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Falling Oil Prices Help Boost Braemar Revenues

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Braemar Shipping Services said its ship broking division saw an improvement in its performance during the last quarter. The merger in July with smaller rival ACM Shipping also came in as shot in the arm. A strong dollar and weak oil prices are good for business, too, and freight rates, a key driver of revenue, are up in a number of sectors.   In an interim management statement the company says that as anticipated, its ship broking division's performance has improved significantly compared with the first half, reflecting the inclusion of ACM and the cost reduction actions taken as it successfully continued to integrate the businesses.    “We are encouraged by the progress of the enlarged division,” the company said. “While the oil price has continued to weaken, the freight rates, which drive our revenue stream, have risen in a number of sectors including VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers).” Demand for oil tankers has risen sharply, most likely as speculators hire huge ships to store cheap oil until prices increase again. That's good news for both rates and Braemar's revenue.   Elsewhere, Braemar's Logistics and Technical divisions are trading as expected. The freight forwarding side of Logistics and Braemar Engineering have done particularly well.  

Braemar Shipping Interim Management Statement

Braemar Shipping Services plc isued its Interim Management Statement in relation to the period since the six months ending 31 August 2009. The group has benefited from a dry bulk market which has been stronger than many expected during much of 2009, particularly in the latter part of the year. This has mainly been due to the continuing high demand from China, and to a lesser extent India, for the import of raw material which has been sufficient to absorb the arrival of new tonnage and for

MERPAC Meeting

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Washington, DC on March 21 and 22. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss task statement #47 concerning recommendations on knowledge and practical qualifications for engineers at the operational and management levels to serve on steam propelled vessels and task statement #49 concerning recommendations for use of a model sea course project in conjunction with an

Cosco Busan Management Company Charged

A federal grand jury in returned a second superseding indictment charging Fleet Management Limited, a ship management company, with negligently causing the discharge of 50,000 gallons of oil from the Cosco Busan and falsifying documents after the crash to cover-up the company’s negligence, the Justice Department announced today.  Fleet Management, the company responsible for operating the Cosco Busan, was charged with six felony counts for making false statements and obstruction

Braemer Shipping Interim Management Statement

Braemar Shipping Services plc issued an Interim Management Statement in relation to the period since the six months ending 31 August 2008: “Shipping markets have experienced a significant correction over the past four months and in varying degrees dry and wet freight rates and vessel values are sharply lower, mainly in response to the slowing global economic demand and the significant contraction in the availability of bank lending

Braemar: Interim Management Statement

Braemar Shipping Services plc today issues its interim management statement in relation to the period since the announcement of the interim results on 25 October 2011. Over the past few months activity in the Shipbroking division has increased. The Group has seen good levels of spot chartering business particularly in deep sea tankers and in capesize bulk carriers. The specialised tanker chartering desks are also performing well

St. Lawrence Seaway Annual Report Available

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) issued a statement that the 2002-2003 Annual Report is now available. Including both a narrative text and financial summary, the annual report also mentions that the SLSMC's new business plan increases maintenance expenditures by 36 percent over the next five years. Source: HK Law

Cape Wind Energy Project EIS Released

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) issued a notice stating that it has released the final environmental impact statement for the Cape Wind Energy Project.  Comments should be submitted within the next 30 days.  74 Fed. Reg. 3635  (January 21, 2009). (Source: Holland & Knight)

InterManager Salutes Capt. Vanderperre

InterManager, the international association of in-house and third party ship managers, has paid tribute to the life and memory of Captain Charles Vanderperre, the founder of Univan Ship Management and the long-accredited grandfather of modern day third party shipmanagement, who died at the age of 88. In a statement, Guy Morel, General Secretary of the Association, said: “We salute his memory and applaud the work he did in driving forward the development of third party shipmanagement

Cosco Pacific Appoints Zhang Wei as Vice Chairman

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 Cosco Pacific Ltd. has appointed Zhang Wei as vice chairman and managing director, replacing Qiu Jinguang who has stepped down from the positions with immediate effect, reports Dow Jones.   "Qiu Jinguang has resigned as an Executive Director, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director and also resigned as an authorised representative as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee, the Investment and Strategic Planning Committee and the Risk Management Committee

Sembcorp Marine Swings to Loss in Q3

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Singapore's Sembcorp Marine Ltd swung to a loss in the third quarter and the rig builder's revenue was hurt by customers deferring rig deliveries amid a protracted downturn in the oil and natural gas market.   The company posted a net loss of S$21.8 million ($15

Gas Tanker Attacked Near Key Shipping Lane Off Yemen

Unknown assailants attacked a gas tanker off the coast of Yemen close to the Bab al-Mandab waterway in the latest flare up in an area through which much of the world's oil passes, shipping and security officials said on Wednesday. The incident, the first attack on a commercial ship since July

Gulf Navigation Orders 6 Tankers from Wuchang

Dubai's Gulf Navigation Holding has signed a deal with China's Wuchang Group to expand its company's fleet, it said on Wednesday.   Dubai's only listed crude shipper said in a statement the agreement would help meet "increasing demand for transferring chemicals from the UAE and other

HSH Nordbank Seals Charter of Hanjin Ships to Maersk

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Germany's HSH Nordbank has arranged a deal which will see six container ships from collapsed South Korean line Hanjin chartered out to Denmark's AP Moller Maersk, the state-backed lender said on Thursday. This is one of the first examples of Hanjin's lenders looking to resolve the fallout from

Saudi Shipper Bahri Q3 Net Profit Falls

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 37.6 percent drop in third-quarter net profit on Monday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 318.4 million riyals ($84.92 million), down from 510

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

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 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

Guinea Opens Box Port in UAE Bauxite Complex

Guinea opened a new container terminal on Wednesday, part of a bauxite complex being developed in the West African country by Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala. Mubadala signed a $5 billion agreement with Guinea in 2013 to develop a bauxite mine

'We Will Not Stand by and Wait for Global Regulation' -Maersk Line

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 Shipbreaking has become commercial due to the recycling of steel becoming a global commodity in demand. This means that the dismantling and recycling of a ship are recognized as part of the value of the ship, which has evolved into a massive challenge for the shipping industry.

Rickmers’ Investors Demand Prompt Bond Repayment

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 Singapore-based shipping trust Rickmers Maritime announced that it has already received a letter from lawyers representing a group of bondholders demanding for the immediate payment of their share of  bonds, reports Bloomberg.  

Seattle’s Terminal 5 Closer to Becoming ‘Big Ship Ready’

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The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation

Container Shipping Industry Calls for Climate Action

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 Members of BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have agreed on a climate action statement and call to action for the container shipping sector and its value chain to support private-sector contributions for the global goals on climate change.   

Libyan Coast Guard Attacks Migrant Boat, Four Dead

ROME, Oct 21 (Reuters) - An NGO rescue group said on Friday that the crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" had attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing at least four to fall into the water and drown.

China Protests 'Illegal,' 'Provocative' US South China Sea Patrol

China's Defense Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday was "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States.   In a statement on its website, the ministry said two Chinese warships had warned the U

NYK Conduct Annual Safety Campaign

NYK president Tadaaki Naito, NYK executive officers, and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels Photo NYK

n August 24, NYK president Tadaaki Naito, NYK executive officers, and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers held a meeting at NYK headquarters in Tokyo to openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels that NYK is managing and operating.  

Costamare Defers Newbuild Vessel Delivery

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 Athens-based containership owner Costamare Inc. pushes back 11,000-teu newbuildings into 2017 as it reports strong third quarter figures which topped Wall Street expectations.   It has agreed to postpone the deliveries of the remaining four newbuilding 11,010 TEU containerships

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