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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


Pioneer Marine Names V.Ships as Technical Managers

Pioneer CEO Pankaj Khanna (right) with Capt Sachit Sahoonja - MD V Ships Ship-management India left (Photo: V.Group)

V.Ships, the ship management arm of global maritime services provider V.Group, has recently completed the transfer of the rapidly growing Pioneer fleet of geared dry bulk carriers into its management portfolio.   Pioneer Marine Inc, a fleet owner of some one million deadweight of tonnage


Star Bulk Adds Three Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that on July 15, 2015 it took delivery of M/V Goliath and M/V Maharaj, two 209,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers built by Nantong COSCO KHI-Ship Engineering Co.   In addition, on July 22, 2015 Star Bulk took delivery of M/V Star Aquarius, a 61


Dry Bulk Shipping Outlook Improving

Image: Diana Shipping Inc

 The dry bulk market looks set for a solid show, although conditions remain more than challenging, analysts with Macquarie said in a note, reports WSJ.   As the amount of iron ore and other goods carried by these ships races ahead of new capacity


Pacific Basin Returns to The Black

Pic: Pacific Basin

 Pacific Basin Shipping cut its half-year underlying losses by 32 per cent to US$14.6 million from a year ago, thanks to stringent cost-cutting efforts that helped it mitigate an anaemic dry-commodities shipping market.   Hong Kong-listed Pacific Basin


DryShips Loss $59.2mln in Q1

Ocean Rig Corcovado and Ocean Rig Olympia naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries. Photo by DryShips Inc

 The Athens, Greece-based DryShips Inc. (DRYS) has reported a loss of $59.2 million in its first quarter. DryShips is an owner of dry bulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide.   The company said it had a loss of 9 cents on a per-share basis


Cosco Scraps Four Vessels

Pic: China COSCO Holdings

 China COSCO Holdings disassembled four vessels including two container vessels and two bulk carriers in April 2015, with the aggregate capacity of 261.8 thousand deadweight tons.   The company realized losses from the disassembly of the vessels of approximately RMB59 million


Thordon Reports Big Orders from Chinese Shipyards

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has received an order for a total of 20 seawater-lubricated COMPAC Propeller Shaft Bearing Systems for Chinese shipyards, marking the Canadian company’s most significant order for commercial vessels. Thordon Bearings


GE Takes Delivery of New Vessel

Pic: Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

 The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of its new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier "Jag Arnav".    The vessel of about 81,600 dwt was built at Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc., Philippines.  


China Shipping Charters Diana Panamax

Calipso. Photo by Diana Shipping

 Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hong Kong - based China Shipping Bulk Carrier, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Calipso.    The "Calipso" is a 73,691 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2005


Sale of m.v. Star Mega

M.V. Star Mega

  Star Bulk Carriers Corp.  a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced the sale of M/V Star Mega, a 170,631 dwt Capesize vessel, built in 1994, to an unaffiliated third party.


Star Bulk Sells Star Christianna

  Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced the sale of M/V Star Christianna (a 74,577 dwt Panamax vessel, built in 1998) to an unaffiliated third party.


New Record Year in Dry Bulk Demolition Underway - BIMCO

Demolition activity in 2015

  The monthly average for the first six months in 2015 is 3.3m DWT. In 2014 the first half year averaged at 1.33m DWT per month.   April 2015 saw 5.36 million DWT being retired from active service, which was the highest on record ever for a single month


Record Bulk Shipping Demolition Rates in 1H15

Graph: BIMCO

 Monthly demolition rates in the dry bulk shipping sector averaged 3.3 million DWT for 1H15, according to new figures from BIMCO, compared to 1.3 million DWT last year. This included a record 5.36 million DWT in April – the highest on record for a single month.   


Vogel Appointed CEO, Eagle Bulk Shipping

Photo Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

  The Board of Directors of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. today appointed Gary Vogel as Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Bulk, effective September 1, 2015. In addition to his new position, Mr. Vogel will also join the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Vogel will succeed Stanley H


ClassNK Releases New PrimeShip-HULL Software

New version of ship design software

  ClassNK has released PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver. 2.5.0 in response to the new IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT).   CSR BC & OT, which harmonizes requirements found in both existing Common Structural Rules for bulk carriers and double






 
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