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MC Shipping Acquires Tanker

MC Shipping Inc. has taken further steps to focus on the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping sector with an agreement to acquire a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker from the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group of Denmark. The vessel, Hans Maersk is a 1993-built semi-refrigerated LPG carrier of 20,700 cbm capacity. The acquisition is being funded out of current cash holdings and a bank loan. The vessel is expected to be delivered before July 31, 2006. Simultaneously with the purchase, she will be time-chartered back to A.P. Moller - Maersk for a minimum period of 5 years. The Company further announced that it has signed contracts to sell its two small coastal bulkers, Bay Trader and Link Trader. Delivery to buyers is expected within June 2006.

Kuwait to Bid Tankers Soon

The Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) will float a tender to build four crude oil tankers soon, according to a report on Xinhua. The budget for the new fleet is reportedly up to $130m. According to Xinhua, KOTC has almost finished its first modernizing phase of oil tanker fleet, which includes nine tankers. Among which two tankers will be for crude oil, three for petroleum products, two for liquefied petroleum gas

KOTC to Order Mega Vessels

According to AFP, Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. (KOTC) will soon order four giant oil tankers expected to cost some 500 million dollars, chairman Abdullah Al Rumi said on Wednesday. The new order was approved by the national oil conglomerate Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC), and will be offered in a tender soon, Rumi told the official KUNA news agency. Each has a capacity of 300,000 tonnes and will replace old tankers in the company’s fleet of 24 vessels.

Nakilat to Invest $11.5b in Fleet Expansion

Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) is investing $11.5b in its bid to become the largest owner of LNG/LPG tankers fleet by the end of the decade. The plan is to acquire 60 ships by 2010 to ferry liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas worldwide, Nakilat vice-chairman Faisal M Al-Suwaidi is quoted to have said in a report in the Gulf Times. While 46 tankers are meant for LNG transportation, the rest will be used for liquefied petroleum gas supply

MHI Wins Gas Ship Order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. reportedly won an order for four liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers from a shipping unit of British energy giant BP PLC, with the first due for delivery in 2006. While a total order value was not divulged, it is believed to be the first time that a Japanese shipbuilder has won an order for four LPG carriers all at once. The double-hull ships will have a capacity of 83,000 cu. m. each.

Singapore's Epic Gas Order Two Big LPG Carriers

Epic Gas Ltd. says it has contracted Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan to build two 11,000 cbm fully-pressurised gas carriers to be delivered in 2016. This latest order brings the total newbuild contracts for the year to eight fully-pressurised vessels. In addition Epic Gas has taken delivery of three bareboat vessels during the year. The company says it is also actively looking at opportunities to purchase high quality secondhand tonnage.

MC Shipping to Buy Two Tankers

MC Shipping Inc. said on July 5 that it plans to buy a pair of 15,360 cu.m., semi-refrigerated liquefied petroleum gas tankers from Germany's Bernhard Schulte Group. The company did not disclose the cost of the ships, but together with its recent purchase of the 20,700 CBM-capacity Hans Maersk, MC Shipping spent a combined $71.5m on the three vessels. The company said it expects to take delivery of the Tyco Brahe and the Immanuel Kant sometime before July 31

ABB Wins Third Ichthys FPSO Major Contract

ABB appointed main electrical contractor (MEC) for a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at the Ichthys oil & gas field in the Timor Sea off Western Australia. The order is worth $30 million and was awarded by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the FPSO, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. This is the third major contract that ABB has been awarded for the Ichthys oil and gas project

MES Expands Gas Carrier Lineup

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), foreseeing the effects of the shale gas revolution to maritime industries, has been developing new type medium size multi gas carrier for sea transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and co-product of shale gas such as ethane and ethylene gas (LEG). In the coming decade, LNG carriers (LNGC) may probably be classified into large scale LNGC and medium scale LNGC centering on the hub ports over the world, the builder said.

Vard Brazil Shipyard Makes First Delivery

Barbosa Lima Sobrinho  7,000 m3 Fully Pressurized LPG Carrier Photo Vard

  Vard Holdings Limited, a global designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels, has delivered its first vessel from the group’s newest shipyard, Vard Promar in Brazil, on January 8, 2016. The vessel, a 7,000 m3 fully pressurized Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier, is the second in a series to be delivered to Petrobras Transporte S.A. (Transpetro), and the first to be built entirely at and delivered from Vard Promar

Teekay Sign Yamal Charter for Newbuild

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project, sponsored by Novatek OAO, Total SA, China National Petroleum Corporation and Silk Road Fund, to provide Yamal LNG with conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation services

Asian LNG Prices Rise to Highest Levels

Photo: Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia

 Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) gas prices reached a nine-month high this week as demand from India, Japan and South Korea underpinned sentiment, reports Reuters.   LNG for November delivery were about $6.20 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), 10 cents higher than last week

Matrix PDM Signs Licensing Deal with GTT

Photo: GTT

 GTT's Houston-based US subsidiary, GTT North America (GTT NA), has signed a license agreement with the American engineering company Matrix PDM Engineering.   The agreement was signed at the Matrix Service Company headquarters in Tulsa, OK

Iran’s Gasoline Imports Plunge

Photo: National Iranian Oil Company

Iran's gasoline imports decreased from 12 million liters per day (ml/d) in the first half of current fiscal year to 4 ml/d currently, says Seyyed Mohsen Ghamsari, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).  

Qatargas, RWE Ink SPA Deal for LNG Deliveries

Al Hamla Q-Flex Photo Qatargas

Qatargas, the World’s Premier LNG Company, today announced a flexible Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with RWE Supply Trading (RWEST), a leading European electricity and gas company. Qatargas will deliver up to 1.1 million tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) per annum to RWEST in North

As Market Sours, LPG Tankers Anchor off Singapore

Record U.S. LPG exports to Asia flip market into a glut. Last year, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplied to Asia was being snapped up by petrochemical makers. Now, after a flood of U.S. exports into the region, the market is awash with LPG and supplies are being stored in ships anchored off

Enterprise to Export First Ethane Cargo from Houston Terminal in August

Enterprise Products Partners on Thursday said the first ship to load ethane for export from its new terminal on the Houston Ship Channel will arrive on Aug. 1, the first such export of the light natural gas liquid from the U.S. Gulf Coast.  

Over 60 Vessels Transit Expanded Panama Canal

Photo Panama Canal Authority

The Expanded Panama Canal has transited 69 Neopanamax vessels since the Inauguration on June 26, 2016. Specifically, 40 containerships, 24 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, three vehicle carriers and two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers have transited the Expanded Canal

Vard Takes Control of Vard Promar, Brazil

Vard Production of hull sections for FINCANTIERI at Vard Tulcea. d Promar in Brazil. Photo Vaard

Vard Holdings Limited (VARD) has increased its ownership stake in its indirect subsidiary in Brazil, Vard Promar, to 95.15%. Vard Promar, previously held 50.5% by VARD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Vard Group AS, and 49.5% by a local partner, PJMR Empreendimentos Ltda

LNG-Prices Slide, Middle East Boosts Imports

Photo: Cryptome

 The new new supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Sakhalin plant and weakening demand from Egypt helped snap a months-long rally. Hence Asian spotLNG prices fell this week, reports Reuters.   Meanwhile, countries in the Middle East and North Africa led by Egypt

Shell: Force Majeure on Nigerian LNG

Shell Petroleum Development Company has declared force majeure (FM) on gas supplies to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility on Bonny Island, a spokeswoman said. "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) declared force majeure on gas supply to NLNG on

Crowley Christens MT West Virginia

Fourth LNG-Ready, Product Tanker Joins the Crowley Fleet Photo Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. today christened the MT West Virginia, its fourth new, Jones Act product tanker for the U.S. coastwise trade, in Philadelphia at Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA. The West Virginia is LNG ready

Swan Sells 60% of FLNG Terminal Capacity

Pic: Swan Energy Ltd

 Indian public sector oild giants Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)  and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) have booked 60 per cent of the capacity of Swan Energy Ltd. (SEL)'s upcoming floating Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off the Gujarat coast.  

Nakilat Upgrades VSAT Service for LNG/LPG Fleet

Photo courtesy of Nakilat

Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine VSAT services for vessels in its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied

Fitch Ratings Affirms Panama Canal's 'A' Ratings

Photo courtesy of ACP

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings for the Panama Canal Authority (ACP): Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A' and $450 million senior unsecured notes at 'A', reflecting the ACP's solid revenue profile and low leverage levels.  

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