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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.


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.   


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


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)


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


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.


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


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


Jinhui Sells Supramax

Photo: Jinhui Shipping and Transportation

 Jinhui Shipping and Transportation has agreed to sell another supramax dry bulk carrier, having just made a similar deal earlier this month.   The purchaser is a company incorporated in Hong Kong. The bulk carrier will be delivered to the new owner between 29 July to 30 August 2016.


Hanjin to Return 38 Vessels Next Year

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Hanjin Shipping is planning to return a total of 38 chartered vessels once their contracts end as part of its restructuring efforts, reports the Korea Herald. A company official said Hanjin was planning to return 20 containerships and 18 bulk vessels by 2017, but declined to disclose details


Morocco Sells 40% Stake in Port Operator in IPO

The Moroccan government raised 1.94 billion dirhams ($197 million) by selling a 40 percent stake in state-owned port operator Marsa Maroc in the country's first initial public offering this year, traders said on Monday.   Marsa Maroc was established in 2006 and manages terminals at nine


Post-Brexit: UK Chamber Calls for ‘Free Trade Commission’

Courtesy UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Chamber of Shipping statement on the outcome of the EU Referendum The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of the UK’s membership of the EU but we recognise the decision of the British people. The chamber has always argued that the shipping industry is resilient


Brexit: What Next for Shipping Markets?

Image: Open Europe

 For many in shipping, the Brexit was unexpected. Many believe that Brexit’s impact on the shipping industry will be more or less neutral.   The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of Britain's departure during the runup to the vote.   


DCNS Predicts Turning Point for Tidal Power

A second turbine bound for EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat tidal array was deployed by DCNS OpenHydro in May (Photo: DCNS)

Tidal power is moving beyond the prototype stage for state-backed French naval shipbuilder DCNS, which is targeting a billion euros in sales from the technology in the next decade.   DCNS, which is 35 percent owned by defence group Thales and 64 percent by the French state


RBS Receives Bids for Greek Shipping Business

The Royal Bank of Scotland has received bids for its Greek ship finance business, banking and financial sources familiar with the matter said, following a leap in bad shipping debts at the lender over the past few months. They told Reuters that the operation was worth about $3 billion although


First Damen Tug for Bugsier

DAMEN-ASD-2411 Courtesy Damen

Bugsier, the German towage and maritime service provider, has boosted its already extensive fleet with the addition of a Damen ASD 2411 tug. The tug represents the first purchase of a Damen vessel for Bugsier. Bugsier holds an established position in the German maritime sector: the company is


ECB Reviews Shipping Loans

Image: European Central Bank

European Central Bank (ECB) kicked off a review into the risks of banks’ shipping exposure, Reuters reported.   ECB is conducting an in-depth review of banks’ exposure in shipping amid rising provisions for bad debt in an industry still mired in crisis.  


Navig8 Tankers Pact with CMB

Photo: Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

 Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has signed sale and leaseback agreements with CMB Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (CMB) for three of its IMO2 37,000 dwt Interline coated tankers.   The company said that the expected net proceeds from the transaction are USD 91.2 million.  


DVB Bank to Dispose GOL's Six Vessels

Photos: GOL Offshore

 DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia) Ltd, a unit of Germany’s DVB Bank SE, can now go ahead and seek bids for selling six ships of GOL Offshore, earlier known as Great Offshore Ltd, to recover their part of outstanding loans, says a report in the Livement.  


Shipbrokers Challenge Baltic Exchange

Image: Baltic Exchange Ltd

 Several key dry bulk shipbrokers have formed the Competitive Ship Brokers Limited (CSBL) to challenge the Baltic Exchange over their role in the market as it tries to sell itself to the Singaporean financial giant SGX, reports the Telegraph.  


Total Explores Partnership for Port Arthur Refinery Logistics Assets

French oil and gas company Total said on Thursday that it was exploring a partnership deal for the logistics part of its 225,000 barrels-per-day Port Arthur refinery in the United States and had been in talks in the last year with potential investors.  


Norden Sells 4 Handysize Bulk Carriers

Photo: Dennis Schnell, Bulldog and Partners

As Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S further tightens its focus in the dry cargo segment to medium-sized Supramax and Panamax vessels, the company has sold four Handysize dry cargo vessels.   Following the sale of Nord Hong Kong (32,282 tdw built in 2011), Nord Houston (32,389 tdw built in 2011)






 
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