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NOL Expects It To Be A Profitable Year

Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. (NOL) expects a better second half and overall profit in the current year. NOL said the bottoming out of the Asian economic crisis had resulted in higher cargo volumes in most sectors. Freight rates out of Asia to Europe and North America had also increased since mid-year, it said in comments accompanying its result. NOL reported last Wednesday an interim net profit, the first time in two years, but results were disappointing as gains came mostly from non-recurring items. The national shipping giant reported a net profit of S$10.02 million for the six months ended June 30, 1999 against a net loss of S$240.76 million a year earlier. As expected, NOL reaped a net profit of S$285 million from the sale of its non-core North American stacktrain business unit, APL Land Transport Services Inc. in May. Container shipping operations accounted for 72 percent, chartering six percent, logistics eight percent and other investments, namely its stacktrain unit which it sold, 14 percent, NOL's director of corporate finance Cedric Foo said. Foo said the core container transportation activity achieved a 16 percent rise in liftings but overall container freight rates were flat for first half 1999. "The financial turnaround has began but I am not satisfied because afterall, we are talking about a net loss before non-recurring items," Flemming Jacobs, NOL's chief executive officer said.


Teekay Tankers' Q2 2013 Loss Attributed to Charter Market Changeover

A Teekay tankship in Suez transit: Photo courtesy of Teekay Tankers

Teekay Tankers Ltd. report an adjusted net loss of $6.3 million, or $0.08 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to adjusted net income attributable to shareholders of Teekay Tankers of $0.9 million, or $0.01 per share, for the same period in the prior year. Teekay explain that the increase in adjusted net loss attributable to shareholders of Teekay Tankers is primarily the result of the change in employment of certain of the Company's vessels from fixed rates to lower spot


Navios Announce Delivery of Two Product Tankers

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels,  has announced  that the Nave Capella, a new building MR2 product tanker vessel of 49,995 dwt, was delivered from a South Korean shipyard on July 9, 2013. The Nave Capella has been chartered out to a quality counterparty for one year at a rate of $13,825 net per day.   Navios Acquisition also announced: •    Delivery of the Nave Pulsar


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Fall on Reduced Demand

MidEast VLCC rates fall nearly 30 Worldscale points this week; port congestion in Basra, China adding to market uncertainty. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may drift lower next week on weaker sentiment among owners and reduced chartering demand ahead of the release of May's Middle East loading programme, brokers said on Friday. Rates plunged this week from a two-week high hit on April 1 on slower chartering activity that is expected to extend into next week.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Slide

File Image: a large crude carrier transits the Suez Canal (credit: Suez Canal)

VLCC rates fall $10,000 in a week on dearth of cargo; demand fundamentals still appear favourable - Teekay CEO. Freight rates in Asian trades for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to slide further next week as charterers drip feed fixtures to dampen freight rates, ship brokers said on Friday. "I rather think charterers will play the same game as they have the last couple of weeks - fixing older tonnage and limiting cargoes as they try to squeeze freight rates


Omega Navigation Q2 2009 Results

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONAV) (SGX: ONAV50), a provider of global marine transportation services focusing on product tankers, announced its financial and operational results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, Omega Navigation reported total revenues of $16.7 million and Net Income of $3.4 million, or $0.23 per basic share, excluding a loss related to the termination of a purchase agreement


NOL Reports Half Profit of $1M

The tough economic situation and business environment has not prevented Neptune Orient Line from first half profits, as the company announced $11 million profits (albeit down 78 percent from 1H 2000 profits) on revenues of $2.3 billion (up 6 percent from 1H 2000 revenues.) In summarizing his company's results, Flemming R. Jacobs, NOL Group president and CEO, said "We have achieved much. We came from a difficult past and we are on the right track to return to full health


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Rising on Weather, Volume

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

MidEast VLCC rates jump by almost $13,000 a day; Basra cargos could increase daily rates by $9,000. Freight rates on Asian routes for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to climb higher next week as unloading delays and weather-related port congestion in China tighten vessel supply on strong chartering activity, brokers said on Thursday. "The market is pretty hot. I don't think rates will climb into the sky, but there is a little bit more upside


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.   


Omega Navigation Takes Delivery of Tanker

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. (has taken delivery of its second Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker, the Everhard Schulte, to be renamed the Omega King. The Omega King is a Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker of 74,999 deadweight tons (dwt), built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea in 2004. The acquisition was funded by in part from the net proceeds of the Company's initial public offering and debt under a senior secured credit facility provided by HSH-Nordbank AG.


Teekay Sign Yamal Charter for Newbuild

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project, sponsored by Novatek OAO, Total SA, China National Petroleum Corporation and Silk Road Fund, to provide Yamal LNG with conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation services


VLCC Rates Under Pressure in Oversupplied Market

A EuroNav VLCC Underway (file image, Credit EuroNav)

Owners face difficulty raising rates due to discounted ships. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure next week as charterers drip-feed cargo in the face of surplus tonnage, shipbrokers said.


Navig8 Inks Sale and Leaseback Deal with SBI

Courtesy Navig8 Chemical Tankers

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it has entered into a sale and leaseback transaction with subsidiaries of Japan-based SBI Holdings Inc (“SBI”) for two 25


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb on More MidEast, West Africa Liftings

File Image (Credit: EuroNav)

VLCC rates from MidEast have reached a floor at W33; surging Suezmax rates could make VLCCs more attractive. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to climb next week as charterers ramp up tanker fixing activity from the Middle East while increased oil volumes from West


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier commly used in the South America-to-Far East trades (credit: Vale)

Holidays in Asia likely to dampen chartering activity; Outlook still "slightly positive" for fourth quarter. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady around current levels next week in a quiet market, ship brokers said on Thursday.


Hanjin-chartered Ships Sold, More on Block

File Image: A Hanjin boxship underway (Credit: Hanjin)

Three bulk carriers sold charter-free at about market rates. Two Hanjin container ships also up for sale. Three ships chartered to Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd have been sold and two more vessels are up for sale, ship brokers said on Wednesday, kicking off an asset sale sparked by the failure of the


Seaspan CEO: Hanjin Fallout Is Like Lehman for Shipping

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

 Seaspan Corp  chairman and ceo Gerry Wang has described the bankruptcy of South Korea’s biggest container line Hanjin Shipping Co as the industry’s equivalent of the Lehman Brothers collapse that triggered the global financial crisis, reports Bloomberg.  


Seaspan Starts Fixed-rate Charter with Maersk Line

Courtesy Seaspan

Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced today that it accepted delivery of a 10000 TEU containership, the Maersk Genoa. The new containership, which was constructed at Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's eleventh 10000 TEU SAVER design containership and fifth delivery in 2016


Fitch Ratings Affirms Panama Canal's 'A' Ratings

Photo courtesy of ACP

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings for the Panama Canal Authority (ACP): Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A' and $450 million senior unsecured notes at 'A', reflecting the ACP's solid revenue profile and low leverage levels.  


Hyundai Heavy Wins Russian Bid for 12-Ship Contract

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

 South Korea’s troubled shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. announced that it has been selected as the preferred bidder for a 12-oil tanker contract worth $660 million of Russia’s Sovcomflot, reports Korea Herald.  


More Collapses, M&A Will Follow Hanjin, Warns Flitch

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 Korean Hanjin Shipping's filing for receivership reflects an unsustainable supply-demand imbalance in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says.    "We expect more defaults and M&A activity in the short and medium term but these will only restore equilibrium and boost


2016 VLCC Earnings Will Surpass 2014 -BIMCO

Graph source: BIMCO

 Lower growth rates for refinery throughput and drawdowns on swollen oil stocks has impacted the seaborne tanker market negatively. BIMCO expected this to happen.   BIMCO has reduced its forecast for crude oil tanker demolition in 2016: from 5 million DWT to 3 million DWT


Tanker Sale & Purchase Update

Tanker. Pic: TTS Group ASA

 For now, the Sale & Purchase (S&P)  market is pretty dead (because the charter markets are also slightly lifeless). S&P transactions for tankers have almost halved so far this year (Jan 1-Sept 2), reports  Alibra Shipping Ltd. Research.  


The Price Ratio Between Newbuild and Secondhand

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Looking at the ratio between newbuild and secondhand prices is a classic method of examining the state of various shipping sectors, says Clarksons Research.   But the metrics can be just as revealing at the older end of the market


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Steady, Owners Resist Further Cuts

File Image (Credit: EuroNav)

Daily VLCC earnings fall to around $10,000; vessel deliveries, shorter voyages weigh on rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to multi-year lows on Thursday, are likely to hold steady around current levels as ship owners resist charterers' attempt to push






 
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