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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


Vroon Adds Twelfth Tanker

Iver Ability (Image by Vroon)

Dutch ship owner Vroon has confirmed the purchase of the MT ST Charlotte, a 2006-built bitumen/molten sulphur tanker. The vessel will be renamed Iver Ability and brings the total number of Vroon's bitumen tankers to twelve.  A statement on Vroon's website said


Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5


Tankers Booked to Store Oil at Sea

Oil traders have booked up to 20 tankers to store an estimated 40 million barrels of crude at sea, rising from 25 million barrels last week, as they soak up a stocks glut in anticipation of future profits, shipping and oil market sources said.  


New UK Tax Could Hit Offshore Sector

Sue Bill (Photo courtesy: Moore Stephens)

Companies in the offshore maritime sector could be among those hit by a 25 percent Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) charge under draft UK legislation scheduled to enter force in April 2015, international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens said.


Ship-to-ship Transfer Clause for Dry Bulk

BIMCO

  A new clause for dry cargo voyage charters is set to plug the gap in contracts that do not address ship-to-ship transfer (STST) cargo operations. STST cargo operations are a common feature in most tanker voyage charters, but rarely form part of dry cargo standard forms.


IBIA to Hold Regional Forum in Gibraltar

The Port of Gibraltar will showcase its bunkering and marine services at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Regional Forum, February 24-27. The forum, which takes place at Gibraltar’s Sunborn Hotel, will include a workshop on bunkering; a session focusing on mega yacht and


Golar LNG Secures Charters for Carrier Duo

Golar Arctic

  Golar LNG announced today that it has been awarded 2 time charters by Nigeria LNG Ltd ("NLNG") to employ the recently delivered Golar Frost and Golar Crystal. Employment of both vessels under these contracts will commence in January 2015 and will continue for a duration of


21 dead, 1 missing after tug sinks in Yangtze

Tug boat tragedy

  Chinese authorities have confirmed that 21 people were killed and one is still missing after a tug boat undergoing sea trials sank in the Yangtze River, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The boat had 25 people on board when it sank on Thursday and three were rescued


Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade

  Hinode Maritime Conferences have announced their "2nd Annual Conference on the Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade". Considered the largest conference in India on Dry Bulk Trade to be held on January 22, 2015 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President Mumbai


Pacific Basin Issues Profit Warning

Image courtesy: Pacific Basin Shipping

 Dry bulk shipowner Pacific Basin Shipping announced a total of US$132 million (HK$1 billion) impairment charges on chartered-in vessel contracts and bunker fuel swaps.   The Hong Kong-listed company informed the stock exchange that  it took US$101 million provisions mainly


MOL Express Refloated

MOL Express

  The MOL Express, a 4,600 TEU container vessel which went aground in Tateyama Harbor, Japan on January 11, was successfully refloated, Seaspan Corporation reports. No crew injuries and no environmental consequences from this incident have been reported


N-Sea, Siem Offshore Extend Charter Agreement

Siem N-Sea (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore following three years of operations. The renewed agreement, concerning Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea (previously Siem Stork)


Salvors Work to Free Grounded MOL Express

Seaspan Corporation reports the MOL Express, a 4,600 TEU container vessel went aground in Tateyama Harbour, Japan on January 11, 2015. There were no reported crew injuries and all preliminary reports indicate the hull is in a stable condition, and no environmental damage has occurred


Grounded MOL Express being Salvaged

  Seaspan Corporation reports the MOL Express, a 4,600 TEU container vessel went aground in Tateyama Harbour, Japan on January 11, 2015. There were no reported crew injuries and all preliminary reports indicate the hull is in a stable condition, and no environmental damage has occurred


Diana Shipping Announced Vessel Delivery, Time Charters

Diana Shipping Inc. announces delivery of the newly built Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier m/v Santa Barbara; time charter contracts for m/v Polymnia with Vroon and m/v Danae with Glencore   Diana Shipping Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary






 
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