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Top Ships Enters 3 New Charters

TOP Ships Inc., an international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient "ECO" MR tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum products, announced today that it has terminated the charter parties of M/T EShips Taweelah, Hull number S407 and Hull number S414 with Emirates Ship Investment Company (ESHIPS) LLC and that it has entered into new charters for these vessels with Stena Weco A/S. As a result of this termination, ESHIPS will pay the company a compensation of $500,000. The new charters are for 3 + 1 + 1 years at $16,200 per day for the first three years, $17,200 per day for the first optional year and $18,000 per day for the second optional year. The ESHIPS charters that were terminated were for 2 + 1 years at $16,000 per day for the first two years and $17,250 per day for the optional year. Stena Weco A/S has an option until August 10, 2014 to declare the charter of M/T EShips Taweelah to a 5 + 1 + 1 years at respective gross daily rates of $16,800 for the first five years, $17,500 for the first optional year and $18,200 for the second optional year. "This is a very positive development for the company,” Evangelos Pistiolis, CEO of TOP Ships, stated. “Our gross contracted revenue, over the firm period of our charters, has increased by 18% to $117 million, up from $99 million under the previous charters


Northrop Grumman Appoints Reith as Controller for NN Sector

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Newport News sector has appointed David Reith to the position of controller. In this role, Reith has responsibility for internal systems and process controls for Newport News' accounting and operations finance functions. Reith will report to Linda Leukhardt, vice president of Business Management and chief financial officer for the Newport News sector. "Dave's considerable business and financial management experience will be a significant asset to the Newport


Statoil Expands Brazil Offshore Exploration

Nick Maden: Photo credit Statoil

Statoil expands  its exploration portfolio with the acquisition of 25% participating interest from Vale SA in BM-ES-22A in the Espirito Santo Basin offshore Brazil. BM-ES-22A is comprised of the two Blocks ES-M-468 and ES-M-527. Petrobras is the operator with 75% equity and Vale holds a 25% share. It is located in the Outer Espirito Santo Basin partially adjacent to the BM-ES-32 license where Statoil is partner and which holds the Indra discovery.


North Korea-flagged tanker finishes loading at Libya rebel port

A North Korean-flagged tanker has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-controlled port of Es Sider but has not yet left the terminal, Libyan oil officials said on Monday. Libya's government has threatened to bomb the Morning Glory should the tanker try sailing off with crude from the eastern port, one of three seized by armed protesters demanding a share of oil revenues and political autonomy. "The tanker has finished loading but is still anchored in Es Sider


$14m Up For Grabs in RPSEA R&D Program

RPSEA Releases Ultra-Deepwater Program RFP  to fund research & development projects to secure energy for America. The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announces the release of the remaining 2011 Ultra-Deepwater Program request for proposals (RFP) to award $14 million in oil and natural gas research and development projects offshore. This RFP will include the following four Technical Areas of Interest:


MacAndrews Upgrades Indian Ocean Service

MacAndrews has upgraded the existing tonnage on its Swahili Express Service, which provides a regular container service between the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East/Gulf and East Africa, with a new vessel. The new ship, MacAndrews SWALA, is 1100 teu capacity and is one of two vessels in the service which has a nine-day sailing frequency and calls at Khor Fakkan, Karachi, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dar es Salaam and Mombasa with a 28-day round voyage time


CMA CGM Upgrade its ASEA Service

CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the upgrading of its ASEA service connecting Asia, Kenya and Tanzania, effective since October 12th, 2011. The new ASEA weekly service will deploy 6 ships of 2500 TEU (4 provided by CMA CGM Group and 2  provided by Emirates Shipping Line) and will allow the Group to provideits customers with below  pluses: - Direct weekly service to Kenya and Tanzania gateways - Deployment of bigger vessels


ASMAR Uses FORAN for New Research Vessel

Cabo de Hornos

FORAN has been the CAD/CAM System used by the Chilean shipyard ASMAR in the development of an Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Vessel, a state of the art design built for worldwide oceanographic and fishing service and geological research. The vessel, Cabo de Hornos, has been already delivered. With a length overall of 74.1 m, breadth molded of 15.6 m and depth to main deck of 8.5 m, the vessel can reach a speed of 14.3 knots, with accommodation for 68 persons


Oil Tanks Destroyed at Libya Port, Others Still Ablaze

Two oil storage tanks remain on fire at Libya's Es Sider oil port while two others have collapsed almost a week after clashes there sparked the blaze, a spokesman for state National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Tuesday.   Fires at two other storage tanks at Libya's biggest oil port had been extinguished but the damage was unclear, NOC spokesman Mohamed El Harari said.   An industry source said at least 1.2 million barrels of oil had been destroyed by the fire which broke out after


East Africa Joint Service Launches

Evergreen Line, Wan Hai Lines Ltd (WHL), and Simatech Shipping have agreed to operate an East Africa Service (EAF) with three ships of 1,200 TEU capacity. Evergreen, WHL, and SSF will each operate one vessel. The East Africa (EAF) service will have the following port rotation: Colombo - Mombasa - Dar es Salaam - Colombo The first EAF sailing is scheduled to commence from Colombo on May 11, 2010.  


Steelhead Introduces a New Yacht Crane

Steelhead Introduces a New Yacht Crane

  Steelhead Marine, a North American crane manufacturer, has expanded its product offering with the launch of the new E Series 1000 crane. Suited for commercial and recreational vessels, the E Series crane is available primarily in a 1,000-lb model with a 1


Box Ship Oversupply Stoking Trouble

Source: Drewrys Container Forecaster

Despite positive growth momentum, the container shipping industry continues to suffer new, big ship deliveries with no let-up to the ordering frenzy according to the Container Forecaster, published by Drewry Maritime Research.   Drewry forecasts another year of excess growth in relation to


Reopening Date of Libya Oil Ports Uncertain

It is too early to say when Libyan oil ports Es Sider and Ras Lanuf can reopen after a force loyal to a self-declared Tripoli government pulled out troops from frontlines near to the terminals, an oil official said on Monday. Security and technical checks needed to be conducted first


Tanzania Dreams Big with Port Project

Map

  In its heyday, Bagamayo was a gateway to the heart of Africa for colonisers, with trade goods surging in from the Indian Ocean, and timber, ivory and countless slaves exported from the east coast harbour. Then Bagamoyo, which looks out towards the island of Zanzibar


25,000-TEU Ships Possible, Not Practical

Pic by Maersk Line

 Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou said ships with capacities of 25,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units are possible but not practical today, and that he expects 18,000-19,000-TEU container ships to remain the largest afloat for years to come, according to a report in JOC.  


Tanzania's Port Authority Head Suspended

Photo: Tanzania Ports Authority

The acting director of Tanzania's port authority has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations he violated procurement procedures, officials said on Tuesday. The suspension comes at a time when the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam


At Least Three Dead in FPSO Explosion

Photo courtesy of Keppel Offshore and Marine

At least three oil workers were killed and others were injured in an explosion on Wednesday at an offshore oil and natural gas platform in Brazil operated by state-run energy company Petroleo Brasileiro SA , union officials said. The workers were killed in an explosion aboard the Cidade de


Dar es Salaam Port Enhances Capacity

Image: Tanzania Ports Authority

 Tanzania's Dar es Salaam Port has got ready to welcome large container vessels including MSC Martina, one of the largest container vessels.  Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has informed that the adequate improvements have enabled to dock such large vessels at the country's major port.


Libya's Hariga Oil Port Shut Due to Strike

Libyas port (Image: Temehu)

 Libya's eastern oil export port Hariga shut down because of a strike over unpaid salaries of  security guards, closing the country's last functioning export port apart from two offshore fields.  The closure will lower oil output to less than 300,000 barrels a day


Port Battle Underscores Possible Libya Break-Up

Graphic: Reuters

Armed factions deploying heavy weapons. Peace talks making little progress. Hidden behind a pile of sand, a tank points its gun towards Libya's biggest oil port on the other side of an invisible frontier that now divides the north African nation.


New Fighting for Libyan Oil Ports

New clashes erupted on Tuesday between rival factions fighting for control of Libya's biggest oil ports Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, killing at least 10 people, the two sides said.   The fighting came a day after the United Nations said it was seeking a ceasefire to pave the way for a new round


Libya Returns Fuel Tanker to Rival Government

Libya's recognized government has released a tanker forced to dock at a port under its control after originally banning it from delivering fuel to its rival administration, a port official said on Tuesday.   War planes forced the tanker Anwaar Afriqya to sail to Tobruk after it had


Libya Forces Tanker Away from Supplying Rival Government

Libya's recognized government said it forced a tanker from delivering fuel to its rival administration, diverting the vessel to its own territory by threatening an air attack on it.   The tanker Anwaar Afriqya was approaching the port of Misrata, but diverted to Tobruk


Reopening of the Caravel La Niña III

Delivery ceremony and reopening of the Caravel La Niña III,

  The delivery ceremony and reopening of the Caravel La Niña III, faithful replica of the ship of Columbus, the Caravel “La Niña III“ was held yesterday in the city of Las Palmas. Las Palmas is part of the network of Columbian cities of Spain


Japan Lends Kenya $270m to Help Expand Mombasa Port

Kenya signed a $270 million loan deal with Japan on Friday to help expand capacity at Mombasa port, a busy facility that is the main trade gateway to east Africa.   The port handles fuel, consumer goods and other imports for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan






 
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