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World Shipbuilding (continued) ery, Ltd. have recently joined forces in an effort to bid for Nedl- loyd's 15-containership order esti- mated to be worth over $1 billion.

Nedlloyd has already received a proposal for the first five ships from a consortium formed by NKK Cor- poration and Kawasaki Heavy


Despite labor unrest, South Kor- ean shipbuilding giant Hyundai

Heavy Industries, was able to garner a number of impressive or- ders. Among the orders were four containerships for West German owners, a 4,300-cubic-meter-capac- ity LPG carrier for Kosan Tankers of Copenhagen, a RO/RO cargo ves- sel for Ahlers Lines of Antwerp, five bulkers for Hyundai Merchant Ma- rine (two of 37,000-dwt, two of 200,000 dwt and one of 150,000 dwt), two bulk carriers for Hanjin

Container Lines and a bulker for

Korea Line Corporation.

Samsung Shipbuilding re- ceived a boost when West German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd placed an order for five container- ships worth about $347 million. The newbuildings will each have a ca- pacity of 4,400 TEUs and are sched- uled for delivery into 1992.

U.S.-based American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) awarded two separate contracts worth $100 mil- lion to Far East Levingston

Shipbuilding to build two cable- laying vessels. The 8,000-ton ships will incorporate state-of-the-art technology. FELS also landed a $100-million contract to build a sec- ond oil drilling rig for the Santa Fe

International Corp. The Universe

Class jack-up rig will be based on designs by Friede & Goldman of the


At present, FELS is completing a $60-million cantilever rig for Santa


One of the latest export orders won by China State Shipbuild- ing Corporation (CSSC) of the

People's Republic of China calls for the construction of two 300-TEU feederships for Neptune Orient

Lines of Singapore. The 361-foot vessels will be built at the Qiuxin



In Europe, a consortium of yards is also bidding for the Nedlloyd order. Alsthom Chantiers de l'Atlantique of France, West Ger- many's HDW and Bremer Vul- kan, and Van der Giessen de

Noord of the Netherlands have formed a consortium in hopes of winning the first batch of orders due to be placed next month.

Portugal's Estalieros Navais de Lisboa (LISNAVE) posted a record-breaking year in the ship- repair sector. With improved pro- ductivity and a trimmed workforce,

LISNAVE recorded a sales turnover of more than $100 million in ship repair.

Across the border in Spain, state- owned Astilleros Espanoles

S.A. (AESA) posted an excellent 1988, almost doubling the amount of newbuilding tonnage it acquired in 1987. Boosted by a number of tanker, refrigerated cargo vessel and gas carrier contracts, AESA won or- ders for 60 vessels totaling 611,914 tons. In 1987, the shipbuilding group won contracts for 19 vessels with an aggregate tonnage of 307,256 tons. One of the latest con- tracts won by AESA is for two 140,000-dwt Suezmax crude carriers for Seatankers Management.

In the first four months of 1989,

West German shipowners increased their orders for new ships, citing an improved shipping outlook and the creation of a second German ship register.

According to the German Ship- owners Association, its members or- dered 22 vessels totaling 530,500 grt from January to mid-April. The tonnage figure exceeded all German ship orders in 1987 and 1988.

At present, 44 ships totaling 913,000 grt are being built for Ger- man shipowners, 20 of which are being built in West Germany.

One of the beneficiaries of the increased orders is the West Ger- man shipyard Schichau See- beckwerft. Besides being busy with a number of conversions, the yard has an impressive list of new construction. Among its newbuild- ings, Schichau Seebeckwerft launched the 35,000-grt jumbo-ferry 27 Skudehavnsvej, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark Tel.: +45 1 29 12 66, Telex: 19 730, Telefax: +45 1 29 60 90

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