The panamax market may see a boost from increased activity in the Atlantic and more business coming from South America, brokers said on Wednesday. Prospects for the market in the short term looked positive, despite a slow pace in freight rates, they also said. Modern panamaxes booked for delivery in the Atlantic in May, followed by a voyage to South America could fetch up to $11,500 a day or even more after negotiations. Older vessels attracted lower rates, brokers said, giving as prime example the 1982-built 60,158 dwt Amolyntos chartered - for prompt delivery Boston for a voyage to South America, followed by redelivery Far East - at a daily rate of $8,700. Far East charterers had also shown interest in the short term market and quoted $11,500 a day for River Plate to the Far East panamax fixtures. Of the recent fixtures, the 2000 built 74,381 dwt Pacmonarch had been chartered at a daily rate of $11,800 by a major grain trader for early delivery in Gibraltar, with delivery options in the Middle and Far East, brokers said.
Increased demand in the Atlantic is likely to keep Panamax trading into positive territory this week, shipbrokers said on Monday. They said Atlantic Capesize freight rates had risen in recent days, especially for Capesizes available for early loading positions and time-charters. Reports in the sector had suggested Belgium charterer Bocimar had time-chartered a number of Capesizes lately and freight rates had risen sharply on the back of anticipated demand in the area, shipbrokers said.
ABB has signed a contract with Appledore Shipbuilders, U.K. to supply the electric power plants and Compact Azipod propulsion systems for two survey vessels for the Royal Navy. The vessels, which are scheduled for delivery in 2002 and 2003, will be supplied under a contract with Vosper Thornycroft (U.K.) acting as prime contractor for the U.K. Ministry of Defence, which includes provision of support for 20 years. The ABB package for the vessel pair will include generators for the main power
The floating rig market was showing signs of stability in many of the world's major drilling basins. However, reports Offshore Data Services, demand for older, second-generation units continues to lag. Worldwide, 149 of the existing 179 floating drilling rigs are under contract and fleet utilization for these rigs is 83.2 percent. In its previous Offshore International Newsletter Market Outlook on floaters, which was published in July, utilization was 82
Maltese Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami left last week for a two-day visit to Libya expected to focus on oil and shipping. Government sources said talks with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were expected to focus on trade and the renewal of a contract for Libya to sell oil to Malta at favorable rates. A large delegation of Maltese businessmen and industrialists headed by Economic Services Minister Josef Bonnici will also be over in Libya
On a visit to Qatar, Finland's PM conferred with government officials about the future import of LNG to serve neighbouring countries. According to the 'Gulf Times' Finnish company Gasum plans to build an LNG terminal that will serve as a distribution hub to other European countries and for that reason, as well as others of common interest, the Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen visited Doha to discuss the proposal with the Qatari side.
Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai has denied reports the government plans to build a canal across southern Thailand, bypassing the busy Malacca Straits shipping lane, as reported in last week's Maritime Week. He said that while the idea is still being studied, the construction of a canal is not a simple issue and no decision has been made. If the study found it feasible to construct the canal, the country might build it, he said.
American Superconductor Corporation announced that it has finalized a contract amendment with the United States Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). Contract terms include an approval for a $10 million increase to AMSC's contract to design and build a 36.5 megawatt (MW) high temperature superconductor (HTS) propulsion motor for electric warships. The amendment adds $10 million to AMSC's backlog. AMSC also expects an additional contract modification to be completed by ONR within the next
Yury Yarov, director of the Severnoye ship design bureau, has been nominated for president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), the Industry and Energy Ministry said recently. Yarov was deputy prime minister in 1992 - 1996 and occupied several positions in the presidential administration in 1996 - 1999. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the USC -founding decrees last March. The corporation with authorized capital of $44m will integrate all state shipbuilding assets
Offshore Systems International Ltd signed the subcontract agreement to supply ECPINS® electronic navigation systems to the Portuguese Navy. The contract is valued at approximately $580 million. OSI's partner in Portugal and the prime contractor for the installation is SICOM - Sistemas de Comunições, Lda, of Lisbon, Portugal.
International investors are expressing serious interest in Jamaica’s plans to develop as a world-class logistics hub with potentially millions of dollars being lined up to back the Government’s proposals. Jamaica Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Hon Anthony Hylton
Average global freight rates have fallen to a 15-month low, according to Drewry’s new online Container Freight Rate Insight. Drewry’s Global Freight Rate Index fell 12% in April to reach its lowest level since February 2012, when container shipping was still recovering from the last
Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. has received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Safety as well as the Award for improvement in Safety by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA). Conrad was one of only five member organizations to receive both awards
Specialist liability insurer for the international transport and logistics industry TT Club said it had another good performance for the year ended December 31, 2012, with further increased gross written premiums, and the club now maintains its A- (Excellent) rating for the past eight years.
Attempts by carriers to tackle the capacity overhang are being undone as new orders for Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) continue to make the headlines, according to Drewry’s monthly report Sea & Air Shipper Insight. The news that China Shipping Container Lines will join Maersk
"In a favorable context for the oil & gas and related services industry, BOURBON is continuing to grow," says CEO. First quarter 2013 highlights Continued growth especially in the Shallow water offshore segment (+31
Ocean carriers cannot afford to operate services from Asia to Europe at rates which are between 25% and 30% lower than in January, says Drewry. Although the recent collapse of rates was excessive, it will not be reversed until carriers withdraw at least two more loops to North Europe –
MAN Diesel & Turbo has signed a significant engine maintenance concept (EMC) agreement with German shipowner Rörd Braren covering 3 ships. MAN PrimeServ – MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales service brand – recently agreed a closer
The Finland PM is hopeful that a strong new owner can turn around the prospects of the cash-strapped Finnish shipyards. This past week, the South Korean parent company STX announced it plans to sell off the Rauma and Turku shipyards as well as its half-share in the Helsinki shipyard
Cat C280-16 generator sets with an increased power rating have been selected by Jurong Shipyard, to power West Rigel drill rig. The West Rigel is a semisubmersible drilling rig newbuild under construction for North Atlantic Drilling Limited, a subsidiary of Seadrill Limited
Subsea 7 takes Nexans DEH system deeper than ever before for Chevron’s Lianzi project off SW Africa. The Lianzi development (located in a unitized offshore zone between the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Angola) will include the world’s deepest installation of a Direct
Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd., a subsidiary of the Wison Group, announced has the award of a contract to supply key modularized components for a major refinery project in Venezuela. The project, known as the Venezuela Puerto La Cruz Refinery Deep Conversion Project
Austal announce new strategic partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance its support to the US Navy & others in the region. Following on from the strategic partnership with Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd announced in January 2013
Ultra-long-stroke units play leading role in major Teekay fuel-efficient tanker project. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding announced on April 8, 2013 that it had signed a contract to build four 113,000-dwt Long Range 2 (LR2) product tankers for Teekay Tankers Ltd
Hamburg Süd’s performance in brief Following the powerful recovery of the world economy in 2010 and a weaker 2011, global growth continued in the past financial year, albeit at a slower pace. Against this backdrop, container shipments increased once again