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MC Shipping Acquires Tanker

MC Shipping Inc. has taken further steps to focus on the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping sector with an agreement to acquire a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker from the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group of Denmark. The vessel, Hans Maersk is a 1993-built semi-refrigerated LPG carrier of 20,700 cbm capacity. The acquisition is being funded out of current cash holdings and a bank loan. The vessel is expected to be delivered before July 31, 2006. Simultaneously with the purchase, she will be time-chartered back to A.P. Moller - Maersk for a minimum period of 5 years. The Company further announced that it has signed contracts to sell its two small coastal bulkers, Bay Trader and Link Trader. Delivery to buyers is expected within June 2006.


Kuwait to Bid Tankers Soon

The Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) will float a tender to build four crude oil tankers soon, according to a report on Xinhua. The budget for the new fleet is reportedly up to $130m. According to Xinhua, KOTC has almost finished its first modernizing phase of oil tanker fleet, which includes nine tankers. Among which two tankers will be for crude oil, three for petroleum products, two for liquefied petroleum gas


Nakilat to Invest $11.5b in Fleet Expansion

Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) is investing $11.5b in its bid to become the largest owner of LNG/LPG tankers fleet by the end of the decade. The plan is to acquire 60 ships by 2010 to ferry liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas worldwide, Nakilat vice-chairman Faisal M Al-Suwaidi is quoted to have said in a report in the Gulf Times. While 46 tankers are meant for LNG transportation, the rest will be used for liquefied petroleum gas supply


MHI Wins Gas Ship Order

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. reportedly won an order for four liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers from a shipping unit of British energy giant BP PLC, with the first due for delivery in 2006. While a total order value was not divulged, it is believed to be the first time that a Japanese shipbuilder has won an order for four LPG carriers all at once. The double-hull ships will have a capacity of 83,000 cu. m. each.


Singapore's Epic Gas Order Two Big LPG Carriers

Epic Gas Ltd. says it has contracted Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan to build two 11,000 cbm fully-pressurised gas carriers to be delivered in 2016. This latest order brings the total newbuild contracts for the year to eight fully-pressurised vessels. In addition Epic Gas has taken delivery of three bareboat vessels during the year. The company says it is also actively looking at opportunities to purchase high quality secondhand tonnage.


Nakilat Transitions LNG Carrier to In-house Management

Photo: Nakilat

Nakilat has assumed full ship management and operations of Q-Flex liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Al Sheehaniya from STASCo (Shell Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.) with effect from July 6, 2017, as part of the planned and phased transition announced on October 19, 2016.  With a cargo carrying capacity of 210,200 cubic meters, Al Sheehaniya is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas. The vessel built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering was


MC Shipping to Buy Two Tankers

MC Shipping Inc. said on July 5 that it plans to buy a pair of 15,360 cu.m., semi-refrigerated liquefied petroleum gas tankers from Germany's Bernhard Schulte Group. The company did not disclose the cost of the ships, but together with its recent purchase of the 20,700 CBM-capacity Hans Maersk, MC Shipping spent a combined $71.5m on the three vessels. The company said it expects to take delivery of the Tyco Brahe and the Immanuel Kant sometime before July 31


KOTC to Order Mega Vessels

According to AFP, Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. (KOTC) will soon order four giant oil tankers expected to cost some 500 million dollars, chairman Abdullah Al Rumi said on Wednesday. The new order was approved by the national oil conglomerate Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC), and will be offered in a tender soon, Rumi told the official KUNA news agency. Each has a capacity of 300,000 tonnes and will replace old tankers in the company’s fleet of 24 vessels.


Vard Brazil Shipyard Makes First Delivery

Barbosa Lima Sobrinho  7,000 m3 Fully Pressurized LPG Carrier Photo Vard

  Vard Holdings Limited, a global designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels, has delivered its first vessel from the group’s newest shipyard, Vard Promar in Brazil, on January 8, 2016. The vessel, a 7,000 m3 fully pressurized Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier, is the second in a series to be delivered to Petrobras Transporte S.A. (Transpetro), and the first to be built entirely at and delivered from Vard Promar


India Impounds Ships, Detains Crew Over Oil Spill

Port authorities in Chennai have impounded a BW LPG vessel and a local ship carrying heavy fuel oil, and detained their crews, a spokesman for the port said on Friday, after their collision last week caused an oil spill affecting marine life and local fishing. About 20 tonnes of heavy fuel oil leaked and a complete clean-up is expected to take eight to 10 days, according to an Indian coast guard spokesman. BW Maple, with a total capacity of 82,000 cubic metres of liquefied petroleum gas


Saudi, UAE Ports Bar Qatari Flagged Ships

Ports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates' barred ships flying Qatari flags after the two countries broke off diplomatic ties with Doha, in a move that raised fears of disruption to oil and gas shipments from the Gulf OPEC member.  


Brazil Criticized for Dumping Toxic Ships in South Asia

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 NGOs and trade unions in Brazil have criticized the state-run Petrobras’ end-of-life fleet management by dumping toxic ships on South Asian beaches.   The Brazilian Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores em Transportes Aquaviários e Aéreos


Avance Gas Expects Weak 2017, Recovery from 2018

Peder Simonsen (Photo: Avance Gas Holding)

Shipping firm Avance Gas Holding , which transports liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), expects freight rates for its vessels to remain weak in 2017 despite an improvement in the last two weeks, the Oslo-listed firm said. A sharp influx of newly built very large gas carriers (VLGCs) pushed global


Expanded Panama Canal Celebrates First Anniversary

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 The Panama Canal commemorated the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of its Expanded Canal, one of the most significant milestones in the history of the 102-year old waterway and a defining moment for the people of Panama and the global maritime industry.  


Panama Canal Sets Monthly Tonnage Record

File photo: Panama Canal Authority

 In January 2017, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the Expanded and original locks.   The previous record was established the month prior, in December 2016, when 1


Panama Canal Sets Daily Tonnage Record

File photo: Panama Canal Authority

In February 2017, the Panama Canal set a new daily tonnage record of 1.18 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) after welcoming a total of 1,180 vessels through both the expanded and original locks, the Panama Canal Authority reported. The previous record was established the month prior in January


Nigeria LNG Records 50 Vessel Charters

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 Since its first day of operations in May 17, 1989, the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG)  has recorded no fewer than 45 vessels chartered-in and five chartered out, said a report in ThisDay.   The chartered-in including liquefied natural gas (LNG)


Gazprom to Cement LNG Ties with Kuwait

Lena River gas carrier. Photo: Gazprom

 Russia-based energy company Gazprom has negotiated about supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG)  to Kuwait, reports Tass.   The talks continue in "a rather progressive mood,"during the the Energy Minister Alexander Novak’s visit to the Middle East country


Japan Eyes LNG Projects in Russian Arctic

Russian Energy Minister said on Wednesday Japan was interested in taking part in projects to produce liquefied natural gas in the Arctic. "Japan today shows its interest in increasing cooperation in the Arctic, including construction of a plant to produce liquefied natural gas


Russia Ramping Up Arctic LNG Production

Photo: Total

Russia may produce more than 70 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year in its remote Arctic regions, the head of gas producer Novatek said on Wednesday.   "The Gydan and Yamal peninsulas have a vast resource base that allows the production of over 70 million tonnes (of


EU: Pollution Damage from Ships

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners welcome the European Parliament’s adoption of the Recommendations on the 2010 Protocol to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea 1996 in its Plenary-session


Largest Ship To-date Transits Expanded Panama Canal

The COSCO Development transiting the Panama Canals Cocoli Locks, making it the largest vessel to transit the Expanded Canal. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The 13,092 TEU Neopanamax containership COSCO Development, which measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam, today became the largest vessel both in dimension and capacity to transit the Expanded Panama Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016.  


AMSOL Bags New Contracts

Photo: African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL)

African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL) has been awarded two recent milestone contracts following the acquisition of SMIT Amandla Marine in December 2016   AMSOL has been awarded a five-year contract by the South African Department of Transport to operate the standby tug utilized as


StealthGas Achieves High Revenue

Photo: StealthGas Inc

 StealthGas, ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, registered  an operational utilization of 97.3% in Q1 2017 (91.1% in Q1 2016), best performance since the beginning of 2014.  


Panama Canal to Modify Tolls Structure

Pic: Panama Canal Authority (ACP)

 Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has published a proposal for modifications to its current tolls structure, signaling the beginning of a 30-day formal consultation period for industry feedback, allowing the waterway to continue providing a competitive service to its customers.  






 
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