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Braemar Opens Crude and Products Ship Broking Operation

Denis Petropoulos

Braemar Seascope said it is strengthening its ship broking activities by opening a new division within the group’s Houston offices focusing on the large crude and products tanker trades. The new operation will launch following the employment of four tanker brokers: Nelson Hebert, Clint DeAtley, Chip Kelman and John Anderson have all come across town to the Braemar office. They will be joined by ex-MJLF broker and past Tanker Pacific chartering executive, Lynne Rutherford.  

Braemar to Buy Shipbroker peer ACM; M&A Activity Heats Up

Braemar chief executive James Kidwell.

Braemar Shipping Services will buy fellow British shipbroker ACM Shipping Group in the latest industry shake-up as players look to grow after years of freight market turmoil. In the biggest deal to date, Braemar, whose businesses include ship broking, said on Tuesday it had agreed to acquire the entire share capital of ACM. "What this transaction is about is growing our shipbroking presence collectively," said Braemar chief executive James Kidwell.

Galbraith's appoints three new directors

International shipbroker and shipping consultant Galbraith's Ltd has appointed three new directors with effect from January 1, 2005 - Bjorn Andersen, Peter Bartleet, and Richard Harmsworth. Bjorn Andersen is a Norwegian national, 35 years of age, who started his shipping career in New York before moving to Galbraith's in 1999. He focuses on the crude oil sector and in particular on VLCC and Suezmax trades. Bjorn,

Moore Stephens: Further Consolidation for Insurance Industry

Moore Stephens says that current trends in the UK insurance industry point towards further consolidation and convergence in the underwriting and broking sectors over the next twelve months. In the latest issue of the Moore Stephens’ newsletter Insured Interest, Simon Gallagher, head of the firm’s Insurance Industry Group, says, “Consolidation has been a feature of the insurance industry for some years now, but there may be still some way to go

Ship Broker Clarkson Looks to Acquire Platou

Top ship broker Clarkson is seeking to acquire Norwegian brokerage and investment bank RS Platou for 281.2 million pounds ($441 million) in a deal that would create one of the sector's biggest players globally. The deal would be the latest in an industry which has suffered one of its worst-ever downturns in the past five years. Owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009, just as the global economy started to slow, creating a glut.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slip Again

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier (file image: Vale)

Capesize market could worsen in short-term; 3.5 mln tonnes could be cut from Brazil ore exports. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could drift lower next week as Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine disaster and uncertain ore demand from China weigh on cargo volumes, brokers said. That comes as capesize charter rates from Brazil to China on Wednesday hit their lowest level since December 2008. "I'm afraid things could get even worse in the short term," said Ralph Leszczynski

JHC Launches International Hull Clauses

The Joint Hull Committee's (JHC) project to produce a new set of hull insurance clauses which is intended to reflect the needs and requirements of today's shipowners and insurers has been completed on time. The new clauses, which have been drafted following extensive consultation with shipowners and other interested parties, will be available for use from November 1 and will be known as the International Hull Clauses.

Eagle Turin Delivered to AET

Tanker owner-operator AET welcomed the newest addition to its rapidly growing fleet with the naming and delivery of the 107,000 dwt Eagle Turin at the Imabari Shipyard at Koyo Dockyard in Japan. Eagle Turin, which will fly the Singapore flag, becomes the 49th aframax vessel operated by AET and brings the company’s total fleet of tankers to more than 70. Guests of honour at today’s naming ceremony were Andy Viens, General Manager Global Marine for AET customer ConocoPhillips

New Tech Saves Time for Shipbrokers

Stelvio has reacted to demands from the shipbroking sector for faster and more accurate vessel positioning and cargo order data by developing software which it claims will cut the workload by half. ShipDecision from Stelvio is designed to eliminate the need for brokers to search manually through the thousands of incoming daily emails. The Vessel Position feature of the system examines each incoming message and automatically extracts the critical vessel

Tighter Supertanker Market Impacts Asian Fuel Supplies

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and, with prices a year ahead already quoted about $10 a barrel dearer than now, crude traders have hired up to 20 supertankers to store oil with a view to turning a big profit later.

Clarkson Sinks in the Rougher Seas

Logo: Clarksons

 Shipping company Clarksons has  published profits of GBP6.2mln, down 36.7 per cent on the first six months of the previous year, citing “severe challenges faced by the dry bulk market” (of unpackaged raw commodities) as the primary cause of the decline.  

Hong Kong Terminals Mark 200 Million TEU

Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo by Transport and Housing Bureau

 Hutchison Port Holdings' (HPH) Hong Kong assets marked a significant milestone with cumulative throughput of 200 million teu.   Congratulating HPH Trust on this important chapter in the history of Hong Kong’s container port industry

Swiss Shipping Line and ACC Annouce Blue Alliance Shipping

Logo by Blue Alliance Shipping

 Swiss Shipping Line and Africa Car Carrier announce the starting up of their joint venture company under the name "Blue Alliance Shipping."   Blue Alliance Shipping pools resources and many years of experience of the founding companies which combine their activities in the

Singapore Recognises 53 Ships Under Green Ship Programme

Image by Government of Singapore.

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Programme (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).   The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon

Great Eastern Shipping to Sell Large Cargo Ship

Picture: Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

 India's largest private sector shipping firm Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to sell a 1996-built capesize dry bulk carrier Jag Arjun by this March-end.  "The vessel will be delivered to the buyers during the fourth quarter (January-March)

Houston Ship Channel Reopens After Ships Collide

Pic: The Port of Houston Authority

 The Houston Ship Channel has reopened after a collision between a container ship and a chemical tanker, according to a spokesman with the United States Coast Guard.   The shutdown came hours after the channel reopened following several days of fog that held up traffic

CSL to Supply 5 Ships to Shipping Corp, Signs Pact with IHC for Dredgers

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd

 Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) will buy five vessels from Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) and issue tenders for buying two used liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers as it looks to re-start ship purchases that were frozen after poor financial performance

Shipping Confidence Hits 2.5 Year Low

Richard Greiner, Moore Stephens Partner, Shipping Industry Group (photo courtesy of Moore Stephens)

  Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell to their lowest level for two-and-a-half years in February 2015, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  

Who Should Pay to Prevent Further Damage of Stricken Ships?

Keith Jones (left) and Richard Cornah

 Who – shipowner or insurer – should bear the costs of any action taken to prevent a stricken vessel from getting into further costly difficulties? A seminar organized jointly by the Association of Average Adjusters and the International Underwriting Association heard that the

Diana Shipping Signs Loan Facility with Danish Ship Finance

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$30 million, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, under a term loan facility it signed with Danish Ship Finance A/S

Near Term Outlook Mixed for Shipping

Clarkson Office Locations

  Shipping services company Clarkson PLC warned that the outlook for the industry remains mixed in the short term and dry bulk and offshore in particular present challenges.   "The near term industry outlook remains mixed and the challenges in some of our markets continue

Chemical Shipping Fortunes Lifted by Swing Ships

Photo: Drewry

Chemical shipping faces another tough year, but prospects are improving thanks to the strength of the product tanker market which is attracting a growing number of swing ships out of chemicals into products, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster

UK Seeks Maritime Dominance of Yore

S tidal turbine being transported to EMEC test site Image Rolls Royce WEB.jpg

“Britannia rules the waves” paid a glowing tribute to the maritime past of the United Kingdom.  Over the past three centuries as the sun began to set on the British power, resilient U.K. with its pioneering characteristics began its voyage of transformation to become a world-class

China Shipping Orders Eight 13500 TEU Box Ships

Image: China Shipping Container Lines

China Shipping Container Lines has placed orders for eight 13,500 twenty-foot-equivalent container ships at Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding, continuing the aggressive fleet expansion began last year.     As agreed, Jiangnan Changxing will design and build eight 135

Clarksons Post Robust 2H Performance

Courtesy Clarksons

  Clarkson PLC, world’s leading shipping services group, reported robust performance during the six months ended 30th June 2015. Summary  Robust performance despite continued challenging market conditions in some of our markets

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