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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

File image: UK Flag

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


China Shipping Development Company Proft Surges

Photo: China Shipping Development Company Limited

 China Shipping Development Company Limited (CSDC) achieved 34.95% higher profit for 2015 totaling in RMB417 million ($64.3 million) when compared to figures from 2014, mostly due to a very strong tanker market.   The revenue was stable at RMB12.21bn in 2015 compared to RMB12


Satisfactory 2015 results for DNV GL

Image: DNV GL

 In 2015, DNV GL delivered satisfactory financial results and increased its operating revenue by 8.2%.   Group President and CEO of DNV GL Remi Eriksen highlights: “Given the challenging market conditions, particularly in the oil & gas industry


China Slams G7 on Maritime Disputes

Photo: Council on Foreign Relations

 China reacted with anger Tuesday after the Group of Seven foreign ministers released a statement a day earlier voicing strong opposition to “unilateral actions” in the East and South China seas.   "China is strongly dissatisfied with relevant moves taken by G-7


Saudi Shipper Bahri Q1 Profit Soars

file image: A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 53.6 percent jump in first-quarter net profit on Monday. The company's net profit for the three months to Mar. 31 was 611.99 million riyals ($163.3 million), up from 398


Alfa Laval Bolsters BWTS Retrofit Training

In preparation for the anticipated ballast water treatment retrofit boom, Alfa Laval training for engineering partners is securing skills and capacity for the retrofit of ballast water treatment systems   The retrofit market for ballast water treatment systems is poised to boom in the


Teekay Tankers Misses 4Q Profit forecasts

Teekay Tankers vessel in Port Said Egypt  Courtesy Teekay Tankers

Teekay Tankers Ltd. reported adjusted net income attributable to its shareholders of $48.5 million, or $0.31 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $18.6 million, or $0.21 per share, for the same period in the prior year.


Largest Investment in Dundee Port

New quayside to prepare port for North Sea oil & gas Courtesy Port of Dundee

Forth Ports Limited announced today that it plans to make the largest investment in the history of the Port of Dundee. The port owner is to invest more than £10 million to create a new quayside with an industry-leading “heavy lift” capability


Tanker Freight Rates Could Weaken in 2016

Crude tanker utilization (%) (Source: Drewry Maritime Research)

Tanker shipping freight rates are expected to remain firm in the first few months of 2016, but with the influx of tonnage these rates are expected to soften towards the end of the year, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Hapag-Lloyd Posts Q4 Operating Profit

Hapag-Lloyd has achieved its earnings targets for 2015 and also in Q4 significantly improved its operating result (EBIT) versus prior year.   Based on the preliminary unaudited figures, Hapag-Lloyd increased operating earnings before interest, taxes


Vard Slips into the Red

Vard Holdings - A FINCANTIERI Co. Photo Vard

* Positive EBITDA margin during 4Q2015, net loss of NOK 170 million for the quarter   * Net loss of NOK 1.29 billion for FY2015, weighed down by NOK 474 million net FX losses (NOK 734 million FX losses and NOK 260 million FX gain), of which NOK 380 million net unrealized


Report Calls for Shipping Liners to Consolidate

Image: Maersk Line

 The need of the hour is consolidation of container ship lines order to regain profitability and to overcome financial struggles, consulting firm AlixPartners says in a new report.    The report says that an increased supply of vessels, coupled with the introduction of giant ships


OSG Reports $284m Profit In 2015

Photo: Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.

 Overseas Shipholding Group, a provider of oceangoing energy transportation services, reported results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015.   The company reported net income of $9.3 million in its fourth quarter. The crude oil and petroleum transportation company posted revenue


VIKING's Profit Run Continues

CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen. Photo Viking

The 2015 financial year saw VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S continue its unbroken, 12-year run of revenue and profit increases. Revenues were up nine percent at DKK 1.891 billion, while profits before tax also grew nine percent to reach DKK 200.5 million


RINA Services Classifies First Ships in Iran

RINA Services and the Asian Classification Society (ACS) recently classified the first two general cargo ships at 15,000 GT owned by IRISL, a major shipping company in Iran.   This dual classification is the result of a partnership signed with the Tehran-based ACS shortly after sanctions in


RINA Services Classifies the First Ships in Iran

RINA Services SPA

 RINA Services and the Asian Classification Society (ACS) recently classified the first two general cargo ships at 15,000 GT owned by IRISL, a major shipping company in Iran.   This dual classification is the result of a partnership signed with the Tehran-based ACS shortly after






 
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