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Korea rejects EU shipbuilding complaints
The European Commission says Korea has rejected all its proposals for ending the two parties' long running dispute on shipbuilding prices

Austal USA gets third New York contract
Winning its third contract for the New York market in six months, Austal Limited subsidiary, Austal USA has secured an order for a 43 m passenger catamaran for New York operator, Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc.

Izar and Rolls-Royce offer hi-speed cargo ship design
With an eye on the EU;s Marco Polo program and its promise of subsidies, Izar and Rolls-Royce have unveiled a design for a high speed cargo carrying monohull

Maersk switches boxships to U.S. flag
Maersk Line, Limited is taking full advantage of U.S. Maritime Administrator William Schubert's efforts to ease the acquisition of foreign-built tonnage by U.S. flag operators.

Boost for double hull bulker design
The U.K.-based Graig Group and its China-based subsidiary have given a boost to a new, double-hull ultra-handymax bulk carrier design.

NASSCO delivers T-AKR 317
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today announced the delivery of the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) to the U.S. Navy.

Major Chinese order for Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with China's Shanghai Edward Shipbuilding Co. It covers the supply of complete propulsion systems for five chemical tankers.

Inmarsat offers new services
Inmarsat Ltd. today used the SMM event in Hamburg, Germany, as the opportunity to unveil the two newest members of its Fleet family of services,

SMM opens with criticism of South Korea
European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen opened the SMM event in Hamburg, germany, with some sharp words about South Korea's shipbuilding policies

New requirements for single hull tankers
Intertanko has notified its members that by October 17 2007, single hull tank vessels (US Flag and foreign Flag) will be required to have a TLPM device permanently installed on each cargo tank

Open registry manager calls for substandard flag "blockade"
Ships registered in chronically substandard flag states should be   banned from entering ports, said a speaker at last week's Mare Forum conference

DNV gears up to provide security certification
About 100 Det Norske Veritas surveyors will within a few months complete specialist training to enable them to certify that shipowners are in compliance with proposed new international security requirements.

Maritime security initiatives make progress
Both IMO and the World Customs Organization are making progress with measures aimed at enhancing maritime security

Navy awards destroyer contracts
The Navy has announced a a batch of DDG-51 awards to General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman

Radiation in suspect box ship "from tiles"
Wire services are reporting that radiation detected in the detained containership Palermo Senator is naturally occurring and comes from clay tiles in the cargo

World's most powerful diesel cat
Austal Ships has now released more details about the 86 m vehicle/passenger ferry it is to build for Canadian American Transportation Systems (CATS).

Radiation probe of suspect box ship continues
MSNBC.com is reporting that U.S. Special Operations forces today joined members of the Energy Department’s NEST (Nuclear Emergency Search Team) in searching the containership Palermo Senator.

Navy warning to shipping
The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain has warned of a heightened terrorist threat to shipping

Ulltveit-Moe moves on PGS
Troubled seismic vessel and FPSO specialist PGS is calling an extraordinary meeting of shareholders

Maryland yard signs coastal cruise ship contract
Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, Md., has signed a contract to design and build a 214 ft luxury overnight coastal and inland cruise ship.

New U.S.-Canada ferry link
Austal Limited subsidiary, Austal Ships, Henderson, Western Australia, has announced the signing of a contract with private company, Canadian American Transportation Systems (C.A.T.S) for an 86 m catamaran.

Brazil AHTS ahead of building schedule
FELS Setal SA has laid the keel for the second Anchor Handling Tug / Supply vessel (AHTS) it is building for Delba Maritima two months ahead of schedule.

Liberia ratifies air pollution convention
Prospects look better for implementation of international controls on NOX and SOX

ABS busy with Brazil FPSO's
ABS is involved with five major conversions

Marine Corps praise for TSV
The Marine Corps has been impressed with the performance of its first Theater Support Vessel