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Excel Maritime Agrees to Acquire MV Fiona Bulker

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd a shipping company specializing in the seaborne transportation of dry bulk cargoes such as iron ore, coal and grains, announced that it agreed in late February 2005 to acquire a Handymax bulk carrier, MV Fiona Bulker, for a purchase price of $25.6 million. MV Fiona Bulker (to be renamed "MV Princess I") is a Handymax bulk carrier of approximately 38,800 dwt, built in 1994 by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries. The vessel is expected to be delivered by late May 2005. MV Fiona Bulker is the ninth vessel that the Company has agreed to acquire since Christopher Georgakis joined Excel Maritime as CEO in late October 2004. CEO Georgakis commented, "The acquisition of MV Fiona Bulker increases our tonnage carrying capacity and decreases the average age of fleet, which is consistent with our overall acquisition strategy."


Wärtsilä Engines for Bulk Carriers

Wärtsilä Corporation was awarded contracts to supply RT-flex50 common-rail low-speed engines, propellers and Auxpac generating sets to Goodearth Maritime Ltd of Chennai, India, for six 53,000 tdw handymax bulk carriers. For each ship, Wärtsilä will deliver a six-cylinder RT-flex50 common-rail low-speed engine with a maximum continuous power of 9720 kW at 124 rpm, together with a Wärtsilä fixed-pitch propeller and three 645 kWe Wärtsilä Auxpac generating sets.


Eagle Bulk Receives Supramax Dry Bulk Ship

Eagle Bulk Shipping, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGLE) has taken delivery of the Skua, a 2003 built 53,350 dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel. Skua was acquired as part of a three vessel transaction announced on February 28, 2007. Skua will immediately commence a 23-25 month charter at a rate of $24,200/day. The charterer has an option to extend the charter period by 11-13 months at a rate of $25,200/day. The Eagle Bulk Shipping, Inc. fleet consists of 23 vessels, including 20 Supramaxes


TBS International Ltd. Acquires Multipurpose Tweendecker

TBS International Limited (NASDAQ: TBSI) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the M.V. African Sanderling, to be renamed the M.V. Hopi Princess, a 1984 built, 20,401 dwt multipurpose tweendecker. TBS agreed to acquire the vessel charter free for $18.3m with expected delivery between mid-January and mid-February 2008. Following this acquisition as well as the previously announced acquisitions of five other vessels, TBS' fleet will comprise 40 vessels in total


SCI Order 6 Ships

With reference to an announcement dated December 3, regarding the approval received from the Government for acquiring six Handymax bulk carriers of about 57,000 dwt each, Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) has informed the BSE that it has p laced orders for the same with STX Shipyard, Korea. The shipbuilding contracts were signed on December 4. The vessels are expected to be delivered between 2011 and early 2012. (Source: /www.thehindubusinessline.com)


TBS International Takes Delivery of Bulk Carrier

TBS International Limited has taken delivery of the M.V. Mohave Maiden, formerly known as the M.V. Diasozousa, an acquisition it had announced in October 2007. The M.V. Mohave Maiden is a 1984 built, 28,074 dwt handysize bulk carrier that the Company agreed to acquire charter free for $26.0 million. With this delivery, TBS' currently fleet consists 40 multipurpose tweendecker, handymax and handysize vessels. TBS expects to take delivery of two multipurpose tweendeckers (the M.V


Graig Group Secures Orders For Bulk Carriers

Cardiff-based Graig Group has secured seven firm orders for its modern double-hull ultra handymax Diamond 53 bulk carrier. Graig has ordered two Diamond 53's from Shanghai's New Century yard, Athens-based Thenamaris has taken two Graig orders from the same yard, and Scandinavian interests have confirmed, through Graig, three orders at Shanghai's Chengxi yard. First deliveries will begin in January 2005. A total of nine options have been granted by the two shipyards.


GE Shipping Takes Delivery of Handymax Dry Bulk Carrier

Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd (GE Shipping) has announced has taken delivery of the 47,240 dwt, 1997 built Handymax dry bulk carrier. Now named Jag Riddhi, the vessel was contracted in March 2007. With this, the fleet of 46 vessels includes 34 tankers (13 crude oil carriers, 19 product carriers, and 2 LPG carriers) and 12 drybulk carriers (1 capesize, 2 panamax, 6 handymax and 3 handysize) with an average age of 12.2 years aggregating 3.22 Mn dwt.


Global Oceanic Carriers Acquires Bulk Carrier

Global Oceanic Carriers Limited, a global provider of marine transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announces today that the company has entered into an agreement to purchase a Handymax vessel charter-free for $37m. The vessel, acquired from ABG Shipping Limited will be renamed to M/V “GO Friendship” and is scheduled for delivery in August 2007. The M/V GO Friendship was built in Korea in 1994 and has a carrying capacity of 44,875 dwt


Indian Company to Buy VLGC

Great Eastern Shipping Company signs contract to buy a 1990-built Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed contract to buy a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) of about 49,700 dwt (75,000 cbm). The 1990-built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet during Q2FY2013. The Company’s current fleet stands at 32 vessels, comprising 22 tankers (9 crude carriers, 13 product carriers) and 10 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize


Star Software Implemented Aboard Universal Marine Bulkers

Photo: MirTac

Container and bulk shipping company Universal Marine and MirTac, a provider of fleet management solutions, have implemented Star Fleet Management software onboard the new bulk carriers mv Pride and mv Star II. Recently, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading (part of the


IMO Ushers New Era for Shipbuilding Rules

The MSC reviewed goal-based standards verification audit reports on 12 Recognized Organizations which are members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and confirmed that the 12 ROs’ ship construction rules were in conformity with the goals and functional requirements set out in the international goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers. (Photo: DNV GL)

Ship construction rules for oil tankers and bulk carriers submitted by 12 classification societies conform to the goals and functional requirements set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), marking a new development in how international standards for ship construction are determined


Maybulk on Selling Spree

Image: Malaysian Bulk Carriers Berhad

 Malaysian Bulk Carriers Bhd (Maybulk) is said to be putting two more vessels up for sale, says The Edge, a local media.   This comes on the heels of reports that it has sold one of its five post-Panamax dry bulk carriers — the 87


Bulker Loses Propulsion off California

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring a 587-foot bulk carrier Ultra Lascar after the ship lost propulsion at 10:20 a.m., approximately five miles offshore from Daly City, Calif.   The Singapore-flagged bulk carrier lost propulsion while operating offshore, inbound for the San Francisco Bay


US-flag Great Lakes Cargos Down in January

Source: LCA

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 2.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in January, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).  Iron ore cargos decreased 20 percent


Dry-Bulk Shipping: Hitting the Bottom

Photo: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co

 Dry bulk shipping companies being hit the hardest on account of the deteriorating business climate are likely to be swept by a new wave of bankruptcies, reports Nikkei.   The global commodities bust has rocked the dry-bulk shipping industry


Star Bulk Enters Chartering Pool

Star Bulk Courtesy Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that  it has entered into a Capesize vessel pooling agreement (“CCL”) with BOCIMAR INTERNATIONAL NV, GOLDEN OCEAN GROUP LIMITED and C TRANSPORT HOLDING LTD


Scorpio Delays Deliveries, Terminates Charter Contracts

Courtesy Scorpio Bulkers

Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. announced today that it has agreed in principle to delay scheduled vessels deliveries and terminated the time charter contracts for four vessels. The delivery Delays and Changes in the Newbuilding Contracts was in respect of Certain Vessels Under Construction


Scorpio Charters-In Handymax Trio

Courtesy Scorpio Group

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) announced agreements to time charter-in three ice class 1A Handymax product tankers. The Company has entered into time charter-in agreements with an unrelated third party on three ice class 1A Handymax product tankers


Euroseas Gets Newbuild Bulker

Kamsarmax Drybulk Vessels. Image by Paragon Shipping

 Euroseas Ltd, a Greece-based shipping company, took delivery of its newbuilding Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier Xenia and entered into a two-year time charter for its container carrier Evridiki G.   The M/V Xenia was delivered from the China-based Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co


Eagle Bulk Gets Another Few Days

Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

 Lenders to Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc gave it a few more days to negotiate a deal to boost its liquidity and avoid default.   The supramax specialist Eagle Bulk has extended its forbearance and standstill agreement with its creditors by a further three days to give it more time to find a


Genco Shipping Posts Loss in 2015

Photo: Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

 US-headquartered ship owner Genco Shipping & Trading Limited suffered a massive loss for 2015 just like the rest of the industry. However, the result represents a big improvement from the losses in 2014.   Dry bulk carrier has managed to decrease its net loss to USD 49


Scorpio Cancels Kamsarmax Newbuilding Contract

Photo:  Scorpio Bulkers Inc

 Scorpio Bulkers has continued to cull its fleet expansion with the cancellation of a newbuilding contract for a kamsarmax bulk carrier.   US-listed bulker owner set to save $19.3m final installment costs after walking away from order


GE Shipping Buys VLGC

Greatship Logo

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


Modern Power for Next-gen Bulk Carriers

Photo: WE Tech

WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech), an energy efficiency solutions provider in the marine industry, has received an order to deliver its direct-drive permanent magnet shaft generator solution to two new 25,600 dwt dual-fueled handysize bulk carriers, with an option for two more.






 
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