Carrier Market News

12 Nov 2019

Babcock Wins Multiple Orders

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UK-based engineering services company Babcock said that its liquefied gas equipment (LGE) arm has netted 26 orders in the LNG and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier markets so far this year.Having won 16 contracts in the LPG carrier market, plus a further 10 ecoSMRT contracts for LNG carriers so far in 2019, the company continues to thrive in challenging market conditions.Now contracted to deliver LPG Fuel Gas Supply System (ecoFGSS) on six LPG carriers in a range of sizes, including the world’s first new-build system, Babcock’s LGE business dominates the sector whilst maintaining LPG and L

31 Oct 2019

Vessel Op Costs to Rise in 2019 and 2020

Richard Greiner, Partner, Shipping & Transport at BDO, said: “The predicted 2.5% and 2.7% increases in operating costs for 2019 and 2020 respectively compare to an average fall in actual operating costs in 2018 of 1.8% across all main ship types recorded in the recent BDO OpCost study."  (Photo: BDO)

International accountant and shipping adviser BDO said total operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.5% in 2019 and by 2.7% in 2020.Responses to the firm’s latest annual Future Operating Costs Survey revealed that insurance is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2019 and 2020. In the case of protection and indemnity insurance, the predicted increase is 2.0% for each of the years under review, while hull and machinery insurance…

27 Sep 2019

Container Rates Fall Due To Overcapacity

Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund says that the container shipping sector is in a “high-pressure” situation at present but that in such a dynamic sector, “things can change very quickly”. (Photo: Xeneta)

According to Norway-based ocean freight rate benchmarking and market intelligence specialist Xeneta, long-term contracted ocean freight rates for carriers continued their downward trend this month, however by only 0.1% globally. The company said the decline comes against a backdrop of increasing overcapacity, and that widespread blanked sailings and on-going concern over US-China relations were adding to industry uncertainty.Xeneta said that long-term rates have followed a pattern of decline since the middle of 2018…

16 Sep 2019

EXMAR, Anglo-Eastern JV for LNG Management

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The manager of specialized floating assets EXMAR Ship Management and ship management company Anglo Eastern Univan Group formed  a joint venture (JV) dedicated to the newbuilding supervision and vessel management of LNG carriers for third-party owners.The joint venture, AEX LNG Management, brings together two of the leading names in ship management and LNG ship management, with more than 70 years of combined industry experience.Based in Singapore, AEX LNG Management will draw on EXMAR’s niche expertise in the LNG sector…

08 Jul 2019

LR Joins with 6 Firms to Fuel LNG Growth

A file photo: LR's David Barrow presents the AiP to Jiangnan's Hu Keyi at Gastech

Lloyd's Register (LR), the technical and business services organization and a maritime classification society, said that it is is collaborating with COSCO Shipping LNG Investment, COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry, Jiangnan Shipyard, MARIC, SSSRI and CCS to develop 220k LNG carrier with Mark III containment system.LR has signed an agreement with COSCO Shipping LNG Investment (Shanghai) Co., COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co., Ltd, Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. (JN), Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC)…

21 May 2019

Golar Spins Off TFDE LNG Biz

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Liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipper Golar announced that it has decided to proceed with a spin-off of its Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) LNG carrier business as well as to focus its activities primarily on floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) and downstream assets.According to a stock exchange announcement, this will allow LNG shipping investors more direct exposure to the LNG shipping market and reposition Golar's core business toward LNG infrastructure on long-term contracts.Golar…

13 May 2019

St. Louis Ports, Terminals Tops in Efficiency

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Now Capture 39 Percent of the Upper Mississippi River Barge Traffic; new data highlights concentration of river terminals, resulting in greater efficiencies and lower costs.The latest data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reveals the St. Louis Regional Ports held onto the top ranking as the most efficient inland port district* in the nation in terms of tons moved per river mile during 2017, the most recent year for which final numbers are available. The St. Louis region’s barge industry handled 472,400 tons per mile.

01 May 2019

BIMCO: "Continued Pressure" for Bulkers

Demolition of dry bulk ships in the first four months of 2019 was 120% higher than in the same period of 2018. Much of this increase comes from demolitions of Capesize ships, up from 1.1m DWT between January and April 2018 to reach 3.4m DWT in the first four months of 2019.Despite the increasing in scrapping, the bulk carrier market, particularly on the large ship side, will remain under pressure for a number of reasons, starting with stagnant demand, from the short term shock and impact of the dam collapse in Brazil and bad weather in Australia…

09 Apr 2019

Maersk Expects Tanker Market to Improve

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Maersk Product Tankers A/S said that the product tanker market, which was challenging in 2018  is expected to improve from the end of 2019.The company that transports refined oil products through its product tankers vessel fleet said in a press release that while fleet growth had slowed significantly over the previous two years, the market remained heavily oversupplied.Product trade demand growth was positive, but below historical ranges. As a result, product tanker freight rates fell.

26 Mar 2019

Konecranes Bags Straddle Carriers Order

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The provider of smart port solutions Konecranes’ long relationship with the EUROGATE Group continues with the signing, early this year, of an order for 17 Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers for EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg.According to a press release, this order follows upon the delivery in 2018 of 43 Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier to EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg and Bremerhaven and MSC Gate Bremerhaven.Konecranes’ relationship with the EUROGATE Group extends back to the beginning of containerization 50 years ago.

25 Feb 2019

DSME Wins More LNG Carriers Order from Maran

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South Korea’s shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has received a contract to build two more liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for Greek shipping company Maran Gas Maritime, a unit of Angelicoussis Shipping Group.DSME said that the contract has a value of KRW 419.9 billion (USD 375.2 million).Under the deal with Maran Gas, DSME will build the two 174,000-cubic-meter LNG carriers by the end of 2021, the company said in a statement.Daewoo Shipbuilding has obtained USD1.1 billion worth of orders so far this year to build nine ships…

15 Feb 2019

GasLog: LNG Demand Grew 9% in 2018

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Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to have increased by 9%, from 288 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2017 to 313 mtpa in 2018, said GasLog.The Monaco-based owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers said in a stock exchange announcement that China’s LNG imports increased by approximately 16 mtpa, or 41%, to 54 mtpa in 2018, driven mainly by continued coal-to-gas switching in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors.South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand and Mexico also experienced strong growth in LNG imports during 2018.

08 Jan 2019

South Korean Shipbuilding No.1 Again

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South Korea’s shipbuilding industry reclaimed the title of world’s biggest shipbuilder (in terms of orders volume) in 2018 for the first time in six years, since it had conceded No.1 spot to China in 2012.The global orders of Korean shipbuilders stood at 12.6 million compensated gross tonnage (CGT) last year, accounting for 44.2 percent of the total orders, according to Clarkson Research, shipbuilding and marine analysis agency in the U.K. The orders of Chinese shipbuilders were 9.1 million CGT…

11 Jul 2018

Shipping’s Half Year Report: Extra Classes Needed?

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With the industry hoping for better “grades” after the “effort” of recent years, this week’s Analysis updates our half year shipping report showing a ClarkSea Index up 9% y-o-y but still below trend since the financial crisis (see Graph of the Week). After comments of “must do better” and “showing potential” in recent years, do the statistics suggest “extra classes” will again be needed over the summer holidays?Progress But No Time To Relax!Our ClarkSea Index (comprising tankers…

08 Jan 2017

Dryships to Expand into VLGC sector

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DryShips Inc. announced today that, it has agreed to enter into a “zero cost” Option Agreement (“LPG Option Agreement”) with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas Carriers (“VLGC(s)”) capable of carrying liquefied petroleum gas (“LPG”) that are currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries (“HHI”) . Each of the four VLGCs are going to be employed on long term charters to major oil companies and oil traders.

05 Jan 2017

DryShips Expands to Gas Carrier Market with Four New VLGCs

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DryShips Inc. has agreed to enter into a "zero cost" LPG Option Agreement with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) capable of carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that are currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Each of the four VLGCs are going to be employed on long term charters to major oil companies and oil traders. Under the terms of the LPG Option Agreement…

27 Aug 2018

Portugal’s Naval Rocha Shipyard Reports Robust Activity

Naval Rocha commercial director Sergio Rodrigues

Portugal’s Naval Rocha shipyard is reporting a surge in activity in the opening half of 2018 after delivering a series of drydock, wet basin and pier-side projects.Naval Rocha commercial director Sergio Rodrigues said the yard located in the heart of Lisbon Harbour on the north bank of the River Tagus has completed a wide variety of repair and conversion projects.Key work has involved containers, cruise, passenger and sailing ships, cargo and research survey vessels, naval ships, anchor handing tugs, supply vessels and dredgers.“Naval Rocha is a unique, modern shipyard,” said Mr Rodrigues.

05 Oct 2018

Chelsea Logistics Buys Two Vessels

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Philippine-based Chelsea Logistics Holdings (CLC), wholly owned subsidiary of Udenna Corporation, added two new ships to the company’s existing fleet of 83 as part of its expansion program.CLC  inaugurated the M/T Chelsea Providence and M/V Salve Regina at the Manila North Harbour Port, the two vessels that CLC bought with  an investment worth around $50 million.Manila Standard quoted CLC founder and chairman Dennis Uy as saying that his company has  long dreamed of having its…

30 May 2018

Flex LNG Steers Away From Floating Units as Challenges Emerge

Image Source: Gazprom’s Kaliningrad FSRU (MARSHAL VASILEVSKIY) (Flex LNG)

Flex LNG, a liquefied natural gas shipping company and part of the nautical empire of Norwegian billionaire John Fredriksen, has dropped its interest in operating floating regasification units due to project failures and low returns. Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs) have been lauded by analysts as transformative for the LNG industry by opening up emerging markets to supplies as the vessels are cheaper to build than the onshore infrastructure normally needed to receive the super-cooled gas that is transported by ship.

29 Aug 2017

GE to Provide Maintenance to TMS Cardiff Gas’ LNG Fleet

Corcovado LNG (Photo: GE)

GE’s Marine Solutions and TMS CARDIFF GAS Ltd. have signed a service agreement that will see GE undertaking the support and maintenance of four TMS LNG vessels—Corcovado, Kita, Palu and Yari—for the next 10 years. GE will provide maintenance services to TMS fleet’s electric propulsion system, including providing parts to the propulsion motors, medium-voltage drives, generators and switchboard. It will also upgrade the vessels’ propulsion automation systems to enhance their remote and diagnostic capabilities.

29 Dec 2017

Bulkers to Benefit as China Iron Ore Appetite Grows

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It has been quite awhile since the global bulk carrier market has had much to cheer about, but U.S. dry bulk shippers are set to post strong revenue growth in the next two years thanks to soaring Chinese demand for high-grade iron ore from Brazil and Australia. To combat severe winter smog, China has slashed iron ore output, pushing steel mills in the world's second biggest economy to import more high-grade ore. China also wants to make pollution control a priority for the next three years.

06 Dec 2018

HMD Wins $77m LNG Shipbuilding Deal

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) became Korea’s first shipbuilder to win an order for a small-to-medium-sized liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier from a foreign shipping company, gaining momentum to pioneer the emerging small-scale LNG tanker segment.HMD signed a contract with Norway’s Knutsen to build a 30,000 cu. m. LNG carrier for $77 million, with an option for a second vessel of the same specification.The signing ceremony, held in Knutsen’s headquarters office based in Oslo, was attended by Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) President Ka Sam-hyun and Knutsen’s President Trygve Seglem along with others.The vessel on order from Knutsen is 180 meters in length…

19 Dec 2018

Teekay LNG Partners Repurchases USD 100mln Common Units

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Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay GP, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners, has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a common unit repurchase program for the repurchase of up to $100 million of Teekay LNG’s common units. Common units may be repurchased in the open market or privately-negotiated transactions or otherwise at times and prices considered appropriate by the Partnership., said a stock exchane annoucement from the marine energy transportation…

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