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Oceanteam CSV Charter Extended to 2018 by Fugro

CSV Southern Ocean: Photo credit Oceanteam

Oceanteam Shipping ASA (OTS) confirm the extension of the bareboat charter of their 'CSV Southern Ocean' by Fugro TS Marine Australia until the end of 2018. CSV Southern Ocean is a large construction support vessel jointly owned between Bourbon Offshore Norway AS and Oceanteam Shipping ASA. The owners say that the extension of the bareboat charter will further strenghten their contract backlog and secure future earnings. The original charter was set to expire at the end of 2015. The commercial terms between the parties remain confidential. About Oceanteam Shipping Oceanteam Shipping ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange: OTS) is an offshore shipping company. Its business is the owning, chartering and managing of Deepwater Offshore Construction Service and Pipe Lay Vessels. In addition Oceanteam Shipping provides complementary engineering services consisting of both engineering & design services and equipment to support its clients. www.oceanteam.no


VSAT Connectivity by Globecomm for Malaysia's PBJV Group

  Globecomm Maritime, a leading provider of maritime communications solutions, has been awarded a contract to provide VSAT connectivity to PBJV Group's barge Kota Laksamana 101. The barge, which accommodates up to 300 personnel, was recently chartered to Petronas, a fully integrated energy company based in Malaysia. Under the terms of the deal, PBJV is required to provide a dedicated 512kbps up and down link to Petronas staff working on board the vessel.


SBX' Acquires Remaining 50 percent in Sana Navigation

SeaBird Exploration Limited (BVI) (SBX) has acquired the remaining 50 percent ownership in the Joint Venture entity Sana Navigation Company Limited (Sana) which charters the M/V Northern Explorer from Russian owners on a long term bareboat charter. The purchase price is $25.5m. The Joint Venture is now terminated in all respects. The acquisition of the 50% interest in Sana includes the long term bareboat contract, the liquid cash, other current assets


Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

MV Beluga SkySails is the worlds first modern partially sail-powered cargo ship. The U.S. Navys Military Sealift Command chartered Beluga SkySails to return European-based U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo to the United States.

For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment.MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-ft. Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail - a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help


Liftboat Charter by China for Ezion

Ezion Liftboat: Photo courtesy of Teras Offshore

Ezion clinches US$65.7m liftboat charter contract with China Ezion Holdings has secured a four-year period charter contract to provide a liftboat to be used by a state-linked power generation enterprise in China due to start working in the Yellow Sea in the third quarter of 2013 upon its completion. A liftboat is a self-propelled, self-elevating vessel, which has a large open deck capable of carrying equipment and supplies in support of various offshore mineral exploration and


Austal Hi-speed Catamaran: Navy Charter Extended

Troops boarding WestPac Express: Photo courtesy of Austal

The charter of the Austal high speed vessel 'WestPac Express' has been extended for a further six months by the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command. The modification to the charter will see the ship continue to support the operations of the United States Marine Corps’ Third Marine Expeditionary Force through to February 2014. The contract extension comes almost exactly 12 years after Austal announced it had signed a world first contract to charter the 101 metre high


Seabulk Acquires Newbuild PSV

Seabulk International, Inc. has purchased and delivered o the Seabulk Africa, a newbuild UT-755L platform supply vessel (PSV) built at the Simek Shipyard in Norway. The 5,500-horsepower, 236-ft. vessel will join the Company's West African fleet, which presently comprises 42 vessels ranging from crewboats to sophisticated anchor handlers. PSVs are large, multipurpose vessels used to ferry equipment, supplies and personnel to offshore platforms and rigs engaged in the production of crude oil and


Military Sealift Command-Chartered Ship Delivers Humanitarian Aid Equipment

From Sealift Logistics Command Public Affairs Military Sealift Command (MSC)-chartered ship SS Cleveland arrived in , March 24, carrying U.S. Navy Seabee equipment and supplies for a contingent of Navy Seabee's in the conducting humanitarian aid projects. The equipment delivered by , including a dump truck, bulldozers and generators, will be used by members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 Det. Africa Partnership Station (APS) on four construction sites. APS is a U.S


Calecore Appoints Geotechnical Division GM

Mike Southall

Calecore announced the appointment of Mike Southall who commenced employment with the company in June 2013 as General Manager, Calegeo. Mike is a chartered engineer and geologist with nearly 30 years experience as a practicing geotechnical engineer and was previously General Manager for SEtech Ltd. He will be responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of geotechnical operations, including the DP2 Highland Spirit and Calegeo’s range of seabed geotechnical equipment


Jaya Wins $20 Million Contract in East Africa

Jaya Vigilant

Jaya Holdings announced it has signed a contract to charter its newbuild DP2 Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Jaya Vigilant for a long term operation in the Indian Ocean, offshore Mozambique. The two-year contract, which includes charterer’s options, has a value of more than $20 million. Jaya Vigilant, designed as a large PSV, is now being upgraded with additional equipment required for the charter’s work scope prior to delivery from Jaya’s own yard in Batam


Life Extension for World’s Oldest Icebreaker

Voima (Photo: Arctia)

A comprehensive dry docking and life extension plan has been set out for the 62-year-old Finnish icebreaker Voima, continuing its run as the world’s oldest operational icebreaker. Commissioned in 1954, Voima is part of Arctia’s icebreaker fleet and has demonstrated its reliability


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Climb

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, typically used in the Brazil-China trades (Credit: Vale)

More coal cargoes, rising oil prices could support rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to rise next week on an increase in coal cargoes and higher fuel prices, ship brokers said. That comes as Brent crude futures breached the psychologically


TAMRF Extends Research Vessel Charter

JOIDES Resolution (File photo: William Crawford, IODP/TAMU)

Overseas Drilling Ltd., a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Siem Offshore Inc., and Texas A&M Research Foundation (TAMRF) have agreed to extend the charter of the scientific research drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution.   Under the agreement


Hanjin Vessel Seized in South Africa

Hanjin Paradip. Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 Hanjin Shipping-operated bulker Hanjin Paradip has been arrested by a South Africa for alleged unpaid charter fees.    The 82,158 dwt bulker, which has been used to transport grain and minerals, was detained in Richards Bay on May 24 due to the unpaid charter fees to an


Emas Reels in $32m Contract

Photo: Emas Offshore

 Singapore-listed offshore firm EMAS Offshore Limited wins $32m of new business  has secured new awards and letter of intents for charters amounting to approximately US$32 million, including options.   These new charters will see EMAS Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug (AHT)


Star Software Implemented Aboard Universal Marine Bulkers

Photo: MirTac

Container and bulk shipping company Universal Marine and MirTac, a provider of fleet management solutions, have implemented Star Fleet Management software onboard the new bulk carriers mv Pride and mv Star II. Recently, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading (part of the


New Zealand’s Freight Traders Imports Drilling Rigs

Photo: Freight Traders

Freight Traders Ltd arranged the duty free importation of two Dillmec drilling rigs into New Zealand.   This included various mobilizations and demobilizations to remote New Zealand locations in the central north island. With the drilling campaigns complete


Ship Finance Sells VLCC for $24 Mln

Ship Finance International Limited announced that it has agreed to sell the 1998 built VLCC Front Vanguard to an unrelated third party.   Ship Finance has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter party for the 18-year old crude oil carrier with a subsidiary of Frontline


Front Vanguard Contract Terminated

VLCC Front Vanguard Photo Ship Finance

Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline" or the "Company") has agreed with Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance") to terminate the long term charter for the 1998 built VLCC Front Vanguard. Ship Finance has simultaneously sold the vessel to an unrelated third party


Atlantic Navigation Bags Ten Vessel Charters

Pic: Atlantic Navigation Holdings

 The Middle-East-focused marine logistics services provider Atlantic Navigation Holdings (Singapore) Limited has won long term charters for 10 OSVs with a combined value of around $236m from a Middle Eastern national oil company.  


Rising VLGCs fleet Impact LPG Freight Rates

Time charter rates Source Drewry Maritime Research

LPG shipping freight rates are forecast to deteriorate further through 2016 as a result of the fast rising fleet of Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) which has already started to impact earnings of smaller vessel classes, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster


Ardmore Shipping Opens Houston Office

Holly Cummins (Photo: Ardmore Shipping)

Ardmore Shipping has expanded its global network with the opening of an office in Houston, to be led by Holly Cummings, who joins Ardmore Shipping as Chartering Manager (Americas).   The new Houston office will be responsible for expanding Ardmore’s commercial activities in the


Heavy LIfting: Moving Modules for Brazilian FPSO

Load-out of the fourth module onto the module carrier MV Mega Trust using Mammoet’s SPMTs. (Photo: Mammoet)

Mammoet delivers full logistics scope for FPSO module integration project    On April 6, Mammoet, a service provider specializing in engineered heavy lifting and transport, completed a load-out of the first set of four modules bound for the FPSO (Floating Production


Hanjin Shipping Bondholders Okay Debt Freeze

Pic: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea's largest shipping line Hanjin Shipping said bondholders agreed to extend the maturity of Won35.8bn ($30.1m) in debts by four months to September 23 this year, in a major step to help the company avoid bankruptcy.   According to a report in the Korea Herald


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Dip Before Fuel Oil Fixtures

File Image: a so-called Suezmax tanker transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

Worst over for Aframax market as fuel oil cargoes lift rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could slide further before finding a floor and recovering on a rebound in chartering activity, ship brokers said on Friday.






 
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