The Board of Golar LNG Ltd. has confirmed that it has now signed a newbuilding contract with the Korean shipbuilder DSME for one 145,000 m3 LNG newbuilding for delivery in end of 2005 / alternatively beginning of 2006. Included in the contract is an option for up to two more newbuildings with delivery in 2006/2007 to be declared at a later stage. Chairman John Fredriksen says in a comment: "The strong market recovery in the drybulk, container and tanker sectors has put pressure on yard capacity. In this situation it has been important for Golar to secure the future growth of our company. The combination of the attractive contract price, fixed earlier this year, and the additional option package makes this deal into a very favourable contract for Golar. It is Golar's intention to work with employment opportunities where the strategic value of Golar's four uncommitted newbuildings can be maximized as a package. Such deals can include time critical infrastructure projects like the Italian Livorno project or other LNG chain projects managed by major LNG receivers/producers. Until such projects can be realized the Board is prepared to trade the vessels in the spot / short-term market. The spot market presently represents in excess of 10% of all trades in the LNG market and is expected to grow significantly."
EXMAR has signed a newbuilding contract for 2 Very Large Gas Carriers at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. of South Korea. The newbuildings will have a capacity of 84,000 m³ and the first vessel will be delivered in the 1st half of 2008. EXMAR currently controls a combined fleet of 60 gas carriers servicing the entire gas product range worldwide.
Moody's Investors Service has confirmed the debt ratings of General Maritime Corporation, completing a review for possible downgrade that was initiated on March 29, 2004. The confirmed ratings include: $250 million senior unsecured notes due 2013, rated B1 Senior Implied rating of Ba3 Senior Unsecured Issuer rating of B1 The rating outlook is stable. General Maritime's ratings had been placed on review for possible downgrade following the announcement by the company of its proposed purchase
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd’s (Keppel O&M) specialized shipbuilding arm, Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) has clinched three newbuilding contracts totaling about $98.5m. The first contract was awarded to Keppel Singmarine by Dutch dredging and marine contractor, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) for the construction of a 159-metre long rock dumping fall pipe vessel to be completed in late 2011.
Seaspan Corporation orders 4 newbuild 10,000 TEU container ships and, buys 4 second-hand 4,600 TEU ones. Seaspan has signed contracts for the construction of four 10,000 TEU class newbuilding containerships, at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in China. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2014 and will be constructed using Seaspan's fuel efficient SAVER design
Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that it has been contracted for the construction of four 25,000 Dwt IMO 2 eco-design product and chemical tankers ordered from Fukuoka Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Japan (Fukuoka) for a total price of approximately $118 million. As part of the contracts, Ardmore has also negotiated fixed price options for additional vessels. Ardmore expects to take delivery of the contracted vessels between fourth quarter 2014 and fourth quarter 2015
Aker Yards and the Estonian Tallink Group have signed a contract for the building of a fast passenger ferry for delivery in spring 2007, worth around 110 million euro. The contract includes an option for another similar vessel. The new ferry to be delivered from the yard in Helsinki is of a new and innovative design. She will start regular traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn and will be capable to cross the sea between the two cities in 1 hour and 50 minutes
Drydocks World - Southeast Asia Pte Limited, the Southeast Asian subsidiary of Drydocks World, announced that it has secured a newbuilding contract with Scottish Highlands International Inc., a subsidiary of Coastline Maritime Pte Ltd, to construct a 689-ft Ultra Large Multi-Purpose Offshore Construction Vessel. DDW-Sea operates four shipyards in Singapore and on Batam Island Indonesia providing offshore rig construction, volume shipbuilding and ship repair and conversion services
DNV is supporting shipowners and operators through the initial enforcement phase of the Maritime Labor Convention with a range of services and advise that the major port state control bodies will go beyond International Labor Organization Resolution XVII recommendations to initially just concentrate on passenger ships and bulk carriers. “Paris MoU enforcement will be applied to all ship types, and those considered high risk will be the target of inspections,” said Georg Smefjell
Clean Marine has been selected by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) being built for Dorian LPG Ltd. The order will enable the new Dorian LPG vessel to comply with future legislation relating to sulphur emissions without switching to more expensive fuels. According to Nils Høy-Petersen, CEO in Clean Marine, “The contract signals a growing market demand for Clean Marine’s unique and
Damen to deliver ASD Tugs 2810 to Petroleos de Venezuela SA Signaling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage
Scorpio Tankers inform of a new $150 million stock buyback program; initial purchasers' exercise of their option to purchase additional $60 million in convertible senior notes due 2019, and newbuilding vessel deliveries. Main points follow: New $150 Million Stock Buyback Program
Successful retrofit to first newbuilding sees Aberdeen-based owner specify further Low Expansion Foam system for second China-built jack-up. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) has received a repeat order to install its Unitor Low Expansion Foam fire extinguishing system on a second jack-up
Athens, Greece-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers says it has taken delivery of 'M/V Peloreus' a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (“JMU”) and the first of six similar vessels ordered at JMU, with expected deliveries until the 3rd quarter of 2015.
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) says it has taken up the option with Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for one additional 18,000 TEU vessels, bringing the total order to 17 ships including eleven 14,000 TEU vessels and six 18,000 TEU vessels.
Euroseas signs new building agreements for the acquisition of two fuel efficient kamsarmax drybulk carriers and announces new acquisition for its joint venture Euromar. Euroseas Ltd., a Greek owner and operator of drybulk carriers and container vessels and provider of seaborne transportation
A $73.2 million investment strengthens DIS’ fleet newbuilding strategy d’Amico International Shipping (DIS), an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market, announces that its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) entered
Scorpio Tankers says it recorded a gain of US$51-million from the sale of the 7 VLCC newbuilding contracts announced earlier. In March 2014, the Company received the proceeds from the sale of the seven VLCC newbuilding contracts and recorded a gain of $51 million in the first quarter of 2014
Scorpio Tankers Inc. has reported its results for the 3 months ended March 31, 2014 including the announcement of a US$100-Million stock buyback program and a quarterly dividend for shareholders. Significant events as follows: Closed on the previously announced sales agreement of seven
A relatively quiet week in the dry bulkship and tankship newbuilding market according to Clarkson Hellas in its latest S&P Bulletin. Dry Bulk Carriers Kuang Ming Shipping are understood by Clarkson Hellas to have contracted two firm 61,000 DWT Ultramax bulkers at Imabari
Athens based, Financial Analyst John Nikolaou provides an insight into the recent market trends of the shipping industry: Greek shipowners have returned to the top of the global shipping economy by controlling a gross tonnage of 164 million tons, overtaking the Japanese on 159
South Korea, Japan and China shipyards update their order books with a clean haul of ocean-going newbuilding contracts, detailed as follows in the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Drybulk carriers Clarkson Hellas report a few orders in dry
Greek shipowners are not only the most active nation when it comes to sales and purchases, they are also investing the most in newbuilding contracts, BIMCO reported. Since 2010, contracts made by owners in Greece total $51 billion (USD), consistently dwarfing the likes of Norway and China as buyers
Newbuilding Haifa follows in footsteps of twin MAN 8L27/38-powered sister Zamakona Yards, one of Spain's main shipbuilding and ship-repair groups, has signed a contract with Haifa Port Authority for the construction of Haifa, a Voith Schneider tug boat, to aid in port operations
Lauritzen Bulkers and Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan have signed contracts for building at Hakodate of two bulk carriers at a signing ceremony in Copenhagen on 10 June 2014. The deal consists of two 34,000 dwt eco design handysize bulk carriers for delivery in 2017.