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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


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.


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


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


Globus Maritime Buys Cargo Ship

According to Thomson Financial, Globus Maritime Ltd has agreed to buy a dry bulk cargo ship, currently under construction at Yangzhou Dayang Shipyard in China, for 57m. The provider of seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes said it will fund the acquisition with a mixture of funds raised from an initial public offering and moderate conventional debt, and that the buy will enhance its earnings and dividends.


UK Ferry Service Saved by the Community

Ferry Brigantia: Photo courtesy of Bristol Ferry Co.

The Bristol Ferry Boat Company went into administration last November, and needed to raise £250,000 from investors by 31 July, but it surpassed that target, topping £300,000. According to  BBC News, citing ferry boss Ian Bunguard, more than 600 people had bought the shares - starting at £100 - with many being bought by people living in the city, and the ferry was now in a very strong position.


Meyer Acquires Turku Shipyard

Turku shipyard

  The Meyer family, operating the shipbuilding company Meyer Werft in Germany, and the Finnish State acquired Turku shipyard from STX Europe in September 2014. Meyer Werft took up 70 percent of the shares, and the State of Finland purchased 30 percent of the share capital through the Finnish


Meyer Werft Buys Finland out of Turku Shipyard

Photo: Meyer Turku

Germany's family-owned Meyer Werft shipyard is buying the Finnish state out of Turku shipyard in southwestern Finland, the government said on Wednesday. Meyer Werft and the government last year bought the troubled shipyard from Korean trade and ship corporation STX


Thomson Cruises Names New Ship

Thomson Discovery. Pic: Thomson Cruises

 Thomson Cruises’ newly acquired Splendour of the Seas will be renamed Thomson Discovery when it joins the company’s fleet in summer 2016 and it will homeport in Palma.   Before setting sail under the Thomson name, the ship will undergo a re-brand and refurbishment.


Canada's Ferry Operators Highlight Safety

As Canadians remember the tragic sinking of the Korean ferry, MV Sewol, one year ago today, Canada’s ferry operators remind Canadians of the notable safety track record of its sector.    Through a short video posted online, the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA)


Rotterdam Gate LNG Terminal Expansion Started

Dutch gas network operator Gasunie and tank storage service provider Vopak said on Monday that the expansion of their Gate liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Rotterdam has begun. The new infrastructure is expected to aid the use of LNG as a transport fuel and is expected to be operational


India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

Indian Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. Courtesy: Photo Division, PIB

 India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea.  


India Halts Iran oil Imports Under U.S. Pressure

Oil imports from Iran at 220,000 bpd in year to March 31. U.S. pressured India not to raise annual Iran oil imports. India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction


Hermes Unit, Canadian Fund to Buy $2.4B Stake in UK Ports Group

  The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Hermes Infrastructure are prepared to buy a 30 percent stake in Associated British Ports for about 1.6 billion pounds ($2.4 billion). Associated British Ports is Britain's leading port operator, with 21 ports in England


OOCL Orders Six Ultra-Large Container Ships

Pic: Orient Overseas (International) Limited.

 Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. has placed a new order for six mega 20,000 teu container ships from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co. for US$951.6 million.   Orient Overseas, controlled by the family of former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa


Navy Awards Austal $691M for Two Littoral Combat Ships

 A littoral combat ship built by Austal (photo courtesy of Austal)

  The U.S. Navy has ordered two new littoral combat ships from Austal, the shipbuilder said in a press release today. The two orders, worth $691 million, are part of the Navy's expansion of a previous block buy contract with Austal to 10 total ships


Pakistan to Buy Eight Submarines from China

Image by Pakistan Defence

 Pakistan is close to signing a $4 to $5 billion deal to buy eight submarines from China, the Financial Times said on Thursday, in what it added would likely be China's largest overseas arms sale.   The Pakistan Navy says Islamabad has given the green light to the military's plan to


Navig8, Ocean Yield in Chemical Tanker Deal

Image: Ocean Yield

 Norway’s Ocean Yield has bought eight chemical tanker newbuildings for $306.8m from Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc, which will lease the vessels back on 15-year   "hell and high" bareboat charters.   Navig8 Chemical Tankers has options to buy the vessels during the


U.S. Navy Issues Modification To Lockheed Martin Contract

Photo credit EagleHerald

The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team a contract modification for one fully funded 2015 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) valued at $362 million, along with $79 million in advanced procurement funding for a second ship. The balance of the second ship will be funded by Dec. 31, 2015


UASC Streamlines Fuel Purchasing

Photo: UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a global shipping company based in the Middle East, has implemented Shiptech, an end-to-end fuel management system developed by global cloud software company Inatech.   Shiptech provides the company with an automated, cloud-based


Cosco to Order 10 Triple-E Megaships

Cosco ship: China Shipbuilding Industry Association

 China's shipping and ports giant China Cosco Holdings is planning to order at least 10 Triple-E megaships capable of moving 19,000 containers apiece as the shipping and port giant seeks to dominate major ocean trade routes, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.  






 
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