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Scorpio Tankers on Major Fleet Expansion

Scorpio Tankers

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the "Company") announced today that it has reached an agreement with an unrelated third party to purchase an MR product tanker that is currently under construction at SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea ("SPP"). The purchase price of the vessel is $37.1 million with delivery expected in September 2014.   Newbuilding Vessel Deliveries The Company recently took deliveries of two MR product tankers, STI Dama from SPP and STI Olivia from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea. Upon delivery, both vessels began time charters for up to 120 days at approximately $18,000 per day. Scorpio Tankers currently owns 33 tankers (one LR2 tanker, two LR1 tankers, four Handymax tankers, 25 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 2.0 years, time charters-in 26 product tankers (eight LR2, six LR1, four MR and eight Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 42 newbuilding product tankers (20 MR, 11 LR2, and 11 Handymax ice class-1A product tankers), 28 are expected to be delivered to the Company throughout 2014 and 14 in 2015.


Scorpio Takes Delivery of STI Veneto

Tanker LR2

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. has taken delivery of STI Veneto, an LR2 product tanker from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. This vessel will begin a voyage for 60 days at approximately $32,000 per day. With this Scorpio Tankers owns 63 tankers (nine LR2 tankers, two LR1 tankers, 15 Handymax tankers, 36 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 1.3 years, time charters-in 21 product tankers (six LR2, five LR1, three MR and seven Handymax tankers)


Heindenreich Marine Develops Product Tanker Pool

Heindenreich Marine has created a new global clean petroleum product tanker pool - Dorado Tankers - to be managed from Heidmar's new office in Darien, Conn. The focus of the new company will be to operate product tankers under a common umbrella - similar to the Star Tankers' panamax pool. Heidmar also reported that it has elected David G. Palmer as vice president of the company, as well as managing director of Dorado Tankers


New Tankship Joins Rapidly Expanding Scorpio Fleet

Image credit Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. inform they have taken delivery of another MR product tanker newbuilding in their ambitious newbuilding programme, 'STI Opera', from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of South Korea. The owners add that the new vessel will be chartered-out for up to 120 days at approximately US$19,000 per day. About Scorpio Tankers 
 Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 21 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, 14 MR tankers


LR2 Product Tanker Joins Scorpio Tankers' Fleet

Scorpio Tankers Inc. Announces Delivery of a Newbuilding LR2

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. today took delivery of STI Alexis, an LR2 product tanker from Daehan Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. This vessel will begin a voyage for 52 days at approximately $33,500 per day. The Company has also exercised an option to extend the charter on one of its time chartered-in LR2s for six months at $16,250 per day, commencing in March 2015. Earlier last week, Scorpio Tankers took delivery of STI Veneto, an LR2 product tanker from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.


TEN Delivers Aframax Tanker

Image: Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries

 Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN Ltd) has announced the delivery of the Aframax crude tanker "Thomas Zafiras" from Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries which will immediately enter a long term contract to a Northern European charterer that could generate gross revenues in excess of $100 million.   This is the second vessel in a series of nine purposely built Aframax tankers on long term time charters at accretive rates.   


Japan's Biggest Shipping Firm to Add More LNG Tankers

Nippon Yusen KK, Japan's biggest shipping company, has upwardly revised its plan to expand its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, a major Japanese financial paper reported Wednesday. Nippon Yusen's initial business plan called for it to either own or have invested in the construction of about 60 such tankers by fiscal 2010. It has now raised that figure to roughly 80-100 tankers, the Nikkei Shimbun said.


Tanker Freights’ Declining Rate to Continue

Global tanker freight rates may be depressed for several more years as a stream of new vessels hit the market and shipowners refrain from scrapping older ships. However, a recovery is likely toward the end of the decade as more single-hulled tankers are taken off the market to meet regulations for safer ships. Tanker rates jumped to record highs in 2004 as a surge in oil trading and demand strained available fleet supply


Tanker for Sovcomflot Delivered

STX Shipbuilding delivered the new product tanker, SKF Neva, to Sovcomflot JSÑ. The first product tanker of the series, the keel was laid on May 30, 2006. The 600 x 106 ft.-tanker is 46.520 tons dwt. The tanker, to be deployed from Primorje, including Vladivostok, to the ports of the South-East Asia, will transport crude oil, oil products, vegetable oils and coal oils. Source: SeaNews


JO Tankers Order 8 MR Product Tankers from China Shipyard

Image courtesy of JO Tankers

JO Tankers has placed an order for eight 33.000 dwt stainless-steel chemical tankers at China’s New Times Shipbuilding, with deliveries scheduled for 2016 and 2017. The deal consists of firm and optional contracts. The new buildings will join Milestone Chemical Tankers – the jointly owned chartering and marketing arm of JO Tankers and Tokyo Marine.

 JO Tankers say that the new-buildings will be built to the highest specification


Tanker Market: ‘New Normal’ Drives Downbeat Summer Sentiment

Antigone (Photo: Euronav)

The tanker market is forecast to see challenging conditions with technical and structural factors impacting earnings, according to independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI).   In its latest Tanker Freight Forecaster


SCI to Buy Vessels for $134m

Photo by  Shipping Corporation of India.

 India's largest shipping company  Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has earmarked Rs 900 crore ($134m ) capex for the current financial year even as business climate remains grim for the industry across globe mainly because of availability of low-priced assets in the market


China Receives First American LNG Cargo

Apollonia passes through the Panama Canals locks on its way to Asia. Photo: Shell

 The first cargo of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) to target the world’s largest energy consumer arrived Monday at the Chinese port of Yantian in Shenzhen near Hong Kong.   The cargo was brought onboard the 161,870-cbm Maran Gas Apollonia


Russian Tanker Detained in Malaysia

File Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a Russian oil tanker Zolotoi Most along with 25 crew members for anchoring off Tanjung Piai without authorization, says a report in the Sputnik.   "The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has confirmed the detention of


Has the Link between OPEC Production and VLCC Rates broken?

Graph: Poten and Partners

 For the tanker market, in particular for VLCCs, increasing Middle East OPEC production is typically a good sign.    Poten and Partners in its Shipbrokers Reports says that does not appear to be the case at this particular moment


Crowley Christens MT West Virginia

Fourth LNG-Ready, Product Tanker Joins the Crowley Fleet Photo Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. today christened the MT West Virginia, its fourth new, Jones Act product tanker for the U.S. coastwise trade, in Philadelphia at Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA. The West Virginia is LNG ready


Navig8 Acquires Second Tanker from SPP

Courtesy Navig8

Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Providence, a 74,000 DWT LR1 tanker from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (“SPP”). The Navig8 Providence is the second of four vessels contracted at SPP to be delivered to the Company and is the second


Malaysian Oil Tanker Taken over Commercial Dispute

An oil tanker, which was earlier reported to have been hijacked and sailed into Indonesian waters, was believed to have been taken due to a commercial dispute, Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday.   Vier Harmoni, carrying 900,000 litres of diesel


MN100: International Paint

Dave Heflin (Photo: International Paint)

The Company: For over 130 years, AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, International, has pioneered the development of market-leading coatings for the shipping industry. The firm prides itself in its commitment to innovation, continual investment in research and development and a resolute


BAE Systems Delivers Tug to Seabulk Tankers

Sea Power (Photo: BAE Systems)

Built at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Fla. shipyard, the new tug Sea Power has delivered the tug Sea Power to Seabulk Tankers, Inc. to be used to enhance the shipper’s Jones Act coastal operation, powering barges that transport chemical and petroleum products between U.S. ports. 


Tanker Outlook Dented by Middle East Refineries

Refinery throughput growth by region (000 bpd) (Source: Drewry’s Tanker Forecaster report)

A steep rise in refinery capacity in the Middle East, the world’s crude oil production hub, will diminish oil trade growth and with it prospects for tanker shipping, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. 


What Happened to Malaysian Marine Tanker?

MT Vier Harmoni. Pic: Vierlines Commercial Division

 Malaysian and Indonesian maritime authorities were searching for a fuel tanker with 10 crew members on board that has disappeared in an apparent hijacking.   According to a Reuters report, the oil tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian


RS Fosters Cooperation with Palmali

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Palmali Shipping Company have signed a set of five-year agreements based on which RS will render the whole range of services on classification and statutory surveys of ships.    Subject of the agreements concluded are 49 ships (oil tankers


First Suezmax Tanker Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The first Suezmax crude oil tanker that was slated to go through the newly expanded Panama Canal began its transit on Thursday, a public relations official told Reuters.   The Aegean Unity, a Greece-flagged Suezmax vessel coming from the U.S


Will Vessel Prices Continue Relentless Slide?

Graph: Poten & Partners

 Tanker Opinions, published Poten & Partners says that, for a shipowner, there are usually a few twists to the traditional capital budgeting process.   A shipowner that is deciding whether to invest in new capacity has at least three other factors to consider: (1) his






 
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