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Teekay Offshore Signs Brazil Shuttle Tanker Contract

Teekay Offshore GP L.L.C., the general partner of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore or the Partnership) TOO -0.92% , announced today that it has entered into a new long-term contract with a subsidiary of BG Group plc (BG) to provide shuttle tanker services in Brazil.   The contract with BG will be serviced by four Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tanker newbuildings to be constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. Upon delivery in mid- to late-2013, the vessels will commence operations under 10-year time-charters. The contract with BG also includes certain extension options and vessel purchase options.   "These strategic new long-term shuttle tanker time-charters with BG further strengthen the Partnership's position in the fast-growing Brazilian offshore market," commented Peter Evensen, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Offshore GP L.L.C. "In addition to increasing our Brazil based shuttle tanker fleet size by approximately 30 percent, this transaction is expected to be accretive upon delivery of the vessels and will provide Teekay Offshore with additional customer diversification and cash flow stability."


Excel Maritime Fleet Expansion Update

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd (NYSE: EXM), an owner and operator and provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced the delivery of a newbuild Capesize vessel as well as the cancellation of a vessel purchase agreement. Excel Maritime has taken delivery of the newbuild Capesize vessel M/V Sandra on December 26, 2008 from the Imabari Shipyard in Japan. The vessel has a carrying capacity of 180


New Golden Gate Ferry Enters Service on Larkspur

The first of two vessels purchased by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) from Washington State Ferry in January 2009 has been completely refurbished and is entering service today, May 16, on the Larkspur-San Francisco Route. The two Washington State Ferry vessels, now named the M.V. Golden Gate (formerly the Chinook) and the M.V. Napa (formerly the Snohomish) were purchased for $2 million each and have a refurbishment budget of approximately $10 million each


Panamax Dry Bulker Delivered to STX Pan Ocean

Bulk Ship STX Horizon: Photo credit STX Pan Ocean

STX Pan Ocean takes over the 83,000 dwt class Panamax, 'STX Horizon', its first new-build delivery of the year. Having concluded strategic contracts for long-term transportation with domestic and international shippers including POSCO, Hyundai-Steel, KEPCO subsidiaries, Vale and Fibria in Brazil, STX Horizon will be added to the the owner's list of vessels to service these various contracts. A company official said: “Although current dry bulk shipping market is depressed


Financial Prudence the Key to Bunker Trade Success

The importance of balancing the numbers for a successful bunker fuel trading operation will be stressed by GAC's Nicholas Browne when he shares his experience at the Lloyds Maritime Academy Bunker Management School this week. In his speech, the Global Director of GAC Bunker Fuels will outline what bunker traders need to keep in mind making the judgment calls they face every day. What are the criteria for granting credit to a new customer? How can they minimize their risk exposure? 


Shipping industry market trends for 2014 - John Nikolaou

John Nikolaou

Athens based, Financial Analyst John Nikolaou provides an insight into the recent market trends of the shipping industry:  Greek shipowners have returned to the top of the global shipping economy by controlling a gross tonnage of 164 million tons, overtaking the Japanese on 159.4 million tons. According to Clarksons, this global lead illustrates that Greeks operate much bigger ships because they own 4,984 vessels against 8,537 managed by the Japanese and 6,427 by the Chinese.


Golden Ocean Group Announces Sale

Golden Ocean Group Limited has agreed to sell the vessel M/V Shinyo Brilliance. The vessel is a Panamax bulker and is one of the long-term time charter vessels previously acquired from Louis Dreyfus with an option to purchase attached to the time charter. The vessel will be delivered to the Buyers within the end of December 2007 and the agreed purchase price is $72m net. The strike price for the option is about $20m net and the transaction will thereby free up approximately $52m in


Zim to Buy Eight Ships for $1.36B

Israel Corp. subsidiary Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. said it had placed an order to purchase eight mega container ships from the South Korea’s shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. The deal, valued at $1.37b, ($170m each) comes six weeks after Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. announced its plan to upgrade its container vessels fleet. The company had ordered eight TEU 12,600 mega containership for delivery by July 2012


ABS NS Software Helps Secunda Marine

ABS Nautical Systems (ABS NS) has taken the traditional purchasing relationship and automated it to provide shipowners and operators with a more efficient way of obtaining competitive bids and more responsive service with its eProcurement product, an extension of its Purchasing & Inventory software module. Nova Scotia-based Secunda Marine Services Limited (Secunda) is the latest operator to implement ABS NS eProcurement as part of its overall fleet management strategy.


NewLead Holdings Buys Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:NEWL) announced that it has signed a Stock Purchase Agreement providing for the purchase of two Kamsarmaxes for an aggregate purchase price of $112.7m and signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the sale of the product tanker Chinook for $8.5m. “NewLead's fleet continues to transform, becoming younger and more versatile," said Michael S. Zolotas, President and Chief Executive Officer


GAIL Seeks 7 LNG Cargoes

Image: GAIL (India)

 GAIL (India) will buy seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery from October 2015 until December 2016, according to the tender document obtained by Reuters.    According to preferences and vessel sizes, the deliveries will be split between Dabhol


BAE Systems to Expand San Diego Shipyard

As part of the San Diego Ship Repair expansion, BAE Systems will purchase a new, additional dry dock, shown here as a rendering of where it would be positioned at the shipyard. It will be the company’s largest dry dock in the United States, measuring 950-feet long and 205-feet wide, with a design lifting capacity of 55,000 tons. (Image courtesy of BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it will invest approximately $100 million to expand drydocking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard.   The investment, which will include the purchase of a new drydock and a range of infrastructure improvements at the yard, aims to enhance ship repair


Sea Star Continues Puerto Rico Investments

Tim Nolan, Sea Star President

Sea Star Line, LLC has entered an agreement to on-hire another barge to add to its current service package for shipments from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.   The new asset has the capacity for 320 dry units and its initial departure is scheduled for the first week of April


Hamburg Süd Completes CCNI Takeover

Courtesy Hamburg Sud

  Effective 27 March 2015, Hamburg Süd has taken over the container liner activities of Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) including the related general agency functions of Agunsa Agencias Universales S.A


Beier Radio Marks 70 Years Serving Global Marine Industry

Frank L. Beier, circa 1938 (Photo: Beier Radio)

Beier Radio, Inc. marks its 70-year anniversary in 2015 providing engineering, sales and service for marine electronics around the globe. During its 70 years in business, Beier Radio has grown from being one of the first marine electronics distributors in the southern United States to a worldwide


GoFree Debuts Lake Insight & Nautic Insight Cartography

Greatly improved for 2015, Lake Insight® and Nautic Insight® cartography packages are each available in three versions PRO, HD East and HD West.

  GoFree – the provider of digital content and services, and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G – announced today the release of six updated mapping products for use in both inland and coastal U.S. waters


Hedging Your Bets

Courtesy of Hedge Solutions

Up and Down brown water bunker pricing is giving small-to-medium sized operators heartburn. It doesn’t have to be that way. The recent free fall in oil prices is grabbing the attention of many in the commercial marine business. Ferry services, cruise lines, tour boat operators, tugs, etc


Zamakona Inks Agency Deal with Stewart Group

Zamakona Yards has signed an agency agreement with the Stewart Group, owned by RS Platou&Clarksons, the shipyard announced.   The agreement will see the Stewart Group will offer its customers Zamakona Yards repair and maintenance services both afloat and in our shipyards.  


Scorpio Tankers Secures Loan Duo

Scorpio Tankers Inc. received commitments for two new loan facilities

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that it has received commitments from two leading European financial institutions for two separate loan facilities of up to $113.2 million in aggregate to partially finance the purchase of four LR2 product tankers that was announced in December 2014.


YPF Buys Five LNG Cargoes

Argentina's state-controlled YPF has bought at least five cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery between April and June, traders said on Friday. Suppliers included Shell, EDF Trading, Petrobras, BP and Excelerate, traders said.


New Skimmer Systems for Coastal Oil Spill Response

SeaHow said its new skimmer systems can be implemented to almost any workboat over six meters in length. Skimmers are designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. These features provide new operational efficiencies especially for near shore and coastal oil spill response. (Photo: SeaHow)

SeaHow has launched a new product line of skimmers aiming to address the challenges encountered by the oil spill response (OSR) organizations.   SeaHow, operator one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of OSR vessels, said that over the 30 years that it has carried out OSR work


Diana Containerships Adds Two Panamax Ships

Diana Containerships Inc. announces agreement to acquire two Panamax container vessels   Through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, Diana Containerships Inc. has signed two Memoranda of Agreement to purchase two Panamax container vessels from an unaffiliated third party.  


Sino-Global Purchases First Tanker

  Sino-Global executives after the companys Nasdaq listing (photo courtesy of Sino-Global Shipping America)

  Sino-Global Shipping America, which was recently listed on Nasdaq, is becoming a shipowner.   The shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire a small oil/chemical tanker from Rong Yao International


Icebreaker Murmansk Launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Icebreaker Murmansk Courtesy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

  The 16 MW Icebreaker for the Russian Ministry of Transport was launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard on March 25th, 2015. Before floating the vessel, she was given the name ceremonially by breaking of a champagne bottle on the bow of the vessel


Japan's Navy Unveils De-Facto Aircraft Carrier

JS Izumo: JMSDF Photo

 Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) took delivery of its biggest warship Izumo, since World War II, a vessel that observers say is a "de-facto aircraft carrier".   The 19,500-ton destroyer Izumo, measuring 248 meters long and 38 meters wide






 
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