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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


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 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.


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 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 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.


Bulker Refloated

The St. Vincent and Grenadines-flagged bulker Pooja, was refloated on October 30 at Carrick roads by a tug and then towed to Falmouth, England, Reuters reported. No pollution was reported. The 33,111 dwt bulker ran into trouble after it started to drag its anchor in bad weather. It did manage to raise its anchor but subsequently ran aground on Monday in the entrance to Carrick roads.


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.


Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance Broadens In-house Capacity

Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance broadens panel of security, increases marine pollution capacity    Vessel pollution liability insurance company Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance announced it has expanded its carrier partnerships to include Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company


Huangpu Wenchong Bags Contract for Two Vessels

Image: CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company

 Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding has secured newbuild contracts for a 17,000dwt asphalt carrier and a 38,800dwt bulk carrier.   The eco-friendly bulk carrier is scheduled to be delivered from the shipyard by end-2017. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.  


Dry Bulker Business Down, Says MOL

Dry Bulker. By Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 In the dry bulker business, the market is deteriorating to a new record low due to the imbalance of fleet supply and demand, along with stagnant cargo trade resulting from the slowdown in China’s economy since last fall, says Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.  


Mercator Sells Five Bulkers

Photo: Mercator Lines

 Singapore’s dry bulk shipping company Mercator Lines Limited has has entered into Memoranda of Agreements to sell five bulk carriers, the company’s judicial manager said.   The judicial manager appointed to oversee the bankruptcy of Mercator Lines (Singapore) has announced


Bulkcarrier Market Looks Bullish

Graphics by Clarksons

 Bulkcarrier investors are generally an optimistic lot, with little time for pessimistic analysts, says a research report by Clarksons. They know that however gloomy the forecasts, some time they will make a nice profit.    After all, the ships last 30 years


CEO Will Not Return: Fredriksen

Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen said Jo Lunder, who has been on leave as chief executive of his Fredriksen Group since November, would not come back, business paper Dagens Naeringsliv wrote on Friday. Fredriksen Group controls rig firm Seadrill, fish farmer Marine Harvest


Icy Blast Putting The Big Freeze On Shipping Heat?

Graphics: Clarksons Research

 In Western Europe temperatures so far this winter have remained resolutely mild. However, the global shipping markets remain in general fairly icy, Clarksons Research.   From time to time, shipping market investors still manage to repel the market chill and turn up the heat with their


Dry Bulkers in An Overwhelming Disappointment

Table Source: Allied Shipbroking Inc

 Dry bulkers have been an overwhelming disappointment with the year coming to an end, while on the other side of the coin we have the tanker market that has not only kept its positve momentum but managed to outpace what most had expected thanks to low crude oil price


Scorpio Bulkers Sells Five Capesize Ships

Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. announced today that it has entered into agreements with unaffiliated third parties to sell three Capesize dry bulk vessels and two newbuilding Capesize dry bulk vessels under construction for approximately $167 million.   


Recent Vessel Sales - December 2015

Vessel sales for December 2015 (as of January 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD Bulk Carriers 12/10 - AMINE BULKER - 28,700 - 07 - (8) - $6.3


Ampelmann Tallies 2 Million Safe Transfers

The BSP and Ampelmann crew after the 2 millionth safe transfer (Photo: Ampelmann)

Ampelmann, a provider of motion compensated offshore access solutions, announced it has achieved a milestone in the operation of its systems; two million safe transfers. The accomplishment was achieved 10 months after the one millionth transfer.  


New Boat Delivered to Royal Bahamas Police Force

Photo: SAFE Boats

SAFE Boats International, a manufacturer of aluminum, patrol and response boats located in Bremerton, Wash., has manufactured and delivered two new 41-foot Center Console – Offshore Interceptors for the Royal Bahamas Police Force adding to its growing fleet of SAFE Boats.  


Scaling The Heights And Plumbing The Depths

Table: Clarksons Research

 With tanker owners “on top of the world” and their dry bulk counterparts often feeling like they are “staring into the abyss”, 2015 was a year of contrasting fortunes across bulk shipping, says Clarksons Research.  


Wärtsilä, Prosafe Ink Flotels Maintenance Deal

Prosafes semi-submersible accommodation vessel, the Safe Boreas, operating gangway-connected to the Edvard Grieg installation in the North Sea. Courtesy Wartsila

  Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, has signed a long-term maintenance agreement with Prosafe, the world's leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels also known as flotels


North P&I Publishes Loss Prevention Guide on Bulk Cargoes

The 175 million GT, ‘A’ rated North P&I Club has published a major new guide for the international shipping industry on how to reduce losses when carrying bulk cargoes by sea. The 280-page Bulk Cargoes: A Guide to Good Practice adds to North’s comprehensive portfolio of






 
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