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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mitsui Osk Lines News

Imabari to Acquire Minaminippon Shipbuilding

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has reached an initial agreement to acquire compatriot Japanese shipbuilder Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The takeover, which remains subject to further discussions before the deal is concluded, would take effect April 1, 2018. Minaminippon’s present shareholders include Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (25 percent) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (24 percent).

MOL Acquires Seafarers Manning Company

Group photo of MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. and MOL management provided  by MOL

Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that MOL acquired 100% of the issued shares of Azalea Maritime B.V. on December 21st, 2017. Azalea Maritime changed its name to "MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V." on January 1st, 2018. MOL will enhance providing top-quality seafarers for MOL-operated LNG carriers and tankers and continue to aim to become a world leader in safe operation. MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime's accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business.

Four Japanese Companies Join Modec in Sepia FPSO Deal

Photo:  MODEC, Inc.

Four Japanese companies will invest in a new company established by compatriot Modec with an aim to provide a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Petrobras-operated Sepia field offshore Brazil. "MODEC, Mitsui, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Marubeni Corporation and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co have agreed to jointly invest in a long-term charter business currently promoted by MODEC, for providing a FPSO in the Sepia Area, off the coast of Brazil," said a press release. These companies have entered into related agreements for the FPSO project on January 9, 2018.

Ocean Network Express Completes Merger Approvals

Graphics: Ocean Network Express

South Africa’s competition watchdog becomes final signatory allowing Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL ),  Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK ) merger, so that Joint venture (JV) can start operations on April 1. "K Line, MOL and NYK have  announced that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., established in July 2017, has received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities in regions and countries where such approvals are required for the launch of service by the newly established joint venture company…

Mitsui O.S.K. Raises Profit Forecast

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., Japan's second-largest shipping company by sales, raised its full-year profit forecast as higher demand for transporting iron ore and other bulk commodities drove up prices for shipping goods. Mitsui O.S.K. expects net income of $1.8 b in the year ending March 31, compared with a previous forecast of 185 billion yen. The Tokyo-based shipping line's profit in the three months ended Dec. 31 rose to 58.9 billion yen from 39.8 billion yen a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Source: Bloomberg

MOL, Mitsui in Cameron LNG Transport Deal

LNG carrier in terminal: File photo

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) apprise that a contract has been signed with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to charter two new 155,000m3 LNG carriers that will transport shale gas-derived liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. MOL will manage the new vessels, which will supply LNG from a Mitsui & Co.-backed project in Cameron in Louisiana, the U.S. to markets in Japan and other countries. Charterer: Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Shipyard: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Ship management company: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

MOL, Mitsui Ink Charter Deal

Courtesy  Cameron LNG

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. signed a contract with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. today (January 29) to charter a new 177,000m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. This is the third newbuilding vessel chartered by Mitsui & Co., following a contract signed last September 26 for two carriers. MOL will manage the new vessels and transport shale gas-derived liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Cameron Project in Louisiana, the United States. Aiming toward its goal of "solid growth through innovative changes" set forth in the midterm management plan STEER FOR 2020…

Mitsui OSK Lines To Log $145M Special Loss

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. will post a total 16.8 billion yen ($145 million) in special losses for the year to March, adding it would not revise its earnings forecasts. Of the total, a loss of 10.6 billion yen will result from the liquidation of two unprofitable domestic ferry board carriers. The remaining 6.2 billion yen will come from liquidating seven overseas units engaged in the shipping business. Last November, Mitsui O.S.K. said it expected a 8.5 billion yen group net profit for the year to March 31 against an actual profit of 8.32 billion yen a year earlier.

Moody's Rates Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Stable

Moody's Investors Service changed to stable from negative the outlook of its Ba1 senior unsecured debt rating and (P)Ba1 Japanese shelf registration rating of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Ba1 debt ratings of Euromol B.V. and Mitsui O.S.K. Finance plc. The latter two companies are MOL's overseas finance subsidiaries supported by keepwell agreements with MOL. This rating outlook change is based on Moody's belief that MOL's improving performance will continue to contribute to its earnings and the company's financial fundamentals will be strengthened in the near to medium term. Although MOL's debt level increased marginally after its April 1999 merger with Navix Line…

Japan Ship Operator to Slash Bulk Ship Newbuild Orders

Daiichi Chuo K.K. may cancel ship orders, pare its fleet & sell new stock after getting emergency financing from shareholder Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. To help weather a slump in dry-bulk rates the company is in talks about canceling or delaying 10 of 60 on-order dry-bulk vessels as it heads toward a second straight annual loss, reports Bloomberg. The report adds that Nippon Yusen K.K. and Mitsui O.S.K., Japan's largest shipping lines, have also cut earnings forecasts as the industry contends with expanding capacity, slowing demand and higher fuel prices. Source: Bloomberg

MOL CEO Optimistic on 2018

 Junichiro Ikeda. Photo: MOL Group

President & CEO of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Junichiro Ikeda says that his company is  strongly determined to shape the future of the industry. Looking at the shipping market, conditions were mixed across businesses, with firm conditions in dry bulkers but weaker trends in tankers, for example. A full-scale recovery is still in the making. "Amid suboptimal shipping market conditions, we expect to finish fiscal 2017 with results largely in line with our initial forecasts, as steady operational enhancements and efforts on the sales frontline come to fruition," he said.

MOL Starts Vietnam Tugboat Business

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the company has established a joint venture with two local companies in Vietnam and started a tugboat business. The joint company will allocate high-powered, high-performance tugboats in Vietnam's Cai Mep/Thi Vai area, where deepwater container terminals are now under developing. It will offer safe, high-quality support services for vessels calling at ports in the region, helping meet the needs of Vietnam's shipping industry and international shipping lines. (1) Company name    Tan Cang-Cai Mep Towage Services Co., Ltd. (5) Investors    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

MOL Becomes a Part of C-TPAT

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has fulfilled the U.S. Customs Services Supply Chain Security Profile commitment. MOL and its subsidiary companies, MOL (America) Inc. and Mitsui OSK Bulk Shipping (USA) Inc., are now certified members of C-TPAT.

MOL Delivers Shuttle and Regasification Vessel

Photo courtesy Image Line Communications

The second shuttle and regasification vessel (SRV) co-owned by Höegh LNG and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. was completed at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea and delivered to the GDF Suez group on June 1, 2010. It will serve on a long-term charter contract between the parties. GDF Suez Cape Ann is the second of two SRVs that were constructed to provide LNG transportation services to the Neptune LNG Deep Water Port off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA, which was commissioned in early 2010, as well as to other GDF Suez projects around the world.

Delivery GDF Suez Neptune

Photo courtesy Image Line Communications Ltd.

The first shuttle and regasification vessel (SRV) co-owned by Höegh LNG and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) was completed at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, and was delivered to the GDF Suez group on November 30, 2009. It will serve on a long-term charter contract between the parties. GDF Suez Neptune is the first of two SRVs which was constructed in order to provide LNG transportation services to the Neptune LNG Deep Water Port off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S. – to be commissioned in early 2010 – as well as other GDF Suez’s projects around the world.

MOL, Osaka Gas’s Newbuild LNG Carrier Named

Photo courtesy of MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that a naming ceremony for the LNG Venus, a newbuilding liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The vessel is under construction at MHI and will serve Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. As a large group of guests looked on, Osaka Gas President Ozaki named the vessel, and his wife cut the rope. The LNG Venus is co-owned by MOL and Osaka Gas’ wholly owned subsidiary, Osaka Gas International Transport Inc. After its completion, it will sail under a charter contract with Osaka Gas.

ClassNK Commences Provision of Archive Center Services

Classification society ClassNK announced that it has reached a preliminary agreement with NYK Lines Co. Ltd. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Co. Ltd. regarding the use of the ClassNK Archive Center's As-built Drawings Storage Service (ADSS) for all kinds of ships. This agreement was made following consultation with NYK Lines Co. Ltd. and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Co. Ltd., as well as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. and Imabari Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., the builders of the vessels that will utilize the service. A total of three vessels will utilize ADSS under this agreement, including the NYK Lines owned Elegant Salute, a 95,000dwt bulk carrier, Sno. 1589, built at Imabari Shipbuilding's Marugame Corporate Headquarters; the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines operated Jozen, a 95,000dwt bulk carrier, Sno.

Akastor, Mitsui, MOL Close JV Transaction

Akastor was created in 2014 by separating the oilfield services company Aker Solutions ASA into two new entities

Akastor ASA (OSE: AKA) announced today that the Agreement with MITSUI & CO., LTD ("Mitsui"), and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. ("MOL"), to create a joint venture with 50/50 ownership between AKOFS Offshore AS ("AKOFS") and Mitsui/MOL has now been approved and concluded according to the terms and conditions described in the press release of September 20, 2016.   As a consequence, AKOFS will realize a cash gain of USD 66 million, and Akastor will realize an accounting gain of approximately USD 20 million. The accounting gain will be booked in Q4 2016.  

MOL (LNG) Selects KVH TracPhone V7 for LNG Tankers

Following a successful trial on its liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, MOL LNG Transport Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, is adding the award-winning TracPhone(R) V7 satellite communications system from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) to three of its LNG tankers. The systems will use KVH's global mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) service, which is being provided by KVH's partner, SKY Perfect JSAT, under the OceanBB brand name. SKY Perfect JSAT is working with Japan Radio Co., Ltd., a prominent Japanese navigation and communications equipment manufacturer, who is providing, installing, and integrating the TracPhone V7 antennas through a wholesale agreement with KVH. The TracPhone V7 was installed for a trial on one of MOL LNG Transport Co.'s LNG tankers in May 2011.

Höegh LNG and Mitsui OSK Lines Confirm LNG Re-gasification Vessels

Höegh LNG and Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. (MOL) confirm the signing of long term time charter parties for two Shuttle and Regasification Vessels (SRV) with SUEZ LNG Trading SA. These vessels are specifically designed to service an offshore natural gas import terminal to be built in Massachusetts Bay offshore the city of Boston on the US East Coast. The vessels will be delivered in 2009 and 2010. The SUEZ owned Neptune LNG LLC received the final license issued by MARAD for the construction of the terminal on 23 March. The LNG re-gasification vessels and the deepwater port installations can meet the most stringent environmental regulations anywhere in the US for such terminal facilities.

MOL Supports Quake Victims of the Tohoku District

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. MOL has decided to donate ¥50 million to help support and rescue victims of the quake. MOL executives and employees have organized a charity donation program within the MOL Group of companies, the proceeds of which will be donated to organizations that are working to support victims and rebuild their cities. At the request of the government, MOL Ferry Co., Ltd. of our group company determined to cooperate for transporting members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) who were assigned to rescue operations in northeast Japan. This afternoon, four ferries – Sunflower Sapporo, Sunflower Furano, Sunflower Shiretoko…

Hudong-Zhonghua to Build LNG Carriers for PNG, Gorgon Jansz

Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that they have selected Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, to build four LNG carriers in China. These carriers will provide LNG transportation from the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Gorgon Jansz LNG projects and will be jointly owned by MOL and China Shipping (Group) Company (CS). A ceremony was held in Beijing to celebrate the execution of a Project Development Agreement and a Heads of Agreement for Shipbuilding Contracts in the presence of Mr. Zhang Guobao, vice chairman, National Development and Reform Commission…

Hoegh Autoliners Denies Price-fixing Allegations

(File photo: Hoegh)

Norwegian shipping firm Hoegh Autoliners denied on Tuesday allegations made by South Africa that it and Japanese rival Mitsui O.S.K Lines had colluded to fix transport tariffs to and from South Africa. Hoegh Autoliners specializes in transporting cars, controlling 50 specialized vessels or 6-7 percent of the global fleet in this market. South Africa's Competition Commission said on Tuesday Hoegh Autoliners had been referred for prosecution on seven charges relating to collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.

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