Home' Baird Maritime : August 2011 Contents The US Navy has exercised contract
options funding the construction of the
sixth and seventh joint high-speed vessel
(JHSV), as part of a ten-vessel programme
potentially worth over US$1.6 billion. The
construction contract for both vessels,
granted to the Austal team, is valued at
approximately US$313 million.
Penguin Shipyard of Singapore has
launched 'Express 65', one of four
Flex 36 crewboats purchased by Miclyn
Flex-36 vessels can potentially be
deployed as offshore crewboats, security
escorts, rescue/standby craft or wind farm
installation support vessels. They are
capable of transporting 70 80 passengers at
speeds of up to 25 knots.
Gary Banks, chairman of the Australian
Productivity Commission, slammed
the Australian government's proposal
to spend AU$36 billion on submarines to
be built in the country, most likely in
Banks said scrapping the proposal
would go a long way towards lifting
the federal budget out of deficit, and cited
the problem-plagued Collins-class as a
reason to review the entire defence
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has
announced a decision to order two
containerships of 8,600TEU from
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with delivery
slated for 2013. Along with eight 8,100TEU
ships already in operation, the new vessels
will be deployed to Asia-Europe routes.
The new generation of container
vessels contracted in China by Seaspan
represents major improvements in energy
efficiency, cargo capacity, operational
efficiency and emission reductions,
according to classification society Det
Norske Veritas (DNV).
The new features have been developed
in a collaboration between Seaspan, the
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, MARIC
and DNV. The order for seven 10,000TEU
container vessels plus 18 options signed in
Shanghai on June 8 is the biggest ever
container contract entered into in China.
The vessels will be built to DNV class.
Maersk Line has exercised its option
with South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding
and Marine Engineering to build an
additional ten twin-engined Triple-E ships,
the world's largest container vessels.
The event follows Maersk Line's order in
February for ten Triple-E vessels with two
options, each for an additional ten ships.
The Australian Financial Review reports
that Aquila Resources is the frontrunner to
win the rights to build a new multi-user
deepwater port at Anketell Point in
Aquila is reportedly close to securing
sufficient financing and may be able to
complete construction within two years.
The port would help to facilitate exports
from mining companies with operations in
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