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NSCSA Reports $31M Profit

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (NSCSA) reported a net profit of 115.7 million riyals ($30.85 million) in the first half of 2001 compared with a net loss of 16.8 million riyals a year earlier. Riyadh-based NSCSA also said in a statement that it would take delivery of four recently bought vessels by October 2002, raising its fleet to nine ships used to transport Saudi Arabian crude to the international market. "NSCSA and Hellespont Shipping Corporation are pleased to announce the purchase by NSCSA from Hellespont for $330 million of four double hull very large crude carriers," the Riyadh-based company said in a statement. Hellespont at Samsung Heavy Industry of South Korea and would be delivered betweenOctober 2001 and October 2002. NSCSA, 28.8 percent held by the Saudi government, said earlier it had bought four very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from Hellespont Shipping Corp for $330 million.

Libra Ramps Up Container Ship Buying, Bets on Upturn

Global conglomerate Libra is snapping up container ships, betting on a sector recovery and lower oil prices which will cut costs and boost profitability, the group's chief executive said. Libra has proved adept at buying and selling assets since 2008 -- making significant returns on investments. Shipping is battling overcapacity, linked to a glut of new vessels ordered during a boom period before the global financial crisis of 2007-2009

Indonesia's Arpeni Buys New Vessels

Arpeni Pratama Ocean Lines said it plans to invest $130 million to buy 24 vessels to strengthen its fleet this year. The company had additional equity amounting to $33.1m from a rights issue last year, but the fund will not be enough to cover the expansion, Suhendra said. According to sources, a number of local and foreign banks have offered loans for the company to buy the ships. The types of vessels to be bought include tug boats, barges

ING Barings Raises Rating On 4 Shipping Companies

ING Barings raised its ratings on four shipping companies to strong buy from buy. Analyst Stephen Gengaro raised his ratings on shares of Frontline Ltd. to a strong buy from buy to reflect the company's "tremendous" leverage to rising time-charter equivalent (TCE) rates for its very large crude carriers (VLCC) tankers. The rating on shares of international tanker owner OMI Corp. was raised to strong buy from buy, with revised estimates reflecting upward revisions to his rate assumptions for

NewLead Holdings Buys Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:NEWL) announced that it has signed a Stock Purchase Agreement providing for the purchase of two Kamsarmaxes for an aggregate purchase price of $112.7m and signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the sale of the product tanker Chinook for $8.5m. “NewLead's fleet continues to transform, becoming younger and more versatile," said Michael S. Zolotas, President and Chief Executive Officer

Tide Turns in Favor of Greeceā€™s Shipping Industry

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An article in WSJ highlighted the Greek shipping industry, which it says has "emerged largely unscathed" from the nation's recent financial troubles.    The reports say that shipping companies in Greece are buying vessels from cash-strapped competitors and German banks, and are poised to grab even more market share - but bailout-related tax hikes could lead shipowners to seek cheaper waters.  

DryShips Up on Vessel Buy

AP reported that shares of DryShips Inc. jumped on Friday, after the company said it was buying a Panamax carrier, expanding its fleet to 34 dry-bulk vessels, and entered its Panamax bulk carrier into a 12-month time charter. Late Thursday, DryShips said it would buy a Panamax vessel for $43 million. On Friday, it announced its carrier Iguana had signed a year-long charter at a daily rate of $28,000. Company shares rose $1.18, or 9.8 percent, to $13

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

STX Set to Bid for Aker Yards

STX Group of will launch a mandatory buy-out offer for Aker Yards after increasing its shareholding to above 40 percent, reports said. The Korean shipbuilder acquired 39 percent of the Norwegian group for $800m last October. STX Group announced yesterday that it had bought 1.3m shares at Nkr63 a share, bringing its shareholding up to 40.4 per cent, triggering the mandatory buy-out offer. STX Group said that it would launch a buy-out of Aker Yards.

India Takes Nigerian Oil Despite Shipping Concerns

India's HPCL awarded another tender to buy with Nigerian crude oil despite its concerns about shipping from the West African nation.   The refiner awarded a tender to buy November loading oil to Chevron, traders said, likely with Usan crude oil and either Agbami or Brass.   On Monday, HPCL said it had not yet been able to fix a vessel to load Nigeria's Qua Iboe crude oil for October loading, and warned it would carefully weigh any future purchases.  

Lithuania Opens Door to LNG Re-exports

Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday approved amendments which will allow the Baltic state to re-sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the international markets, the energy ministry said.   The current laws require the country's regulated energy and heat producers to buy at least 540 million

Tanker Rate Spike Dents Efforts to Store Oil Glut at Sea

Record high freight rates are creating more headaches for traders looking to house millions of barrels of unsold crude oil and who already face potential losses due to record high stocks.   They have to decide on whether to use tankers for longer term storage until they can sell their

Shipping to See Further Consolidation

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 The CMA CGM's move to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), could lead to one of the biggest acquisitions in the shipping container industry in years.   If it goes through, NOL and CMA's merger would be the biggest container shipping deal in years

Evergreen Line Orders Ten 2,800 teu Ships

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 Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen is ordering ten 2,800 TEU container ships from Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd and compatriot CSBC Corporation.   The deal between the companies is to buy 10 new 2800 TEU container vessels. The Contract value is $390mln.  

Kinder Morgan, BP form Fuel Storage JV

Kinder Morgan to buy 15 terminals in $350 mln deal. BP Plc will sell 15 fuel storage terminals in the United States to pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc in a $350 million deal, as it sheds assets to pay for liabilities arising from its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Saudi Shipper Bahri Seeks $747 mln for Vessel Financing


National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is in talks with banks to raise around 2.8 billion riyals ($747 million) from a long-term loan to be used towards vessel financing, two sources aware of the matter said on Wednesday. Bahri became the sole provider of very large crude carrier

Western Refining Offers to Buy Northern Tier

Oil refiner Western Refining Inc said it has offered to buy the shares of Northern Tier Energy LP it does not already own. Western Refining, which currently has a stake of about 38 percent in Northern Tier, said it has offered $17.50 in cash and 0.2266 of its share for each Northern Tier unit

China Crude Cargoes Stranded on VLCCs

About 4 million barrels of crude oil bought by a Chinese state trader for the country's strategic reserves have been stranded in two tankers off an eastern port for nearly two months due to a lack of storage. The delays will cost millions of dollars and indicate how China is struggling to

Austal Wins $53.4 mln USN Procurement Contract

USNS Spearhead with helicopter during sea trials

  Austal USA was awarded a $53.4 million contract to procure long-lead materials for the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy. The award covers materials including main propulsion engines, generators, water jets, main reduction gears, and other long-lead time items.

DP World Now Sole Owner of Southampton Box Terminal

Dubai-listed ports operator DP World has became sole owner of the company which operates Southampton container terminal after it bought the remaining 49 percent stake held by Associated British Ports (ABP), the company said on Monday. DP World also said it extended the license agreement for DP

Tepid Reception for Hapag-Lloyd IPO

file image: A Hapag-Lloyd boxship loading at berth.

Hapag-Lloyd CEO says IPO preparation a "tough fight" but firm reaps $300 million in proceeds. Shares in Hapag-Lloyd hovered around their issue price in their stock market debut as investors gave the German shipping group a lukewarm reception reflecting uncertainty over the resilience

Maersk Line CEO Expects Shipping Consolidation to Speed Up

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk Line)

The world's number one container shipping company Maersk Line expects consolidation in the industry to speed up as freight rates fall due to too many vessels for too few goods, Chief Executive Soren Skou from Maersk Line said on Monday.  

Damen ASD Tug Delivered to Clyde Marine

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Clyde Marine Services has taken delivery of its first Damen ASD Tug, the shipbuilder announced today. The Damen ASD 2310 has been named CMS Warrior, and she will join a 12-strong fleet of tugs and crew tenders at the Scottish company.   

Investment in Vard Tulcea SA

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  The Board of Directors of Vard Holdings Limited would like to announce that the Company has invested a total of NOK 0.027 million in its indirectly held subsidiary, Vard Tulcea SA (“Tulcea”), thereby increasing the shareholding in Tulcea to 100%.

Nordic American Tankers Ups Nordic American Offshore Stake

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Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has increased its shareholding in Nordic American Offshore (NAO) in an effort to shore up investor confidence in the latter.   NAT bought 1,521,300 shares increasing its stake to 6,018,280 shares — 26.5% of NAO’s total shares for $9.5m, or $6

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