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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.


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


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.


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


Scorpio Tankers' Latest Newbuilding News

Tankship: Photo courtesy of Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc.  says 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. The purchase price of the vessel is $37.1 million with delivery expected in September 2014. In addition Scorpio Tankers reports that it recently took delivery of two MR product tankers, STI Dama from SPP and STI Olivia from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea


Tankers Versus Bulkers

Graph: Clarksons Research

 It’s now more than a year since the tanker market took off. In mid-2014 tanker earnings picked up and since then have been in the $30-$40,000/day range, says a Clarksons study. But the market remains nervous.   This tanker pick-up coincided with a slump in dry bulk earnings, which is interesting because on paper bulkers and tankers both seem to have surplus capacity. So why are tankers doing so much better than bulkers?  


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


NASSCO to Build Additional Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD), has entered into a contract with an affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP), for the design and construction of an additional 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carrier with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. Construction is scheduled to begin the fourth quarter of 2015, with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2017


Kinder Morgan Buys Four Newbuilding Resales

Photo Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Kinder Morgan, Inc. is expanding its growing fleet of Jones Act product tankers having signed a definitive agreement valued at an all-in price of $568 million with Philly Tankers LLC to take assignment of contracts for the construction of four, new 50,000-deadweight-ton, Tier II tankers to be constructed at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The transaction requires approval of shareholders holding 80 percent of the shares of Philly Tankers AS


Norway will be Lithuania's 2016 Top Gas Supplier

File Image: a modern LNG carrier (credit: DNV GL)

Lithuania will import more gas from Norway than from former sole supplier Russia in 2016 after developing infrastructure to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, the country's energy minister said on Monday. Russia's Gazprom had enjoyed a supply monopoly until the end of 2014


Oversupplied Market Eyes Floating Storage Opportunities

Brent oil price reached lows of $27/bbl in mid-January, but has recovered over the past two weeks to above the $30/bbl mark. Nevertheless, volatility is expected to remain as the market is yet to find a new equilibrium, according to market analyst and consultant Douglas-Westwood (DW).


Novoship to Install Ecochlor BWTS on 4 Tankers

Photo: Ecochlor

SCF Novoship Technical Management has selected the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) to be retrofitted on three Aframax Oil Tankers and one Product Carrier. All of these retrofits are to be carried out in 2016.   “SCF Novoship Technical Management required a BWTS that is


ABS' Tikka Elected Foreign Member of NAE

Kirsi Tikka (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, announced the election of ABS Europe and Africa Division President Dr. Kirsi Tikka as a Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  


Iran Slowly Offloads Stockpiled Oil

Iran is slowly winding down stocks of oil stored on tankers close to its shores and the process is likely to take longer than Tehran had wanted, despite the lifting of international sanctions this month. The pace of sales taken from floating storage highlights the difficulties Iran is facing


LSC Shipmanagement Receives 3 New Ships

Photo: A/S Latvijas kuģniecība

 In the first half of this year, JSC “Latvijas kugnieciba” subsidiary “LSC Shipmanagement” Ltd (LSCSM) will add three newly built oil and chemical tankers under technical management.    The first of the three ships was delivered on January 11 – the


Atlantis Tankers Orders 10 Optimarin BWTS

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Optimarin has consolidated its position within the EX approved ballast water treatment (BWT) segment with a 10 vessel contract from Atlantis Tankers Group and its management arm Armona Denizcilik, the company announced. The Norwegian BWT specialist will now provide its solution to two newbuildings


Liberian Registry Reaches 4,000-ship Milestone

Scott Bergeron (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has reached a milestone with the registration of its 4,000th vessel – the 50,000 dwt chemical / product tanker newbuilding High Trust, owned by d’Amico Tankers Limited, Dublin (d’Amico International Shipping S.A. group).   


Piracy Hotspots Persist Worldwide -IMB Report

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Piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas is persisting at levels close to those in 2014, despite reductions in the number of ships hijacked and crew captured, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report reveals.  


Scot Tanker Opts for MarineLine Coatings

Contract signing at Scot Tanker’s office in Istanbul (Photo: Advanced Polymer Coatings)

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) has signed a contract with Scot Tanker, based in Istanbul, Turkey, for up to eight chemical tanker retrofits using the patented MarineLine polymer cargo tank coating system.   These eight chemical ships became available on the market and were purchased by


Oil Tanker Allision near New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to an oil tanker vessel allision on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.   The incident involved one vessel, Cyprus-flagged tanker Nordbay, which struck the Jefferson Parish water intake at mile marker 104


Crowley Celebrates Seven Million Man Hours Without LTI

Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez is celebrating over seven million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI).    In addition to this remarkable number


Russia Confirms Tanker Seized by Niger Delta Militants

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 Russia’s embassy in Nigeria confirmed on Thursday that the Greek-owned oil tanker Leon Dias has been hijacked in the Gulf of Guinea, reports TASS.   There are reports that the oil tanker hijacked by suspected militants from the Niger Delta has been freed and is now located some 7


FSL Trust Divests Two Containerships

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as the trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trus, announced that the Trust has completed the disposal of Ever Radiant and Ever Respect for a cash consideration of approximately $10,800,000. Ever Radiant and Ever Respect are Japanese-built, 4


Crowley Christens 2nd LNG-ready Product Tanker

Photo: Crowley

Crowley christens second of four newly built, LNG-ready product tankers for use in U.S. coastwise trade   Crowley Maritime Corp. has christened the second of four new Jones Act product tankers yesterday at the South Florida Petroleum Terminal (The Public Dock) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla






 
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