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Merger Talks In Singapore

Shares of Keppel Hitachi Zosen Ltd. and Keppel FELS Energy & Infrastructure Ltd. surged on market talk the two units of the Singapore conglomerate Keppel Corp. would be merged. Ship repair specialist Keppel Hitachi jumped as much as 47 percent to an eight-month high of S$0.575 before moving back to S$0.51, up 12 cents, in moderate trade of 3.7 million shares. KepFELS, which also has a marine business, rose eight cents to S$0.935 after surging as much as 17 percent earlier to S$1.00 -- a level not seen since the middle of March. Volume was high with more than 10 million shares traded. "The rumours are not new. It seems that day traders were riding the wave," said a senior trader at a local brokerage. A Keppel official said she was "not aware of any corporate development". Shares of Keppel-related companies, including the parent, have risen recently on talk of an impending restructuring within the conglomerate. - (Reuters)

SS&Y Capesize Indices Both Rise

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 76 points in the week ending Monday to 5,060. "The index rose back above the psychological 5,000 barrier despite a relatively quiet week," SS&Y said. "Japanese steel production was down on last month's highs but still remains a force to be reckoned with and South Africa is drawing tonnage away from the Pacific, giving further cause for optimism amongst owners

China Stops Issuing Import Permits for US Distillers Grains

China has stopped issuing permits for imports of distillers dried grains (DDGs) from top exporter the United States on concerns they might contain an unapproved genetically-modified organism (GMO), traders said, sending U.S. prices tumbling. Quarantine authorities have also asked buyers to re-export earlier shipments that contained MIR 162, a GMO strain developed by Syngenta AG that has not been approved for import by China's agriculture ministry.

Brent Climbs Toward $115 on Iraq Crisis

Brent crude climbed to a nine-month high near $115 a barrel on Friday, as supply disruption fears took centre stage after the United States threatened military action in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who are pushing on towards Baghdad. The jihadists extended their lightning advance to towns only about an hour's drive from Baghdad while trucks carrying Shi'ite volunteers in uniform rumbled towards the front lines to defend the city, stoking concerns of prolonged unrest and bloodbath

Brent Crude Hits 16-month Low Under US$99

HFO: File image

Brent crude dropped to a 16-month low under $99 per barrel on Wednesday, stretching its losses into a fifth session amid continued worries about rising supplies and weak global demand. While a larger-than-expected fall in weekly U.S. crude stocks kept a floor under oil prices, gains were curbed by a firmer U.S. dollar that makes commodities priced in the greenback more expensive for holders of other currencies. The dollar index stood near a 14-month high, with some investors betting the U

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Soften

Capesize market "overheated" as rates near eight-month highs; optimism for a busier fourth quarter looms. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to take a breather and drift lower after climbing to their highest level in nearly eight months this week following bad weather delays and charterers' need for urgent tonnage, ship brokers said. "It's been really hot. Both the Atlantic and the Pacific have become overheated

Mideast Crude Tanker Rates at One-Month High

According to an August 16 report from Reuters, crude oil freight rates on major routes were mixed on Monday with the Middle East Gulf market hitting its highest in a month due to better cargo activity and tighter vessel availability as owners held back ships. The world's benchmark Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) export route from the Middle East Gulf to Japan DFRT-ME-JAP was at $21,809 a day, up from $6,185 a day last week and at the highest since mid July. (Source: Reuters)

Oil falls below $110 as Ukraine worries ease

Putin orders troops in military exercise back to base. U.S., EU warn Russia could face sanctions over Crimea; U.S. crude inventory likely rose 1 mln bbls last week. Oil fell more than $1 on Tuesday to below $110 a barrel after President Vladimir Putin recalled troops to base from military exercises in western Russia near its borders with Ukraine. April Brent crude was down $1.47 at $109.73 a barrel by 0900 GMT. It closed the previous session at its highest since Dec. 27.

Petroecuador Tenders to Buy 3.84m bbls of Naphtha

State-run oil company Petroecuador has launched tenders to buy a total volume of 3.84 million barrels of naphtha for delivery in the coming month at Esmeraldas, La Libertad or Punta Arenas ports, according to invitations seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Petroecuador has been this year ramping up purchases of fuels in anticipation of a major overhaul at the 110,000 barrel per day (bpd) Esmeraldas refinery, which this month started a 14-month upgrade.

BIMCO: Key Indicators for Shipping Demand


New data on three of the key indicators followed by BIMCO’s shipping market analyst sheds light on near-term and future market developments. The news follow up on BIMCO market reports and comments to commercial developments for the three main shipping segments. 1. China’s industrial production (IP) grew by 9% in July over the same period last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics in China. This is a minor decrease from 9.2% in June, which was a three-month-high

Dorian LPG Posts 2Q Profit

Photo Dorian LPG

  Dorian LPG Ltd. a leading owner and operator of modern very large gas carriers today reported its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Highlights – Second Quarter 2016 Revenues of $74.9 million

ICTSI 9M Profts Above Expectations

Photo International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

  International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) today reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the first nine months of 2015 posting revenues from port operations of US$792.0 million, an increase of two percent over the US$779

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for First Week in 11

U.S. energy firms this week added oil rigs for the first week in 11, data showed on Friday, despite continued weak crude prices.   Drillers added 2 oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 13, bringing the total rig count up to 574, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed

Asia Fuel Oil-Cracks, Spreads Tight; Bunker Prices Climb

Asia's fuel oil crack for benchmark 180-centistroke rebounded to a discount of $6.79 a barrel on Wednesday, gaining as bunker prices firmed on the possibility of reduced arbitrage volumes from the West next month even as the market remained quiet, traders said.  

SCPA Box Volumes Up; Leadership Realigned

On the heels of announcing its five-year growth, investment and cargo base expansion plans at the State of the Port, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a four percent increase in August container volumes over the same month last year.  

Polarcus Gets West Africa Contract

 Polarcus Limited  has announced it has received a letter of intent for a 3D marine seismic project in West Africa.    The client was not disclosed by the Dubai-based seismic vessel operator, who will utilise its RightBAND technique for the broadband data acquisition. 

Singapore's Record Fuel Stocks Move to Floating Storage

Record high stocks of fuel oil in Singapore are pushing traders to store the shipping and feedstock fuel into tankers temporarily as demand slows regionally. At least seven very large crude carriers (VLCCs) have been provisionally fixed to store fuel oil on short-term time charters

Urals Weakens Further in Baltic

Russian Urals crude differentials continued to slide in the Baltic on Thursday amid a flurry of activity with softer refining margins, pushed down by higher oil prices, still keeping buyers at bay.   In the Platts window, Statoil bought a 100,000-tonne cargo from Glencore for loadings on Oct

Commodities See Biggest Price Jump in 3 Years

Commodities jumped on Friday, headed for their largest weekly gain in more than three years as base metals roared higher after Glencore pledged to slash zinc output and gold hit three-week highs after dovish Federal Reserve minutes.  

Saudi Shipper Bahri Q3 Net Profit Rises

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 501 percent increase in third-quarter net profit on Tuesday. The company made a net profit of 510.3 million riyals ($136.10 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, up from 84

Singapore Bunker Sales, Container Volumes Down

Photo: Government of Singapore

 Singapore’s September bunker fuel sales fell 10.3% in September on month but rose 9.3% on year to 3.85 million mt. The port of Singapore has recorded a fall in container throughput in September.   These finding are based upon the data released Tuesday by the Maritime and Port

Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online

Photo: Paris MOU

A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website,, grants access to the region’s vessel inspection results.   “It is important we communicate about the results of our efforts to prevent sub standard shipping,” said Richard W.J

Maritime Crime Rises 38% in S.E. Asia

Dryad Maritimes Q3 results

Dryad Maritime released its Q3 trends and analysis of global maritime crime showing a stark rise of 38% of incidents across Southeast Asia, when figures are compared to the first nine months of 2014. The apparent impunity of maritime gangs operating in the region has led Dryad to call upon

Austal launches HSSV for Oman Navy

Hull 390 High Speed Support Vessel

Austal has launched the first of two 72m High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV’s) being built for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), yesterday. Hull 390 - the future RNOV Al Mubshir - was successfully launched after 13 months of construction and fitout at the company’s Henderson

Abu Dhabi Ports Sees Cargo Volumes Rise

(Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate―said it handled 19 percent more general and bulk cargo in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The volumes increased to 11

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