Maersk Tankers Sells its Entire VLGC Fleet
Maersk Tankers exits Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) segment by selling its fleet to the BW Group. The BW Group buys Maersk Tankers five owned vessels and takes over the five existing time charter commitments, which Maersk Tankers explains is part of its divestment strategy to focus on fewer segments. Hanne B. Sørensen, CEO Maersk Tankers: “This transaction supports our strategy to focus on fewer segments. Andreas Sohmen-Pao, CEO BW Group, says: “Maersk Tankers has a fleet of high quality vessels and BW is pleased to be acquiring this fleet.
BW Group May Sell Shares in Offshore Unit
Helmut Sohmen, chairman of BW Group Ltd. may sell shares in its offshore unit as producers order oil platforms to drill fields in deeper water, according to a Bloomburg report. An initial public offering of shares in BW Offshore is possible within the next two years, Sohmen, 66, said, according to the report. The unit operates a fleet of eight tankers converted into platforms used to pump oil from undersea fields. BW Group acquired the offshore business in 2003 when World-Wide Shipping, started in Hong Kong by Sohmen's father-in-law in 1955, acquired Oslo-based Bergesen d.y. ASA. BW Offshore's FPSOs, operate in seas off Mauritania, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in West Africa, New Zealand, and Mexico.
BW Group Grabs Control of Tanker Firm DHT from Fredriksen's Frontline
Shipping tycoons Sohmen Pao, Fredriksen battle over DHT; Sohmen Pao's BW Group becomes top DHT owner with 33.5 percent to surpass Frontline as DHT's top shareholder. The move likely ends Frontline's ambitions to take over DHT, as DHT had twice rejected Frontline's advances. Privately-owned shipping firm BW Group became the top shareholder in tanker firm DHT Holdings on Thursday, in a surprise move that will probably end Frontline's ambitions to take full control of DHT. BW Group…
BW Group Aims to Double its Size
BW Group aims to double its value to $10 billion by 2010, and may fund its growth by listing its business units, NDTV.com reported. Increased supply deals with Chinese oil majors and new tanker orders will lead to growth that could see BW offer the public shares in its units not already listed. The BW Group has four divisions: BW Tankers, BW Bulk and BW Offshore and BW Gas, a unit that was listed on the Oslo stock exchange last year. The gas unit, which transports liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas in tankers, was acquired in 2003 when the group bought Norwegian gas heavyweight Bergesen DY. The company has hopes of doubling its equity every five years and foresees potential acquisitions to meet its growth ambitions.
BW acquires 10 chemical tankers from Stream Tankers
BW has signed a purchase agreement to acquire ten chemical tankers comprising two ships built in 2008 and 2010 and eight newbuildings to be delivered between 2015 and 2018 from Stream Tankers. The two chemical tankers are from Japanese shipyards Fukuoka Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. and Shitanoe Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. The newbuildings are being built with the same shipyards and when complete, they will be equipped with eco-design hulls and fuel efficient engines. Andreas Sohmen-Pao, CEO BW Group…
US Court Rejects Frontline's Bid to Stop BW-DHT Deal
A U.S. court has rejected a last-minute effort by billionaire investor John Fredriksen's Frontline to prevent BW Group from acquiring a major stake in rival oil tanker firm DHT Holdings, DHT said on Thursday. The New York County Supreme Court's decision means that privately-owned BW Group, led by shipping tycoon Andreas Sohmen Pao, can proceed with the sale of 11 very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to DHT in exchange for DHT's shares. "The transaction will proceed as planned, and in fact the first ship is being transferred to DHT today…
Marshall Islands Court Sets Date for Frontline Case against DHT
Oil tanker firm Frontline said on Friday the high court in the Marshall Islands has agreed to hear on May 17 its complaint against takeover target DHT Holdings, which is incorporated in the remote Pacific republic, over a rival deal with BW Offshore. Frontline, controlled by Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen and owner of a 14.5 percent stake in DHT, has been trying for the past year to take over its New York-listed rival and is opposing what it called "unfair transaction…
BW Fleet Management Repair Deal at ASRY
Tanker operator, BW Fleet Management, expanded its Fleet Repair Agreement with ASRY’s Bahrain yard. The new repair agreement was signed by Morten Steen Martinsen, managing director of BW Fleet Management and Chris Potter, CEO of ASRY, in April in Bahrain. The Norwegian company, which operates out of both Oslo and Singapore, manages a fleet of more than 90 vessels operated by BW Gas and BW Maritime, and the ASRY repair agreement involves those crude oil tankers, product tankers and LPG carriers that trade to the Arabian Gulf, giving guaranteed dock space and fixed rates.
Standard Chartered Closes $1.6 bln+ in Shipping Finance
Standard Chartered said on Tuesday it had completed three shipping deals worth more than $1.6 billion in recent months. The deals include in December a $684.5 million up to 12-year facility for BW Gas JuJu LNG, a joint venture between BW Group and Japan's Marubeni. In November, the bank also structured a $350 mln Islamic facility for National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri). The month before it closed a $572 mln loan to subsidiaries of India's Reliance Group, the bank said in a statement. Reporting by Tom Arnold
DSME to Build Two VLCCs for BW Group
South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has received a 200 billion won (US$179.2 million) order to build two oil tankers for Singapore-based oil and gas transporter BW Group. According to Yonhap, DSME will provide the oil and gas transporter two 318,000-ton Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) by 2018. The BW Group has ordered a total of 63 ships from Daewoo Shipbuilding and has received 53 so far. This is the 10th order DSME has won this year, and the total amount has crossed US$1 billion.
LNG-FSRU Vessel: BW Place Samsung Contract
BW Maritime inks contract with Samsung Heavy Industries for BW’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Floating Storage Regasification Unit (LNG-FSRU). Expected to be delivered in 2015, it will be the latest addition to BW's fleet of 16 LNG carriers, building on and increasing its existing LNG expertise. This vessel and floating terminal will be able to receive and convert LNG into its gaseous form for offloading via pipelines, to gas facilities on-shore. BW is focused on its vision to be the leading brand in energy transportation…
HHI Wins $400m LNG Ship Deal
Hyundai Heavy Industries reported winnning a $400m deal to build two LNG carriers for BW Maritime Pte Ltd, part of Singapore's BW Group, according to a report on Reuters. HHIs is scheduled to deliver one of the two vessels in the second half of 2014 and the other in the first half of 2015. The contract included an option for two additional vessels.
BW Offshore Gets Contract Extension for FPSO Polvo
BW Offshore has signed an agreement with Petrorio for a one-year extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Polvo. The firm period has been extended to Q3 2019 (from Q3 2018), with options until Q3 2022. The company has also announced that BW Catcher FPSO received the First Oil Certificate following the successful completion of the 72-hour interim performance test subsequent to the introduction of hydrocarbons on 23rd December 2017. BW Catcher FPSO is owned and operated by BW Offshore and the First Oil Certificate confirms the commencement of a seven-year fixed term contract…
Marshall Islands Dismisses Frontline's Bid to Stop DHT Takeover
The High Court of the Marshall Islands has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought by tanker firm Frontline to stop rival DHT selling a major stake to shipper BW Group, DHT said on Monday. Frontline, which according to Thomson Reuters Eikon data holds a 10.3 percent stake in DHT and is controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, has been trying for the past year to take over its New York-listed rival. However, DHT struck a tankers-for-shares deal with BW Group in March, making the latter DHT's biggest shareholder with a stake of over 30 percent.
Frontline Takes Legal Battle over DHT to Marshall Islands
John Fredriksen's Frontline is switching its legal battle for control of tanker operator DHT Holdings from New York to the tiny Marshall Islands after making a fifth offer for the company this week. Frontline, controlled by Norwegian billionaire Fredriksen and owner of a 14.5 percent stake in DHT, has over the past year tried to acquire all of DHT's shares to forge the world's largest shipping tanker company. On Tuesday it made another all-share offer -- 0.8 of a Frontline share for each DHT share -- and set a 24-hour deadline for DHT to respond to the $500 million offer.
BW Group's 1H Performance Better than Expected
Moody's Investors Service says that operating results of BW Group (Ba2 negative) in 1H 2012 were better than expected, largely because of the higher charter rates achieved by the company for its vessels. "We had expected BW Group's performance to weaken, as many of its vessels were coming off profitable time-charters in 1H and it was increasingly exposed to deteriorating spot-market rates. However, spot rates, especially in the gas carrier segments, either held up or improved," says Vikas Halan, a Moody's Vice President and Senior Analyst. The average time charter equivalent or TCE income per day for BW Group's very large gas carriers and large gas carriers rose over 40% from a year ago. The average TCE for very large crude carriers grew about 5%.
Nordic Shipholding's Establishses JV
Nordic Shipholding A/S has been informed that Pacific Alliance Group (“PAG”), which controls Nordic Shipholding’s majority shareholder, Nordic Maritime S.á r.l., has entered into an agreement with BW Group regarding the establishment of a joint venture to target a consolidation in the product tanker market. Nordic Shipholding is not a party to the agreement. It is too early to say what the consequences of this agreement will be, if any, for Nordic Shipholding. Nordic Shipholding will discuss this with PAG in the time to come.
GTT Scores Orders for 2 LNG Carriers
GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has received an order for two LNG carriers (LNGCs), to be built by the shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). The two ships, to be operated by BW Group, are expected for delivery in 2018 and 2019, respectively. GTT said the two LNGCs will be equipped with NO96 GW technology, allowing an optimized boil-off rate of LNG cargo.
Court Rejects Frontline's Complaint against DHT-BW Group Deal
A court in the Marshall Islands rejected tanker operator Frontline's complaint against DHT Holdings over a rival deal with BW Group. Frontline, controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, owns around 14.5 percent of DHT. Frontline has been trying for the past year to take over its New York-listed rival. (Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha; Editing by Maju Samuel)
BIMCO Awards Leadership, Innovation, Pioneering Business Strategy
BIMCO today presented three awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in the global shipping industry among both companies and individuals in the industry – following BIMCO’s conference in Shanghai. This year the importance of leadership, innovation and pioneering business strategy in shipping were clearly recognised by the judges in the choice of winners. BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give the BIMCO President’s Award to the Tung family from Hong Kong, who run OOCL among other companies.
BW Group Buys Dorian Stake
Scorpio Tankers Inc has agreed to sell its 6 million common shares of Dorian LPG Ltd to BW Euroholdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of BW Group Limited, for a purchase price of $15.34 per share. The shares will be sold pursuant to an effective resale registration statement filed by Dorian LPG on July 8, 2015, and are expected to be delivered to BW Euroholdings Limited on or around July 22, 2015. Following the sale, the Scorpio will continue to own 3,392,083 shares of Dorian's common stock, which is approximately 5.8% of Dorian.
DSME Orders GTT Membranes for 2 LNGCs
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), received an order for two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) to be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). GTT said the order adds to what it called an already strong third quarter 2014 order book. The vessels, be operated by BW Group, a Norwegian owner with a long history of operating GTT-designed LNG carriers, are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2018.
BW Group Delivers First VLCC TO DHT
DHT Holdings, Inc. said it has taken delivery of the DHT Utik, the first of 11 very large crude carriers (VLCC) acquired from BW Group Limited in exchange for DHT's shares. The delivery was made despite a last-minute effort by rival oil tanker firm Frontline to prevent the deal that will bring BW's ownership in DHT to 33.5 percent, surpassing Frontline as DHT's top shareholder. Frontline’s lawsuit was rejected in New York County Supreme Court. Of the 11 VLCCs sold in the deal…