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, 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, 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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bulk ship owners announce its initial public offering of 15,500,000 common shares, granting the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 2,325,000 additional common shares. Scorpio say that the net proceeds of this public offering are expected to be used to fund newbuilding vessel
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has entered into agreements to purchase five Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels currently under construction in a Chinese shipyard as listed below: Yard
Significant volumes of dry bulk carrier orders, most of them for Chinese shipyards, are reported by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, as follows: Starting with the large sizes in dry, Oldendorff Carriers are reported to have declared the sixth in a series of 207
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has entered into agreements for the purchase of six Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels and two Ultramax dry bulk vessels, as listed below: Shipbuilders Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. 82,000 dwt Q2-14 delivery date
The Panama Canal is experiencing a strong grain shipping season with dry bulkers registering record grain cargoes during the first two months of the current fiscal year. Based on the analysis by the Panama Canal’s Marketing Division, in October, a total of 5
Scorpio Bulkers inc. announce newbuilding agreements for 3 Capesize dry bulk vessels for an aggregate of US$162-million from the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME). The three Capesize dry bulk carriers of 180
Greek dry-bulk ship owners Safe Bulkers, Inc. plans to offer 5,000,000 shares of its common stock to the public. The Company plans to use the net proceeds of the Public Offering and Private Placement for vessel acquisitions, capital expenditures and for other general corporate purposes
The UK Club Board has decided on a general increase for 2014 renewal of 10 per cent. This across the board premium rating increase is in addition to any increase in the cost of the International Group reinsurance. Overall, the Club’s financial position remains strong with the free reserves
CIT Maritime Finance has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with RS Platou Finans AS that will help them expand into the leasing market. CIT Maritime Finance offers senior secured loans, sale-leasebacks and bareboat charters to owners and operators of oceangoing cargo vessels including tankers
Greece-based dry bulk ship owners Safe Bulkers declares a cash dividend of $0.51111 per share on its 8.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares for the period from July 30, 2013 to October 29, 2013. The dividend will be paid on October 30
Activity in Chinese shipyards increased the past week, notably in the dry-bulk carrier market, as workers returned from the 'Golden Week' holidays reports Clarkson Hellas Weekly S&P Bulletin. Dry bulk carriers China Navigation have announced the declaration of another four options of the 39
Scorpio Bulkers Inc.has entered into various agreements for the purchase of eleven Ultramax dry bulk vessels of 60,000 DWT to 64,000 DWT and four Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels of 81,000 DWT to 84,000 DWT from yards in Japan and China, as listed below:
Increased activity in the dry bulk carrier shipbuilding market is reported in the latest Clarkson Hellas Weekly S+P Bulletin, and in all sectors the shipbuilders are in China. Dry bulkers Grieg Shipping have added to their existing orders at Dayang, with two further units of Ultramaxes
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign targeting all MOL-operated vessels, starting October 1. As part of these efforts, President Muto, executives and other personnel will concentrate their visits on MOL-operated vessels to meet onboard employees and
Algoma Central Corporation's 'Algoma Equinox', the first in a series of eight Equinox-class ships, has set sail from the Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries shipyard in Nantong, China bound for Canada. The series consists of four gearless bulk carriers and four self-unloading bulk carriers