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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Eagle Bulk Orders Ships

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. exercised options for the construction of four 58,000 dwt Supramax vessels from the Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group, the parent of the Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding Co. at a contract price of $42.3 million per vessel. The availability of these options was initially reported by Eagle Bulk on August 7, 2007. The addition of these vessels to the Eagle fleet increases the total fleet size to 53 vessels, expands capacity to 2.93 million deadweight tons, and improves the fleet's efficiency by increasing the sister ship total to 45 vessels.

Wärtsilä Wins Bulk Orders for 72 FPPs

The propeller manufacturer and joint-venture company Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd signed contracts in November to deliver a total of 72 fixed pitch propellers (FPP) at a value of approximately EUR 30 million. The company will deliver the propellers to six of China's leading shipbuilders for vessels due to be delivered between 2009 and 2011. The nickel-aluminium bronze propellers, totalling over 2700 tonnes with diameters ranging from 6.1 - 8.2m, will be for installation to different types of vessels including oil tankers, containerships and bulk carriers.

Daewoo Wins $483M In Ship Orders

Daewoo Heavy Industries won $483 million in ship orders last week from companies in the U.S. and Greece. It will build four ultra large crude oil carriers for Majestic Shipping Co. of the U.S., and three very large crude oil carriers for Aeolos Management S.A. and Atlantic Bulk Carrier Ltd of Greece, a company statement said. Majestic ordered two 450,000-ton ultra crude oil carriers and took options on two more. Atlantic Bulk ordered two 75,000-ton bulk carriers and Aeolos Management bought one 300,000-ton very large crude oil carrier, Kim said. The ships are to be delivered by the end of 2002.

Digital Naming of Stena Immortal

Photo: Stena Bulk AB

The digital naming of the MR tanker Stena Immortal took place January 18 at Stena's new office in Hellerup in the north of Copenhagen. The 50,000 dwt Stena Immortal was built at the Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) shipyard in southeast China and is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR). Following her delivery in September 2016, the 183-meter-long tanker has sailed in one of Stena Bulk's global logistics systems, which currently employ some 60 vessels, with a focus on refined petroleum products, vegetable oils and chemicals.

MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding Agree on Collaboration

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. have signed a technological collaboration agreement on container carriers.   The initiative aims to combine MHI's technological capabilities, as in the development of energy-saving vessels, and Imabari's strong cost competitiveness, in order to establish an advantageous framework for competing in the international shipbuilding market. By effectively utilizing the shipyards of both companies, together MHI and Imabari will become capable of flexibly accommodating bulk orders - e.g. construction of multiple ships of the same design - thus strengthening and expanding their respective business for high-value-added container carriers.  

Dry Bulk Carriers Orders "Drying” Up?

Graph: Clarkson Research Services Limited.

Dry bulk orders have fallen to the lowest level since the 1990s to 0.4m dwt per month showing a massive 98% reduction from the 23m dwt peak in orders in December 2007, and probably the sharpest decline in recent decades. Not really a surprise in a market where Capesize bulkers are struggling to earn $4,000/day, but a timely relief to investors with ships on the orderbook says a study paper of Clarkson Research Services Limited. This investment collapse marks the end of a remarkable phase of bulkcarrier history.

BIMCO Releases Vessel CD-ROM 2002

Direct access to the internet from ships at sea can be costly. BIMCO has developed a solution to this problem. BIMCO has transferred a number of its databases from the BIMCO Website into a CD-ROM for use on board ships. The BIMCO Vessel CD-ROM 2002 provides senior officers at sea with BIMCO information and databases already available to shore-based staff with access to the Internet. In addition, the BIMCO Vessel CD-ROM 2002 includes details of the various IMO conventions to which each flag is a signatory, as well as information on flag state requirements for crews, including language skills and certification. Countries with restrictions against certain flags are also indicated. between 10-50 percent available for bulk orders.

MHI & Imabari Shipbuilding Agree Container Ship Collaboration

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The initiative aims to combine MHI's technological capabilities, as in the development of energy-saving vessels, and Imabari's strong cost competitiveness, in order to establish an advantageous framework for competing in the international shipbuilding market. By effectively utilizing the shipyards of both companies, together MHI and Imabari will become capable of flexibly accommodating bulk orders - e.g. construction of multiple ships of the same design - thus strengthening and expanding their respective business for high-value-added container carriers. The three-year collaboration agreement…

Eagle Bulk Orders Two

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. class Supramax vessels. be delivered in January and February of 2010, respectively. 14 of which will be Supramax-class. increase the borrowing capacity from $450 million to $500 million. cash dividend payout. assets at what we believe to be very favorable values. closely with IHI Marine United throughout the construction process. approximately $33.5 million after giving effect to currency hedges. is expected in January and February 2010, respectively. hedged its Japanese Yen exposures into U.S. effectively eliminate currency risk. Company's previous facility with a maturity in 2016. financing the new vessels. quarterly cash dividends to our shareholders will not be impacted. future growth.

APM Terminals Poti to Build Cargo Terminal

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor. The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.

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.

International Rescue for Tanker Market?

Graph: E.A. Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd

Gibson tanker report says that as owners head back to work after their summer breaks, many will no doubt have to do some serious thinking as we approach the final quarter of 2016. "Last summer we were reporting about the orderbook swelling, and it continued to do so throughout the remainder of 2015," says the report. A few owners switched dry bulk orders to tankers and the orderbook was further swelled by an influx of orders ahead of the Tier III regulation requirements for the US trade.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Adds New Ultramax

Image: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc

U.S. based owner of Handymax dry bulk vessels Eagle Bulk Shipping has announced that it has taken delivery of its newly acquired vessel, the M/V New London Eagle, a 2015-built CROWN-63 Ultramax. The acquisition has been funded by cash on-hand and new debt of USD 8.6 million. This loan, which equates to approximately 40% of the purchase price, represents an upsize to the existing Eagle Bulk Ultraco LLC Debt Facility which carries an interest rate of LIBOR plus 2.95% and has a maturity of October 31, 2022.

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.

Shipbuilding Prices Firm Up

International shipbuilders enjoyed a healthy year, with the main contributors being tankers and container vessels. Following upon these ordering activities, R.S. Platou saw shipbuilding prices firming up from the bottom level the previous year. Price for the tankers increased on average by 16 percent but the corresponding figure for container vessels was only 6.5 percent. Bulk prices showed a firming almost equal to that of tankers, but ended at an average of 13 percent after the prices for smaller bulkers softened towards the end of the year. Korean yards were again this year the most aggressive, securing 46 percent of all new orders, equaling 18.5 mill. cgt. Proof of their dominance was that they secured 71 percent of all crude tanker orders and 57 percent of all product tanker orders.

Diana Shipping Enters into TC Contract with Uniper

Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Phaidra. The gross charter rate is US$12,700 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 12 months to maximum 15 months. The charter commenced on January 13, 2018. The m/v Phaidra was previously chartered to Jera Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Capesize Rates Pull Baltic Index to 4-month Low

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hit a more than four-month low on Tuesday, as capesize rates dropped to their lowest since August last year. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, lost 43 points, or 3.4 percent, to 1,221 points, the lowest since Sept. The capesize index fell 221 points, or 9.91 percent, to 2,010 points, its lowest level since Aug. 10 last year.

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

Asian Coal Prices Spike Amidst Shipping Congestion

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Lidian Neeleman)

Over 500 ships waiting to load or unload coal; strong winter demand has driven coal, LNG and oil prices. Asian benchmark thermal coal prices have pushed to their highest levels since 2016, fuelled by demand in China and loading delays in Indonesia that have ramped up shipping congestion outside major coal ports. Spot cargo prices for Australian Newcastle coal have risen nearly 15 percent from lows in late November after China loosened import restrictions to help meet a winter fuel shortage.

60 MacGregor Cranes Ordered for Chinese-built Bulkers

Range of MacGregor cranes from well-proven electro-hydraulic versions to highly-efficient low-energy new-generation VFD electric cranes.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a run of orders for bulk versions of its cargo handling cranes from five Chinese shipyards. The cranes are destined for 15 bulk carriers for various owners. •Two 37,500 dwt bulkers on order at Yangzhou Gouyo shipyard. The vessels will be used to carry logs as well as dry bulk cargoes and will each be equipped with four GLBE3026.2-2/2426.2gr variable frequency drive (VFD)-type marine cranes. The cranes are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2014.

Fifth Consecutive Record Year for Antwerp

Photo: Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610 tonnes of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year. Practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 million tonnes), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives by 5.7% (73.1 million tonnes), and conventional breakbulk such as steel by 4.8% (10.3 million tonnes), while ro/ro completed the growth list with 10.5% (5.1 million tonnes).

Baltic Index Drops to 5-month Low on Sinking Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell nearly 5 percent on Wednesday to its lowest in over five months due to tumbling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, slid 57 points, or 4.7 percent, to close at 1,164 points, the lowest since Aug. 14. The capesize index fell 267 points, or 13.28 percent to 1,743 points, its lowest level since Aug. 9 last year.

Hyundai Wins Bulker, Containership $400M Deal

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. won $400 million in orders from Greece to build five containerships and four bulk carriers. Hyundai Heavy said the 5,500 TEU containerships will be delivered to Greece's Costamare Shipping Co. between late 2000 and the first half of 2001. The bulk carriers, all 75,000-gt class, are scheduled for delivery to Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. of Greece by the end of 2001. Hyundai Heavy said with the orders from Greece its shipbuilding orders this year rose to $2.5 billion and its backlog orders stands at $6 billion.

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