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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Otto Marine Send Two AHTS to GoM, One to W. Africa

AHTS Redfish 4: Image courtesy of Otto Marine

Offshore marine services firm Otto Marine informs it has obained a total of US$24.9 million in charter contracts for three offshore vessels – Redfish 4, Go Canopus and Go Altair. Details as follows: Redfish 4, an 8,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel equipped with dynamic positioning 2 capabilities will be deployed for work on long term charter in Mexico. Go Canopus, a 10,800bhp AHTS vessel built in 2009 with DP2 technology has been contracted on long term charter, also for work in the Gulf of Mexico. Go Altair, a 5,150bhp AHTS with dynamic positioning 1 capabilities, has been cotracted for a short term towage project from Singapore to West Africa, and will then be strategically located to the West African market. About the Company Headquartered in Singapore, Otto Marine Limited is an offshore marine group which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels and is engaged in specialized shipbuilding of offshore vessels for primarily Deep Sea applications. The shipbuilding includes ship repair and conversion.  

GasLog Order More LNG Carriers & Fix Charters

GasLog Singapore: Photo credit GasLog

GasLog has ordered two new 174,000 cbm Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carriers from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in South Korea. The vessels are expected to be delivered in Q3 and Q4 2016, respectively, and upon delivery will commence firm seven-year charters with a subsidiary of BG Group plc. The company explains that due to the benefits accrued from building a series of ships, these vessels will have a lower delivered cost than the 2 vessels ordered in February

RasGas Names Eighth LNG Ship

RasGas has named its eighth LNG ship Simaisma at a ceremony held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company, South Korea. RasGas has a long-term charter agreement with the Maran Gas Maritime Inc and Qatar Gas Transport Company, which owns the vessel. Under the terms of the time charter agreement, RasGas will charter the ship for a firm period of 20 years to deliver LNG from its existing and future facilities at Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLC) to its growing

MISC Profit Down 29%

MISC Bhd reported that first quarter net profit dropped 29 percent on lower freight rates for its liner and petroleum divisions. The industry is expected to be either stable or soft because there are more ships in supply than what the market demands and the delay in scrapping old tonnage. Still, MISC's earnings should remain stable on long-term charters from the LNG, petroleum, offshore businesses and the turnaround of its heavy engineering activities.

TEN Extends Charters for Three Product Tankers

Photo courtesy of TEN

Three new charters to generate total revenues of $40 million; spot rates increase in Q4 Crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced the charter extension for three product tankers, including two Panamaxes and one MR, for two and three years respectively to a South American oil major. These contracts are expected to generate $40 million in total gross revenues over their relevant duration.

Ocean Yield to Acquire Four LR2 Product Tankers

Pic: Navig8 Product Tankers

 Norway’s Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire four 115,000 dwt LR2 product tankers which are currently on order from Navig8 Product Tankers at Sungdong Shipbuilding in Korea.   Ocean Yield has agreed to acquire the product tankers for a total consideration of USD 198.1 million, in combination with 13 years "hell and high water" bareboat charters to Navig8 Product Tankers Inc, says a company statement.  

Euroseas Announces Charter Agreements for Container Ships

Euroseas Ltd. an owner and operator of drybulk carriers, container ship and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced that subsidiaries of the Company have entered into one year time charterer extensions for two of its containership vessels, the M/V Ninos and the M/V Despina P. The M/V Ninos, a 1,169 teu, 1990 built feeder container ship, has extended its time charter for an additional one-year at a gross daily rate of

Crowley Manages Tankers for American Petroleum

The Settlement agreement recently approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge in New York became effective July 28, clearing the way for an investor group led by The Blackstone Group to terminate their relationship with U.S. Shipping and to retain Crowley Maritime Corporation to manage five U.S.-flag petroleum tankers for the newly renamed company, American Petroleum Tankers LLC. The five tankers, two of which are in operation and three of which are due for delivery from shipbuilder NASSCO

CMA CGM Issues Statement to Thwart Rumors

Responding to information circulating, CMA CGM Group states that it has no short term plans to either purchase or long-term charter-in any vessels. The Group has a modern fleet of 408 ships, of which 92 are owned, that enable it to meet the current needs of its customers and provide them with end-to-end service around the world. In today’s economic environment, CMA CGM’s priorities are to reduce its debt and to strengthen its financial position.

Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal in the Works

Excelerate Energy and Petrobangla in agreement for long-term FSRU charter and construction of LNG import facility Excelerate Energy and Petrobangla have reached agreement on terms for the development and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal. The agreement includes the provision of one of Excelerate’s existing floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) under a 15-year long-term charter, as well as the design and construction of the facility

Frontline Hopes to Sail through Weak Tanker Market

Photo: Frontline Management AS

 Frontline Management said tanker markets are likely to remain weak for the next few quarters due to overcapacity.   The market for Frontline's tankers will likely begin to improve in 2018, it said, as the pace of deliveries of new vessels slows and older ships are retired from the global fleet.   Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS said: "The market has been decidedly weak since the start of the second quarter of 2017

Dynagas LNG Posts Q2 Loss

Pic: Dynagas LNG Partners

 Greece-based Dynagas LNG Partners has reported a second-quarter loss of USD 5.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same quarter a year before.   Tony Lauritzen, Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership, commented: "We have previously communicated that this quarter would be affected by scheduled class surveys and related dry dockings for three of our six vessels which would result in cost items and would also qualify as off-hire under the relevant contracts."

LNG Carrier CESI Tianjin Delivered for SINOPEC LNG Project

At the naming and delivery ceremony on September 26. First from right in front row: MOL Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer Takeshi Hashimoto. Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that the LNG carrier CESI Tianjin, which was ordered by the joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on September 26.   The CESI Tianjin is the fourth vessel to serve the LNG transport project for SINOPEC announced in April 2013

Subsea 7 Acquires Normand Oceanic

 Normand Oceanic. Photo: Subsea 7 S.A.

 Subsea 7 S.A. has announced an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% shareholdings in its equity accounted joint ventures, Normand Oceanic AS and Normand Oceanic Chartering AS, from Solstad Farstad ASA for a nominal cash consideration.    Effective from the date of the transaction, the Group will become the sole owner of Normand Oceanic, a flex-lay and heavy construction vessel that is being managed by Solstad Farstad while under long-term charter to a third party. 

Maersk Line Deploys First Second-gen Triple-E

Madrid Maersk (Photo: Maersk Line)

Four years after the arrival of the first Triple-E vessel, Maersk Line has now deployed Madrid Maersk, the first of its second-generation Triple-E containerships.   With nearly 2,000 more TEU capacity than the prior generation Triple Es, the 20,568 TEU (nominal capacity) Madrid Maersk has set sail on Maersk Line’s Asia – Europe service network, calling the Port of Tianjin in China on April 27 as its first port on its maiden voyage.  

Euroseas Sees Improvement in Cargo Shipping

Pic: Euroseas Ltd

 The beginning of 2017 found both the drybulk and containership markets recovering from the historical low levels observed during 2016, says Euroseas Chairman.   Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas said that the drybulk market improved rapidly during the last two months of 2016 and throughout the first quarter, although it has recently lost some of the gains achieved.    The containership market improved more gradually starting in February 2017

Navios Partners Buys Five Rickmers Containerships

Owner and operator of dry bulk and container vessels Navios Maritime Partners L.P. said it has acquired five containerships from Rickmers Maritime Trust Pte for $59 million.   The five 4,250 TEU vessels are employed on charters with a net daily charter rate of $26,850 into 2018 and early 2019. The vessels, which are expected to generate approximately $45 million of EBITDA during the charter periods, will be sold to Navios Maritime Containers Inc.  

MOL Delivers LNG Carrier CESI Beihai to SINOPEC

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) today announced that the LNG carrier CESI Beihai-ordered by a joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC)-was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) (Hudong) in Shanghai on June 1.   The CESI Beihai is the third vessel to serve the China FOB Transportation Project"  announced in April 2013

VLCC Rates Steady Ahead of Possible Rebound

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Five/six charterers are making storage inquiries; near-term pressure on tanker rates to continue - Frontline CEO.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to hold around the current levels ahead of a possible bounce later this month on renewed crude buying from China, and more interest from charterers taking ships on short-term charter for floating storage, brokers said on Friday.   That came as VLCC rates from the Middle East recovered slightly on Thursday

NORDEN Grows Its Tanker Fleet

MR product tanker (Photo: NORDEN)

Danish shipping company NORDEN said it has purchased a 2009-built medium range (MR) product tanker with a cargo capacity of 50,000 metric tons. The South Korean-built vessel is expected to be delivered in July 2017 and will be renamed Nord Pearl.   Taking advantage of the decline in asset prices on the back of weakening tanker markets, the purchase marks NORDEN’s first tanker acquisition since the company sold three Handysize product tankers last year.  

AET Tankers Unveils Names of LR2 Duo

Photo: AET Tankers Pte Ltd

 AET has unveiled its two new long-range (LR2) petroleum tankers from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at HHI’s Gunsan Shipyard, Korea, on Thursday, 8 June 2017.    The Singapore flagged 114,000dwt Eagle Lyon and French-flagged Eagle Le Havre, are owned by AET, and have been taken on long-term charter by French oil major TOTAL.   The sister vessels were ceremonialised at a naming ceremony in Gunsan, which was graced by Yee Yang Chien

Gulf Petrochem Expands European Bunkering Division

Prerit Goel (Photo: Gulf Petrochem Group)

Gulf Petrochem Group, the UAE based global bunker supplier, said it is now officially offering physical supply of Gasoil on the River Thames, U.K.   The group’s deliveries will be carried out using a barge on an exclusive long-term charter named the Conveyer. The move will allow Gulf Petrochem Group to supply ISO compliant Gasoil to its customers at all ports and wharfs along the Thames and Medway.  

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Plateau, Could Edge Higher

File Image: CREDIT EuroNav

Floating storage, West Africa cargoes support rates; further storage charters may push rates to W60.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which were supported this week by a shift to using older vessels for floating oil storage, have plateaued at current levels but could nudge higher on further storage plays, brokers said on Friday.   Rates from the Middle East to Asia are currently around 50 on the Worldscale measure and W55 from West Africa to Asia

Statoil, AET Expand Shuttle Tankers Contract

The shuttle tanker Eagle Barents currently on charter for Statoil from AET. (Photo: Statoil)

Statoil ASA and petroleum and chemical tanker owners and operator AET are extending their partnership in the North Sea shuttle tanker sector. Statoil has, awarded a long-term contract to AET, a subsidiary of Malaysian energy shipping group, MISC Berhad, to operate two specialist DP2 offshore loading shuttle tankers (OLSTs) on long-term charter. These new vessels will be in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter, in the same area, for Statoil.  

MOL Bags Yamal LNG Charter Contract for Four Ships

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced it has signed a long-term charter contract for four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers with the tank capacity of 174,000m3, which will be delivered and serve on Yamal LNG project in 2019 and 2020 onward, through a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL.    The four contracted carriers will serve as a transport of LNG transshipped by the project from Europe.   MOL did not provide any additional information on the vessels.  

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