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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

Tide Turns in Favor of Greece’s Shipping Industry

Image: North Star Marine

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.  

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

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

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

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.  

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.

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

Nigeria's Oil Exports Under Threat

Nigeria's latest effort to combat theft could imperil its oil income lifeline, compounding the damage the crude price fall has done to its finances, access to dollars and imports. Oil traders and shipping brokers said a newly implemented "letter of comfort" requirement under which

Japan Renews Submarine Bid for Australia

Japan looking to fix faltering Australian submarine bid. Japan is ready to match European rivals and build a fleet of submarines for Canberra entirely at Australian shipyards, a senior Japanese official said on Tuesday, after stumbling in its effort to win the A$50 billion ($34

Baltic Dry Index rises 17% in Sept

Bulk ship. Image: Stockcargo

 Sparking speculation that a recovery in commodities could be around the corner, the Baltic Dry Index, a measure of shipping costs for commodities,  has risen 17.5 per cent since September 15, reports Business Standard.   The indexis up 21 per cent at 943, since January this year

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

Aruba, Citgo sign MOU to Explore Refinery Restart

Aruba's Energy Ministry said on Friday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PDVSA's U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum to explore reopening and operating the island's refinery, idled since 2012. The 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery was operated buy U.S

Aker to Sell Product Tanker JV Interest

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has entered into definitive agreements with a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for the buy-out of APSI's interest in its joint venture with

Khalifa Port Container Volume Up 41pct

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 At the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, container volumes increased by 41 per cent in the first seven months in 2015 over the same period in 2014.     With this phenomenal growth, Abu Dhabi Port Company, the master developer

VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules

VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle

  With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations.   Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING

BP Wins One US Court Ruling, Loses Another Over 2010 Gulf Spill

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A U.S. appeals court said BP Plc, which in July reached a $18.7 billion settlement of federal, state and local claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, must face one of two proposed class-action lawsuits claiming that the oil company defrauded shareholders over the disaster.  

Maersk's APM Snaps up 11 More Terminals

A Maersk Containership alongside during intermodal cargo operations (file image: Maersk)

Port operator APM Terminals, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, is buying 11 container ports from Spanish shipping and logistics group Perez y Cia to boost its presence in emerging markets and better serve bigger container vessels. No terms were given for the deal

Edelweiss Now Controls Bharati Shipyard

Image: Bharati Shipyard

 Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company has taken over management control of Bharati Shipyard, says a report in ET.   Edelweiss now controls 70% of the Indian yard’s debts. A month ago plans were made to change the yard’s name to Bharati Defence and Infrastructure as part

China Shipping Line to Buy 10 Vessels

Photo: China Shipping Container Lines Co

 China Shipping Container Lines Co is planning to buy around 10 ultralarge container ships for around $1.5 billion, despite the shipping industry struggles with a capacity glut, reports WSJ.   The company wants to fulfill capacity commitments in its Ocean Three alliance with

Obama Pushes for US Icebreakers

File Image: Polar Star - one of the U.S. Coast Guards dwindling fleet of icebreakers.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.  

Austal Delivers for USN

USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as

Ballast Water Tech Business Gearing for a Surge in ‘16

Tom Perlich, President, Ecochlor

While the trek to see the ballast water technology market ‘really take off’ has stretched more than a decade longer than he anticipated, Ecochlor’s president Tom Perlich has maintained course and is ready to grow in rapid step with the market.  

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