Euronav News

12 Feb 2020

Euronav Acquires 3 Newbuild VLCCs

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Belgium's tanker shipping company Euronav NV has entered into an agreement for the acquisition through resale of three very large crude carrier (VLCC) newbuilds.The three VLCCs are currently completing construction at the DSME shipyard in South Korea and are being acquired for an aggregate purchase price of USD 280.5 million or USD 93.5 million per unit.All three vessels will be fitted with Exhaust Gas Scrubber technology and Ballast Water Treatment System.The vessels are due…

02 Feb 2020

Poseidon Readies $140Bn Shipping Loan

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With the signing by the France-based international lender to global shipping BNP Paribas and the Swiss multinational investment bank Credit Suisse, Signatories of the Poseidon Principles represent around $140 billion in loans to international shipping – about 30% of the total global ship finance portfolio.Poseidon Principles is a global framework for responsible ship finance which helps incentivize shipping’s decarbonization.They establish a common framework to quantitatively…

02 Jan 2020

Euronav Sells, Leaseback 3 VLCCs

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Belgium-based crude oil tanker company Euronav has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for three very large crude carriers (VLCC) vessels with Taiping & Sinopec Financial Leasing Ltd Co.The vessels were sold for a net en-bloc purchase price of USD 126 million. Under the agreement, Euronav will subsequently enter into a 54-month bareboat charter contract.The three VLCCs are the Nautica (2008 – 307,284), Nectar (2008 – 307,284) and Noble (2008 – 307,284), which were all…

10 Dec 2019

WFW Advises Ridgebury, Tufton on Suezmax Acquisition

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Watson Farley & Williams, international law firm based in London, advised Ridgebury Tankers and Tufton Oceanic on the acquisition of two Suezmax tankers in a 50%-50% joint venture with Euronav NV who also provided secured debt to the joint venture companies for the purposes of the acquisitions.Last month, Belgium's tanker shipping company Euronav has acquired two Suezmax tankers through a joint venture formed with affiliates of Ridgebury Tankers and clients of Tufton Oceanic.The  two Suezmax tankers fetch a combined consideration of US$40.6m.

20 Nov 2019

Euronav Buys Suezmax Pair with JV

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Belgium's tanker shipping company Euronav  has acquired two tankers through joint ventures with affiliates of Ridgebury Tankers and clients of Tufton Oceanic.Each 50%- 50% joint venture company has acquired one Suezmax vessel. Euronav will also provide financing for the joint ventures on commercially attractive terms.The joint ventures have acquired the two Suezmax tankers for a total consideration of 40.6 million USD with the vessels being delivered for the winter spot market…

06 Nov 2019

ITOPF Elects Erik Hånell as Chairman

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Tanker owners’ group International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) selected Erik Hanell President & CEO of Stena Bulk, as its new Chairman.After eight years, former Euronav chief executive Paddy Rodgers has stepped down as ITOPF chairman.Rodgers noted that he had thoroughly enjoyed his tenure on the board and had valued the opportunity to contribute to ITOPF’s strategic direction and to the work of its highly regarded international team.The board voted unanimously to appoint Erik Hånell as its new Chairman…

01 Nov 2019

Shipping Executives Push 'Carbon Levies'

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Executives at some of the world's top shipping groups are advocating a levy on carbon emissions on shipping in an effort to shape tightening rules on greenhouse gas emissions while providing a means to fund development of cleaner fuel sources."To meet international shipping's decarbonization challenge, the maritime industry needs a carbon levy, it is coming, and we should shape it," said Andreas Sohmen-Pao, chairman of BW Group at the Global Maritime Forum in Singapore this week.The…

29 Oct 2019

Euronav Readies Fleet for IMO 2020 Start

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Belgian tanker operator Euronav expects to complete preparations on its fleet in coming weeks ahead of tougher rules next year limiting sulphur emissions from ocean-going vessels, a company executive said on Tuesday.Ship owners must cut emissions by reducing the sulphur content in fuel to 0.5% from 3.5% under the rules, which are set by the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO), and come into effect in January.To comply, ship owners can use low-sulphur fuel…

05 Sep 2019

Euronav to Store Low-Sulfur Oil

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The crude oil tanker company Euronav has purchased a total of 420,000 metric tons of compliant fuel oil and marine gasoil so far, the company revealed as it detailed its IMO 2020 sulfur cap plans. In aggregate the purchase value of very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) has been at $447 per metric ton compared to a bunker price (HFO-3.5% Sulfur content) of $400 per metric ton over the same procurement period.According to the Belgium shipping company, the oil is currently aboard a ultra large crude carrier (ULCC) Oceania, a vessel built in 2003, and will soon be on its way to Singapore.

27 Aug 2019

FLNG Project Count Hits 20

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Finance — or at least project economics based on long-term commodity prices — appear to be factors limiting a surge in investments in floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) a new study by U.S.-based numbers cruncher, World Energy Reports, revealed Monday.Among a growing count of floating producers in the planning stage, some are destined to become FLNG, increasingly the go-to solution discussed for producing stranded or remote gas. WER’s report writers detail the status of known…

09 Aug 2019

Tanker Demand Weakens, Says Euronav

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Demand forecasts in the tanker sector have weakened modestly over 2019 with the three core agencies (IEA, EIA and OPEC) cutting 2019 demand growth forecasts from 1.4m bpd to 1.2m bpd, says Euronav.The crude oil tanker company noted that this remains above the long term trend growth average of 1.1m bpd (since 1990).Asset values continued to improve primarily in the second hand market where prices for 5 and 10 year old very large crude carriers (VLCC)  and Suezmaxes are back at…

07 Aug 2019

Euronav Sells VLCC for FPSO Conversion

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Belgium-based crude oil tanker company Euronav NV has sold its oldest very large crude carrier (VLCC) for conversion into a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.The ship owner announced that its subsidiary Euronav Luxembourg has sold the VLCC vessel VK Eddie (2005 – 305,261 dwt) to a global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.A capital gain on the sale of approximately USD 14.4 million will be recorded during the current quarter, it said.The…

23 Jul 2019

Ecochlor to Retrofit Euronav Tankers

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Connecticut-based ballast water treatment solutions provider Ecochlor announced a contract to supply seven Euronav Suezmax and VLCC tankers with a ballast water management system (BWMS).According to Ecochlor, the agreement comes with an option for Euronav to purchase an additional 30 Ecochlor systems for their vessels between 2020 – 2024.The fleet of Euronav, the owner, operator and manager of tankers transporting crude oil worldwide,  consists of ULCCs, VLCCs and Suezmaxes with…

27 Jun 2019

Shipping Companies: Is Bigger Better?

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“If consolidation was the solution to all that ails shipping, then container liner companies would be super profitable. They are not. In ‘commoditized’ sectors of the shipping industry, which by now includes pretty much everything apart from very small niche markets, there is hardly any economies of scale at the company level. As long as bigger is not in fact much better, then meaningful consolidation will not happen.”Dr. Roar Adland, visiting scholar at MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).Like any other business…

26 Jun 2019

Shipping Giants May Miss Climate Targets


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A new report says shipping companies failing to push for the critical technologies required to reduce their carbon footprint, such as emission-free ships.CDP, an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, said that the world’s shipping heavyweights are not investing in key technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, with the sector at risk of not meeting the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) targets to…

23 May 2019

Shipowners See Increase in IMO-Compliant Fuels, But Doubts Persist

Shipowners, who are facing one of the biggest changes in the oil industry in decades, are seeing more fuels that will be compliant with new rules on sulphur emissions from ships, but some say the way forward is far from clear.The United Nations shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will from January 2020 limit the sulphur content in fuel ships use to 0.5%.With the exception of some zones around northwest Europe and North America known as Emission Control Areas where maximum sulphur content is restricted to 0.1% sulphur, the current global cap is 3.5%.The sulphur switch will be a mammoth task as it requires adapting the 300 million tonne a year bunker fuel market…

01 May 2019

VLCC Sector Resilient, Says Euronav

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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…

28 Mar 2019

Hugo De Stoop Takes over as Euronav CEO

Hugo De Stoop, currently CFO at Euronav NV, is the choice to succeed Paddy Rodgers as CEO of the company. The company expects the transitiion to be complte in the second quarter of 2019.

19 Mar 2019

Euronav planning LSFO STS at Malta

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Euronav has chartered a tanker to bring a 30,000 tonne cargo of low-sulphur fuel oil from northwest Europe to Malta, where its megatanker, Oceania, has been parked offshore since Jan.

01 Mar 2019

Euronav to Deploy ULCC for LSFO Storage

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Euronav, one of the largest tanker companies in the world, will deploy one of its two ultra large crude carriers (ULCC) to store cleaner marine fuel ahead of a major regulatory change in 2020, the Belgium-headquartered group said on Friday.From January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, in one of the biggest changes in the oil market in decades.Only ships fitted…

21 Feb 2019

Euronav Sells Product Tanker

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Belgium-based international shipping enterprise Euronav NV  has sold the LR1 Genmar Compatriot (2004 – 72,768 dwt) for USD 6.75 million. This was only remaining product tanker.According to a press note from the tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil, the will sale record a capital gain of approximately USD 0.4million in the second quarter.The LR1 Genmar Compatriot joined the Euronav fleet as part of the Gener8 merger in June 2018 and was always a non-core asset to the Company.With this LR1 being sold…

05 Feb 2019

Paddy Rodgers Departs Euronav

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Patrick (Paddy) Rodgers, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Belgium's tanker shipping company Euronav, has decided to step down from his role during 2019 after 18 years of service.However,  he will remain in his position until a successor is appointed, said a press note from the tanker owner.Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav said: “It has been a real honour and privilege to lead Euronav as CEO. The company has progressed from a family operation with 17 vessels to the largest crude tanker company in the world with 73 vessels…

24 Jan 2019

Tankers: Euronav Signals Strong Start to 2019

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Belgian crude oil shipper Euronav NV said on Thursday it saw the return of a strong freight rate market during the fourth quarter, signalling a strong start to 2019.The company's core earnings (EBITDA) rose by 16.5 percent to $102.3 million in the last quarter of 2018."VLCC (very large crude carriers) freight rates trading at rates not seen in the last two years demonstrate an already tight balance between tanker demand and supply," Chief Executive Paddy Rodgers said in a statement.Though…

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