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BWTS Fitting on Japanese VLCC a First

MOL VLCC: Image credit MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) plan to install a ballast water treatment system on an in-service very large crude oil carrier (VLCC). This will be the first such onboard system installed by any Japanese shipowner on an existing VLCC. The company chose the JFE Ballast Ace system developed by JFE Engineering Corporation. The installation will take place while the vessel is docked from March through April. Ballast water discharged while loading/discharging cargo carries marine organisms around the world and can have a negative impact on marine ecosystems and biodiversity. This has become a subject of global concern since the late 1980s. Accordingly, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the Ballast Water Management Convention in February 2004, and its ratification is under way. Ship details: Type of vessel: Very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) 
Ship registry/class: Marshall Islands/Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)
 Deadweight tons: About 300,000 tons 
Length: 333m
 Breadth: 60m The treatment capacity of the BWTS is 3,500m³/h x 2 units (explosion-proof), and the treatment method is of filters with chemical injection.  


Gulf Navigation to Buy Supertanker

According to a January 3 report from Gulf News, Gulf Navigation Holding confirmed its acquisition of a very large crude carrier (VLCC). The vessel, built in 2006 and with a 300,000 deadweight tonne capacity, can carry up to two million barrels of oil.The Gulf Eyadah will join the operator's other VLCC, Gulf Sheba, which was delivered in late 2007. (Source: Gulf News)


TEN Acquires VLCC

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) recently acquired the 299,700 dwt double hull VLCC M/T Maersk Estelle, built in Denmark in 1994, from the AP Moller / Maersk Group. Initially, this vessel will participate in the current strong spot market while the Company considers opportunities for longer-term employment. TEN will assume ownership of the vessel during the later part of January 2004. "We are very excited about this latest addition to our fleet of young and environmentally friendly


Chinese Petroleum Corp. Exercises VLCC Tender

Taiwan's state-owned Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) has bought two very large crude carriers (VLCC) of West African crudes via its September tender, a company official said on Thursday. The volumes were below CPC's usual purchase of three to four VLCCs per month. Each VLCC can load up to two million barrels each. "We have high inventories and not so much requirement," the CPC official said. The details of the tender, which closed on Monday, were still unclear.


VLCC Rates

Eastbound VLCC freight that nearly topped W200 in November is now firmly mired beneath W100. "The market's really lost its way, but much of that is just down to sentiment," said one London tanker broker. Wednesday's fixture lists showed a number of deals hovering around the W100 mark, and even the very modern New Circassia accepted W101 from Stasco for an eastbound trip. Friday's fixture list however, showed the slightly older Musashi Spirit had been fixed at W90 to Japan


Hellespont Places Order With Samsung

Piraeus-based Hellespont Shipping Corp. has contracted Samsung Heavy Industries for the first two vessels in a new class of VLCC's. The contract also calls for the option to build two optional ships - with delivery beginning in the last quarter 2001. With a lightweight of 46,500-tons, the vessels will form a new standard for large tanker strength and speed - while equipped with various features. The ABS and LR-approved structures and scantlings will be 10 percent in excess of both rules.


DHT Plans Three More VLCC Newbuilds

Photo: DHT

DHT Holdings, Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) in South Korea for the construction of three additional very large crude carrier vessels (VLCCs) at a contract price of $97.3 million each, including $2.3 million in additions and upgrades to the standard specification, for delivery in September, October and November 2016. This comes after DHT announced on January 8 that it declared an option to construct another VLCC at HHI for $92


VLCC Luxembourg Sold, to Undergo FPSO Conversion

Luxembourg (Photo courtesy of Euronav)

Euronav NV today announced that it has sold its oldest double-hulled VLCC Luxembourg (1999 – 299,150 dwt), for $28 million (USD). The vessel is wholly owned by Euronav. The capital gain on that sale of about $6 million will be recorded at delivery. The net cash proceeds available to Euronav after the mandatory repayment of its debt obligation will be $5 million. The vessel is foreseen to be delivered to its new owner between May 1


Norway's DHT Holdings Orders One More VLCC

VLCC Tankship DHT Ann: Photo courtesy of DHT

DHT Holdings, Inc. says it has taken up its option to construct another VLCC at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea on the same terms as for two others ordered earlier. The contract price of US$92.7-million, includes certain additions and upgrades to the standard specification. The company's current orderbook thus consists of three VLCCs ordered at HHI that are scheduled for delivery in April, July and September 2016. About DHT Holdings, Inc.


MISC Buys Aframax Tankers

MISC Bhd has bought four Aframax tankers from Japan's Tsuneishi Corp for $260m. The first unit of the 107,500-deadweight tonnage (DWT) tankers will be delivered in 2009, while the rest in 2010, MISC said in a statement. It added that the continuous expansion of MISC's petroleum fleet under American Eagle Tankers (AET), supported by regional offices in London, Singapore and Houston will provide it with the critical mass to better serve its customers globally.


ClassNK Head Attends KOTC Delivery Ceremony

Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Officer of KOTC (left), with Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK

Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK attended the delivery ceremony for the M/T Al Yarmouk, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and delivered to Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. S.A.K. (KOTC) in Geoje, Korea on August 25, 2014.


Russia's Shipping Major Reports Strong 1H 2014

Tankship: Photo SCF

OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), Russia’s largest shipping company and a global leader in seaborne energy transportation and offshore services, has announced its financial and operating results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.   Highlights:


ClassNK's Noboru Ueda Attends KOTC Delivery Ceremony

Noboru Ueda (r) with Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al=Ahmad Al-Sabah CEO of KOTC

  Mr. Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK attended the delivery ceremony for the M/T Al Yarmouk, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and delivered to Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. S.A.K. (KOTC) in Geoje, Korea on 25 August 2014.


PDVSA Halts Exports of Diluted Crude for Oct

  Venezuela's state-run PDVSA has put on hold its plans to export diluted crude oil (DCO) in October as the company reviews production costs that have risen on imports of costly naphtha that it uses to mix with its extra heavy crude, traders told Reuters on Friday.


UK's Hound Point VLCC Jetty Down Until Sept. 15

The supertanker jetty at the North Sea's Hound Point crude oil terminal is shut for maintenance and will not reopen until Sept. 15, operator BP Plc said on Thursday, making sending excess cargoes to Asia more difficult for traders. The Hound Point jetty has two berths


ABS to Class Ultra Deepwater Offloading Unit

The Remora HiLoad DP BR unit design approved by ABS will have advanced capabilities for offloading operations in Brazil's Santos Basin. ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has been selected to class the Remora HiLoad dynamic positioning (DP) BR loading


The World's Most Expensive Jones Act Tanker

courtesy of VesselsValue.com

The series highlighting the world's most expensive active vessels from online ship intelligence and information service VesselsValue.com focuses this week on the most expensive tanker vessel, which is not a VLCC but a Jones Act aframax. The first-in-class double hull tanker Liberty Bay is an


MOL YoY Q1 2014 Profit Slips, but Dividend Planned

Koichi Muto: Photo MOL

MOL President Koichi Muto informs in a letter addressed to company shareholders of a year-on-year decline in profits during the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014, excerpted as follows: "I would like to report our business results for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014 (April 1


Mideast Crude Tanker Rates Struggle in Ship Glut

Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route were steady this week, helped by light bookings although rates have yet to rebound after a recent surge late last month. The world's benchmark VLCC export route from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan <DFRT-ME-JAP> on Thursday


Asia VLCC Rates Could Nudge Higher on Activity

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering programme for the first 20 days of August, brokers said on Friday. The pause would come after charter rates from the Middle East to


Navios Announces VLCC Delivery

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced that the Nave Electron, a 2002-built VLCC of 305,178 dwt, was delivered to Navios Acquisition's owned fleet on July 21, 2014. The company also announced that the Nave Electron has been chartered out


Sembawang Shipyard to Convert 2 FPSOs for Kaombo Project, Angola

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  Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured a Floating Storage Production Offloading (FPSO) conversion contract worth about S$600 million from Saipem SA, France for the conversion of Two FPSOs for the Kaombo Project in Offshore Angola.  


Med Tanker Market Pins Freight Rate Hopes on Libya Oil Export Push

Rising oil exports from Libya after months of disruption helped push Mediterranean tanker rates to the highest levels in nearly six months on Wednesday, and shipping players expected more gains in earnings as shipments from the OPEC member step up.


EURONAV Private Offering Raises $125m

EURONAV VLCC Artois (Photo courtesy of EURONAV)

EURONAV announces that it has raised $125 million in total in gross cash proceeds through a private placement of 10,556,808 new shares to institutional investors selected through an accelerated book build offering. Following strong demand, Euronav decided to upsize the initial offering from $100


Update: 8 VLCCs Disembark at Euronav

Delivered Vessel Fact Chart (Credit: Euronav)

This past January 5, 2014, Euronav NV announced the acquirement of 15 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) from Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte Ltd. Today, Euronav has affirmed that eight of these VLCCs have been delivered. Deliveries of the 7 remaining VLCCs from the Maersk fleet are scheduled






 
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