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SCI May Buy Ships

Shipping Corporation of India has sought government approval for acquiring more ships, according to a report on http://sify.com. SCI has sought approval for 2 Capesize Bulk Carrier, 6 Handymax Bulk Carriers, 2 container vessels of 4,300 TEU and 6 LR -1 size product tankers.


Rochester Ferry Contracts May Cost $3.1M

Rochester city officials estimate that they will need $3.1 million to buy out existing high-speed ferry contracts or continue them if necessary, according to legislation before City Council, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. The amount is included in an expense list justifying the mayor’s request to borrow $9.4 million from the city insurance reserve and close out ferry operations. Other expenses include repaying manager Bay Ferries Great Lakes LLC, which is owed $2


Chuan Hup Buys Three Ships

Shipping company Chuan Hup Holdings Limited bought three vessels for S$5.8 million in cash, boosting its fleet to 146 ships to cater to growing regional demand for shipping. In October Maritime Week reported that Lim said Chuan Hup signed a contract with Indonesian company PT Adaro to ship coal from Indonesia's Kalimantan to a power station in East Java, and would have to spend some S$40-50 million on 20 new barges and tug boats


SCI to Buy 76 Ships for $3.3B

Shipping Corp. of India Ltd. plans to buy 76 vessels for about $3.3b over the next six years, The Financial Express reported. This is the first major fleet acquisition proposal by the state-run carrier in recent years. The ships would be bought through the rest of the 10th plan period and end of the 11th plan till 2012. The 10th plan is the official span for development budgeting by the government between 2002 and 2007. The 11th plan would cover the following five years


Report: A.P.Møller-Mærsk to Order 25 ships in China

A.P.Møller-Mærsk is still prepared to invest in new ships from China and is going to order 25 ships in the course of one year, wrote the newspaper China Business News according to the news agency AFX. An unnamed employee at A.P.Møller-Mærsk’s office in China has told the newspaper that the shipping line last week signed a deal to buy four container ships at the Dailan Shipbuilding Industry and 80 tons deadweight tug vessels at Quingdao Qianjin.


Zim to Buy Eight Ships for $1.36B

Israel Corp. subsidiary Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. said it had placed an order to purchase eight mega container ships from the South Korea’s shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. The deal, valued at $1.37b, ($170m each) comes six weeks after Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. announced its plan to upgrade its container vessels fleet. The company had ordered eight TEU 12,600 mega containership for delivery by July 2012


Buy Secondhand Ships Now?

To be trite, every cloud has a silver lining, and the stormy shipping market crisis' shining beacon appears to be strong investment opportunities in secondhand ships. In its latest report, "Secondhand Ships: Investment Potential and Value for Money," Drewry's argues that "adversity provides opportunity... therefore, acquisitions made now could prove to be bargains." Drewry believes that 1999 and 2000 should be interesting and active years for the secondhand ship market.


U.S. Navy Finds Budget Leeway To Begin LCS

The U.S. Navy’s push to fund shipbuilding through its research and development (R&D) budget has paid off. Because the rules that govern R&D spending are more lenient than those for ordinary procurement, the service was able to begin building a new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in October even though the 2006 defense authorization and appropriations bills have yet to pass Congress or be signed by the president. When the Navy signed a $223 million construction contract with General Dynamics


NCL Plans SS United States Restoration

Thirt-seven years after the SS United States last sailed the seas under its own power, and four years after Norwegian Cruise Line bought the ship, a key question remains: Can the grand vessel ever make a comeback? Norwegian Cruise Line, or NCL, which bought the old Newport News-built vessel in 2003, won't reveal its plans for the ship, which likely would need hundreds of millions of dollars to refurbish. But in May, the chairman of the company that owns NCL gave boosters hope


Aker Takes Major Stake In Kvaerner

Aker Maritime has acquired control of about one fourth of Kvaerner for a reported $350 million (3 billion crowns). The purchase made the industrial holding firm, a group of companies operating in more than 20 countries with no previous Kvaerner ownership, the biggest shareholder in Kvaerner. "Aker Maritime ASA has today bought rights issues, shares and options in Kvaerner ASA which together amount to 26.39 percent of the company after the ongoing rights issue


G E Shipping Acquires Product Tanker

G E Shipping

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a Newbuilding Medium Range Product Tanker “Jag Punit” of about 49,700 dwt. The company had contracted to buy the ship in December 2012. The vessel is built at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Jinhae, Korea


GE Shipping Buys VLGC

Greatship Logo

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) has contracted to buy a Secondhand Very Large Gas Carrier (1996 built) of about 76,931 cbm. The Japan-built vessel will be delivered to the company in Q1 FY 2016-17. The Company’s current fleet stands at 32 vessels


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


CMA CGM Stake in NOL Edges Past 10%

Pic: Neptune Orient Lines

 French container shipping giant CMA CGM now owns 10.07% of its takeover target Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) as open share buys continue on a near daily basis.   The European Commission has approved CMA CGM's $3.38 billion acquisition of NOL


COSCO Plans European Transhipment Hub

Photo: COSCO

 China's COSCO is forging ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub, reports Reuters. The state owned shipping giant is expected to make an offer for Greece's rail network after becoming the sole bidder for the country's largest port.  


Hapag-Lloyd Buys 2 Ships for S.America Trade

Acquisition of two modern wide-beam vessels for first deployment in the South American business; two more identical ships chartered; four efficient wide-beam vessels chartered for Mediterranean–Canada service   Hapag-Lloyd has taken delivery of two wide-beam 3


Japan Skips Import of Feed Wheat and Barley via Tender

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture said it would skip import of feed-quality wheat and barley for livestock use via a simultaneous buy and sell (SBS) auction that closed late on Wednesday.   The ministry received an offer for wheat worth 26,230 tonnes and another for barley worth 20,750 tonnes


Austal Awarded Additional $14 Mln in LCS Work

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and USS Omaha (LCS 12) at Austal USA (Photo: Austal)

Austal Limited has been awarded $14.656 million in modifications to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract by the U.S. Department of Defense.   Under the contract, Austal USA will perform planning and implementation of deferred design changes that have been identified


Pentagon Chief: 40 LCS 'enough' for U.S. Navy

File image: two LCS vessels alongside at Austals U.S. shipyard. (Austal)

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to buy just 40 Littoral Combat Ships instead of the 52 originally planned, saying the money saved would allow the Navy to buy more missiles and undersea technology.


V.Group Buys Bibby Ship Management

Clive Richardson, V.Group chief executive officer Photo V Group

V.Group has acquired Bibby Ship Management, part of the Bibby Line Group, which has an established track record for providing high quality, safe and reliable ship management and support services to blue-chip clients. Bibby Ship Management services all types of vessels and has particular


Japan to Import Feed Wheat, Barley via Tender

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture said it would import 26,230 tonnes of feed-quality wheat, and 20,750 tonnes of barley for livestock use, via a simultaneous buy and sell (SBS) auction that closed late on Wednesday.   The ministry sought that 120,000 tonnes of feed wheat and 200


Japan to Import US Crude in May

Phillips 66 actively offering U.S. crude in Asia. Japan will receive a U.S. crude cargo in May, its second such purchase from the United States since Washington lifted a four-decade ban on crude exports, industry sources said on Wednesday.


Prices Ease Though Argentine Demand Limits Losses

Argentina tenders for 19 cargoes. Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) eased under pressure from growing supplies though fresh demand from Argentina limited losses, traders said. LNG for May delivery in Asia eased to $4.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu)


Austal Bags Further $14 mln USN's LCS Contract

LCS at Austal USA  Photo Austal

Austal USA was awarded a $14 million Littoral Combat Ship contract modification by the U.S. Navy to conduct special studies and analyses, the Navy announced this week. This is the second $14 million LCS modification contract for Austal USA this month.


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






 
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