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Diana Shipping Announced Vessel Delivery, Time Charters

Diana Shipping Inc. announces delivery of the newly built Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier m/v Santa Barbara; time charter contracts for m/v Polymnia with Vroon and m/v Danae with Glencore   Diana Shipping Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v Santa Barbara (formerly Hull No. BC18.0-51), a 179,426 dwt newly built Capesize dry bulk vessel that the company entered into an agreement to purchase in December 2014.   The company also announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Vroon Dry Cargo Chartering B.V., Breskens, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Polymnia. The gross charter rate is $7,500 per day, plus $237,500 ballast bonus, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum nine months to maximum 13 months. The charter is expected to commence January 17, 2015.   The Polymnia is a 98,704 dwt Post-Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2012.   Additionally, the company announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Danae. The gross charter rate is $7,650 per day, minus a 3.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 11 months to maximum 14 months. The charter is expected to commence on January 16, 2015.  


Diana Shipping Charter Out Panamax Bulker at Daily US$11k

MV Triton: Photo credit Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. has time- chartered out the 75,336 dwt MV Triton to Bunge S.A., Geneva, at a gross charter rate of US$11,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of up to minimum September 1, 2014 to maximum October 31, 2014. The charter is expected to commence on December 8, 2013. The owners add that this employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$2.86 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter.


Great Eastern Shipping to Sell Large Cargo Ship

Picture: Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

 India's largest private sector shipping firm Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to sell a 1996-built capesize dry bulk carrier Jag Arjun by this March-end.  "The vessel will be delivered to the buyers during the fourth quarter (January-March) of the current fiscal," the company said in a statement.   Capesize dry bulk carriers, the largest cargo ships plying in international waters, are mainly used to transport coal


Diana Delivers Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Vessel

Medusa. Photo by Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping Inc. has through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary took delivery of the m/v Medusa (formerly ”Torm Island”), a 2010-built Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel of 82,194 dwt that the company entered into an agreement to purchase in April 2015.   Athens-based dry bulk specialist also announced that it entered into a time charter contract with Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, a member of the Gunvor Group, for the Medusa.  


Diana Shipping Time Charter Contract for Seattle with SwissMarine

M/V Seattle. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels,  has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Seattle.    The gross charter rate is US$7,300 per day minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about eleven (11) months to maximum fourteen (14) months


Diana Shipping Announces Time Charter Contract for Protefs with Transgrain

M/v Protefs. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping has  chartered the 73,630 dwt, 2004-built panamax, Protefs to Transgrain shipping for 12 – 16 months at a rate of $4,500 per day minus 5% commission.   This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$1.55 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.   Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 43 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 4 Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax)


Scorpio Bulkers Continue Newbuilding Spending Spree

A Scorpio Bulker: Image courtesy of the owners

Scorpio Bulkers inc. announce newbuilding agreements for 3 Capesize dry bulk vessels for an aggregate of US$162-million from the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME). The three Capesize dry bulk carriers of 180,000 dwt each are to be built at DSME's subsidiary facility Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries S.A. in Romania. All these 180,000 dwt ships are to be built in Romania and are of the same specification with the first two to be delivered


Diana Shipping, Clearlake Extend Charter

Myrsini (photo: Diana Shipping)

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Myrsini. The gross charter rate will remain $15,500 (USD) per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of up to minimum February 15, 2015 to maximum May 10, 2015


Diana Shipping fixes Post-Panamax

mv  ALCMENE

  Diana Shipping Inc. announced today that through a separate wholly owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with ADM International Sarl, Rolle, Switzerland, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Alcmene. The gross charter rate is US$6,750 per day minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum twenty-one (21) months to about twenty-four (24) months. The charter is expected to commence on May 12, 2015.


Slashed Charter Rate for Diana's m/v Houston

Courtesy Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Houston. The gross charter rate is US$5,150 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven (11) months to maximum fourteen (14) months


Iron: Implications in Shipping

Graph: Clarksons Research

Clarksons Research says that iron-based materials such as steel are used incredibly widely in the world’s industries today, with clear implications for shipping too.   The versatility and strength of steel has made it today’s most important construction material, with 1


Shipping Confidence on the Rise -Moore Stephens

Greiner Richard (Photo: Moore Stepehens)

Shipping confidence, notably on the part of charterers and managers, improved for the second successive quarter in the three months to end-August 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  


SGX sees Baltic buy boosting Asian freight derivatives

file image (Credit: BSM)

Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) sees the potential to develop new freight derivatives centred on active Asian shipping routes and expand the use of freight derivatives with its acquisition of London's Baltic Exchange, a senior SGX official told Reuters.


FreeSeas Sells M/V Free Maverick

Logo: FreeSeas Inc.

 FreeSeas Inc.  announced that on September 26, 2016, it sold to unrelated third parties the M/V ‘Free Maverick’, a 1998-built, 23,994 dwt Handysize dry bulk carrier for a sale price of $1,925,000. The vessel’s mortgage has now been discharged.


Brokers Optimistic on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: credit BSM

More activity from Australian miners buoy capesize rates; dry cargo market remains over-tonnaged as fleet growth outpaces demand. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes should stay largely unchanged next week on static cargo volumes though shipowners remain


Hong Kong Shipping Group Wants Aid to Arrested Ship's Crew

The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) on Thursday called on the city's authorities to provide assistance to the crew of a Hong Kong-flagged coal ship off the east coast of Australia that is running out of food and fuel. Local Australian media and Great Britain's Guardian newspaper


Q4 Bounce Forecast for Dry Bulk Market

File photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The Q4 bounce – a seasonal staple of the dry bulk markets – looks likely for Capesize and Panamax segments, but the effects may be limited.    Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a fourth quarter bounce in dry


Hot Month at Marseille Fos

In contrast to an international downturn, French port Marseille Fos has reported exceptional results for July with 7.8 million metric tons of cargo and 387,000 passengers – up by 18.6 percent and 13 percent respectively on the same month last year.  


NordLB to Shed Shipping Loans to KKR

German state-owned lender NordLB and KKR Credit said they had reached an agreement by which KKR Credit will acquire a $1.5 billion portfolio of shipping loans from NordLB jointly with an unspecified sovereign wealth fund. The portfolio of performing and non-performing loans will include up to


Dry Bulk Shipping Outlook Good

Graph: BIMCO

 The dry bulk commodity imports into and exports out of China we have seen in the first half of 2016 are very positive – and nothing short of extraordinary, says BIMCO.   But, putting it into perspective, compared to the devastating freight rate levels over the same period


Mumbai Port's Container Terminal to handle Dry Bulk Cargo

Captain Vivek Anand

Mumbai Port Trust has allowed berthing of dry bulk cargo vessel at its OCT (Offshore Container) Terminal on trial basis following persuasion by members of Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association to overcome congestion. The two vessels that were allowed to berth at the OCT Terminal were


PPG Showcases Marine Coatings at SMM

PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE is based on advanced technologies developed and patented by PPG that generate low friction, linear polishing, improved idle time tolerance and fuel savings. (Photo: PPG Coatings)

PPG’s (NYSE: PPG) protective and marine coatings business will showcase four of its’ premium marine coatings solutions at SMM event in Hamburg.   Amongst these is one of PPG’s most recent product innovations, the PPG SIGMAGLIDE 1290 fouling release coating


Euroseas Cancels Ultramax Newbuild Order

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of dry bulk and container carrier vessels, has cancelled its order for an Ultramax dry bulk vessel under construction at Dayang yard due to excessive construction delays.   The vessel, Hull Number DY 161


Seaborne Trade: How Full Is Your Basket?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research is reflecting on annual projections of seaborne trade that can be useful demand side indicators. However, often it is difficult to get a real understanding of short-term trade trends.    A year ago (SIW 1189) we looked at a ‘basket’ approach


Newbuild Contracts at Lowest Level in 20 Years -BIMCO

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

 Shipyards have become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime






 
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