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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Chemical Tanker News

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Sees Income Rise

Photo: Navig8 Group

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc reported its net income at $9.6 million, against a net income of $2.9 million seen in the three months ended June 30, 2015. Continued growth of the company’s operating fleet with the delivery of Navig8 Turquoise, a 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker and Navig8 Sirius, a 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tanker, in the second quarter of 2016 and Navig8 Topaz, a -49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker in July 2016. It has secured $286.2 million to finance the company’s newbuilding program.

Navig8 Chemical Adds New Tanker from Kitanihon

Image: Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc

Chemical shipping company Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has taken delivery of its first stainless steel chemical tanker, the Navig8 Sirius, from Japanese shipbuilder Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Navig8 Sirius is a 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tanker. The Navig8 Sirius is the first of six vessels contracted at Kitanihon to be delivered to the Company and is the first vessel to be delivered under the secured loan facility with Credit Suisse AG announced on June 22, 2016. The Navig8 Sirius will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group's Stainless8 commercial pool.

Nantong Tongbao Bags Order for 8 Chemical Tankers

Image: Nantong Tongbao Shipbuilding

The delivery of tankers sized from 2,000dwt to 15,000dwt is scheduled from 2017. Zhu Jianhua, president of Tongbao Shipbuilding, said the order is a great opportunity for the shipyard to diverse its portfolio, as the shipbuilding market for offshore vessels is facing overcapacity amid the depression in the offshore market. Li Duozhu, chairman of Dingheng Shipping, subsidiary of investment firm Dingheng Group, believed that the chemical tanker shipping market has started to recover from its low. He added that in line with China’s growth, demand for chemical tankers will be in an uptrend.

MISC Investing to Increase Fleet

MISC Bhd is investing to increase its fleet size by an additional 23 energy and chemical tankers and a containership, the company said The tankers include seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, eight chemical tankers, eight Aframax-class and very large crude carriers (VLCCs). The shipping company, which owns and operates the world’s largest LNG tanker fleet with 22 units, also has in its fleet 21 container vessels, 13 chemical tankers and 49 oil tankers. A company official said the expansion of the company’s fleet was for its business expansion. Source: Bizedge

Tanker Charter Rates Under Pressure

Graph: Drewry

Time charter rates in the smaller chemical tanker vessel sizes are expected to remain stable over the next two years, but rates for the larger sizes, especially MRs, will decline due to the impact of falling clean petroleum products (CPP) freight rates, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Weakened chemical tanker freight rates in the second quarter of 2016 have resulted in softer time charter rates. Drewry anticipates a modest improvement in the CPP market in the next two quarters…

Stolt-Nielsen Acquires Jo Tankers

Courtesy Jo Tankers

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the chemical tanker operations of Jo Tankers, consisting of 13 chemical tankers and a 50% share in a joint venture with eight chemical tanker newbuildings, representing an enterprise value of $575.0 million.

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)

Stolt-Nielsen, Vopak and Essberger Combine Chemical Tanker Fleets

Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen S.A., Vopak Chemical Tankers B.V. and John T. respective European chemical tanker coastal fleets commencing December 1, 2001 under the name of Vopak Essberger Stolt ChemPool. Stolt-Nielsen Inter European Service (SNIES) and comprises 11 chemical tankers totaling 56,000 dwt. Chemical Tankers B.V. and John T. tankers totaling close to 96,000 dwt. with a total capacity of approximately 150,000 dwt. Germany and Dordrecht, the Netherlands. SNIES will transfer its marketing and operational personnel to Hamburg and Dordrecht.

MISC Orders Chemical Tankers

According to The Edge Daily, MISC Bhd ordered four new chemical tankers from South Korea's STX Shipbuilding Co, for delivery in 2009. MISC gave no value for the orders. MISC, which is 62%-owned by state energy firm Petronas, said the tankers would have a gross weight of 38,000 deadweight tonnes each. MISC currently has a fleet of 108 vessels, including 18 chemical tankers. (Source: The Edge Daily)

Stolt-Nielsen Aims to Cut Debt

Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen (Photo: Stolt-Nielsen)

Chemical tanker firm Stolt-Nielsen aims to cut debt, CEO Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen said on Thursday.

Videotel Works with Industry for Chemical Tanker Training

Chemical Tanker safety comes into sharp focus in a new training course from leading maritime training provider Videotel Marine International. The newly-launched Advanced Chemical Tanker Course has been developed in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), with the involvement of some of the biggest names in the chemical tanker industry. Nigel D. Cleave, Videotel CEO, explained the thinking behind the initiative, “Chemical companies employ some of the highest quality workforce and demand the highest quality training for that workforce.

Navig8, Ocean Yield in Chemical Tanker Deal

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Norway’s Ocean Yield has bought eight chemical tanker newbuildings for $306.8m from Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc, which will lease the vessels back on 15-year   "hell and high" bareboat charters. Navig8 Chemical Tankers has options to buy the vessels during the charter period, with the first option exercisable after five years. The Oslo-listed ship-owner Ocean Yield will provide Navig8 Chemical Tankers with a pre-delivery loan matching the remaining yard installments for the STX vessels.

Stolt-Nielsen buys Jo Tanker's Chemical Tanker Ops

File image: creddit: Stolt-Nielsen

Stolt-Nielsen buys competitor's chemical tanker operations. Deal includes 13 chemical tankers and 50 pct in 8 newbuilds. Stolt-Nielsen agrees to acquire the chemical tanker operations of Jo Tankers. Stolt-Nielsen says total purchase price is approximately $575 million, including proportional share of newbuildings in joint venture. The transaction comprises 13 chemical tankers and a 50 pct share in a joint venture with eight chemical tanker newbuildings. Stolt-Nielsen says funding…

MISC Sees Record Freight Rates

Business Lines report that MISC Bhd has experienced its best performance over the past 20 years in the chemical shipping market. Freight rates for shipping chemicals reached historical highs in the second half of 2004, exceeding previous peaks of 1991 and 1995. The firmer freight rates are the result of demand outstripping supply for the more sophisticated chemical vessels and the lack of shipyard space to build stainless steel chemical vessels. The demand for chemical vessels has also edged up as countries such as India and Pakistan restrict vessels which are more than 25 years from entering their ports. Taking advantage of this market situation the carrier has placed orders for additional four chemical tankers.

Safety Data Sheets for Chemical Tankers

Intertanko, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) have completed a comprehensive information paper on the requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Chemical Tankers. This information paper brings together the regulatory requirements and guidance governing the provision of SDS and outlines the key information that should be contained in a safety data sheet. This paper is intended to serve as a single point of reference for seafarers, owners and shippers. SDSs are documents which convey hazard information to anyone who may be involved in the preparation, handling, use and/or carriage of substances of mixtures that may be hazardous.

Chembulk Announces New Leadership

It has been about fours months since the deal was sealed for PT Berlian Laju Tanker to acquire  Chembulk Tankers—the 21st Century Chemical Tanker Company, and the vision of the acquisition is being realized. The addition of 19 new chemical tankers, coupled with the strong Chembulk management team, results in an organization that  boasts the third largest stainless steel chemical tanker company in the world. The fleet of 19 includes the Chembulk Kings Point, delivered last month in…

ISS Expands Business with Team Tankers International

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has greatly expanded its European business with Team Tankers International with a new port agency contract across the region. Under the new agreement with the chemical tanker specialist, ISS will provide port agency and vessel clearance services in all major European ports and terminals. Team Tankers International is one of the largest chemical tanker operators in the world, with a fleet of over 40 chemical tankers. While ISS has been providing port agency for Team Tankers International since 2013, this new agreement will capitalise on ISS’ Europe-wide offices within its global network.

New Chemical Tanker Joins Hellespont Fleet

Hamburg-based Hellespont Tankers has taken delivery of the Hellespont Centurion, the first of a serious of eight 17,000 dwt IMO-2 chemical tankers. Hellespont Tankers will commercially manage the vessel, which has been entered into the Hamburg-based Seatramp Intermediate Tanker Pool. Technical management will be carried out by Hellespont Hammonia. Built at Korea's Sekwang Shipbuilding yard the vessel can load fifteen different grades in epoxy coated tanks. Hellespont Centurion is now on her maiden voyage to load her first cargo in Southeast Asia for Europe.

Odfjell Acquires Five Chemical Tankers

CTG Bismuth (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Odfjell SE informs it has signed a final agreement to acquire five chemical tanker newbuilds from Chemical Transportation Group, Inc (CTG) and form a pool of 15 chemical tankers. The transaction has been signed and completed, Odfjell said, after it announced on June 16 that it inked a term sheet with CTG to form the vessel pool and acquire CTG’s final five 25,000 dwt stainless steel newbuilds on order from Chinese shipyard AVIC Dingheng. Odfjell said it will pay $40 million per vessel upon delivery from shipyard.

Milaha and UACC Mull Tanker Fleet Merger

Image: United Arab Chemical Carriers Ltd. (UACC)

Qatar Navigation (Milaha) is in talks with United Arab Chemical Carriers Ltd. (UACC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding a possible combination of their respective product and chemical tanker businesses. Currently Milaha operates two chemical tankers and UACC has eight chemical tankers. Milaha said the move is expected to result in a larger and stronger business, provide better financial returns, and strengthen the combined business market position, if the negotiation is successful. Per Wistoft, UACC’s chief executive, confirmed that the two entities were in discussions.

FSL Trust Takes Redelivery of Two Chemical Tankers

Singapore - FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (“FSLTM ”), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust”) announced that, as of March 10, the remaining two 19,900 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers, previously leased to the subsidiaries of Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk, have been redelivered to FSL Trust. The chemical tankers - ‘Pujawati’ and ‘Prita Dewi’ - will be renamed ‘FSL London’ and ‘FSL Tokyo,’ respectively. FSLTM intends for all the three redelivered chemical tankers to be deployed on revenue service as soon as possible, and the tankers are expected to join the 'Nordic Siva' pool after an interim period of commercial management under Nordic Tankers Management A/S.  

New Stainless Steel Chemical Tanker Platform

Principal Maritime Management LLC of Southport, Connecticut, a shipping company owned by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC, has formed a new platform in the stainless steel chemical shipping sector. Additionally, Princimar Chemical Carriers has acquired its initial three stainless steel chemical tankers, all of which were purchased from existing owners and are currently in service. Princimar Chemical Carriers is focused primarily on acquiring stainless steel chemical tankers which operate in the global specialty and commodity chemical shipping trades. Princimar has fully committed financing in place for additional acquisitions, and plans an initial fleet of 12 to 15 vessels.

Ireland's Ardmore Continues Tankship Fleet Expansion

Newbuilding: Photo courtesy of Ardmore

Ardmore Shipping Corporation says it has taken delivery of the newbuilding product & chemical tanker 'Ardmore Seavantage' and also of the 2006-built 'Ardmore Seamariner' as it continues its fleet expansion programme. Cork, Ireland-based Ardmore informs it has taken delivery of the Ardmore Seavantage, a 49,999 Dwt IMO 3 Eco-design MR product and chemical tanker built at SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in South Korea. Following delivery, the Ardmore Seavantage commenced operating under an existing charter arrangement with the Vitol Group.

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