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Capital Product Partners L.P. Announces One Year Time Charter

Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP) has  announced the chartering of the M/T Avax to BP Shipping. The M/T Avax (47,834 dwt, IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2007 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea) was chartered in October 2013 to BP Shipping for a minimum charter term of one year (+/- 30 days). BP Shipping has the option to extend the charter for an additional 12 months at a gross day rate of $15,600 per day. The vessel had been under charter with Capital Maritime & Trading Corp., CPLP's sponsor, as of April 2013 for 12 months (+/- 30 days) at a gross daily charter rate of $14,750. The vessel's actual earnings under the new charter are $14,750 gross per day until May 2014 and $14,800 gross per day between May and October 2014, as the new daily charter rate includes compensation that Capital Maritime will pay to the Partnership for the vessel's early redelivery in accordance with the terms of the charter party agreement with Capital Maritime. The transaction was unanimously approved by CPLP's conflicts committee.  

Safe Bulkers Time Charter for a Capesize Vessel

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) announced that it has entered into a new period time charter for the Kanaris, a 177,000 dwt Capesize class vessel, for a minimum duration of 12 months and a maximum duration of 14 months, at a gross daily charter rate of $31,000 less 5% total commissions. The new time charter will commence upon completion of the current charter, scheduled to occur in September 2010. Upon expiration of the completion of this new charter

Knightsbridge Announces Time Charter

Knightsbridge Tankers Limited entered into new time charter agreements for its two very large crude carriers, TI Ningbo and TI Qingdao. The two VLCCs, which are currently time chartered to Tankers International LLC, will commence their new time charter employment directly after the current charters expire in the first half of 2007. The TI Ningbo has been chartered for a period of four years and the TI Qingdao for a period of five years

Stealthgas Announces Charter Renewals

Stealthgas has entered into new time charter agreements for M/V Gas Sophie, M/V Gas Czar and M/V Gas Nemesis. The company has entered into a new bareboat charter for M/V Gas Ice and extended time charters for M/V Gas Renovatio, M/V Gas Zael, M/V Gas Sincerity, M/V Gas Shanghai, M/V Gas Kalogeros, M/V Gas Legacy, M/V Gas Icon and the M/V Gas Spirit. The M/V Gas Sophie, upon its scheduled delivery in October 2007 will be deployed on a time charter for 12 months to an international gas trader

Arlington Tankers 2Q Results

Arlington Tankers announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, the company’s total revenues were $17.4m, consisting of $16.5m in basic vessel charter hire and $900,000 in additional charter hire that the company received under its profit sharing arrangements. On the basis of the second quarter results, ’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.56 per share

CPLP, OSG Reach Conditional Agreement

Capital Product Partners L.P. (the "Partnership" or CPLP) (NASDAQ: CPLP) has reached a conditional agreement with Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) and certain of OSG's subsidiaries regarding the long term bareboat charters of three of its product tanker vessels. On November 14, 2012, OSG made a voluntary filing for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

Stelmar Shipping Announces Time Charters

Stelmar Shipping Ltd. has renewed an existing time charter for the Primar and an existing time charter for the Petromar. The company also announced that it has signed a new time charter for the Allenmar, which had been trading in the spot market since the end of October, after being redelivered in late October from its previous time charter. Primar, a 1988 double sided product tanker, has been renewed on a six-month time charter with Adam Maritime Corporation at a rate of $11,250 per day

Diana Shipping Puts Vessel on Charter

Diana Shipping Puts Its Panamax Carrier Danae on a 2-Year Charter at a Daily Rate of $29,400 Diana Shipping Inc., which owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk vessels, has signed the Panamax carrier Danae to a time charter contract with Hanjin Shipping Co. of Seoul, according to the AP. Athens, Greece-based Diana Shipping said the charter would span between 22 months and 25 months at a daily rate of $29,400. The employment will start on April 22 and the company expects it will generate

BIMCO Publishes ISPS Clause

In response to industry demand for an ISPS provision suitable for voyage charters, BIMCO published on March 3 an ISPS Clause for voyage charter parties to complement the time charter version produced in November last year. The Clause addresses the allocation of costs and responsibilities relating to shipboard and shore-based security measures arising from the implementation of the ISPS Code. The ISPS Clause for Voyage Charter Parties has been drafted by the same team of legal and

Don’t Leave Port without These Terms in Your Vessel Charter

Fred Goldsmith, licensed in Pa., W.V., Ohio & Texas, practices admiralty & maritime, railroad, personal injury, motorcycle, insurance coverage and commercial litigation with Pittsburgh-based Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, LLC ( If you have questions about this column, you can reach him at or (877) 404-6529.

From MarineNews May 2010 Put it in Writing When chartering an asset so valuable and with so many risk exposures as a vessel — whether a 15-ft RIB or a 4,000 HP tractor tug, put the agreement in writing. While I have previously written in this magazine about how maritime contracts can be enforceable under admiralty law (see “Marine Contracts: Do I Have to Put it in Writing?” MarineNews, June 2008), it is far preferable to put the terms in writing

GasLog Orders New LNG Carrier from SHI

Photo courtesy GasLog

 GasLog Ltd. today announces that it has signed a time charter party with Centrica plc. ("Centrica") to charter a vessel for a period of seven years. The vessel, a 180,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, has been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries

EMGS Amends Deal for Atlantic Guardian


Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has signed an extended charter agreement for the vessel Atlantic Guardian with North Sea Commander Shipping AS (owner of the vessel) at new and improved commercial terms. The new terms are valid as of 1 October 2016.

Panamax Containerships: Is the Battle Now Lost?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the containership market today, Panamax sector, the charter rates rest at rock-bottom rates and the fleet is in steady and perhaps terminal decline, with scrapping at record levels. Is the battle now lost? A report by Clarksons Research.  

Bumi Armada Berhad Names Its News FPSO

Naming Ceremony of Armada Olombendo (Photo: Bumi Armada)

Bumi Armada Berhad, Malaysia-based international offshore energy facilities and services provider celebrated the naming ceremony of the Armada Olombendo Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) last weekend. Armada Olombendo FPSO represents Bumi Armada’s largest FPSO and it will

Euronav Inks Two Charter Deals

Photo Euronav

Euronav NV announces that it has signed two long-term time charter contracts of seven years each with Valero Energy Inc. for Suezmax vessels with specialised Ice Class 1C capability starting in 2018. In order to fulfil this contract, Euronav has ordered two high specification Ice Class Suezmax

Volkswagen Opts for LNG-powered Shipping

Image: Volkswagen Group

 The Volkswagen Group said it will use two vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) on routes between Europe and North America from 2019, in a move that aims to improve the environmental balance of its marine transport fleet.  

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

File Image (Credit BSM)

Owners seeking to push rates higher, close to year-long highs; dry bulk sector to see greater consolidation - BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain steady next week even as owners try to push rates up close to year-highs

Asia Tankers-VLCC Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

File photo: Euronav

Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes

World’s Largest LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Chartered

(Image: Bomin Linde LNG)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Bomin Linde LNG said it has secured a capacity of 7,500 m3 LNG bunker supply vessel, the largest of its kind to date, via a time-charter contract signed with ship owner Bernhard Schulte on September 30, 2016.  

IMO Supports African Maritime Summit

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) is continuing its work to support sustainable maritime development in Africa by participating in the opening of the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa, held in Lomé, Togo (11-15 October)

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could slide as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

A typical Capesize Bulker (credit: BSM)

Many vessels available for charter put pressure on freight rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaced cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday.

VLCC Rates to Hold Firm as Owners Await MidEast Cargoes

File photo: Euronav

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs this week, are likely to hold firm as owners tread water before the release of further Middle-East and West Africa cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday.  

Nakilat Delivers Steady Performance in Q3

Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti Photo Nakilat

 Nakilat has announced its financial results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2016, where the Company’s net profit reached QR 749 million compared to QR 757 million for the same period last year. The Board of Directors stated that the company’s strategic long-term

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes

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