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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.

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.

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

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

Concordia Maritime, P-Max in Charter Deal


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

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.

TBS Reports 3Q, 9 Mo Results

Joseph E. Royce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and President of TBS International Limited, stated: "We attribute these record results to the efforts of our worldwide team of shipping professionals delivering our TBS Five Star Service (Ocean Transportation, Logistics, Portside Services, Operations and Strategic Planning) to our global customer base. TBS owns its vessels, deals directly with our clients and presently does not have vessels on long term time charters.

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

Star Bulk Sells Supramax Ship

Dry bulk shipper Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the sale of a 58,722 dwt Supramax vessel, M/V Maiden Voyage, built in 2012 (tbr Astakos).   Star Bulk said the vessel was delivered to its buyers, an unaffiliated third party, on September 15, 2015.   

EU-bound Jet Fuel Stays at Sea

Tankers anchored off Europe, extend voyage seeking buyers; outlook dim as imports to the region rise. A jet fuel market in Europe saturated by imports from Asia and the Middle East has forced sellers to keep their oil offshore on tankers or chose longer voyages as they seek out buyers.

NewLead Fixes Newlead Castellano

Newlead Castellano

  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced yesterday that it entered into a time charter contract for one of its dry bulk Eco-type Handysize vessels, the Newlead Castellano, for two consecutive voyages, anticipated to be completed by the end of November 2015, at a gross charter-out rate of US $7

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Impacted by China Holidays

Weak holiday demand to pressure rates lower. Rebound seen after China returns to market on Oct 8. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could come under pressure next week as lower cargo volumes due to holidays in China thwart shipowners efforts to push rates higher, ship brokers said.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Brazil-China capesize rates hit seven-month high; Pacific capesize market dragged by buoyant tonnage supply. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to hold steady next week although a rush of cargo in the Atlantic would again provide the trigger for rates to move higher

Pearl Seas Cruises Adds Voyages to Cuba

Pearl Mist (Photo: Pearl Seas Cruises)

Pearl Seas Cruises plans to launch a series of “cultural voyages” from the United States to Cuba beginning in the spring of 2016, the cruise line announced today.   Offering 7- to 10-night voyages aboard the line’s newest vessel, the 210-passenger luxury ship Pearl Mist

BBC Chartering Opens Vietnam Office

BBC Oregon Courtesy BBC

BBC Chartering announces the opening of a new representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, starting August 1st breakbulk, and general cargo transportation due to good prospects and growth rates outperforming other countries in the region.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady at 8-month High

Freight rates climb after BHP-led charter flurry; tight tonnage supply bolsters capesize freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could hold around current levels after reaching their highest in more than eight months this week following a surge of fixtures by Australian miners

Dryships Post 2Q Loss

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

  DryShips Inc. an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its affiliate, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., or Ocean Rig, of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Dropping

Low bunker prices buoy owners' spot charter earnings. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which have fallen to their lowest level in 10 months, are set to slide further next week as the volume of available tonnage outpaces cargo demand.

Sinotrans Shipping in the Red

Photo: Sinotrans Shipping

 Sinotrans Shipping slid back into the red for the first half of 2015, turning to a $18.3m loss from a small $2.3m profit in the previous corresponding period.   The dry bulk and container shipping arm of Chinese state-owned Sinotrans & CSC Group continues to feel the pain of low

LNG Owners Pool Fleets to Cut Costs

Photo: Dynagas

Three of the top liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker owners have decided to market 14 vessels jointly on a spot charter basis, part of a new pooling arrangement that is aimed at cutting operating costs in a depressed market. The pool, consisting of eight modern vessels from Norwegian shipper

Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand

NewLead Fixes Tanker

  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced today that the Company has entered into a new time charter contract for one of its bitumen tanker vessels, the MT Newlead Granadino for a minimum of six months with the charterer's option to extend the contract at the end of the first six months for

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb

Shipowners confident rates will climb on tighter tonnage supply; Shipowners seek rates premium for Australian coal cargoes. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could continue to recover as ship owners scent the possibility of higher cargo volumes on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said

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