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17 May 2019

Petropoulos New Baltic Exchange Chair

Denis Petropoulos (Photo: Baltic Exchange)

Denis Petropoulos has been elected Chairman of the Baltic Exchange Council with effect from June 1, 2019. He replaces Duncan Dunn who has held the position since January 2018. Denis Petropoulos was a founding partner of Braemar Tankers Ltd and remains a significant shareholder at Braemar Shipping Services PLC. He most recently headed up Braemar's Singapore office for seven years, before returning to the UK.He has been a Baltic Exchange Member since 1999 and has held positions…

15 May 2019

Klaveness Combination Carriers to List in Oslo

Pic: Torvald Klaveness

Norway's Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has raised 350 million Norwegian crowns in a private share placement, valuing the shipping firm at 2.27 billion crowns ($259.57 million) ahead of an Oslo stock market listing on May 22.Following the successful private placement, KCC has declared two options for the construction of the seventh and eight CLEANBU combination carrier with Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in China.The two newbuilds are scheduled for delivery in January and February 2021. Following the declaration, the KCC fleet will grow to 17 vessels within 1st quarter of 2021.

03 May 2019

Global LNG Imports Up in Q1 by 11%

Pic: GasLog Ltd

Despite the liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand in the first quarter of 2019 being negatively impacted by warmer than usual weather in the Northern Hemisphere winter, global LNG imports during the period totalled 88 million tonnes (mt), compared to 79 mt in the first quarter of 2018, or an increase of 11%, GasLog said quoting Poten.In particular, China’s LNG imports totalled 15.3 mt, 24% higher than the first quarter of 2018.Europe’s LNG imports in the first quarter more than doubled to 22 mt…

01 May 2019

VLCC Sector Resilient, Says Euronav

Pic: Euronav

First quarter 2019 proved to be an unusual and largely resilient one for the large crude tanker sector, said Euronav NV, the largest NYSE listed independent crude oil tanker company in the world.The OPEC production cuts of 1.2m bpd announced in Q4 2018 impacted Q1 trading and represents around 3% of the crude which is seaborne each day.Nearly 30  very large crude carriers (VLCC) equivalents were delivered to the global fleet during the same period – an increase of 3% in fleet…

26 Apr 2019

GasLog Predicts LNG Spot Rate Recovery

Pic: GasLog LNG carrier

GasLog Partners, which owns, operates, and acquires liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under multi-year charters, said that the longer-term outlook for natural gas demand continued to strengthen in the first quarter of 2019.Despite LNG demand in the first quarter of 2019 being negatively impacted by warmer than usual weather in the Northern Hemisphere winter, global LNG imports during the period totalled 88 million tonnes (mt), compared to 79 mt in the first quarter of 2018, or 11% growth, according to Poten.In particular, China’s LNG imports totalled 15.3 mt, 24% growth over Q1 2018.

23 Apr 2019

LNG-Ship Orders to Dominate Newbuilds in 2025

Pic: Samsung Heavy industries.

About 60.3 percent of the world’s ship orders are projected to be for liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled vessels by 2025."Ships powered by LNG are expected to account for six out of 10 new vessel orders in six years due to toughened environmental standards," said a report in Pulse News.A study report released by Korea Development Bank and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said that that as many as 1,962 new LNG carriers would be built by 2025. It also expected demand for LNG bunkering vessels to jump more than tenfold…

22 Apr 2019

Vessel Orders Hits Lowest in 15 Years

Image: South China Shipyard

The global newbuilding orderbook for vessels has shrunk to the lowest level in 15 years as vessel owners struggle with excess capacity.According to to data from Clarksons Research, there were 3,200 vessels of a combined 81 million gross tons ordered globally in the first quarter of 2019, which is the lowest figure since 2004.A report in the WSJ quoted George Warner of Clarksons Research as saying: "“The global order book has declined to its lowest level since the early stages…

16 Apr 2019

Hyundai Wins New Order for LNG Vessel

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has won an order for a 174,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.With the latest contract with a Greek shipowner, the shipbuilder has secured five orders in two weeks, worth a total 700 billion won ($616 million).According to HHI, the latest LNG carrier newbuild will be equipped with a Hi-ALS air lubrication system on the bottom of the hull to improve fuel consumption. The air lubrication system is expected to cut fuel consumption by eight percent.A report in Korea Times…

10 Apr 2019

NAO Completes Vessel Acquisition

Pic: Nordic American Offshore

Bermuda-headquartered platform supply vessels (PSVs) operator Nordic American Offshore (NAO) announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of thirteen vessels from Scorpio Offshore Holdings Inc.Emanuele A. Lauro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented “With the completion of this acquisition and the first drawdown under our Equity Line, NAO has achieved critical short-term milestones of reducing our financial leverage and increasing our liquidity.

08 Apr 2019

NAO Acquires 13 Vessels

Pic: Nordic American Offshore

Bermuda-based company Nordic American Offshore (NAO) announced  that it has reached agreement with the lenders under the Company's $150 million  Revolving Credit Facility, dated March 16, 2015 pursuant to which the lenders have agreed, upon satisfaction of certain conditions precedent by the Company, to the extension of waivers up until January 31, 2020.The owner and operator of platform supply vessels (PSVs) said in a press release that it has also announced that the lenders have committed…

09 Apr 2019

OSVs: Restarting that Idled Vessel

© Iain Cameron

Owners of offshore support vessels (OSV) are beginning to examine the possibility of reactivating some of their fleet even as the consistent volatility of oil prices and a healthy stream of ships projected from global shipyards keeps their enthusiasm in check.According to Clarksons, demand for the versatile ships, which support offshore exploration and production activities around the world, edged up 3% in 2018, with marginally higher day rates tempting some units out of lay-up.Most of the idle OSV fleet is unlikely to become active this year…

08 Apr 2019

Crew Vessel Contracted to Shell

(Photo: Damen)

UK-based crew transfer specialist High Speed Transfers (HST) announced that its second new high-speed crew transfer vessel HST Sofia will be contracted by Shell to support its exploration program in the Black Sea commencing March 2019.The FCS 2710 vessel, built by Dutch shipbuilder Damen, will be trialed by HST to undertake oil and gas crew transfers to support the Noble Globetrotter II drill ship. The vessel will shortly begin an exploration drilling program in the Khan Kubrat block…

21 Dec 2018

SEACOR Marine to Acquire Brazil's UP Offshore

Image: SEACOR Marine

SEACOR Marine Holdings, the provider of marine and support transportation services to offshore oil, has announced the acquisition of UP Offshore (Bahamas)  by a new joint venture company that is 49% owned by a subsidiary of SEACOR Marine and 51% owned by a subsidiary of Proyectos Globales de Energía y Servicios CME.UP Offshore is a leading provider of offshore support vessel services to the energy industry in Brazil, the largest regional market in Latin America, said a press release.Of UP Offshore’s 14 vessel fleet, 12 vessels are located in Brazil and registered under the Brazilian flag.

23 Jan 2019

The Tanker Market: 2019 and Beyond

Alex and Alice under construction. Photo courtesy Euronav

Late 2018 saw the tanker market bubble upwards through late November, with daily vessel hires moving in the direction of, though not yet reaching levels not seen since late 2014-2015, when oil prices were in freefall and inventories building to the brim. A few pundits have suggested that we are seeing a “mini 2014” where lowered oil prices are coaxing another inventory build which would drive tanker capacity utilization, and per diem freight inflows, higher. The oil market has changed over four years…

22 Mar 2019

d’Amico Bullish on Product Tanker Market

Image: d'Amico International Shipping

The outlook on the product tanker market is very positive, said Paolo d’Amico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping .On the demand side, the world product seaborne trade is expected to grow by 3% already in 2019 supported by an expected strong underlying oil consumption growth and by forecasted global refinery capacity additions of 4.9 million barrels a day between 2019 and 2021, he pointed out.In particular, 2019 is expected to be characterized by one of the largest annual increases in refinery capacity in years…

03 Apr 2019

RMI Maintains Qualship 21 Status

Representatives of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry. Photo: RMI

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has been recognized on the United States Coast Guard's (USCG's) QUALSHIP 21 roster for 2019-2020. The USCG program rewards vessels for commitment to safety and quality when calling at ports in the United States (US).Only flag States which maintain a port State control (PSC) detention ratio of 1.00% or less over a three-year period and also meet a stringent set of judgement criteria are eligible for the program.A vessel registered in a…

28 Jan 2019

Liberia Confirmed as World’s Second-largest Ship Registry

Alfonso Castillero  (Photo: LISCR)

Liberia is the second largest ship registry in the world, according to leading shipping analyst Clarksons in its Clarksons World Fleet Monitor January 2019. This report confirms that, in gross tonnage terms, Liberia has overtaken and outgrown the Marshall Islands, which now languishes in third place.Alfonso Castillero, CCO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, says, “This is about quality of service, not…

30 Jan 2019

SHI Wins Order for LNG Carrier Pair from Celsius Tankers

Image: Samsung Heavy Industries(SHI)

South Korean shipbuilding giant Samsung Heavy Industries(SHI) has won a new order to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers from Copenhagen-based Celsius Tankers.The shipbuilder said the first order for two 180,000 cbm LNG Tankers is worth 419 billion won (USD376mln). The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2021.The LNG carriers will be fitted with SHI's developed eco-friendly and Smart ship technologies : SAVER Air and INTELLIMAN Ship. This will help to respond to the upcoming environmantal regulations and significantly increase energy saving…

31 Jan 2019

World's Largest Shipbuilders in $2 Bln Mega-merger

(Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries)

Resulting entity would control about 20 pct of global market; Daewoo shares rally 22 pct; Hyundai Heavy shares fall.Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's biggest shipbuilding group, has announced a share swap deal worth 2.1 trillion won ($1.98 billion) to take over second-ranked Daewoo and create a global heavyweight controlling over 20 percent of the market.The move comes as the worldwide shipbuilding sector recovers from a global economic downturn that led to massive losses…

15 Feb 2019

GasLog: LNG Demand Grew 9% in 2018

Image: GasLog

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 Apr 2019

OSV Market: Which Way is Up?

OSV "THUNDER" owned by Jackson Offshore serving floater "DEEPWATER CONQUERER"
Source: Jackson Offshore

Any analysis of markets for offshore service vessels (OSV) usually begins with analogies to rough weather, best of times/worst of times or similar. OSV expert Seabrokers, with a home base in Stavanger, Norway, in the February edition of its Seabreeze market report follows this convention with a description of the “feast or famine” conditions in the North Sea. Recent day rate action highlights the localized nature of markets for anchor handlers (AHT), platform supply vessels (PSVs) and similar equipment…

17 Mar 2019

Dry Bulk Fleet Growth Stable

Pic: Pacific Basin Shipping Limited

Global dry bulk net fleet growth in 2018 was largely unchanged at 2.9% year on year due to reduced newbuilding deliveries and much reduced scrapping because of the improved freight market, said a report by Pacific Basin Shipping.The provider of international dry bulk shipping through the operation of a fleet of vessels to carry diverse cargoes for many of the world's leading commodity groups said that, now close to zero, scrapping cannot reduce any further and will potentially increase due to the growing number of old vessels and the increasing burden of environmental regulation.Growth in the

28 Mar 2019

Clarksons Acquires Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering

Pic: Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering

Provider of integrated shipping services Clarksons Platou announced that it is planning to acquire Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering, a Connecticut-based shipbrokerage and marine consultancy firm.Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering has been in operation since 1989, and is based in Monroe, Connecticut. They are a well‐established ship broker, with a primary focus on the edible oils sector specialising in veg oil exports from the United States and South America to the wider Americas and European markets.They also have a presence within the biodiesel sector…

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