Damen Hosted Digital Steel-Cutting Ceremony For Ropax Vessel

By | 2020 Newsletter week 20 | No Comments

Damen Yichang Shipyard in China hosted a steel cutting ceremony with a difference. As a result of safety measures surrounding the global COVID-19 outbreak, the occasion of first steel cut for a Damen RoPax Ferry 6716 for the Government of Timor-Leste was marked by a digital gathering. (27 April).

Attendees of the online ceremony included representatives of the Government of Timor-Leste and Damen employees in both China and the Netherlands. The delegates gathered at their individual computers at 14.50 China Standard time (15.50 in Timor-Lest and 08.50 in the Netherlands) to listen to speeches. After this, Damen Yichang Shipyard General Manager Mr Deng Zhiping pushed the button and the first steel was cut.

When completed, the 67 x 16 metres vessel will operate a route between Timor-Leste’s capital Dili, the Oecusse enclave and the island of Ataúro. She will carry up to 308 passengers, plus vehicles and goods. The project is co-funded by the governments of Timor-Leste and Germany and is scheduled to begin operations in 2021.


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Bore Orders Three LNG Ro-Lo Ships

Bore has signed a new-building contract with Wuhu Shipyard Co.Ltd in China for three new LNG-powered Ro-Lo vessels to be built during 2020-2021.

The new state-of-the-art Ro-Lo vessels will serve under a long-term charter agreement with UPM, a Finnish forest industry company.

The vessel main particulars are; length 120 m, width 21m, DWT 7,000 and a speed of about 15 knots for suitable and economical transport solutions in the trade. They will have ice-class Swedish/Finnish 1A, and will meet the latest technological, operational and environmental standards.

Bore Ltd is in shipping since 1897 and is today a wholly owned subsidiary of Spliethoff Group. Bore manages and charters eight Ro-Ro vessels to established line operators within Europe.

New Construction Of The Stena E-Flexer Continues In China With Keel Laying And Launching

By | 2019 Newsletter week 4 | No Comments

Between 2016 and 2018, Stena RoRo placed orders for eight Stena E-Flexer class vessels with the Chinese AVIC Weihai Shipyard. Construction is continuing according to plan and on 16 January, two ceremonies took place in the shipyard – the launching of the first E-Flexer (STENA ESTRID) and the keel laying of the third vessel in the series. Guests from near and far gathered in a chilly but sunny Weihai in order to witness these solemn ceremonies.

Read this report from Per Westling, Managing Director at Stena RoRo, with more information about the 8 vessels.

New Silk Road: Closing The Gap To Great Britain Via Cuxhaven

By | 2018 Newsletter week 48 | No Comments

China’s mega project, the New Silk Road, is to intensify international trade between Asia and Europe in the long term through a stronger infrastructure. The project also offers new opportunities for the Port of Cuxhaven. Due to the increasing demand in the United Kingdom for goods from China, DFDS has now established the last link of the transport chain between Great Britain and China via Cuxhaven. DFDS organises and carries out the onward road transport to the Cuxport terminal of goods arriving from China in Hamburg by rail, as well as the following sea transport from Cuxhaven to Immingham.

A Dream Scenario For OSK-Shiptech

By | 2018 Newsletter week 08 | No Comments

Last week, MSC Group and Onorato Armatori have signed a historical contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) for the order of four luxurious ro-pax ferries. OSK-ShipTech is behind the concept design for the largest ferry order ever.
“Our two largest clients are now doing business together, so to us, this is a dream-scenario, where we are appointed designers on the basis of earlier projects and long-term successful cooperation with all parties. This is such a significant project, and this order is a fantastic opportunity to bring our competencies, the yard’s strength and the owners’ joint pool of many years’ of experience into play,” says CCO of OSK Group, Anders Ørgård.
The contract includes an option for four additional ferries of the same type. In any case, this a record ferry order – and a quantum leap for the joint cooperation between GSI and OSK.

Brødrene Aa wins contract for three high-speed catamarans

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Brødrene Aa, Norway has a new contract for 3 high-speed carbon fiber catamaran ferries for the Chinese market. The customer, Zhongshan-Hong Kong Passenger Shipping Co-op Co., Ltd, will be operating the ferries between Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Two of the vessels will be 42m long with a capacity for 300 passengers and operating speed of 40 knots. The third vessel will also be 42m long but with capacity of 230 passengers and operating speed of 37 knots.
All 3 will be delivered in Hong Kong by June 2019.
“This contract represents an important milestone in our efforts to penetrate the Chinese market”, said CEO Tor Øyvin Aa.
In 2015, Chinese Chu Kong Shipping made an equity investment in Brødrene Aa. In this partnership one objective was to establish a joint composite manufacturing facility in China as well as providing market opportunities for completed vessel from Brødrene Aa’s yard in Norway

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