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Tsakos Energy Navigation Announces Three-Year Time Charter

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) (NYSE: TNP) announced three-year time-charters to a major European oil company for the 2007-built 1A ice-class suezmax tanker Antarctic and the 2005-built 1C iceclass suezmax tanker Eurochampion 2004. The charters are structured with a minimum rate and a 50/50 profit-share when rates exceed that minimum. Prior to these charters both vessels operated in the spot market. The Antarctic charter began on October 27, 2007, while the Eurochampion 2004 charter is expected to commence at the beginning of November 2007. The gross proceeds from these charters, assuming only the minimum rate, are expected to exceed $76m over the corresponding charter period. With the commencement of these charters, the Company, based on a total fleet of 43 vessels in operation, has fixed forward 75% of the available earning days for 2008 and 60% for 2009. Of the 43 vessels, 38 operate in period charters some extending beyond 2009. The minimum gross revenue therefore already secured from these charters before any profit-sharing, as of October 30, 2007, is in excess of $700m.


Danaos Re-charters Norasia Hamburg Ahead of 2008 Redelivery

Danaos Corporation has signed an agreement with the United Arab Shipping Corporation to time charter the 3,908 TEU Norasia-Hamburg for a period of 36 months. During the first 12 months of the charter, the charterer has the option to convert the three year charter to a 5 year charter, at lower rate. The charter will begin as of the date when the current employment of this vessel ends in the first quarter of 2008. The Norasia-Hamburg is currently on time charter with CSAV.


Stelmar Shipping Announces Time Charters

Stelmar Shipping Ltd. has renewed an existing time charter for the Primar and an existing time charter for the Petromar. The company also announced that it has signed a new time charter for the Allenmar, which had been trading in the spot market since the end of October, after being redelivered in late October from its previous time charter. Primar, a 1988 double sided product tanker, has been renewed on a six-month time charter with Adam Maritime Corporation at a rate of $11,250 per day


Arlington Tankers Announces Results

Arlington Tankers Ltd. (NYSE: ATB) announced financial results for the third quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2007. For the quarter ended September 30, 2007, the Company's total revenues were $17.5m, consisting of $16.5m in basic vessel charter hire and $1.0m in additional charter hire that the Company received under its profit sharing arrangements. On the basis of the third quarter results, Arlington's Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.59 per share.


Euroseas Announces Charter Agreement for Container Ship

Euroseas Ltd. an owner and operator of drybulk carriers, container ship and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that a subsidiary of the Company has entered into a one year time charter period agreement for one of its containership vessels, the M/V Jonathan P. The M/V Jonathan P, a 1,932 teu, 1990 built handysize container ship, will enter a time charter agreement for about one-year at a gross daily rate of $16


Star Bulk Updates Employment Status of Star Beta

Under the related time charter agreement, ICI was obligated to pay Star Bulk a gross daily charter hire rate of $106,500 until February 2010. In turn, ICI sub-chartered the vessel for one year to Oldendorff Gmbh & Co. KG of (Oldendorff) at a gross daily charter hire rate of $130,000 until February 2009. ICI has assigned its rights and obligations under the sub-charter to Star Bulk in exchange for it being released from the remaining term of the ICI charter.


Diana Shipping Takes Delivery of Bulk Carrier

Diana Shipping Inc. took delivery of the newly-built Semirio, a 174,261 dwt Capesize dry bulk carrier, built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. As previously announced, the company has entered into a time charter contract with BHP Billiton Marketing AG for the Semirio for a four-year period with one year extension at the charterer's option. For the first two years of the charter the gross daily charter hire rate will be $51


Seaspan Accepts Delivery of Two New Vessels

Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced the delivery of its 44th and 45th vessels, the Guayaquil Bridge and the COSCO Japan. The Guayaquil Bridge, a 2500 TEU vessel delivered on March 5, 2010, was built by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. It is on charter to Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) of Japan under a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter. The Guayaquil Bridge is the first of seven Seaspan vessels to be chartered to K-Line


Container Ship Owners Rickmers Q3 2013 Profits Up

Kaethe C. Rickmers: Photo courtesy Port of Hamburg

Rickmers Maritime is a Singapore business trust formed to own and operate containerships under long-term, fixed-rate time charters to leading container liner companies. Financial highlights for the third quarter and nine months ended 30 September 2013 are as follows: Charter revenue stable at US$36.6 million Net profit surged 59% year-on-year to US$13.1 million Achieved vessel utilisation rate of 99.9%; Kaethe C. Rickmers’ charter extended for a


NewLead Fixes Tanker

  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced today that the Company has entered into a new time charter contract for one of its bitumen tanker vessels, the MT Newlead Granadino for a minimum of six months with the charterer's option to extend the contract at the end of the first six months for additional six month periods up to a maximum of eighteen months. The net charter-out rate is $10,500 for the initial six months and $10,750 for the remaining optional periods


Diana Containerships, MSC Enter Time Charter Deal

(Photo: Diana Containerships)

Diana Containerships Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with MSC-Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.A., Geneva, for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Puelo, a 6,541 TEU container vessel built in 2006.  


Jensen Debuts New Tractor Tug Design

BayDelta (Photo: Jensen Maritime)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm, Jensen Maritime, reports it has designed a new tractor tug for Vessel Chartering LLC that features some of the first Tier IV engines meeting higher federal air emissions standards among U.S. tugboats.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners


Slower Demand for Larger Vessels Drags Baltic Index Lower

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday due to diminishing demand for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 10 points


Seacat Services Supports Dong Construction Race

24 month, four-workboat, charter service agreement to provide DONG Energy with construction support across the Race Bank offshore wind project   DONG Energy, a developer of offshore wind projects, and offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services, today confirmed a two-year


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


Navios Secures MR2 Product Tanker Charters

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, announced today the employment of three product tankers at charter rates that are, on average, 14 percent higher than their previous charter rates.   The Nave Equator, an MR2 product tanker, has been chartered to a high-quality counterparty for 18


Bahri, Rickmers-Linie Ink Charter Deal

Bahri Rickmers-Linie in Charter deal

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based specialist for project and heavy lift liner services and the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (trading as Bahri Liner) have recently signed a space charter agreement. The agreement covers the ports on the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as well as ports in


Hyundai Merchant Marine in Doldrums

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co

 Amid speculation that Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) may go into court receivership, the financial authorities and creditors will try to make it a subsidiary of Korea Development Bank (KDB).    South Korea’s finance minister Yoo Il-ho said that HMM


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Face Pressure

Number of MidEast charter fixtures less than usual; Basra crude exports set to fall in May. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will come under further pressure next week if the current sluggish chartering activity continues, ship brokers said on Friday.


HCI Capital Acquires Ernst Russ GmbH

Schiff Courtesy HCI Capital

 HCI Capital AG acquires the long-established Hamburg shipping company Ernst Russ GmbH & Co. KG. The HCI Group, which early in 2016 already the majority of the shares of König & Cie. Group had taken, thus expanding again the controlled fleet and strengthen its maritime services


V.Ships Wins Fortress Deal

Courtesy V Ship Management

V.Ships Offshore, part of V.Group has been awarded a ship management contract by Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC to provide full technical and crew management services for an advanced SURF/IMR vessel. The ship management services will be delivered from our newly


MOL's LNG Carrier KUMUL Delivered

At the naming ceremony Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier KUMUL at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) in Shanghai on April 29. A naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on April 8


Hanjin Shipping May Get OK for Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity Hanjin Shipping's creditors are expected to approve a corporate rehabilitation program for the struggling container line, local media reports suggest.    Creditor banks of cash-strapped Hanjin are likely to give the


Container Market - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Containership ownership by size range, active and on order, April 2016 (‘000 teu). Graph by Drewry Maritime Research

 The pain of the current container market downturn extends beyond carriers, says Drewry's Container Insight Weekly.    Some independent ship-owners are faced with either lowering charter rates to help save ailing carriers or risking their assets going idle.  






 
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