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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bulk Carrier News

G E Shipping Sells Supramax

Photo: The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd.

India’s largest private sector shipping company  Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has contracted to sell its 2003 built Supramax Dry Bulk Carrier Jag Rahul of about 52,364 dwt. G E Shipping said that the vessel will be delivered to the new buyer in Q4 FY 2017-18. The Company’s current fleet (including Jag Rahul) stands at 48 vessels, comprising 32 tankers (12crude carriers, 17 product tankers, 3 LPG carrier) and 16 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 7 Supramax) with an average age of 10.24 years aggregating 3.93 mn dwt.

Bahri Dry Bulk Secures Newbuild Finance

New vessels being built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will be used to cater to the growing demand for the import of essential grains into Saudi Arabia. Photo: Bahri Dry Bulk

Bahri Dry Bulk, a business unit of global transportation and logistics leader Bahri, has announced that it has secured a Sharia-compliant funding of SAR 360 million (USD 96mln) from Bank Albilad, one of the fast-growing banks in Saudi Arabia. The fund is to finance the purchase of four new bulk carriers as part of an agreement signed by the company‎ in 2017 with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), a member of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group, the world’s largest shipbuilding company based in South Korea.

NTSB Issues Report on 2016 Columbia River Bulker Grounding

Nenita, a 378-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier laden with grain, ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., November 19, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report on its investigation into the November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was fully laden when it suffered an engine failure that impacted its ability to maneuver and subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river. The ship’s bulbous bow and hull were damaged, but no injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel was towed to Longview, Wash.

Bulk Carrier into Unithai for Fix

The largest ship currently under repair at Thailand’s Unithai Shipyard is the 140,532 dwt bulk carrier Eurydice D, owned by Marmaras. Other ships in the yard include the 35,224 dwt bulk carrier Maris, owned by Trust Shipping Enterprise, Piraeus, the 22,857 dwt part containership Med Lerici, owned by B Navi, World CI’s 3,043 dwt lpg vessel Gas Eurasia, the 22,531 dwt general cargo vessel Everise Glory, owned by Everise Maritime, Kuala Lumpur, and Baba Kaiun’s 10,100 dwt bulk carrier Ayutthaya Ruby. Also due is the 25,486 dwt bulk carrier Maritime Trader, owned by IMC Shipping.

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.

CMES Fleet Adds Bulk Carriers

Photo: China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd.

The delivery and naming ceremony of PACIFIC MERIT, an energy-saving and environment-friendly bulk carrier with 64 thousand DWT, tailor-made by China Merchants Energy Shipping  (CMES), was held in Chengxi Shipyard on 4 January 2018. Capt. Zhao Yaoming, Vice President of CMES and President of Hong Kong Ming Wah Shipping, and Lu Ziyou, the President of Chengxi Shipyard, attended and witnessed the ceremony. On the same day, CMES held the naming and delivery ceremony for the 44th VLCC NEW PRIME in Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering…

Massoel S.A. Orders Three Bulk Carriers

Swiss shipowner Massoel S.A. reportedly has ordered three Handymax bulk carriers in cooperation with Norway's B Skaugen shipping group. The 46,000-dwt vessels are scheduled for delivery between March and October 2001 from Japan's Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding. Skaugen has stakes in two of Massoel's existing bulk carriers while Massoel has an interest in the Norwegian company's Handymax bulk carrier Skaustrand.

Wave of New Bulk Carriers Expected to Upset Freight Rates

Some shipping brokers expect spot freight rates for Panamax bulk carriers to decline next spring when a large number of new bulk carriers enter service. About 100 newly built bulk carriers with cargo capacities of 50,000 to 80,000 tons are to be delivered in 2001, up from about 70 vessels this year, possibly causing rates to fall, the brokers said. Spot rates for Panamax bulk carriers for the U.S. Gulf/Japan route have recently risen to three-and-a-half year highs. Japanese shipbuilders have landed a large proportion of orders to build those bulk carriers, which now constitute the largest and most important category of ships built in Japan.

DryShips adds Dry Bulk Carriers

Greek shipping company DryShips Inc., which specializes in dry bulk carriers, has sold a pair of older ships and added two newer vessels to its fleet. The company sold its 24-year-old Panamax bulk carrier MV Striggla for $12.1 million and its 17-year-old Panamax bulk carrier MV Daytona for $25.3 million. DryShips expects to book a combined gain of about $15 million from the divestitures. Meanwhile, the company bought a 10-year-old Capesize bulk carrier, MV Cape Venture, for $62 million. The vessel is scheduled for a charter-free delivery in the first quarter of 2007. DryShips also purchased MV Sea Epoch, an 8-year-old Panamax bulk carrier, for $38 million. It is scheduled for a charter-free delivery in the second quarter of next year.

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.

MES Delivers Pair of Bulk Carriers

M.V. CAPE CELTIC, 177,000 DWT Dunkerque-max Type Bulk Carrier Delivered. (Photo: MES)

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 56,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. “DESERT CONDOR” (MES Hull No. 1776) at its Tamano Works on September 29, 2011 to New Borough Corp., Marshall Islands. This vessel is a handy-max type bulk carrier of 56,000 dwt with a huge cargo hold capacity over 70,000 m3 and marks the 133rd ship of its series. This 56,000 dwt type bulk carrier series of MES is widely called “Mitsui’s 56” and is highly appreciated in the market. About 170 units of this series have been ordered from MES.

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Supramax Vessel

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has taken delivery of the Star Cosmo, a Supramax bulk carrier of approximately 52,247 dwt, built in 2005. The vessel comes with a staggered 3-year charter to Korea Line that commenced on March 17, 2008, at a gross daily rate of $55,900, $41,900 and $27,900 for the first, second and third year respectively. With the delivery of Star Cosmo, Star Bulk's operational fleet currently consists of twelve dry bulk carriers. In addition, the Company has definitive agreements to acquire one Capesize dry bulk carrier and to sell its oldest vessel, a Panamax dry bulk carrier. The contracted fleet operating days under time charter in 2008, 2009 and 2010 are currently 100%, 84% and 63% respectively.

Signed Contracts for Acquisition of Two Resale Supramax Bulk Carriers

The  Shipping  Corporation  of  India  Ltd. (SCI) has signed contracts for acquisition of two resale Supramax bulk carriers with M/s Grand Yard. Investments Ltd., China on 15th April, 2011. These vessels have been acquired through a competitive global tendering process and SCI has selected the vessels of M/s Grand Yard Investments based on the technical suitability and commercial competitiveness. These  vessels  are  presently  under  construction  at M/s Guoyu Shipyard, China which is under the same group of M/s Grand Yard Investments Ltd.

Dryships to Purchase Eight Drybulk Vessels

quarter of 2007. rate of $27,000. quarter of 2007. quarter of 2008. • Three 180,000 dwt Capesize bulk carriers under construction in S. the second and fourth quarters of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, respectively. first half of 2010. The aggregate purchase price of the vessels is approximately $620 million. plans to finance the acquisition of the vessels mainly through operating cash and additional borrowings.

China COSCO Shipyards Deliver Two More Bulk Carriers

COSCO (Guangdong) and COSCO (Dalian) Shipyards have each recently delivered bulk carriers to European owners. COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 35000 dwt, “CHIOS LUCK”, to its European buyer. The bulk carrier measures 179.99 meters in LOA, 30 meters in breadth and 14.7 meters in depth. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 92500 dwt, “OCEAN TOPAZ”, to its European buyer. The bulk carrier measures 229.17 meters in LOA,  38.01 meters in breadth and 20.7 meters in depth. COSCO informs that both the delivery documents were signed by and between the COSCO shipyards and the respective buyers in May 2013.

COSCO Delivers Three Large Bulk Carriers

COSCO Corporation (Singapore) announce that subsidiaries of the Company’s 51% owned COSCO Shipyard Group have delivered three more bulk carriers to Asian owners 1. COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered two bulk carriers of 57000 DWT, “Wuxing 5” and “APJ SHIRIN”, respectively to its Asian buyers. 2. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 92500 DWT, “OCEAN SAPPHIRE”, to its Asian buyer. All the delivery documents were signed by and between the COSCO shipyards and the respective buyer in May 2012. The bulk carriers of 57000 DWT measure 189.99 meters in LOA (length of all), 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. The bulk carrier of 92500 DWT measures 229.2 meters in LOA (length of all), 38 meters in breadth and 20.7 meters in depth.

China Shipyard Gets Significant HBC Bulkship Orders

Hamburg Bulk Carriers (HBC) has ordered three 43,500 dwt bulk carriers plus options for 9 more from Qingshan Shipyard. The buyerss add that two and a half years of work was invested into this project to build up to 12 bulk carriers of about 43.500 dwt of which the first delivery is expected in the last quarter of 2014. The design is a modification of a standard design developed by Deltamarin of Finland. Model tests confirmed the high expectations of extremely low consumption of fuel oil which is less than 20 mt fuel oil daily, and added to this advantage the ships will also have a very shallow draft. The vessels will have 5 cargohold…

HSL May Hand Over Bulk Carrier to Navy

Image: Hindustan Shipyard Limited

Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) may sell its bulk carrier under construction at the yard to the Indian Navy, reports the Hindu. Goodearth Maritime Limited (GML) has failed to settle its dues for nearly a year after placing the order under Diamond Series of 53,000 DWT bulk carriers. GML has defaulted in payment of nearly Rs.20 crore. Despite several reminders, they have not cleared the dues. The bulk carrier, on which HSL has completed 70 per cent of the work, is lying idle at the outfitting jetty blocking the space for undertaking other activities.

Hyundai Heavy Foreign Ship Orders At $440M

Hyundai Heavy Foreign Ship Orders At $440M South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. won $440 million in foreign shipbuilding orders for 11 vessels so far this month. The details are as follows: -Taiwan's Yangming Marine Transport Corp. ordered two 5,500 teu container carriers -A Greek shipping firm ordered two 172,000 dwt bulk carriers -An Indian shipping firm ordered one 75,000 dwt bulk carrier -South Africa's Safbulk ordered four 172,000 dwt bulk carriers -Turkey's Besiktas ordered one 165,000 dwt crude carrier -Liberia's Countess Shipping ordered one 73,000 dwt oil product carrier

Diana Shipping Takes Delivery of Panamax Bulk Carrier

Diana Shipping Inc. has taken delivery today of a newbuilding Panamax dry bulk carrier, the Coronis, from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., Shanghai China. The Coronis is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 74,381 dwt. With the delivery of the Coronis, Diana Shipping has increased its fleet to thirteen vessels (twelve Panamax dry bulk carriers and one Capesize dry bulk carrier). With the delivery of this vessel the Diana Shipping fleet will have a combined carrying capacity of approximately 1.1 million deadweight tons and a weighted average age of 3.6 years.

Dunkerque-max M/V Cape Garland Delivered

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. completed and delivered the 177,000 dwt type bulk carrier MV Cape Garland (Hull No. 1693) at its Chiba Works on January 30, 2009. This ship is the newly designed Cape-size Bulk Carrier of Dunkerque-max Type. It has a double-side skin to cargo holds construction. A Dunkerque-max type is a common name for Cape-size Bulk Carriers built to the restriction of the port of Dunkirque, France.

China's Taizhou Sanfu Yard Launches Bulker

Photo credit: Taizhou Sanfu

Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering Co. launch a 92,500 dwt bulk carrier for Indian owners   The builders say that this was the first PSPC compliant vessel ever built in their yard (referring to IMO's 'Performance Standard for Protective Coatings) which applies to dedicated seawater ballast tanks in all types of ships and double-side skin spaces of bulk carriers.   The vessel is 230.0 m LOA, with a molded breadth of 38.0m, and a design draft of 12.50 m. Speed is 14.90 knots. The new bulk carrier is classed by ABS .  

COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard Delivers Another Bulk Carrier

COSCO Corporation announce delivery of a 57,000 dwt bulk carrier to a European buyer COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited announces that COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co., Ltd ("COSCO Zhoushan"), a subsidiary of the Company's 51% owned COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd, has delivered a bulk carrier of 57000DWT, named "SUPERIOR", to its European buyer. The delivery documents were signed by and between COSCO Zhoushan and the buyer recently The bulk carrier measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth.  

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