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The Damen Schelde Naval
Shipbuilding (DSNS) yard in Galatz has
laid down the keel for the latest Joint
Support Ship (JSS) for the Dutch Navy.
Further construction of the vessel will
largely take place at Damen Shipyard
Galatz, supervised by DSNS. The final
systems outfitting, commissioning and
testing of the vessel and all of her systems
will take place at DSNS in Vlissingen.
The Australian has revealed that
Australia's entire six-submarine Collins-
class fleet, described by the Australian
Government as, "the best diesel-electric
boat in the world", is out of action.
The Royal Australian Navy claims two
of the vessels are available if required, but
insiders told The Australian that in fact
each is suffering from propulsion system
problems and undergoing inspections as
Reuters reported that the state-run
Shipping Corp of India (SCI) has gone on a
vessel buying spree, with orders for 29
bulkers and tankers, which will expand the
fleet, currently at 79 vessels, by 37 percent.
The first 17 vessels are due to be
delivered by the end of the current
financial year, ending March 2012. The
total consideration for all 29 ships is
Australia's Sea Transport Corporation
(STC) is developing an innovative
trans-shipment solution for Ironclad
Mining in South Australia.
STC developed a floating harbour
trans-shipment solution that it said would
offer significant cost savings in exporting
Iron ore will be road freighted to a small
harbour close to the mine and shipped to
an offshore trans-shipment facility three
miles offshore using self-propelled feeder
barges. The floating harbour trans-shipper
(FHT) will stockpile the ore and then
periodically load overseas export vessels
bound for Asian markets.
Private sector involvement is being
sought for an AU$6.2 billion (US$6.6
billion) expansion of the Abbot Point coal
port in the Australian state of Queensland.
The Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh,
said that up to four additional coal terminals
would be built with a combined capacity of
120 million tonnes per annum.
Each terminal would provide a nominal
capacity of 30 million tonnes per annum
and be located within the Abbot Point
State Development area in close proximity
to a deep water port.
Construction could start in 2015
with the first coal exports from Terminal 4
Incat Crowther has secured a
contract to design a 45-metre monohull
crewboat. The vessel will be built by
Arpoador Engenharia and owned and
operated by BSCO Navigation, a
subsidiary of Brasil Supply.
The vessel's design features a large
aft main cargo deck optimised for
cargo and crew transfers. The 78m2 cargo
space will have a cargo capacity of 150
tonnes. The main cabin features seating
for 60 passengers.
NOL has signed letters of intent
to build 12 new container vessels. The
ships, all to be built in South Korea,
include ten 14,000TEU vessels to be
constructed by Hyundai Samho Heavy
Industries, and two 9,200TEU vessels to
be constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding
and Marine Engineering.
NOL also said it is upgrading a 2010
order placed with Daewoo for ten
8,400TEU ships. The vessels will now be
9,200TEU capacity each and will employ
new, more efficient design and technology.
India's Pipavav Shipyard has won an
order from the Indian Navy worth
INR29.75 billion (US$659.6 million).
Pipavav Shipyard said it was the first to
obtain a warship manufacturer license from
the Indian government and has signed an
agreement to build five naval gunboats
and offshore patrol vessels for the Indian
Navy. It expects the government to spend
US$50 billion to construct naval vessels in
the coming years.
The government of the Australian state
of Victoria has announced new legislation to
establish an independent Port of Hastings
Development Authority and pave the way for
the future development of the port.
Minister for Ports Denis Napthine said
the new legislation delivered on the
Coalition Government's promise to
develop a second Victorian container
port and cater for the growth of container
movements in and out of the state.
"All container traffic is currently
handled at the Port of Melbourne and
volumes are estimated to quadruple over
the next 30 years," Dr Napthine said.
Taiwan's Evergreen Group has ordered
and signed a contract with China
Shipbuilding Corp. (CSBC) for ten
8,000TEU container vessels.
The contract, signed by Bronson
Hsieh, Evergreen Vice Group Chairman,
and Tang Tay-Ping, CSBC Chairman, is
for Evergreen's third order of L-class
environmentally advanced vessels and
marks the global ocean carrier's first order
from Taiwan's CSBC since 1997.
Royal Boskalis Westminster has placed
an order with Samsung Heavy Industries
for the construction of a power cable
The vessel, with an overall length of 100
metres and with a cable loading capacity of
5,000 tonnes, is expected to be completed
in the second half of 2012.
Two decades after being discontinued,
and after years of negotiations and
false starts, a ferry service between
India and Sri Lanka has made its
The 1,040-passenger ferry 'Scotia
Prince' will depart from Tuticorin
Wednesdays and Fridays. The overnight
journey is scheduled to take around
Hyundai Heavy Industries has
completed the site trial of a prototype
500kW tidal current power system
at Uldolmok Passage in Jeollanam-do,
Hyundai Heavy's prototype tidal
current power system directly connects
a tidal turbine, a gearbox, and a generator
for power transmission. The system
can operate regardless of current
direction using a specially designed
Based on the data collected from the
trials, Hyundai Heavy plans to pursue tidal
current power farm projects by scaling up
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