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Steamship Reports Strongest Results

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The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda)  achieved a combined ratio of 78.6% for the 2014-2015 policy year, one of the strongest results in its 100-plus years of existence. Free reserves increased by US$75 million to US$376.2 million and the financial year combined ratio was 78.6%, one of the strongest results in the Club’s history. For the 2014/15 policy year, when compared to the preceding year, the Club again experienced fewer claims in the layers below US$250,000 but the average cost of such claims rose by 7%. The number of larger claims was similar to that experienced in recent years but their average cost was significantly lower and the Club incurred only one claim on the Pool. Overall net estimated claims, including IBNR provision and after reinsurance recoveries, are US$198.4 million, 13.4% below the figure for the 2013/14 policy year at the same point. The combined investment portfolio recorded a gain of US$13.7 million, a 1.3% return, and the total of cash and investments increased by 7.0% to US$1,041.9 million. Returns on bonds, equities and hedge funds of funds were subdued by a minimal return on short term US Treasuries, which formed the majority of the portfolio until the end of the year, and by revaluation losses on non-US dollar assets which are held to match claim liabilities


Stelmar Shipping Reports 2Q Results

Stelmar Shipping Ltd. announced operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004. Stelmar reported its 38th consecutive quarter of profitability since inception and its 14th since going public in March of 2001. For the second quarter of 2004, the Company reported net income of $15,840,000, or $0.90 per fully diluted share, compared with net income of $4,489,000, or $0.26 per fully diluted share, for the second quarter of 2003


Strong Results for Northrop Despite Hurricanes

Northrop Grumman said on March 7 that excellent fourth quarter numbers posted in Newport News helped keep the company's shipbuilding business going strong despite suffering heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina. Northrop Grumman estimated that the company incurred $1 billion worth of property and equipment damage on the Gulf Coast. According t the daily Press, Northrop's insurance carriers are covering the first $500 million


Oslo Sees Comeback For Maritime Stocks

The All Share Index in Oslo was up 3.8 percent in May, and shipping and offshore stocks were leading the way as the Shipping Index surged 13.9 percent during the month. All but three of the offshore stocks listed on the OSE experienced positive share price movements in the period. Northern Offshore (NOF), announcing strong results for first quarter, was up all of 50 percent. Nortrans Offshore (NOL), Navis (NIS), Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS) and Smedvig (SME/SMEB) were all up between 33 and 20


Cummins Reports Revenue Jump in Q2 2014

Tom Linebarger

Cummins Inc. reported its results for the second quarter of 2014. According to the report, second quarter revenue of $4.8 billion increased 7 percent from the same quarter in 2013. The increase year-over-year was driven by stronger demand in on-highway markets and distributor acquisitions in North America. Revenues in North America increased 14 percent while international sales decreased 1 percent compared to the second quarter a year ago


Recovery for European Shipowners?

Pic: Maersk Line

 European Shipowners may increase freight rates or renegotiate bunker clauses in the coming year in order to capitalise on lower crude oil prices and consolidate the recovery seen in 2015, reports ICIS.   Bunker fuel prices came down significantly amid lower crude oil prices but some shipowners have been unable to take advantage of this because of the bunker clauses they agreed to.   A bunker clause is an agreement between charterer and shipowner whereby the charterer pays


Oslo Sees Comeback For Maritime Stocks

The All Share Index in Oslo was up 3.8 percent in May, and shipping and offshore stocks were leading the way as the Shipping Index surged 13.9 percent during the month. All but three of the offshore stocks listed on the OSE experienced positive share price movements in the period. Northern Offshore (NOF), announcing strong results for first quarter, was up all of 50 percent. Nortrans Offshore (NOL), Navis (NIS), Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS) and Smedvig (SME/SMEB) were all up between 33 and 20


Oslo Sees Comeback For Maritime Stocks

The All Share Index in Oslo was up 3.8 percent in May, and shipping and offshore stocks were leading the way as the Shipping Index surged 13.9 percent during the month. All but three of the offshore stocks listed on the OSE experienced positive share price movements in the period. Northern Offshore (NOF), announcing strong results for first quarter, was up all of 50 percent. Nortrans Offshore (NOL), Navis (NIS), Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS) and Smedvig (SME/SMEB) were all up between 33 and 20


Strong Returns for Sovcomflot

Grand Aniva is one of two Sovcomflot LNG tankers chartered by the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project – Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC). The photo has been provided by SEIC.

 Russia’s biggest shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) surpassed its own expectations and went forward on both revenue and net profit in the first six months.   It has posted a gross revenue increase of 11.8 per cent in the first half of 2015 worth USD 754.9 million against last year’s equivalent of USD 675. 2 million.   In addition, the company’s net profit marked a hike from USD 63.6 million in 2014 to USD 216


UK Marine Industry Continues Growth

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UK marine industry grows for fourth consecutive year; new figures released at the London Boat Show 2016   The U.K. leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry continue to grow, according to new statistics published today by British Marine at the London Boat Show 2016.   The statistics, which are released alongside British Marine’s bi-annual Industry Trends survey, show: Industry revenue stands at £2.97 billion for 2014/15, up 1


Oil Steady, Supply Outlook Unclear

Oil prices were little changed on Monday, with little news to influence a market waiting to see whether U.S. production from shale fields will grow enough to offset planned output cuts by OPEC, Russia and other producers next year. Brent futures for February delivery were down 24 cents, or 0


Executive Changes at Caterpillar

Tom Pellette is appointed Caterpillar Inc.s group president of Energy & Transportation. Photo Caterpillar

Following the previous announcement that Jim Umpleby will become Caterpillar’s Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2017, Caterpillar Inc. announced today additional changes in its executive ranks. The company’s Board of Directors has appointed current Construction Industries


Transshipments at Port of Gdansk Exceed Last Year's Record

Photo: Port of Gdansk Authority SA

 2016 is not yet over, but the volume of transshipments is already higher than in the previous record year, being currently estimated at more than 36.3 million tonnes.    This is a result which, until recently, would have been out of reach for any Polish port


TRIYARDS Post 17% Revenue Growth

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 Turnover increased 17% in 1QFY17 driven by contributions across its diverse range of product offerings  Difficult market conditions and different mix of products has led to compressed margins  Successful diversification of product range and client base while maintaining excellent quality


Tech File: BoomVane - A Powerful Boom Deployment System

Photo: Elastec

The BoomVane is one of the most useful and interesting tools available to oil spill responders for shoreline and single vessel boom deployment. Maintaining an effective oil containment boom configuration with two vessels is difficult to coordinate. The Elastec BoomVane solves that problem


S. Africa Becoming Preferred Destination for Ship Arrests

MV Maverick Guardian Photo PrLab

 At the recent annual Maritime Law Conference (MLA) held at Arabella in the Western Cape, various prominent government and international speakers took to the floor to debate and discuss national global maritime phenomena including inter alia; the progress in handling international oil


Shipbuilding: Capacity is a Tricky Business

Graph: Clarksons Research

 As in many sectors of economic activity, provision of just the right amount of capacity is a tricky business, and the shipbuilding industry is no exception, says Clarksons Research.   As a result, in stronger markets the ‘lead time’ between ordering and delivery extends


Port State Control across Continents Target Sulphur Compliance

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

The two major port State control regimes - Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU - will increase focus on the sulphur limit regulations. The decision has been made on the basis of a Danish/Dutch proposal. Port State control authorities across 45 countries and 5 continents – South America, North America


Boskalis Profits Zoom as Expected

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.  closed the third quarter of 2016 in line with expectations. Image Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) closed the third quarter of 2016 in line with expectations. Both revenue and operating profit were higher than the average seen in the first two quarters of the year. The increase was wholly attributable to the contribution from the offshore activities


Dynagas LNG Q3 Results

Photo: Dynagas LNG Partners

 Dynagas LNG Partners LP (DLNG) has reported third-quarter profit of $17.3 million.     On a per-share basis, the company said it had net income of 44 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 49 cents per share.  


‘Frothy’ Capesize Sector Threatens New Year Hangover for Dry Bulk

Photo: BSM

Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a firm festive season for the dry bulk market, swiftly followed by a New Year comedown.   In its latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster* MSI notes that after a steady fall in average daily TCE spot earnings in October


GOGL Sinks into Loss

Photo: Golden Ocean Group Limited

Dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited, while announcing its preliminary results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, informed that it suffered a net loss of $26.7 million and a loss per share of $0.25    Highlights  


Grangemouth Port sees Record Volume

Derek Knox, Port Manager for Grangemouth in the port’s busy reefer container compound. Photo Port of Grangemouth

The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container facility has enjoyed one of its busiest seasons, with over 50,000 TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) being handled at the port in the last two months. This four-year high is the result of a buoyant fresh food export season utilising the


Financial Close for Bahrain LNG Terminal

Photo: Bahrain LNG

 Bahrain LNG, the developer of the Gulf state’s receiving and regasification terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG), has closed a $741 million syndicated loan for the platform’s construction.   The private-public partnership  is being developed to supplement local


Greater Cruise Sector Investment Expected in 2017

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According to its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is predicting a steady pace of cruise travel interest and significant investment in the industry.   Increase in cruise travel is expected to continue throughout 2017






 
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