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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.

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

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: /

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

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

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.

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

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.

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 Plunges into Red Again, Cancels Ship Orders

Photo by Pioneer Marine Inc

 Singapore-based Pioneer Marine reported a $5.4m loss for the third quarter of 2015, about even with a $5m loss in the same quarter last year.  It canceled orders for three new ships as the bulk-ship operator coped with a steep decline in demand for commodities in China.  

German Vessal Held in US

Cornelia. Photo by Micharms

A German ship Cornelia is being held in the Duluth Bay by U.S. authorities in Lake Superior for a fortnight, says local media.   The U.S. Coastguard is investigating the German bulk carrier for alleged environmental violations.   

J. Lauritzen: No Dry Cargo Recovery

Photo by J. Lauritzen A/S

“The dry cargo markets have shown no signs of recovery during Q3. A lack of demand growth in combination with deliveries of new tonnage will make this the reality of the market for an extended period. Our Q3 result in dry cargo is as expected and a reflection of these market conditions

Goldenport Sells Supramax

Photo: Goldenport Holdings

 London-listed Goldenport Holdings has sold a 2009-built bulk carrier to Zenith Shipping LP of Majuro, Marshall Islands.   The 2009-built Alpine Trader was sold for a gross cash consideration of $9.3m and delivered to its new owners on November 5.   

Dry Bulk in Dimlight

Pic: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co

 Worse is still to come for many bulk carriers, warns a report in the Economist that claims that the dry-bulk cargo shipping has hit the bottom.   Between the start of the financial crisis and January this year Baltic Dry Index - a measure of bulk freight rates—had fallen by 95%

15 Terex Straddle Carriers for Liverpool Terminal

Peelports Terminal -Liverpool to receive Terex Straddle Carriers

  Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order for 15 diesel-electric Terex N SC 634 E straddle carriers from the British terminal operator Peel Ports Group Ltd (Peel Ports). Five of these machines have already been in use at the Peel Ports terminal in Liverpool since

HSL May Hand Over Bulk Carrier to Navy

Image: Hindustan Shipyard Limited

 Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) may sell its bulk carrier under construction at the yard to the Indian Navy, reports the Hindu.   Goodearth Maritime Limited (GML) has failed to settle its dues for nearly a year after placing the order under Diamond Series of 53,000 DWT bulk carriers

DNV GL Releases Cargo Liquefaction Guidelines

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has published a guideline for the design and operation of vessels with bulk cargo that may liquefy.   The guideline aims to raise the awareness of the risks of liquefaction and describes mitigating actions to reduce these risks

Industry Stakeholders to Develop LNG-Powered Bulker Design

Deltamarin, Arista Shipping, ABS and GTT announce Project Forward, a joint development project to equip the dry bulk carriers of the future with LNG propulsion. The project, led by Athens-based bulk carrier owner Arista Shipping, began officially in May this year

Gas Carrier Concept Stems from Bulker Design

Intersection showing the cylindrical cargo tank in the Deltamarin and Brevik Technology multigas carrier design (copyright: Brevik Technology AS)

Deltamarin Ltd and Brevik Technology AS, a VARD affiliate, have joined forces to develop a novel multigas carrier design concept that combines the design of Deltamarin’s B.Delta and the new-generation patented cylindrical gas tanks by Brevik Technology.

Bulker Runs Aground in Sweden

Photo courtesy Swedish Coast Guard

Liberian-flagged bulk carrier MV Victoria is reportedly stuck on a shoal off the west coast of Sweden with a 3-meter gash in its hull after running hard aground Saturday night.   According to local reports, the 190-meter ship was en route from Rostock

Star Bulk Sells Supramax Ship

Dry bulk shipper Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the sale of a 58,722 dwt Supramax vessel, M/V Maiden Voyage, built in 2012 (tbr Astakos).   Star Bulk said the vessel was delivered to its buyers, an unaffiliated third party, on September 15, 2015.   

Seanergy Acquires First of Seven Bulk Carriers

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., a shipping company that owns and operates dry bulk vessels, has taken delivery of the first of seven newly acquired secondhand dry bulk vessels. The 170,024 dwt Capesize vessel, which has been renamed M/V Premiership

G E Shipping delivers “Jag Aakash” to Buyers

Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. delivered the new building Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Aakash” (81,600 dwt) to the buyers.  The vessel was contracted for sale in August 2015. The company had ordered the vessel in July 2013 at the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc

CMES Establishes Subsidiary for Valemax

Valemax. Photo by Vale.

 China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES), the dry and wet bulk arm of state conglomerate China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited, has set up a wholly owned subsidiary China VLOC Company Limited to operate 400,000 dwt ore carriers in Hong Kong.  

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