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Crude Carries Pricing, Initial Public Offering

Crude Carriers Corp. announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 13,500,000 common shares at $19 per share. The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2,025,000 common shares to cover overallotments. Crude Carriers Corp. will use substantially all the proceeds from the offering, together with a $40m capital contribution from Crude Carriers Investments Corp., to acquire one 2006-built high specification Suezmax vessel from Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. at a price of $71.3m and two newbuilt very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers for $96.5m each upon their delivery from the yard. The company’s common shares will trade on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CRU. UBS Investment Bank, BofA Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers of the offering and as representatives of the underwriters, including Nordea Markets, Oppenheimer & Co., Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Pareto Securities, RS Platou Markets and ING. The company has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for its initial public offering of common shares, which the SEC has declared effective on March 11, 2010.


CRUDE CARRIERS CORP. APPOINTS DIMITRIS P. CHRISTACOPOULOS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ATHENS, Greece, March 14, 2011 – Crude Carriers Corp. (NYSE: CRU)  today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Dimitris P. Christacopoulos to serve as a Director on the Company’s Board. He will be an independent Board member and will serve on the Board's Audit and Independent Directors’ committees. Mr. Christacopoulos, 40, joined the Company’s Board on March 11th, 2011. Mr. Christacopoulos currently serves as a Partner at Octane Management


Hyundai Heavy Foreign Ship Orders At $440M

Hyundai Heavy Foreign Ship Orders At $440M South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. won $440 million in foreign shipbuilding orders for 11 vessels so far this month. The details are as follows: -Taiwan's Yangming Marine Transport Corp. ordered two 5,500 teu container carriers -A Greek shipping firm ordered two 172,000 dwt bulk carriers -An Indian shipping firm ordered one 75,000 dwt bulk carrier -South Africa's Safbulk ordered four 172,000 dwt bulk carriers


GE Shipping to Buy Bulk Carriers

Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd (GE Shipping) informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has contracted to buy two new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers, according to a report on http://sify.com. The 80,700 dwt vessels are expected to join the company’s fleet during the fourth quarter of 2010-11 and the first quarter of 2011-12, respectively. GE’s current fleet stands at 48 vessels comprising 36 tankers (14 crude carriers, 20 product tankers


Mideast Crude Tanker Rates at One-Month High

According to an August 16 report from Reuters, crude oil freight rates on major routes were mixed on Monday with the Middle East Gulf market hitting its highest in a month due to better cargo activity and tighter vessel availability as owners held back ships. The world's benchmark Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) export route from the Middle East Gulf to Japan DFRT-ME-JAP was at $21,809 a day, up from $6,185 a day last week and at the highest since mid July. (Source: Reuters)


G E Shipping contracts to sell a Medium Range product tanker

  The Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd. (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to sell “Jag Padma”, a Medium Range (MR) product tanker. The 1996 built vessel of about 47,172 dwt will be delivered to the buyers in May 2014. Including “Jag Padma”, the Company’s current fleet stands at 30 vessels, comprising 22 tankers (8 crude carriers, 13 product carriers, 1 LPG carrier) and 8 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize


Great Eastern Shipping Orders Super Tankers

According to an April 5 report from the Wall Street Journal, Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd, India’s biggest private ocean carrier, has ordered three new oil super tankers or so-called very large crude carriers at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd for an undisclosed amount. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)  


Arabian Gulf Tanker Rates Decline

According to a Jan. 8 Report from Bloomberg, the cost of shipping Middle East crude oil to Asia, the world’s busiest route for supertankers, declined on a surplus of vessels for hire. Charter rates for very large crude carriers, or VLCCs, on the industry’s benchmark Saudi Arabia to Japan voyage declined 0.3 percent to 49.69 Worldscale points, according to the London based Baltic Exchange. (Source: Bloomberg)


Tankers Gain as US Imports Less, China More

Tankship freight rates on the up as global oil trade pattern changes According to Bloomberg, the U.S. is importing the least in 13 years as China buys more than ever, lengthening voyages for tankers and effectively reducing the fleet’s capacity, government data show. Very large crude carriers, each hauling 2 million barrels, will earn $40,000 a day this year, 81 percent more than in 2011, said Andreas Vergottis, the Hong Kong-based research director of Tufton Oceanic Ltd


Damen Services Massive Crude Carrier

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Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) returned the Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC) TI Europe to its owners EURONAV (Belgium) after completing a full technical survey and service. The sheer size of the vessel represents a considerable challenge in itself, he says, with the shipyard applying more than 46,000 square meters of silicon paint. However, the yard can comfortably accommodate such vessels given that its largest drydock, at 420 x 80 meters, is one of the biggest in Europe.


G E Shipping delivers Crude Carrier “Jag Laxmi” to Buyers

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The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) delivered its 1999 built Aframax Crude Carrier “Jag Laxmi” to the buyers.  The vessel was contracted for sale in April 2016. The Company’s current fleet (excluding “Jag Laxmi”) stands at 31 vessels


G E Shipping Acquires Secondhand VLGC

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The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a Secondhand Very Large Gas Carrier “Jag Vidhi” (1996 built) of about 76,931 cbm. The company had contracted to buy the vessel in April 2016. With the inclusion of the vessel


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Strengthen on June Charters

30-40 Mid-East VLCC cargoes still to be contracted for June; Posidonia shipping event next week in Greece may dampen activity. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week as charterers complete their June loading programme


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

File image: a so-called SuezMax oil tanker (Suez Canal Authority)

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday


China Teapot Refiners Create Qingdao Tanker Jam

Tankers at Qingdao port face up to 30-day wait. At least 15 large tankers wait to offload -shiptracking data. A surge in oil buying by China's newest crude importers has created delays of up to a month for vessels to offload cargoes at Qingdao port


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Fall on Reduced Demand

MidEast VLCC rates fall nearly 30 Worldscale points this week; port congestion in Basra, China adding to market uncertainty. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may drift lower next week on weaker sentiment among owners and reduced chartering demand ahead of the release of May's


GE Shipping Buys VLGC

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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

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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


Largest-ever Diesel Cargo Heads to Europe

Europe is expected to receive its largest-ever diesel cargo after French refiner Total booked a super tanker to sail to the region even as it faces brimming storage tanks and wilting demand.   Total has chartered the newly-built very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Alice to ship 270


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.


G E Shipping Reworks Newbuildings Kamsarmax Exposure

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The Great Eastern Shipping Company has entered into an agreement to cancel the new building Kamsarmax which was scheduled for delivery in FY 18 (contract signed in FY 14).   Simultaneously, the Company has contracted for purchase of two newbuilding resale Kamsarmaxes being built at the same


Tanker Shipping: Signs of Weakness are Appearing, But Still Money to be Made

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Supported by slow fleet growth and ongoing positive refinery margins, VLCC earnings in Q1-2016 were up from a year ago, but down from Q4-2015 as we expected at $58,367 per day for VLCC (+5.7% year on year).  For the minor crude oil carriers, rates were down from Q1-2015 and Q4-2015


Pemex Boosts Crude Shipments to Japan

Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex will increase crude exports to Japan in the coming months after selling several spot cargoes to customers including Cosmo Oil, JX Holdings and TonenGeneral, according to a company source and Thomson Reuters trade flows data.  


Iranian Tankers Free to Enter International Ports

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

 Restrictions on Iranian tankers’ insurance have been removed and the country’s crude carriers are now allowed to enter any oil terminal in the world, National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC)'s CEO Ali Akbar Safaee said.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Dip Before Fuel Oil Fixtures

File Image: a so-called Suezmax tanker transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

Worst over for Aframax market as fuel oil cargoes lift rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could slide further before finding a floor and recovering on a rebound in chartering activity, ship brokers said on Friday.






 
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