarao Maru was built by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding at its Chiba Works facility. At 327,000 dwt vessel, the latest addition to MOL’s dry bulk fleet is similar to its sister vessel, the Brasil Maru, which the company took delivery of in December. Another three vessels are under construction and will be delivered by August next year. The…


GOC Cancels New Vessel Acquisitions

Late on Friday the Canadian Government released a bombshell that the Navy’s project to replace the aging supply ships has been cancelled. Also cancelled is the Coast Guard’s tender to build 12 midshore patrol vessels. This is fairly staggering news. Millions have been spent in the planning, design and the now aborted acquisition of the ships.Instead of buying, say one supply vessel and eight CG patrol vessels which would give…

August 23, 2008

The Allure of an Oasis of the seas

August 19, 2008

Royal Caribbean has named its two new Genesis class ships, or ULPS (Ultra Large Passenger Ship as I will call them), currently under construction at Aker Finnyards‘ Turku shipyard in Finland. The first ship, Oasis of the Seas, is due in Sept 2009 and will trade in the US starting December 12, 2009. It will service the Caribbean cruise market with one week in the Eastern Caribbean, the other week…


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…


Ares’ end in Brownsville

May 11, 2008

When you think of ship breaking, you usually think of Alang in India, or Bangladesh, but I came across this neat article the other day which made me learn something new. Read on… Shipbreakers paying for shot at government shipsBy CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press Writer, May 11, 2008 BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The air tastes like pennies at this gritty port at the southern tip of Texas, where ships’ final voyages…


Maritime industry sits in the basement

May 7, 2008

Looks like there is allot of activity at the site of the old Versatile Shipyards, bordering the Vancouver Dry dock. Seems the land developers have been salivating at the thought of some prime real estate on the north shore of Vancouver’s inner harbor. The property was last occupied by Versatile Shipyards, where during the second world war, they were a major contributor to the war effort building many ships. The…


Royal Caribbean news

March 4, 2008

Aker Yards denies rumours of delays in Genesis cruise projectsCraig Eason, 19 February 2008 Lloyds List BELEAGUERED Nordic shipbuilder Aker Yards has denied reports that its cruiseship projects are behind schedule, in particular the prestigious and lucrative Genesis vessels whose late delivery would trigger millions of euros in late payment fees, writes Craig Eason. Royal Caribbean Cruises commissioned the two ships, agreeing to a record €900m ($1.32bn) for the first…