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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


Safe Bulkers to Amend Loan Pact with RBS

Photo: Safe Bulkers, Inc

 Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services,  has agreed with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) to amend certain financial covenants and terms to an existing term loan facility with an outstanding balance of US $73.4 million.    Following this amendment the term loan facility contains the following: The total consolidated liabilities of the Company divided by its total consolidated assets charter inclusive must not exceed


Safe Bulkers Reports Q2 Loss, Expands Fleet

Photo: Safe Bulkers Inc.

 The Athens, Greece-based Safe Bulkers Inc. (SB) has reported a loss of $9 million in its second quarter.  It had a loss of 15 cents per share.   Net revenue for Q2 of 2016 decreased by 18% to $26.2 million from $31.8 million during same period in 2015.   Net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $9.0 million as compared to $4.4 million, during the same period in 2015.  Adjusted net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $8.7 million as compared to $3


Hajioannou Takes on Safe Bulkers Newbuilds

Courtesy Safebulkers

Safe Bulkers, Inc. announced today that the Company has agreed to novate an existing newbuild contract for Hull No. S835, a Japanese Panamax class vessel, and sell, upon delivery, Hull No. 1551, a Japanese Kamsarmax class vessel, in each case, to entities owned by Mr. Polys Hajioannou, the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Each vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.


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)


Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015.   This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction in such costs. All categories of expenditure were down on those for the previous 12-month period. This suggests continued pragmatic management of costs by ship owners and operators


US Post-election Shipping Rally Raises Interest, Questions

File photo: Diana Containerships

Shares of U.S. shipping companies shot higher again on Wednesday, causing volatility halts in a number of stocks and raising questions among investors and analysts over the extent of their sharp post-election rally.   The jump in share prices and unusually heavy trading volume even surprised analysts who follow the stocks, although some said the gains appeared to result in part from optimism that commodity demand would increase under President-elect Donald Trump.  


How Does Shipping’s Accumulator Look Now?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research Analysis examines the cumulative impact of different sectors in shipping industry and how have they fared better or worse at various points along the way.   So how would a vessel delivered into the eye of the financial storm in late 2008 have fared? The Graph


Dry Bulk’s Biggest Spenders

Figure 1 (Source: VesselsValue)

In the last month, we have seen the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) recover to the same level it was 12 months ago (see circles in fig.1). Vessel values have started to firm, but not at the same rate and are still at historically low levels.  


Scorpio Bulkers Signs Time Charter-Out Agreements

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers Inc

 Scorpio Bulkers, Inc.  announced that it has entered into time charter-out agreements for two Ultramax vessels and one Kamsarmax vessel.   The two Ultramax vessels are SBI Leo and SBI Achilles and the Kamsarmax vessel is SBI Cakewalk.  


Tough Times in Shipping Fleet Demolition

 Strong demolition has been a prominent feature of the shipping industry this year, as challenging market conditions continue to drive a significant supply-side response in a number of sectors, says Clarksons Research.   Across the total shipping fleet


Global Fleet Growth: A More Mature Trend?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The supply of ships into the fleet is a key determinant of vessel earnings across the shipping sectors, and world fleet growth is closely followed by everyone in the maritime industry, says Clarksons Research.   In recent years the overall pace of growth of the world fleet appears to


Quick Propeller Repair Prevents Drydocking

One of the propeller blades was missing parts of its tip. (Photo: Hydrex)

Recently a team of Hydrex diver/technicians performed a propeller blade cropping on a 190-meter container bulker berthed in Hamburg. Two parts of the tip of one of the four propeller blades were damaged and needed to be cropped to restore the propeller’s efficiency.   


Scorpio Bulkers books Net Loss

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers

 USA-Monaco based bulk carrier Scorpio Bulkers has reported a loss of $24.7 million in its second quarter of 2016, pushing the carrier's deficit up to $ 83 million.   The New York-listed dry bulk ocean shipper posted revenue of $17.4 million in the period.  


Q4 Bounce Forecast for Dry Bulk Market

File photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The Q4 bounce – a seasonal staple of the dry bulk markets – looks likely for Capesize and Panamax segments, but the effects may be limited.    Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a fourth quarter bounce in dry


Hanjin’s Ships Worth $1.7 Bln -VesselsValue

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

With Hanjin Shipping on the verge of bankruptcy, state run Korea Development Bank stated the shipper’s debt stood at more than $5 billion at the end of June.   However, Hanjin owns 63 vessels, worth today $1.7 billion, including live and newbuilding contracts, as shown by VesselsValue


The Price Ratio Between Newbuild and Secondhand

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Looking at the ratio between newbuild and secondhand prices is a classic method of examining the state of various shipping sectors, says Clarksons Research.   But the metrics can be just as revealing at the older end of the market


Prosafe Crew to Train Using a New Lifeboat Simulator

(Photo: Virtual Marine Technology)

Virtual Marine Technology said it has delivered a second lifeboat simulator system to Prosafe. The simulator was custom built for training lifeboat coxswains onboard the Safe Zephyrus, one of Prosafe’s newest accommodation rigs.   


Operation Render Safe Brings Safety to Solomon Islands

The ongoing menace of explosive remnants of war will again be tackled in the Solomon Islands by the multinational team assigned to Operation Render Safe 16

The dangers posed by explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands will again be tackled with the commencement of Operation Render Safe 16 over the weekend.   The annual ADF-led Operation Render Safe deployment is Australia’s enduring commitment to the removal of unexploded and


The Bulkcarrier Orderbook: Long Story, Short Tale?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Depressed dry bulk market conditions have put severe financial pressure on owners in recent times, triggering a slump in bulkcarrier contracting, observes Clarksons Research.   This has helped drive a significant contraction in the bulkcarrier orderbook


CNRSE Orders Evacuation In Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday. (U.S. Navy photo)

In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) has ordered the mandatory evacuation for approximately 700 spouses and children on board Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Navy Region Southeast is coordinating with U.S. Southern Command and U.S


MOL to Launch Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign to begin on October 15, targeting all MOL group-operated vessels.   MOL views safe operation as a social commitment and gives it the highest of priorities in all of its business activities






 
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