Shipping firms have paid millions of dollars into U.S. accounts to prevent their vessels from being detained due to non-payment of bills for fuel supplied by the bankrupt OW Bunker, indicating the impact from the collapse of the Danish firm was spreading. OW Bunker filed for bankruptcy in November after losing almost $300 million in alleged fraudulent trading in Singapore, leading to claims by distributors who sold shipping fuel on behalf of OW Bunker but had not been paid. Some 13 cases involving bunker bills totalling about $12 million have been filed at New York's southern district court, a maritime lawyer said. U.S. court documents seen by Reuters show 11 firms, including Germany's Hapag Lloyd and European gas carrier Exmar, have agreed to pay about $10.3 million into court and a law firm's trust account since November. A bond for about $180,000 has been paid into court on behalf of Hapag Lloyd to cover unpaid bunker bills, said Peter Gutowski, a partner in Freehill Hogan & Mahar. Law firms acting on behalf of other companies declined or were unable to comment. A New Jersey judge agreed last week that $938,607 be paid into a law firm's trust account to cover unpaid bunker bills and prevent the detention of the 49,997 deadweight tonne container ship Cosco Piraeus, operated by Cosco Container Lines (Coscon).
Crowley christens second of four newly built, LNG-ready product tankers for use in U.S. coastwise trade Crowley Maritime Corp. has christened the second of four new Jones Act product tankers yesterday at the South Florida Petroleum Terminal (The Public Dock) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 50,000 dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity Texas joins sister ship Ohio, which was christened by Crowley in November
When the Documentary Committee of BIMCO met on November 14, 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark, they agreed to adopt a revision of its General Ice Clause for voyage charter parties. The revision of the General Ice Clause forms part of an undertaking to review over time a series of well-known BIMCO standard clauses to reflect legal and commercial developments. The amendments have been made because the existing ice clause was found to be deficient in a number of ways
GT North of England P&I club has warned its shipowner members to protect themselves from the increasing risk of claims for charterers’ unpaid bunkers. The advice comes in the latest issue of the club’s loss-prevention newsletter Signals. According to Mark Robinson of the club’s freight, demurrage and defence department, “The recent downturn in the shipping markets and the world economy has unfortunately led to some charterers going out of business
The NCSA-USG area remains short of tonnage: a 34,000 dwt bulk ship is well-linked to US$ 15,000 daily for a short period of 3-5 months, reports BMTI in its latest 'Handy Bulk Market Viewpoint'. Owners of a similar size of tonnage were seeing US$ 24,000 daily for a trip to Europe. A range of US$ 20,000 daily from NCSA via the USG to the Continent from owners of a 36,000 dwt was rebuffed by charterers as being too expensive.
Diana Containerships Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with MSC-Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.A., Geneva, for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Puelo, a 6,541 TEU container vessel built in 2006. The gross charter rate is $6,500 per day, for a period of 12 months. The charterer has the option to further employ the vessel for a 12 month period, at a gross charter rate of $8
A Lesson in admiralty law was recently provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit when it ruled that a maritime lien for breach of a charter party attaches when the vessel is placed at the charterer's disposal. Dennis Bryant, writing about the case on the Maritime Liens website, notes, "A vessel owner entered into a time charter and accordingly delivered the vessel. The vessel was then sold to a third party, subject to the time charter
General Maritime Corporation has signed two-year time charter contracts, with a trading company, for up to nine of its Aframax OBO Vessels (combination vessels which can perform both wet and dry trades). The initial time charter contracts are for four of the Company's Aframax OBO vessels. The contracts for the four vessels will provide net voyage revenue to General Maritime in the first year of approximately $28 million
The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has advised shipbrokers against using the term "first-class charterers" when conducting fixture negotiations, following a claim made by shipowners against one of its broker members in respect of the failure of charterers to perform a contracted fixture. Writing in the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC explained, “Norwegian shipbrokers were involved in negotiations for a voyage charter
Persistence pays off for shipbroker's legitimate claim for outstanding financial commission due from time-charterer. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) recounts the case of a shipbroker owed outstanding commission by time-charterers who were widely thought to be in financial difficulties. The charter party provided that the time-charterers were obliged to deduct the broker’s commission from the hire and pay this directly
Rates from Western Australia to China fall from six-month high. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could slide next week as charterers rein in their activity following a flurry of fixtures which pushed rates from Western Australia to China to a six-month high
Worst over for Aframax market as fuel oil cargoes lift rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could slide further before finding a floor and recovering on a rebound in chartering activity, ship brokers said on Friday.
Phaethon International has chartered a panamax bulk carrier Which is owned by the Greek shipping Diana Shipping on for up to eight months with a daily rate of US $ 5,250, according to the Baltic Exchange data. Coronis (74,381 dwt
Nigeria’s crude oil production and exports have been hit by severe outages as a result of attacks on oil infrastructure by rebel fighters in the Niger River Delta. Various sources report that Qua Iboe Terminal has shut down operations until further notice
Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose marginally on Thursday as steady demand for smaller vessels offset weaker rates across capesize and panamax vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, announced today the employment of three product tankers at charter rates that are, on average, 14 percent higher than their previous charter rates. The Nave Equator, an MR2 product tanker, has been chartered to a high-quality counterparty for 18
The London P&I Club has issued a warning about continued problems associated with the carriage of Indonesian thermal or ‘steam’ coal, following a number of recent incidents involving owners and charterers. Indonesian coal has a propensity to self-heat and/or emit methane
India has instructed an Indian-flagged oil tanker that has been blacklisted by the U.N. not to discharge its cargo of crude oil from Libya's rival eastern government and to await instructions from the United Nations, a senior Indian government official said on Thursday.
An Indian-flagged oil tanker is returning to Libya, the North African country's rival oil corporation said on Thursday, after its failed first attempt to export crude oil led to the ship being blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council.
Crowley Maritime Corp. announced it will hold a christening ceremony Thursday, May 5 in New Orleans for the newly built Louisiana, the company’s third of four new Jones Act product tankers. The 600-foot-long, 50,000-dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330
Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today teamed up with a local partner in Indonesia, PT Pelindo Energi Logistik (PEL; President Director: Denny Hermanto) to launch joint operation of the LNG carrier Triputra
Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the third of four new LNG-ready Jones Act product tankers at a May 5 ceremony at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in New Orleans. The 600-foot-long, 50,000-dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity MT Louisiana is capable of carrying crude oil
Tuco Marine Group of Denmark informs it has inked a new order for its 11-meter wind farm service boat from the ProZero series of fast rescue boats, daughter crafts and workboats. Tuco said the new order is from a major, but for now undisclosed, company in the European offshore market