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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


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


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


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


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


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


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 (www.golawllc.com). If you have questions about this column, you can reach him at fbg@golawllc.com 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


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


New Power Optimization Solution for LNG Carriers

NAPA-DSME Power Solution (Image courtesy of NAPA)

NAPA and DSME launch tailored NAPA-DSME Power Solution for LNG carriers; leading LNG carrier shipyard offers specialized performance monitoring solution   South Korean shipbuilder, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and NAPA, a maritime software


SFL Adjusts Charter Agreement with Frontline

Photo courtesy of Ship Finance International

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement to amend the long-term chartering agreements with Frontline Ltd. The company currently has 17 vessels on charter to subsidiaries of Frontline


Rieber offloads Polar Prince

Polar Prince. Photo by GC Rieber Shipping

 GC Rieber Shipping has entered into an agreement to sell subsea vessel "Polar Prince", which the company had built in 1999.   The transaction gives GC Rieber Shipping an accounting gain of approximately NOK 10 million ($1.3 million).  


First Damen Twin Axe for Offshore O&G

Contract signing

  To develop its large fleet, Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has selected the first Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with Offshore Oil & Gas standby capabilities. The Netherlands-based company will deploy the new vessel on long-term charter for a major E&P


Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool Rings in 10 Years

Stena Superior (Photo: Stena Bulk)

Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool celebrates 10 years of collaboration and trading.   The 10th anniversary celebrations took place in London on May 20. Today on May 26 it is Houston’s turn and, finally, on June 3, it will be Singapore’s turn.  


Ailing Mariner Medevaced Near Alaska

A USCG helicopter crew hoists an ailing mariner from the fishing vessel Western Profit near Sitka, Alaska. After safely hoisting the injured man, he was brought to a higher level of medical care in Sitka. (Screenshot of USCG_ video by Air Station Sitka.

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing mariner from Deep Bay, 25 miles north of Sitka, Sunday.   The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the 68-year-old man from the Western Profit, a 62-foot charter vessel


Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

Signing of agreement between GAC EnvironHull and Statoil at Statoil’s Headquarter in Stavanger, Norway. From left to right: Åshild Eltervåg, Nadia Nikmanesh, Elin Haave, Karl Ingvar Jorgensen and Robert Anderson. (Photo: Simon Doran)

Eco-friendly HullWiper technology to fight fouling and enhance efficiency for oil and gas company fleet    GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in Scandinavia


Vinalines Plans Ports Divestment

Image: Vietnam National Shipping Lines

 The Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) hope the plan to reduce the state’s ownership ratio in the big shipping firm to 36 percent will help restructure the business.   It   has finalized an overall plan for the development of its


Tsakos Energy Navigation Reports 156% Increase in Q1 Profits

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd

 Greece-based Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd (TEN) has reported first-quarter profit of $37.3 million from $14.6 million in Q1 2014 - a 156% Increase. On a per-share basis it has profit of 42 cents.   The results topped Wall Street expectations


CSD, Cosco JV to Buy Vale's Bulk Carriers

Ma Zehua (Chairman of Cosco Group),  Xu Lirong (Chairman of China Shipping Group) Murilo Ferreira (President&CEO of Vale) and Gurinder Singh(Director of Shipping & Distribution of Vale) attended the Signing Ceremony and signed the agreement on behalf of each party. Photo by Cosco

 China Shipping Development (CSD) and Cosco have established a joint venture (JV), China Ore Shipping Pte., in Singapore to purchase four 400,000 dwt ore carriers from Vale and operate them.   CSD and Cosco’s bulk shipping division Cosco Bulk Shipping holds 49% and 51% equity


LPG Coaster Shipping Market to Remain Weak in 2015

Freight Rates (Source: Drewrys LPG Forecaster)

The LPG coaster shipping market continues to be plagued by excess vessel supply with rates remaining stubbornly below pre-financial crisis levels, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Trafigura Fixes 6 Voyage Charters from Golar LNG

Swiss trader Trafigura has taken up to six liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels from Norwegian shipping company Golar LNG, likely on a single-voyage basis to transport cargoes, trading and shipping sources said. The vessels are to be put at Trafigura's disposal from now through August or


Vale Concludes Sale of VLOCs to Cosco

Vale Brasil. Photo by Vale

 Brazilian miner Vale has completed the sale of four other large iron ore carriers to China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), which was agreed last September.    This transaction is related to the agreement signed with Cosco on September 12, 2014.  


NewLead Announces Time Charter Contract

2009-built tanker vessel Ioli  (Photo: NewLead Holdings)

NewLead Holdings Ltd. has entered into a time charter contract with for one of its recently delivered bitumen tanker vessels, the Ioli, for a minimum of one year. The vessel has already been delivered to the charterer that has the option to extend the time charter contract for up to four


USCG Terminates Charters Boat Voyage In Buzzards Bay

a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts, boarded the vessel

  The Coast Guard terminated the trip of a 23-foot charter vessel today in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, due to an expired operator's license and evidence of illegal fishing. During a random safety boarding, a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts






 
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