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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


Denmark Arrests Former OW Bunker Manager

Denmark has arrested a former manager of collapsed ship fuel supplier OW Bunker and intends to hand him to Italy, where he is suspected of fraud, the Danish public prosecutor said on Thursday.   A statement from the prosecutor's office did not disclose any details. Danish daily Berlingske reported earlier this week that the arrested person and five others had cheated the Italian navy out of 7 million euros ($8.6 million) for fictitious bunker fuel delivered from a non-existent vessel.


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


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


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


GTT to Exhibit at Euromaritime

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will exhibit at Euromaritime, the European Marine Business Show, from February 3-5, 2015 in Paris, Porte de Versailles.  


MSC Sinfonia Upgradation at Fincantieri Shipyard

MSC Sinfonia

  Extension operations on MSC Sinfonia, the second out of four MSC cruise ships to undergo the Renaissance Programme of enhancements, have begunin the past days at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo. Only 2 months ago the conversion operations of the prototype MSC Armonia were completed and the


EU Annulls Sanctions on 40 Shipping Firms

The European Union's second highest court on Thursday annulled EU sanctions on an Iranian bank and 40 shipping companies hit with asset freezes as part of pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.   But they will remain under sanctions for now after the General Court gave the EU time


India, Sri Lanka Exchange Fishermen at Maritime Border

Picture: Indian Coast Guard

 Sri Lanka and India exchanged the fishermen who were detained in each other's jails for trespassing into their territorial waters.  A total of 15 Indian fishermen, who were in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities, reached Karaikal


Oman Drydocks Handls 300th Vessel

Image: Oman Drydock Company

 The Oman Drydock Company has celebrated the handing over of the 300th vessel since starting its operations in 2011, under the auspices of Said bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Marine Affairs.


Slow Economy Growth Offers No Respite for Shipping

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A limited economic growth potential and a slow recovery pace of the global economy only ease the pain in the global shipping industry somewhat, BIMCO reported, adding that while the industry continues to suffer from oversupply in the freight market


Sustreanu Named COO of FleetPro Group

Christine Sustreanu (Photo courtesy of FleetPro Group)

Christine Sustreanu will join FleetPro Group June 1, 2015 as its new chief operation officer (COO), the company announced in a press release.   Sustreanu, who presently serves as general manager at Uniworld Boutique River Cruise collection, will replace Robert Heijlands


Russia May Sue France Over Non-delivery of Warships

Source: DCNS

 Russia will take France to court within six months over its failure to deliver the first of two Mistral-class warships to the Russian navy, the Russian Defense Minister has said.  “There is a contract, so everything must be strictly complied with,” Sergei Shoigu said


USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Christened

JHSV 5 Christening Platform Participants

  Austal christened USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Trenton is the fifth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship block-buy contract worth over $1


Nigerian Navy Arrests 84 Vessels for Maritime Offences

Image: The Nigerian Navy (NN)

 About 84 vessels have been arrested by the Nigerian Navy within maritime domain of the nation for committing various illegal activities during 2014, says Nigerian Navy source.   According to a report by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), after preliminary investigation


Cochin Shipyard Mulls to Build LNG and High-Speed Ships

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (Image: CSL)

Indian state owned Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) is in talks with global players to join hands for a bid for the GAIL contract for LNG contained vessels. It also in talks the Australian company Incat for a technical tie-up to manufacture high-speed passenger vessels.  


USCG Rescue Woman Near Tongass Narrows, Alaska

Coast Guard Rescue Woman

  The Coast Guard assisted a 26-year-old woman from Metlakatla, Alaska, who was reported to have fallen out of her canoe and swam to shore near Tongass Narrows, Sunday. A Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew picked up the survivor and transferred to her family in


USNS Trenton JHSV 5 Christened

Photo courtesy of Austal

Austal christened USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) January 10 at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Trenton is the fifth of 10 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship block-buy contract worth over $1.6 billion.  


Stena Germanica to Run on Methanol

Stena Germanica (Photo courtesy of Stena Line)

The Stena Line's ferry Stena Germanica will become the world's first ferry to use methanol as a fuel.  The 240m, 1,500-passenger, 2001-built ro-pax ship will soon undergo conversions in Poland’s Remontowa shipyard.  The aim of the exercise is to drastically cut exhaust emissions


Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure

Washington State 144-car ferry Superstructure Chimacum to be built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders    Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington






 
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