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Stolt-Nielsen Reports Unaudited Results Q1 2011

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LONDON, April 7, 2011 - Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Børs: SNI) today reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended February 28, 2011.  Net profit attributable to shareholders in the first quarter was $31.2 million, with revenue of $458.7 million, compared with $33.0 million and $459.4 million, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2010. Highlights for the first quarter of 2011, compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, were: *    Stolt Tankers reported an operating loss of $1.0 million, compared with an operating profit of $11.0 million.  First-quarter results reflected the impact of higher bunker fuel prices, weather-related delays and port congestion. *    The Stolt Tankers Joint Service Sailed-in Time-Charter Index[1] was 1.09, compared with 1.17. *    Stolthaven Terminals' operating profit rose to $16.5 million from $14.4 million, driven by revenue growth at the division's wholly owned terminals and lower operating expenses. *    Stolt Tank Containers reported an operating profit of $18.5 million, down from $21.0 million, though underlying market dynamics remained strong. *    Stolt Sea Farm reported an operating profit of $1.5 million, down from $3.9 million, reflecting the negative impact of $1.9 million from the fair value accounting for inventories, compared with a prior positive impact of $2.5 million.


Private Equity Spending Fuels Shipping Sector Risk

Private equity has pumped $32 bln into shipping in past 2 years. Ships totaling 299 mln dwt to enter global fleet from May. Some private equity-backed shipping IPOs have been put off on weak sentiment. The shipping industry faces a looming capacity glut as billions of dollars pumped into it by private equity have stoked a vessel-buying spree, threatening its prospects just as the sector is emerging from its worst downturn in three decades.


General Maritime to Acquire Tankers

General Maritime Corporation has agreed to acquire 19 tankers, including 14 Suezmax and 5 Aframax vessels from Metrostar Management Corporation, a Greek tanker operator. The acquisition of the vessels is expected to commence on March 1, and to be concluded by April 30, 2003 during which time the vessels will be integrated into General Maritime's fleet operations. The acquisition of the tankers will be made for cash and is subject to the customary conditions of delivery


GulfMark Orders Three PSVs from Poland

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: GLF) announced the initiation of a vessel construction program. The first three vessels in the program will be built by Remontowa Shipbuilding SA in Gdansk, Poland, and consists of two 1000 square meter deck area platform supply vessels of the MMC887CD design and one MMC879CD design with a deck area of over 800 square meters.  These large and technologically advanced vessels have been designed to meet the demanding requirements for supporting deepwater and


Korean Shipyard Building 18,000 TEU Container Ship

DSME begins work on construction of the world's largest container ship Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering has begun constructing the world's largest container vessel after receiving the order from Denmark's AP Moller-Maersk, the shipbuilder has announced. When completed, the 18,000 TEU container ship will measure 400 m in length and 59 m in width, with a deck wide enough to accommodate four football fields


Hyundai Heavy to Build World’s Largest Containerships

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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced the Company won a $700 million order for five 18,400 TEU containerships from China Shipping Container Lines (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. The world’s largest containerships will feature an electronically-controlled main engine and two EcoBallast seawater treatment system. The electronically-controlled main engine will maximize fuel efficiency, and reduce noise, vibrations, and carbon emissions by automatically controlling fuel consumption to suit


CDC Offers SARS Guidelines for Ships

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines for maritime personnel regarding severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The three guidelines are somewhat redundant with each other. The first focuses on Personnel Boarding Maritime Vessels from Areas with SARS . The second focuses on Workers Handling Cargo or Other Packages . The third focuses on Cruise Ship Passengers and Crew Members . The guidelines point out


Seaarland, Nordic Tankers Sign Joint Venture

Seaarland Shipping Management and Nordic Tankers signed a joint venture that will see both of these companies enter the Handysize product carrier market. The joint venture will involve investment in modern second-hand vessels as well as new buildings. The vessels will be jointly owned by both partners in varying proportions. The first acquisition by the joint venture, the 2000-built 35,820 dwt Hanne, is to be concluded soon


Vinashin to Build Three Tankers

The Vietnam Oil and Gas Corporation (PetroVietnam) on July 4 awarded a contract to the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin), for the construction of three 105,000-ton oil tankers. The oil tankers, to be built at the Dung Quat Shipyard, are to be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities satisfying latest international maritime conventions. According to Vinashin, oil tankers of this kind are normally priced and sold for $60-65m each in the world market


First of BC Ferries’ Super C-Class Vessel Launched

The first of BC Ferries’ three new Super C-class vessels, Coastal Renaissance, was officially launched at a special ceremony in Germany. Representatives from BC Ferries and the shipyard were on hand to witness this major event as the ship was launched into the water for the first time. The Coastal Renaissance is scheduled to leave Germany for Canada in late October and is expected to be in service in early 2008. The second and third vessels will be arriving in B.C. in early and mid 2008


Singamas Container: Profit Down in 2014, Bullish for 2015

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 The world’s second-largest container manufacturer Singamas Container reported 2014 net profit which is lower than the previous year, but is expecting a better 2015 bolstered by pent-up demand from shipping lines and the firm’s investment in a gateway province between China and


Cruise Industry Seeks Fortune in China

Quantum of the Seas under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard. Credit: Meyer Werft

Builders, Operators Teaming to Fill Voids In Rapidly Growing Chinese Market After an uneven couple of years punctuated by struggling economic factors worldwide, maturing markets and some highly publicized accidents and illnesses, the cruise industry is hoping to find a little “double


Swiber Gains $405.6 mi Contracts

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  Business momentum is fast picking up at Swiber Holdings Limited despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry as the Group clinches a total of US$405.6 million for a series of contracts, including its latest US$333 million contract for Engineering, Procurement


First Supramax Vessel for Japan-Italy Venture

Image by d’Amico Società di Navigazione SpA

 'DACC Tirreno' was delivered at the Oshima shipyard in Japan yesterday, the first of four Supramax bulk carriers for the dACC Maritime Limited fleet, the joint venture established by the Coeclerici and d’Amico Groups.   The 60,000dwt vessel, measuring 200m long and 60m wide


Indonesian Navy gives 10 ships to Maritime Security Board

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 The Indonesian Navy has planned to hand over 10 Navy Patrol ships (KAL) to the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) by the end of this year, reports Jakarta Post.   According to Navy chief of staff, Adm. Ade Supandi, said the 10 ships would require alterations before they could be used


Yemen Rolls out Maritime Security Zone

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 Yemen is establishing a maritime security zone along the country's 2,500 kilometre-long coastline to deter illegal immigrants from entering the country, reports The Middle East Monitor.   The zone encompasses around 30 per cent of Yemen's territorial waters as determined by


China to Roll Out 2nd Aircraft Carrier

China’s first modern aircraft carrier (Pic by US Naval Institute)

 Chinese officials have confirmed that the country is currently building a second aircraft carrier, say local media.   The People’s Daily, the Communist party mouthpiece, quoted top officials as confirming the craft’s construction


Another Artificial Island in Panama by Boskalis

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  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract from Compañía Insular Americana, S.A. to construct a second artificial island off the coast near the residential area of Punta Pacifica in Panama City


Rig Count a Predictor for US Q2 Production

The falling number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States is pointing to a decline in U.S. oil production in the second quarter, Goldman Sachs analysts said on Monday. Rig count in the United States fell by 56 last week to 866, the fewest since March 2011


Knightsbridge Completes Vessel Acquisition

Knightsbridge Shipping Limited announce that the second and final stage of its vessel acquisition transaction with Frontline 2012 Ltd. has closed.   The company has issued 31 million shares to Frontline 2012 Ltd. in exchange for 12 Cape size bulk carrier newbuildings.  


Boskalis Wins Panama Artificial Island Contract

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 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Compañía Insular Americana SA to construct a second artificial island off the coast near the residential area of Punta Pacifica in Panama City.  


Damen, Bellona Partner on Low-emission Designs

Frederic Hauge, Founder and President of the Bellona Foundation; Bjørg Tysdal Moe, Deputy Mayor of Stavanger; Bea ten Tusscher, Ambassador,Embassy of the Netherlands; and Arnout Damen, CCO of Damen (Photo: Damen)

From pollution to solution; Bellona Foundation and Damen to cooperate on low-emission designs   A three-year partnership has been launched between Oslo-based NGO Bellona Foundation and Dutch company Damen Shipyards Group with the main goal of exploring and developing concept vessels for the


Graduation Ceremony of MOL Filipino Seafarers

MOL President Koichi Muto delivers his address at the graduation ceremony

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the graduation of 105 students in the fourth class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation.


Golden Ocean CEO: Dry Bulk Shipping Market May Rebound

Herman Billung (Photo courtesy of Golden Ocean)

Dry bulk shipping charter rates remain well below break even levels, pushing vessel scrapping to record highs, though some market improvement is expected in the second quarter, Herman Billung, the CEO of shipping firm Golden Ocean said. Dayrates have plunged as China's slowdown reduced its iron


Liebherr to Supply Four Cranes to Australia

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Order includes three unique articulated boom ship to shore container cranes (STS) for delivery to Port Botany, Sydney; one ship to shore container crane (STS) for Fisherman’s Island, Brisbane   Liebherr Container Cranes has recently completed the testing of articulated boom cranes in






 
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