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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.


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


No Clues on Hanjin's Financial Health

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co.

 Cash-strapped Hanjin Shipping Co. sources say that the negotiations with tonnage providers for lower rates are undergoing, but wouldn't say much else.   According to Korea Herald, the country's No.1 shipping line has come under growing pressure from its creditors to secure more money to tide over a deepening cash shortage.   Hanjin Shipping has proposed raising some 400 billion won ($353 million) via stocks sales to its affiliates


GE Shipping Takes Delivery of a New Building Resale Kamsarmax

Photo: Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited

 Great Eastern Shipping Company (GE Shipping) took delivery of a new building resale Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier ‘Jag Aalok’ of about 82023 dwt.    According to a report in the Livement,  the company had contracted to buy the ship in April 2016


Singapore's SembMarine to Take Full Control of PPL Shipyard

Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd said it had agreed to buy the 15 percent of PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd it did not already own for about $115 million from PPL Holdings Pte Ltd and E-Interface Holdings Ltd.   "This will enable the company to optimally manage the businesses


European Owners Lead in Buying Up Secondhand Tonnage

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 With European owners leading the pack in buying up vessels, the sale and purchase market appears to have been notably active in recent years, reveals Clarkson Research Services Limited.   While Europe has been the main buyer region


The Economics of Ship Breaking & Scrapping

Photo Credit iStock rajami2

Sometimes being an industry supplier offers interesting insights – your business is touched by the ups and downs of the charter market, but you are never so involved in it that you lose sight of the big picture. Some of our clients have been hit hard by the market’s general downturn;


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


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


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


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.






 
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