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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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Transatlantic Eastbound Rates Fall

Photo: CMA CGM

 Transatlantic eastbound chemical freight rates dropped slightly this week on a continued lull in the spot market, ICIS reports  brokers as saying. It was the second drop in as many weeks.   The latest SSY Base Oil Shipping Report noted that eastbound rates “took a tumble

Maersk to Install Inmarsat's Entertainment Service


  The leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its

New Head for Odfjell Tankers

Harald Fotland (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell announced it has appointed Senior Vice President Harald Fotland to new Head of Odfjell Tankers. Fotland comes from the position as SVP/Chief of Staff and has for the past 18 months also been responsible for the cost-cutting and efficiency program in Odfjell.

d'Amico Launches Two Tankers in Vietnam

Cielo di Ulsan, launched by DIS in Hyundai Vietnam Shipyard (PRNewsFoto/dAmico International)

d'Amico International Shipping S.A. has launched two eco-ships at the shipyards of Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd – Vietnam, bringing the fleet to more than 50 units. The vessels Cielo di Ulsan, a handysize Ice Class of 39,000 tons and High Trader, a medium range 50

Aker to Sell Product Tanker JV Interest

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has entered into definitive agreements with a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for the buy-out of APSI's interest in its joint venture with

Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of the first of two recently purchased secondhand Suezmax tanker vessels.   NAT announced in July that it had agreed to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015

Scorpio Tankers to Sell Assets, Upsize Credit Facility

Press release - Scorpio Tankers announced an agreement to sell STI Highlander, newbuilding vessel deliveries, and the upsizing of a previously announced credit facility. The company reached an agreement to sell its 2007-built Handymax product tanker, STI Highlander, for approximately $19

Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.  

Nigeria's Oil Exports Under Threat

Nigeria's latest effort to combat theft could imperil its oil income lifeline, compounding the damage the crude price fall has done to its finances, access to dollars and imports. Oil traders and shipping brokers said a newly implemented "letter of comfort" requirement under which

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

Teekay Secures $1bln from Chinese Bank

 Teekay Corporation announced today it has entered into a framework cooperation agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for up to $1 billion in new loan facilities.   The loan facilities would be made available to Teekay and its subsidiaries

Crowley Acquires Jones Act Tankers

Crowley Takes Delivery of First of Four New, Jones Act Tankers from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery of Ohio, the first of four new, Jones Act, product tankers this week from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA. The delivery is momentous not only for Crowley

Stolt-Nielsen's Q3 Numbers Disappoint

Shipping firm Stolt-Nielsen reported third-quarter earnings below forecast on Thursday and said it remained worried by the expected influx of new product tankers in 2016 and 2017. Stolt-Nielsen's June-August operating profit rose to $59.8 million from $45

Ship Operating Costs Down in 2014 -Moore Stephens

Photo: Andrew Aiello

Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.8 percent in 2014, said international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. This compares with the 0.3 percent average fall in costs recorded for 2013

Odfjell's Tanker Overhaul Seeks to Slash Emissions by 20%

Bow Clipper is the first of Odfjell’s tankers to be upgraded (Photo: Odfjell)

Norwegian tanker shipper Odfjell announced it is upgrading the propulsion systems aboard 19 of its chemical tanker vessels in a move that aims to reduce its fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent.   The upgrades, which include the retrofit of new energy efficient propeller

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