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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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.   


Aframaxes Taken for Short-term Time Charters in Asia

File photo: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company

The Asian Aframax market is currently stable but seems to be facing a more positive outlook on the back of short-term time charters as well as an increase in third decade cargoes. Rates for an Indonesia/Japan run basis 80 kt are hovering around w100 to w102


Tanker Market Facing Test

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The tanker market has certainly had some tumultuous times of late, points out a report by Clarksons Research.   Crude tanker earnings picked up in 2014, averaging nearly $27,000/day, and surged to an annual average of around $50,000/day in 2015.   


MSI: OPEC’s cut is deepest for VLCC, Suezmax markets

 Maritime Strategies International (MSI), a leading independent research and consultancy has forecast a testing time for the crude tanker market over the next six months – and perhaps longer if OPEC is successful in extending production cuts beyond the first half of 2017.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Up on Increased Traffic

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock)

Record iron ore prices fuelling capesize chartering boom; freight rates rise by around $1 per tonne in a week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-week highs on Wednesday, are set to continue to climb next week on buoyant iron ore cargo


Diana Shipping Signs Time Charter Contract with Caravel

m/v Dione. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Caravel Shipping Limited, Hong Kong, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Dione, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to about twelve (12) months


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

File image of a typical VLCC underway (Credit: EuroNav)

25 MidEast cargoes still to be fixed; VLCC rates fall to 4-month low.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a four-month low on Thursday, are likely to hold around current levels or nudge higher as charterers fix the final charters in February's loading


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could Diverge on Market Conditions

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Australia-China rates could climb on improved weather. Brazil-China rates to hold steady, fall on lack of charters.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China rebounding on improved weather


Diana Containerships Charters Post-Panamax to Hapag-Lloyd

Photo Diana Containerships

Diana Containerships Inc. today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg, for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v March, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to maximum fourteen (14) months


Asia, Mideast Product Tankers Idled on Oversupply

File Image: Credit BMT

Lower product shipments from India, Mideast; diesel comes off floating storage, frees up ships.   Dozens of tankers used to carry refined oil products are sitting idle in Asia and the Middle East as slow trade and an oversupply of ships have cut daily earnings to as little as a fifth of


Diana Shipping Extends SwissMarine Charter

M/V Aliki. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping , through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Aliki.   The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk


Moody's Upgrades HMM Credit Rating

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 South Korean Container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), which collaborates with the 2M alliance, has had its rating improved from the default rating D to instead BB, informs the carrier.   "Korea Investor Service (a Moody’s Affiliate)  has upgraded Hyundai


Marco Polo Marine Revenue Drops for Q1

Photo:  Marco Polo Marine Ltd

 Marco Polo Marine Group  Group recorded a revenue of S$11.4 million in Q1FY2017, a decrease of 33% from that of S$17.0 million in Q1FY2016.   Relative to Q1FY2016, the Ship Chartering Operations’ revenue of the Group decreased by 31% to S$4.4 million in Q1FY2017


Scorpio Tankers Reports 4Q Loss

Photo: Scorpio Tankers

 Scorpio Tankers has reported a fourth-quarter loss of $29.7 million or a loss of 18 cents per share.   The shipping company posted revenue of $106.1 million in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts.    Scorpio Tankers sharply reduced its quarterly dividend by 92% to


CMA CGM Hires Diana Containerships’ M/V Rotterdam

Rotterdam. Photo: Diana Containerships Inc

 Diana Containerships has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with CMA CGM S.A., Marseille, for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Rotterdam.   


Diana Shipping Extends Time Charter Contract for M/v Houston

Photo:  Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping  has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with SwissMarine Services, Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Houston






 
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