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Color Hybrid receives ‘Ship of the Year 2019’ title

The world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, Color Hybrid, received the title of ‘Ship of the Year 2019’. Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein received the Award from HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, during the Nor-Shipping exhibition on 4 June 2019. It will feature a battery package of 4.7 MWh, thus being able to travel 12 nautical miles only on battery power, charged with shore power in Sandefjord.

Watch: Timelapse of Stena Edda taking shape

Between the 15th of June 2018 and the 15th of April 2019, Stena Edda went from blueprint to a floating vessel. This video depicts the full transformation in just three minutes. 302 blocks with a total weight of more than 9,350 tonnes of steel were recorded during the process.

HHI votes in favour of merger with DSME

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shareholders decided to vote in favour of the merger with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), despite strong workforce opposition this week. The merger will create a Korean megayard, which will be responsible for 21.2% of the global orderbook.

HHI workers continue strikes against merger with DSME

According to Yonhap, unionized workers of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. continued their strike on Tuesday, May 28, against the HHI’s proposal on cancelling its merger plan with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME). 

Progress made for the construction of world’s first hydrogen ferry

Ferry company Norled and the shipyard Westcon have signed a contract for the construction of two new ferries. One of them will be the world’s first car ferry that sails on hydrogen and the other will be a battery-powered ferry. The two ferries are expected to be ready in March and May 2021. 

Russia to float out world’s largest monolithic fiberglass vessel

The Project 12700 third advanced minesweeper ‘Vladimir Yemelyanov’ will be floated out at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard in St. Petersburg on May 30, according to a Russian Navy spokesman. The Navy also claims that this ship will have the world’s largest hull made of monolith glass-fiber reinforced plastic.

Chinese new ship orders for Jan-Apr hold the 47% on year

Chinese new ship orders saw a 47.3% increase, equal to 9.49 million dead weight tonnes, concerning the first four months of 2019 according to China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (Cansi). Except the new ship orders China received, the 8.74 million or the 92.1% were for export, experiencing a decrease of 47.7%. Yet, the negative growth was also 23.6% lower, in comparison to January-March.

Damen completes quick repairs on LNG Methane Princess

Damen Shipyard announced that Damen Shiprepair Brest completed repairs to the hull of LNG carrier Methane Princess, after its collision with a harbour tug in Equatorial Guinea. In order to achieve this in the minimum time it was done while the vessel was both afloat and with the cargo tanks holding either some liquefied gas and gas vapour.

World’s largest aluminium ship soon to be built

Australian shipbuilder Incat informed that has secured a contract to build the world’s largest aluminium ship. The company will construct the 130 metre long ship Buquebus, and it will operate between Argentina and Uruguay. Once completed, the ship will be the largest aluminium ferry ever built.

New diamond recovery vessel to start offshore operations in Namibia

On 15 May, Damen Shipyards and Debmarine Namibia Ltd took part in a special steel cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new offshore vessel. Namely, in February 2019, Debmarine Namibia awarded a contract to Damen to build a new crawler diamond recovery vessel for offshore operations in Namibia.

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