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New Shipyard for Belfast's Working Waterfront

According to the Marine Public Broadcasting Network, a new shipyard is opening in Belfast. Boat builders, led by J.B. Turner and partners Taylor Allen of Rockport Marine and Steve White of Brooklyn Boatyard, will construct composite and classic wooden yachts. The yard will have a retrofitting business, a full-service marina, some unique shipping ventures.    Source: Marine Public Broadcasting Network  


OceanConnect and Starsupply Launch Hedging Service

OceanConnect President Thomas Reilly today announced the launch of a new risk management service aimed at helping shipowners and suppliers protect their profits. "Financial derivatives have become an important tool in the risk management arena. OceanConnect, in partnership with Starsupply Petroleum, will offer the first derivative brokerage service focused exclusively on the world's bunker markets," Reilly said.


Boat Recycling

Some excursion vessels happily seem to live forever. They change owners, change paint colors, endure countless renovations, bare scars from misguided attempts to "improve" her propulsion system… but the boat lives on. Such is the case of a 1969 vintage two-deck paddle wheeler built in 1969 by the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company. The vessel has had many names. But the one most associated with the vessel is Bonnie Belle


Delta Queen Makes A Comeback

Following the decision to enter into bankruptcy this past October, American Classic Voyages has agreed to sell two of steamboats - Delta Queen and Mississippi to Chicago-based investment firm Waveland Investments LLC for $3.75 million. The company, which is privately-held, plans to take over the boats, effective next month. Mississippi Queen, which ceased operations in October, will resume its itinerary on May 7, while Delta Queen


Stewart Group Paves Way for Further Growth

The Stewart Group’s management includes (from left to right): Director Andrew Miller, Non-Executive Chairman Bill Budge and Managing Director Paul Love. (Photo: The Stewart Group)

The Stewart Group, an international shipbroker, has underpinned its growth plans by relocating to new premises in Aberdeen which triple its office space. The established business, which currently has 12 people based in the city, as well as a further 14 at offices in London, Houston, Cape Town and Ghana, now has space for 26 staff following a move to the multi-million pound City Wharf development on Shiprow. The company, which was previously based in Union Street


Star Cruises of Malaysia to Order Metso DNA System

MS Star Pisces cruise ship will be operated by a Metso DNA automation system from March 2013.

The Star Cruises of Malaysia has chosen Metso to refurbish the automation system on its MS Star Pisces cruise ship that sails in the Far East.   The vessel's new automation will increase reliability and customer comfort. After docking in Hong Kong in February, the vessel will continue its cruise program from March 2013 onwards. Metso will supply its state-of-the-art Metso DNA system to replace the present Damatic Classic automation system that it had supplied earlier


OIG Issues Audit of Title XI Loan Guarantee Program

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its Report on the Audit of the Title XI Loan Guarantee Program The audit examined whether proper procedures were followed and the impact of recent bankruptcies. As of December 2002, the Title XI portfolio totaled approximately $4.3 billion in executed loan guarantees and loan guarantee commitments. The report discussed the impact of the American Classic Voyages Co. (AMCV) bankruptcy ($1


Kold-Draft Provides Quality Cubes

The Kold-Draft 350 Series "Classic" cuber produces up to 320-lbs. of ice per day, and is engineered with rugged unibody construction. Its time-proven design ensures reliable operation, greater water efficiency and maximum ice making capacity. Serviceability is from the front and the use of environmentally friendly R-404a refrigerant offers added efficiency. Kold-Draft's GT Series Slimline cuber measures only 28 x 3/8-in. wide and is engineered and built to fit in small areas


AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia


RCCL Names Pimentel President & CEO

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) has announced the appointment of Larry Pimentel to the newly created position of president and chief executive officer of Azamara Cruises. Pimentel will have responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of the deluxe brand to ensure its continuous growth and success. He will report directly to Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of RCCL. Pimentel has more than 25 years of travel industry experience catering to the high-end


Asia VLCC Rates: Ample Tonnage, Few Cargoes

Owners resist charterers moves to force rates under W50; West Africa cargo volumes remain steady. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes will face further pressure next week even as owners resist attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.


Diana Containerships Adds Two Panamax Ships

Diana Containerships Inc. announces agreement to acquire two Panamax container vessels   Through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, Diana Containerships Inc. has signed two Memoranda of Agreement to purchase two Panamax container vessels from an unaffiliated third party.  


Denmark's Promising Future

Photo: Maersk

One of the world’s leading seafaring nations, Denmark has maritime roots stretching back more than 1,000 years. While its history is strong, the Danish market has its collective eyes squarely on the future. In its quest for continued relevance


Viking Bags Charter Deal for AHTS Brage Viking

Brage Viking Courtesy Viking Supply Ships

  Viking Supply Ships has entered into a contract with an Oil major for the charter of “Brage Viking” commencing 1stof April 2015. The duration is for 2 years and 8 months firm, plus options to extend the contract with a total of 18 months


VLCCF - 4Q & FY 2014 Results

Photo by Knightsbridge Shipping Limited

Knightsbridge Shipping Limited ( VLCCF ) reports net income of $5.2 million and earnings per share of $0.06 for the fourth quarter compared with a net loss of $6.2 million and a loss per share of $0.11 for the preceding quarter. Net income in the fourth quarter includes $6


GasLog Post 4Q 2014 Results

GasLog

  GasLog Ltd. and its subsidiaries an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas carriers, today reported its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Highlights •         Agreement to acquire two


MOL Expands Container Fleet

Containership Courtesy MOL

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has signed a deal for construction of four 20,000 TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL also concluded an MOU for long-term chartering of two 20,000 TEU containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd


Viking Neptun Delivered for Technip

Photo: Fuglefjellet AS

Viking Neptun was delivered from Kleven Verft to Eidesvik on February 17, and the naming ceremony was held in Stavanger on February 28. The vessel’s Godmother, Patricia Pilenko, broke the champagne bottle on Viking Neptun, which will now start operating on charter for Technip in the North


Hornbeck Completes $114M Sale of OSVs to U.S. Navy

    The HOS Arrowhead in 2010 (Photo courtesy of Military Sealift Command)

  Hornbeck Offshore Services has closed the sale of three 250EDF class OSVs to the U.S. Navy, the company announced today.   The three vessels were sold for cash consideration of $114 million, the company reported. This is expected to result in a gain on sale of assets of


Her Majesty The Queen to Name Britannia

Britannia (Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises)

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will name the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia in Southampton on March 10, 2015, P&O Cruises announced.   The naming will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be an event of great national


BW LPG Exercises Purchase Option on Vermilion First

Very Large Gas Carriers Courtesy of BW LPG

  BW LPG Limited exercises purchase option over Very Large Gas Carrier Vermilion First. The VLGC Vermilion First has been on a time charter with BW LPG since the acquisition of the charter from AP Moller-Maersk in 2013. The Vermilion First was built in 2010 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


AAL Fleet to Expand, Surpass 500,000 DWT in 2015

  The AAL Bangkok (Photo courtesy of AAL)

  Global ocean transport operator AAL today announced plans to increase the size of its fleet to over 500,000 dwt in 2015.    Comprising owned and chartered vessels, the move will add needed capacity to the multi-purpose sector’s youngest and most advanced fleet


AAL Adds New Heavy Lift Vessel

Photo courtesy of AAL

AAL announced that AAL Galveston will join its fleet on long-term time charter and add capacity to its Tramp and Projects division; providing worldwide trade for customers, with a specific focus on EU and US trades.   AAL Galveston is a multipurpose


DHT Holdings Time Charters 4 Vessels

Announcing a term chartering update, DHT Holdings, Inc. has chartered out a VLCC, two Aframax vessels and a Suezmax vessel.   The VLCC DHT Chris has been chartered to a major commodity house for a period of about 10 months from February 2015 at a rate of $45,000 per day.  


Nordic Shipholding Rebounded in 2014

  Danish ship owner Nordic Shipholding turned a profit in 2014 following its 2013 restructuring, the company announced today.   The company earned a profit of $2.3 million in 2014 due to improved earnings and a one-off gain of $5






 
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