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COSCO China Shipyards Diminish Group Q1 2013 Profits

The Group achieved $9.7 million net profit on turnover of $733.0 million in Q1 2013, but shipyard & drybulk operations contributions down. In Q1 2013, turnover from shipyard operations decreased by 25.5% to $719.2 million from $965.9 million in Q1 2012, owing to lower revenue contribution from the ship repair and ship building segment. The Group delivered 7 bulk carriers in Q1 2013. Of these, COSCO Zhousan and COSCO Guangdong shipyard delivered 2 bulk carriers each while COSCO Dalian shipyard delivered 3 bulk carriers. Turnover from dry bulk shipping and other businesses increased 7.8% from $12.8 million in Q1 2012 to $13.8 million in Q1 2013. Outlook As the Group continues construction in 2013 on new ship building contracts that were secured in 2010 to 2012 at low contract values due to the slumping bulk carrier shipping market then, the Group expects operating margins on these new shipbuilding projects to continue to be under great pressure notwithstanding improving gains in efficiency and productivity. In offshore marine engineering operations, the Group aims to enhance its offerings. It is currently one of the largest marine engineering groups in the People’s Republic of China. Offshore marine projects in its order book as at 31 March 2013 include 1 deep-water drillship, 1 FPSO, 1 semi-submersible accommodation rig, 1 semi-submersible accommodation vessel, 1 jack-up barge, 1 semi submersible, 1 wind turbine installation vessels, 2 pipelay vessels


Bulk Carrier into Unithai for Fix

The largest ship currently under repair at Thailand’s Unithai Shipyard is the 140,532 dwt bulk carrier Eurydice D, owned by Marmaras. Other ships in the yard include the 35,224 dwt bulk carrier Maris, owned by Trust Shipping Enterprise, Piraeus, the 22,857 dwt part containership Med Lerici, owned by B Navi, World CI’s 3,043 dwt lpg vessel Gas Eurasia, the 22,531 dwt general cargo vessel Everise Glory, owned by Everise Maritime, Kuala Lumpur, and Baba Kaiun’s 10


GL Offers New Bulk Carrier Database

Shipping companies and owners of bulk carriers can now use a new database developed by Germanischer Lloyd to obtain comprehensive information about all requirements relating to the structural and equipment aspects in relation to the cargoes to be conveyed in each case. The new cargo compliance tool "PROTOS" (Provisions for Transportation of Solid Bulk Cargoes) was presented at the first Bulker Forum, which was attended by over 40 shipowners and business partners.


Dunkerque-max M/V Cape Garland Delivered

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Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. completed and delivered the 177,000 dwt type bulk carrier MV Cape Garland (Hull No. 1693) at its Chiba Works on January 30, 2009. This ship is the newly designed Cape-size Bulk Carrier of Dunkerque-max Type. It has a double-side skin to cargo holds construction. A Dunkerque-max type is a common name for Cape-size Bulk Carriers built to the restriction of the port of Dunkirque, France


Diana Shipping Time Charter Contracts

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse S.A., for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Nirefs, at a gross charter rate of $21,000 per day for a period of about 23 to about 25 months. The charter is expected to commence in the middle of February 2010.


China's Taizhou Sanfu Yard Launches Bulker

Photo credit: Taizhou Sanfu

Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering Co. launch a 92,500 dwt bulk carrier for Indian owners   The builders say that this was the first PSPC compliant vessel ever built in their yard (referring to IMO's 'Performance Standard for Protective Coatings) which applies to dedicated seawater ballast tanks in all types of ships and double-side skin spaces of bulk carriers.   The vessel is 230.0 m LOA, with a molded breadth of 38.0m, and a design draft of 12.50 m. Speed is 14.90 knots


Diana Shipping Inc. Takes Delivery of New Vessel

Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Bolina, a 73,583 dwt Panamax dry bulk carrier built in 2004, to be renamed Thetis. The vessel is chartered to Bunge S.A., Geneva, Switzerland for a period of about 36-38 months, at the charterer's option, at a rate of $25,000 per day, gross of commissions, that commenced on August 4, 2004. Diana Shipping Inc. has


Excel Enters Charter Agreement for the M/V First Endeavour

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it has chartered M/V First Endeavour for a period of 23 to 25 months at $45,000 per day to a first class charterer. The vessel will be delivered into charter on or about August 25, 2007. M/V First Endeavour is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 69,111 dwt, built in 1994 in Japan


Bureau Veritas Issues First EEDI Certificate

Sinopacific's Crown63 class Bulk Carrier, JS Amazon, gains BV's first EEDI rating   Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has issued its first EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) certificate to the ultramax geared bulk carrier JS Amazon, the lead ship in a new generation of ‘CROWN63’ vessels developed by China’s  Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group with bulk carrier expert Setaf-Saget.  


China COSCO Shipyards Deliver Two More Bulk Carriers

COSCO (Guangdong) and COSCO (Dalian) Shipyards have each recently delivered bulk carriers to European owners. COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 35000 dwt, “CHIOS LUCK”, to its European buyer. The bulk carrier measures 179.99 meters in LOA, 30 meters in breadth and 14.7 meters in depth. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 92500 dwt, “OCEAN TOPAZ”, to its European buyer. The bulk carrier measures 229


Bulker Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City)

A 603-foot bulk carrier ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early Wednesday.   The motor vessel Mississagi, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario


Hamburg Süd Hit by Slowdown

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 The Hamburg-headquartered shipping line Hamburg Süd was hit by the economic downturn on the carrier's key markets in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.   The modest 2 percent increase in cargo volumes is attributed to the less-than-expected improvement to the market overcapacity


USCG Responding to Vessel Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station

  The Coast Guard continues to monitor the 603-foot bulk carrier Mississagi which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan early Wednesday. The motor vessel, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St


SDARI Inks Agreement for INTERSCHALT Loading Software

Mr Hu Jintao, President of the chinese ship designer SDARI, (middle) and Mr Wang Jun, Director R&D Departmant at SDARI (left) agree with Mr Robert Gärtner, CEO of the maritime software provider INTERSCHALT, the co-operation for MACS3 loading computer.  (Photo: Interschalt)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, a maritime software and services provider of loading computers on board containerships, signed a cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI) in Shanghai for the provision of MACS3 loading software for containerships


The Boom Continues at Antwerp Port

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  The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of 51,023,670 tonnes in the first three months of this year, 5.9% more than in the same period last year. The container volume experienced rapid expansion of 8.5%, while liquid bulk for its part continued to show solid growth (up 4.7%).


First B.Delta68 SUL Bulker Ordered

Deltamarin reported that its B.Delta family has scored further success as the Vulica Shipping Co. Ltd ordered the first ever B.Delta68 SUL (Self-Unloading) vessels. The order for the two bulk carriers was placed with the Chinese Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.  


Star Bulk Adds Jennifer

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp has added M/V Star Jennifer (ex "Ore Hansa), a 82,290 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carrier, built in 2006, to its fleet.   The Company completed the acquisition of 34 vessels from Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd under an "en bloc" transaction announced on


Greek Capesize and Maersk Boxship Mishap in Suez Canal

Susan Maersk. Pic by Maersk

 The Danish container ship Susan Maersk has collided with the container ship Margret Oldendorff flying the Libyan flag.   The 347 meter long, 110387 dwt container ship Susan Maersk and the 300 meter long, 208086 dwt bulk carrier Margret Oldendorff ran aground on the Suez Canal near the


Main Sea Freight Index at Baltic Exchange Raises

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 The main sea freight index at Baltic Exchange for ships carrying dry bulk commodities rose further on Friday mostly on higher capesize rates. The index tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize


Stena Bulk Charters Out LNG Carrier

Photo courtesy of Stena Bulk

Stena Bulk has signed an agreement covering the charter of the LNG carrier Stena Blue Sky for the North West Shelf Project in Australia. The duration of the charter is up to three years with a possible further extension as a goal. The contract was signed at current market freight rates


Bulk Carrier Grounds in St. Lawrence Seaway

Motor vessel Juno, a 621-foot bulk carrier, sits aground under the Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay, New York, April 20, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A 621-foot bulk carrier ran aground near Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River, Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responding.   The Bahamian-flagged motor vessel Juno is aground in the vicinity of Wellesley Island, in the St


Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

Photo: Tanner Matheny

Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their


Response to Grounded Bulker Ongoing

The motor vessel Juno, a 621-foot bulk carrier, sits aground under Thousand Islands Bridge near Alexandria Bay, N.Y., April 20, 2015. The vessel ran hard aground after suffering a steering casualty, and at this time there is no pollution reported. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard responding to vessel aground in St. Lawrence Seaway   The U.S. Coast Guard reports it is continuing its response Tuesday to a 621-foot bulk carrier which ran aground in the vicinity of Wellesley Island in the St


Scorpio Bulkers Confirms Vessels Selloff

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers Inc.

 NYSE-listed Scorpio Bulkers confirmed the sale of seven newbuildings for a total of $290mln  to an unnamed buyer, said a company press release.   The newbuildings comprise three capesizes and a kamsarmax bulk carriers, and three LR1 product tankers.   


Lloyd’s Register Issues Emissions Guidance

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With key dates looming - 2016 NOx compliance and a 2018 review of fuel availability ahead of a global cap for SOx emissions, LR’s new guidelines and updated technical information supports operators’ investment decisions   This new guidance addresses operational and in-service






 
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