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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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D'Amico Announces Sale & Lease Back of MR Vessel

Photo: ​d’Amico International Shipping S.A.

D'Amico Tankers (Ireland) signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Freedom, a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel, built in 2014 by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea for a consideration of US$ 28.0 million. D'Amico Tankers is an operating subsidiary of d’Amico International Shipping S.A., an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market. This transaction allows d’Amico Tankers to generate around US$ 13.4 million in cash…

FSL Trust Sells Vessel to Trim Debt

Photo: FSL Trust

FSL Trust Management, as trusteemanager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), announces that the Trust has sold its chemical tanker, FSL Tokyo, for a cash consideration of US$13.8 million. FSL Tokyo is a 2006, Japanese-built, 20,938 DWT chemical tanker that has been deployed in the spot market. The net proceeds from this Disposal will be applied in full to the outstanding loan facility in 1Q2018. FSL Trust will record a related impairment charge of approximately US$9.0 million in 4Q2017.

Star Bulk Charters Two Newbuilds

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into agreements with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited, an affiliate of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd of China (SWS) to bareboat charter, two fuel efficient Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels, hull numbers 1372 and 1371 each with a cargo carrying capacity of 208,000 deadweight tons, which are currently under order at SWS, at a monthly hire rate for each CSSC vessel ranging between $371,000 to $410,800 plus LIBOR.

Polarcus Amani Delivered to Sovcomflot

Polarcus Amani (Photo: Polarcus)

A 5.5 year bareboat charter agreement between Polarcus Limited Norwegian subsidiary Polarcus Amani AS and SCF GEO AS (Sovcomflot) has been signed, and the vessel delivered to Sovcomflot in Bergen. The vessel was delivered without streamers, providing the Polarcus fleet with one excess streamer package, which the company said will significantly reduce its capital expenditure requirements through 2017 and 2018. The Polarcus Group now has two vessels on long-term bareboat charter and operates a fleet of four vessels in the contract market.

SolstadFarstad Bags Contract for Normand Commander

Normand Commander. Photo: Solstad Farstad ASA

Solstad Farstad ASA (SOFF) has entered a Bareboat contract with Bahia Grande LN S.A for the CSV "Normand Commander” for operation in Argentina. The contract period is 5 years firm with further 1x3 years option, commencement of the contract is February 2018. The commercial terms are confidential between the parties. Last month, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A extended the present contract for RSV “Far Swift” with approximately 1 year, in direct continuation of present contract. Contract is now firm until 4q -2018.

Bourbon Achieves $770m USD in Vessel Sales in 2013

Photo:  Bourbon

In line with its strategy, BOURBON achieves US$ 770 million of vessel sales in 2013. Bourbon has sold 12 additional vessels to ICBC Financial Leasing for US$ 378 million and concluded a new sale and bareboat charter agreement with Standard Chartered Bank for US$ 150 million. They also announced the transfer of ownership of 12 vessels to the Chinese company ICBC Financial Leasing ("ICBCL") for a total value of approximately US$ 378 million, as part of the sale and bareboat charter agreement for up to 51 vessels signed with ICBCL on April 9, 2013.

Bourbon Sells First Nine Vessels of “Transforming for Beyond” Plan

Following the transfer of ownership of the first nine vessels to the Chinese company ICBC Financial Leasing (ICBCL) as part of a 51 vessel sale and bareboat commitment and the payment of $144 million, Bourbon announced that the 10‐year bareboat charter period of those nine vessels by Bourbon will commence today. As announced last week, the transfer of the remaining 15 vessels currently under operation is expected to be completed within two months and the transfer of the 27 vessels under construction within 10 months. On April 9, 2013, Bourbon announced that the terms of the first phase of the “Transforming for beyond” action plan were…

Tanker Shuffle at Aker Philadelphia

The two shuttle tankers are intended for bareboat charter to Overseas Shipholding Group, who will time charter the vessels to Petrobras for operation in the . Without financing in place for the shuttle tankers, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard cannot draw on its committed construction financing facility to build these vessels and, therefore, the building sequence will be changed. AMSC notes that the shipbuilding contracts and bareboat charters for the shuttle tankers provide flexibility with respect to delivery of the vessels and make this change in building sequence possible. AMSC currently anticipates that the two shuttle tankers will be delivered in compliance with their respective bareboat charters, provided that financing is in place.

TOP Tankers Announces Sale and Leaseback of Two Handymax Tankers

tankers M/T Restless and M/T Sovereign. operational and commercial management of the vessels. contracts. seven-year bareboat charter period. charters will qualify as operating leases under U.S. GAAP. Evangelos J.

TOP Ships Charter Developments

TOP Ships Inc.(NASDAQ: TOPS) announced that it has received from the bareboat charterer of the M/T’s Ionian Wave and “Tyrrhenian Wave, a reduced charterhire rate of $10,000 per day, rather than the $14,300 per day on a bareboat basis that is set forth in the charter agreement. As a result, TOP Ships Inc. believes that such charterer is in breach of the charter. TOP Ships Inc. is examining this unilateral reduction and intends to take all necessary steps to recover the amounts owed.  

Aries Maritime Takes Delivery of Tanker

Aries Maritime Transport Limited announced it has taken delivery of the second of two new products tankers it acquired from the Stena Group. Upon delivery, the 72,750 dwt 2006-built double-hulled Panamax products tanker entered into a 2.5 year bareboat charter agreement with the Stena Group at a rate of $18,700 per day, which is equivalent to a time charter rate of approximately $24,500 per day. In addition, the bareboat charter with the Stena Group has a profit sharing component with a 30 percent share for Aries.

Solstad Offshore Buy Two AHTS

AHTS 'Nor Spring': Photo credit Solstad

Solstad Offshore (SOFF) takes over the ownership of the AHTS vessels Nor Spring & 'Nor Captain' The two vessels had previously been on bareboat charter to SOFF from Java Marine Lines for nearly 5 years and SOFF has now used its options to purchase the vessels. The cost price is 100% financed by a loan of US$ 38-million.

 Nor Captain is currently operating in the spot marked in South-east Asia, while Nor Spring is chartered to Bibbiy Offshore on a 3-year bareboat contract.

CPLP, OSG Reach Conditional Agreement

Capital Product Partners L.P. (the "Partnership" or CPLP) (NASDAQ: CPLP) has reached a conditional agreement with Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) and certain of OSG's subsidiaries regarding the long term bareboat charters of three of its product tanker vessels. On November 14, 2012, OSG made a voluntary filing for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and it is currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings. CPLP had three IMO II/III Chemical/Product tankers (M/T Alexandros II, M/T Aristotelis II and M/T Aris II, all built in 2008 by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.) with long term bareboat charters to subsidiaries of OSG.

BOURBON Continues to Sell Vessels

BOURBON completes vessel sales to ICBC Financial Leasing and Standard Chartered Bank and announces new sale and bareboat charter agreement with Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. BOURBON has completed the transfer of ownership under the agreements with ICBC Financial Leasing (ICBCL) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) as part of the sale and bareboat charter agreements signed in 2013, the company announced today. During 2014, the ownership of 25 vessels was transferred to ICBCL in accordance with the agreement signed in April 2013. Combined with the 21 vessels transferred in 2013, this brings the total number of vessels transferred to ICBCL to 46 for a total value of more than $1.4 billion. BOURBON has also completed the transfer of vessels to SCB under the agreement signed in November 2013.

West Asia Maritime Strikes Bareboat Charter Deal

According to reports, Chennai-based shipping company, West Asia Maritime Ltd. (WAM), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for taking a bulk carrier from Mitsui & Co. of Japan under bareboat charter for $33.527 million. Under the bareboat charter, a vessel charterer has complete possession and control of the ship, including the right to its crew. IHIMU of Japan will build the 56,120 dead weight tonnage (dwt) bulk carrier vessel. The new vessel, which is to be delivered in the first quarter of 2008, has been chartered for more than 12 years and six months and will be trading worldwide for the movement of dry bulk cargoes. Addressing a press conference here on Monday…

Bourbon Plans Transformation Project

Bourbon is rolling out a transformation plan for its future growth. As part of its “Transforming for Beyond” project, Bourbon has decided to sell vessels worth $2.5 billion from its fleet and retain the vessels on bareboat charter for a period of 10 years. The terms of a first phase of the financial aspect of “Transforming for Beyond” was signed off on April 9th with the Chinese company ICBC Financial Leasing for up to 51 supply vessels either in operation (24) or under construction (27 with delivery within 14 months) for a total of up to $1.5 billion. The transaction will be closed within two months of its signing following completion of each party procedures. -right of first refusal in the event of ICBC Financial Leasing selling vessels during lease period.

FSL Trust Reports $23 Million 1QFY13 Revenue

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, announced the financial results of FSL Trust for the quarter ended 31 March 2013. Revenue for 1QFY13 declined by 11.6% to $23.0 million (USD) compared to the corresponding quarter last year. In 1QFY13, all the trust’s vessels continued to generate revenue from their respective employments on bareboat charters and time charters as well as in the ‘Nordic Tankers 19,000 Stainless Steel Pool’ (Nordic Pool). On a bareboat charter/bareboat charter equivalent (BBCE) basis, revenue fell 4.0% to $19.9 million compared to 1QFY12. The rentals received from 20 vessels leased on long-term bareboat charters continued to support the overall earnings of FSL Trust.

CIT Maritime Finance Steps Into Leasing Market

CIT Maritime Finance has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with RS Platou Finans AS that will help them expand into the leasing market. CIT Maritime Finance offers senior secured loans, sale-leasebacks and bareboat charters to owners and operators of oceangoing cargo vessels including tankers, bulkers, container ships, car carriers, as well as offshore vessels and drilling rigs. “Through this agreement CIT Maritime Finance will have access to the RS Platou Group network of services, which will help us to further build a high quality portfolio of maritime assets,” said C. Jeffrey Knittel, President, CIT Transportation Finance. RS Platou Finans AS was established 2004 as part of the RS Platou Group.

Oceanteam CSV Charter Extended to 2018 by Fugro

CSV Southern Ocean: Photo credit Oceanteam

Oceanteam Shipping ASA (OTS) confirm the extension of the bareboat charter of their 'CSV Southern Ocean' by Fugro TS Marine Australia until the end of 2018. CSV Southern Ocean is a large construction support vessel jointly owned between Bourbon Offshore Norway AS and Oceanteam Shipping ASA. The owners say that the extension of the bareboat charter will further strenghten their contract backlog and secure future earnings. The original charter was set to expire at the end of 2015. The commercial terms between the parties remain confidential.

TOP Ships Bareboat Charter Agreed

Greece-vased Tops Ships Inc. agree a bareboat charter agreement for its dry bulk carrier 'MV Evian' TOP Ships Inc. an international maritime shipping company that provides transportation services for crude oil, petroleum products, and dry bulk commodities, announce that it has entered into a bareboat agreement to charter out the M/V "EVIAN" up to 15 December 2014 at a daily rate of US$ 7,000. The TOP Ships fleet  consists of 6 Handymax double hull tankers (for chemical/ petroleum products or crude oil) with average age 2.5 years and 1 dry cargo vessel with age 9 years. Total cargo carrying capacity of our fleet is approximately 350.000 DWT. The 51,215 dwt MV Evian was built in China in 2002, is classed with DNV, and is powered by a MAN 6S 50MC-C marine diesel engine.  

VARD Secures PSV Charter from DOF

Photo: VARD

Vard Holdings Limited announced it has secured a bareboat charter contract for the first of two vessels whose original shipbuilding contracts were terminated earlier during the year. The vessel, a platform supply vessel (PSV) of VARD 1 08 design, was delivered from Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam and sold to Vard Shipholding Singapore Pte. Ltd., a newly established wholly-owned subsidiary of Vard Holdings Limited. Under a bareboat charter contract with DOF for an initial duration of four months, with an option to extend by another four months, DOF will operate the vessel for Chevron in Australia.

Navig8 Tankers Pact with CMB

Photo: Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has signed sale and leaseback agreements with CMB Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (CMB) for three of its IMO2 37,000 dwt Interline coated tankers. The company said that the expected net proceeds from the transaction are USD 91.2 million. A portion of the proceeds will be utilized to repay existing loans used to finance the Vessels' newbuilding contracts under the multi-bank loan facility announced by the Company on February 3, 2015. Under the sale and leaseback agreements, the Vessels will be sold and delivered to CMB.

FSL Trust Still Working to Resolve Financial Difficulties

FSL Geared bulk carrier: Image courtesy of the owners

Following the 19 November 2013 suspension of trading of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) on the Singapore Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors informs that the company remains in on-going discussions with lenders to seek a longer loan covenant relaxation and are working hard to resolve the situation. First Ship Lease Trust is a Singapore-listed business trust that provides ship leasing services on a long-term bareboat charter basis to the shipping industry. According to the company's web-site…

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