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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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


Ice Blockade Halves March Lakes Shipping

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Ice formations, the likes of which have not been seen in decades, severely limited cargo movement in U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes in March. Shipments of iron ore, coal and cement in “lakers” totaled 980,000 tons, a decrease of 55 percent compared to a year ago


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type, less crude oil (-2%), mineral oil products (-14%) and other liquid bulk cargo (-14%) were transferred


V.Ships Signs with Spill Center for Global Vessel Spill Support

Spill Center, a North American leader in environmental claims management and emergency response support for transportation clients at risk for releases of hazardous materials, has expanded its program to include global cargo-carrying vessels, according to Tom Moses


Clarkson Asia Appoint Maher to Head Drybulk Operations

Jonny Maher: Photo courtesy of Clarksons

Shipping services provider, Clarksons, say they have appointed long time Asia expert, Jonny Maher, as Head of Dry Cargo for the  Asia-Pacific.  Based in Singapore, he will head up Clarksons' drybulk operations in the region.  The move, they say


Dry Bulk Specialist Mazzone Hired by ISS

Vincent Mazzone has been appointed to the role of Vice President Cargo Solutions Business Development.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS)  has announced a key hire in its Cargo Solutions division. Vincent Mazzone, a dry bulk supply chain and risk management professional, has been appointed to the newly created Geneva-based role of Vice President Cargo Solutions Business Development.


National Strike at French Ports

Workers at French ports embarked on a national strike starting at 6 a.m. local time today, February 12. The strike, which affects most public terminals but not private ones, will likely last 24 hours. Fos/Lavera - Port workers stopped work 12/0600 (probably until 13/0600) at Fos/Lavera oil


Baltic Freight Index up on Higher Dry Bulk Activity

Reuters - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, rose 19 points to 1,562.


Baltic Freight Index Down, Capesize, Panamax Rates Fall

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an eighth consecutive session on Thursday as rates for capesize and panamax vessels continued lower. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a ninth straight session on Friday on lower vessel activity. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Pull Down Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a tenth straight session on Monday as vessel rates continued to fall. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


60 MacGregor Cranes Ordered for Chinese-built Bulkers

Range of MacGregor cranes from well-proven electro-hydraulic versions to highly-efficient low-energy new-generation VFD electric cranes.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a run of orders for bulk versions of its cargo handling cranes from five Chinese shipyards. The cranes are destined for 15 bulk carriers for various owners. The orders were booked in the first quarter 2014 order intake and include:


 
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