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Evalend to Join Lasco Logger Pool

Two of Evalend Shipping Co. S.A. newly purchased logger ships, the Ambassador and the Senator, have been placed in the Lasco Logger Pool. Evalend, a private management company in Athens, Greece, operates ten ships in its fleet, committed two Hakodate built loggers to the Pool, which is commercially managed by Lasco. Evalend will perform its own technical management of its vessels. In commenting on the announcement, Anton U. Pardini, President/COO of Lasco, said that EVALEND’S participation in the Pool “…reflects Lasco’s ongoing efforts to establish strategic partnerships with other maritime ventures who share a common vision and philosophy, committed to providing reliable service and quality vessels, in order to better utilize tonnage.” He added that this reflects Lasco’s continued efforts to attract quality vessel owner/operators to create the added value the Pool’s charter flexibility and one stop chartering services benefits for its customers. Pardini went on to call attention to Lasco’s constant efforts to improve its capabilities to make forward fixtures and reduce ballast legs, aggressively positioning cargo opportunities. “Taking best advantage of backhaul cargoes, triangulating ports of call within the Pacific markets and reducing unnecessary ballast days are key components”, Pardini stated, “of the Pool’s benefit to both shippers and Pool members.”


Star Tankers Pool Expands

Heidmar Inc. announced on Feb. 12 that longstanding pool member, Tsakos Shipping and Trading S. A., entered the M/T Selini into the Star Tankers pool on January 12, 2009. A second new building, the M/T Salamina, is scheduled to enter the Star Tankers pool in mid-February. Both vessels were built at Sungdong Shipyard in Korea.  Heidmar also announced that Sanko Steamship Co. has committed two additional vessels to the Star Tankers pool


CSL and Upper Lakes Group Sign Letter of Intent

Sam Hayes, President of The CSL Group Inc. (CSL) and Jack Leitch, Chairman of Upper Lakes Group Inc. (ULS) have announced the signing of a Letter of Intent concerning the purchase by CSL of ULS' 50 percent share of Marbulk Canada Inc. (MCI). MCI is owned jointly by ULS and Algoma Central Corporation (Algoma). Marbulk Shipping Inc. of Salem, Mass., a subsidiary of MCI, operates a fleet of eight self-unloading bulk carriers in international trades on the east coast of North America and in South


Norden A/S Selects Veson Nautical's IMOS

Veson Nautical, a provider of maritime commercial management and trading software solutions, today announced that Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S (NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen A/S: DNORD), one of the oldest and most respected listed shipping companies in the world, has purchased Veson Nautical’s Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS). Veson Nautical’s IMOS software will now manage chartering, operations, and voyage accounting related functions for NORDEN’s modern fleet of 210


Clipper Projects Heads Up New MPP Ship Pool

Denmark-based Clipper Projects sets up multi-purpose (MPP) pool, which will form an integrated part of the current Clipper Projects MPP fleet. The founding members of the pool are:     •    Enzian Ship Management of Zurich, Switzerland     •    Freese Shipping of Stade, Germany     •    Clipper Projects of Copenhagen, Denmark


Heidmar Names van der Zijde CEO

The Board of Directors of Heidmar has announced the appointment of Hans van der Zijde as Heidmar's new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. van der Zijde graduated from the Nautical Academy of Rotterdam in 1985 and subsequently studied Maritime and Logistic Management there, graduating in 1992. Mr. van der Zijde has worked for and held management positions in leading shipping companies in Europe, South Africa and Asia.  He has overall experience across most of the shipping segments


Nordic Seaarland Names New Carriers

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Nordic Seaarland Tankers BV has named two new 37,500 dwt product/chemical tankers building at Korea's Hyundai Mipo yard. Mt Nordic Agnetha was delivered on 8th May 2009, while Mt Amy will be delivered in July. Both vessels will be managed by Netherlands-based Seaarland Shipping Management, and will be entered into the Handytankers pool. The two vessels bring the fleet of the Nordic Seaarland joint venture to five modern product/chemical carriers.


Scorpio Tankers Charter Agreements for Four Vessels

Scorpio Tankers Inc., a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide, has entered into time charter agreements for four vessels, BW Zambesi, Krisjanis Valdemars, Kraslava and Histria Azure. BW Zambesi, a 2010 built LR1 tanker (76,578 dwt), was chartered-in for one year at $13,850 per day. The vessel was delivered in December 2010. The agreement includes an option for Scorpio Tankers to extend the charter for an additional year at $14,850 per day.


Hellespont Opts for Navig8 Pool

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Hamburg-based Hellespont Group has agreed with Navig8 Chemicals to enter four IMO2 tankers into the Brizo8 Pool. The ships in question are the Hellespont Centurion, Hellespont Challenger, Hellespont Charger and Hellespont Chieftain. All are 17,000dwt, built in 2009 and 2010 and are managed by Hamburg-based Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co KG. Hellespont has also time chartered two 2010-built 17,000dwt IMO2 tankers, Hellespont Commander and Hellespont Crusader


New Leadership Named at Heidmar

Norwalk, CT -- The Board of Directors of Heidmar Holdings LLC, the holding company for Heidmar Inc. (the "Company"), has announced that it has selected its new Executive team to lead the Company. Marc La Monte has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Heidmar Inc., and Per Heilmann has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer.   These leadership appointments are effective immediately and will position Heidmar to focus on its growth


UK Maritime Security Firm Ambrey Risk Gains Accreditation

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Maritime security company Ambrey Risk, specialists in commercial shipping in the oil and gas sector inform it has now been formally awarded full certification & accreditation for ISO 28000: ISO/PAS 28007, following Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance


Faurisson Joins Heidmar Products Desk

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Heidmar announced that Olivier Faurisson will join the company as Managing Director of Chartering and Marketing in the product sector.  Faurisson has experience in product chartering and pool building. He rose to the title of General Manager, Products Division


Making Sense of it in China: Navis DP Simulator Plus Chinese Script

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Navis informs it has commissioned the first dynamic positioning (DP) simulator with Chinese language interface at Dalian Maritime University, one the world’s largest training facilities, where more than 60,000 people have been trained to form the backbone of China’s shipping industry


Jinglu Shipbuilding Chooses AVEVA Design Software

AVEVA Marine provides Jinglu Shipbuilding with a complete software solution for its current and future shipbuilding requirements.

Penglai Zhongbai Jinglu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Jinglu Shipbuilding), one of the key shipbuilding enterprises in Shandong Province, Greater China, has signed a new contract for AVEVA Marine software to address the current, challenging market situation and to future-proof its operations


FSL Trust Still Working to Resolve Financial Difficulties

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Following the 19 November 2013 suspension of trading of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) on the Singapore Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors informs that the company remains in on-going discussions with lenders to seek a longer loan covenant relaxation and are working hard to resolve the situation


Brittany Ferries Order 52,000 gt Gas-Powered Cruise Ferry

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Leading French ferry and holiday company, Brittany Ferries, says it has placed an order for a new cruise-ferry that will be its largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world. Brittany Ferries explain they and STX France have been co-operating for two years on a study regarding


Unique System Wins Two-year NPCC Contract

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Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, has been awarded a two-year service contract by The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC). Established in April 1973


Oil & Gas Industry Hindered by Lack of Skilled Personnel: New Research

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Amid a positive outlook for the industry in 2014, senior oil and gas professionals have predicted that a deficit of skilled professionals will be the biggest barrier to the growth of their businesses in 2014, according to the research report 'Challenging Climates' released by DNV GL


Major Offshore Wind Turbine Manufacturers Form Joint Venture

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Industry majors, Gamesa and Areva, have announced exclusive negotiations to create a 50/50 joint-venture company in the field of offshore wind power. The companies add that: 'The definitive agreements concerning the creation of the JV will be signed within the next few months following final


RoadOne IntermodaLogistics Marks First Anniversary

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RoadOne IntermodaLogistics has announced that the company is celebrating its first anniversary. RoadOne was launched one year ago to deliver integrated, single source transportation and logistics solutions to meet today’s economic and market challenges


Latest Global Deep-Sea Shipbuilding Contract Round-Up

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Far East shipbuilders scoop the pool of latest big ship newbuilding orders reports Clarkson Hellas in their latest Weekly  S+P Bulletin. Bulk carriers This week Clarkson Hellas say that Bocimar has announced an order for two firm 206,000 DWT Newcastlemax and one firm 180


HydroComp Celebrates 30 Years

HydroComp, Inc. began as a business venture in 1984 to meet the specific needs of naval architects and shipbuilders in the area of resistance and power predictions. Thirty years later, HydroComp has grown into a multifaceted corporation with clients from design to construction to academia in more


MSC Preziosa: The Ultimate in Cruise Ship Tech

4D Cinema on the MSC Preziosa. Photo MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises recently added a new state-of-the-art liner, the MSC Preziosa, helping the Italian company, truly a family business, attain the status of third largest cruise line in the world. MSC Preziosa is a Fantasia class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises


Transocean Orders Two New Ultra-Deepwater Drillships

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Transocean Ltd. inform that a subsidiary company has awarded contracts to Sembcorp Marine's subsidiary, Jurong Shipyard, in Singapore for construction of two newbuild dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships with contract options for up to three more.


Navios Acquisition Announces VLCC Delivery

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced that the Nave Buena Suerte, a 2011-built VLCC of 297,491 dwt, was delivered today. The Nave Buena Suerte, one of the three VLCCs acquired in November 2013, was purchased for $57.0 million.


 
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