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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Overseas Shipping Group News

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers 12th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, delivered to American Shipping Company (Oslo: AMSC) the shipyard’s twelfth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker. The 46,000 dwt vessel, named the Overseas Tampa, will leave the shipyard in the coming days under the operation of Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) to transport petroleum products. The on schedule delivery of this ship marks the successful conclusion of a historic shipbuilding program that began in April 2005.

Heidmar CEO Marc La Monte Passes Away

Marc La Monte (Image: http://www.heidmar.com)

Heidmar reported the unexpected passing of Marc La Monte of Wilton, Connecticut. Mr. La Monte passed away while on a business flight in Europe on the morning of October 14th. La Monte was a widely respected member of the international shipping industry for 27 years. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Heidmar Inc. from April 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, La Montehad been the Managing Director of Heidmar’s VLCC tanker pool, Seawolf Tankers. La Monte spent 16 years at Overseas Shipping Group in various positions, including vice president of OSG’s LNG tanker business.

Four Shipping Companies Upgraded By ING

It looks as though the notoriously cyclical shipping sector is heading back up the mountain, as last week one of the world's prestigious financial firms stamped four companies with an investment ratings uprade. ING Barings last Wednesday raised its ratings on four shipping companies to strong buy from buy. Analyst Stephen Gengaro raised his ratings on shares of Frontline Ltd., OMI Corp., Overseas Shipping Group and Teekay Shipping. Frontline was raised to a strong buy from buy and Gengaro's 2000 and 2001 estimates to $1.60 from 40 cents and to $2.35 from $1.00 to reflect the company's "tremendous" leverage to rising time-charter equivalent (TCE) rates for its very large crude carriers (VLCC) tankers.

US Questions COSCO's Long Beach Terminal Takeover

(File photo: OOCL)

A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China's COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.The terminal is part of COSCO's planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.COSCO executives met with officials at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) this week and proposed to divest or carve out the Long Beach terminal to ease U.S.

ING Barings Raises Rating On 4 Shipping Companies

ING Barings raised its ratings on four shipping companies to strong buy from buy. Analyst Stephen Gengaro raised his ratings on shares of Frontline Ltd. to a strong buy from buy to reflect the company's "tremendous" leverage to rising time-charter equivalent (TCE) rates for its very large crude carriers (VLCC) tankers. The rating on shares of international tanker owner OMI Corp. was raised to strong buy from buy, with revised estimates reflecting upward revisions to his rate assumptions for company's crude tanker and product tanker fleets. The rating on shares of Overseas Shipping Group was raised to strong buy from buy with a $30 price target based on 7.5 times the midpoint of his peak earnings estimate and peak pretax earnings per share estimate.

Tonnage Tax Regime Tightens

The Inland Revenue issued new anti-avoidance legislation in December, which will have a significant impact on tonnage tax companies that lease vessels. "These changes will particularly affect the financing of expensive ships such as gas carriers or large cruise ships, as capital allowances will be restricted where a ship costs more than £40 million. regime. to a UK company which has not made a tonnage tax election. companies. capital allowances. being finance leases. * restricted where a ship costs more than £40 million. * denied in the case of certain sale and leasebacks. exchange for a lump sum payment. does not exceed three years. particularly for expensive ships. other tonnage tax regimes, has been reduced. companies looking to raise finance by using sale and leaseback arrangements.

Orient Overseas Back to Black

Photo: Orient Overseas International

Orient Overseas International (OOI) has announced a profit attributable to equity holders for 2017 of US$137.7 million, compared to a loss of US$219.2 million in 2016. Earnings per ordinary share in 2017 was US22.0 cents, whereas loss per ordinary share in 2016 was US35.0 cents. The Chairman of OOIL, C C Tung, said, “The economic backdrop for 2017 was more robust than forecasters had expected. Following a decade of low growth, we saw healthier performance in both GDP and trade volumes across most of the world’s major economies.

Globe Express Opens Saudi Terminal Yard

Ziad Korban: Photo credit Globe Express

Globe Express Services (Overseas Group) opens terminal yard in Dammam to complete logistics facilities in Jeddah & Riyadh. The company's Dammam Terminal Yard, is a 23,000 sqm facility that includes an open storage area, warehouses, and office buildings that will house the Dammam Branch management and the Transportation Division. While GES (Overseas Group) has had an office in Dammam since 1995, the new terminal yard, which is strategically located at the Dammam Sea Port Zone on the Arabian Gulf…

Port of Long Beach Cargo Volumes Swell 19.4% in 1Q

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach has completed its best-ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March. The quick start is 19.4 percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever. The previous first quarter record was set in 2007. March throughput reached 575,258 TEUs, an increase of 13.8 percent compared to the same month last year. “Our March cargo jumped despite the shipping slowdown during the Lunar New Year holiday in China,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

Second Product Tanker Delivered by Aker Philadelphia

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard delivered the second vessel in an up to 16 ship order of product tankers as the 600-ft. long MT46 Veteran Class Overseas Long Beach was transferred to American Shipping Corporation, a subsidiary of Aker American Shipping. The vessel joins its sister vessel, the Overseas Houston, in American Shipping Corporation's fleet of modern, double hull product tankers for charter in the Jones Act market. The Overseas Long Beach is chartered to a subsidiary of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) who will put the vessel into service for BP. In the coming days, the Overseas Long Beach will sail to the Gulf of Mexico leaving the three other product tankers currently under construction at the yard. The next tanker is scheduled for delivery near year's end.

China Merchants Profit up 29pct

Photo:  China Merchants Holdings (International) Co., Ltd

While China’s ports continue to face growth pressure, the country’s largest port operator is reaping the rewards of years of investments in overseas projects. China Merchants Holdings (International) reported first-half net profit rose 29 per cent to HK$2.78 billion  ($US 361 million)  from a year ago, after throughput gains at Chinese terminals exceeded China’s overall container growth rate and traffic through overseas facilities rose at a double-digit clip. The profit is driven by steady growth from ports and contributions from overseas greenfield projects.

Netsco Appoints Flores

Jan M. Flores

Netsco announces  Jan M. Flores, as Sr. Director of Business Development. Flores comes to Netsco from OSG (Overseas Shipholding Group) where he headed the FSO Group and was responsible for Business Development in the Offshore market. Prior to his assignment with the FSO Group, Flories  was the OSG Technical Project Manager overseeing the development of the MT Overseas Cascade and the MT Overseas Chinook. Flores has also worked for Crowley Maritime Corporation as Manager of New builds in their Technical Services Group.

SHI Bags a 180K LNGC Investment with an Option

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

Samsung Heavy Industries(SHI) revealed on March 5, 2018 that one 180K ㎥ LNG carrier newbuilding has been approved by the board of an overseas owner. The contract, is subject to agreement on the shipbuilding contract terms, which are scheduled to be agreed by March 9, 2018. SHI have granted an option for a further shipbuilding contract which remains subject to overseas owner board approval. SHI's 2018 orders so far include 8 containerships, 1 LNG carrier, and 2 tankers totaling 11 vessels worth 1.03 billion USD. The new LNGC contract would extend the order total to 12.

World-Link Acquires BSM's Telecommunications Business

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and World-Link Communications, Inc. have reached a definitive agreement under which World-Link will acquire BSM’s telecommunication services business, Telaccount Overseas, with immediate effect. “This agreement will benefit our customers and crew by unifying communication systems’ capabilities across our fleet and we are pleased to be selling Telaccount Overseas to our longtime partner and service provider, World-Link” said Norbert Aschmann, BSM Chief Executive Officer.

Samsung Heavy Venturing Overseas

SHI is ready to invest around $950 million in the overseas shipbuilding facility by 2017, according to SHI’s Chief Financial Officer Chun Tae Heung. Tankers, bulk ships and smaller container vessels might in the future be built in Malaysia, Indonesia or Vietnam, Chun said. SHI is trying to move the production of lower-margin vessels abroad in an effort to cut costs, while reserving domestic operations for building oil-exploration products and larger ships. The shift of attention towards overseas options is in line with the latest merger within the Samsung Group which was carried out to enable SHI to compete successfully with its European rivals Saipem SpA (SPM) and Technip SA. (TEC). ”We believe there will be demand for offshore oil and gas projects in the long term.

China Gets First Overseas Order for LNG Ships

According to a report from CRIenglish.com, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) signed a contract with Exxon Mobil and Mitsui & Co Ltd on Jan. 15 to build four LNG ships (liquefied natural gas), the nation's first overseas order for such an advanced carrier. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd, a subsidiary of CSSC, will build the ships for Mitsui, a Japanese shipping giant. The ships are scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2016. (Source: CRIenglish.com)

Overseas Shipholding Buys Heidmar Unit

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc., which owns and operates a fleet of crude oil and petroleum products tankers, completed the purchase of Heidmar Inc.'s lightering business for $41m in cash. Heidmar is a unit of Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. Lightering involves the transfer of oil cargo between vessels of largely different sizes when port facilities aren't able to accept large ocean-faring oil tankers. The deal includes a fleet of four international flag Aframax tankers and two U.S. flag workboats that provide lightering services to refiners, oil companies and trading firms, mostly in the Gulf of Mexico. Overseas Shipholding also took on a staff of eight people in the transaction. The company plans to rename the business OSG Lightering. Source: AP

Overseas Shipholding's Leadership Change

Overseas Shipholding Group announce the appointment of Captain Robert Johnston as President & CEO. Morten Arntzen has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company to be succeeded by Johnston. Captain Robert Johnston will serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective immediately. He was previously the Senior Vice President and Head of U.S. Flag Strategic Business Unit. “The Board thanks Morten Arntzen for his service, including during recent challenging times,” said Michael J.

Seaarland and OSG Set up Suezmax Pool

Amsterdam-based Seaarland Shipping Management and New York-based Overseas Shipholding Group have set up Suezmax International, a commercial pool which will initially operate eight tankers. The Suezmax International Pool is co-managed by in and OSG Ship Management Inc. in . OSG and Seaarland have committed eight ships to the pool so far: the Overseas London, Overseas Newcastle, Genmar Hope, Elisewin, and four newbuildings due for delivery from Nantong Rongsheng Shipbuilding, during  2009. Seaarland has also ordered three 165,000 dwt suezmax tankers on May 30, 2008 to be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries, for delivery in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter 2011. The intention is to commit these ships to the new pool. The Suezmax International pool will have two chartering offices.

OSG to Build More Tankers

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG), signed an agreement in principle pursuant to which Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, a subsidiary of Aker American Shipping ASA, will build up to six additional Veteran Class MT-46 Jones Act Product Tankers (three fixed plus three options). Corporation, OSG will bareboat charter the vessels for initial terms of 10 to 15 years. The agreement in principle is subject to, among other conditions, approval by the Boards of Directors of OSG and Aker American Shipping, preparation and agreement of final documentation and relevant government approvals. between OSG and BP for one more of the 46,000 dwt Jones Act commercial product tankers being built at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

OSG Charters Two Product/Chemical Carriers

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. signed an agreement with subsidiaries of Cido Tanker Holding Co., a privately held shipping company, to time charter two product/chemical carriers for a period of seven years, with an additional three year extension option for each vessel. The vessels will be built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea and are scheduled to be delivered to OSG in May and June 2008. The two vessels, the Overseas Aquarius and the Overseas Leo, will be sister ships having a capacity of 47,000 deadweight tons and six segregations, and will be able to transport petroleum products, vegetable oils and IMO III chemicals. Delivery of the vessels will increase the number of International and U.S. Flag product carriers in OSG's fleet to 52.

Overseas Shipholding To Purchase Two VLCCs

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. on Tuesday said it will buy two very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs) from Bergesen D.Y. ASA for a total of $156 million, through its joint venture with Frontline Ltd. and Euranov Luxumbourg SA. The purchase of the two additional vessels from Bergesen will bring the number of new vessels acquired from Bergesen by the joint venture to six. Overseas Shipholding said four of the ships will be delivered over the next two months and the remaining two will be delivered in February and July next year. The joint venture, known as Tankers International LLC, has acquired a total of seven modern vessels over the past year. Each company holds a one-third interest in the venture.

FTC Clears Maritrans Deal

The Federal Trade Commission has cleared the $455 million purchase of Maritrans Inc. by Overseas Shipholding Group. New York-based Overseas Shipholding announced last month it would buy Tampa-based Maritrans paying $37.50 in cash for each share of Maritrans stock.

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