Sea Europe: Horizon Europe to boost EU maritime technology

The European Parliament endorsed Wednesday the provisional agreement, reached by the EU institutions in late March, on Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme for the next budget period from 2021 to 2027. SEA Europe welcomed the agreement.

European shipbuilders join forces to advance vessel connectivity

Some of the biggest European shipbuilders announced that they have created a new cooperative initiative to develop a connected vessel platform. This project is named Code Kilo and aims to address the digitalisation challenges of various stakeholders. Specifically, EUROYARDS members –  Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Damen Shipyards Group, Fincantieri, Lürssen, Meyer Werft, Naval Group and Navantia – collaborated to improve data management solutions and standards.

China creates world’s first armed amphibious drone boat

China has tested the world’s first armed amphibious drone boat with success. Built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the drone ship ‘Marine Lizard’, passed delivery checks and left the factory on April 8. In its ship form, ‘Marine Lizard’ is a trimaran fueled by a diesel-powered hydrojet and is able to reach a maximum speed of 50 knots while also being stealth.

Philly Shipyard delivers second US largest-container vessel

Philly Shipyard (PSI), a unit of Philly Shipyard ASA, delivered the second dual-fuel Aloha Class containership, ‘Kaimana Hila’, to Matson Navigation Company. The vessel is the second of two 3.600 TEU Aloha Class containerships that were ordered by Matson.

China abolishes shipyards white list

China announced that it will eliminate its shipbuilding white list. Currently, China’s shipyard white list contains 70 approved shipyards, while the decision will be effective immediately. The white list was introduced  in 2014. The list had received critisism from several private shipyards in China, claiming that it had eliminated them from favourable policies and had made it difficult to receive financing.

Oversupply remains a key challenge for shipping, ICS warns

Speaking in Istanbul, Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warned that preventing overcapacity and unsustainably low freight rates continues to be a major challenge ten years after the massive downturn of 2008. Mr. Bennett noted that shipping companies should show restraint when ordering new ships, in order to prevent stifling recovery.

Uljanik sees another cancelled newbuilding order

Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik saw another cancelled newbuilding order, involving the construction of a livestock carrier by an owner in Kuwait. This happens as the shipyard has been in financial trouble for months and workers are on a strike, as they have not received their wages for months. 

DSME needs to secure more orders, says new chief

In a message to all employees, the new chief of South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), said Monday that the company needs to secure more orders by gaining price competitiveness.


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