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JANUARY 2008

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Australian firms win JHSV preliminary design contracts
Incat and Austal designs are two of three picked in down-selection process

NASSCO wins $459.8 million T-AKE award
option exercised for construction of T-AKE 10, long lead material for T-AKE 11

$6 million upgrade for Harvey Gulf International OSV
Sophisticated reel storage system to assist ultra-deepwater semi

New special ops craft passes sea trials
USMI's 90 ft MKV-PB(C) exceeds 50 knots

Jinhui cancels two VLOC newbuilding contracts at Chinese shipyards
cites credit crunch and pays $4 million in penalties

Kirby Corporation plans $80 million investment in newbuild tank barges and towboats
again reports record results for quarter and year

EC antitrust inspectors raid classification societies and IACS
Commission suspects violation of competition rules

BC Ferries puts three veteran vessels up for sale
quartet ranges in age from 45 to 48 years

A.P. Moller-Maersk takes stake in Hoegh Autoliners
sells its car carriers to Hoegh Autoliners, takes 37 per cent stake

Turkish yard delivers ASD tug
will sail on own bottom to Dominican Republic

Excel to acquire Quintana
$2.5 billion cash and stock deal

More cruise ship applications for Intersleek 900
MSC Poesia is first cruise ship newbuild to be coated with product

Austal books $73million ferry order
four additional 47.5 m cats for Macao

Senesco Marine delivers 80,000 bbl barge
Reinauer-owned shipyard also starts work on ATB series

Cummings calls for new measures on LNG terminal siting
Says pace of development is outrunning allocation of security resources

More jack-ups from Keppel FELS
Names second Gulf Drilling Unit, delivers second Awilco rig

New GAO report on container security
Congressional watchdog still sees room for improvement

Sener reports FORAN successes
BAE Systems and Drydocks World opt for FORAN

Publication of Bourbon Dolphin inquiry report delayed
Judge postpones release date to April 1, 2008

Newark Bay closed following collision
Orange juice tanker hits dredge

Siem cancels PSV-as-FPSO contract
Siem Sailor now working in North Sea spot market

Torm takes stake in FR8
Takes 50 percent holding in products carrier specialist

MacGregor wins major RoRo equipment orders
Contracts worth EUR 20 million for equipment for 12 ships

Strategic Marine to open shipyard in Mexico
Joint venture with SENI will build crewboats for Blue Marine

COSCO Shipyard Group wins orders worth $422 million
Shuttle tanker newbuilds and high value conversions

Crowley orders two more heavy lift barges
Returns to Gunderson Marine

Pride International to add third ultra deepwater drillship newbuild
backed by multi-year Petrobras contract

Keppel wins second Bully drillship contract
integration and completion of innovative newbuild

DHS releases National Response Framework
successor to National Response Plan is said to be less bureaucratic and more user friendly

NASSCO starts construction of second product carrier
next ship in $1 billion series

Crowley completes challenging Angola assignment
oversized barge cargo delivered across a remote beach

Awilco Offshore secures financing for semi-submersible
and takes delivery of jack-up

MAN Diesel adds seventh Chinese 2-stroke licensee
Zhenjiang CME Co will build engines up to 50 cm bore

Hanjin buys Aveva for Subic
Aveva Marine solutions and Aveva NET for Philippines yard

Todd Shipyards to acquire assets of Everett Shipyard
cuts quarterly dividend

Siem Offshore acquires PSV contract
Vik-Sandvik VS 485 from Eidvik for 2009 delivery

Cegielski tests first MAN B&W ME engine
7S60ME-C7 will power PCTC for Ray Car Carriers

Indictments in Korea spill
Prosecutors target five individuals and two corporations in Hebei Spirit case

New shipyard for Houma
Synergy Shipbuilding leases Port of Terrebonne site

Signal International to move headquarters to Mobile
Retirement Systems of Alabama now largest shareholder

Newport News to build LHA-6 forebody
integration of Northrop Grumman shipbuilding sector in action

S&P lowers OSG credit ratings
but removes company from CreditWatch

BAE Systems to buy Tenix defense businesses
adds a major naval business to BAE Systems Australia

Stena Bulk brings three product carriers in house
buys Stena Conqueror, Stena Conquest and Stena Italica

$100 million contract for Jeffboat
ACLI announces six-year, multi-vessel barge deal

CotaiJet set to resume service
Macao court lifts ban on high speed ferry

Seadrill takes a stake in Scorpion Offshore
but sells shares in Aker Drilling

Court finds Total liable in Erika disaster
RINA, too

CNO: LCS will be workhorse of Navy
Roughead wraps up shipyard tour with visit to Marinette

Stricter Seaway ballast water management requirements
All vessels must meet ballast tank minimum salinity levels

COSCO announces new rig building yard
Major new facility with 120 m x 120 m dry dock

USCG completes bridge allision investigation
Captain's license suspended in settlement agreement

Great Offshore bids for control of overseas company
unnamed company has two sixth-gen semis under construction

BAE Systems to modernize guided missile cruiser
maintenance, repair and modernization of USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)

Rolls-Royce evaluates nickel boron coatings
can change the hydrodynamic performance, cavitation characteristics and sea-growth fouling of propellers and waterjets.

Northrop Grumman to combine Newport News and Ship Systems
Mike Petters named president of new Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding

MIS names first newbuild offshore jack-up rig from Mid East yard
Friede and Goldman Super Mod 2 set for August delivery from Sharjah yard

Kirby ups 4Q profit forecast
says core businesses remain strong

GAO reports on tanker security
says challenges remain

$596 million CVN 78 award for Newport News
long lead time material procurement; and non-nuclear advance construction for lead ship of CVN 78 Aircraft Carrier Program.

NTSB says crew mistakes caused cruise ship heeling incident
determines probable cause of July 2006 Crown Princess accident

Chief engineer gets prison term in pollution case
Convicted of conspiracy and lying to Coast Guard

Bharati announces plan for new shipyard
250 acre facility in Maharashtra will use Swan Hunter equipment

Marad launches grant program for small shipyards
$10 million available

Another WSF ferry faces extended repairs
Evergreen State work includes hull steel replacement

Linsin joins Blank Rome
Former top environmental crimes prosecutor now a Partner in law firm

BAE Systems names next ship repair business president
Bill Clifford to succeed Al Krekich

HOS buys MPSV newbuild adds to OSV orderbook
$190 million increase in expansion program

OTC-listed company to become shipowner
Share swap with South Korean shipbuilder Nok Bong

CNO starts shipyards tour
eight-day trip to visit private and public shipyards throughout the U.S.

Wartsila appoints Group VP, Corporate Communications
Recruits Atle Palomäki from Nordea Bank

Maersk Line to shed up to 3,000 jobs
Part of new strategy to return to sustainable profitability

Apollo closes $1 billion investment in NCL
Will name majority of NCL board

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard cutting steel for seventh tanker
Three delivered, four now under construction

Dry dock crane falls into San Francisco Bay
Operator reported uninjured

Korea to ban single hull tankers from 2011
Reaction to Hebei Spirit spill

CMA names John Fredriksen as next Commodore
Award will be presented March 19

Austal ferry achieves 55.9 knots on sea trials
World's fastest diesel-powered ferry

Hyundai Heavy Industries sets $26 billion 2008 order target
World's leading shipbuilder sees growth in rigs and other maritime equipment

E.N. Bisso & Son to commission latest tugboat
4,000 hp Z-drive tug from Eastern Shipbuilding

Chouest seen as potential buyer for Savannah yard
Fortress Investment affiliates set to sell Global Ship Systems after buying assets at courthouse auction

Atwood Oceanics orders semisubmersible drill rig at Jurong Shipyard
order backed by drilling contract from Chevron Australia

Bollinger books order for third Reinauer 28,000 bbl tank barge
Announcement follows delivery of two sister vessels

Rigdon christens another GPA 654
Slam Dunk is fifth in series of ten Platform Supply Vessels

Golar LNG vessel to become FSRU
Milestone in Livorno, Italy, LNG project

U.S. judge dismisses Spanish Prestige case suit against ABS
Spain must pursue claim in own courts

Cosco Shipyard Group in new repair yard JV
Cosco Lianyungang to become major Eastern China repair base

Aker Arctic to design icebreaker for Estonia
will be able to break 1.2 m thick level ice forward and astern at a continuous speed of 3 knots

John Snyder named Publisher of Marine Log
Simmons Boardman Publishing Corporation announces promotion

APL to train U.S. cadets
first agreement ever signed to place American cadets on international container vessels.

Disabled containership towed to Bayonne, NJ
Numerous engineering deficiencies must be rectified

New offshore fab yard for Malaysia's east coast
Joint venture plans to establish Terengganu Fabricators Sdn Bhd

IMarEST appoints first COO
Marcus Jones joins from Lloyd's Register Group

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