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TOP Tankers Announces Sale and Leaseback of Two Handymax Tankers

TOP Tankers Inc (Nasdaq: TOPT) announced the sale and immediate leaseback of the handymax tankers M/T Restless and M/T Sovereign. The vessels have been leased back under seven-year bareboat charters, with TOP Tankers performing the operational and commercial management of the vessels. The vessels will continue their employment under time charter contracts with Vitol and Glencore for the remaining period of two and four years, respectively, under those contracts. The Company expects to generate a gain of approximately $7.0 million as a result of the sale/leaseback transactions, which will be amortized over the seven-year bareboat charter period. The Company believes that the bareboat charters will qualify as operating leases under U.S. GAAP. Evangelos J. Pistiolis, President and CEO of TOP Tankers Inc commented, "The sale and charter back of the M/T Restless and the M/T Sovereign should further strengthen our balance sheet and enhance our ability to pursue further acquisition opportunities in the second-hand tanker market."

VARD Secures PSV Charter from DOF

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Vard Holdings Limited announced it has secured a bareboat charter contract for the first of two vessels whose original shipbuilding contracts were terminated earlier during the year. The vessel, a platform supply vessel (PSV) of VARD 1 08 design, was delivered from Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam and sold to Vard Shipholding Singapore Pte. Ltd., a newly established wholly-owned subsidiary of Vard Holdings Limited. Under a bareboat charter contract with DOF for an initial duration of four months

Euronav NV Implements Tanklog Transaction

Euronav NV completed the first tranche of the implementation of the Tanklog transaction. Five newbuilding contracts and two bareboat time charter contracts were novated to Euronav in exchange for a cash payment and a capital increase by means of a contribution in kind by which a total of 1,534,310 new shares were issued to companies related to Tanklog Shipholdings Ltd. The new shares will be listed on Euronext as from June 30, 2005

SBX' Acquires Remaining 50 percent in Sana Navigation

SeaBird Exploration Limited (BVI) (SBX) has acquired the remaining 50 percent ownership in the Joint Venture entity Sana Navigation Company Limited (Sana) which charters the M/V Northern Explorer from Russian owners on a long term bareboat charter. The purchase price is $25.5m. The Joint Venture is now terminated in all respects. The acquisition of the 50% interest in Sana includes the long term bareboat contract, the liquid cash, other current assets

Teekay to Acquire Up to Two LNG Carriers

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has agreed to acquire a 155,900 cubic meter (cbm) liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuilding from Awilco LNG ASA, a Norwegian-based owner and operator of LNG carriers. The vessel, which is currently under construction by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., (DSME) of South Korea, is expected to deliver in the third quarter of 2013, and subsequent to delivery from DSME to Awilco

FSL Trust Improves Operational Profile

Deploys all redelivered vessels on longer term employment. • Revenue stability enhanced; two product tankers time chartered to Petrobras and three chemical tankers deployed in the ‘Nordic Siva’ pool • Cash reserves rose to US$33.2 million; improving resilience against uncertainties in shipping market • Revenue continues to be at risk   FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (“FSLTM”)

DryShips Takes Delivery of Its 28th Vessel

DryShips Inc. announced t that it has taken delivery of m.v. Hille Oldendorff a 2005 built, 55,566 deadweight ton, or dwt, handymax drybulk carrier which it acquired recently. m.v. Hille Oldendorff comes with a bareboat charter at $19,745 per day, net of commissions, until March 2007.

TOP Ships Announces Sale

TOP Ships announced that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of M/T Stainless, a 149,599 Dwt, double-hull Suezmax tanker built in 1992. Under the agreement, the purchaser will bareboat charter the M/T Stainless until the vessel’s final delivery, which is expected to take place by the end of July 31, 2008. The purchaser is paying to the Company a net daily hire of $20,000 beginning January 31, 2008 until final delivery

Chiles Offshore Enters Into Arrangement

Chiles Offshore LLC has begun a bareboat charter arrangement with Perforadora Central of Mexico City, who is the owner of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, Tonala. Designed by LeTourneau, Tonala is a super 116-C cantilever jackup able to work in up to 350 ft. of water, built for Perforadora by TDI Halter Marine. Completed this past January, Tonala is expected to enter service in mid-March 2000, where it will commence a contract with CNG Producing Company to drill two wells in the U.S

Barging Ahead in Uncharted Waters

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A Real-Life Study in Creative Vessel Financing, or What Happens When Plan ‘A’ Is Not Working.   Much has been written on the various structures and approaches that can be used to finance the construction and purchase of vessels. Such articles typically speak in general terms, presenting what might be called the textbook version of the approach under consideration. But what happens when reality rears its ugly head

Concordia Maritime Sells IMOIIMAX Tanker

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Concordia Maritime is selling the IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Image to a large Japanese financial institution. The transaction is a sale and leaseback agreement, which in this case means that the vessel will be chartered back to Concordia Maritime on a bareboat basis (i.e

Navig8 Inks Sale and Leaseback Deal with SBI

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Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it has entered into a sale and leaseback transaction with subsidiaries of Japan-based SBI Holdings Inc (“SBI”) for two 25

MN100: McDonough Marine Service

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The Company: Bernard P. McDonough created the company in 1945 by leasing barges from his construction company into the marketplace. Through a series of new and used barge additions, McDonough forged his company, expanding from the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico and eventually to the East Coast

Navig8 Acquires Second Tanker from SPP

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Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Providence, a 74,000 DWT LR1 tanker from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (“SPP”). The Navig8 Providence is the second of four vessels contracted at SPP to be delivered to the Company and is the second

Otto Marine Launches Second Arbitration Proceedings

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 Singapore-based offshore marine group Otto Marine, which is in the midst of a takeover offer by its chairman, has taken a second legal action against payment default, reports Strait Times.    Otto Marine said it has commenced arbitration proceedings against Vettal Mega Services

Ocean Yield’s Final LR2 Tanker Joins Navig8

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Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. today took delivery of one 110,000 DWT LR2 product tanker, the Navig8 Supreme, from Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (“Sungdong”). The Navig8 Supreme is the fourth vessel to be delivered under the sale and leaseback arrangements

FSL Trust: Yet Another Steady Quarter

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FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (“FSLTM”), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust” or “the Trust”) announced today that the Trust reported a stable and positive performance for the second quarter ended 30 June 2016 (“2QFY16”).

Navig8 Acquires Chemical Tanker from STX

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Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc (the “Company”) (N-OTC: CHEMS), an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Topaz, a 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker

Navig8 Acquires Tanker from SPP Shipbuilding

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Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. (the “Company”) (N-OTC: EIGHT), an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, today took delivery of the Navig8 Pride, a 74,000 DWT LR1 tanker from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Star Bulk Carriers Reports 1Q Loss, Adds 3 Vessels.

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 The Athens, Greece-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) has reported a loss of $48.8 million in its first quarter. The shipping company posted revenue of $46.3 million in the period.   Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk

Navig8 Tankers Pact with CMB

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 Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has signed sale and leaseback agreements with CMB Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (CMB) for three of its IMO2 37,000 dwt Interline coated tankers.   The company said that the expected net proceeds from the transaction are USD 91.2 million.  

Star Software Implemented Aboard Universal Marine Bulkers

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Container and bulk shipping company Universal Marine and MirTac, a provider of fleet management solutions, have implemented Star Fleet Management software onboard the new bulk carriers mv Pride and mv Star II. Recently, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading (part of the

Navig8 Leaseback Pact with with Chinese Financer

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 Navig8 Chemical Tankers has signed sale and leaseback agreements with China's Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (BCFL) for a quartet of medium range tankers.   The  for four 49,000 DWT Interline coated medium range tankers being built at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co

BOURBON Invests Heavily in Gas Sector

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While BOURBON is undeniably a leader in the offshore marine sector, the current tough offshore environment has led it to diversify its operations in the face of a potentially prolonged down market globally. With that, the company announced the acquisition of the activities of a global leader in

Navig8 Acquires LR2 Tanker from Sungdong

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Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Sanctity, a 110,000 DWT LR2 tanker, from Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (“Sungdong”)

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