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Container Ship Charter Rates Seen Surging In 2001

Container ship charter rates are reportedly set to recover from their current depression by 2001, according to shipping analysts.


Stena Oil Complain of Ship & Cargo Confiscations

The two consfiscated tankships: Photo credit Stena Oil

The West African republic of São Tomé e Príncipe has wrongfully confiscated two ships chartered by the Swedish oil company Stena Oil, including the cargo. The captains have been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and charged with "smuggling" in a show trial, claim Stena Oil. In addition a fine of 5 million EUR has been imposed, and the vessels and cargo have been confiscated by the state of São Tomé.


CP Ships Report 3Q Results

CP Ships Ltd. was able to report a 37% increase in net income in the third quarter despite higher costs, due to continuing general improvement in industry conditions. The company said its operating profit in the latest quarter was the highest since it went public in October 2001. Third-quarter net income was $33 million or 36 cents a share, up from $24 million or 27 cents a year earlier. The Thomson First Call mean estimate was for net income of 41 cents in the latest quarter.


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


Otto Marine Charters PSV Otto Explorer

Otto Explorer.jpg

Otto Marine Limited announced that it has successfully found a charter for its MT6009 PSV, named Otto Explorer. The vessel will be chartered out to the Group’s subsidiary, Singapore-based Reflect Geophysical Pte Ltd, on a bare boat charter for a contract term of 7+1+1+1 years. The MT6009 PSV, a Multi Purpose Field Support Vessel (Hull 7037), is the first of her kind to be built in Asia on a turnkey basis. The MT6009 PSV is a DNV Class


Restructuring Pays Off: Indonesian Shipyard Wins Orders

Singapore-based Otto Marine contracted to fabricate 4 pre-erected columns & pontoon blocks worth S$6.3-million. Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company which specialises in building complex offshore support vessels, ship chartering and offers ship repair and conversion and fabrication services, announce that PT Batamec, its Indonesia-based shipyard, has secured contracts to fabricate, assemble and deliver pre-erected columns and pontoon blocks.


U.S. Military Charters Bollinger/Incat TSV

The U. S. Military Sealift Command has chartered a 319-ft. (97.22M), high speed catamaran theater support vessel (TSV), now under construction at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from Bollinger/Incat USA, LLC, for use as a test platform by the U. S. Navy’s Mine Warfare Command. The one-year lease has options for up to an additional 47 months and is the third similar vessel chartered from Bollinger/Incat by elements of the U. S. Department of Defense.


Support for IMO Initiative on Somalia

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has welcomed the recent action taken by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia as both timely and appropriate and has stated his intention to raise the matter with members of the UN Security Council on his return to New York. At a meeting in London today, IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, briefed Mr


Greek Ship Chartered Way Below Previous Rate

Diana Shipping Inc has signed a contract for one of its dry bulk vessels at $13,000 per day, 76 percent below the ship's previous charter rate Diana chartered its dry bulk carrier the Salt Lake City to Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc with effect from August this year, reports Reuters. Rates for dry bulk vessels, which transport commodities such as coal, iron ore and grain, crashed in the last four years as the delivery of a large number of new ships coincided with a global economic downturn


BMT Completes Berth Capacity Study

BMT Isis (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international engineering, maritime and risk management consultancy, has recently completed a berth capacity study for Knauf ahead of significant planned investment for its jetty located on the Swale in the south east of England. The Grovehurst Jetty near Ridham Dock is operated by Knauf to import and transport gypsum to its factory in Sittingbourne, Kent where the mineral is used to produce plasterboard


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.  


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 ...

Container ship file image CCL3

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.


Navios Acquisition Announces VLCC Delivery

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced that the Nave Buena Suerte, a 2011-built VLCC of 297,491 dwt, was delivered today. The Nave Buena Suerte, one of the three VLCCs acquired in November 2013, was purchased for $57.0 million.


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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