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Omega to Buy Tankers from STX

Omega Navigation Enterprises, a Greek shipowner whose shares trade in New York and Singapore, plans to buy two tankers that carry refined oil products from South Korea's STX Shipbuilding Co for US$64.5 million each. The Omega Emmanuel and the Omega Theodore, which have a capacity of 73,000 deadweight tons each, are so-called ice-class ships that are capable of navigating icy waters, the company said. The ships are due for delivery on March 23 and April 26. Omega also has options to buy two ships for delivery in the third quarter. An expected increase in shipments of refined oil products from the Middle East to Europe, Asia and the US may support demand for product tankers, EA Gibson Shipbrokers said in a recent report. Omega will pay $60m per vessel using cash and borrowing, with the balance funded by warrants. Source: Bloomberg


Excel Buys Two Vessels

According to reports, Excel Maritime said it plans to buy two Supramax bulk carriers for $126m, or $63m per vessel. The first vessel has a capacity of 55,567 deadweight tons and was built at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Japan. The second vessel has a capacity of more than 53,206 deadweight tons and was built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Both ships were built in 2005. Both vessels will be delivered to Excel Maritime in the fourth quarter


NLNG Buys Two Gas Vessels

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) purchased two vessels owned by Duke Energy to transport gas from the Bonny LNG plant. The company said it had long-term chartered the ships in 1995 for 22.5 years with provisions for an extension or outright purchase within the period 2001 and 2006. The company is exercising the right to buy the vessels outright one year ahead of schedule. The $3.8 billion Bonny plant in southeast Nigeria began LNG production in October.


Ships to Ease Overcrowding for British Prisons

The British government is in talks to buy two prison ships to ease the current wave of overcrowding, according to the BBC. An RAF camp is also being considered as one of a number of options to temporarily ease the pressure. The Home Office has already sent out advice to courts to only jail dangerous and persistent offenders to help ease the situation in England and Wales. Prison numbers are currently hovering near the 80,000 mark with just 2,000 new places due by the end of the year


AP Moeller Shares Fly High In '99

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moeller shares surged 95 percent in 1999, bolstered by a 150 percent rise in crude oil prices and improved freight rates, and analysts predict solid profits in 2000 along with more takeovers. Earnings per share (EPS) for D/S 1912 is expected to climb to 2,762 crowns this year and rise a further 24 percent to 3,424 crowns next year, with D/S Svendborg seen reaching 3,880 crowns in the current fiscal year and 4,917 crowns in 2000.


OSG Buys Two U.S. Flag Tankers

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. has purchased and taken delivery of two 50,000-deadweight ton U.S. Flag product tankers from Attransco, Inc. The two double bottom vessels, the S/R Galena Bay and the S/R Puget Sound, were built in 1982 and 1983, respectively, and currently are on bareboat charter to SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. "This acquisition demonstrates OSG's commitment to expand its U.S. Flag


Seaspan Buys Two Ships

Seaspan Corporation announced that it has agreed to purchase two new building vessels from affiliates of Conti Holding GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, increasing Seaspan’s total fleet to 25 vessels. Seaspan will acquire the two 3,500 TEU vessels upon their delivery in February and July 2007 respectively from Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in China. The total delivered cost is expected to be approximately $50 million per vessel, subject to certain pre-delivery expenses remaining at budgeted levels


Sumatec Buys Two Tankers

Sumatec Resources Bhd has ordered two units of 8,000 dwt double-hull product oil tanker from a Chinese shipyard for $11.6 million each. In a statement to Bursa Malaysia on May 22, Sumatec said it had entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with Yangzhou Kejin Shipyard Co Ltd and Jiangsu Guotai International Group Textile Imp & Exp Co Ltd for the purchase of the tankers to serve contracts from oil majors. The first tanker would be delivered by Dec 15, 2007 and the second would in March 2008


Bergesen Profits Expected To Be Lower

Pre-tax profits at Bergesen d.y. Group ASA, Norway's largest shipping company, are expected to more than halve to 322 million crowns in nine months to September 30, a Reuters poll showed last week. In the same period in 1998, Bergesen booked profits before taxes of 783 million crowns. The survey of eight Norwegian analysts includes unrealized losses in the first half on foreign exchange transactions of 81 million crowns, but does not provide for additional losses or gains in the third quarter


Frontline Says There's Still Room for Takeovers

Tanker operator Frontline, which announced on Wednesday it planned to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, said that there could be room in the tanker market this year for more acquisitions. "There aren't too many (acquisition targets) left," Frontline Financial Director Tor Olav Troim said. "Together with Worldwide and Teekay, I think we've pretty much cleaned up the market. But there's two or three things to be done, so let's see what happens this year."


LNG Price Gains Face Ceiling as New Supply Emerges

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices rose this week on the back of rallying gas benchmarks in Europe and a production outage in Angola.   The price of LNG for December delivery was $7.20 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), up around 25 cents from a week earlier


Indian Oil Corp Seeks LNG Cargoes for December

Indian Oil Corporation has launched a tender seeking to buy two liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for December delivery which is due to close on Oct. 25, trade sources said.   IOC is to take receipt of the volumes on Dec. 6 and Dec. 21.


Cosco Eyes Spanish port of Algeciras

Photo by Port of Algeciras

 Algeciras Bay Port Authority in southern Spain has put up a tender for its third container terminal, and China's Cosco Shipping Ports is already being mentioned as a fore runner candidate, says a report by Caixin.   According to port authority


Unipec: U.S. ANS Destined for Sinopec

Arbitrage opens after ANS discount widen on ample supplies. Unipec, the trading arm of top Asian refiner Sinopec, has bought two U.S. crude cargoes, including a rare purchase of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) for its refineries in China, trade sources said on Friday.


Saudi Shipper Bahri Q1 Profit Soars

file image: A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 53.6 percent jump in first-quarter net profit on Monday. The company's net profit for the three months to Mar. 31 was 611.99 million riyals ($163.3 million), up from 398


Bulgarian Navy to Add Two New Ships by 2022

Bulgaria's navy is preparing to acquire two fully equipped multifunctional ships by 2022 in a deal estimated to cost about 820 million levs ($477.80 million), Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Thursday.   The Balkan country's government approved on Wednesday plans to buy new military


Cambodia Mulls Buying Chinese Warships

Chinese naval commander Yu Manjiang (left) with Tea Vinh, commander of the Royal Cambodian Navy. Photo: Cambodian Navy.

 The Phnom Penh Post reported that Cambodia was in negotiations to buy two 140-metre heavy warships armed with modern weapon systems from China, citing the commander of the Royal Cambodian Navy.   According to a speech given by Royal Cambodian Navy Commander Vice Admiral Tea Vinh at a


Pentagon: Cut in LCS Ship Program 'Not an Indictment'

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the Pentagon's plan to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program at 40 ships instead of 52 reflected budget pressures and was "not an indictment" of the program.   Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal each build different


BAE Systems Supports Thai Navy Patrol Boat Build

Danela McFadyen, Head of Commercial, International with Captain Pichayane Tanprasert, Managing Director of Bangkok Dock (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it has signed a contract with Bangkok Dock to assist in the licensed construction of a second 90-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Royal Thai Navy. Under the agreement, BAE Systems will provide engineering support and advice during construction of the vessel in Thailand.


Singapore Eyes LNG Trading Hub Status

LNG tanker. Photo: The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

 Singapore looks to pull ahead in the race to become Asia’s main gas hub by establishing a domestic gas trading market.   Rising liquefied natural gas (LNG)  supply and demand within Asia has prompted Singapore to to become a centre for energy trading.  


Dubai's Topaz Buys Two Ships

Courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

  Dubai's Topaz Energy and Marine, a unit of Muscat-listed Renaissance Services, has bought two ships from Norwegian boat yard Vard Brattvaag for about $115 million, the Omani parent firm said on Sunday. The two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2017


GAIL Tenders for LNG Cargoes

Pic: GAIL (India) Limited

 GAIL (India) Limited has launched two tenders for up to 17 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery in western India reports Reuters quoting trade sources.   The company is seeking five cargoes for deliveries in October to December at its 5 million tonne per annum (mtpa)


Egypt, Other Countries Interested in French Mistral Warships

About 10 countries, including Egypt, are interested in buying two French helicopter carriers whose planned sale to Russia has been cancelled due to the Ukraine crisis, a source familiar with the situation said.   A second source, a French diplomatic source


Global LNG Prices Hold, Supported by Middle East Demand

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for August delivery were firm on Friday, underpinned by steady demand from the Middle East and the potential for stronger European demand after production cuts at the region's largest gas field.  


CMES Q1 Profit Surges on Strong VLCC Earnings

Pic: China Merchants Energy Shipping

 China Merchants Energy Shipping has posted 22.6% on-year growth in net profit to Yuan225m ($36.3m) during the first quarter ended 31 March 2015 due to buoyant tanker markets.   Revenue for the quarter more than doubled to RMB1.36bn from YuanB660.44m a year ago.  






 
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