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Front Vanguard Contract Terminated

VLCC Front Vanguard Photo Ship Finance

Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline" or the "Company") has agreed with Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance") to terminate the long term charter for the 1998 built VLCC Front Vanguard. Ship Finance has simultaneously sold the vessel to an unrelated third party. We expect the vessel to cease operating as a conventional tanker and the charter with Ship Finance is expected to terminate in the second quarter of 2016. Frontline has agreed a compensation payment to Ship Finance of approximately $0.4 million for the termination of the current charter. Following this termination, the number of vessels on charter from Ship Finance will be reduced to 13 vessels, including 11 VLCCs and two Suezmax tankers.  


SFL Acquires Eight Capesize Bulkers

Photo of VANGUARD Courtesy Ship Finance International Limited

  Ship Finance International Limited today announced the agreement to acquire eight Capesize dry-bulk carriers from subsidiaries of Golden Ocean Group Limited ("Golden Ocean"). The vessels are named Golden Beijing, Golden Zhoushan, Golden Magnum, Battersea, Belgravia, Golden Zheijang, Golden Future and KSL China and were built in Korea and China between 2009 and 2013. The total acquisition price will be $272 million, or $34 million on average per vessel


Key Maritime Insights Offered at Shanghai Forum

The International Shipping Strategic Development Forum met in Shanghai for wide-ranging discusion on the shipping industry. With high profile support from the Lord Mayor of London David Wooton who opened the forum, the event was attended by 450 and brought together some of the UK’s leading maritime professionals and China’s shipowners and charterers. Key presentations from the forum included: Economic outlook: Standard Chartered China Chief Economist Shen Lan gave a modest


SFL Buys Two Car Carriers, Charters Them Out

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) acquire two car carriers & both have been chartered out. The Japan-built vessels have a capacity of approximately 6,500 car equivalent units (CEU) and were built in 2005 and 2006, respectively. The vessels will be time chartered to an investment grade logistics company, publicly listed in Asia. The charter period will be five years, adding approximately $85 million to our charter backlog


Ship Finance Posts Third Quarter Results

Ship Finance International Limited announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, reporting preliminary 3Q 2013 results and quarterly dividend of $0.39 per share Hamilton. Highlights Declares third quarter dividend of $0.39 per share Refinanced $390 million bank debt related to an ultra-deepwater drilling rig Disposal of two older VLCCs Selected key financial data: Three Months Ended:


SFL Sells 1995-built Suezmax Tanker

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL), has agreed to sell the 1995-built Suezmax Front Glory to an unrelated third party. The company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter party for the 20-year old crude oil carrier with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd. The vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owner at the end of the third quarter, 2015. Net sales price is agreed to approximately $16 million, and Ship Finance will receive a net amount of approximately $13


Independent Online Shipping Exchange Launched

Shipping finance specialist Tufton Oceanic is reportedly launching an independent web-based shipping chartering exchange with a group of e-commerce and investment companies. The exchange, to be called ShipDesk, aims to become the definitive independent chartering exchange, benefiting all market participants, a spokesperson said. ShipDesk, which will go live later this year, has been developed in conjunction with U.S


Drewry Report Examines Investment in Ships

Drewry research highlights a buoyant industry but aims to prevent over-optimism by pointing to previous shipping cycles “Investment in Ships” examines the crucial factors and shipping sectors but advises caution to maintain current growth rates Drewry Shipping Consultants announced that its latest report, “Investment in Ships” is now available to purchase. This independent assessment of all the shipping markets identified that most of the world’s leading shipbuilders are in possession of


Cyprus Financial Crisis: Effect on Shipping Interests

Cypriot Transport Minister, Tasos Mitsopoulos, states the nation's shipping registry will not be affected by turmoil in banking sector. The Minister downplayed the impact of Cyprus's banking crisis on the local shipping industry, pointing out that none of the island's banks are active in ship financing, reports Tax-News. Despite Mitsopoulos's assurances, many shipping companies' bank deposits in Cyprus are expected to be heavily impacted by the banking sector developments


Lloyds to Sell $500m in Shipping Loans

Lloyds Banking Group has reached an agreement to sell $500 million of shipping loans from its remaining ship finance portfolio, finance and banking sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Bank of America and U.S. hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management were expected to buy the loans, one of the sources said. Lloyds, Bank of America and Davidson Kempner all declined to comment. (Reporting by Jonathan Saul and Matt Scuffham; Editing by Pravin


Euronav Secures Loan for VLCC Refinancing

Photo courtesy Euronav NV

Tanker shipping company Euronav NV announced it has signed a new $410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available on December 16, 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital


Euronav Gets Credit Line of $ 410mln

Photo: Euronav NV

 Euronav NV announces has signed a new USD 410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility.    The facility has been made available on 16 December 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital


HSH Nordbank Seeks Buyer

 German shipping finance provider is optimistic about the prospects of finding a potential buyer for the bank, which will begin a privatization process this year with a deadline in February 2018, says a report in Reuters.   "Despite the difficult market environment


Korea Shipping to Buy Up to 10 HMM Vessels

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

The state-backed ship financing company Korea Shipping is looking to buy up to ten container vessels operated by Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and lease them back to the shipping firm, says a report in Yonhap.   “Korea Shipping will provide some 720 billion won  (USD 633


Chinese Leasing Companies Role in Ship Finance

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research takes a look at Asian shipping finance that has increased in prominence globally with finance from the traditional lending base more difficult for many to access since the global financial crisis.   Within this wider trend


Trafigura Backs Out of Tanker Foray

Trafigura has sold five oil vessels to a unit of China's Bank of Communications , ending the trading house's move into owning tankers, the company said on Friday. Under the deal, the five medium-range tankers, ordered by Trafigura in 2013 from a shipyard in China


Cosco Raises $1.8bln Capital

Photo: COSCO

 China’s COSCO Shipping Development Co Ltd  announced a proposed nonpublic issuance of about 3.28 billion shares to specific investors, including its parent company, to raise up to 12 billion yuan ($1.79 billion), reports China Daily.  


Korea Mulls New Ship Financing Company

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Reuters report quoting South Korea government sources that the country is planning  to establish a state-backed ship financing company with an initial capital of 1 trillion won ($871.73 million) to help improve the financial health of Korean shipping companies.   


SFL Sells 18-year-old VLCC

Front Century (Photo: SFL)

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has agreed to sell the 1998 built VLCC Front Century to an unrelated third party, and has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter party for the 18-year old crude oil carrier with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd.


Bank of Ireland Winding Down Shipping Loans

Bank of Ireland said it is winding down its shipping business, joining other banks looking to cut non-core lending and exposure to an industry suffering its worst downturn.   Many European banks are already bogged down by a sluggish economy and face tough capital demands from regulators


BIMCO Adopts Ship Financing Term Sheet

Photo: BIMCO

 In a landmark decision, BIMCO cemented its move into the domain of ship financing with the Documentary Committee’s approval of a standard term sheet for use in ship financing transactions on 17 November 2016.   The term sheet has been drafted as a short and simple standard for


Sovcomflot Inks $180 Mn Credit for Two Shuttle Tanker

Memorandum signed by Sovcomflot and Sberbank Photo SCF Group

On 23 November 2016, Sovcomflot and Sberbank signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) paving the way for a new USD 180 million long-term credit agreement with a term of up to 15 years. On behalf of the parties the MOU was signed by Sergey Frank, Chairman and CEO of Sovcomflot, and Herman Gref


Proposed New Capital Rules Threaten Shipping

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The global shipping industry will hit a credit crunch if proposed new bank capital rules are implemented in a sector already weighed down by toxic debt, bankers involved say. The Basel Committee of banking supervisors from nearly 30 countries met in Chile last month in an effort to complete


SFL Takes Delivery of 19,200 TEU Containership

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) said it has taken delivery of MSC Anna, the first of two 19,200 TEU container vessels from Huyndai Heavy Industries, Korea. The vessel is chartered out for a period of 15 years, and lease financing has been secured for the full term of the charter.


RBS Near to Selling $600 Mln of Shipping Loans

Royal Bank of Scotland is close to selling at least $600 million worth of shipping loans from its portfolio, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.   RBS, which is more than 70 percent state-owned, is still in the throes of a restructuring, which includes asset sales






 
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