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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


Sino-Global to Acquire Tanker

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  Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. a shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company, today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the "MOU"), between the Company and Rong Yao International Shipping Limited


NewLead Expands Fleet to 10 Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced that it recently added five bitumen tanker vessels, expanding its fleet to 10 vessels in less than a year while performing on its strategy to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the market.   NewLead completed the acquisition of three bitumen tankers


NewLead Holdings Acquire 5 Vessels

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  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced today that it recently added five bitumen tanker vessels to its fleet. The Company has expanded its fleet to 10 vessels in less than a year while performing on its strategy to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the market.


Australia Gives Landing Craft to the Philippines

The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defense Kevin Andrews announced today.    Andrews said the former Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Tarakan


Despite Price Drop, Bunker Costs Still Hamper Shipping

The cost of marine fuel continues to be a major headache for global shipping companies.     Bunker fuel costs account for approximately 70 per cent of the total voyage expenditure for a vessel and ship operators prefer purchasing bunker fuel from ports where the cost is lower. 


Blount to Build Bunkering Tanker for NY-NJ Harbor

Image courtesy of Blount Boats

Blount Boats signed a contract with American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. to construct a 79x23 foot, double hull, steel, fuel bunkering tanker for service in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel, designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects


Star Bulk's PO to Finance New Builds

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  Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced today that it plans to make an underwritten public offering of its common stock. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for its new building program and general corporate purposes.


Diana Shipping Announced Vessel Delivery, Time Charters

Diana Shipping Inc. announces delivery of the newly built Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier m/v Santa Barbara; time charter contracts for m/v Polymnia with Vroon and m/v Danae with Glencore   Diana Shipping Inc. announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary


Turkish Truckers Eye Caspian Sea Routes to Avoid Delays in Iran

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Turkish carriers plan to cross near 25 thousand vehicles a year over Caspian Sea with ferryboats and Ro Ro ships to avoid delays on the route across Iran.   The use of ferry boats and Ro-Ro ships would cut excursion time significantly


Seanergy Maritime to Acquire Capesize Vessel

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  Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. while announcinbg their financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014 informed that they plan to acquire a Secondhand Capesize vessel. In this regards Stamatis Tsantanis


Trafigura Fixes Australian LNG Cargo

Swiss-trading house Trafigura has purchased one of three liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes offered by Australia's North West Shelf export plant as part of a tender awarded late last week, four traders said. The winners of the remaining two cargoes are thought to be a mid-size oil major and a


Euronav Announces IPO in the US

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Euronav NV announced the commencement of its underwritten initial public offering in the United States of 13,550,000 ordinary shares. The company will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional ordinary shares representing up to 15% of the offered shares.   


Australia’s Submarine Dilemma

Defense Minister Kevin Andrews (Source: Defense Ministry)

The government of Australia came under fresh pressure to reject Japanese submarines as the spearhead for a new undersea fleet, with one of the country’s top security think-tanks urging consideration of a homegrown naval deterrent, reports WSJ 


New Simulator Improves Inland Waterway Training

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Simulation Tool for Brown Water Training and Collision Reconstruction   BMT ARGOSS a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., has developed a specialized version of its REMBRANDT simulation and training tool for use in scenarios involving inland waterways.  


Vroon Adds Twelfth Tanker

Iver Ability (Image by Vroon)

Dutch ship owner Vroon has confirmed the purchase of the MT ST Charlotte, a 2006-built bitumen/molten sulphur tanker. The vessel will be renamed Iver Ability and brings the total number of Vroon's bitumen tankers to twelve.  A statement on Vroon's website said






 
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