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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


LPG Coaster Shipping Market to Remain Weak in 2015

Freight Rates (Source: Drewrys LPG Forecaster)

The LPG coaster shipping market continues to be plagued by excess vessel supply with rates remaining stubbornly below pre-financial crisis levels, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


CSD, Cosco JV to Buy Vale's Bulk Carriers

Ma Zehua (Chairman of Cosco Group),  Xu Lirong (Chairman of China Shipping Group) Murilo Ferreira (President&CEO of Vale) and Gurinder Singh(Director of Shipping & Distribution of Vale) attended the Signing Ceremony and signed the agreement on behalf of each party. Photo by Cosco

 China Shipping Development (CSD) and Cosco have established a joint venture (JV), China Ore Shipping Pte., in Singapore to purchase four 400,000 dwt ore carriers from Vale and operate them.   CSD and Cosco’s bulk shipping division Cosco Bulk Shipping holds 49% and 51% equity


Vinalines Plans Ports Divestment

Image: Vietnam National Shipping Lines

 The Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) hope the plan to reduce the state’s ownership ratio in the big shipping firm to 36 percent will help restructure the business.   It   has finalized an overall plan for the development of its


SFL Adjusts Charter Agreement with Frontline

Photo courtesy of Ship Finance International

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement to amend the long-term chartering agreements with Frontline Ltd. The company currently has 17 vessels on charter to subsidiaries of Frontline


Dry Bulk Shipping to Stay Low

Image by China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co., Ltd

 Goldman Sachs can't see an end to the dry cargo downturn until at least 2020 on a glut of vessels and stalling cargo growth, says a report in Bloomberg.   Overcapacity and low fuel prices are bound to keep low dry bulk shipping freight rates for the rest of the decade or even longer.


Floating Storage Picks Up

Floating Storage: Source: Bloomberg / Poten & Partners

 Surprisingly, it seems that the use of VLCCs for floating storage has increased in recent weeks, says a report by Poten & Partners    Information about the ships reveals that about every third vessel on charter contract earlier this year is now being used for floating storage


Mitsui Charters Eight LNG Newbuild

LNG carrier LNG Pioneer. Photo:  Mitsui Lines

 Mitsui & Co. has signed a 25-year time charter deal with Trinity LNG Transport for the eight liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that will ship the liquefied natural gas from Cameron LNG project in the United States.   “Mitsui has newly contracted yesterday the eighth ship


Diana Containerships Reports Q1 Net Loss

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has reported a net loss of $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $0.3 million for the respective period of 2014.


ASL Profit Nosedives

Photo by ASL Marine

 Singapore shipbuilding group ASL Marine has posted a sharp drop in net profit for its third quarter as revenues from its shipbuilding, shiprepair and chartering segments fell across the board.   Net profit for the three months to March 31 plummeted 65


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Rates for capesize bulk carriers, which climbed to their highest since at least January on Wednesday, are likely to remain steady next week on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said. That comes as charterers could hold back cargoes to cool this week's rise in freight rates


NAO Head: PSVs Ready for Mediterranean Rescue

Photo: Nordic American Offshore

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. executive chairman Herbjorn Hansson weighs in on Mediterranean Sea migrant crisis, stating his company’s PSVs are capable and ready to perform rescue operations, if contracted.   We are all too familiar with the tragedy that is unfolding in the


Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  


Global Ship Lease Extends Ville d'Aquarius Time Charter

Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option


NewLead Announces Time Charter Contract

2009-built tanker vessel Ioli  (Photo: NewLead Holdings)

NewLead Holdings Ltd. has entered into a time charter contract with for one of its recently delivered bitumen tanker vessels, the Ioli, for a minimum of one year. The vessel has already been delivered to the charterer that has the option to extend the time charter contract for up to four


Trafigura Fixes 6 Voyage Charters from Golar LNG

Swiss trader Trafigura has taken up to six liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels from Norwegian shipping company Golar LNG, likely on a single-voyage basis to transport cargoes, trading and shipping sources said. The vessels are to be put at Trafigura's disposal from now through August or






 
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