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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


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


New Wärtsilä Subsidiary Trades Classic Engine Parts

Wärtsilä announced it has established a subsidiary to trade spare parts for classic four-stroke Wärtsilä engines. QuantiParts, fully owned by Wärtsilä, will operate from the Netherlands and serves customers in the marine, locomotive and power plant industries worldwide.   QuantiParts trades original engine manufacturer (OEM) spare parts for selected mature Wärtsilä medium- and high-speed four-stroke engines, such as Deutz, Stork, Bolnes, Sulzer A/S


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


United States Lines Names First Ship ms Patriot

United States Lines, a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages, said the vessel it is acquiring from Holland America Line will be named ms Patriot. The vessel - being acquired for $114.5 million - will offer seven-night cruises year-round from Honolulu, Hawaii. The company will take delivery next October, with the inaugural voyage planned for December 9, 2000. During a planned renovation, new facilities will be added to the vessel to enhance the passengers' Hawaiian cruise experience


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


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


Diana Shipping Extends Charter for Crystalia With Glencore

Crystalia. Photo by Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping Inc., has, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessels, the MV Crystalia.  


Farstad Shipping Dives into Loss

Subsea vessel Far Sentinel. Photo: Farstad Shipping

 Norway’s Farstad Shipping ASA has seen red in the second quarter of 2015 as impairments and currency losses drove the company into a loss.   Farstad’s profit after taxes (PAT) was negative NOK 119.5 million, versus positive PAT of NOK 46.7 million a year earlier


NLNG Bullish on Prospects

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) has shipped 3,200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes by Q2 of 2015, since it began international gas exports in 1989, the managing director, Babs Omotowa said, reports Business Day.  


Diana Shipping Fixes Panamax

Photo Diana Shipping

  Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Transgrain Shipping B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels


Otto Marine 2Q Losses Lower

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  • Marked improvement in performance as losses after tax for 2Q2015 reduced to US$2.5 million from US$13.3 million in 1Q2015. • Group secured new chartering contracts worth a total of US$132.2 million in 2Q2015 and that brought total order book to US$307


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Dropping

Low bunker prices buoy owners' spot charter earnings. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which have fallen to their lowest level in 10 months, are set to slide further next week as the volume of available tonnage outpaces cargo demand.


Sinotrans Shipping in the Red

Photo: Sinotrans Shipping

 Sinotrans Shipping slid back into the red for the first half of 2015, turning to a $18.3m loss from a small $2.3m profit in the previous corresponding period.   The dry bulk and container shipping arm of Chinese state-owned Sinotrans & CSC Group continues to feel the pain of low


Rickmers Raises 2015 Forecast

Rickmers Group published its Half-Year 2015 results, reporting that the company increased its revenues in the first half of 2015 by 6.6 percent from €271.1  million ($301 million USD) to €289.6 million ($321 million), despite the persistently strained market situation and a number


Diana Fixes Artemis to China Shipping

Artemis. Photo: Diana Shipping

 Diana Shipping Inc, a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of dry bulk vessels, has chartered out one of its panamax bulkers - Artemis (76,942 dwt, built 2006)  - to China Shipping Bulk Carrier.    


Dynagas, GasLog, Golar LNG Team up to Operate LNG Carrier Pool

gaslog-Santiago

  Dynagas Ltd., GasLog Ltd. and Golar LNG Ltd today jointly announced having entered into an LNG carrier pooling agreement to market their vessels, which are currently operating in the LNG shipping spot market. The LNG Carrier Pool allows the participating owners to optimise the operation


LNG Owners Pool Fleets to Cut Costs

Photo: Dynagas

Three of the top liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker owners have decided to market 14 vessels jointly on a spot charter basis, part of a new pooling arrangement that is aimed at cutting operating costs in a depressed market. The pool, consisting of eight modern vessels from Norwegian shipper


Gibdock Strengthens Position with German Owners

Photo: Gibdock

Gibraltar ship repair yard Gibdock said it is strengthening its impact within the German ship owning market. Working in partnership with its local agent, Hamburg-based Combitrade, the yard has managed to win a significant amount of business from some of the country’s shipowners and managers


ISS Bags Tanzania's Paragon project

Paragon Offshore’s jack-up rig M826 in position.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been appointed by Paragon Offshore, Houston, as marine and logistic services provider for a new drilling campaign off the Songo Songo Islands, Tanzania – the first new commercial drilling project in Tanzania in a number of years.


Philippines' ICTSI in $450 mln Bond Offering

Philippines port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) said on Wednesday it is raising $450 million through a bond issue. In a disclosure to the local stock exchange, ICTSI said its board of directors approved on Tuesday night the offering of new senior perpetual


Work Maintenance Vessel Delivered to Otto Marine

Nautical Aliya (Photo: Otto  Marine)

Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company, announced that further to a long-term bareboat charter contract that was secured in June 2015, it has taken delivery of a 238-man work maintenance Vessel to fulfill that charter.   The delivery ceremony for the vessel, Nautical Aliya






 
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