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NewLead Holdings Announces Commercial Competency of MT Sofia

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   NewLead Holdings Ltd.announced today a review of the commercial competency of one of its bitumen tanker vessels, the MT Sofia since the vessel was delivered to NewLead's fleet. The Sofia is a 2008-built bitumen tanker vessel of 2,888 dwt and is one of the five bitumen tanker vessels that were delivered to NewLead's fleet during the fourth quarter of 2014. Since the end of November 2014, when NewLead took delivery of the Sofia, the vessel has been trading in the spot market under consecutive voyages. Previously, the Sofia has completed twelve different voyage charter agreements and fifteen different voyages and has transported approximately 29,175 metric tons of bitumen. Currently, the Sofia is performing its thirteenth voyage charter agreement while the Company has already agreed upon her following voyage charter, which is expected to commence at the end of July 2015, upon completion of its existing charter agreement. For the past nine months, the Sofia has been trading mainly in the Central and East Mediterranean and the Black Sea areas with the vessel loading in Greece and Italy and discharging in Greece, Roumania, Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey and Libya. Upon delivery of the Sofia to NewLead, the Company invested in the maintenance and improvement of the vessel's condition


Greece's Star Bulk on Ship Buying Spree

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Star Bulk Carriers contracts China's Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding to build two Capesize dry bulk carriers, & also signs Letters of Intent with a major Japanese shipyard for construction of two Ultramax dry bulkers. The eco-type, fuel efficient Capesize drybulk vessels are to be delivered in Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, respectively and similar specification Ultramax dry bulkers in 2015. The aggregate purchase price of all four newbuilding vessels is approximately US$151.0 million.


Maritrans Reports First Quarter Earnings

Maritrans Inc., today announced its first quarter financial results and declared a quarterly dividend. Maritrans also announced an investor teleconference to discuss the quarter's results. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2002, was $3.0 million, or $0.32 diluted earnings per share, on revenues of $31.3 million. This compares with net income of $2.7 million, or $0.24 diluted earnings per share, on revenues of $31.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2001.


Concordia Maritime, P-Max in Charter Deal

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Concordia Maritime has just won a new contract with a major oil and gas company for a consecutive voyage charter arrangement for the P-MAX tankers Stena Provence and Stena Polaris. The agreement is for 6 months initially and will run until the end of 2014. "We are very proud to have concluded this deal and we are looking forward to continuing to develop this growing trade with refined petroleum products into the Asia Pacific with our business partner,” says Kim Ullman


Dorian LPG Takes Delivery of Five Newbuilds

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 Dorian LPG Ltd took delivery of five vessels under our ECO-design VLGC newbuilding program, the Continental, the Constitution, the Commodore, the Cresques and the Constellation.   John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We took the delivery of five new Eco-design VLGCs this past quarter and are nearing the completion of the build-out of our fleet."  


Maran Tankers Chooses Q88VMS

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Greek oil tanker shipping company Maran Tankers Management has selected a cloud-based voyage management system to manage its chartering and commercial operations. Q88VMS, the latest product in Q88 LLC’s portfolio, is a web-based platform for managing all voyage related information. It will allow Maran Tankers Management to operate its growing fleet seamlessly across its various offices without disruption or delay, the developer said.


New Voyage Planning Program

Seagull AS presented its new Voyage Planning Program - VP version 1.0. This software has been developed in close cooperation with the ECDIS supplier/developer MARIS AS. Northern Marine Management Glasgow/UK will be the first customer using this new SW on board all ships Seagull has completed a new program covering the needs for any vessel and navigator to complete a comprehensive voyage plan according to any known charter requirements.


The CSL Group Installs Veson

Veson Nautical, a US-based developer of software solutions for the commercial maritime community, announced that installation of its IMOS Chartering Module has been completed for The CSL Group of companies. “We researched offerings from all the major vendors in this market and selected Veson Nautical to replace some of our ‘homegrown’ tools for a number of reasons,” explained Kevin Johnston, Director of Information Technology for the CSL Group


Baltic Trading Takes Delivery of Drybulk Vessels

Baltic Trading Limited (NYSE: BALT), a drybulk company focused on the spot market, has taken delivery of the Baltic Bear, a Capesize newbuilding, and the Baltic Jaguar, a 2009-built Supramax vessel. The Baltic Bear and the Baltic Jaguar are the third and fourth vessels, respectively, to be delivered to the company under agreements signed in February 2010 to acquire four 2009-built Supramax drybulk vessels from an unaffiliated third party as well as two Capesize newbuildings from another


Crude Carriers Corp. Reports 2Q Resultes

Crude Carriers Corp. (NYSE: CRU), today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2011. The Company reported a net loss for the quarter of $7.5 million or $0.48 per share, which compares with a $0.37 net income per share from the second quarter of 2010. The Company’s reported net loss for the quarter includes $1.7 million in general and administrative expenses related to the definitive merger agreement with CPLP and the proxy statement on Form F-4 filed with the Securities


BIMCO ELearning Dramatically Refreshed

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 BIMCO has launched the first of a range of updated eLearning courses tailored to meet shipping professionals’ needs, using the very latest content authoring technology and platform.   The first short documentary course is NYPE 2015


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Remain Low on Tonnage Glut

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Around 90 ships charter free for early September loading.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes will remain under pressure for at least the next month, facing strong headwinds from a glut of tonnage, brokers said.  


Capital Product Bags 3 MR Charters

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 Capital Product Partners, an international diversified shipping company, announced that it has secured new time charter employment for three Medium Range (MR) Product Tankers.   The M/T 'Amadeus' (50,108 dwt, IMO II/III Eco Chemical/Product Tanker built 2015


More Cargo, Slower Steaming Support VLCC Rates

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VLCC rates from MidEast to Asia gain around $3,000; higher chartering volumes for peak winter season could lift rates.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes may have found a floor this week as a combination of increased chartering activity and some tankers


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Pressured Abundant Tonnage

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Capesize rates from Western Australia to China at 8-week high; shipowners parking ships off South Africa to stop rates falling.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could remain rangebound next week as abundant tonnage puts a ceiling on freight rates even


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Set to Climb Again

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Capesize rates hit new multi-month highs this week; BHP and FMG likely to renew chartering activity next week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs on Tuesday, could climb further on increased chartered activity by miners


Capesize Rates Further Impacted by Cyclone Debbie

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Coal shipments from eastern Australia could stop for 3-4 weeks.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which fell to multi-week lows this week, are likely to remain depressed in the absence of Australian coal cargoes and iron ore and coal from South Africa


TEN's 15-Vessel Newbuilding Program Nearing Completion

Pic: Tsakos Energy Navigation

 Greece-based Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) said that its 15-vessel newbuilding program is nearing completion with the final three aframax tankers expected to be delivered in the coming months.    In the second half of the year


VLCC Rates to Stabilise as Owners' Resolve Stiffens

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VLCC's likely to struggle to break even for next two months; three-tier VLCC market weighs on sentiment.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to become steady around the current levels as owners resist charterers' attempts to pull down hire rates with the


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


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Plateau, Could Edge Higher

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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


Costamare Adds Three Vessels

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Costamare accepted delivery of three second hand vessels during the last quarter ended June 30, 2017, said Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of Costamare.   In a press statement he said that the vessels have been chartered for periods ranging from 5 to 7 years


Capital Product Partners Sings Pact for $460 Mln Refinancing

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 Capital Product Partners  entered into a firm offer letter for a senior secured term loan facility of up to $460.0 million with HSH Nordbank AG and ING Bank as mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners and BNP Paribas and National Bank of Greece S.A. as arrangers.   






 
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