Safety’s fine, when you got the time…

March 4, 2008

I am not sure exactly who sent me the email, but it wasn’t from anyone with a maritime background. It was one of those forward thingies. It had been around and forwarded quite a few times, thats for sure. It went something like, “the reason why get such cheap goods from China, is that they don’t care for health and safety laws there.” Which I believe holds some truth; anywhere…

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Lots of new cruisers out there

February 7, 2008

With the US market maturing, its amazing to see so many new builds being delivered this year. The trend seems to expand into untapped markets. Royal Caribbean is “home porting” ships all over the globe. The Vision is going in South America, Rhapsody in Asia, and a whack in Europe, including a Freedom class boat in the UK. I am theorizing them building a non US income stream to pay…

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Not running out of steam yet

February 7, 2008

Mitsubishi steams into fight with diesel electricDavid Tinsley, 29 January 2008 Lloyds List JAPANESE engine maker, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has redesigned its steam turbines to provide more efficiency as it fights against diesel electric in the LNG sector, writes David Tinsley. Reliability, easy maintenance and use, along with the possibility of a steam turbine installation to easily use cargo boil-off, ensured that LNG carrier propulsion remained almost entirely a steam…

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So you think protection is good for bussiness?

January 3, 2008

Marine Log Magazine ran this letter to the editor, in their December 2006 issue, which I thought was very insightful. The Jones Act, U.S. shipbuilding and competition I read with interest the letter in your October issue from Mr. Duffelmeyer concerning Jones Act interpretations and saving U.S. jobs in shipbuilding in Philadelphia. I started my career in 1959 with the world’s largest shipbuilder, Bethlehem Steel. Shortly thereafter, I found out…

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Ship building in Canada

January 3, 2008

What are we waiting for Peter Cairns, PresidentShipbuilding Association of CanadaJune 4, 2007 In an industry known for its boom and bust cycles, the forecast for Canadian newbuilding requirements over the next 15 years should be signalling the start of another boom cycle in the shipbuilding industry. Shipyard executives are generally upbeat as their yards are starting to fill up with newbuilding and repair work.Kiewit Offshore Services in Marystown, Nfld.,…

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Italian yard, busy as ever…

November 29, 2007

Is it just me or is Carnival going to have to come up with an original ship design sometime soon, they seem to use the same design for all of their brands – from Cunard to Costa. I’m sure it increase shareholder value, which is what the company is all about, but I think they will never win any awards for their “ruler and hatchet” designs. MartinCosta places $1bn cruiseship…

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World’s largest shipyard in the works

September 29, 2007

Daehan plotting world’s biggest yard Mega-yard under construction would leapfrog three Korean rivals in global size rankings, writes Mike Grinter 12 February 2007 Lloyds List SOUTH Korean yard Daehan Shipbuilding is making its claim to greatness with the news that it is building a mega-shipyard. It has recently emerged that Daehan Shipyard has been in the process of constructing what might become the world’s largest shipyard in Haenam, South Jeolla…

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