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Otto Marine Send Two AHTS to GoM, One to W. Africa

AHTS Redfish 4: Image courtesy of Otto Marine

Offshore marine services firm Otto Marine informs it has obained a total of US$24.9 million in charter contracts for three offshore vessels – Redfish 4, Go Canopus and Go Altair. Details as follows: Redfish 4, an 8,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel equipped with dynamic positioning 2 capabilities will be deployed for work on long term charter in Mexico. Go Canopus, a 10,800bhp AHTS vessel built in 2009 with DP2 technology has been contracted on long term charter, also for work in the Gulf of Mexico. Go Altair, a 5,150bhp AHTS with dynamic positioning 1 capabilities, has been cotracted for a short term towage project from Singapore to West Africa, and will then be strategically located to the West African market. About the Company Headquartered in Singapore, Otto Marine Limited is an offshore marine group which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels and is engaged in specialized shipbuilding of offshore vessels for primarily Deep Sea applications. The shipbuilding includes ship repair and conversion.  

GasLog Order More LNG Carriers & Fix Charters

GasLog Singapore: Photo credit GasLog

GasLog has ordered two new 174,000 cbm Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carriers from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in South Korea. The vessels are expected to be delivered in Q3 and Q4 2016, respectively, and upon delivery will commence firm seven-year charters with a subsidiary of BG Group plc. The company explains that due to the benefits accrued from building a series of ships, these vessels will have a lower delivered cost than the 2 vessels ordered in February

MISC Profit Down 29%

MISC Bhd reported that first quarter net profit dropped 29 percent on lower freight rates for its liner and petroleum divisions. The industry is expected to be either stable or soft because there are more ships in supply than what the market demands and the delay in scrapping old tonnage. Still, MISC's earnings should remain stable on long-term charters from the LNG, petroleum, offshore businesses and the turnaround of its heavy engineering activities.

Ocean Yield to Acquire Four LR2 Product Tankers

Pic: Navig8 Product Tankers

 Norway’s Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire four 115,000 dwt LR2 product tankers which are currently on order from Navig8 Product Tankers at Sungdong Shipbuilding in Korea.   Ocean Yield has agreed to acquire the product tankers for a total consideration of USD 198.1 million, in combination with 13 years "hell and high water" bareboat charters to Navig8 Product Tankers Inc, says a company statement.  

RasGas Names Eighth LNG Ship

RasGas has named its eighth LNG ship Simaisma at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company, South Korea. RasGas has a long-term charter agreement with the Maran Gas Maritime Inc and Qatar Gas Transport Company, which owns the vessel. Under the terms of the time charter agreement, RasGas will charter the ship for a firm period of 20 years to deliver LNG from its existing and future facilities at Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLC) to its growing

TEN Extends Charters for Three Product Tankers

Photo courtesy of TEN

Three new charters to generate total revenues of $40 million; spot rates increase in Q4 Crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced the charter extension for three product tankers, including two Panamaxes and one MR, for two and three years respectively to a South American oil major. These contracts are expected to generate $40 million in total gross revenues over their relevant duration.

CMA CGM Issues Statement to Thwart Rumors

Responding to information circulating, CMA CGM Group states that it has no short term plans to either purchase or long-term charter-in any vessels. The Group has a modern fleet of 408 ships, of which 92 are owned, that enable it to meet the current needs of its customers and provide them with end-to-end service around the world. In today’s economic environment, CMA CGM’s priorities are to reduce its debt and to strengthen its financial position.

Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal in the Works

Excelerate Energy and Petrobangla in agreement for long-term FSRU charter and construction of LNG import facility Excelerate Energy and Petrobangla have reached agreement on terms for the development and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal. The agreement includes the provision of one of Excelerate’s existing floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) under a 15-year long-term charter, as well as the design and construction of the facility

Stena Bulk Strikes Deal with Neste Oil

Stena Bulk has sold 50 percent of the tanker Stena Arctica to the Finnish oil company Neste Oil, which will also operate the vessel on a 10-year charter from 1 January, 2007 – mainly to transport oil from Primorsk to the Finnish port Porvoo in the Baltic. The 117,100 DWT Stena Arctica was delivered at the end of 2005 from the shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and is the world’s largest tanker with the highest ice class (1A Super) currently in service.

Crowley Manages Tankers for American Petroleum

The Settlement agreement recently approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge in New York became effective July 28, clearing the way for an investor group led by The Blackstone Group to terminate their relationship with U.S. Shipping and to retain Crowley Maritime Corporation to manage five U.S.-flag petroleum tankers for the newly renamed company, American Petroleum Tankers LLC. The five tankers, two of which are in operation and three of which are due for delivery from shipbuilder NASSCO

Incat Ferry Order from Denmark

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  Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, Australian shipbuilder, has secured a contract for the construction, delivery and long term charter of a large fast vehicle ferry for Danish company Mols-Linien A/S. The Ferry will be the fourth Incat vessel in the Mols Linien fleet.

EU-bound Jet Fuel Stays at Sea

Tankers anchored off Europe, extend voyage seeking buyers; outlook dim as imports to the region rise. A jet fuel market in Europe saturated by imports from Asia and the Middle East has forced sellers to keep their oil offshore on tankers or chose longer voyages as they seek out buyers.

Newbuild Containerships Delivered to Rickmers

The Rickmers Group informs it has taken delivery of the first two in a series of three 9,300 TEU newbuilds acquired by the group in April while already under construction. The containerships were built at the South Korean STX shipyard and are on long-term charter to CMA CGM.

AET Names DP Shuttle for Statoil Charter

Petroleum tanker owner and operator AET today named its newest vessel, a 120,000 DWT DP2 shuttle tanker, Eagle Bergen.    Eagle Bergen is the second of two vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries to the standards required to operate on the Norwegian continental shelf

Damen Delivers Twin ‘Axe Bow’

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Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. This ubiquitous name in global shipbuilding has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually.

NLNG Bullish on Prospects

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) has shipped 3,200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes by Q2 of 2015, since it began international gas exports in 1989, the managing director, Babs Omotowa said, reports Business Day.  

Farstad Shipping Dives into Loss

Subsea vessel Far Sentinel. Photo: Farstad Shipping

 Norway’s Farstad Shipping ASA has seen red in the second quarter of 2015 as impairments and currency losses drove the company into a loss.   Farstad’s profit after taxes (PAT) was negative NOK 119.5 million, versus positive PAT of NOK 46.7 million a year earlier

Work Maintenance Vessel Delivered to Otto Marine

Nautical Aliya (Photo: Otto  Marine)

Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company, announced that further to a long-term bareboat charter contract that was secured in June 2015, it has taken delivery of a 238-man work maintenance Vessel to fulfill that charter.   The delivery ceremony for the vessel, Nautical Aliya

Rickmers Maritime in Red

Photo: Rickmers Trust Management

 Rickmers Trust Management (Rickmers Maritime) suffered a loss of USD15.7 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2015 from a profit of USD16 million in 2Q14.   Rickmers Maritime recorded a net loss after tax of US$15.7 million in 2Q2015, compared to a net profit of US$16

Norden Shuffles Executive Management Team

Norden CEO Jan Rindbo (Photo: Carsten Lundager)

Danish dry cargo and tanker shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S informs it has combined a number of management functions in order to reduce its executive management team from five to three members.   “With the changes we are consolidating a number of functions creating a

Pacific Basin Returns to The Black

Pic: Pacific Basin

 Pacific Basin Shipping cut its half-year underlying losses by 32 per cent to US$14.6 million from a year ago, thanks to stringent cost-cutting efforts that helped it mitigate an anaemic dry-commodities shipping market.   Hong Kong-listed Pacific Basin

Damen Delivers First Twin Axe FCS for O&G

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Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam have a decade-long relationship with the family-run Groen Offshore, Guard & Support, having built seismic research vessels and completing a majority of its repairs in the past.  On July 17, the two parties were united again in an event marking the

Vallianz Bags $ 458 Mln in Charter Renewals

Courtesy  Vallianz Holdings Limited

  Vallianz Holdings Limited a fast growing provider of offshore support vessels and integrated marine solutions to the oil and gas industry, has signed new contracts valued up to US$458 million that has lengthened the charter duration for 19 of its offshore support vessels currently deployed

Nakilat H1 Profit Up 10 pct

Photo: Qatar Gas Transport Co Ltd (Nakilat)

 Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, has registered a half yearly net profit of $135 million (QR490.2mn), up 10% on the same period last year.   The healthy financial results reflect “Nakilat’s strategic development

Qatari Shipper Nakilat Q2 Net Profit Gains 12.3 pct

Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, posted a 12.3 percent increase in second-quarter net profit on Tuesday, according to Reuters calculations. The company made a net profit of 267.8 million riyals ($73

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