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Dryship Fleet Renewal Continues

DryShips, Inc., announced that tThe company has entered into an agreement to purchase a 2001 built, 172,579 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, for $152.25 million. It will be delivered, charter free, during the second quarter of 2008. ƒnThe Company also entered into an agreement to sell the 1993 built, 149,475 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, MV Netadola for $93.9 million. Delivery to the new owners will take place during the first quarter of 2008. Once the sale is concluded the company expects to realize a gain of approximately $62.2 million. ¡§We are pleased to continue with our strategy of fleet renewal. The replacement of MV Nedatola, a 14 year old smaller Capesize vessel, with a six year old modern Capesize dry bulk carrier, enhances our earnings potential and the longevity of our cash flow,¡¨ said George Economou, Chairman and CEO of DryShips Inc. ¡§We continue to take full advantage of the strong fundamentals of the dry bulk industry with our modern fleet.¡¨


Transpetro Signs Contract for Tankers

According to a report from Business News America, Transpetro, the transport arm of Brazil's federal energy company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), has signed a contract with the Eisa shipyard for the construction of four Panamax oil tankers. The $349m deal is part of Transpetro's fleet renewal program. (Source: Business News America)


Green Reefers Sells Vessels for $30m

Green Reefers agreed to sell the M/V Green Tundra, Green Summer, Green Spring and Green Winter for $30 million. The vessels, built in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1989 respectively are each of about 270,000 cu. ft. The vessels will be sold to a Norwegian single purpose entity initiated by Platou Finans. Green Reefers will participate in the new owning company with a shareholding of 25%. The vessels will be bareboat chartered back to Green Reefers for periods of 2-8 months.


DryShips adds Dry Bulk Carriers

Greek shipping company DryShips Inc., which specializes in dry bulk carriers, has sold a pair of older ships and added two newer vessels to its fleet. The company sold its 24-year-old Panamax bulk carrier MV Striggla for $12.1 million and its 17-year-old Panamax bulk carrier MV Daytona for $25.3 million. DryShips expects to book a combined gain of about $15 million from the divestitures. Meanwhile, the company bought a 10-year-old Capesize bulk carrier, MV Cape Venture, for $62 million


Proposed Shipbuilding Centers of Excellence

Davie Yards Inc. (TSX:DAV) introduced its proposal for the implementation of a National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy aimed at renewing the federal fleet and building world-class shipbuilding capability in Canada, while providing more predictable work for the maritime industry. "Davie's proposal is based on our belief that Canadian yards can achieve a competitive position vis-à-vis European yards in building complex ships


China-built, CSL's Fourth New Laker Homeward Bound

Personnel Laker Baie Comeau

The last of Canada Steamship Lines’ (CSL) four newbuild Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers, the 'Baie Comeau', set sail June 30, on her maiden voyage from Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China, en route to Montreal, Quebec, for service on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway. Commanding the Baie Comeau as she crosses the Pacific Ocean and transits through the Panama Canal is Captain Andriy Bondarenko, with Chief Engineer Francis Cotton


FreeSeas Inc. Takes Delivery of the Handysize Free Goddess

FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE) (Nasdaq:FREEW) (Nasdaq:FREEZ), a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk cargoes, announced that it has taken delivery of the 1995-built, 22,051 dwt Handysize M/V Free Goddess on October 30, 2007. The vessel then began a time charter at $13,000 per day, which is expected to last approximately one month. The vessel will thereafter begin a two-year time charter at $19,250 per day. Mr


Canada Launches Shipbuilding Consultation

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July 27 marked the opening of the Government of Canada's Shipbuilding Consultation, which seeks input from key stakeholders on comprehensive and viable options for a long-term, sustainable Canadian shipbuilding strategy. The Government is committed to building and maintaining an effective federal fleet of ships for maritime security and services. Fleet renewal plans could see the Government invest in excess of $40 billion to build more than 50 large vessels over the next 30 years.


Ultrabulk Orders Handysize Bulk Carriers

Ultrabulk signs contracts with a Japanese yard for construction of new generation handysize bulkers Denmark-based Ultrabulk has placed an order with a major Japanese ship yard for the construction and delivery of one new generation super ECO-designed handysize bulker of 38,000tdw size for delivery in 2014, with Ultrabulk’s option to extend the order with one additional vessel. The vessel(s) will be equipped with an electronic main engine as well as other equipment and systems which are


Matson Declares Q2 2014 Dividend

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Leading US carriers in the Pacific, Matson, Inc., apprises it has declared a second quarter 2014 dividend of $0.16 per common share. "Today's authorization continues Matson's outstanding history of paying dividends and reflects the solid financial foundation of our Company and the confidence we hold in its future," said Matt Cox, Matson's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With our strong balance sheet and operating cash flow generation


Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

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Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in


Handling Tug Meets the Sea at Uzmar

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On February 21, 2014, Uzmar Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, held a launching ceremony for the KOC MUSANED-2, the second of total 6 line handling tugs being built for Kuwait Oil Company’s tug fleet


St. Lawrence Seaway Opens 2014 Season

The Algoma Equinox at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal at the Opening Ceremony of the St. Lawrence Seaways 56th navigation season. (Photo: Kevin Richard Hotte)

$500 Million Being Invested in Vital North American Trade Route The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season today, with the transit of Algoma Central Corporation’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox


Scafi Expands Fleet with Italian Damen Tug

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Damen is to construct a new ASD 3212 tug for Scafi, the Italian shipping group that includes a number of international towing companies. The contract cements their already strong business relationship that goes back 20 years and represents the first Damen ASD 3212 for Italian waters.


Strong Offshore Market Demand Prompts Swissco OSV Orders

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Singapore's Swissco Holdings say they have placed orders with China shipyards for two anchor handling tug supply vessels (“AHTS”) and a fast utility/crew boat with a one plus one option. The newbuild vessels, excluding owner supplied equipment, are worth an aggregate of S$42 million


Seaway Wraps Up with Grain Surge

For the second consecutive year, a surge in grain movements led to a strong finish for the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced today that the Seaway closed for the season on January 1, 2014, with the eastbound vessel Orsula transiting the St


Matson Show Confidence with Q1 2014 Dividend Payout

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The Board of Directors of Matson, Inc. a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has declared a first quarter 2014 dividend of $0.16 per common share. "Today's declaration reflects the solid foundation of our core businesses and the continued confidence we hold in our ability to generate


U.S. DoD Awards Oiler Drydocking Contracts

USNS Yukon: Photo credit MSC

Listed among the latest Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, Detyens Shipyards, Inc., is to overhaul and drydock the 'USNS Leroy Grumman' and Vigor Marine LLC is to carry out the same on the 'USNS Yukon'. Details as follows: 1. Detyens Shipyards, Inc., North Charleston, S.C


Twin Trillium Class Bulkers Launched at Shipyard

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On January 25, 2014, two newbuild Trillium Class bulk carriers were launched for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. (CSL) at Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan, China. The 36,100-DWT, seaway size gearless bulkers are part of CSL’s ambitious fleet renewal program which oversaw the delivery of four new


Canadian Coast Guard's Massive Fleet Renewal Underway

CCGS Cygnus: Photo credit Canadian Govt.

As part of the Government's investment in its Coast Guard fleet, Federal Ministers Gail Shea and Rob Moore announce the award of a $1.2 million contract to St. John’s Dockyard Limited for Vessel Life Extension (VLE) and refit work to Canadian Coast Guard vessel 'CCGS Cygnus', .


Diamond Offshore Drilling 2013 Profit Slips

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In the company's financial report for the fourth quarter of 2103 Diamond Offshore Drilling announced that for the full year 2013 their net income of $549 million, or $3.95 per share, compared with net income of $720 million, or $5.18 per share, in 2012.  Revenues for the full year 2013 were $2


Tsakos Announces Time Charter Extension

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN), a crude, product and LNG tanker operator, announced the time charter renewal of a 2004 built, double hull handysize product tanker with a major national end-user for a period of twelve months. The new charter commenced in February 2014 and is expected to


EXMAR Sell Two Gas Carriers In Fleet Renewal Program

EXMAR gas carrier: Image courtesy of the owners

EXMAR LPG (the Joint Venture between EXMAR and Teekay LNG PARTNERS) announce sale of the Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) FLANDERS HARMONY (85,826 m3 - 1993 built) and the Midsize Gas Carrier TEMSE (35,754 m3 - 1994 built). TEMSE is expected to be delivered to its new owners by the end of the


UK P&I Club Announces Positive Renewal

The UK P&I Club, one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, announced its renewal for 2014 following the closure of the renewal season on February 20: Another positive result with a net increase of a million gross tons of mutual business


Members Boost London P&I Club Tonnage

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The London P&I Club has increased its membership by almost two million gross tons over the past year. This increase reflects the entry of further tonnage with the club by existing members, and the addition of new members from China, Greece, Singapore, Turkey, and the U.K.


 
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