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NewLead Holdings Announces Commercial Competency of MT Sofia

MT Sofia Photo Newlead

   NewLead Holdings Ltd.announced today a review of the commercial competency of one of its bitumen tanker vessels, the MT Sofia since the vessel was delivered to NewLead's fleet. The Sofia is a 2008-built bitumen tanker vessel of 2,888 dwt and is one of the five bitumen tanker vessels that were delivered to NewLead's fleet during the fourth quarter of 2014. Since the end of November 2014, when NewLead took delivery of the Sofia, the vessel has been trading in the spot market under consecutive voyages. Previously, the Sofia has completed twelve different voyage charter agreements and fifteen different voyages and has transported approximately 29,175 metric tons of bitumen. Currently, the Sofia is performing its thirteenth voyage charter agreement while the Company has already agreed upon her following voyage charter, which is expected to commence at the end of July 2015, upon completion of its existing charter agreement. For the past nine months, the Sofia has been trading mainly in the Central and East Mediterranean and the Black Sea areas with the vessel loading in Greece and Italy and discharging in Greece, Roumania, Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey and Libya. Upon delivery of the Sofia to NewLead, the Company invested in the maintenance and improvement of the vessel's condition


Greece's Star Bulk on Ship Buying Spree

Star Bulks Star Thetis: Photo courtesy of Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers contracts China's Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding to build two Capesize dry bulk carriers, & also signs Letters of Intent with a major Japanese shipyard for construction of two Ultramax dry bulkers. The eco-type, fuel efficient Capesize drybulk vessels are to be delivered in Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, respectively and similar specification Ultramax dry bulkers in 2015. The aggregate purchase price of all four newbuilding vessels is approximately US$151.0 million.


Concordia Maritime, P-Max in Charter Deal

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Concordia Maritime has just won a new contract with a major oil and gas company for a consecutive voyage charter arrangement for the P-MAX tankers Stena Provence and Stena Polaris. The agreement is for 6 months initially and will run until the end of 2014. "We are very proud to have concluded this deal and we are looking forward to continuing to develop this growing trade with refined petroleum products into the Asia Pacific with our business partner,” says Kim Ullman


Dorian LPG Takes Delivery of Five Newbuilds

Photo: Dorian LPG

 Dorian LPG Ltd took delivery of five vessels under our ECO-design VLGC newbuilding program, the Continental, the Constitution, the Commodore, the Cresques and the Constellation.   John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We took the delivery of five new Eco-design VLGCs this past quarter and are nearing the completion of the build-out of our fleet."  


Maritrans Reports First Quarter Earnings

Maritrans Inc., today announced its first quarter financial results and declared a quarterly dividend. Maritrans also announced an investor teleconference to discuss the quarter's results. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2002, was $3.0 million, or $0.32 diluted earnings per share, on revenues of $31.3 million. This compares with net income of $2.7 million, or $0.24 diluted earnings per share, on revenues of $31.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2001.


Crude Carriers Corp. Reports 2Q Resultes

Crude Carriers Corp. (NYSE: CRU), today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2011. The Company reported a net loss for the quarter of $7.5 million or $0.48 per share, which compares with a $0.37 net income per share from the second quarter of 2010. The Company’s reported net loss for the quarter includes $1.7 million in general and administrative expenses related to the definitive merger agreement with CPLP and the proxy statement on Form F-4 filed with the Securities


The CSL Group Installs Veson

Veson Nautical, a US-based developer of software solutions for the commercial maritime community, announced that installation of its IMOS Chartering Module has been completed for The CSL Group of companies. “We researched offerings from all the major vendors in this market and selected Veson Nautical to replace some of our ‘homegrown’ tools for a number of reasons,” explained Kevin Johnston, Director of Information Technology for the CSL Group


Baltic Trading Takes Delivery of Drybulk Vessels

Baltic Trading Limited (NYSE: BALT), a drybulk company focused on the spot market, has taken delivery of the Baltic Bear, a Capesize newbuilding, and the Baltic Jaguar, a 2009-built Supramax vessel. The Baltic Bear and the Baltic Jaguar are the third and fourth vessels, respectively, to be delivered to the company under agreements signed in February 2010 to acquire four 2009-built Supramax drybulk vessels from an unaffiliated third party as well as two Capesize newbuildings from another


Trafigura Fixes 6 Voyage Charters from Golar LNG

Swiss trader Trafigura has taken up to six liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels from Norwegian shipping company Golar LNG, likely on a single-voyage basis to transport cargoes, trading and shipping sources said. The vessels are to be put at Trafigura's disposal from now through August or possibly September and sources say each vessel may be used for only a single voyage. The sources said this type of arrangement resembles a Contract of Affreightment


New Voyage Planning Program

Seagull AS presented its new Voyage Planning Program - VP version 1.0. This software has been developed in close cooperation with the ECDIS supplier/developer MARIS AS. Northern Marine Management Glasgow/UK will be the first customer using this new SW on board all ships Seagull has completed a new program covering the needs for any vessel and navigator to complete a comprehensive voyage plan according to any known charter requirements.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier commly used in the South America-to-Far East trades (credit: Vale)

Holidays in Asia likely to dampen chartering activity; Outlook still "slightly positive" for fourth quarter. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady around current levels next week in a quiet market, ship brokers said on Thursday.


ABB Enhances Its OCTOPUS Software Suite

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ABB has launched an updated maritime software analytics platform that brings together the company’s EMMA and OCTOPUS applications into one software suite, under the banner OCTOPUS.   Now external information, such as weather or cargo load parameters


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Steady, Owners Resist Further Cuts

File Image (Credit: EuroNav)

Daily VLCC earnings fall to around $10,000; vessel deliveries, shorter voyages weigh on rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to multi-year lows on Thursday, are likely to hold steady around current levels as ship owners resist charterers' attempt to push


Brokers Optimistic on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: credit BSM

More activity from Australian miners buoy capesize rates; dry cargo market remains over-tonnaged as fleet growth outpaces demand. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes should stay largely unchanged next week on static cargo volumes though shipowners remain


Concordia Maritime Posts Q2 Profit

Stena Polaris (Photo: Concordia Maritime)

Facing a “gradually deteriorating market,” Sweden based tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime said it was able to post a profit in Q2 2016 based on high vessel employment and successful chartering, though still coming in under its Q2 2015 results largely due to an arbitration


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Steady as Owners Spurn Low Rates

Owners anchoring ships rather than fix at low rates. W. Australia-China capesize rates hit over two-month low. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady as ship owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower amid a dearth of cargo


First LNG Vessel Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Shell-chartered LNG carrier Maran Gas Apollonia transiting the Expanded Panama Canal’s Agua Clara Locks

Today, the Panama Canal marked another milestone with the transit of the first-ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier through its expanded locks.   Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia—measuring 289 meters in length and 45 meters in beam—arrived Monday from the Sabine Pass LNG


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Owners Remain Confident

File Image: typical bulk carrier underway (BSM)

Number of idle ships down to around 15, from 70 in early 2016 - broker. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could nudge lower next week although they are generally expected to remain around the current levels, ship brokers said.


Iron Ore Surge Could Boost Asia Bulk Capesize Rates

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could rise next week on higher volumes of iron ore cargoes, ship brokers said.   "It's a bit more positive, optimistic next week," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.  


Asia Dry Bulk Capesize Rates to Climb

File photo: Aurelie Moulin

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could move higher next week on a potential ship shortage, higher cargo volumes and storms in China that could disrupt sailing schedules leading charterers to scramble to fix replacement tonnage, ship brokers said.  


Demand, Bunker Pricing Spurs Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File Image: a bulk carrier underway (Credit: BSM)

Owners asking $1 per tonne more on Australia-China rates; Panamax rates climb to two-month high, but remain under pressure. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could continue to firm next week on higher cargo volumes and bunker prices


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Rise in Short Term

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, commonly used in th Brazil-Asian trades (credit: Vale)

Shipowners seeking $10 per tonne from Brazil-China; dry cargo demand to remain subdued this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may firm up next week on increased chartering activity, tighter tonnage supply and possible port disruption caused by bad


Asia Dry Bulk, Capesize Rates Set to Diverge

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk vessel, commonly used to move bulk from Brazil to Asian markets (Vale)

Rates from Australia to fall, Brazil rates to nudge higher. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China trending lower on weaker sentiment while prices from Brazil to China could rise on tight vessel supply


Frontline JV Creates Suezmax Vessel Fleet

A so-called SuezMax tanker transits the Suez Canal (credit: Suez Canal Authority)

Frontline Ltd. has announced the formation of Suezmax Chartering, a commercial joint venture with Diamond S. Shipping LLC and Euronav NV. The aim of the joint venture is to create a single point of contact for cargo owners to access a large fleet of 43 modern Suezmax vessels


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Strengthen on June Charters

30-40 Mid-East VLCC cargoes still to be contracted for June; Posidonia shipping event next week in Greece may dampen activity. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week as charterers complete their June loading programme






 
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