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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dry Bulk Cargoes News

APM Terminals Poti to Build Cargo Terminal

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor. The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.

Bahri Dry Bulk Secures Newbuild Finance

New vessels being built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will be used to cater to the growing demand for the import of essential grains into Saudi Arabia. Photo: Bahri Dry Bulk

Bahri Dry Bulk, a business unit of global transportation and logistics leader Bahri, has announced that it has secured a Sharia-compliant funding of SAR 360 million (USD 96mln) from Bank Albilad, one of the fast-growing banks in Saudi Arabia. The fund is to finance the purchase of four new bulk carriers as part of an agreement signed by the company‎ in 2017 with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), a member of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group, the world’s largest shipbuilding company based in South Korea.

Globus Maritime Buys Cargo Ship

According to Thomson Financial, Globus Maritime Ltd has agreed to buy a dry bulk cargo ship, currently under construction at Yangzhou Dayang Shipyard in China, for 57m. The provider of seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes said it will fund the acquisition with a mixture of funds raised from an initial public offering and moderate conventional debt, and that the buy will enhance its earnings and dividends. The ship is expected to be delivered in December and added that its fleet will expand to seven dry bulk carriers.

Capesize Rates Pull Baltic Index to 4-month Low

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hit a more than four-month low on Tuesday, as capesize rates dropped to their lowest since August last year. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, lost 43 points, or 3.4 percent, to 1,221 points, the lowest since Sept. The capesize index fell 221 points, or 9.91 percent, to 2,010 points, its lowest level since Aug. 10 last year.

Diana Shipping Time Charter Contract

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva , for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Erato, at a gross rate of US$15,000 per day for a minimum eleven (11) to a maximum fourteen (14) month period. This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$5 million of gross revenues for the minimum scheduled period of the charter. The charter is expected to commence during January 2009. The m/v Erato is a 74,444 dwt Panamax dry bulk carrier built in 2004. Diana Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services.

New Charter for FreeSeas Handysize Vessel

FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE) (Nasdaq:FREEW) (Nasdaq:FREEZ), a transporter of dry-bulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of a fleet of seven Handysize vessels and two Handymax vessels, has obtained charter hire for its vessel, Free Knight. The Free Knight, a 1998-built, 24,111 dwt Handysize vessel, has been delivered to her charterers for a spot time charter trip of between 45-65 days at $7,000 per day. FreeSeas Inc. is a Marshall Islands corporation with principal offices in Piraeus, Greece. FreeSeas is engaged in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of dry bulk carriers. Currently, it has a fleet of seven Handysize vessels and two Handymax vessels. (www.freeseas.gr)

Port of Hull Opens Multi-purpose Warehouse

Craig Barbour outside ABP’s brand-new dry bulk storage facility (image courtesy of ABPDavid Lee Photography

Investment of more than £4 million in a purpose-built facility for the storage of dry bulk cargoes has given Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Hull a pioneering multi-purpose warehouse facility which will be used to store biomass. The building, which took almost a year to construct, boasts a range of features which makes it the only one of its kind in operation in the UK. ABP Dry Bulks Manager, Craig Barbour said: “ABP really is leading the way in wood pellet storage in the UK following the £130 million investment in dedicated handling facilities in both Immingham and Hull.

Excel Maritime Carriers Enters Into a Time Charter Agreement

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd, an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it has chartered M/V Rodon for a period of minimum 20 months and up to about 23.5 months at US $24,000 per day to a first class European charterer. The vessel will be delivered into charter on November 28, 2006. M/V Rodon is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 73,670 dwt, built in 1993 in Korea, which the company acquired and took delivery of in June 2005.

Excel Enters Charter Agreement for the M/V First Endeavour

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it has chartered M/V First Endeavour for a period of 23 to 25 months at $45,000 per day to a first class charterer. The vessel will be delivered into charter on or about August 25, 2007. M/V First Endeavour is a Panamax dry bulk carrier of 69,111 dwt, built in 1994 in Japan, which the company acquired and took delivery of in May 2005.

China Shipping Expands Tanker Fleet

China Shipping Development Co. Ltd. has entered into a series of ship chartering agreements worth $12.2 million with associates of its parent company China Shipping (Group) Co. On May 26, China Shipping Development entered into a bareboat charter agreement with Shanghai Shipping Industrial Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of China Shipping (Group), which agreed to lease to the company three oil tankers for one year, the company said. It also entered into a charter agreement with China Shipping (Hong Kong) Marine Co. Ltd., also a wholly owned subsidiary of its China Shipping (Group), to charter six dry bulk cargo vessels to China Shipping Marine for one year. The company also entered into a charter agreement with China Shipping Container Lines Co.

Excel Cancels Four Shipbuilding Contracts

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd, an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and provider of transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced the cancellation of four shipbuilding contracts for the construction of four bulk carrier vessels of 180,000 dwt each. The company had entered into the aforementioned contracts in December 2006 with Korea Shipyard Co. Ltd. Excel cancelled the contracts on the basis of delay by the shipyard, without any penalties. The cancellation has no impact on the company’s financial position and will not affect its financial statements.

G E Shipping Sells Supramax

Photo: The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd.

India’s largest private sector shipping company  Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has contracted to sell its 2003 built Supramax Dry Bulk Carrier Jag Rahul of about 52,364 dwt. G E Shipping said that the vessel will be delivered to the new buyer in Q4 FY 2017-18. The Company’s current fleet (including Jag Rahul) stands at 48 vessels, comprising 32 tankers (12crude carriers, 17 product tankers, 3 LPG carrier) and 16 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 7 Supramax) with an average age of 10.24 years aggregating 3.93 mn dwt.

Diana Shipping Assumes Shipbuilding Contracts

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has assumed shipbuilding contracts from two unaffiliated parties for the construction of two Capesize dry bulk carriers of approximately 175,000 dwt each for a price of $60.4 million each. The vessels will be constructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Diana Shipping Inc. expects to take delivery of the vessels during the second quarter of 2010.

Excel Maritime to Present at Global Transportation Conference in New York

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced that Christopher Georgakis, the company's President and Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the Bear Stearns 2007 Global Transportation Conference to be held at the Bear Stearns World Headquarters in New York City on May 9.

Excel Maritime Announces 1Q Results Release Date

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd, an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced that on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, after the close of the market in New York it will release its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007. The next day, Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, the company’s management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

Excel Maritime Announces 2Q Results

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that on Monday, August 13, 2007, after the close of the market in New York it will release its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007. On August 14, the company’s management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

Excel Appoints New CEO

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd., an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it has appointed Mr. Gabriel Panayotides as acting Chief Executive Officer pending the consummation of its acquisition of Quintana Maritime Limited. About

Excel Maritime to Release 4Q Results

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd, an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced that on Monday, March 17, 2008, after the close of the market in New York it will release its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007, rather than the previously announced date of Wednesday, March 12, 2008. The company’s management will not host a conference call.

Excel Maritime Increases Quarterly Minimum Dividend

Excel Maritime Carriers an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that the Board of Directors has increased the Company’s minimum annualized dividend guidance to $1.60 and has set the 2008 minimum annualized dividend guidance to $1.20. This guidance would result in a minimum quarterly dividend of $0.40 per common share beginning with the dividend declared for the second quarter of 2008.

Diana Shipping Contract for Dry Bulk Carriers

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has signed, through its 100% owned subsidiaries, two shipbuilding contracts with China Shipbuilding Trading Company, Limited and Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipbuilding Co., Ltd for the construction of two Newcastlemax dry bulk carriers of approximately 206,000 dwt each for a contract price of $59m per vessel. The company expects to take delivery of the vessels during the second and third quarters of 2012, respectively. The company is considering obtaining pre- and/or post-delivery financing for the specific acquisitions.  

Diana Shipping Acquires Panamax Dry Bulk Carrier

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping transportation company specializing in dry bulk cargoes, today announced that it has agreed to purchase from an unaffiliated third party the MV "Corona", a 2007 built Panamax dry bulk carrier of 73,593 dwt, for a price of US$29.99 million. The vessel, to be renamed "Arethusa", is expected to be delivered to the Company by the sellers by the end of June 2011. Source: Diana Shipping Inc.

Star Bulk Carriers Relocates, Appoints Kleopas

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has moved its executive offices to new premises at 40 Agiou Konstantinou Str, 15124 Maroussi, Greece. All interested parties are asked to update their records accordingly. Star Bulk also announced the appointment of Zenon Kleopas as the Company's new Chief Operating Officer. Kleopas has over 30 years of experience in the shipping industry and served as General Manager of Combine Marine Inc. before joining Star Bulk.  

New One-year Time Charters for Two Excel Maritime Bulkers

New one-year time charters for two dry bulk carriers of Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. Kamsarmax M/V Iron Vassilis (82,257 dwt; built in 2006) and Panamax M/V Grain Express (76,466 dwt; built in 2004) have been fixed for a period of 10 -13 months at a gross daily rate of $11,000. Following these fixtures, the Company’s charter coverage for the full year 2012 is: 72% for the entire fleet; 100% for the Capesize fleet. Excel is an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, such as iron ore, coal and grains, as well as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products.

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