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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."


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


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


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”)


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


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.


Bourbon Revenues Rise in 2013

Photo: Bourbon

Revenues up 10.5% vs. full year 2012 to €1.312 billion and up 6.0% vs. fourth quarter 2012 to €331.6 million impacted by U.S. Dollar depreciation against the Euro •    Annual Revenues up 10.5% partly due to a 5.9% increase in the size of the fleet and a positive offshore demand environment •    Utilization rate of the fleet remains at a high level at 89.5% (-0.9 pts compared with 2012), despite the increase in the size of the fleet


Bulk Ship Owner Follows Trend, Reports 2012 Profit Plunge

Excels Bulk Carrier Mairaki: Photo courtesy of Excel Maritime

Greece-based shipowners Excel Maritime reports results for the second half and year-ended December 31, 2012, re-n For the year ended December 31, 2012, Excel reported voyage revenues of $242.0 million compared to voyage revenues of $353.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Corporate highlights The Company is currently in advanced restructuring discussions with its lenders under its syndicated credit facility, dated as of April 14, 2008 (the “Syndicate Lenders”)


UK Budget 2014 Good News for Shipping: Analysts

Chancellor of the Exchequer: Rt Hon George Osborne MP: Official photo

The UK government’s Budget 2014, issued on 19 March 2014, is good news for UK shipping as it ensures the continuation of a stable UK tax regime for shipping, as has been the case for the past few years, according to international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.


Beating the Bye-Bye Bonus Blues

A changing tax landscape doesn’t have to mean bad news – at least not just yet. A Changing Landscape Historically, bonus depreciation has had a significant effect on construction of new vessels, allowing businesses to initially expense 30 percent


Bourbon's Revenues up in 2013

Net Income Group share up 174% to €115 million. Increased operating margin1 and capital gains generated €575.7 million EBITDA, up 41.7% compared to 2012.   EBITDAR2 (excluding capital gains) reached €450.3 million (+17.6%), an increase of 2.1 pts to 34


Creditors Allow FSL Trust More Breathing Space

FSL Shanghai: Photo credit the owners

Formerly financially troubled FSL Trust Management (FSL Trust) says in its latest FY 2013 report that it has successfully secured a loan covenant relaxation until 31 December 2014, which they hope will enable them to move forward.


Star Bulk Charters Two Newbuilds

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Star Bulk charters two fuel efficient newbuilding newcastlemax vessels under 10-year bareboat charters with purchase obligation Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into agreements with CSSC (Hong


Arbitration Awards NAT $10.2M for Ship Repair Bill

Nordic American Tankers (NAT) announced that an arbitration panel in London has produced an award in favor of NAT. Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav) was the other party in the arbitration. The case relates to the six-year bareboat charter with GulfNav of the Suezmax vessel Gulf Scandic (now


Topaz Buys Two Anchor Handling Vessels

Caspian Challenger

Topaz Energy and Marine has announced the acquisition of two large and modern Anchor Handling Towage and Supply Vessels (AHTSV) at a purchase price in excess of $100 million (USD). The vessels, the Caspian Challenger and the Caspian Endeavour


FSL Trust Still Working to Resolve Financial Difficulties

FSL Geared bulk carrier: Image courtesy of the owners

Following the 19 November 2013 suspension of trading of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) on the Singapore Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors informs that the company remains in on-going discussions with lenders to seek a longer loan covenant relaxation and are working hard to resolve the situation


Finding New Ways to Finance Jones Act Vessel Builds

James A. Kearns

Sustaining the ongoing boatbuilding boom can involve the lawful use of foreign finance streams. James Kearns takes a closer look at the practice. The citizenship requirements for vessels engaged in the U.S. coastwise trade are generally well-known


Bourbon Achieves $770m USD in Vessel Sales in 2013

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In line with its strategy, BOURBON achieves US$ 770 million of vessel sales in 2013. Bourbon has sold 12 additional vessels to ICBC Financial Leasing for US$ 378 million and concluded a new sale and bareboat charter agreement with Standard Chartered Bank for US$ 150 million


Epic Gas Continues Fleet Expansion, to Open London Office

Image courtesy of Epic Gas

Singapore-based Epic Gas Ltd. say that following their recent order of two LPG 11,000cbm vessels from Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan, it will add two more similar-sized newbuilds to its expanding fleet. These two 11,000 cbm vessels will be long term bareboat chartered in from Kumiai


Newbuild AWILCO LNG Carrier Sold to Teekay, Chartered Back

LNG carrier photo courtesy of AWILCO

AWILCO LNG ASA say that their second 156,000 cbm Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric powered newbuilding 'WilPride', has been delivered from South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., (DSME) prior to the following business transactions:


Singapore's Epic Gas Order Two Big LPG Carriers

Epic Gas Ltd. says it has contracted Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan to build two 11,000 cbm fully-pressurised gas carriers to be delivered in 2016. This latest order brings the total newbuild contracts for the year to eight fully-pressurised vessels


Oceanteam CSV Charter Extended to 2018 by Fugro

CSV Southern Ocean: Photo credit Oceanteam

Oceanteam Shipping ASA (OTS) confirm the extension of the bareboat charter of their 'CSV Southern Ocean' by Fugro TS Marine Australia until the end of 2018. CSV Southern Ocean is a large construction support vessel jointly owned between Bourbon Offshore Norway AS and Oceanteam Shipping ASA


Bareboat Charterers FSL Share Trading Suspended

Image credit FSL

Singapore's First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust) has announced the suspension of trading in its shares pending an announcement to clarify lenders' position in relation to a covenant waiver or relaxation for 30 September 2013. About FSL Trust


 
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