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Port of Incheon Volume Crosses 3 mln TEU

Photo: Incheon Port Authority

The Container Handing Volume by the Republic of Korea's  Port of Incheon surpassed 3 million TEU that it has processed over 1 year. Incheon Port’s 3 million TEU is a record achieved in 12 years after achieving 1 million TEU (2005) and in 4 years after achieving 2 million TEU (2013) and based on the 2016 performance, it is the best performance and accomplishment in history, putting it in 47th place out of the global container ports. Such container volume was handled with 49 sea routes.

ASG Integration Into Danzas To Be Completed In April

ASG Integration Into Danzas To Be Completed In April The integration of ASG into the Danzas group is on track and will be completed by next month, executives said. ASG's three divisions - ASG Air & Sea, ASG European Road Tranzaport, and ASG Logistics - will merge with the corresponding Danzas units. The company will retain the ASG name. Developments have been assisted by current economic development in Sweden, where four percent rise in gross national product is expected, reflecting in increased trade as well as sea and air cargo growth.

TEN Sells, Leaseback Two Suezmax Tankers

Image: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Greece-based Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN)  has announced that it has sold for $65.2 million gross, through a five-year sale and leaseback transaction, the 2005-built Suezmax tankers Eurochampion 2004 and Euronike. The sale proceeds have been used to reduce debt and add $16.0 million of cash to TEN’s balance sheet. The vessels were delivered to their new owners in late December 2017. “Following the 15-vessel renewal program that was completed last quarter, the sale and purchase of vessels remains an integral part of TEN’s strategy to maintain its owned fleet modernity and enhance liquidity…

Capital Product Partners Buys Aframax

Photo: Capital Product Partners L.P.

Capital Product Partners has announced that its Board of Directors has approved the acquisition of the eco-type crude tanker ‘Aristaios' (112,800 dwt, Ice Class 1C, built 2017, Daehan Shipbuilding, S. Korea) for a total consideration of $52.5 million from the Partnership's sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading. The M/T ‘Aristaios' is currently employed under a time charter to Tesoro Far East Maritime Company (‘Tesoro') at a gross daily rate of $26,400. The Tesoro charter commenced in January 2017 with duration of five years +/- 45 days.

Diana Shipping Enters into TC Contract with Uniper

Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Phaidra. The gross charter rate is US$12,700 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 12 months to maximum 15 months. The charter commenced on January 13, 2018. The m/v Phaidra was previously chartered to Jera Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd.

U.S. Shipbuilding Supports $36B in GDP

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) said that the nation’s shipyards support $36B in gross domestic product, as part of a report on the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry issued today. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen shared the findings of the report, The Economic Importance of the U.S. Shipbuilding and Repairing Industry, at the FuturePorts Annual Conference in Long Beach, California. “Shipyards create quality jobs and support economic growth far beyond our nation’s ports and waterways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

China 2014 Gross Maritime Output 6 Trillion Yuan

Liu Cigui, head of the State Oceanic Administration (Pic: SOA)

China's maritime economy generated a total of 5.99 trillion yuan (962.4 billion U.S. dollar) in 2014, a 7.7-percent increase over 2013, says the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). The SOA report said China's maritime economy has become an important part and a boost to the national economy, and its total output accounted for 9.4 percent of the total gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014. It is estimated that in 2014 the country related to the sea employed 35.54 million people.

Capital Product Partners Sings Pact for $460 Mln Refinancing

Photo: Capital Product Partners L.P.

Capital Product Partners  entered into a firm offer letter for a senior secured term loan facility of up to $460.0 million with HSH Nordbank AG and ING Bank as mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners and BNP Paribas and National Bank of Greece S.A. as arrangers. The lenders also include Alpha Bank S.A., Piraeus Bank S.A. and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ). The closing of the credit facility is subject to finalization of the long form loan documentation. "We intend to use the net proceeds of the loans under the New Facility…

Greek Owners CPP Charter Out Three Tankships

MT Avax: Image courtesy of CPP

Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPP) an international diversified shipping company, says it has secured time charter employment for the M/T ‘Avax’, M/T ‘Agisilaos’ and M/T ‘Alkiviadis’. M/T ‘Alkiviadis’ (36,760 dwt, IMO II/III Chemical/ Product Tanker built 2006 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea) was employed with CSSA S.A., a fully owned subsidiary of Total S.A., for one year (+/‐ 30 days) at a gross daily rate of $14,125. CSSA S.A. has the option to extend the charter for an additional year (+/‐ 30 days) at $15,125 gross per day.

Somalia Goes Legal and Goods Pile Up

Somalia begins to build its national tax revenue from imported goods with new freight building up at the Port of Mogadishu. For the first time since the country slid into anarchy, container arrivals hit more than 1,200 in March 2013, reports Xinhua. The Port of Mogadishu was hit by war and piracy that kept off international shipping liners away from its coastline. State officials are presenly in talks with several international investors to modernize the port in readiness for the cargo buildup that is critical in helping to revitalize the stalled national economy. Somalia's Finance Ministry is yet to compute the annual gross domestic product growth that will build up from the past few months of trade generated by the Port…

UK Chamber Stand on Seafarers Minimum Wage

Image:  UK Chamber of Shipping

The Government's newly issued 'Guide to the application of the Equality Act 2010 and National Minimum Wage for seafarers' does not make any change to legal entitlement for those working in UK waters, the UK Chamber of Shipping advises. "The guide does not amend the law and there has been no change in the entitlement of any seafarer in respect of the National Minimum Wage or the Equality Act. It is hoped that the clarification of the current position provided by the guide will be of use to companies and seafarers…

Capital Product Partners L.P. Announces One Year Time Charter

Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP) has  announced the chartering of the M/T Avax to BP Shipping. The M/T Avax (47,834 dwt, IMO II/III Chemical Product Tanker built 2007 Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea) was chartered in October 2013 to BP Shipping for a minimum charter term of one year (+/- 30 days). BP Shipping has the option to extend the charter for an additional 12 months at a gross day rate of $15,600 per day. The vessel had been under charter with Capital Maritime & Trading Corp., CPLP's sponsor, as of April 2013 for 12 months (+/- 30 days) at a gross daily charter rate of $14,750. The vessel's actual earnings under the new charter are $14…

Diana Shipping Announces Time Charter Contract for MV Thetis

Diana Shipping Inc. has entered into a time charter contract with China National Chartering Corp., or Sinochart, Beijing for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the Thetis, at a gross rate of $60,250 per day for a minimum 11 to a maximum 13 month period. This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$19.9 million of gross revenues for the minimum scheduled period of the charter. The charter is expected to commence in early October, 2007.

Congressional, Maritime Leaders Support Jones Act on the Hill

Mark Buzby, U.S. Maritime Administrator

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday on “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry” during which congressional and maritime leaders stressed the importance of the Jones Act. RADM Mark H. Mr. Mr. The Committee and those testifying expressed bipartisan support for the Jones Act and enforcement of the law. “In order for us to maintain the way of life as we know it as a nation that is secure and is able to project power, be it Navy power or commercial power, the Jones Act is intrinsic to that.

Report: Value of China Marine Sector to Exceed $433b

China's seas will contribute $433b or more than five percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), in 2010, according to a report on China's marine development. The report, issued on Friday by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), also predicted the country's offshore crude oil output would exceed 50 million tons. It said China's current offshore oil and gas exploration was "still in an infant stage", with 80 percent of oil and gas resources yet to be tapped. The country's explored crude oil only accounted for 17.6 percent of the reserve at sea, and natural gas that was tapped out only made up 11.9 percent of the national sea reserve, it said.

Tsakos Deliver Greek DP2 Shuttle Tanker

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited – product, crude and LNG tanker operator – delivered the fully-coated DP2 shuttle tanker, the first of its kind internationally to fly the Greek flag, with a carrying capacity of 157,000 dwt, Rio 2016. The delivery was attended by the Greek Minister of Mercantile Marine accompanied by the Ambassadors of Greece in South Korea and the Philippines together with dignitaries representing the local authorities. The second sister shuttle tanker, the Brasil 2014, is scheduled to be delivered in April 2013. Both vessels have secured 15-year employments with a national oil major that are expected to generate $520 million in gross revenues over the corresponding periods.

Panama Canal Revenues $2.4b Less than Expected

Panama's government will receive $2.4 billion less in revenue from its world famous canal over the next five years than it forecast nearly a decade ago, the country's finance minister said on Tuesday, citing changing cargo trends. Finance Minister Frank de Lima said less dynamic trade would also weigh on revenue, but played down the impact of delays to a multibillion expansion of the canal this year. The expansion work was interrupted earlier this year due to a disupte over cost overruns and later by a national strike. De Lima added that Panama's public sector fiscal deficit was around 1.2 percent of gross domestic product in the first quarter of this year, broadly in line with the same period last year.

Halter Marine Announces 1Q Results

Halter Marine Group, Inc. announced the company's net income for the first quarter ended June 30, 1999 was $1.9 million on revenue of $192.1 million. This compares to net income of $6.1 million on revenue of $209.8 million in first quarter of fiscal 1999. The company's fiscal year ends March 31. "The company's first-quarter earnings represent continued improvement in Halter's operating results compared to our two most recent quarters," said John Dane III, chairman, president and CEO. "Gross margins in the company's vessels segment exceeded those of both the prior quarter and the year-ago quarter as the impact of our Project ABC business process improvement program continues to be realized.

US Leisure Boat Manufacturer's Sales Soar in Q3 2012

Marine Products Corp. announce unaudited results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats under two brand names: sterndrive and inboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Xtreme Towboats, Signature Cruisers and Premiere Sport Yachts, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, they generated net sales of $38,494,000, a 73.0 percent increase compared to $22,254,000 last year. The increase in net sales was due to a 125.1 percent increase in the number of boats sold, partially offset by a 23.9 percent decrease in the average selling price per boat.

Capital Product Bags 3 MR Charters

Photo: Capital Product Partners L.P.

Capital Product Partners, an international diversified shipping company, announced that it has secured new time charter employment for three Medium Range (MR) Product Tankers. The M/T 'Amadeus' (50,108 dwt, IMO II/III Eco Chemical/Product Tanker built 2015, Samsung Heavy Industries (Nigbo) secured employment with Repsol Trading for one year (+/- 30 days) at a gross daily rate of $14,500. The charterer has the option to extend the time charter for an additional year (+/-30 days) at a gross daily rate of $14,750. The new charter will commence in October 2017.

Marine Products Corp Reports Successful Q2 2012 Financial Results

U.S. based Marine Products Corporation release its unaudited results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats under two brand names: sterndrive and inboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Xtreme Towboats, Signature Cruisers and Premiere Sport Yachts, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo. For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, Marine Products generated net sales of $38,454,000, a 32.2 percent increase compared to $29,098,000 last year. The increase in net sales was due to a 58.6 percent increase in the number of boats sold, partially offset by an 18.1 percent decrease in the average selling price per boat.

Tsakos Announces New Two-Year Employment

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN), a product, crude and LNG tanker operator, announced two-year plus one year fixtures at charterers option with minimum rate provisions, for two MR product tankers to a major international end-user. The new charters should generate gross revenues of $22.0 million, excluding potential gains over the minimum rates that can apply in the second year and optional year. The total gross revenue to be generated over a three year period for the two vessels, can amount to over $33.0 million. Both charters are expected to commence within the second half of June 2013. George Saroglou, Chief Operating Officer…

Top Ships Gets TC Extension for Four Vessels

Photo: TOP Ships

TOP Ships, an international ship-owning company, announced that it has extended the time charter agreements with Stena Bulk AB (ex Stena Weco AS) by 12 months for M/T Stenaweco Energy and M/T Stenaweco Elegance and by 18 months for M/T Stenaweco Evolution and M/T Stenaweco Excellence. The Company expects a total gross revenue backlog associated with these time charter extensions of $27.4 million.

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