Davie is Goliath – for now

August 17, 2014

Davie’s recently launched Cecon Pride The past twist and turns, ups and downs, of Davie Shipyard in Quebec City are legendary and certainly worthy of its own book. However, the yard is actually on what appears to be, quite a rebound.  The yard, established 192 years ago, was re-launch in 2012 after a tumultuous decade of financial woes. The revival is steered by a new management team supplied by European…


Another giant hits the waves

October 30, 2010

1,364th ship has been delivered to its owners by STX Europe, from its birthplace in Turku, Finland. 1,364 is better known to the rest of the world as the Allure of the Seas. The new cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International is now in her first full day of transit across the Atlantic to her home port of Port Everglade, in Fort Lauderdale. Allure of the Seas is the sister…


Check, please…

October 29, 2009

The 28th of October, 2009, was a special day. Not only was it my brother’s birthday, Happy Birthday Bros ! But it was also the day that STX Europe got a very big check from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. That’s right, the line’s newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, also the world’s biggest passenger ship, ever, has been officially delivered to its new owners by the Turku Yard of…


Not that size matters, but…

June 22, 2009

Oasis of the Seas is out on sea trials reports STX Europe’s website. The ship is pictured on June 09, 2009 leaving STX Europe’s Finnish yard in Turku. Oasis is by far, the largest passenger ships ever built, and is due for delivery to owners, Royal Caribbean International, and will be based in Ft Lauderdale starting in December 2009. You can find more pictures at RCI’s ship specific marketing website….


Aooopps, Huh, I meant AOPS

May 24, 2009

I just came across some pictures of the new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship being designed by STX Canada, for the Canadian Navy. I made a small blurb about it in a post last month. I forgot I had these pictures, and though some of you may be interested. The design is nearly finalize, but Dan Greer, of STX, mentions that the pods, clearly visible in the picture below, will not…


Joint CIMarE – SNAME all day event

April 28, 2009

It only happens once a year or so, but it is always well worth it and well attended. What is it ? Its the joint meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer (SNAME)- Northwest Branch and the Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers (CIMarE). The full day of interesting discussion held this past weekend in Victoria BC, was topped off with a guided…


Korean built cruise ships coming soon

December 3, 2007

The Korean industrial group STX has purchased a 39% stake in Norway’s Aker Yards in late October 2007. The large Korean shipbuilding conglomerate seems to be going after the “specialized” shipbuilding European yards. Aker Yards operates 18 ship yards across Europe and Brazil, and has a workforce of about 20,000 people. They are responsible for building the worlds largest passenger ship, the Freedom Class of ships, for Royal Caribbean. Aker…


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…