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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bulk Carrier Trends: Panamax Activity On The Rise

The dry cargo freight market was enlivened by a higher degree of Panamax activity in most areas, while Capesize conditions remained subdued with little fresh business quoted and few fixtures reported, brokers said. On May 9, the Baltic Dry Index gained 2 points from the day before to 1,609, the Baltic Panamax Index rose 11 to 1,512 and the Baltic Handy Index gained one to 1,153, while the Baltic Capesize Index fell six to 2,171. In the grain sector, higher rates were fixed from the Atlantic to the Far East, brokers said. Although brokers were disappointed at the level obtained by the 1999-built Red Cherry 73,350 dwt from Hanjin delivery U.S. Gulf end May trip Far East at $11,200 daily plus a $230,000 ballast bonus, other fixtures were concluded at more generous levels.

Seaborne Trade: How Full Is Your Basket?

Graph: Clarksons Research

Clarksons Research is reflecting on annual projections of seaborne trade that can be useful demand side indicators. However, often it is difficult to get a real understanding of short-term trade trends. A year ago (SIW 1189) we looked at a ‘basket’ approach, which took monthly seaborne trade flows for a range of commodities, to help show year to date global seaborne trade trends. Although monthly data can be difficult to use, is not comprehensively available, and is generally subject to a lag of several months…

Dry Bulk Drought: Asia Rates Fall

(Photo - Vale do Rio Doce)

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes could continue to fall next week in the absence of major charterers although lower freight rates could tempt top iron ore miners back into the market and potentially buoy rates, brokers said. Charterers, including Vale, BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals, kept out of the market on Thursday, shipbrokers said. "Without the likes of Vale and Rio Tinto in the market, rates are not going to rise. There are still plenty of ships available for October loading," said a Singapore-based capesize broker.

Star Bulk Announces $51.5M Offering Common Stock

Courtesy Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the “Company” or “Star Bulk”) (Nasdaq: SBLK) today announced it plans to make an underwritten public offering for $51.5 million gross proceeds of its common stock. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes. Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Caspian Capital LP and family members or entities owned and controlled by affiliates of the family of our Chief Executive Officer and founder, Mr. Pappas, have indicated…

MAN's G-Type Engine Notches 1,500 Orders

Illustration of the G80ME-C9 engine (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Just six years after its introduction, MAN Diesel & Turbo has confirmed an order for the 1,500th G-type engine. Greek ship operator, Almi Tankers, will take delivery of the ultra-long-stroke 7G80ME-C9 type as prime movers for the two 317,000-dwt VLCC to be built by HHI (Hyundai Heavy Industries Group) in Korea. Coincidentally, Almi Tankers also placed the order for the very first Gtype engine. The crude carriers are due for delivery in, respectively, February and April, 2018. In both instances, the engine is Tier III-compatible.

Premuda To Use $30M Bond To Buy Ships

Italian shipping company Premuda SpA has completed a $30.9 million bond issue in order to acquire more ships. The bond issue will give Premuda greater liquidity and allow it to acquire further bulk ships following a significant upward trend in dry cargo shipping markets, company officials said. Premuda officials said the company's affiliate, United Bulk International, recently acquired two 1993-built Panamax bulk carriers for about $26.7 million. The bonds will mature in five years and are limited to existing shareholders. The new bulk carriers, due to be delivered in the next few weeks, will take the group's fleet to 20 vessels including four oil tankers being built in Korea for delivery in 2001.

Hanjin-chartered Ships Sold, More on Block

File Image: A Hanjin boxship underway (Credit: Hanjin)

Three bulk carriers sold charter-free at about market rates. Two Hanjin container ships also up for sale. Three ships chartered to Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd have been sold and two more vessels are up for sale, ship brokers said on Wednesday, kicking off an asset sale sparked by the failure of the world's seventh largest container shipper. Around $14 billion of cargo has been tied up globally as ports, tugboat operators and cargo handling firms worried about not being paid refuse to work for Hanjin, which filed for receivership in a Seoul court on Aug 31.

IMO to Help Coordinate MidEast Oil Spill Clean Up

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is to collaborate in efforts to mount a coordinated response from UN agencies and other concerned parties, including regional Governments, to the oil spill currently affecting the coastal and marine environments of Lebanon and Syria. The spill, estimated to be one of the largest ever to affect the Mediterranean, follows an incident in mid-July in which an oil storage unit at a power plant in Jiyyeh, 30 km south of Beirut, sustained bombing damage during the current conflict. Theme: --Select Story Tmeme-- Anchor Handling Tugs Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Ballast Water Management Barges Bulk…

JES Inks $1 Billion USD Newbuilding Deal

Mainboard-listed JES International Holdings Limited announced that the Group has successfully secured contract plus options worth close to US$1.0 billion, continuing on their successive contract wins earlier in 2014. “We are pleased to announce that we have just secured our largest contract to date, marking our fourth contract win in under 5 months. We have witnessed higher level of activities in the shipbuilding sector and we are optimistic that our world class yard will have us well-poised to further tap on more opportunities emerging from this trend. Going forward, we will continue to seek for more opportunities in order to maintain our order winning momentum.” Mr.

Shipping Confidence on the Rise -Moore Stephens

Greiner Richard (Photo: Moore Stepehens)

Shipping confidence, notably on the part of charterers and managers, improved for the second successive quarter in the three months to end-August 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. In August 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.4 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This is an improvement on the 5.1 recorded in May 2016, and the highest rating for the past nine months of the survey, which was launched in May 2008 with a confidence rating of 6.8.

Shipping industry market trends for 2014 - John Nikolaou

John Nikolaou

Greek shipowners have returned to the top of the global shipping economy by controlling a gross tonnage of 164 million tons, overtaking the Japanese on 159.4 million tons. According to Clarksons, this global lead illustrates that Greeks operate much bigger ships because they own 4,984 vessels against 8,537 managed by the Japanese and 6,427 by the Chinese. Japanese have invested huge funds during the past decade which resulted in significant losses during the crisis, while Greeks proved to be more conservative during the period of industry growth and had less negative impact on them.

Salalah Port's Volume Surges

Salalah container berth

Container throughput at the Port of Salalah, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, reached 1.584 million TEU* in the first half of 2016, representing a 29% increase over volume handled during the same period the year prior. The completion of a new deep-water General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal in December 2015 has enabled significant growth, with the facility handling approximately one million metric tons monthly. Some of the container volume growth is the result of Salalah’s proximity to the open sea…

ABTO Warns of Liquefaction Problems at Terminals

ABTO Chief Executive Ian Adams speaking to ICHCA members last week in London Photo ABTO

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has warned that cargo liquefaction – an issue commonly associated with the seaborne transportation of unprocessed mineral ores and concentrates – is also an issue which bulk terminals need to pay attention to. Speaking at the ICHCA ISP76 panel meeting in London last week, ABTO chief executive Ian Adams, said: “The liquefaction of bulk commodities is a serious issue which can and should be managed effectively shoreside. However, allowing…

Grounded Bulker Refloated in Mozamique

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG provided salvage assistance to refloat the bulk carrier MV Gladiatorship after she ran aground just before high water in Nacala, Mozamique.   The Bahamas flagged vessel was unable to refloat herself and at risk of being damaged by the drop between high and low water.   KOTUG employed two Rotortugs to pull her free of the beach and back into safe waters, thus refloating the MV Gladiatorship within two hours of running aground.   

Newbuild Contracts at Lowest Level in 20 Years -BIMCO

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

Shipyards have become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). After a decline from 2010 to 2012, shipbuilding had a rebound in 2013 and was expected to level out over the next few years. The reality was a slight decline in 2014 and 2015, but still high levels of contracting measured by compensated gross tonnage (CGT).

ABTO: Cargo Liquefaction A Problem for Bulk Terminals

ABTO Chief Executive Ian Adams speaking to ICHCA members last week in London (Photo: ABTO)

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has warned that cargo liquefaction – an issue commonly associated with the seaborne transportation of unprocessed mineral ores and concentrates – is also an issue which bulk terminals need to pay attention to. Speaking at the ICHCA ISP76 panel meeting in London last week, ABTO chief executive Ian Adams, said: “The liquefaction of bulk commodities is a serious issue which can and should be managed effectively shoreside. However, allowing…

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Applies New LTV Concept

A growing global focus on the low carbon economy has sparked greater awareness of the low-carbon trend among shipbuilders. Recently various international maritime conventions and standards, such as the convention on greenhouse gas emissions, PSPC and Ballast Water Management, have been issued that greatly impact the global shipbuilding industry. Many shipbuilding companies are investigating new approaches to reducing fuel consumption, carbon emissions and operating costs, to enhance safety and achieve environmentally neutral operation while maintaining ship speed and increasing load capacity. To meet this objective, Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group recently proposed a new Load-to-Value (LTV) concept, a load efficiency factor that indicates such trend in the shipbuilding industry.

53 Hanjin Vessels Denied Port Access

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

The problems that collapsed South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping could be just the tip of the iceberg. Its fleet is either stuck in ports or unable to dock, with port authorities fretting that the company will not be able to pay its bills. According to Business Korea,  the company’s 53 vessels – 48 container ships and 5 bulk carriers – were stranded indefinitely or blocked from ports at home and abroad. One vessel was seized by the ship owner. Hanjin Shipping’s 47 containers ships and three bulk carriers are denied access to ports in Sri Lanka and Vietnam…

Wilhelmsen Increases Cargo Hold Cleaning Kit Sales in Asia

During attendance at this weekend’s Coaltrans Asia 2011, world-leading maritime services provider Wilhelmsen Ships Service has reported a significant increase in the sales of its Cargo Hold Cleaning (CHC) Kits in Asia. Wilhelmsen Ships Service offers a choice of kits, equipment and accessories for efficient cargo hold cleaning, which negate the use of scaffolding and other climbing or lifting equipment. They also offer a consultancy service run by highly trained marine professionals whom advise on safe cargo-hold cleaning operations.

KPI Project Gains Momentum

So far, 120 companies have registered with the international KPI Project, started by InterManager but now an industry-led initiative. KPI data is being uploaded from more than 1,600 vessels into the web-based InterManager KPI Environment (IMKE) system. To date more than 5,000 sets of data have been submitted for each KPI category — enabling analysis to provide industry rankings for each measurement. Of the vessels submitting data tankers form the largest sector. Capt. Szymanski commented…

Great Eastern Shipping to Sell Large Cargo Ship

Picture: Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

India's largest private sector shipping firm Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to sell a 1996-built capesize dry bulk carrier Jag Arjun by this March-end. "The vessel will be delivered to the buyers during the fourth quarter (January-March) of the current fiscal," the company said in a statement. Capesize dry bulk carriers, the largest cargo ships plying in international waters, are mainly used to transport coal, ores and other commodity material.

COSCO Deliver Two China-built Bulk Carriers

Bulk Carrier Sicilian Express: Photo credit Vroon

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) subsidiary shipyards in China deliver bulk carriers to two European buyers. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 92,500 dwt, Sicilian Express, a post-panamax bulk carrier and the last in a series of four bulk carriers being built for Vroon at this shipyard. The ship measures 229.17 meters in LOA, 38.01 meters in breadth and 20.7 meters in depth. Secondly COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard has delivered a bulk carrier of 57,000 dwt, Chios Sunrise, to its European buyer.

New Ship Orders Slow Through 2012

The world fleet of dry bulk and general cargo vessels is expected to continue growing through 2012, in spite of weak freight rates and general overcapacity of tonnage, as new ships on order are delivered from shipyards, according to the latest Shipbuilding Market Forecast from Lloyd’s Register - Fairplay Research. While scrapping of existing ships will also increase, it will not be sufficient to offset the massive influx of new ships, resulting in a net growth of tonnage in most segments of this market, which includes dry bulk carriers, general cargo ships, refrigerated cargo ships and dry cargo barges. The report notes that much of the current capacity consists of relatively new tonnage with plenty of years left in their service life, thereby slowing the removals to the scrap yards.

 

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