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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  

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

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.

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

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.

Diana Shipping Extends Charter for Crystalia With Glencore

Crystalia. Photo by Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping Inc., has, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessels, the MV Crystalia.   The charter has been extended for a period of minimum ten months to maximum thirteen months at a rate 43% lower than the original fixture.   The Crystalia (77,525 dwt, built 2014) was fixed at a gross rate of $9,000 daily, minus 5% commission

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

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).

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


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

Ulstein Systems Ordered for New Rock Installers

(Image: Ulstein)

Ulstein Power & Control announced it has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd. to deliver power and control for two subsea rock installation vessels for offshore dredging and construction specialist Jan De Nul Group.  

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Epic Gas Secured Credit Facility for 7 Newbuilds

Pic: Epic Gas Ltd.

 Epic Gas Ltd has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.   The facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with Coordinator

Odfjell's Tanker Overhaul Seeks to Slash Emissions by 20%

Bow Clipper is the first of Odfjell’s tankers to be upgraded (Photo: Odfjell)

Norwegian tanker shipper Odfjell announced it is upgrading the propulsion systems aboard 19 of its chemical tanker vessels in a move that aims to reduce its fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent.   The upgrades, which include the retrofit of new energy efficient propeller

Wärtsilä's BWMS for Bernhard Schulte Vessels

The Cap Ines will be the first of the Bernhard Schulte fleet to be retrofitted with a Wärtsilä BWMS solution.

  Eleven container vessels owned by Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG, based in Germany, are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This is one of the largest single retrofit contracts thus far issued for BWMS solutions

Silverstream Technologies Names Potts as Head of Supply Chain

Stephen Potts

  Silverstream Technologies, pioneers of air lubrication technology for the shipping industry, today announced the appointment of Stephen Potts as its new Head of Supply Chain.  The development is based on the company’s strategy to further expand its infrastructure on the back of

Mooring Integrity Monitoring: BMT Answers the Challenge

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The need for mooring integrity monitoring has of late come back under the spotlight, not least because the use of floating production systems in the offshore oil and gas industry has been predicted to grow at a significant rate between now and 2017 with a peak in the number of new builds expected

British Maritime Industry Eyes China’s One Belt, One Road Plan


 China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision has takers in UK maritime sector, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Both countries expected to improve bilateral maritime cooperation in the "Belt and Road" initiative

First Ethane-powered Ships Classed by Bureau Veritas

Photo: Bureau Veritas

The first ethane-powered ship, JS Ineos Insight, the leading ship in a series of eight 27,500-cubic-meter multi-gas Dragon-class vessels being built at Sinopacific, China, for Denmark’s Evergas, was named on July 14. The new vessels configured for transport of ethane, LPG or LNG

Hamburg Süd Christens Cap San Vincent

Left to right: Sung-Geun Lee, DSME executive vice president, shipyard general manager; Fawad Neiro, sponsor Susanne Neiro, K+S Transport; and Dr. Arnt Vespermann, member of the Hamburg Süd executive board. (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its new containership, Cap San Vincent, at a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, Wednesday.   The final vessel in a series of three identical new builds

Genting HK to Buy Lloyd Werft Shipyard

Photo: Lloyd Werft

Genting Hong Kong has agreed to acquire the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, in a deal that will see the company invest €17.5 million for a 50 percent ownership of the land and 70 percent of the new build business. The acquisition remains subject to final purchase conditions.

Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of the first of two recently purchased secondhand Suezmax tanker vessels.   NAT announced in July that it had agreed to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015

Kooiman BV Contracts for Survey, Life-Extension of SWATH

Photo: Kooiman

The Dutch Pilotage Service contracted with Kooiman BV for a major maintenance survey and life-extension of its SWATH vessel Cetus en Persues. The SWATH, a catamaran vessel measuring 25.7 x 14.3 x 2.7m was built in 2005.   Combined with regular special survey

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

Completed GMS Scirocco Gets first Contract

GMS Scirocco

  Gulf Marine Services the provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, informed that the newly-built GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget and has been awarded its first

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