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Yayasan Sabah Plans Expansion

Yayasan Sabah Group is set to play an active role in the chemical marine transportation industry, planning to expand its involvement in this sector with the acquisition of more tankers, the Business Times reported. The group through its joint-venture company, GS Tankers Sdn Bhd, inked a shipbuilding contract for the construction and sale of a chemical tanker with Nok Bong Shipbuilding Co Ltd, a shipbuilder from Koje City, Kyungnam, South Korea. GS Tankers, a joint-venture company between Yayasan Sabah subsidiary Yayasan Sabah Shipping Sdn Bhd and Gagasan Carriers Sdn Bhd, was set up to own and operate the new 10,800-deadweight-tonne chemical tanker costing $19.5 million which is expected to be delivered by August next year. The vessel will have 12 chemical cargo tanks with capacity of 12,000 cu m each, suitable for carrying many types of chemical cargo like methanol as well as palm oil. Yayasan Sabah Shipping would finance 90 percent of the vessel cost with the remaining 10 percent to be borne by GS Carriers. (Source:

Odfjell Takes 50% Of Brazilian Shipper

Norwegian chemical tanker operator Odfjell last week acquired a 50 percent stake in Brazilian shipping company Flumar. Odfjell said the purchase would mean an investment of $10 million and would result in a strengthening of both companies' positions in the region. "Brazil has a considerable growth potential in production and handling of chemicals," Odfjell said. Flumar operates three chemical tankers and vessels for liquefied petroleum gases and sails mainly along the Brazilian coast

National Shipping to Buy More Tankers

National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia is buying as many as 17 very large crude carriers and chemical tankers. The company plans a five-year acquisition program under which it will buy at least nine VLCCs and eight chemical tankers. All vessels being acquired, whether new or used, will be double-hulled. National Shipping currently has nine double-hulled crude carriers, nine chemical tankers, and four multipurpose roll-on-roll-off ships in service. (Source: UPI)

Eitzen Chemical Orders Two Ships

Norwegian tanker shipping company Eitzen Chemical ASA announced that it has declared an option to order two additional chemicals carriers from Jinse Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Korea. The order, valued at a total of $48m, covers two coated 13,000 dwt chemical carriers. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2008 and brings the series from Jinse to four vessels.

Syrian Chemical Arsenal Due for Italian Port Ship-to-Ship Transfer

MV Cape Ray: File picture

The transfer of some 500 tons of Syria's chemical agents to the US special purpose vessel 'MV Cape Ray' will take place in the port of Gioia Tauro, reports Xinhua, citing a hearing before the Italian parliamentary commissions of foreign affairs and defence. The Syrian chemical arsenal aboard the Danish cargo vessel will be directly transfered to the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray through 60 containers and special equipment, and citing Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Maurizio Lupi

Chemical Weapons Destruction Ship Arrives Spain

MV Cape Ray: Photo CCL

The 'MV Cape Ray' has arrived at Rota, Spain, for a port visit while en route to aid in removal of Syrian chemical materials, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren informs the American Forces Press Service. The vessel -- part of the Transportation Department Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force program -- left Portsmouth, Va., Jan. 27, 2014. Hundreds of government and contract personnel worked for several months to prepare the vessel to neutralize Syrian chemical materials and

Ardmore Expands Fleet, Newbuild And Charters

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Ireland-based specialist tanker company takes over two newbuild contracts and charters in two tankers from Hellespont Group Ardmore Shipping Ltd, the specialist tanker company, today announced that it has taken over the contracts for two newbuild vessels from Hellespont Group and, in a separate deal, has agreed to charter in two vessels from Hellespont.   Ardmore, based in Cork, Ireland, has agreed to take over the newbuild contracts on two 17

Dongfang Shipbuiliding Shares to Trade

According to a report on, Dongfang Shipbuilding Company Limited intends to seek admission of its shares to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Dealings are expected to commence on AIM on 18 August 2011. Dongfang diversified into shipping, owning and operating six 9,000 dwt chemical tankers and one 9,200 dwt chemical tanker, out of Singapore and Hong Kong. The Group currently has about 530 full time employees across the two businesses.

ClassNK Approves Duplex Stainless Steel Tankers

ClassNK announced  that it has approved the first application of duplex stainless steel (NSSC 2120) on vessels in Japan.   Tankers built by the Japanese shipyards Sasaki Shipbuilding Co., Ltd and Hakata Shipbuilding Co., Ltd were applied with the duplex stainless steel, which was manufactured by Nippon Steel & Sumikin Stainless Steel Corporation. The two domestic vessels, a chemical tanker and an oil tanker, were launched on January 17, 2013.

Ireland's Ardmore Continues Tankship Fleet Expansion

Newbuilding: Photo courtesy of Ardmore

Ardmore Shipping Corporation says it has taken delivery of the newbuilding product & chemical tanker 'Ardmore Seavantage' and also of the 2006-built 'Ardmore Seamariner' as it continues its fleet expansion programme. Cork, Ireland-based Ardmore informs it has taken delivery of the Ardmore Seavantage, a 49,999 Dwt IMO 3 Eco-design MR product and chemical tanker built at SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in South Korea

Stolt-Nielsen's Q3 Numbers Disappoint

Shipping firm Stolt-Nielsen reported third-quarter earnings below forecast on Thursday and said it remained worried by the expected influx of new product tankers in 2016 and 2017. Stolt-Nielsen's June-August operating profit rose to $59.8 million from $45

Odfjell's Tanker Overhaul Seeks to Slash Emissions by 20%

Bow Clipper is the first of Odfjell’s tankers to be upgraded (Photo: Odfjell)

Norwegian tanker shipper Odfjell announced it is upgrading the propulsion systems aboard 19 of its chemical tanker vessels in a move that aims to reduce its fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent.   The upgrades, which include the retrofit of new energy efficient propeller

Recent Vessel Sales - September 2015

Vessel sales for September 2015 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 9/16 - VAN ORCHID - 28,341 - 09 - (6) - $10

Transatlantic Eastbound Rates Fall

Photo: CMA CGM

 Transatlantic eastbound chemical freight rates dropped slightly this week on a continued lull in the spot market, ICIS reports  brokers as saying. It was the second drop in as many weeks.   The latest SSY Base Oil Shipping Report noted that eastbound rates “took a tumble

Ballast Water Tech Business Gearing for a Surge in ‘16

Tom Perlich, President, Ecochlor

While the trek to see the ballast water technology market ‘really take off’ has stretched more than a decade longer than he anticipated, Ecochlor’s president Tom Perlich has maintained course and is ready to grow in rapid step with the market.  

Odfjell Reports Best Quarter Since 2008

Photo: Odfjell

In what it is calling its best quarterly performance since third quarter 2008, the Odfjell Group for the second quarter of 2015 reported net results of $7 million. The group, which transports and stores bulk liquid chemicals, acids, edible oils and other special products

Fleet Growth Weighs on Product Tanker Earnings

Photo: Alex Sergienko

Healthy returns enjoyed by the product tanker market in recent years are under threat as impending fleet growth is expected to reduce the sector’s earnings over the medium term, according to the Product Tanker Market Annual Report 2015 published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Tankers to Require Stability Instruments Starting 2016

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Lloyd's Register informs that new stability instrument requirements will apply to all tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after January 1, 2016. These ships will be required to fit an approved stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements.

New Tanker Stena Imperial Named in Savannah

Erik Hånell, President and CEO Stena Bulk with wife Katarina Hånell; captain Vinay Singh; godmother Kari McCormick and Doug McCormick, Commercial Regional Manager, Chevron in Houston; Kristina Hagman and Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO Stena Shipping, Drilling & Ferries (Photo: Kristofer Hultén)

A new 50,000 DWT MR chemical and product tanker based on the IMOIIMAX concept, Stena Imperial, was named yesterday in Savannah, Ga.   Built by Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) and delivered on July 1, Stena Imperial recently arrived in Savannah on the U.S

RYDLYME Marine Selects GoM Distributor

Photo: RYDLYME Marine

RYDLYME Marine has named R Carter & Associates, Inc. of Mobile, Ala. a new stocking distributor for the Gulf of Mexico area, targeting shipyards, larger workboats, government vessels and drill ships operating in the region.   RYDLYME Marine, a manufacturer of a line of safe

Hoover Container Solutions Unveils Asset Tracer

Image: Hoover Container Solutions

Hoover Container Solutions, a subsidiary of Hoover Group Inc., and a global provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has unveiled its new Liquitrac Tracer, a battery-powered GPS unit that can be easily attached to any of Hoover’s comprehensive

Hydropath Marine: Scaling-Be-Gone

Green technology provides chemical-free solution to combat lime scale, bacteria, algae and biofouling in ships’ various water systems

Shipowners seeking to combat the harmful effects of lime scale, bacteria, algae and biofouling inside their vessels’ various water systems needn’t look any further than Hydropath Marine, a chemical-free technology for onboard water treatment.

Shipowner Fails in Claim against Agent for Fuel Costs

Press Release -- International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which the owner of a chemical tanker made an unsuccessful claim against a port agent for costs incurred in taking on additional low-sulphur fuel at a European port.   

CMA CGM picks BIO-UV's Bio-Sea BWTS

Image: BIO-UV

  The world leading shipping group CMA-CGM has fitted its largest containership, the 18,000 TEU Vasco de Gama, with a 2,000 cu.m/h Bio-Sea 2000 Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) supplied by French ballast water treatment specialist Bio-UV.  

Crowley Acquires Jones Act Tankers

Crowley Takes Delivery of First of Four New, Jones Act Tankers from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery of Ohio, the first of four new, Jones Act, product tankers this week from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA. The delivery is momentous not only for Crowley

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