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New European Regs on Ship Recycling

The new European Regulation on ship recycling (Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013) was published on December 10, 2013 in the Official Journal of the European Union and it will enter into force on December 30, 2013. In view of the international importance of the new Regulation GMS followed very closely and contributed advice towards its development. It is paramount that the implementation of the new Regulation by the European Commission in the next two years will be guided by realism and a clear understanding of the dynamics of the industry, and not by the impractical, not thought-out, and irrational campaigns to ban beaching. Over this period the industry will need to be alert so as to contribute its knowledge and guidance to the European Commission.   GMS has developed two papers in order to inform the shipping and ship recycling industries of the detailed requirements of the new European Regulation and of its effects on the commercial processes of buying and selling ships for recycling.   These two papers (titled as below) can be downloaded at - http://www.gmsinc.net/gms/news.php


Shippers Take Measures to Limit OW Bunker Fallout

Shipping firms have paid millions of dollars into U.S. accounts to prevent their vessels from being detained due to non-payment of bills for fuel supplied by the bankrupt OW Bunker, indicating the impact from the collapse of the Danish firm was spreading. OW Bunker filed for bankruptcy in November after losing almost $300 million in alleged fraudulent trading in Singapore, leading to claims by distributors who sold shipping fuel on behalf of OW Bunker but had not been paid.


South Korea Faces WTO Action For Shipbuilding Practices

The European Union is considering taking action against South Korea under the World Trade Organization, accusing the country of using western subsidies to sell ships at below construction cost and putting European rivals out of business. "The sector is facing a critical situation worldwide with very low prices and a serious overcapacity caused by the Republic of Korea," EU industry ministers said after a regular meeting where they discussed a European Commission report on the world


Tsakos Sells Ships

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (NYSE: TNP) announced the sale of the 1998-built 107,181 dwt Aframax tankers Maria Tsakos and Athens 2004 to an independent Greek-based operator. The Maria Tsakos will be delivered to her new owners on July 11, 2007 resulting in a $31 million capital gain that will be recorded in the third quarter of this year. The Athens 2004 will be delivered in the beginning of the fourth quarter resulting in an additional $31 million capital gain to be recorded at that time


PAL Indonesia Implements Tribon

PAL Indonesia has purchased the entire Tribon Shipbuilding system for design and production of ships at its shipyard in Surabaya. PAL Indonesia has chosen to implement the complete hull and outfitting applications of the Tribon system to increase the yard's automazation and efficiency. PAL Indonesia has more than 20 years of experience in designing, engineering and building commercial and naval ships. Some examples are passenger ships, tankers, bulk carriers, container ships


Fitch Warning on NordLB Shipping Reduction Plan

Image: NORD/LB

 Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale's (NORD/LB) strategy to reduce its shipping exposures by EUR4bn-6bn over the next three years makes sense, but will likely encounter high execution risks, says Fitch Ratings.    Planned disposals, representing up to one-third of the bank's total shipping exposures, are large, but the shipping markets are not yet showing signs of sustainable recovery and there is a risk that disposal markets could become overcrowded.   


Petroleos de Venezuela Delves Into E-Commerce Arena

Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) will begin selling bunker fuel via two Internet sites later this month, its first sales project across the Web, a company official said. PDVSA will offer fuel from its terminal in Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island to shipping companies via two industry Internet sites: www.oceanconnect.com and www.bunkerstem.com. "I believe that before the end of the month, in one or two weeks, we will be selling fuel (over the Internet)


Shipsales

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.


Adonis Sells for More Than $1m

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has sold a ship from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet for more than $1million, the first time under the current program that a ship has brought such a price.  International Shipbreaking, Ltd., in , , will pay $1,151,727 for the ship Adonis, now moored at the Beaumont Reserve Fleet site in .  Three other government-owned, obsolete ships are also being sold to the company for an additional $173,297: the


Former Hanjin Shipping Chairman May Get Arrest Warrant

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Company Limited

 Prosecutors on Sunday sought the arrest warrant of the ex-chairman of Hanjin Shipping, who has been hit with insider trading charges, says Yonhap.   Choi Eun-young is specifically charged with violating the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act, according to prosecutors probing the case at the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office.   The 54-year-old and her two daughters allegedly sold their stockholding in the Korean line for about  about 1


Japan Regulator Investigating LNG Shipping Restrictions

File photo: MOL

Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating whether clauses in liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts preventing buyers from selling the fuel to third parties hurts competition, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.  


Capesize Index Weakens

Photo:  Cambiaso & Risso

 Upward moves in the Capesize index are now starting to stall, according to Freight Investor Services (FIS). "Last week we witnessed some short covering in the market which was supported by the technical picture, and this appears to be now drawing to a close," says FIS.  


CMA CGM Completes NOL Acquisition

Photo: CMA CGM, NOL

 CMA CGM has reported its all-cash voluntary unconditional general offer for Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) closed on July 18, 2016, with CMA CGM now owning approximately 97.83 per cent of NOL's share capital.   Monday July 18 marked the last day of trading in shares of NOL on the


Creditors May Give Breathing Room for Hanjin Shipping

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 State-run Korea Development Bank and other creditors are expected to extend their conditional debt rescheduling program for Hanjin Shipping Co. to stay afloat, reports Korea Herald.   This move will give the struggling shipping company enough time to cover liquidity shortage on its own


Star Bulk Carriers Reports 1Q Loss, Adds 3 Vessels.

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 The Athens, Greece-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) has reported a loss of $48.8 million in its first quarter. The shipping company posted revenue of $46.3 million in the period.   Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk


First Alaskan North Slope Cude Export Planned for Nicaragua

Alaskan North Slope (ANS) crude will be shipped to Nicaragua for the first time in July, two trade sources said on Friday, underscoring a shift in oil flows to and from the U.S. West Coast.   A parcel of the medium grade crude is on its way to the Pacific Area Lightering (PAL) near southern


Vale Sells 3 Valemax Iron Ore Ships to ICBC

Brazil's Vale SA said it has sold three of its giant "Valemax" iron ore ships to a group led by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, continuing efforts to unload assets to cut debt and focus investment on its main mining activities.


APM Terminals Takes Full Control of APM Terminals-Aarhus

APM Terminals Aarhus photo APM

Aarhus Service Holding A/S has sold its 40% share in APM Terminals-Aarhus A/S to its JV Partner since the 2010 merger of adjoining facilities in Denmark’s largest port; container volumes have steadily increased over the past four years.  


Maersk May Swallow Hyundai Merchant

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co

 Business Korea reports that rumours are now rife in the container business world that Maersk could swoop on Hyundai Merchant Marine and subsume its activities into their own business.   The report says that recent moves by Hyundai Merchant Marine to join the 2M alliance led by Maersk


New Maersk CEO Soren Skou Mulls Revenue Growth

Soren Skou. Photo: Maersk Group

 New AP Moller-Maersk chief executive Soren Skou is aiming for revenue growth according to an interview with the Financial Times. He reveals the task ahead after succeeding Nils Andersen.   Danish conglomerate boss said that the group was buffeted by short-term “headwinds”


Capsize Scrapping: It's Complicated!

Graph: ALIBRA Shipping

 Last year saw an upswing in Capesize spot rates during the first seven months of the year, peaking in early August, rallying briefly in September and declining for the rest of the year, says ALIBRA Shipping  in its Weekly Market Report.  


Shipowners Reject Proposals for Ships to Pay for EU Ship Recycling Licences

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping

 Proposals to compel ships, regardless of flag, to pay for European Union ship recycling licences when calling at EU ports, will undermine efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve working and environmental conditions in developing nations


Bering Sea Deal a First for Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

Alaskan Leader (Photo: Alaskan Leader Fisheries)

Inmarsat announced that its partner Network Innovations (NI), together with Fusion Marine Technology, have signed a contract with Alaskan Leader Fisheries to install Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, powered by Global Xpress (GX). 


Hyundai Heavy Affiliate Aims to Sell Stake in Brokerage Unit

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries said on Wednesday that its affiliate aims to sell its brokerage unit Hi Investment & Securities by the end of this year.   The affiliate, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, holds an 85 percent stake in Hi Investment & Securities.  


Hanjin Sells Vietnamese Terminal

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea's largest shipping line Hanjin Shipping has sold its entire 21.3% stake in Tan Cang Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT)  in Vietnam to its affiliate in order to secure liquidity.   The financially-troubled shipping line will raise about  $33m from the sale.






 
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