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TotalFina Tightens Tanker Regulations After Erika Spill

Oil giant TotalFina, which chartered the ill-fated oil tanker Erika, has tightened its policy on chartering older tankers. However, company officials stressed that a new age limit on large ships, which would not have stopped it chartering the mid-sized Erika, need to be backed up by tougher international maritime standards and greater transparency of safety checks. The company is cutting to 20 years from 25 the upper age limit on chartered vessels of 80,000 dwt and above, while keeping it at 25 years for smaller ships. The Maltese-registered Erika, of 37,283 tons dwt, was 25 years old when it split apart and sank off the French coast last month, spilling thousands of tons of fuel oil that polluted the French coast.


Offshore UK: Government Brokers Use of BP Emergency Vessel

The agreement between the government and BP allows HM Coasguard to call on a BP-chartered vessel in the event of a pollution incident. An operational and commercial model has been brokered with the oil industry allowing HM Coastguard to call on a BP-chartered vessel, the Grampian Frontier, to provide support in the event of a pollution incident. The Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operates west of Shetland and the owner North Star Shipping is working with the Maritime and


S&P Lowers Pegasus Rating

Standard & Poor's lowered its corporate credit rating on Pegasus Shipping (Hellas) Ltd. (Pegasus) to triple-'C'-minus from single-'B'-minus. At the same time, Standard & Poor's lowered its foreign currency senior secured debt rating to triple-'C'-minus from single-'B'-minus. All ratings are placed on CreditWatch with negative implications. The rating actions reflect Pegasus' rapidly diminishing financial flexibility owing to weak market conditions


Odfjell Expands Fleet

Odfjell has bought M/T "Giada D" from Italian owners. The vessel is built in 1996 at Chantiere Navale de Poli, Italy and she is 10,115 dwt with stainless steel cargo tanks. The change of ownership will take place in 3rd Quarter 2006. Further, Odfjell has entered into a long-term time-charter agreement with purchase option for a vessel of 33.000 dwt with stainless steel cargo tanks. The ship will be built at Kitanihon Shipyard, Japan, and will be owned by Yuyo Steamship Co Ltd, Japan


Hamburg Sud's First Chilean Christening

Hamburg Sud conducted its first Chilean Christening in its 137-year history. Hamburg Sud has christened a container ship in Chile, the ceremony took place in Valparaiso on 9 January 2009. The Cap Graham is one of a series of three identical 4,294 TEU charter vessels of Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt. Together with her two sister ships, the Cap Gilbert and Cap Gregory, as well as Hamburg Sud's Bahia class vessels, the Cap Graham is sailing in Sling 1 of the Hamburg Sud liner service


Offshore Solutions’ OAS, 1000 Connections

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring

Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV) reported that the OAS, mounted onboard the GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. (GSEPN) chartered vessel, REM Mermaid, has achieved over 1,000 operational connections without any LTIs. An OAS is a heave compensated telescopic gangway, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation (wind turbine, oil or gas platform) designed to operate in 2.5 metre Hs (significant wave height) sea states


TotalFina Tightens Tanker Regulations After Erika Spill

Oil giant TotalFina, which chartered the ill-fated oil tanker Erika, tightened its policy on chartering older tankers. However, company officials stressed that a new age limit on large ships, which would not have stopped it chartering the mid-sized Erika, needed to be backed up by tougher international maritime standards and greater transparency of safety checks. "We still need a global initiative and we are still calling for tighter controls and for charterers to have more access to


Freeport Launches Charter Yacht

By Larry Pearson A new commercial charter yacht was delivered in July 2004 to SunQuest Yacht Charters, Shalimar, Fla. serving the Destin-Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. beach resort area with scheduled dinner cruises and special event charters. The 125 by 26-ft. luxury yacht was built by Freeport Shipbuilding Group, Freeport, Fla. The shipyard and SunQuest are both headed by Jim Murray, whose shipyard has been active in Florida for 30 years


Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Reaches Agreement With Korea Lines Corporation

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NEW YORK, March 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq:EGLE) ("Eagle Bulk") announced today that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with the Receivers of Korea Line Corporation ("KLC") regarding twelve time-chartered vessels impacted by KLC's decision to file for protective receivership earlier this year. The agreement follows extensive and highly constructive dialogue between the two parties.


Rickmers-Linie Carries Bangladesh-Made Ferry to Denmark

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Floating craft like motor yachts, sailing yachts or catamarans are quite a regular sight on Rickmers-Linie vessels. However, the ferry which Rickmers-Linie carried from Bangladesh to Denmark on board the long-term charter vessel Baltic Winter is remarkable.   It is the first ferry built by a Bangladesh shipyard for European owners and will be put in service by Hundested-Rørvig Færgefart AS across the fjord after which the ferry is named: Isefjord. At a length of 49


Sovcomflot Reports on Slippery 2013 Financial Slope

SCF Melampus: Image courtesy of the owners

SCF Group (Sovcomflot)
 has released its audited financial results for the year ending 31, December 2013, indicating a slip in profitability during what they describe as another challenging year for the international tanker industry. 2013 Financial Highlights


Another Mammoth Gas Ship Ordered for MHI

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The U.S. Shale Gas Revolution continues to drive orders for some of the world’s largest, most sophisticated tonnage. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier


ITF President Weighs in on Multimillion Dollar Fisheries Dispute

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International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) president Paddy Crumlin has met with key stakeholders in Auckland, New Zealand, about the ongoing campaign to secure NZD30 million in unpaid wages for fishers in the region. The ITF has contributed to Slave Free Seas’ campaign to


Comparison Offers Clues on Container Ship Operation Profitability

Container ship bows: File photo CCL

The container industry is a notoriously difficult sector to make any money in, but a few major lines have managed to avoid the red ink while others have toiled. Drewry Maritime Equity Research compares the performances of Asian companies OOIL and NOL for clues behind the varying results and the


Unconventional Wisdom from Dolphin Geophysical CEO

Atle Jacobsen CEO Dolphin Geophysical

Atle Jacobsen, the CEO of Dolphin Geophysical, is, in many ways, a bit of a paradox. An experienced, no-nonsense, veteran of the marine seismic surveying industry, he is also disarmingly easy to “talk shop” with, engaging and has an obvious thirst for new ideas and technology


Metro Handles Wind Turbine Blades in Galveston

Metro Ports provides stevedore and terminal handling services for Siemens Energy Inc.’s export wind turbine blade projects through the Port of Galveston. Siemens plans to export 246 53-meter blades between May and July 2013. These wind turbine blades


Moody's Upgrades CMA CGM's Financial Outlook

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Moody's Investors Service has upgraded CMA CGM S.A.'s corporate family rating (CFR) to B2 from B3 and the company's probability of default rating to B2-PD from B3-PD. Concurrently, the rating agency has upgraded to Caa1 (LGD5/84) from Caa2 (LGD5/80) CMA CGM's EUR325 million and $475 million worth


Irish Ferries Increase Dublin-Holyhead Capacity

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Irish Ferries has chartered the Epsilon (built in 2011) to supplement its existing Ireland to Britain services. The ship will provide two additional departures per day in each direction which will result in an increase in the company’s schedule to a maximum of twelve sailings between Dublin


General Cargo Shipments Keep U.S. Great Lakes Ports Busy

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The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to October 31 were 28 million metric tons, down 7% over the same period in 2012. With only two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports are hustling to move as much cargo as possible.


Warship Helps Food Aid Reach Kismayo

Photo: EU NAVFOR

On Wednesday, December 11, Spanish EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) ship ESPS Tornado completed a three-day escort of a World Food Program (WFP) chartered vessel. The WFP ship was escorted by ESPS Tornado from Mombasa to the port of Kismayo in Somalia.


Missing Tanker Found; Account of Pirate Attack Disputed

M/T Kerala vanished on January 18 off Angola; Angolan Navy says hijacking faked. The Angolan Navy is claiming that the crew of an oil tanker reported missing off its coast on Jan. 18 were part of faked pirate attack. Separately, a regional security expert who declined to be named for the


Yara Orders Three Handy-size Ammonia Vessels

Yara International ASA has entered into shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for the construction and delivery of three 20,600 CBM semi-refrigerated LPG carriers with an expected cost per vessel of $51 million (USD). Following an evaluation of current newbuild and time


Scorpio Charters Five Bulk Carrier Vessels

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announced it has agreed to time charter-in five dry bulk vessels. The chartered vessels will be the first to operate in the Scorpio Bulker fleet, while the company awaits 74 newbuild and purchased dry bulk vessels (28 Ultramax


Stena Bulk Invests in Six Chemical Tankers

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Stena Bulk/Stena Weco and Golden Agri (GAR) have invested in a further six chemical tankers. Golden Stena Weco, which is a joint venture between Stena Weco and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), will be responsible for the commercial management. The main aim of the investment is to ensure that Golden


Bourbon's Revenues up in 2013

Net Income Group share up 174% to €115 million. Increased operating margin1 and capital gains generated €575.7 million EBITDA, up 41.7% compared to 2012.   EBITDAR2 (excluding capital gains) reached €450.3 million (+17.6%), an increase of 2.1 pts to 34


 
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