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IBIA Forum to Examine Bunkering with New Fuels

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) will be holding a forum entitled: ‘Bunkering with new fuels – Building on strong foundations’ as part of London International Shipping Week, on Wednesday 9 September. The event will include presentations from Mark Bell from SGMF (Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel), Michael Green, Global Technical Manager for Intertek Lintec, Armelle Breneol EAME Marine Fuels Logistics Advisor for ExxonMobil, Vyacheslav Mischeko from Argus Media and Nigel Draffin maritime consultant and author. The speakers will address the latest topical issues, in particular the availability of ECA compliant fuels…

Aegean Marine to Open New Service Center in West Africa

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea, today announced that it plans to launch a new service center located on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa during the fourth quarter of 2007, expanding the Company's global network of marine fuel service centers. The company also announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 1985-built 83,890 dwt double-hull Aframax tanker from an unaffiliated third party that it intends to use as floating storage in the Company's new service center in West Africa. The vessel is expected to be delivered on or about the first week of October 2007, when it will be renamed the Leader.

Aegean Marine to Acquire Bunkering Tanker

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. Shipping AB, an unrelated third party. of the vessel on May 25, 2007, when it will be renamed the Aegean Princess. dwt. The ten vessels are scheduled to be delivered between 2007 and 2008. shipyard.

Stephens Fall Investment: Aegen, Genco Present

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. announced that the company's President, E. Nikolas Tavlarios, is scheduled to present at the Stephens Fall Investment Conference in New York on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at http://www.wsw.com/webcast/stph9/anw/. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea. As a physical supplier, the company purchases marine fuel from refineries, major oil producers and other sources.

US East Coast Bunker Business Taken Over by Aegian Marine

Bunker barge: Image courtesy of Aegean Marine

Greek-based Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. East Coast bunkering business of Hess Corporation. Hess Corporation is currently the leading marketer of marine fuels along the U.S. East Coast. The Hess bunkering operation and associated assets supply the heavily trafficked ports of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk and Charleston, and include approximately 250,000 cubic meters of leased tank storage. Over the last three years, these bunkering operations averaged 1.8 million metric tons in annual sales.

Aegean Appoints New Director

Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW) announced that it has named George J. Konomos to its Board of Directors. With the appointment of Mr. Konomos, who will serve as Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee, Aegean will have a total of seven Directors, of which the majority remain independent. Mr. Konomos, 69, has approximately 35 years of financial experience. Currently, he is a Senior Advisor with Latigo Partners L.P., an alternative asset manager and serves on the Board of Directors for General Maritime Corporation. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Konomos was the Co-Portfolio Manager at Mellon-HBV Rediscovered Opportunities Fund. Mr. Konomos' experience prior to joining Mellon-HBV includes 11 years as an Investment Manager at Baker Nye Investments…

Aegean Marine Rolls out New Market in Rostock, Germany

Photo:  Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has announced the launch of a new service center in Rostock, Germany that will serve all German Baltic Sea ports and Southern Scandinavian ports. The operations at Rostock will be managed by the existing team at OBAST Bunkering & Trading GmbH (OBAST), a physical bunker supplier and cargo oil trader. Under the terms of the agreement with OBAST, Aegean will acquire OBAST's existing share capital. E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network…

Marine Lubricant Suppliers in Global Supply Link-up

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and SK Lubricants sign an agreement that will allow Aegean to increase its sales volumes in the marine lubricants market and SK Lubricants to extend its global sales network. Under the global cooperation agreement between the companies, Aegean will supply and deliver marine lubricant products to customers of SK Lubricants in the Aegean lubricants network, which currently covers 45 countries and 550 ports worldwide, and SK Lubricants will provide Aegean's customers in South Korea with marine lubricant products. E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President, commented, "Our agreement with SK Lubricants will allow Aegean to expand sales volumes for our marine lubricants and further extend our presence in the Asian market.

Aegean Bunkering Secures Cash for US Expansion

Bunkering: File photo

Aegean Marine says it has secured a $150 million uncommitted working capital facility from ABN AMRO Capital USA to finance the working capital requirements of Aegean Bunkering (USA) LLC, which Aegean Marine recently formed to complete the acquisition of the former U.S. East Coast Bunkering business of Hess Corporation. "This $150 million working capital facility will support our expansion into the U.S. as we continue to execute on our strategy to grow revenues, strategically leverage our fixed infrastructure and drive profitability," said E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine.

Bunkerers Aegean Report Strong Q2 Results

Bunkering scene: File photo

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. Sales volumes of 2,659,620 metric tons. Gross profit of $84.5 million. Operating income of $19.3 million. Net income attributable to Aegean shareholders of $9.3 million or $0.20 basic and diluted earnings per share. EBITDA of $26.7 million. E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, commented, "Our strong second quarter results extend our recent track record of profitability and growth and demonstrate that we are successfully executing our strategy despite prevailing industry headwinds. Mr.

Aegean Marine Profit Beats Estimates

Image: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc

Greece-based Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (ANW) reported first-quarter earnings of $12.2 million or $0.25 per share compared with $5.1 million or $0.11 per share last year. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters estimated earnings of $0.24 per share on revenues of $1.37 billion for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.

DryShips Appoints Nakhleh CFO

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced that it named Ziad Nakhleh as the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective November 1, 2009. This position was previously occupied on an interim basis by George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Nakhleh, 37, has over 12 years of finance experience. From January, 2005 to September, 2008, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., a publicly traded marine fuels logistics company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, where he led the company's $200m IPO in December 2006.

Stricken Tanker Sinks, Leaves Large Slick in East China Sea

Photo: China's Ministry of Transport

Two bodies, black box recovered from tanker before sinking; Iran says remaining 29 crew, passengers presumed dead. A stricken Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan.

Crowley’s Solutions Group Reorganizes

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s solutions group announced that it is reorganizing and establishing new leadership to better serve customers in need of engineering, project management and government services. Solutions is the company’s dedicated, full-service engineering, project management and government services team, reporting to Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. Jay Edgar, who is new to Crowley, has been appointed vice president and leader of the company’s newly formed engineering services team…

Wärtsilä Developing Hybrid Tug for Brazil

(Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a new environmentally friendly tug design for a new port facility being built in the Brazilian city of São Mateus. The MoU, signed with Petrocity, parent company of a new port facility, will see Wärtsilä develop a harbor tug design based on its recently launched Wärtsilä HYTug, which features hybrid propulsion and energy storage using batteries. The prime consideration is to maximize the ecological operational…

Chevron Shipping Awards Oil, LNG Contract to GAC

Photo: Gulf Agency Company

US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded  the Dubai-based GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels. The new agreement secures the provider of shipping, logistics and marine services GAC’s status as Chevron’s exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have seen GAC as its sole global agent. Operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC’s network of offices and approved agents worldwide.

Socgen Joins SEA\LNG

Photo: SEA\LNG

French multinational banking and financial services company Societe Generale (Socgen) has joined SEA\LNG, the industry coalition promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The bank is the first financial institution to join SEA\LNG. Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Paul Taylor, Global Head of Shipping Finance…

Greek Owner Docks Three with Gibdock

Photo courtesy of Gibdock

Piraeus-based Aegean Maritime Petroleum Network Inc. (AMPNI) has recently contracted Gibraltar yard Gibdock to carry out repairs to three of its vessels. The Aegean Princess, Halki and Nisyrus were all docked within the space of just over a month, underlining the yard’s growing success in attracting business from the Greek shipowner sector, based on quality of service, redelivery time and its location. The 1991-built, 7,030dwt tanker Aegean Princess was drydocked on June 10 this year for a 10-day package of works.

Royston Expands UK Engineering Facilities

Sarah Wade (Photo: Royston)

Royston Diesel Power has doubled the size of its UK engineering facilities to support continuing global growth in its marine engine service business and new technology development. As part of a £500,000 ($676,000) investment program the company has opened an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of engineering workshop premises alongside its existing headquarters on the banks of the River Tyne. As well as increasing the company’s engine repair and maintenance capability, the new center will also provide a focus for a range of other technical support functions.

GAC Bunker Fuels Appoints new US Bunker Manage

Maurice Lara

GAC Bunker Fuels, part of global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC, has announced the appointment of Maurice Lara as its Bunker Manager for East Coast USA. He is based in Norwalk, Connecticut and accountable to Nicholas Browne, Global Director of GAC Bunker Fuels, and Bob Bandos, Managing Director of GAC USA. Lara's background is in marine fuel trading, domestic and international logistics, vessel chartering and negotiating charter party agreements and end-to-end commodity transportation.

Seacor Announces JV with Cosco Shipping Affiliates

File photo: SEACOR Marine

Offshore services vessel operator SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. said it has formed a jointly owned company with affiliates of the world’s largest ship owner, COSCO Shipping Group. The Marshall Islands company, SEACOSCO Offshore LLC, entered into contracts for the purchase of eight Rolls-Royce designed new construction platform supply vessels (PSV) from COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. Six of the PSVs are of UT 771WP design (4,400 tons deadweight), and two are of UT 771CD design (3,800 tons deadweight).

Japan: Little Chance Sanchi Oil Slick Reaches Its Coast

(Photo: Iranian Ports & Maritime Organization)

Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation’s environment ministry said on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades and produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The vessel’s crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis are all believed to have perished in the incident.

New Shuttle Tanker Design for Teekay

(Image: Wärtsilä)

A new shuttle tanker concept developed by the world’s largest shuttle tanker services provider, Teekay, will offer a new level of innovation, says Wärtsilä, whose smart technology solutions will be featured on the new vessels. To date, Teekay has ordered four of these ‘next generation’ ships, each to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in South Korea. According to Wärtsilä, the newbuilds will feature a broad assortment of its latest technology innovations, all of which are central to the concept’s overall performance gains.

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