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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.”


MOL Forms New Medium Range Tanker Pool

MOL, Ultranav, OSG and Asahi Tanker reach agreement to pool product tanker operation Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that a pool agreement governing the formation of a new medium range pool has been signed among the partners: MOL, Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., Ultranav International S. A.(Ultranav) ., and OSG International, Inc. The new pool, Clean Products Tankers Alliance, will operate a combined fleet of around 60 medium range vessels


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


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


EPA Award for Pentair

2015 ENERGY STAR Award Winners

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Pentair's Aquatic Systems with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Pentair's accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015. Pentair, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2013 is being honored for its leadership in manufacturing


Heidmar Enters Dry Bulk with TBS Ocean

Image by TBS Group of Companies

 Heidmar and TBS Ocean are joining forces to form a dry bulk pool alliance. New alliance with TBS Ocean plan to combine two players’ operating strengths in geared bulker JV.   TBS will continue as manager of a series of dry bulk pools, while Heidmar will provide its pool expertise, best practices, and proprietary commercial ship management software.   Ben Ognibene, ceo of Heidmar commented, “For some time Heidmar has explored expansion into the dry bulk market


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


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.


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 Shipholding Profits below Market Expectations

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For the 3 months ended 31 March 2016, Nordic Shipholding A/S generated a profit after tax of USD 1.5 million, compared to USD 2.7 million in the same quarter last year.  The average daily TCE rate earned by the vessels in the Handytankers Pool was below the forecasted daily rate, and also lower than the rates earned during the same period in 2015, whilst the LR1 vessel (Nordic Anne) tracked the forecasted daily rate.


US Navy's New Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail

Ed Gent, Naval Oceanographic Office engineer, greets Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as Gallaudet boards USNS Maury (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's newest oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), recently completed its maiden voyage from Pascagoula, Miss., where it was constructed at VT Halter Marine, to Port Everglades near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   In Maury's first days at sea


Portugal, Turkey in Ship Repair Deals

 Photo: Besiktas Shipyard

 Shipyards in Turkey and Portugal have struck deals for major ship repair projects during Posidonia Exhibition at the Athens Metropolitan Expo in Greece.   Portugal’s Lisnave and Turkey’s Gemak, have also inked repair deals with fleet owners.  


Nordic American Tankers Fixes Suezmax on Timecharter

Courtesy Nordic American Tankers Limited

Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:NAT) entered into a 30 months charter contract with a subsidiary of ExxonMobil (EM) for one of the NAT suezmaxes.  The firm period is 18 months with an option of further 12 months. The gross revenue from the contract of 30 months is about $25 million


Panama Canal: Expansion and Impact

Photo: Canal de Panamá

 Panama Canal expansion opens June 26 amid much fanfare and one of the worst shipping industry slumps ever.    WSJ says, while it won’t do anything to help the dire state of the industry near-term, the changes are critical to Western trade in the long run.  


VLCC Gener8 Nautilus Delivered

Gener8 Maritime, Inc., a U.S.-based provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services, announced that it took delivery of the ECO VLCC the Gener8 Nautilus on April 20, 2016 from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. The Gener8 Nautilus represents the ninth of 21 ECO VLCCs


Fincantieri Delivers Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista is the largest ship ever built for the Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet Photo Fincantieri

Carnival Vista, the new flagship of the fleet of Carnival Cruise Line, brand of the Carnival Group, was delivered today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone. The ship was presented yesterday evening during a ceremony which was attended, among others


UK P&I Club's Good Results in Difficult Times

Alan Olivier, Chairman of the UK P&I Club

Disciplined underwriting delivers another successful year   London, 11 May 2016 – The UK P&I Club (“The UK Club”), one of the leading shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, announces its financial results for the year ended 20 February 2016.  


London P&I Club Reports Increased Free Reserves

The London P&I Club’s result for the 2015/2016 financial year produced an overall operating surplus of $3.3 million, lifting the free reserve to $160.7 million.  This result was underpinned by a technical underwriting surplus of $15.3 million, with the combined ratio standing at 82


Hili, Peterson Create Mediterranean JV

Photo: Peterson (Malta) Ltd

 Hili Company, the logistics division of Hili Ventures, has entered into a joint venture agreement with leading international energy logistics company Peterson to provide oil and gas logistics services across the Mediterranean and North Africa.  


World's Newest, Largest Cruise Ship Leaves French Port

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved goodbye to the largest luxurious cruise ship named “Harmony of the Seas”as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.  


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


Eastern Launches MPSV for Harvey Gulf

Harvey Blue-Sea (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched M/V Harvey Blue-Sea (Hull 250) on April 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. of New Orleans, La. The Harvey Blue-Sea is the second of two 340’ Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine.  


UASC Says Shareholders Back Hapag-Lloyd Merger

Photo: UASC

The shareholders of Middle East container shipping group United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) back the company's merger talks with German rival Hapag-Lloyd although there has not yet been a vote to approve a deal, UASC said on Thursday. UASC, which is owned by Gulf governments


Leavitt Heads Seattle Port's Environment Protection, Development

Elizabeth Leavitt Photo Port of Seattle

After an extensive national search, the Port of Seattle has promoted Elizabeth Leavitt to lead its work to protect and enhance the environment. The Senior Director for Environment and Sustainability is a newly created position leading a center of expertise that consolidates environmental


Goodwood Ship Management Opens Training Center, Office in Mumbai

Full Mission Bridge Simulator Photo Goodwood Ship Management

Goodwood Ship Management, the Singapore based management company, has expanded its seafarer training facilities in Mumbai.   A new training center and office has been equipped with the latest training simulation software and tools for Goodwood to further nurture its pool of seafarer talent






 
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