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New Bulker, Drawdown Loans Actioned by Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. signs MOU to buy a new-building bulk ship from a third party; subsidiaries negotiate term loan facilities. The new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier, to be named Myrto of 82,131 dwt, was built by Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan, and the purchase price is US$26.5-million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to Diana Shipping at the end of January 2013. Separately, the Company also announced that it signed, through two separate wholly owned subsidiaries, a term loan facility with Nordea Bank Finland Plc, London Branch, and has completed the drawdown of US$20-million. The purpose of this facility is to partially finance the acquisition costs of the two newly built Post-Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v "Amphitrite" and m/v "Polymnia", which were delivered to the Company on August 14, 2012 and November 20, 2012, respectively. Including the "Myrto", Diana Shipping Inc.'s fleet currently consists of 31 dry bulk carriers (17 Panamax, 1 Kamsarmax, 3 Post-Panamax, 8 Capesize and 2 Newcastlemax), as well as 2 new-building Ice Class Panamax vessels expected to be delivered to the Company during the fourth quarter of 2013  


Diana Shipping Signs Loan Facility with Danish Ship Finance

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$30 million, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, under a term loan facility it signed with Danish Ship Finance A/S. The proceeds will be used to partially finance the acquisition cost of a Capesize dry bulk vessel, the m/v Santa Barbara, which was delivered to the Company on January 12, 2015.


Transas Chosen for Ferry Newbuilds

Transas signed a contract with Uljanik shipyard, Croatia, to equip four ferry new buildings with its onboard navigation systems. The contract will be implemented before the 2006 and the first ferry is scheduled for commissioning at the beginning of 2005. Each ferry will be fitted out with GMDSS equipment, ARPA/Radar system, Automatic Identification System, autopilot, gyro- and magnetic compasses, log, echo sounder, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).


Wilhelmsen Wins Contract from Meyer Werft

Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering won an order from Meyer Werft in Germany to finalize the cruise ship AIDAblu and two new cruise vessels, NB689 (unnamed) and NB690 (unnamed) being built for the German cruise operator, AIDA Cruises. Under the terms of the deal, Wilhelmsen Marine Engineering's subsidiary, Wilhelmsen Callenberg Fläkt will deliver heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and related engineering services. The order has an estimated value of EURO 10.4 million.


Navios Maritime Acquires Newbuilds

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE:NM) , a global, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and logistics company, announced the delivery of a new build Capesize vessel and the agreement to acquire another new build Capesize vessel. The Navios Antares, a 169,059 dwt Capesize vessel, was delivered to Navios Holdings' owned fleet on January 20, 2010 from a South Korean Shipyard. Navios Holdings agreed to acquire a new build Capesize vessel of 180,000 dwt


Golar LNG Secures Charters for Carrier Duo

Golar Arctic

  Golar LNG announced today that it has been awarded 2 time charters by Nigeria LNG Ltd ("NLNG") to employ the recently delivered Golar Frost and Golar Crystal. Employment of both vessels under these contracts will commence in January 2015 and will continue for a duration of approximately 12 months for each vessel. NLNG has elected to retire earlier than planned 3 of its smaller and less efficient LNG Carriers and to replace these with Golar's more modern and technically


Technip Continues Plan to Rebuild Fleet

Technip has reached several new milestones in relation to its strategy to renew and develop the Group’s subsea construction fleet. Technip has signed agreements with Norwegian ship owner, DOF, which provide commitments with respect to two of its new build vessels. First, Technip is teaming up with DOFCON, a subsidiary of DOF, for the joint ownership and management of its new build DP III DSV. This vessel will be mostly dedicated to the support of the Statoil frame agreement signed with


SEVSAT for Entire Varada Marine OSV Fleet

Photo courtesy Strike Zone Communications

Ship Equip announced a contract with Varada Marine to install its SEVSAT (Ship Equip VSAT) maritime broadband solution on the company’s entire fleet of Offshore Supply Vessels. Varada Marine, a company with its head office in Kristiansand, Norway, has announced an extensive new building program at ABG Shipyard Ltd in India.  Deliveries of SEVSAT systems will commence in step with the new building program, with the first system already delivered to the yard.   


G E Shipping Takes Delivery of Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier

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The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of its new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier “Jag Aditi”. The vessel of about 80,700 dwt was built at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co.Ltd, South Korea. With the induction of “Jag Aditi”, the Company’s fleet stands at 35 vessels, comprising 27 tankers (10 crude carriers, 16 product tankers, 1 LPG carrier) and 8 (1 Capesize, 2 Kamsarmax, 1 Panamax, 3 Supramax


VT Halter Marine’s Dry Dock Arrives in Pascagoula

Floating Dry Dock transported by a heavy lift vessel from the Philippines arrives in Pascagoula (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine Inc, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc., announced the arrival of a 12,000 MT Floating Dry Dock transported by a heavy lift vessel from the Philippines. The dock dimensions are LOA- 546 FT x B 128.5 FT x D 46 FT. The dry dock is part of an overall expansion plan to the south yard in Pascagoula where VT Halter Marine is adding a repair facility for semi-submersible drilling rigs and Panamax-size ships.


Cosco Xiamen Orders Aluminum Fast Ferry

Rendering of the Coastal Cruiser 322 aluminum fast ferry for Cosco Xiamen (Image: CoCo Yachts)

CoCo Yachts and AFAI Southern Shipyard Guangzhou Panyu ltd have been awarded a new building contract with Cosco Xiamen for a Coastal Cruiser 322 aluminum fast ferry.    The newly built Coastal Cruiser 322 will replace Cosco Xiamen’s current fast ferry with on the passenger


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Rena Marie

MV RENA MARIE (Hull 191)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Rena Marie (Hull 191), the 61st 90-foot inland towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing new build program. Florida Marine Transporters, Inc


Transgrain Charters Diana Panamax Bulker

m.v. Clio

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that on July 8, 2015, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Transgrain Shipping B.V


Zamakona Builds Tuna Vessel for Echebastar

Photo: Zamakona Yards

 Zamakona Yards informs its Astilleros Zamakona shipyard will deliver new build EuskadiI Alai, the third tuna freezer vessel ordered by the Echebastar Group to the Bermeo Group Echebastar on Saturday at the maritime cruise station in Getxo, Port of Bilbao.  


Dry Bulk Market Crisis: Opportunity or Threat?

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The shipping industry is experiencing the biggest dry bulk market recession since the 1980s, as uncertain global economic outlook and increased imbalance between supply and demand have lead to historically low freight rates .It seems the downturn will continue until 2017 if a viable equilibrium is


Fugro Americas Completes Maiden Voyage

Fugro Americas

  On June 11th, 2015, Fugro’s premier geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Americas, successfully completed data collection for a geochemical coring campaign in the Caribbean. The project marks the maiden voyage of the new-build vessel.


Container Ship Industry ‘Lucky to Break Even' in 2015,

Image: Maersk Line

 Global shipping consultancy Drewry predicts the container ship industry will be "lucky to break even this year" as shipping rates slump due to catastrophic overcapacity.   A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner


New Rescue Vessel Marks Milestone for Craig Group

L to R: Grampian Devotion Master, Malcolm Trott, with Craig Group chairman and managing director, Douglas Craig, and North Star Shipping managing director, Callum Bruce.

North Star Shipping has reinforced its fleet of next generation vessels after taking delivery of its new ERRV, the Grampian Devotion, in Aberdeen.   The latest vessel represents the eighth and final D-class IMT-950 Emergency Response and Rescue vessels (ERRVs) that the company has had


Eastern Shipbuilding Bags Four Z-drive Tugs Order

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  Bay-Houston Towing Co. announced it has contracted with Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Florida to build four new z-drive tractor/ASD tugs. The new tugs will utilize the popular and proven Z-Tech 2400 series designed by naval architect Robert Allen


Diana Finds Work for Panamax Duo

Dianas Panamax

  Diana Shipping Inc., today informed that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Naias. The gross charter rate is US$6,800 per day minus a 4


Wartsila to Equip Giant Dredger

Mr Roger Holm, Senior Vice President, Wärtsilä Engines (left) and Mr Wang Haihuai, Vice President CCCC (right) at the signing ceremony of the long term strategic cooperation agreement

  A contract has been signed with the Tianjin Dredging Company, part of the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) and the recently founded Dredging Group, under which Wärtsilä will supply the engines and all essential ancillaries for a new self-propelled cutter dredger


N-KOM Records Safety Milestone

N-KOM and GDI management and project teams pictured together to celebrate the achievement of 1 million safe man-hours on the liftboat new-building project. (Photo: N-KOM)

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) informs it has achieved its first safety milestone on its liftboat new building project, with the successful completion of one million safe man-hours without any lost-time-incidents (LTIs). The self-propelled and elevating lift boat is being constructed


Nakilat H1 Profit Up 10 pct

Photo: Qatar Gas Transport Co Ltd (Nakilat)

 Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, has registered a half yearly net profit of $135 million (QR490.2mn), up 10% on the same period last year.   The healthy financial results reflect “Nakilat’s strategic development


SINOPACIFIC Wins Bid for 9 AHTS

Mr. Dagher Al Marar, CEO of ESNAAD and Mr. Simon Liang, Chairman and CEO of Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group at signing ceremony

  SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group was recently successful in winning the bid for the construction of 9 AHTS vessels for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, ESNAAD. ADNOC firstly launched bids for this new-building project in 2013 and then handed it over


Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

Image: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.  






 
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