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French Tanker Owner To Fold

French tanker operator Copamar said it would have to fold after a French court backed TotalFinaElf's decision to pull out of a five-year charter of two aged tankers. "We have cash-flow problems," said a source at Copamar. "We will certainly have to close. That's life," he added. He said the 25-year old Guri and the 30 year-old Gatteville had been taken on five-year charters by TotalFina in 1998, but the charters had been terminated 10 months ago. TotalFinaElf's decision to terminate the contract came during a change in chartering strategy last year. It said it would not use ships of over 25 years old in French waters following public outrage after the 24-year old Erika broke apart in the English Channel in December 1999, spilling 8,000 tons of fuel oil and polluting Brittany beaches. Shipping sources said a Cherbourg tribunal originally ordered TotalFinaElf to pay 30 million francs to Copamar for breach of contract, but this would now have to be repaid following TotalFinaElf's successful appeal. - (Reuters)

Siem Offshore Charters PSV

Siem Offshore Inc and Five Oceans Services GmbH have entered into a firm three year charter for the large-size PSV "Siem Carrier" for operation as a world-wide Cable Lay, ROV and Offshore Construction Support Vessel. The contract will commence in fourth quarter 2007. The commercial terms of the contract are confidential between the parties. Siem Offshore Inc expects to invest $6 million in upgrade of the vessel prior to commencement of the contract.

Farstad Shipping Announces Charter Agreement

Hydro has declared its option for a further 3 year charter period for Far Saga. The option period commences 01.05.07. The last 5 years Far Saga has supported Hydros' subsea/ROV activities through a contract with Acergy. This co-operation will continue through the period. Acergy has further options to hire the vessel after the end of the charter period to Hydro. Before commencing the 3 year period, the vessel's ROV-capacities will be upgraded.

TEN Announces Charters for Tankers

New Charters Expected to Generate a Minimum of $42M in Gross Revenue Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced the fixture of the 2006-built 1A ice-class Handysize product tanker Andromeda for three-years to an international trading house for a minimum rate and a 50:50 profit share if rates exceed that minimum. Concurrently with this fixture, TEN concluded a three-year charter, to the same end-user and for the same

Star Bulk Expands Fleet

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a Supramax bulk carrier of approx. 52,200 dwt, built in 2005, for approx. $68.8 million. The vessel, to be renamed the Star Cosmo, will be financed through a combination of company cash and bank debt.The Star Cosmo is scheduled to be delivered to Star Bulk within June/July 2008. The vessel comes with a staggered 3-year charter to Korea Line that commenced on March 17, 2008

Odfjell – Sale & Leaseback of Ship

On Nov. 6, Odfjell sold MT Bow Sky with a net gain of $32m. Odfjell has been working on ways of strengthening their equity since the Norwegian retroactive tax was imposed last year. This process has been hindered by the impact of the financial crises. Despite the difficult financial markets, Odfjell announced the sale of MT Bow Sky(40,005dwt/built 2005) with an eleven year charter back. The transaction is entered into with a subsidiary of nabCapital

Clough Secures New Subsea Construction Vessel

Clough Limited has entered into an agreement for an eight year charter of a new subsea operational support vessel. The as yet unnamed vessel will be ready for service in June 2008. Once operational the vessel will be deployed on various projects and contracts, primarily in the Australasian and SE Asian regions. The vessel is an advanced multi-purpose subsea construction vessel, developed in cooperation with owner and yard. Measuring 385 ft. long, with a beam of 72 ft

Hallin Charters Subsea Ops Vessel

Hallin Marine signed a three year charter on a new subsea operations vessel with Seacor Marine (Asia) Pte Ltd, part of Seacor Holdings Inc. Hallin will take delivery of the new build Seacor Penrith in the second quarter of 2008 and will use the vessel to support its diving and Remote Operated Vehicle operations. The 67-m, dynamically positioned (DP2) vessel, has on board accommodation for 52 personnel and is fitted with a 20T SWL active heave compensated subsea crane.

Oceaneering Announces Vessel Charter

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII) has announced that it has entered into a five-year charter for use of the Cade Candies, a multi-service subsea support vessel owned by Otto Candies LLC.  The charter is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2013.   This state-of-the-art, U.S. flagged vessel was built in 2010.  It has an overall length of approximately 309 feet (94 meters), a Class 2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 69 personnel

Nordic Wins with Noble

DP2 IMR Subsea vessel - Mokul Nordic

  Nordic Maritime, a leading offshore service operator, today announced a five year time charter for its DP2 IMR Subsea vessel, Mokul Nordic, which has been awarded by Noble Energy, the international energy provider. “At Nordic Maritime, we are delighted to have won this long term charter contract directly with a highly reputed international oil company, Noble Energy. This is a major achievement for us and together with our co-owner of this vessel, MDL Energy

GC Rieber Shipping Earns Well

Ernest Shackleton, Polar Research Vessel. Photo: GC Rieber Shipping

 GC Rieber Shipping has more than doubled its net profit for the second quarter and recorded a year-on-year increase in profit on more vessels in operations and currency gains. However it has warned of a continued focus on shorter contracts in the future.  

Bulk Carrier Ship Delivered to Pioneer Marine

Pioneer Marine, a shipowner and drybulk handysize transportation service provider, announced  it has accepted delivery of a 38,464 DWT Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel, the M.V. Falcon Bay. The new vessel, which was constructed at Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding Co

TEN Charters Tanker at 20% Premium

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited announces two-year charter renewal at a 20 percent premium to prior contract reflecting strong tanker market fundamental, oil price levels positive for tanker markets   Greece-based crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited

Rieber Amends Dolphin Deal

Polar Duke. Photo: GC Rieber Shipping ASA

 Norwegian shipping company GC Rieber Shipping ASA has entered into an agreement with Dolphin Geophysical to increase Dolphins competitiveness in a challenging market.    Rieber has agreed to take early redelivery of the survey vessel Polar Duke from Dolphin  as part of an

Nordic Prince On-hire in Israel for Noble Energy

Photo: Nordic Maritime

Nordic Maritime’s MKIII subsea service vessel, Mokul Nordic, has been renamed Nordic Prince and has started a long term charter for Noble Energy after arriving in Haifa, Israel.   Nordic Maritime was awarded a five-year charter for the DP2 IMR Subsea vessel from Noble Energy in October

QGEP to Acquire FPSO from Teekay

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. has entered into an agreement with a consortium led by Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção SA (QGEP) to provide a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Atlanta field located in the Santos Basin offshore

GasLog Ltd. to Buy 2 LNG Vessels

LNG Carrier

  GasLog Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Methane Services Ltd. an affiliate of BG Group, to acquire two modern tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carriers for a cost of $460 million. The two vessels, Methane Becki Anne and Methane Julia Louise

New Generation SSAV Delivered to PACC Offshore

POSH Xanadu (Photo courtesy of PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited)

POSH Xanadu, the first of a new generation of DP3 Semisubmersible Accommodation Vessels (SSAV) for PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH), was delivered to Singapore on December 22, 2014, directly embarking on her maiden contract in Brazil with Petrobras for a firm one year charter.

Bibby Subsea Inks Contract with Bordelon Marine

 Andrew Duncan, President and Managing Director of Bibby Subsea (image: courtesy Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea has signed a three year contract with Bordelon Marine to charter a new vessel. The Brandon Bordelon is an ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) and will commence a three year charter in August 2015 primarily operating in the Gulf of

Tankers Booked to Store Oil at Sea

Oil traders have booked up to 20 tankers to store an estimated 40 million barrels of crude at sea, rising from 25 million barrels last week, as they soak up a stocks glut in anticipation of future profits, shipping and oil market sources said.  

Azeri LNG Hub in Malta

Image: Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania-Hungary (AGRI) Project

 Malta and Azerbaijan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of a gas hub which would cater for local and international markets, reports the Times of Malta.   The MOU targets strategic collaboration in the oil and gas sector as part of the

Stena Bulk Charters Out LNG Carrier

Photo courtesy of Stena Bulk

Stena Bulk has signed an agreement covering the charter of the LNG carrier Stena Blue Sky for the North West Shelf Project in Australia. The duration of the charter is up to three years with a possible further extension as a goal. The contract was signed at current market freight rates

Vallianz Bags US$300m Contract to Supply Two Platforms

Pic by Vallianz Holdings

 Singapore-listed Vallianz Holdings has won a contract worth up to US$300 million (S$405.51 million) to supply two self-elevating platforms to a large national oil company in the Middle East.   The contract from one of the world’s largest national oil companies involves the

Damen Offshore Carrier Maersk Connector Launched

Launch of Maersk Connector at Damen Shipyard

  Yesterday senior representatives of Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean UK and the Damen Shipyards Group who gathered at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania witnessed the launching of subsea support vessel Maersk Connector. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to

SBM Offshore Completes $1.55 bln FPSO Financing

SBM Offshore announced it has today completed the project financing of FPSO Cidade de Saquarema for a total of $1.55 billion, marking the largest project financing in the company's history.    Project financing was secured by a consortium of 16 international banks with insurance cover

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