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Panamax Market May Get Jump Start From Active Atlantic

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.


Panamax Market Should Enjoy Solid Week

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 to Supply Azipod Systems to Royal Navy

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


World Floater Market Is Stable

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 PM Visits Libya

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


Finland to Develop LNG Import Terminal

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 Denies Canal Reports

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.


AMSC Awarded $10M ONR Contract

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


Yarov Nominated for Head of United Shipbuilding Corp.

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


Vietnam PM: Chinese Oil Rig Threatens Peace

China's positioning of its biggest mobile oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea seriously threatens peace, stability, and maritime safety, Vietnam's prime minister said on Wednesday, urging the international community to condemn Beijing's action. Nguyen Tan Dung held two-way talks with Philippine President Benigno Aquino during an official two-day visit to Manila to discuss defence and security and economic and cultural ties.


Narendra Modi Eyes Breakthrough Nuclear Pact with Japan

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.


British WWl Warship Refurbishment Project

HMS Caroline: Photo in public domain

Northern Ireland Office Minister, Dr Andrew Murrison MP, visited the historic HMS Caroline in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter as restoration grants are received, informs the UK Government. As a former Royal Naval Officer as well as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the


Too Eager to Drill for Arctic Oil - Greenpeace

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  Greenpeace's ship, the Esperanza, is still on station in the Arctic to expose renewed Norwegian efforts to drill for oil in this pristine environment. Last week Greenpeace successfully headed off attempts by an oil company to complete controversial seismic testing


Box Ships on Slippery Containership Slope in Q2

Container ship: File photo

"The reduced charters on the 'Box Queen', 'CMA CGM Marlin' and 'CMA CGM Kingfish' were the contributing factors to the 24% decline in our adjusted time charter revenues year over year, which directly impacted our bottom line." says Mr


Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd to Build LR1s for Oil Major

TENs LR1

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) announced today the chartering of two of its modern Suezmax tankers with a European oil major for 24 and 12 months respectively with charterers options for another 12 months for each vessel at an accretive base rate with profit sharing


New Fairport Coast Guard Facility Opened

Fairport opening ceremony: Photo USCG

The Coast Guard says it has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of a new building at Station Fairport located in Grand River, Ohio. The new 18,000 square foot station building meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and includes a modern command


Transpacific Container Shippers Aim for Rate Rise

Photo: Maersk

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Monday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU), corresponding to an increase of 14.2 percent from current levels, from Sept. 1. TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) said the planned increase follows


Capesize Rates to Rise Much Higher this Year

According to Commodore Research & Consultancy, capesize rates ended last week at $15,561/day, which marked a week-on-week increase of $6,167 (66%). Capesize rates have been able to rise by such a large amount so quickly, as vessel availability in both the Atlantic basin and Pacific basin have


Statoil: Gudrun Officially Opened

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and Statoil CEO Helge Lund were greeted by Gudrun platform manager Ole Martin Bakken. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg officially opened the Gudrun platform in the North Sea today, 19 August. This is the first new Statoil-operated platform on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) since Kristin in 2005. Gudrun is the first in a long line of new field developments operated by


Man Arrested over Death of Stowaway in Shipping Container

Tilbury Port View

A man was arrested in Northern Ireland on Tuesday on suspicion of murder after the death of an Afghan Sikh who was among 35 suspected stowaways found in a shipping container at a dock in England three days ago, police said. Police said the 34-year-old man was arrested just after midday on a


CACI Named MSC Logistics Prime Contractor

MSC RoRo: Photo courtesy of MSC

CACI International Inc says it has been selected as a prime contractor to provide logistics support to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on the Worldwide Logistics Services (WLS) contract. The five-year (one base plus four option years) multiple-award indefinite


Japanese Technology Helps Farmers to Changes in Climate

Cows are seen wearing Fujitsus Gyuho, or cow step, pedometer anklet, which tracks their fertility window by counting their steps, at a farm on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu,

  The Japanese technology firms are using their experience in saving energy and in cloud technology to help farmers cope with changes in climate, cheaper imports and declining labor. Panasonic, Fujitsu and others looking for an opportunity in a niche market to offset the decline in demand


BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

Littoral Combat Ships

  The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard


SCI Resorts to Rate Restoration

SCI Container vessel

  To meet increasing operational costs and maintain high level of reliability and proficiency to our Customers, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has announced hike in rates on ISE and IPAK Service (Indian Subcontinent to Europe) w.e.f


Maersk to Raise Freight Rates from Asia to Europe

Photo: Maersk

The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk , said it plans to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $400 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Sep






 
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