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Olivier Named UK Club Chairman

Alan Olivier, the new Chairman and President of the UK P&I Club

Alan Olivier was elected Chairman and President of the UK P&I Club at their board meeting in Bermuda on October 28. He succeeds Dino Caroussis who has retired from the board. Mr. Olivier, 53, Chief Executive Officer of Grindrod Limited, became a Director of the UK Club in 2000 and a Deputy Chairman in 2006. Mr. Caroussis, 61, of Chios Navigation, had been the Club’s Chairman for the past five years, having joined the board in 1996 in the shipping division. He held senior treasury and financial positions before his appointment as chief executive of Unicorn Shipping in 1995. He was appointed to the Grindrod Limited board in May 1999, where he is now chief executive. Alan is a director of local and international subsidiary companies, including Grindrod Bank Limited. Following the Club’s Annual General Meeting seven new Directors joined the UK board. They are Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid Al Sabah of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Angela Chao of Foremost Group, New York; Michael Fostiropoulos of Almi Tankers; Polys Hajioannou of Safe Bulkers, Athens; Edouard Louis-Dreyfus of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, Paris; Paul Wogan of Gaslog, Monaco; and Riad Zein of Naftomar Shipping & Trading, Athens. Sheikh Talal Al Khalid Al Sabah is the Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company in Kuwait. He joined Kuwait Oil Company in 1983 after graduating in business administration and gained his MBA in 1986


Safe Bulkers Announce Public Offering

Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transpor tation services, announced that it plans to offer its Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares, par value $0.01 per share, liquidation preference $25.00 per share to the public. In connection with the public offering, the company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional shares of the Series B Preferred Shares


Safe Bulkers Close Series B Preferred Shares

Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today the closing of its previously announced public offering of 800,000 shares of its 8% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares, par value $0.01 per share, liquidation preference $25.00 per share at a price of $25.00 per share. The company also announced the closing of its previously announced private placement of 800


Bulker Under Tow Off Brazil

Arrangements are being made to take the Maltese-flagged bulker Olympus, now off Brazil, under tow, Reuters reported. The 34,995 dwt bulker was involved in a collision with the Brazilian-flagged bulker Sao Sebastiao, close to Tramandai, south Brazil, on May 30. Olympus, laden with 27,000 tons of wheat, will be towed to an as yet unknown port. - (Reuters)


Shipsales

Tanker Sentinel - (built 1986) 106,722 dwt sold for $14.4 million. Tanker Bow Explorer - (built 1975) 31,501 dwt sold to Vulcanus for $4 million. Tanker Jo Breid - (built 1981) 26,300 dwt sold to Norwegian buyers for $7.5 million. Bulker Red Rose - (built 1978) 75,720 dwt sold for $2.35 million. Bulker Lionsgate Bulker - (built 1996) sold to London based Greek buyers for $18.25 million. Bulker Litrotis - (built 1981) 64,120 dwt sold at auction in Singapore for $3.5 million.


Ships Reported Sold

Bulker, Reliance Ocean - (built 1980) 194,399 dwt sold for $8 million. Bulker, Lucky Bulker - (built 1977) 70,600 dwt sold for $2.1 million. Bulker, Coral Halo - (built 1995) 45,320 dwt and sistership Flaxen Halo (built 1997) 47,240 dwt sold for $34 million en-bloc. Bulker, Pacific Splendour - (built 1984) 41,373 dwt sold to Apex for $7.8 million. Tanker, Presidente Rivera - (built 1981) 87,325 dwt sold for $6.1 million.


Bulker Runs Aground

The Liberia-flag bulker Golden Bay carrying a cargo of steel, ran aground at the entrance to the Dardanelles, Turkey, on May 14, Reuters reported. The 25,599 dwt bulker was to make an attempt at refloating itself. Golden Bay had been on a voyage from Novorossisk, Russia to Piraeus, Greece.


Bulker Remains Aground

The Panama-flag bulker Captain George Tsangaris was still aground on Round Island near Trincomalee in Sri Lanka on May 15, Reuters reported. It was believed that its cargo would have to be transhipped before it could be refloated. The 61,349 dwt bulker had been due to berth at the Prima Jetty to discharge its cargo of 52,653 tons of wheat when it ran aground. Some water had entered the vessel but there was no report of any damage to the cargo.


Bulker Under Tow

The Panamanian-flagged bulker Flame was taken in tow by a salvage tug on August 8, after suffering main engine failure in the mid-Atlantic on August 4. The 29,212 dwt bulker was last reported proceeding in the direction of Trinidad.


Bulker Under Tow

The Malta-flag bulker XL has been taken under tow by a tug and is bound for Singapore, Reuters reported. The 150,661-dwt bulker had been drifting off northwestern Australia after an engine room fire in which two crew members died on November 10.


Two New Patrol Boats for Tunisian Navy

Photo: SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International informs it has recently completed an order for two SAFE 65-Foot Full Cabin Inboard Boats for the Tunisian Navy.   The first boat has recently arrived in Tunisia and the second boat is in the process of being delivered, the builder said.   


MOL President Reports Slack Performance

President, Koichi Muto

MOL President, President, Koichi Muto reported that the performance of the company was slack.   Muto reported, "I am sad to report that our business performance fell short, and we could not achieve our initial target of ¥70 billion in consolidated ordinary income


Pentair Delivers Sustainable Access to Pure, Safe Water

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  As a global manufacturer with the resources, technologies and expertise to make a positive impact in the world, Pentair is pleased has announced that its Project Safewater efforts have provided over 1 million people with sustainable, safe water services around the world.


Shortage in Supramax

Supramax bulk carrier (Pic: United Seven GmbH & Co)

 As tonnage in the East Coast South America (ECSA) region continued to outnumber fresh grain requirements, Supramax front-haul freight rates fell this week, reports Platts, quoting shipping sources.   The rate for carrying a 50,000 mt grain stem from ECSA to the Far East continued at


Tanker Salvage Underway in Houston

Responders have begun to execute salvage plans for the damaged tanker Carla Maersk, Wednesday, following a collision that occurred Monday in the Houston Ship Channel, the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC) reported.   The plans include utilizing high-density foam to suppress any


'K' Line to Shrink Container Fleet

Image: K Line

 Japan's third-biggest shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line) plans to beef up its LNG and bulker vessels over the next four years, while downsizing its container shipping fleet.   The group plans to reduce its fleet of container ships from 70 to 61; however


Korean Shipper Files for Bankruptcy

 Korea’s dry bulk shipping company Daebo International Shipping has reportedly filed an application for rehabilitation proceedings with a court in South Korea.   Daebo is the third dry bulk shipping company to file for bankruptcy protection this month following China’s


Cosco Scraps Eight Old Bulk Carriers

Image: Cosco group

Following the recent announcement ordering 10 drybulk vessels, Cosco Group announced that it has sold eight old bulkers with a total capacity of 553,798 dwt for scrapping.    The vessels were sold to different third parties for scrap for approximately RMB82.2m ($13.3m)


Scorpio Bulkers Modifies Shipbuilding Contracts

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has reached agreements with a shipyard in South Korea to modify existing newbuilding contracts for three Capesize Vessels, the company announced today.   The three contracts, two for vessels scheduled for delivery within the first quarter of 2016 and one for a vessel


Thome: Self-Sufficient in Junior Officer Recruitment

Photo courtesy of Thome Group

THOME Group announced that it has become self-sufficient in recruiting junior officers thanks to its in-house cadet training program. Launched in 2005 under THOME’s “Human Element” initiative, the Thome Global Cadet Program has already trained in excess of 1


Japan Shipyard Orders Continue Decline

(Pic Source: JSEA)

 In December 2014, orders of Japan yard fell 37% year on year, says Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA). Japanese shipyards specialize in building dry bulk carriers.  JSEA member yards secured 24 export orders totaling 1,215


Scorpio Bulkers Modifies and Sells Shipbuilding Contracts

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announces agreements to modify and sell existing shipbuilding contracts for six capesize vessels    Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has reached agreements with shipyards in South Korea and Romania to modify six newbuilding contracts for Capesize bulk carriers into newbuilding


Northrop Grumman, Carisbrooke Renew Service Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation has renewed its service agreement with U.K.-based Carisbrooke Shipping Limited.   The contract will cover spares and labor for navigation systems, communication equipment and voyage data recorders onboard the 23 vessels, which include 6,000-, 8,000- and 12


Scorpio Bulkers Announces $39.6m Loan Facility

Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. received a commitment from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. for a loan facility of up to $39.6 million to finance up to 60% of the market value upon delivery of two Kamsarmax vessels currently under construction at Tsuneishi Zhoushan Shipyard, China for delivery in Q3 2015 and Q1 2016.


Equinox Class Scrubber Systems Receive Certification

Algoma Equinox in the Welland Canal (photo courtesy Algoma Central Corporation)

Algoma Central Corporation (“Algoma”), the largest Canadian shipowner and operator of domestic Great Lakes vessels announces that it has received all requisite approvals of its exhaust gas scrubbing systems installed on its Equinox Class of vessels.  






 
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