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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


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.


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


ACL IPO Closes

American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) announced the closing of the initial public offering of 9,487,500 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $21.00 per share. Of the shares sold in the offering, 7,500,000 shares were sold by ACL and 1,987,500 shares were sold by a selling stockholder. The shares sold by the selling stockholder included 1,237,500 shares purchased pursuant to an option granted by the selling stockholder to the underwriters, which was exercised in full


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


Euronav Sells Tankers

Euronav NV  announced that the company sold two double-hull Aframaxes, the Fantasy (2002–106,560 dwt) and the Fidelity (2002–106,548 dwt), for an aggregate selling price of $137 million. The capital gain of this sale transaction of about $44.5 million will be recorded in the second half of 2008 upon delivery of the ships to their new owner. The company had purchase options on the two ships which were on bareboat charter to Euronav since 2002


Singapore Shipping Line NOL a Takeover Target?

Image: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

 Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) may be shaping up as a takeover candidate, a report in Bloomberg said.   The appeal of the shipping company that helped cement Singapore's status as a global trade hub has increased after it agreed to sell its logistics unit last month for US$1


Australian Reef Pilots Under New Ownership

Photo: ARP

Australian marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has been bought by a consortium of its employees.   ARP, which services shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, has been sold by the private Brisbane-based company Torres Industries to a group of ARP executives and reef pilots


Taiwan Boosts Yacht Export

Picture by Taiwan Yachts Industry Association

 Taiwan's yacht industry saw its first double-digit growth in nearly a decade, indicating an inspiring revival led by development and sales of larger leisure boats, reports Chinese newspaper Commercial Times.   The export value of Taiwan-made yachts hit US$172 million, up 13


Vietnam's Submarines to Counter China?

Pic:  Vietnam Navy

 Vietnam's new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically, say maritime security analysts.   Vietnam and China have long contested claims over the Spratly and Paracel islands, including last year's dispute over China's attempted oil drilling and


World-Link Acquires BSM's Telecommunications Business

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Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and World-Link Communications, Inc. have reached a definitive agreement under which World-Link will acquire BSM’s telecommunication services business, Telaccount Overseas, with immediate effect.


Total Puts Prime North Sea Field on the Block

French oil major Total is selling its stake in the North Sea Laggan-Tormore oil and gas field as it seeks to shed assets after a steep fall in the oil price, banking sources said.   Total is hoping to get up to $1.5 billion for its 80 percent operating stake in the field


Russian Oligarch Responds to UK in North Sea Deal Row

  Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's LetterOne fund said on Wednesday it had provided Britain's energy ministry with a detailed response as part of its attempt to complete a deal to purchase assets in the North Sea.   Britain has blocked the deal citing potential new sanctions


Shortage in Supramax

Supramax bulk carrier (Pic: United Seven GmbH & Co)

 As tonnage in the East Coast South America (ECSA) region continued to outnumber fresh grain requirements, Supramax front-haul freight rates fell this week, reports Platts, quoting shipping sources.   The rate for carrying a 50,000 mt grain stem from ECSA to the Far East continued at


GNS Announces Senior Appointments

Maritime navigation services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced the appointments of Phil Stothard as Chief Information Officer and Kieron Abernethy as Chief Revenue Officer. Both assume their roles with immediate effect.  


GAIL Tries Again for LNG Ships

Picture: GAIL (India) Limited

 India's state-owned Gail India Ltd would reissue the multi-billion dollar tender to build three massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in India with “changed norms”, reports Financial Express.   There has been news that GAIL has scrapped a tender that would have led


China Rongsheng to Sell Shipbuilding Business

Pic by China Rongsheng Heavy Industries (RSHI)

 China Rongsheng Heavy Industries (RSHI) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an undisclosed third party Chinese investor to sell its onshore shipbuilding and offshore engineering business.   Both parties will further negotiate details of the deal


Beier Radio Marks 70 Years Serving Global Marine Industry

Frank L. Beier, circa 1938 (Photo: Beier Radio)

Beier Radio, Inc. marks its 70-year anniversary in 2015 providing engineering, sales and service for marine electronics around the globe. During its 70 years in business, Beier Radio has grown from being one of the first marine electronics distributors in the southern United States to a worldwide


Lithuanian Energy Group Calls for Rule Change on LNG Imports

Lithuania's state-owned energy group Lietuvos Energija said on Monday national rules had to be changed to allow it to sell some liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes it had contracted from Norway's Statoil in the global market as domestic demand falls.  


Singamas Container: Profit Down in 2014, Bullish for 2015

Image: Singamas Container Holdings Limited

 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


EPA: MTU Must Audit Emissions Testing

MTU America Inc., a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, will implement an auditing program to ensure proper emissions testing and compliance with federal emission standards for its heavy-duty diesel non-road engines as part of a settlement to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations, the U






 
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