The European Economic and Social Committee called the European Commission to adopt a strong mutual policy, in order to make sure that the European maritime technology industry will survive competition from Asian shipyards. The EESC urged the Commission to focus on the LeaderSHIP 2020 strategy’and to forward key recommendations for the sector’s new LeaderSHIP 2030 strategy.
GTT, Lloyd’s Register and Dalian Shipbuilding, started the second phase of the “30,000m³ B-FREE LNG carrier” Joint Development Project. The projects has set as a target the creation of a ballast-free medium-sized LNG carrier, which will comply with the new Ballast Water Management Convention.
Geneva-based shipping giant MSC is about to acquire the industry’s first 23,000 TEU container ships, under an order set in September 2017. South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries had confirmed the order of eleven mega container ships at that time, originally reported as 22,000 TEU class.
Desgagnés christened and launched the M/T Mia Desgagnés, the world’s first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker. The ship will be able to operate on three different types of fuel, including LNG, reducing GHG emissions. The ship will weigh 15,000 tons and its will have a capacity exceeding 17,000 m³.
The construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship “Color Hybrid” reached an important milestone on 16 April, as the assembly of the 14 large blocks started, at Crist in Gdynia, Poland. The hybrid ship will be 160 metres in length and have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars, and it will be delivered in May 2019.
MAN Diesel and Turbo announced the delivery of the “Ilshin Green Iris”, the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier. The vessel was constructed at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea, and is part of a 2016 project, for a new generation of environmentally-friendly LNG-fueled bulk carriers. “Ilshin Green Iris” has been chartered by steelmaker POSCO.
An agreement between the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Trieste, Fincantieri and Intergraph Italia, resulted to the creation of a new “Integrated Ship Design Lab” in Italy. The Integrated ship design is a new methodology able to take into account all the requirements and constraints since from the early stages of design process.
As part of its continuing effort to combat dwindling orders, South Korea’s largest shipbuilder HHI revealed plans to carry out a voluntary retirement program. The shipbuilder said it has offered to provide up to 20 months’ salary to those who apply for the program by April 29.
China is considering a plan to merge the two biggest shipbuilders of the country, China State Shipbuilding Corp. with China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. in an attempt to surpass South Korea. China preliminary approved the merge of China State Shipbuilding Corp. and China Shipbuilding Industry Corp.
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