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Mitsubishi Engines for Chem Carrier


Chem Carriers, the Sunshine, Louisiana-based cargo carrier, once again chose Mitsubishi engines for its new M/V Dorella Banta. The 70 ft x 28 ft x 10 ft, 131-ton towboat was built by Rodriguez Boat Builders.  The twin engines, supplied by Laborde, are Mitsubishi S12A2 series rated at 850 hp at 1,940 rpm.  The 12-cylinder, 34-liter engines are EPA compliant.  The vessel is equipped with 7:1 reduction gears, allowing the engines to turn 75 inch x 73 inch four-blade stainless steel propellers in a 76 inch Type 19A Kort Nozzel. Founded in 1994, Chem Carriers operates 27 barges and 6 towboats carrying chemicals such as caustic soda.  For more than 25 years, Laborde Products has served the Gulf Coast region by distributing Mitsubishi, Yanmar and Hatz diesel engines, as well as FPT/Iveco gensets.  The company packages its own diesel-powered generators, pumps, pressure washers and other custom diesel equipment. (

Hyundai Mipo Gets Chem Carrier Contract

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard reportedly won a $60 million order to build two chemical carriers. Following this announcement, the builder's orders to build and repair vessels so far this year to $980 million. - (Reuters)

Astilleros Espanoles Delivers Innovative Chem Carriers

Astilleros Españoles Sestao and Juliana yards have delivered the first two vessels of an inventive series of six stainless steel product/chemical carriers, Stolt Sea and Stolt Sun, both of which have joined the fleet of Stolt Parcel Tankers - the world's largest operator of its kind. One of the most outstanding features of the series of ships are their capability of simultaneously carrying a wide variety of cargoes. Made possible by an extremely compartmentalized cargo arrangement

New & Notables

Bahamas Receives New RoPax Service Ten years ago, a RoRo passenger service called Sealink, commenced in the Bahamas — operating from Nassau to port of Governor's Harbor on the adjacent island of Eleuthera. The vessel that performed this service was an aging 14-knot Greek ferry, which established a solid market within the RoRo sector. Despite its healthy growth spurt, the venture ceased in 1993 resulting from rising repair costs and maintenance, specifically in the machinery department

Odfjell JV Contracts New Chem Tanker

Odfjell's 49% owned joint venture company Odfjell Dong Zhan Shipping (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, has signed a contract for the building of a 8 200 dwt chemical tanker. The ship is a fully coated IMO II type carrier that will be built in China by Zhoushan Penglai Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. The construction of the ship has already started, and delivery is scheduled for late November 2008. Odfjell will be directly involved in the building process and inspection at the building site

Container Lines Achieve Record Score

Container lines achieved a record high on-time service reliability performance, according to Drewry Container Shipper Insight’s latest quarterly schedule monitoring survey, just published. Out of nearly 1,700 ships tracked in the three months between 1 April to 30 June, 69% arrived either on the scheduled day of arrival or a day prior, the best result since Drewry began its schedule reliability survey at the end of 2005.

China Shipping Devt Orders Dry Bulk Carriers, VLOC

China Shipping Development Ltd said it will pay more than $800m for 10 dry bulk carriers and four very large ore carriers. It said the dry bulk carriers were ordered from subsidiaries of its parent, China Shipping (Group) Co. Six carriers of 57,300 dead weight tons and four of 57,000 DWT will be delivered by June 2012 at the latest, the company said. They will be used to transport coal and other bulk cargo. The purchase is subject to approval by independent shareholders of China

G.E. Shipping delivers “Jag Padma” to buyers

GE Shipping

  The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) today announced having delivered its 1996 built Medium Range Product Tanker “Jag Padma” (47,172 dwt) to the buyers. With the delivery of this vessel, the Company’s current fleet stands at 29 vessels, comprising 21 tankers (8 crude carriers, 12 product carriers, 1 LPG carrier) and 8 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 3 Kamsarmax, 4 Supramax) with an average age of 9.8 years aggregating 2.37 mn dwt.

G E Shipping Contracts to Sell a VLGC

Visual from GE Shipping

  The Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd. (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to sell “Jag Vidhi”, a Very Large Gas Carrier. The 1990 built vessel of about 49,701 dwt will be delivered to the buyers in the second half of 2014-15. On 21st May this year the company had delivered its 1996 built Medium Range Product Tanker “Jag Padma” (47,172 dwt) to the buyers. Excluding “Jag Vidhi”, the Company’s fleet stands at 28 vessels

COSCO Deliver Two China-built Bulk Carriers

Bulk Carrier Sicilian Express: Photo credit Vroon

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) subsidiary shipyards in China deliver bulk carriers to two European buyers. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 92,500 dwt, Sicilian Express, a post-panamax bulk carrier and the last in a series of four bulk carriers being built for Vroon at this shipyard. The ship measures 229.17 meters in LOA, 38.01 meters in breadth and 20.7 meters in depth. Secondly COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard has delivered a bulk carrier of 57,000 dwt

Tsakos Fixes Three LR2s on Timecharter

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd

 Crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd (TNP) announced the charter for an average of 36-months per vessel for its three LR2 Aframax tankers to a major European oil concern for crude trading operations. The total gross revenues from these three fixtures are

Box Shipping Eyes More Overcapacity, Financial Pain

File photo

Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Saudi Shipping Firm Bahri Posts Big Jump in Q3 Profit

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a significant hike in third-quarter net profit on Thursday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 510.3 million riyals ($136.1 million), up from 84

LNG Tanker Smash Sinks Cargo Ship

Flinterstar. Photo by Flinter Shared Services B.V

 The 2002-built, 8,850-dwt freighter Flinterstar is owned by Dutch shipping firm Flinter has sank after colliding nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier Al-Oraiq in the North Sea off Belgium on Tuesday morning.  

Höegh Names SSL as its Agent in Finland

Pic: Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

 Höegh Autoliners appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, which has already worked with the Norwegian ocean carrier in Sweden and Norway for several years, as its agent in Finland, effective Dec. 1., 2015.   SSL is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited

SSL Expands into Finland for Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) as its agent in Finland from December 1, 2015. SSL, which has worked with Höegh Autoliners in Sweden and Norway for several years, is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited Petri Kalkkinen as

Höegh Autoliners Appoints Agents in Finland

Joachim Lagerstedt Managing Director Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

  Höegh Autoliners has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) as its agent in Finland from 1 December 2015.   SSL, which has worked with Höegh Autoliners in Sweden and Norway for several years, is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited Petri

TMS Cardiff Gas Orders First LPG Carriers

Courtesy TMS Cardiff Gas

  TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd. has signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea for the construction of two 78,700 cbm LPG carriers with the option to build another two. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 and Q3 2017, when they will enter into time charter contracts with Shell

Recent Vessel Sales - September 2015

Vessel sales for September 2015 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 9/16 - VAN ORCHID - 28,341 - 09 - (6) - $10

Epic Gas Secured Credit Facility for 7 Newbuilds

Pic: Epic Gas Ltd.

 Epic Gas Ltd has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.   The facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with Coordinator

Matson Closes $75mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today the issuance of $75 million in 30-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced private placement on July 30, 2015. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 13 years and will

P&I Clubs Welcome Changes on Container Weighing

UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, and TT Club, an  international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, have welcomed the amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the

MOL's Vessel Safety Campaign Launch Tomorrow

Scene from the previous campaign

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the launch of its biannual vessel safety campaign on October 1, targeting all MOL-operated vessels. The current campaign centers on prevention of onboard fires. MOL positions safe operation as a social commitment and the highest priority in all

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

Mitsui Shipbuilding Acquires TGE Marine

Photo: TGE Marine Gas Engineering GmbH

 Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES) has bought 99.36% of the outstanding ordinary shares in German designer and manufacturer of gas tanks and gas handling systems TGE Marine AG to expand its foothold within the market for medium sized multi-gas carriers.  

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