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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.


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


Otto Marine 3Q2014 Earnings at $2 mi

Courtesy Otto Marine

 * Group revenue increased by 16.8% to US$ 96.8 million for 3Q2014, higher revenue across all the three business segments  * Offshore Chartering, as the major revenue and profit generator, registered higher profit even as overall market was weak *  Strong order book of US$494 million as at 30 September 2014  Otto Marine Limited, specializing in building complex offshore support vessels, ship chartering and offers specialized offshore services


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


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.


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


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


A Better Charter Market in 2016?

Pic: Hanjin Shipping Ltd

 Shipowners that charter out container ships to liner operators are hopeful that 2016 will bring increased demand and higher charter rates for containerships, JoC reports.    Sentiment is changing in container shipping where, for the first time in five years


Viking Bags Charter Deal for AHTS Brage Viking

Brage Viking Courtesy Viking Supply Ships

  Viking Supply Ships has entered into a contract with an Oil major for the charter of “Brage Viking” commencing 1stof April 2015. The duration is for 2 years and 8 months firm, plus options to extend the contract with a total of 18 months


China Cosco's Profit Up 54%

Pic: COSCO Container Lines Company Limited

 The Shanghai-and-Hong Kong-listed flagship unit of China Ocean Shipping Group, China Cosco Holdings Co Ltd says that its 2014 net profit went up 54 percent y/y at 362.5 million Yuan ($58.37 million), on government subsidies for scrapping old tonnage.  


Denmark's Promising Future

Photo: Maersk

One of the world’s leading seafaring nations, Denmark has maritime roots stretching back more than 1,000 years. While its history is strong, the Danish market has its collective eyes squarely on the future. In its quest for continued relevance


Golden Ocean CEO: Dry Bulk Shipping Market May Rebound

Herman Billung (Photo courtesy of Golden Ocean)

Dry bulk shipping charter rates remain well below break even levels, pushing vessel scrapping to record highs, though some market improvement is expected in the second quarter, Herman Billung, the CEO of shipping firm Golden Ocean said. Dayrates have plunged as China's slowdown reduced its iron


Diana Containerships Adds Two Panamax Ships

Diana Containerships Inc. announces agreement to acquire two Panamax container vessels   Through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, Diana Containerships Inc. has signed two Memoranda of Agreement to purchase two Panamax container vessels from an unaffiliated third party.  


Asia VLCC Rates: Ample Tonnage, Few Cargoes

Owners resist charterers moves to force rates under W50; West Africa cargo volumes remain steady. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes will face further pressure next week even as owners resist attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.


Nordic Shipholding Rebounded in 2014

  Danish ship owner Nordic Shipholding turned a profit in 2014 following its 2013 restructuring, the company announced today.   The company earned a profit of $2.3 million in 2014 due to improved earnings and a one-off gain of $5


DHT Holdings Time Charters 4 Vessels

Announcing a term chartering update, DHT Holdings, Inc. has chartered out a VLCC, two Aframax vessels and a Suezmax vessel.   The VLCC DHT Chris has been chartered to a major commodity house for a period of about 10 months from February 2015 at a rate of $45,000 per day.  


AAL Fleet to Expand, Surpass 500,000 DWT in 2015

  The AAL Bangkok (Photo courtesy of AAL)

  Global ocean transport operator AAL today announced plans to increase the size of its fleet to over 500,000 dwt in 2015.    Comprising owned and chartered vessels, the move will add needed capacity to the multi-purpose sector’s youngest and most advanced fleet


BW LPG Exercises Purchase Option on Vermilion First

Very Large Gas Carriers Courtesy of BW LPG

  BW LPG Limited exercises purchase option over Very Large Gas Carrier Vermilion First. The VLGC Vermilion First has been on a time charter with BW LPG since the acquisition of the charter from AP Moller-Maersk in 2013. The Vermilion First was built in 2010 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


VLCCF - 4Q & FY 2014 Results

Photo by Knightsbridge Shipping Limited

Knightsbridge Shipping Limited ( VLCCF ) reports net income of $5.2 million and earnings per share of $0.06 for the fourth quarter compared with a net loss of $6.2 million and a loss per share of $0.11 for the preceding quarter. Net income in the fourth quarter includes $6


NMM lines up Box Buy

Courtesy of Navios Maritime Partners

  Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NMM) an international owner and operator of container and drybulk vessels, announced today that it has secured, for no consideration, an option to acquire a 2012 South Korean-built container vessel of 13,100 TEU from an unrelated third party


Keels Laid for Two Aluminum OSVs

Image: Triangle Marine Services

Triangle Marine Services and Marine Core & Charter host keel laying ceremony for two Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels   UAE-based shipbuilder Triangle Marine Services has laid the keels of two new 45-meter Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels


Philly Tankers Lines Up Charters

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Philly Tankers AS announced today that its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Philly Tankers LLC, has entered into binding long-term time charter contracts with a domestic end-user for the two 50,000 dwt product tankers it has on order with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (AKPS)






 
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