Tanker Firm Frontline Sees Weak Quarters Ahead
Oslo-listed tanker firm Frontline, controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, reported a deeper than expected second-quarter loss on Wednesday and said markets were likely to remain weak for the next few quarters due to overcapacity. The company reported a loss of $19.4 million for the second quarter, against analysts' expectations for a $17 million deficit, and said it would not pay a dividend. By 0714 GMT Frontline's shares were down 5.6 percent at 40.5 Norwegian crowns ($5.22). "The upcoming quarters may present challenges as vessel supply continues to increase," Frontline said on Wednesday, adding it aims to take advantage of weak markets to buy vessels.
Korean Government to Fund HMM Vessels
South Korean shipping unit will purchase Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) vessels for USD 515 million and lease them back to the container carrier at favorable charter rates as part of a state aid program. Korea Shipping Co., a new entity servicing troubled shippers will act as a shipping bank to buy vessels from shippers to lease them back to help them out of financial troubles, was launched on Tuesday on initial paid-in capital of 1 trillion won. HMM will become the first beneficiary of the Korean government rescue schemes for shipping through the Korea Shipping Co.
NSCSA Reports $31M Profit
The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (NSCSA) reported a net profit of 115.7 million riyals ($30.85 million) in the first half of 2001 compared with a net loss of 16.8 million riyals a year earlier. Riyadh-based NSCSA also said in a statement that it would take delivery of four recently bought vessels by October 2002, raising its fleet to nine ships used to transport Saudi Arabian crude to the international market. "NSCSA and Hellespont Shipping Corporation are pleased to announce the purchase by NSCSA from Hellespont for $330 million of four double hull very large crude carriers," the Riyadh-based company said in a statement. Hellespont at Samsung Heavy Industry of South Korea and would be delivered betweenOctober 2001 and October 2002.
Green Reefers to Buy Vessel
Green Reefers ASA has agreed to buy the Silver Fjord (ex. "Frio Hamburg") for $10,4 mill. The vessel is 194,000 cu. ft. and built in Denmark in 1997. Delivery will take place in June/July 2006 and the vessel will be renamed Green Tromsø. In June 2005 the company acquired the sistervessel Green Bergen (ex. "Frio Pusan"). The purchase of Green Tromsø is part of a fleet renewal program where the company is selling the smaller and older units and buying modern and larger units.
Bulgaria Maritime Fleet to Borrow $70m for New Ships
NMB, Bulgaria's national maritime fleet, will take out a $70 mln loan from HSH Nordbank AG for the purchase of 3 new vessels, said executive director Hristo Donev. The company is trying to address the problem of its ageing fleet and related high maintenance costs. NMB, which has decommissioned 5 ships over the past couple of months, has placed orders for 2 new vessels with local ship-builder Bulyard. One of them will be furnished as collateral for the Nordbank loan. The loan money will be spent on 2-3 new vessels, possibly manufactured as recently as 2002, said Donev. NMB may also opt to buy vessels still under construction and sell them on. NMB posted a profit of 25.1 mln levs in January-October 2006, down 15 mln levs year-on-year.
Diana Shipping Buys Vessel for $110M
Diana Shipping Inc., bought a big ship currently under construction in China for $110 million. Athens, Greece-based Diana Shipping expects to take delivery of the Capesize-class vessel from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. in November. Capesize-class ships are vessels too large to traverse either the Suez Canal or Panama Canal. Diana Shipping said it is seeking long-term employment for the tanker. The acquisition will decrease the average age of the company's fleet to 3 years and raise its total cargo carrying capacity to about 1.7 million tons, the company said. Source: AP
Hyundai Mulls Bid for Hanjin Assets, Routes
Hyundai Merchant Marine is considering bidding for its bigger local rival Hanjin Shipping Co.'s Asia-U.S. route, reports Yonhap. Hyundai Merchant, currently under a creditor-led debt restructuring scheme, is planning to submit a preliminary bid for Hanjin Shipping's route, seen as the most lucrative, and ships that are up for sale. Hanjin, the first major shipping line to be dragged down by global industry overcapacity and low freight rates, put up manpower and logistics systems, five container ships and 10 overseas businesses, for sale last week.
Frontline Q1 Profit Disappoints
Q1 net result $27.0 million; operating profit $40.8 million. * Following the implementation of OPEC and non-OPEC production caps, which have largely been complied with, we have seen trade routes evolve. In particular, there have been increased long-haul voyages from the Atlantic Basin to Asia driven in part by increasing U.S. production and a shift in U.S. * Crude oil demand, particularly from China and India, continues to grow, and crude oil is being imported from nontraditional sources due to OPEC production cuts and the desire to diversify supply. * All factors considered, the company maintains a cautious near-term view on the tanker market and believes the market will begin to balance as vessels are absorbed into the global fleet and older vessels retire from trading.
Horizon Shipbuilding Grows through Diversification
Alabama's Horizon Shipbuilding is bustling with activity. New York Fast Ferries are being quickly delivered, large AST tugs are being built and launched, and vessels of all sizes are cycling through weekly for refurbishment and refit. “Our company’s diversity allows us to manage multiple projects at one time,” said Travis Short, owner of Horizon. “We are a true full service builder. In 2009 F.E.M.A., through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, began aggressively funding state…
Libra Ramps Up Container Ship Buying, Bets on Upturn
Global conglomerate Libra is snapping up container ships, betting on a sector recovery and lower oil prices which will cut costs and boost profitability, the group's chief executive said. Libra has proved adept at buying and selling assets since 2008 -- making significant returns on investments. Shipping is battling overcapacity, linked to a glut of new vessels ordered during a boom period before the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, forcing operators to look for ways to overcome one of the worst slumps on record. Leading container groups including Maersk are replacing older and smaller vessels with fewer but larger mega-ships to command better economies of scale.
Tide Turns in Favor of Greece’s Shipping Industry
An article in WSJ highlighted the Greek shipping industry, which it says has "emerged largely unscathed" from the nation's recent financial troubles. The reports say that shipping companies in Greece are buying vessels from cash-strapped competitors and German banks, and are poised to grab even more market share - but bailout-related tax hikes could lead shipowners to seek cheaper waters. Greek owners, who operate almost a fifth of the global fleet of merchant ships, are paying rock-bottom prices for competitors’ vessels.
Russia Supplies Syria Mission with Turkey's Old Cargo Ships
Earlier this year, an old refrigerator ship called the Georgiy Agafonov, built to transport fruit and vegetables for the Soviet Union, was quietly gathering rust in the Ukrainian port of Izmail where the Danube flows into the Black Sea. Its owners, a Ukrainian state company, assumed it would never sail again. When a Turkish company offered to buy it for $300,000, they watched as the hulk was towed away, presumably for scrap. Nine months later the ship is back at sea, renamed Kazan-60, reflagged as part of Russia's naval auxiliary fleet, and repurposed as an unlikely part of Moscow's biggest military operation outside the old Soviet boundaries since the Cold War.
Cheniere Signs 15-year LNG Supply Pact with Trafigura
U.S. natural gas producer Cheniere Energy Inc said on Tuesday Singapore-based commodity trader Trafigura Pte Ltd would buy about 1 million tonnes of natural gas per year from its unit for 15 years, starting 2019. The agreement with Cheniere Marketing, LLC would help the Houston-based company to fund its expansion plans, Chief Executive Jack Fusco said. The company has been expanding its presence in Asia to benefit from the rising demand for liquefied natural gas from the region.
Japan Renews Submarine Bid for Australia
Japan looking to fix faltering Australian submarine bid. Japan is ready to match European rivals and build a fleet of submarines for Canberra entirely at Australian shipyards, a senior Japanese official said on Tuesday, after stumbling in its effort to win the A$50 billion ($34.76 billion) contract. Tokyo was willing to train hundreds of Australian engineers in Japan's submarine-manufacturing hub of Kobe as well as in Australia as part of its offer for one of the world's biggest defence contracts, Masaaki Ishikawa, director general for Acquisition Reform at the Ministry of Defense, told Reuters. His comments are the first from an official directly involved in the bid that Japan is willing to build the stealth submarines entirely in Australia, where jobs are a hot button political issue.
Indonesia's Arpeni Buys New Vessels
Arpeni Pratama Ocean Lines said it plans to invest $130 million to buy 24 vessels to strengthen its fleet this year. The company had additional equity amounting to $33.1m from a rights issue last year, but the fund will not be enough to cover the expansion, Suhendra said. According to sources, a number of local and foreign banks have offered loans for the company to buy the ships. The types of vessels to be bought include tug boats, barges, floating cranes and large ships for coal transport. (Source: Antara/Asia Pulse)
European Owners Lead in Buying Up Secondhand Tonnage
With European owners leading the pack in buying up vessels, the sale and purchase market appears to have been notably active in recent years, reveals Clarkson Research Services Limited. While Europe has been the main buyer region, the picture between owner countries in each region remains mixed. Greek owners have been the key European buyers, while Chinese and Japanese owners have taken very different approaches to S&P activity. The sale and purchase market has seen firm activity since the start of 2014, with 3,313 vessels of a combined 117.7m GT reported sold during this time.
Bergesen Orders Two More VLCCs From HZ
Bergesen d.y. Group ASA exercised an option to buy two more VLCCs from Japan's Hitachi Zosen Corp. The total option price for the 296,000 dwt vessels is about $131.7 million. The two vessels will be delivered in March and May, 2001. Bergesen also announced that it has bought oil/ore carrier Grand Phoenix for $23 million. The 291,000-dwt carrier, built in Japan in 1986, will be delivered by the end of March.
Indian Company to Buy VLGC
Great Eastern Shipping Company signs contract to buy a 1990-built Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed contract to buy a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) of about 49,700 dwt (75,000 cbm). The 1990-built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet during Q2FY2013. The Company’s current fleet stands at 32 vessels, comprising 22 tankers (9 crude carriers, 13 product carriers) and 10 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 3 Kamsarmax, 1 Panamax, 4 Supramax, 1 Handymax) with an average age of 8.7 years aggregating 2.55-million dwt.
Ship Finance Buys Oil Drill, Tanker
The AP has reported that Ship Finance International Ltd., which operates a fleet of about 50 crude oil tankers, said it bought a 2006 jack-up drilling rig for $210m and a 1997 Panamax crude carrier for $28.4m. Bermuda-based Ship Finance bought the jack-up rig, called SeaDrill 3, from SeaDrill III Ltd. Ship Finance chartered the rig back to SeaDrill III for 15 years. Under the contract, Ship Finance will receive a charter hire for $112,500 a day for the first three years of the lease, $51,000 a day for years four through seven, $43,500 for years eight and nine, and $40,000 a day for years 10 through 15. The contract also calls for Ship Finance to receive a 5 percent cut of the rig's profits after the third year if certain goals are met.
China Shipping Devt To Buy Eight Oil Tankers
Hong Kong-listed China Shipping Development Co. agreed to buy eight oil tankers for $556m from two Chinese shipbuilders. According to Yahoo! News, China Shipping Development, a unit of state-owned China Shipping (Group) Co., said it would buy four oil tankers for $408m from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Ltd. It said the four vessels would enter operations between June and December 2009. China Shipping Development also said it would buy four oil tankers for $148m from Guangzhou Shipyard International Ltd. The first of these vessels will enter operations October 2007, while the last would be delivered in November 2009.The company said it would finance the purchases through bank borrowing and internal resources. (Source: Yahoo! News)
Chembulk Tankers Issues USD 200mln Bond
Chembulk Tankers announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Chembulk Holding LLC, has priced USD 200 million in senior secured bonds which will carry a coupon of 8.00% and be due in February 2023. The net proceeds from the bond offering will be used for refinancing of existing bank debt and general corporate purposes. In addition, this bond offering contains a tap issuance feature, where Chembulk can expand the issue amount at a future date to a maximum of USD 250 million, subject to standard issuance tests.
Evergreen To Buy Five Ships From MHI
Shipping giant Evergreen Marine signed a letter of intent to buy five large cargo ships from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industry. A spokeswoman for the Taiwan shipping firm said it was negotiating to buy 6,300-6,400 TEU ships from the Japanese firm. She said Evergreen would aim to take delivery of the ships by 2002 but further details, such as the price of the vessels, had not been settled.
National Shipping to Buy More Tankers
National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia is buying as many as 17 very large crude carriers and chemical tankers. The company plans a five-year acquisition program under which it will buy at least nine VLCCs and eight chemical tankers. All vessels being acquired, whether new or used, will be double-hulled. National Shipping currently has nine double-hulled crude carriers, nine chemical tankers, and four multipurpose roll-on-roll-off ships in service. (Source: UPI)