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IYC Names its Brokers of the Year

Barbara Stork Landeweer

International Yacht Collection (IYC) iannounced that Frank Grzeszczak and Barbara Stork Landeweer are the company’s  2013 Yacht Broker and Charter Brokers of Year, respectively. Representative of a banner year for IYC, both brokers played a pivotal role in promoting the superyacht lifestyle and helping their clients achieve results in the global market. “I have the privilege to again congratulate Frank and Barbara on their exceptional performance,” said Bob Saxon, IYC President. “This is Barbara’s third consecutive year being recognized as the leader in IYC’s yacht charter division; Frank has been awarded the title numerous times as well. They have realized tremendous success internationally in a marketplace that is both demanding and rewarding.” Frank Grzeszczak, IYC Yacht Broker Having built a 25-year career in preowned and new construction yacht sales, Frank Grzeszczak has been with IYC since 2007. His criterion for success has always been based on three fundamental principles: knowledge of product, honesty and integrity. More, his strong work ethic blends reliability, diligence and professionalism with an understanding that team work encompasses both client service and respect for one’s fellows in industry. This has garnered Frank great esteem with his clients and his worldwide network of yacht brokers.


Newport Beach Boat Show – Mikelson Yachts on Display

Sports Fisher M43: Photo credit Mikelson Yachts

Mikelson Yachts to showcase two yachts at Newport Beach's 39th annual boat show Mikelson Yachts will  display two models in the 39th Annual Newport Beach Boat Show during April 19-22 at Lido Marina Village. The show gives exposure to over 300 vessels of varying sizes. Featured in the show for the last 30 years, Mikelson Yachts will be back in attendance this year presenting the 43 Zeus Sportfisher and the 59 Nomad Cruising Sportfish


Bradford Marine Expands Line

Bradford Marine, Inc. (Bradford Marine) announced that they have expanded their line of services with the formation of a new subsidiary, Bradford Marine Group, Inc. (Bradford Marine Group). The Bradford Marine Group will significantly add to Bradford Marine’s ability to provide a full line of quality yacht services from their shipyard in Ft. Lauderdale. Bradford Marine Group will provide consulting services to yacht owners, their Captains and crews


Kennedy Joins Moore Stephens Brokers Ltd.

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Moore Stephens Brokers Limited, a source of general insurance products tailored for Superyachts, has appointed Kathy Kennedy as its new executive vice president it was announced today. She will be based in the USA. “I’m really pleased to join Moore Stephens at this exciting time for the company”, said Kathy, “I look forward to adding to the company’s already diverse blend of services and expanding their client relations not only in Northern America but also


Private Yacht Owners Warned

MAST launches new perimeter defense for super-yachts. MAST Technololgy, part of MAST group (‘Maritime Asset Security and Training’), a maritime security and piracy protection specialist, says that super yacht owners are turning to close protection amid fears of an escalation in maritime crime due to growing instability in North Africa due to the implications of the Arab Spring. The company, which deliveries both commercial and private maritime security


Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping Sets Sail with First Charter

Pilot Boat on Deck of Star Lofoten with Ship Raven

Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping announces that their first charter with Grieg Star Shipping was loaded and departed on schedule on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from Vancouver, B.C. Cofounded earlier this year by industry experts, insurance broker Rick Gladych, and Anthony Utley of Raven Marine Services in British Columbia, Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping charters the decks of Grieg’s L-Class Ships (paid-in-full), virtually eliminating any third-party issues.


BV Launches Condition Assessment Program for Yachts

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Bureau Veritas has extended its Condition Assessment Program to cover all types of yachts. BV Yacht CAP will provide owners with a certified and recognized evaluation of the real status of any yacht to promote the yacht’s condition to charterers, brokers, yacht managers, banks and leasing companies. “Big yachts are big business but a high risk area for charterers and financiers,” says Vincent Lefebvre, Head of CAP and Environment section, Bureau Veritas


Litigation Can Cost Shipbrokers an Arm & a Leg

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A survey of London solicitors by specialist intermediaries insurer ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts, reports trade association Maritime London. Indemnity insurers ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all of whom had previously been instructed on cases involving ITIC members – a hypothetical claim scenario involving a broker which had been cut out of commission


Maersk Broker Agency Sold to Denmark Firm

Photo: Maersk Broker Agency

Shipping.dk, part of USTC Group, has acquired Maersk Broker Agency. Maersk Broker Agency will be merged with Shipping.dk.   The acquisition is part of the Denmark-based shipping and logistics company's plan to expand its position as a significant player in Scandinavian agency and stevedoring (loading and unloading) operations.    "The acquisition strengthens and deepens our activities and platforms in Scandinavia and is also highly experienced and qualified staff on


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Slump

Image: Dalian

 Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could face drop further next week on excess tonnage supply and lower cargo volumes, reports Reuters.   A Singapore based VLCC broker said that there’s no upside. Rates will either be flat or on the downside. There are many more ships than cargo, the broker said.   While ship owners and charterers are expected to conclude more charters later on Friday


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Fall on Reduced Demand

MidEast VLCC rates fall nearly 30 Worldscale points this week; port congestion in Basra, China adding to market uncertainty. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may drift lower next week on weaker sentiment among owners and reduced chartering demand ahead of the release of May's


LNG Prices Retreat on Soft Demand

Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) extended their fall this week on slack demand, although production issues in Australia helped stem losses.   LNG for May delivery in Asia traded at around $4.20 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), compared with $4


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Face Pressure

Number of MidEast charter fixtures less than usual; Basra crude exports set to fall in May. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will come under further pressure next week if the current sluggish chartering activity continues, ship brokers said on Friday.


Chinese Fast Ferry Delivered

HAI QIN (Photo: Afai Southern Shipyard)

Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd.  and CoCo Yachts B.V., announced  that the first of the two  fast ferries was delivered to Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company in late February. The vessel named HAI QIN recorded a top speed of 38.11 knots at full load on sea trials.


Somali Pirates on trial in Paris

Rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and other armaments lay on the deck of USS Cape St. George (CG 71) after being confiscated during an early-morning engagement with suspected pirates. Cape St. George and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) were fired upon while preparing to board a suspect vessel operating in international waters off the coast of Somalia. One suspect was killed and 12 were taken into custody. Coalition forces conduct maritime security operations to ensure security and safety in international w

Seven Somali men accused of hijacking a French yacht in an assault in which its owner was killed and his wife abducted in the Arabian Sea four years ago appeared before a French court on Tuesday, all facing life sentences.   The men have not been charged with homicide


Amels 242 on Sea Trials

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

 The 74-meter long luxury superyacht built at Vlissingen shipyard has started shipbuilder's sea trials. Amels is now recognised as one of the most successful superyacht builders in Holland.    "Even the chilly Dutch North Sea looks rather nice when graced by the gorgeous


Kang Joins Glander International Bunkering

Guyson Kang Photo Glander

Glander International Bunkering a global marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering firm welcomes Guyson as Bunker & Lubricant Trader to the Singapore office.   Guyson joins Glander International Bunkering with regional expertise in the Asia Pacific region and has been in the maritime


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Firming

A FedNav bulk vessel (file image)

Stable cargo flow needed to push rates higher; half of capesize vessel deliveries delayed in Q1. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to firm next week as owners resist charterers attempts to push rates lower, ship brokers said on Thursday.


Foss Maritime Sells U.S. Flag Tug

Sale of “Benjamin Foss” by Foss Maritime Company of Seattle Photo Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington informed the sale of the 1,700BHP “Benjamin Foss” by Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington to private U.S. interests.   The 78.0’ x 26.3’ x 11.0’ depth x 9


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rate Direction Uncertain

File Image: A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (credit: Suez Canal)

MidEast VLCC rates rise by more than $24,000 per day; China and Saudi Arabia fuel chartering surge. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a two-week high on Thursday, face an uncertain direction next week, brokers said.


Primorsk Shelves Restructuring Plans

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 Russian tanker player Primorsk International Shipping has dropped its restructuring plans in favour of pushing through asset sales, reports WSJ.    This is what Primorsk's lawyers told a bankruptcy court in Manhattan on Friday


Huge Tanker Traffic Jam Builds at Basra

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Nearly 30 large oil tankers waiting to load at Basra; daily VLCC tanker rates have doubled to nearly $75,000. A traffic jam of nearly 30 large oil tankers has built up outside the Iraqi port of Basra due to loading delays, with some waiting up to three weeks and costing ship operators around $75


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Stay High

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Flurry of cargo fixtures push Australia, Brazil rates to highest since December. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady next week near four-month highs if owners continue to reactivate idle tonnage on upbeat cargo demand


China Teapot Refiners Create Qingdao Tanker Jam

Tankers at Qingdao port face up to 30-day wait. At least 15 large tankers wait to offload -shiptracking data. A surge in oil buying by China's newest crude importers has created delays of up to a month for vessels to offload cargoes at Qingdao port






 
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