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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


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

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

G E Shipping Takes Delivery of Bulker

G E Shipping

  The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a new building Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Aakash” (81,600 dwt). The vessel was ordered by GE Shipping in July 2013 and has been built at Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc., Philippines. The said vessel was contracted for sale in August 2015 and will be delivered to the new buyers this month. (See:

BIMCO Declares Winners of Its 2015 Awards

Declaring BIMCO Awards

Last night in Hamburg, BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give public recognition to all seafarers who have been – and still are – involved in rescuing people in distress at sea. Mr. Louis-Dreyfus awarded the BIMCO President’s Award to Columbia Shipmanagement

LR to Class Nine Tankers for Maersk


 Lloyd’s Register (LR) won the deal for classification of nine Medium Range (MR) type product tankers. Owned by Maersk Tankers, the vessels are to be built at Samsung’s Ningbo yard in China.    These are the first ever vessels ordered by a Danish ship owner to the

Dry Bulk Shipping Record Low a Warning for Global Economy

A slump in dry bulk shipping is set to worsen as the meltdown in global commodities and too many ships free for hire rock the sector used by investors to gauge the health of world trade.   Slower coal and iron ore demand from China - the world's biggest industrial importer - have battered

Pioneer Marine Plunges into Red Again, Cancels Ship Orders

Photo by Pioneer Marine Inc

 Singapore-based Pioneer Marine reported a $5.4m loss for the third quarter of 2015, about even with a $5m loss in the same quarter last year.  It canceled orders for three new ships as the bulk-ship operator coped with a steep decline in demand for commodities in China.  

Essar is 'Dry Bulk Line of the Year'

Essar Shipping Recipient of the award

  Essar Shipping, one of India’s leading shipping companies, today said that it has won the prestigious Diamond Category Award for “Line of the Year (Dry Bulk)” at the recently held Samundra Manthan Awards 2015. The company was bestowed this award in appreciation of its

Two More Secondhand Bulkers for Seanergy

Dry bulk shipper Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has taken delivery of two secondhand Capesize dry bulk vessels, renamed M/V Gloriuship and M/V Squireship, to be employed in the spot market.   The 171,314 dwt Gloriuship was built in 2004 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, and the 170

Nasdaq's Second Delisting Warning to Globus Maritime

Photo: Globus Maritime

 Nasdaq-listed Greek dry bulk shipowner Globus Maritime has received notification from Nasdaq indicating it is in breach of Nasdaq Global Market requirements because the closing bid price of the company’s common stock has been under $1 for the last 30 consecutive business days.  

Diana Shipping Nets $ 17.4 mln 3Q Loss

Courtesy Diana Shipping

  Diana Shipping Inc. today reported a net loss of $17.4 million and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $18.8 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $7.7 million and net income attributed to common stockholders of $6

J. Lauritzen: No Dry Cargo Recovery

Photo by J. Lauritzen A/S

“The dry cargo markets have shown no signs of recovery during Q3. A lack of demand growth in combination with deliveries of new tonnage will make this the reality of the market for an extended period. Our Q3 result in dry cargo is as expected and a reflection of these market conditions

Diana Adds Capesize Dry Bulk Vessel

Diana Containerships Inc., through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v Hamburg, a 2009-built Post-Panamax container vessel of approximately 6,500 TEU capacity that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase in July 2015.  

Dual Fuel Bulker Gets AIP from Class NK

Classification society ClassNK has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to a 98,000 dwt LNG-fueled bulk carrier design developed by Maritime Innovation Japan Corporation (MIJAC).   ClassNK said it carried out the safety evaluation of the vessel and approved the concept design based on the

German Vessal Held in US

Cornelia. Photo by Micharms

A German ship Cornelia is being held in the Duluth Bay by U.S. authorities in Lake Superior for a fortnight, says local media.   The U.S. Coastguard is investigating the German bulk carrier for alleged environmental violations.   

Federal Bering Calls First Time at Antwerp

Federal Bering crew Copyright Antwerp Port

The Federal Bering bulk carrier called for the first time at the port of Antwerp on November 16. The recently built Federal Bering is in Antwerp for three days to load a consignment of 20,000 metric tons of steel for ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp and other steel producers

IRS Software for Common Structural Rule

IRCSR Courtesy IRS

  IRClass has announced the release of new technical software, IR-CSR, for verification and compliance of oil tankers and bulk carriers against recently mandated Common Structural Rules (CSR) by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

Star Bulk Carriers Sold Three Vessels in Q3

Pic by Star Bulk Carriers

 Star Bulk Carriers has sold three vessels during the third quarter, a modern Supramax and two 90s built Panamax says Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer.   Net sales proceeds for completed vessels sales were approximately $27.9 million in Q3 and we also received approximately $3

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