Norwegian shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced the imminent launch of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, expected in the morning hours of 17 August 2019. Once Norwegian Encore has left the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s out-fitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding.
Amid an ongoing trade war between China and the US, as well as major geopolitical tensions globally, it is likely that total ordering activity will be softer near term, representing a downside risk to the positive development of newbuilding prices, according to VesselsValue.
The two major mergers of South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and DSME, and Chinese shipyards China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. and China State Shipbuilding Corp., are expected to control nearly half of the global shipbuilding market, forging a new reality for the global shipping industry.
Chatsworth, US-based investment banking firm, is collaborating with Onex Elefsis Shipyards on investment of about USD 400 million in financially-distressed Elefsina Shipyards. The agreement for the partnership was decided on July 9, between the two companies. Now, Chatsworth Securities became the stakeholder of the shipyard and is also the exclusive investment bank for the company’s capital needs.
America’s Congressman, John Garamendi and Senator Roger Wicker are reintroducing the ‘Energizing American Shipbuilding Act’, aiming to recapitalise the US’s strategic domestic building and maritime industries. This would be achieved by increasing the percentages of LNG and crude oil exports that will be transported on US-built, flagged, and crewed vessels.
Several mergers between Chinese shipbuilders are putting South Korean mid-size companies, which are already struggling, into risk. Because of these mergers, are medium-sized Korean shipyards worry that they could lose deals to construct oil tankers to Chinese companies, like it happened for bulk carriers.
US’ Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) has collaborated with military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to create laser scans of vessels and develop virtual training simulations for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) workforce.
ABS and MOL informed that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on up to 14 new gas carriers. The agreement regards seven new-build Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC) and up to seven new-build Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC) designed to carry gas from the US to China and other global markets.
As the video presents, the US Navy’s aircraft carrier, John F. Kennedy, saw the installation of its final piece, conducted by Huntington Ingalls Industries. The upper bow part that is to be added on the vessel is one of the last steel structural units, also known as superlift, which weighs 780 tonnes and was being built for 18 months.
As VesselsValue’s Head Cargo Analyst, Olivia Watkins, reviews which yards have received orders and and which vessel types have been popular purchases, it is revealed that newbuilding orders fell to record lows during the second quarter of 2019.
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