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Defaulted Charters Seen Spreading To Tanker Market

Unpaid ship charter hire, an increasing problem in the depressed dry bulk shipping market over the last year, is reportedly spreading to the tanker markets.


Tesoro Charters Two from OSG Tankers

Tesoro Expands Relationship with OSG and Charters Two Additional Jones Act Product Tankers Overseas Shipholding Group announced that time charter agreements have been signed for two more Jones Act commercial product tankers being built at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The agreements were made between OSG and Gold Star Maritime Company, an affiliate of Tesoro Corporation (Tesoro), an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products.


NNS Wins Two Ship Repair Contracts

Newport News Shipbuilding has been awarded two separate contracts for ship repair work. The first award is for the M/V 1st Lt. Alex Bonnyman, a Military Sealift Command (MSC) pre-positioning ship chartered through Maersk Lines. Work being performed on the ship includes hull blasting and painting; tank blasting and painting; overhaul of deck cranes; survey and repair of main propulsion equipment; repair of machinery components; cargo equipment refurbishment; and deck equipment survey and repair


U.S. and British Navies Aid Evacuation Efforts

The International Tribune has reported that a five-ship United States naval group and a British flotilla were en route to Lebanon today to aid in evacuation efforts. The Navy said it was sending a strike group led by the amphibious-assault ship Iwo Jima to assist in the departure of some of the 25,000 Americans in Lebanon. The ships have hospital facilities, and carry 2,200 marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.


Fednav - Complete IMOS Solution

Veson Nautical, the US-based developer of software solutions for the commercial maritime community, announced that Fednav Limited of Montreal, a Canadian ocean-going, dry-bulk ship owning, operating and chartering group, has chosen to implement the full complement of Veson Nautical’s Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS). Fednav Limited will implement IMOS to manage their chartering and operations departments worldwide as well as link IMOS to their present accounting system


Global Ship Lease Profits Slip in Q3 2013

Chartered vessel: Image courtesy of GSL

Container ship charter owners Global Ship Lease (GSL) announce its unaudited results for the 3 months and 9 months ended September 30, 2013. The 17 vessel fleet generated revenue from fixed rate long-term time charters of $36.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, down $3.4 million on revenue of $39.5 million for the comparative period in 2012. Third Quarter and Year To Date Highlights Reported revenue of $36.1 million for the third quarter 2013


Paragon Shipping Charters Out Two Bulk Carriers

Greece-based Paragon Shipping fix Panamax, Supramax, bulk carriers on time charter Paragon Shipping Inc. has signed fixed rate time charter agreements for two of its vessels,  M/V Diamond Seas and the M/V Sapphire Seas The M/V Diamond Seas, a 2001 built 74,274 dwt Panamax bulkcarrier, has been fixed to HYundai Glovis Co. Ltd for a period of 3 to 6 months at a gross daily rate of $9,150. The M/V Sapphire Seas, a 2005 built 53,702 dwt Supramax bulkcarrier


Government Aims to Develop, Upgrade, Cyprus Shipping

The government continuously improves incentives for shipowners to register their ships under the Cyprus flag. Communication & Works Minister Flourentzou pointed out Cyprus ranks among the largest international ship registries in the world, but unlike other open registries, he added, Cyprus is also a major base for international shipping operations and for other activities related to shipping. The Minister noted that “a maritime cluster has been developed


Otto Marine Profit Warning

Singapore-based Otto Marine & group subsidiaries issue a warning regarding its forthcoming financial results. Otto Marine Group is expected to report a loss for the financial year ended 31 December 2012 largely due to, amongst others, the following: Losses from its subsidiary Reflect Geophysical Pte. Ltd. mainly due to low utilization of its seismic vessel; Impairment of investment and provision of doubtful debts owing to its subsidiary, Reflect Geophysical Pte. Ltd


Shell Acquires Repsol LNG Portfolio

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Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced the completion of the acquisition of Repsol S.A.'s liquefied natural gas (LNG) portfolio outside North America for a headline cash consideration of $4.1 billion. As part of the transaction, Shell will also assume $1.6 billion of balance sheet liabilities relating to existing leases for LNG ship charters, substantially increasing the shipping capacity available to Shell's LNG marketing business.


Seaspan Accepts Containership Delivery

Seaspan Corporation announced that it accepted delivery of a 10,000 TEU containership, the Hanjin Buddha, which was constructed using Seaspan's fuel-efficient SAVER design. The new containership, which was constructed by Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd


Scorpio Bulkers Continue to Think Big with New Orders, Charters

Photo courtesy of Scorpio Bulkers

Monaco-based Scorpio Bulkers Inc. says it has signed agreements to purchase 5 Capesize dry bulkships from South Korea shipyards for a total of US $306 million, and has entered into charter party contracts as set out below: Newbuildings Yard         &n


Shipbuilding Market Prospects: COSCO Leader Shares Insights

Captain Wu Zi Heng: Photo courtesy of COSCO

COSCO Vice-Chairman & President, Captain Wu Zi Heng responded in a question and answer session about his views on the future of the shipping market in an interview incorporated in the company's recent 2013 Annual Report. Excerpts as follows:


Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation acquires VLCC

 Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced today the acquisition of a 2003-built VLCC of 298,287 dwt. The VLCC was purchased for $43.5 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered in Q2 2014.  


Star Bulk Charters Two Newbuilds

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Star Bulk charters two fuel efficient newbuilding newcastlemax vessels under 10-year bareboat charters with purchase obligation Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into agreements with CSSC (Hong


SFL Acquires 7 Containerships with Long-term Charters

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has agreed to acquire seven 4,100 teu container vessels built in 2002 in combination with long-term charters to a leading container line operator. The vessels are expected to be delivered to SFL over the course of the next few weeks


Bibby Remote Intervention Expands Fleet

Olympic Ares, on charter to Bibby Offshore from April this year.

Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL), part of Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore, has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs (Remote


SFL Acquires Two Containerships, Settles Bulker Claim

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has announced the agreement to acquire two 5,800 teu post-panamax container vessels built in 2001/2002 in combination with long-term charters. The vessels are expected to be delivered to SFL over the course of the next few weeks


Greece's Box Ships Stays the Course in FY 2013 Despite ...

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Container ship owners Box Ships announce its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013, showing an increased EBITDA in the past year. Excerpts as follows: Adjusted EBITDA was $42.087-million in year 2012 which rose to $47.209-million in 2013.


CTruk Launches First Volvo Penta IPS Workboat

SC Falcon (Photo: Volvo Penta)

CTruk, a British boat builder specializing in high-speed composite marine craft, including catamaran workboats and wind farm support vessels, has delivered its first workboat equipped with Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Propulsion System) to Sima Charters of Holland.


Otto Marine Send Two AHTS to GoM, One to W. Africa

AHTS Redfish 4: Image courtesy of Otto Marine

Offshore marine services firm Otto Marine informs it has obained a total of US$24.9 million in charter contracts for three offshore vessels – Redfish 4, Go Canopus and Go Altair. Details as follows: Redfish 4, an 8,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel equipped with dynamic


Faurisson Joins Heidmar Products Desk

Olivier Faurisson (Photo: Heidmar)

Heidmar announced that Olivier Faurisson will join the company as Managing Director of Chartering and Marketing in the product sector.  Faurisson has experience in product chartering and pool building. He rose to the title of General Manager, Products Division


Rickmers Charter Out Two Panamax Container Ships

A Maersk Containership: Photo courtesy of the owners

Rickmers Maritime, inform it has chartered out to Maersk Line the container ships 'Henry Rickmers' (formerly 'Ital Fastosa') and 'Richard Rickmers' (formerly 'Ital Festosa'), each of them 3,450 TEU panamax-size container ships. Henry Rickmers will be delivered to Maersk Line this week and Richard


Sovcomflot Reports on Slippery 2013 Financial Slope

SCF Melampus: Image courtesy of the owners

SCF Group (Sovcomflot)
 has released its audited financial results for the year ending 31, December 2013, indicating a slip in profitability during what they describe as another challenging year for the international tanker industry. 2013 Financial Highlights


HK Firm Gets Ship Arrested, Shines Light on Debtor's Operations

A bulk carrrier docked: File photo CCL

Hong Kong company Shagang Shipping has successfully obtained an order for the arrest of the HNA Group controlled vessel 'MV Bulk Peace' from the Western Australia District Registry. The move is part of a long-running legal campaign seeking payment of USD 66.4m from HNA Group.


 
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