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Teekay Tankers Post Loss in Q2 2012

Teekay Tankers Ltd. reports results for the three months ended June 30, 2012, pays out reduced dividend compared to Q1. Excerpts from the quarterly report follow: In June 2012, Teekay Tankers completed the previously announced acquisition from [parent company] Teekay Corporation of 13 double hull conventional tankers, including seven crude oil tankers and six product tankers. "After the completion of our 13-vessel acquisition from Teekay Corporation in June, we continue to focus on managing employment of our significantly expanded fleet to achieve the right balance of downside protection through fixed-rate coverage and upside through spot market exposure," commented Bruce Chan , Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Tankers. Mr. Chan added, "Through this period of seasonal and cyclical spot tanker market weakness, Teekay Tankers remains financially well-positioned with over $386 million of available liquidity and no significant debt maturities until 2017." Reportedly crude tanker rates softened during the second quarter of 2012 due to a combination of tanker supply growth, reduced tanker demand and seasonal factors. According to the International Energy Agency, global oil demand declined by 0.6 million barrels per day (mb/d) during the second quarter due to refinery turnarounds in both the Atlantic and Pacific basins.


ASRY Fixes 3 Large Tankers

There are currently three large tankers under repair at Bahrain’s Asry – the 284,889 dwt VLCC Al Samidoon and the 285,117 dwt VLCC Al Shuhadaa, both owned by Kuwait Oil Tanker Co (KOTC), the 305,783 dwt ULCC Orion Star, owned by Vela International, and the 238,898 dwt VLCC Progress, owned by Greece’s Dynacom. Other ship currently under repair include the 13,143 dwt tanker UVO XX, PNSC’s 99,358 dwt tanker Shalamar, Odfjell’s 37,221 dwt tanker Bow Clipper, the 44,954 dwt tanker QUDS B7


Bergesen Agrees to Sell Four Tankers To Frontline Consortium

Norwegian shipping group Bergesen said on Friday it had made an preliminary agreement to sell four tankers to a consortium led by tanker operator Frontline. Bergesen said in a statement the deal, which included two tankers and contracts to build two new tankers, would give the company a profit of about $42 million. The sales price of the two tankers was $164 million, while the new contracts had a total value of $157 million, it said.


Tanker Demand Forecast

McQuilling Services has recently published its bi-annual Tanker Market Outlook which forecasts freight rates for all tanker sectors on the main routes through 2008. Tanker Demand The demand for tankers is a derived demand, being driven by the demand for oil where the latter is directly related to the level of regional and global economic activity. Oil is expected to remain the dominant energy source for the world through 2025 and overall demand growth has been projected by the U.S


Chembulk Announces New Leadership

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It has been about fours months since the deal was sealed for PT Berlian Laju Tanker to acquire  Chembulk Tankers—the 21st Century Chemical Tanker Company, and the vision of the acquisition is being realized.  The addition of 19 new chemical tankers, coupled with the strong Chembulk management team, results in an organization that  boasts the third largest stainless steel chemical tanker company in the world


Seatrade Award for Intertanko

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Intertanko’s Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) initiative has won the Seatrade Award for the category of Investment in People which recognizes a significant contribution to the recruitment, training, retention and advancement of the industry’s most valuable asset, its people. Launched in April 2008 during intertanko’s Istanbul Tanker Event, TOTS is a core competency-based training system for tanker officers which aims to raise the bar over and above the minimum


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


New Tankers to Join KOTC Fleet

According to reports, eight new oil tankers will join Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)'s fleet during 2007, said KOTC Chairman Abdullah Al-Roumi on Wednesday. The company said the new tankers will be delivered in stages between January and December 2007, to secure ample time for the company's experts to inspect and test the tankers well and make sure they match the agreed upon features. The offices supervising the building of the fleet, in South Korea and Singapore


SCI To Acquire Four Tankers

India's federal cabinet has approved state-run Shipping Corporation of India's proposal to acquire four Aframax tankers of 110,000 DWT each. The cabinet approval also permits SCI to borrow up to 80 percent of the vessel contract price from the international market. The four tankers will be acquired at a price of $35.76 million each on cash basis from South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries. The Aframax tankers will augment SCI's crude tanker tonnage to meet increased demand for crude oil


JO Tankers Order 8 MR Product Tankers from China Shipyard

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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


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines


Somali Pirate Sentenced to 12 Years by German Court

 A German court sentenced a Somali asylum-seeker to 12 years in jail on Thursday, for his involvement in the pirate hijacking of a tanker in the Indian Ocean in 2010.   The judge in the Osnabrueck court in northern Germany said the man was guilty of kidnapping and severe extortion


Shippers Turn to Equity Markets as Sector Eyes Recovery

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Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009


Pirates Approach Tanker in Bab El Mandeb

The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain (MARLO) has advised that on or about 12:30 UTC on 14 April, the Master of an oil tanker reported being approached by a white-blue skiff in position 12.25.00 North - 043.43.00 East, in the Bab El Mandeb (BAM).


NAT Common Share Offering a Success

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Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) informs that its offering of 12,000,000 common shares, at a public offering price of $8.62 per share, was exercised in full by underwriters, and in accordance with the option granted to them by the Company they purchased an additional 1,800


Zueitina Oil Port Still Closed after Rebel Deal

Libya's eastern Zueitina oil port was still not under government control one week after an agreement with a federalist rebel group to immediately reopen it along with the Hariga terminal, a spokesman for National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Monday.  


New Oil Tanker Series RS Classed

Two river-sea oil tankers of project RST 22M are to be built to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) class. A relevant agreement is signed by RS with Armada Shipyard that will construct the ships for the Palmali Group of Companies. At present


Europe Gasoline Cracks Strong on US Demand

Gasoline prompt cracks in northwest Europe slipped on Monday but remained at eight-month-highs supported by strong demand from the United States, where inventories are low and refinery maintenance has curbed supply. Stocks on the U.S. East Coast, a major export destination for European gasoline


Brazil President Says Won't Accept Attack on Petrobras

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday lashed out at critics of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, saying accusations of corruption, cost-overruns and stagnation at the company were politically motivated. Rousseff, speaking at the launching of an oil tanker at a shipyard near


Attestation / Endorsement services for seaman in UAE

The Maritime Administration of the United Arab Emirates has introduced services for the attestation of seaman contract and issuance of oil/chemical/gas tanker endorsement. ATTESTATION OF SEAMAN CONTRACT: This service is applicable for Crew working on UAE Flagged vessels that are engaged in


Libya to export first cargo since rebel deal

An oil tanker is due to load 1 million barrels of crude on Tuesday from Libya's recently reopened Hariga port, its first export shipment after a deal to end months of closures at its key terminals, the National Oil Corp. (NOC) said. The tanker is due to take its load to Italy


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

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State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


Scorpio Tankers' Latest Sale & Purchase Deals

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Scorpio Tankers says it recorded a gain of US$51-million from the sale of the 7 VLCC newbuilding contracts announced earlier. In March 2014, the Company received the proceeds from the sale of the seven VLCC newbuilding contracts and recorded a gain of $51 million in the first quarter of 2014


First Crude Lifting in 9 months at Libya's port of Hariga

A tanker has started loading crude at Libya's eastern port of Hariga for the first time in nearly nine months, after a federalist group agreed to re-open it last week, a state oil company official said on Wednesday. The tanker Aegean Dignity arrived at the port on Tuesday.


Three European firms win Angola deepwater deals

Three European companies have won contracts for almost half the value of Angola's $16 billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo oil project, confirming a trend toward bigger scale and risk for the deep-sea contracting and construction sector. Saipem of Italy announced a $4 billion contract related to


 
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