On 8 November, European social partners for the maritime technology sector, industriAll Europe and SEA Europe, met in Brussels for their annual plenary meeting. The parties reflected on the year since the launch of their joint manifesto: Maritime Technology: A Strategic Sector for Europe, expressing their disappointment about the lack of action from EU policy makers and missing sectoral strategy for the maritime technology sector.
Following contradictory statements, China announced Friday the merger of the country’s two state-owned shipbuilding giants, China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Co (CSIC), in a move expected to boost competitiveness of Chinese shipbuilding industry.
Two new landing barges are launching in order to assist the work of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina. The barges will be based onbroad the RSV Nuyina, along with three tenders to transfer the personnel and a scientific research tender.
MSC confirmed the order of five 23,000 TEU ULCVs from the South Korean Daewoo yard, a step that will take the Geneva-based carrier’s orderbook to 16 vessels, for a massive 305,352 TEU. This new order is reportedly in line with MSC’s order for 11 ships made in 2017.
The ‘Power’ FPSO hull (Floating production storage and offloading) floated out from dock of the COSCO’s shipyards in Zhoushan, China in September, about 10 months after first steel cut. Normally, the hull completion was expected to be complete in 12 months.
The Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering branch of the Korean Metal Workers’ Union are to conduct a demonstration in Brussels, October 1, against the union of Daewoo and Hyundai Heavy Industries group; Following, the Korean Metal Workers’ Union are to proceed to a similar action in Japan.
Saudi Arabian International Maritime Industries (IMI) inked a Vessel Purchase Agreement (VPA) with Bahri, a logistics and transportation company, to construct one 319,000 DWT Class Crude Oil Carrier with delivery expected in October 2021.
During a visit to a ship in the Thames for London International Shipping Week the UK’s Prime Minister announced that he will bring the shipbuilding industry back to the UK, creating additional jobs in the British Shipping industry, and strengthen the Royal Navy.
Taiwan-based Evergreen confirmed plans for the construction of a total of ten 23,000 TEU containership giants at three different shipyards. The company will order six ships at South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, two at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard and another two at Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding.
Following the damaging effects of Hurricane Dorian, which disrupted operations for many ports and changed cruise lines’ routes, the Freeport-based Grand Bahama Shipyard announced that it is back in operation, after being slightly damaged by the storm.
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