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.
Italian Fincantieri and compatriot Grimaldi Group signed the contract for the lengthening and refurbishment program of the two cruise ferries ‘Cruise Roma’ and ‘Cruise Barcelona’. The construction of the two mid-body sections will begin in 2018, while the completion of works is foreseen within summer 2019.
Greek shipowner Alpha Gas has ordered two LNG carriers from South Korean shipbuilder DSME, in a bid to to strengthen its LNG-related business. The total contract worth is about $ 3.7 billion. The vessels will be constructed at the Okpo shipyard in Geoje and are due for delivery by the end of 2020.
Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding cooperated with DNV GL, on a joint development project for a new 65,000dwt open-hatch general cargo carrier concept. The 210m ship will have a 77,000m3 and 65,000 tonnes deadweight capacity, with a 13.1m draught due to its wider breadth. Composite uses similar raw materials to those found in the hatch covers of the ECO-Ship 2020.
A joint venture comprising UAE-based oil rig builder Lampell, oil company Saudi Aramco, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, and South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., has begun construction works at Saudi Arabia’s new maritime yard, at the Ras Al Khair site, on Friday.
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