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The US Navy has awarded General
Dynamics Bath Iron Works a US$1.8
billion contract to build the destroyers
'DDG-1001' and 'DDG-1002', for delivery
in December 2015 and February 2018
respectively. The vessels are the next two
ships in the Zumwalt-class destroyer
program, the US Navy's next-generation
guided-missile naval destroyer.
Crowley Maritime's 'Vision/650-10', the
last of ten articulated tug/barges (ATBs) in
the 650-series new-build program, has been
delivered by VT Halter Marine. With a
capacity of 185,000 barrels, the 27,000DWT
barge is 179 metres in length, 22.6 metres in
breadth and 12.1 metres in depth.
Two 47-metre high-speed catamaran
ferries have departed Austal's Henderson
shipyard in Western Australia bound for
Guadeloupe, where they will enter service
for ferry operator L'Express des Iles.
Both 'Perle Express' and 'Liberty' are
capable of speeds of up to 32 knots and
will commence operations in October
from Guadeloupe to the Caribbean
islands of Marie-Galante, Les Saintes,
Dominica and Martinique.
APM Terminals has signed a US$992
million, 33-year concession contract with
the Costa Rican government to design,
construct and operate the new Moin
Container Terminal (TCM) in Limón on
the Caribbean coast. Upon completion, the
terminal will have 1,500 metres of quay
wall, five berths, 80 hectares of yard and a
The Australian government on
September 9 announced a package of
reforms designed to make the country's
shipping industry more internationally
competitive and to revitalise coastal
shipping. Australian shipping industry
bodies largely welcomed the proposals,
which included a zero tax rate for
Australian ship operators.
The first in Stena Bulk's new series of
ultra-modern, low-consumption Suezmax
tankers was named 'Stena Superior' at a
ceremony at Samsung HI's shipyard in
Geoje, South Korea. The ship is the first in
a series of seven 158,000DWT Suezmax
tankers -- the next in the series, 'Stena
Suède', will be delivered by November 15 to
enter a long-term time-charter with the
French oil giant Total.
Noble Corporation has exercised an
option with Hyundai for the construction
of an additional ultra-deepwater drillship,
the fourth such drillship to be ordered this
year. The drillship will be constructed at
Hyundai's shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea,
with expected delivery from the shipyard
during the second half of 2014.
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