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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


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


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 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.   


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. 


How Long Will Shipping Downturn Last ?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping is a cyclical business. For many years, Clarksons Research has tracked the ups and downs of its cycles via the ClarkSea Index, a weighted average of vessel earnings in the main shipping sectors.    In the first half of August, the index averaged less than $7,500/day


Sovcomflot Profits slip

Projects - The company services large-scale energy projects in Russia and abroad, including Sakhalin-1, Sakhalin-2, Prirazlomnoye, Varandey, Tangguh and Peregrino.

Reviewing the company’s financial and operating results for the first half year ended 30 June 2016, on 23 August 2016, the Executive Board of PAO Sovcomflot (“SCF Group”) noted that despite a tanker market downturn, the company was able to demonstrate strong performance and


SOS from Hanjin Shipping

Photo by Hanjin Shipping Co

 The creditors' extended help is crucial for survival of Hanjin Shipping Co as its negotiations with owners of chartered ships over a cut in leasing rates and to postpone debt repayments to foreign creditors made significant progress, says the cash-strapped firm.  


Nordic American Tankers Expects Improvement

Pic: Nordic American Tankers

 Norway's Nordic American Tankers (NAT) posted a net income of $23 million for the second quarter of this year, down 26% year on year from $30.9 million.    But  NAT is hopeful that Suezmax tanker rates would improve in the second half of the year


Diana Enters Time Charter Contract With Glencore

MV Ismene. Photo: Diana Shipping

 Greek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping announced it entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels.   The vessel in question is the 77,901 dwt MV Ismene, which was hired at a gross charter rate of $ 5,850 per day


Ocean Yield’s Final LR2 Tanker Joins Navig8

Courtesy Navig8

Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. today took delivery of one 110,000 DWT LR2 product tanker, the Navig8 Supreme, from Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (“Sungdong”). The Navig8 Supreme is the fourth vessel to be delivered under the sale and leaseback arrangements


GSL Extends CMA CGM Charters

Marie Delmas. Photo: Marine Marchande

 Global Ship Lease (GSL) has extended the charters of the Marie Delmas and Kumasi, two 2,207-TEU vessels, for up to 3.25 years.   Under the agreement, a revised rate of $13,000 per day will apply from August 1, 2016 until the charters' previous earliest expiry dates in September 2017


Brokers Optimistic on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: credit BSM

More activity from Australian miners buoy capesize rates; dry cargo market remains over-tonnaged as fleet growth outpaces demand. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes should stay largely unchanged next week on static cargo volumes though shipowners remain


Navios Maritime Charter Restructuring with HMM

MSC Cristina. Photo: Scheepvaartwest

 Navios Maritime Partners has reached an agreement with South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine to cut the hire rate of five container vessels chartered out to HMM by 20%.   Pursuant to the charter restructuring documentation executed on July 15, 2016


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Steady as Suezmax Fixtures Weigh

Charterers splitting VLCC cargoes into smaller Suezmax tankers; rates to remain around $24,000 per day, below break-even levels. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on main routes to Asia are set to hold around current levels next week


Rickmers Group Revenue Slides in First Half of 2016

In the first half of 2016 the Rickmers Group generated consolidated revenues of €249.3 million ($279 mln), 13.9 percent lower than in the corresponding period in 2015 (€289.6 million, $324 mln).   The main underlying factors are the persistently strained market situation


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






 
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