Avance Gas Names Ulrik Andersen as CEO
Avance Gas Holding, a Bermuda-based company engaged in the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas, announced the appointment of Ulrik Andersen as Chief Executive Officer of Avance Gas AS, the management company of the Avance Gas group.Ulrik Andersen is appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective August 2019, a press note said.Ulrik has extensive experience from VLGC ship owning, most recently as Commercial Head of Shipping for Petredec. Prior to working with Petredec, Ulrik served as Managing Director for Neu Gas Shipping…
DSME to Build LNG Carrier for Maran Gas
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME) said that it has secured a deal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier from Maran Gas Maritime Inc.DSME is expected to deliver the 174,000-cubic meter LNG ship during the first quarter of 2022 to Maran Gas, the gas shipping unit of Angelicoussis Shipping Group, said a report by Yonhap.The deal is estimated to be worth some US$188 million, industry sources said. Since 1994, Daewoo Shipbuilding has secured orders from the Greek shipping firm to build a total of 105 ships.So far this year…
Anthony Veder Adds LNG/LEG Pair to Fleet
Netherlands-based operator of gas tankers in the segments of gas shipping Anthony Veder has taken delivery of two 10,000-cbm combined gas carriers, which can transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petrochemical gases including ethylene (LEG).With this transaction Anthony Veder expands its fleet to 33 vessels and reinforces its leading position in small scale LNG. With eight small scale LNG vessels the company continues their strategy to support the potential for LNG as a marine fuel and in the distribution of LNG for power supply.
Anthony Veder Expands LNG Fleet
Dutch gas carrier operator Anthony Veder said it is expanding its fleet with a 30,000-cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier that is currently being constructed by China’s Zhejiang Xinle Shipbuilding in Ningbo.The vessel will be completed by Zhejiang Xinle Shipbuilding under supervision of Anthony Veder and is expected to be ready for worldwide trading in the summer of 2019, said a press release from the operator of gas tankers in all the segments of gas shipping, from LPG shipping to LNG shipping and from CO2 shipping to ethylene shipping.After delivery it will be renamed with a Coral name.
LGP-Fuelled ME-LGIP to Power Chinese VLGC
Further shipowners turning to LGP in advance of 2020 emissions deadlineJiangnan Shipyard, owned by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has ordered an LPG-burning MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP engine in connection with the building of an 86,000-m3 VLGC (Very Large Gas Carrier) for Tianjin Southwest Maritime (TSM), the Chinese shipping company. Vessel delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2021 and includes an option for a second vessel.Bjarne Foldager – Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions – said: “With 2020 and the new IMO emissions fast approaching…
Largest Chinese-built FSRU Delivered
PaxOcean’s Zhoushan Shipyard has delivered a 26,000m3 floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Karunia Dewata to Indonesia-based Jaya Samudra Karunia (JSK). The FSRU is the largest to be built in China and will be capable of regasifying around 50 million standard cubic feet per day.The project marks a milestone for China's growing gas shipping industry and will help increase the development of Indonesia’s gas supply chain, where the unit will be based. The unit is also the first FSRU that PaxOcean has built.
DynaGas LNG Partners in the Red in Q3
Monaco-based owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, reported a third-quarter ended September 30, 2018 loss of $654,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.The gas shipping company said that the Q3 results included $2.3 million of scheduled class survey and dry-docking costs related to the Yenisei River, one of the three tri-fuel diesel engine (TFDE) vessels in our fleet.The company said it had a loss of 7 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 4 cents per share.
Middle East Oil & Gas Shipping Routes are at Risk
Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two crude tankers, underscoring risks caused by the conflict in the world's top oil exporting region.Iran, in its row with the United States over sanctions, has also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, the other major strategic shipping route for oil from the region and the main route for Iranian crude exports.Below are facts about region's shipping routes:Bab al-MandebAny move to block the Bab al-Mandeb…
BW LPG Nominates Three Directors to Dorian LPG Board
Dorian LPG confirmed that Oslo-based BW LPG BW LPG has submitted the names of three director candidates to stand for election at Dorian's 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. Dorian LPG, is a fully-integrated liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and the owner and operator of a large fleet of 22 modern very large gas carriers, has previously received a revised unsolicited proposal from BW LPG to combine with Dorian.Dorian's Board of Directors will review all of BW LPG's actions and respond as appropriate in due course.
Flex LNG Steers Away From Floating Units as Challenges Emerge
Flex LNG, a liquefied natural gas shipping company and part of the nautical empire of Norwegian billionaire John Fredriksen, has dropped its interest in operating floating regasification units due to project failures and low returns. Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs) have been lauded by analysts as transformative for the LNG industry by opening up emerging markets to supplies as the vessels are cheaper to build than the onshore infrastructure normally needed to receive the super-cooled gas that is transported by ship.
Olefin Trade Not Helping LPG Shipowners: Drewry
The freight market for S/R (Handysize) vessels will remain under pressure throughout 2018 on account of strong fleet growth and weak olefin trade, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The market has been under pressure since 2017, but olefin trade growth has averaged 3.1% annually over 2012-17, down from 4.0% during 2007-12. Although s/r vessels can also carry LPG, the market is oversupplied with bigger f/r vessels and there is limited employment opportunity in this trade for Handysizes.
HHI to Build First LPG-Powered Dual-Fuel Engine VLGC
Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it will construct two Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) in their Philippines Facilities for EXMAR, the Belgian integrated gas shipping company. The 80,000 m3 newbuildings will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that the VLGCs have chosen LPG as a fuel option so they can comply with the new IMO sulphur-emission legislation due to enter force in 2020. Engine delivery to the yard has been scheduled for December 2019. Upon construction, the carriers will be chartered by Statoil.
Marshall Islands Court Sets Date for Frontline Case against DHT
Oil tanker firm Frontline said on Friday the high court in the Marshall Islands has agreed to hear on May 17 its complaint against takeover target DHT Holdings, which is incorporated in the remote Pacific republic, over a rival deal with BW Offshore. Frontline, controlled by Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen and owner of a 14.5 percent stake in DHT, has been trying for the past year to take over its New York-listed rival and is opposing what it called "unfair transaction…
Small Vessels Boost LPG Freight Rate: Drewry
Vessel oversupply will persist in the LPG shipping market for the next two years, keeping freight rates under pressure across most size segments. However, the small vessel segment is the only category where fleet growth will be minimal, leading to a recovery in rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Most vessel size segments are expected to witness another year of rapid supply growth in 2017, with the overall fleet forecast to expand by 16%. This will keep freight rates under pressure over the next two years.
Flex LNG signs deals to buy six new vessels
Oslo-listed Flex LNG has signed contracts to buy six new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels for its fleet by 2019, as it bets on increasing fuel demand from Britain and other countries, its chief executive told Reuters. The gas shipping company said earlier this year it was considering buying the six vessels, each with around 170,000 cubic metres of capacity, subject to securing funding for the $1.2 billion transaction. Geveran Trading, the private investment vehicle of billionaire shipping tycoon John Fredriksen…
VLGC Asset Values to Fall in Sync with Freight Outlook: Drewry
Given the weak freight rate outlook for LPG shipping over the next twelve months, Drewry believes there is more downside risk to the second-hand values of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Shipping analysts have been bearish on the VLGCs market since the beginning of the year and rates so far have been in line with expectations. Vessel earnings in the spot market are currently below operating cost.
Tellurian Fixes Maran LNG Carrier
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Tellurian has entered into a six-month time charter contract with Maran Gas Maritime for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, the Maran Gas Mystras. Tellurian took delivery of the tanker at Galle, Sri Lanka on October 1, 2017. President and CEO Meg Gentle said, "At Tellurian, we are building a global natural gas business and proactively shaping the company to build long term value amid a robust and dynamic market. As winter approaches, we will begin buying and delivering LNG on the Maran Gas Mystras, one of the most efficient vessels in the Maran Gas fleet.
Handysize LPG Vessels to be Worst Performers in 2018
Among the different size categories of LPG ships, the small vessel segment is expected to be the best performer in 2018 while Handysize vessels will be the worst, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The LPG shipping market is currently oversupplied with vessels (with the exception of the small segment 1,000-5,000 cbm), as a result of strong fleet growth during the last three years. The global LPG fleet expanded at an annual average rate of 17% in 2015 and 2016, and is expected to grow by 9% in 2017.
Dorian LPG Sells, Leaseback Concorde
The Stamford, Connecticut-based Dorian LPG has reached a sale and bareboat charter arrangement for its 84,000 cbm carrier Concorde. The liquified petroleum gas shipping company entered into the USD 70 million deal that closed on January 31, 2018, resulting in net cash proceeds of USD 56 million. "We have entered into a sale and bareboat charter arrangement that closed on January 31, 2018 for the Concorde, which was previously financed under the 2015 Debt Facility. The net proceeds from the transaction amounted to $56.0 million…
MISC Profit Plunges
Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC)'s net profit plunged 87.1% to RM 68.2 million (USD 17.36 mln) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared with RM 529.8 million (USD 134.88 mln) in the previous corresponding period. MISC said the oversupply of tonnage and cut in global oil production by OPEC in 2017 will continue to weigh on the petroleum shipping segment in 2018. However, a smaller order book for tankers and robust oil demand projections amidst declining global crude inventory will help improve tanker supply-demand balance.
Silver Lining for VLGC Shipowners: Drewry
A slowdown in fleet growth should begin the recovery cycle from the second half of 2018, although freight rates will not reach the levels seen during the bull run of 2014-15, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. 2017 was one of the toughest years in the history for VLGC shipping as ample vessel supply squeezed the freight market. VLGC earnings in the spot market (on the benchmark AG-Japan route) averaged $12,500pd; way below the break-even rate of $21,000pd.
Dorian LPG Announces Third Japanese Financing
Dorian LPG, a leading owner and operator of modern and ECO very large gas carriers (VLGCs), has announced that the Company has entered into a $70.0 million sale and bareboat charter arrangement for the Corvette. The transaction was completed on similar terms as the two prior Japanese financing transactions. The Corvette Japanese Financing resulted in net cash proceeds of $56.0 million, $33.7 million of which was used to repay a portion of the 2015 Debt Facility. The Corvette Japanese Financing has a mandatory buyout in 2031 with early purchase options from March 16…
First LPG-powered Dual-fuel VLGCs Ordered
Shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries announced it will construct two 80,000 m3 very large gas carriers (VLGC) at its Philippines facilities for Belgian integrated gas shipping company EXMAR. Upon construction, the carriers will be chartered by Statoil. The newbuildings will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) was chosen as a fuel option so the vessels will comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur-emission legislation due to enter force in 2020.