Container Shipping Bankruptcy Lends Insight on Potential Fallout from Trade War
Global trade tensions have captured headlines in recent months, as the imposition of a series of tariffs and counter-tariffs by various global trade counterparts has raised questions about the possibility of a trade war. Such development could potentially have an impact on global trade flows, and, consequently, the companies which facilitate international movement of goods.Though the situation is still developing and the final impact is uncertain, Gregory Draco, the Chief U.S. Economist at Oxford, predicted in July that the tariffs would create an 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent drag on U.S. GDP.
International Seaways Completes Acquisition of Six Euronav VLCCs
US-based tanker shipping company International Seaways (INSW) has completed the acquisition of six 300,000 dwt very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from Euronav NV. The tanker company providing energy transportation services for crude oil, petroleum products and liquefied natural gas announced in a press release that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of six 300,000 DWT VLCCs for a purchase price of $434 million, inclusive of assumed debt, from Euronav. The six vessels have an average age of two years and include five 2016-built VLCCs and one 2015-built VLCC…
Eimskip Gets Finance Deal for New Container Vessels
Eimskip has secured 80% financing of the contract price of the vessels with a 15 year tenor in Euros taken upon delivery. The lender is the German bank KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH. The loan is secured by China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure). On 25 January, Eimskip signed a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. Ltd. to build two 2,150 TEU container vessels. The contract price of each vessel is approximately USD 32 million and the vessels are expected to be delivered in 2019.
Pioneer Marine Posts Loss, Takes New Delivery
Singapore-based dry bulk operator Pioneer Marine posted a loss of $80.6m for the fourth quarter, and a yearly loss of $96.9m for 2015. Excluding the effect of the impairment loss, net loss as adjusted would have been $22.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 or $0.87 adjusted loss per share basic and diluted and $6.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 or $0.21 adjusted loss per share basic and diluted. Pankaj Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “2015 proved to be a challenging year for the drybulk industry with excess supply overwhelming anaemic demand growth…
Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.
Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business), Credit insurance & Bunker business development. Before joining Gulf Petrochem, he held the role of Global Head of Credit and Director at Soyuz Bunkering Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd, handling customer selection and promotion as well as liaising with legal departments and insurers on ship arrests and insurance claims.
Chinese PM Inks 2 Agreements During CMA CGM Visit
The CMA CGM Group hosted the Chinese Prime Minister, the French Foreign Affairs Minister and a ministerial delegation at its headquarters in Marseilles, July 1, the global shipping company announced. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was accompanied by France Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius, the Minister of State for Foreign Trade Matthias Fekl and an important Chinese ministerial delegation during this visit. This delegation included the Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Yi Wang…
ABN Amro-Sinosure MoU for Shipping
Dutch bank ABN Amro and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop business in the ship building sector. ABN Amro will provide local and sector knowledge in shipping and offshore transactions, an export finance source at the bank said. ABN Amro will provide medium and long-term financing to Chinese companies operating in shipping sector, guaranteed by Sinosure, while the Chinese agency is also hoping to draw on the bank’s experience in the sector.
Scorpio Bulkers Announces $39.6m Loan Facility
Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. received a commitment from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. for a loan facility of up to $39.6 million to finance up to 60% of the market value upon delivery of two Kamsarmax vessels currently under construction at Tsuneishi Zhoushan Shipyard, China for delivery in Q3 2015 and Q1 2016. The facility, arranged by ABN AMRO Bank N.V., The Netherlands, with insurance cover to be provided from the China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure), has two tranches which shall each mature 10 years from the date of delivery of each vessel.
Peak Re Appoints Credit & Surety Underwriter
Peak Reinsurance Company Limited (“Peak Re”), the fast growing Hong Kong based reinsurer announced the appointment of Kathleen Koh as Senior Vice President to underwrite credit and surety business. Ms. Koh will be responsible for developing and growing Peak Re’s credit book in Asia Pacific. As a credit & surety underwriter in the region, she has more than 15 years of combined banking and reinsurance experience, with extensive knowledge in the China market and the experience of building up the trade credit insurance business in China. Prior to joining Peak Re, Ms.
Irish Continental Group Half Year Results
In a comment John B. McGuckian Chairman stated, ‘‘This was a positive half years trading with increases in revenue and operating profit driven mainly by higher freight carryings and lower fuel costs, partially offset by weaker passenger markets. In the prior year the group disposed of its subsidiary Feederlink and the comparatives set out in the Interim Management Report have been restated to exclude trading from discontinued operations. The Board of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG) reports that, in the seasonally less profitable first half of the year, the group recorded revenue of €120.9 million compared with €117.0 million in the same period in 2012, an increase of 3.3%.
OceanConnect Announces New Equity Partner
Booz Allen Hamilton concludes that OC is bringing efficiencies to the marine industry. OceanConnect.com, the global marketplace for the purchase and sale of marine fuels, today that management and technology consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton has entered into a letter of intent to become an equity partner in OceanConnect. The announcement follows OceanConnect's news that it has reached the million-ton milestone for bunkers sold. "In our work with oil and gas companies, we have seen how the introduction of new business channels such as OceanConnect can lead to advantaged supply chain management and back office integration. After reviewing their performance record and product development plans…
Lubricant Technology Proven Tough Under Fire
When Texaco, now represented in the marine lubricants market by FAMM (Fuel and Marine Marketing), launched Taro 40 XL 40, the lubricant was designed to address pressing field problems in medium speed engines. Three years later FAMM is in a position to evaluate the performance in a large number of engines and to compare the field results with competitive lubricants. The pressing problems arose from a series of engine design and fuel processing changes. Although aimed at improving engine efficiency and making savings, the changes resulted in a series of difficulties. The best known are engine blackening, undercrown deposits, piston head corrosion, fouling of purifier heaters, increased oil consumption, base number depletion, oil scraper ring clogging and increased piston deposits.
Dot Com, Maritime Style
Much as has transpired in mainstream consumer markets, the dot com craze has recently enveloped the maritime world with promises of cost savings and operational efficiencies. While an attrition and natural process of consolidation can eventually be expected, the world of e-commerce solutions for the maritime market is definitely in its infancy. While it is impossible to judge the full working models in this report, the following text contains synopsis reports on some of the more noteworthy market entrants. Recently launched by Boston-based WebPark Corp., Boat-Park.com is an on-line virtual trade show, which seeks to bring together worldwide participants into its virtual trade show, which is open 24/7.
OceanConnect.com Offers Credit Insurance
OceanConnect.com, the independent online marketplace for the purchase and sale of marine fuels, products and services introduced an innovative feature called OceanConnect.com Credit Solutions. Through the website, up to $1 million of credit protection could be available per ship owner closing business on the OceanConnect.com site. OceanConnect.com Credit Solutions provides the opportunity for suppliers to be covered for losses due to insolvency or default by buyers. Coverage is provided by an underwriter rated "A+XV" by A.M. Best Company. When an auction is created, available coverage is calculated instantly and can be viewed by buyers and invited suppliers on the auction monitor. OceanConnect.com Credit Solutions provides benefits to both suppliers and buyers alike.
OceanConnect, Clarksons Join Forces
Online marine fuel supplier OceanConnect on Wednesday signed a strategic alliance with ship broking group Horace Clarkson Plc. Clarksons, the world's biggest shipbroking group will also become an equity partner in OceanConnect. In the last month OceanConnect has announced partnerships with shipping companies Eletson Corporation, Keystone Shipping Co and Stena Bulk AB plus Japan's Nippon Mitsubishi Oil Company and energy information provider Petroleum Argus. Scheduled to begin operations in late spring, OceanConnect said it aims to provide a fast and price-efficient marketplace for marine fuel transactions plus real-time information on pricing and product availability.
China Finances $370M Shipbuilding Deal With Iran
The Export-Import Bank of China has agreed to lend $370 million to two state-owned conglomerates contracted to build five oil ships for Iran. The deal marks the largest loan yet by the Eximbank, which was founded in 1994 to help finance Chinese machinery exports. The loans to China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. and China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd. reportedly carry export credit insurance worth $500 million. The contracts with Iran are China's first to build and export oil ships of the 300,000-tonnage size, marking a breakthrough for the domestic shipbuilding industry.