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Excel Maritime Increases Quarterly Minimum Dividend

Excel Maritime Carriers an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that the Board of Directors has increased the Company’s minimum annualized dividend guidance to $1.60 and has set the 2008 minimum annualized dividend guidance to $1.20. This guidance would result in a minimum quarterly dividend of $0.40 per common share beginning with the dividend declared for the second quarter of 2008.


Diana Shipping Assumes Shipbuilding Contracts

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has assumed shipbuilding contracts from two unaffiliated parties for the construction of two Capesize dry bulk carriers of approximately 175,000 dwt each for a price of $60.4 million each. The vessels will be constructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Diana Shipping Inc. expects to take delivery of the vessels during the second quarter of 2010.


Star Bulk Carriers Relocates, Appoints Kleopas

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has moved its executive offices to new premises at 40 Agiou Konstantinou Str, 15124 Maroussi, Greece. All interested parties are asked to update their records accordingly. Star Bulk also announced the appointment of Zenon Kleopas as the Company's new Chief Operating Officer. Kleopas has over 30 years of experience in the shipping industry and served as General Manager of


Excel Maritime Acquires Handymax Dry Bulk Vessel

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd a shipping company specializing in the seaborne transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a Handymax dry bulk vessel for delivery during the first quarter of 2005. The vessel, of 42,500 dwt, was built in Japan in 1987, and will be put directly into the spot and short term time charter markets. CEO Christopher Georgakis commented, "The demand for seaborne dry bulk trade has grown tremendously over the last few


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.


Star Bulk Carriers AGM Approves Directorships, Auditors

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Singapore recently. At the meeting, each of the following proposals, which are set forth in more detail in the Notice and the Company’s Proxy statement were approved and adopted: 1.The re-election of Mr. Petros Pappas and Mr. Spyros Capralos as Class C Directors of the Company to serve until the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders; and


Quintana Prices 8 Vessels for 2010

Quintana Maritime Ltd., a Greek shipping company specializing in dry bulk cargo, said Tuesday it secured eight vessels under a master time charter with Bunge SA at an average daily rate of $21,800. Quintana Maritime expects to earn about $59.2 million in net revenue in 2010 as a result of the fixtures. The company said almost 40 percent of its fleet's expected net operating days are secured at fixed rates in 2010, worth about $119 million. Source: AP


Greek Owners Sell Bulker, Reduce Debt

Greece-vased Seanergy Maritime Holdings sells its 172,173 dwt Capesize bulk carrier  'BET Scouter' for recycling The 1995-built, drybulk vessel, built in 1995 fetched a gross price of US$12,118,537. The ship was sold for demolition and has been delivered to its new owners. The Company will use the proceeds to reduce debt. Following the completion of sale of the BET Scouter, the Seanergy Maritime fleet consists of ten Handysize, three Panamax


Diana Shipping Time Charter, M/V Calipso

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Calipso, at a gross rate of US$9,400 per day for a minimum eleven (11) to a maximum fourteen (14) month period. The charter commenced on January 24, 2009. This employment is anticipated to generate approximately $3


Diana Shipping: Time Charter Contract for M/V Boston

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, has entered into a time charter contract with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc., for one of its Capesize dry bulk carriers, the m/v Boston, at a gross rate of $14,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties for a minimum twenty-two (22) to a maximum twenty-six (26) month period. The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further minimum eleven (11) to a


Baltic Sea Freight Index Falls to Lowest Level Since 1986

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, spiralled downwards to its lowest level in nearly three decades as rates for all the four vessel types continued to flounder.   The overall index


Russia Sea Ports Throughput Up 5.7% in 2014

Image: National Association of Commercial Sea Ports

Russia's sea ports (including the ports of Crimea) handled 623.4 million metric tons of cargo in 2014, up 5.7% from 2013, according to the data from the National Association of Commercial Sea Ports.  The total throughput of liquid cargo fell by 0


Japan Shipyard Orders Continue Decline

(Pic Source: JSEA)

 In December 2014, orders of Japan yard fell 37% year on year, says Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA). Japanese shipyards specialize in building dry bulk carriers.  JSEA member yards secured 24 export orders totaling 1,215


Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade

  Hinode Maritime Conferences have announced their "2nd Annual Conference on the Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade". Considered the largest conference in India on Dry Bulk Trade to be held on January 22, 2015 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President Mumbai


Intercargo Calls for Bulk Carrier Safety

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) issued a statement which again reminds stakeholders of the continued dangers associated with the carriage of bulk cargoes that may have a potential for liquefaction.  


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


Thoresen Shipping goes to Middle East

Thoresen Shipping

 The dry bulk shipowner Thoresen Shipping rolled out new subsidiary Thoresen Shipping Arabia as part of its expansion plan to the Middle East  With a new office in Dubai for Thoresen Shipping Arabia DMCC, the dry bulk shipping company  Thoresen Shipping announced its explansion to


CargoFlexX Bags US Order for 6 Bulk Handling Systems

Netherlands-based cargo handling innovator CargoFlexX BV has secured a contract to deliver six dry bulk handling systems to the Gulf of Mexico.    The dry bulk handling systems will be installed on-board the new SOLAS OSVs under construction for SEACOR Marine LLC’s new building


Indian Shipping Industry Mulls Major Makeover

Nitin Gadkari (Phot Credit - Govt of India PR division)

Captains of the shipping industry in India are pinning hopes on solid policy support in 2015 as promised by the Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari that would transform the industry and would increase buoyancy and investment opportunities. With strong policy support by the government on the anvil


Bulk Carrier Freight Rates Predicted to Peak in 2016

Harald Lone

“A fundamental and sustainable dry bulk market recovery is expected in the second half of 2015 and throughout 2016, when the total dry bulk market balance could peak at 88%, with peaks during the fourth quarter close to 92%. Improved tonnage balance in 2015/2016 should drive up bulk rates


US-flag Lakes Cargos Up in November

Photo courtesy of Interlake Steamship

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in November, an increase of 6.2 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures from the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The total would have been higher, the LCA said


Diana Acquires Newbuild Dry Bulk Vessel

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to acquire from an unaffiliated third party seller, a newbuilding Capesize dry bulk vessel of approximately 180,000 dwt


Rolls-Royce Secures Deck Machinery Contract

Photo courtesy of Maersk

Rolls-Royce is to deliver an extensive package of advanced deck machinery to six new high-end anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS) to be built by Kleven in Norway for the Danish ship owner Maersk Supply Service. The contract with Kleven is worth in excess of £54m to Rolls-Royce


D/S Norden Reports Q3 Loss, Keeps 2014 Guidance

Photo: NORDEN

Danish shipping company D/S Norden reported a smaller-than-expected third-quarter operating loss on Wednesday and maintained its full-year earnings guidance. D/S Norden said its loss before interest and tax was $27.6 million in July-September, against a forecast for a loss of $33


US-flag Great Lakes Cargos Up Nearly 15%

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 11.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in October, an increase of 14.7 percent compared to a year ago.  The October float was also 19.6 percent above the month’s long-term average. Iron ore for North American steelmakers totaled 5






 
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