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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Rejig at Pan Ocean

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South Korean bulker operator Pan Ocean re-sumitted its rehabilitation plan to the South Korean court that will see discount rate of cash repayment and decision of reduction of capital. The shipowner will see it reduce payments to creditors as it raises KRW 850bn ($785m) through a new share sale. Pan Ocean went into receivership after incurring over $ 5 billion in debts in 2013, after being battered by tonnage overhang following the global financial crisis. A series of debt-to-equity swaps saw Korea Development Bank become Pan Ocean's biggest shareholder.

Pan Ocean on Recovery Path

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S. Korea’s Pan Ocean Co. is expected to see its earnings improve amid rising Baltic Dry Index (BDI) that affects spot contracts accounting for more than half of the South Korean bulk carrier’s total shipping contracts, reports the Pulse. It has also resumed container services in Southeast Asia for the first time since it exited receivership in early 2015. Pan Ocean’s resumption of services came via a slot-sharing agreement with Hanjin Shipping to share space on Hanjin’s Korea Haiphong Express service.

STX Pan Ocean Orders $215M LNG Carrier

STX Pan Ocean has ordered an LNG carrier from Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction. The vessel will be built at a cost of $215 million. Delivery is expected before 2010. STX Pan Ocean recently reported a 71 percent jump in full-year earnings to $279.8 million on a 20 percent increase in sales to $2.7 billion. Source: ChannelNewAsia

STX Pan Ocean Orders LNG Carrier

STX Pan Ocean has ordered a LNG carrier from Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction. The 153,000 cubic meter vessel will be built at a cost of $215m. Delivery is expected before 2010. STX Pan Ocean recently reported a 71 percent jump in full-year earnings to $279.8m on a 20 percent increase in sales to $2.7b. Profits had been driven by a strong growth in its core dry bulk shipping business. (Source: Channel News Asia)

STX Pan Ocean to spend $810

STX Pan Ocean a South Korean shipping firm, said on Wednesday it would spend about $810 million in 2008 on new vessels including bulk ships and containers. STX Pan Ocean , listed in Seoul and Singapore, also said in a filing to the Korea Exchange it would buy four bulk ships for 143.9 billion won ($153.2 million) by 2010.

Harim to Expand Pan Ocean with Grain

Firm aims to hike Pan Ocean sales to over 10 trln won in 5-6 years. South Korea's Harim Group aims to grow sales at the country's largest bulk shipper Pan Ocean Co Ltd, which it plans to acquire, seven times to more than 10 trillion won ($8.97 billion) annually within five to six years. The livestock and animal feed group plans to add a grains trading business to shipper Pan Ocean with the aim of building it into it a major dealer in the sector, Harim chairman, Kim Hong-kuk, told Reuters on Thursday. "Those who had previously owned Pan Ocean did only shipping, but we will add grain trading," Kim said during an interview in his office in Seongnam, south of Seoul. "We have done lots of business in livestock sectors requiring grains as raw materials.

Harim Acquires Pan Ocean

Photo: Pan Ocean

South Korean poultry processor Harim Corp. is set to wrap up its purchase of troubled dry bulk carrier Pan Ocean Co. after creditors and shareholders approved a rescue plan for the country's biggest bulk carrier. Harim, partnering with JKL Partners, participated in the bid last year and was picked as the preferred bidder in December. The company paid over 1 trillion won ($895.5 billion) for the deal earlier this month. Singapore and Seoul-listed Pan Ocean’s rehabilitation plan has been approved by the Seoul Central District Court…

Korean Dry Bulk Carrier Share Plunge Verified

A Singapore stock exhange error was at first suspected as shares in STX Pan Ocean Co. plunged 64%. The Singapore Exchange said there was no trading error behind the recent 64 percent plunge by shares of STX Pan Ocean Co. (STX), South Korea’s biggest dry-bulk carrier, during the final few minutes of trading Saturday, reports Bloomberg. Two lots totaling 300 STX Pan Ocean shares changed hands at S$1.595 apiece at 5:04:25 p.m., according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The stock was trading at S$4.25 about five minutes earlier. There was no error reported by the parties to the transactions, the exchange said. Source: Bloomberg    

No Bidders for Korean Bulkship Owners STX

The sale of STX Pan Ocean Co. fell through as the Easter financial markets closed. No potential bidders expressed their interest in South Korea's leading bulk carrier, raising the possibility that the shipping line may be taken over by a state-run policy lender, reports Yonhap News Agency. According to industry sources, no potential bidders have submitted letters of intent for STX Pan Ocean yet. Source: Yonhap News Agency

STX Pan Ocean Wins $240m Contract

South Korean shipping firm STX Pan Ocean said it has won a shipbuilding contract worth at least $240m. The contract is for the construction of three bulk carriers, which are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2010. Source: Reuters

STX Pan Ocean Awards Contract

According to www.channelnewsasia.com, STX Pan Ocean has awarded the tender for the building of two product oil/chemical tankers to a substantial shareholder STX Shipbuilding. The award followed an open tender exercise carried out over six days in January. The exercise attracted only one bid from STX Shipbuilding, which put in a bid of under $25m for the building of each of the tanker. The tankers are expected to be delivered in 2009.

Timecharter Fixtures

Iolcos Grace - (built 1990) 71,749 dwt del Dalian prompt 4-6 months trading $9,000 daily Chinese charterers. North Countess - (built 1986) 70,280 dwt del Kinuura Nov 305 months trading $8,500 daily S A Marine. Lavadara - (built 1996) 69,091 dwt del Bin Qasim early Nov trip via west coast India redel Japan $10,750 daily MOL-Navix. Lamyra - (built 1983) 64,879 dwt 13 on 27 plus 1.5 del West Africa prompt trip passing Muscat outbound-Colombo range high $9,000 daily plus an undisclosed bb CNR. Amphion - (built 1987) 64,442 dwt del retroactive Japan end Oct trip via Nopac redel Far East $6,500 daily Pan Ocean. Alberto Topic - (built 1981) 43,473 dwt 14 on 26 del north coast South America prompt trip Mediterranean approx. $10,500 daily E.D.F. Man.

STX Group Seeks 2013 Turnaround

Korea-based conglomorate STX saw tough times the past year due to severe cash shortage, but is seeking a turnaround in 2013 after offloading some assests. Market analysts have mixed views for STX. Some say that its bold move will help the conglomerate get back on track, while others counter that it will continue struggling to stay afloat due to the unfavorable business environment, reports 'The Korea Times'. The corporation has raised 1.12 trillion in cash by selling its stakes in European affiliate  STX OSV  to Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri SpA for 768 billion won and STX Energy to Japan’s Orix for 360 billion won. The group also plans to sell its stake in STX Pan Ocean, the nation's leading bulk carrier.

Creditors to Pursue ARA Vessel Arrests as Bankruptcies Escalate

Rotterdam-based law firm AKD says that creditors of ailing shipping groups such as STX Pan Ocean of South Korea, and TMT of Taiwan, could seek to take advantage of prevailing bankruptcy laws to enforce vessel arrests and other attachments in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. Haco van der Houven van Oordt, a partner with the shipping and offshore team at AKD in Rotterdam, said, “The recent reports of bankruptcies and voluntary liquidation proceedings involving shipping companies have now reached levels which exceed any in recent memory. STX Pan Ocean, South Korea’s largest dry bulk operator, has reportedly obtained bankruptcy…

Pan Ocean Orders OCTOPUS-Onboard for Heavy Lift Vessels

The Korean based global shipping company Pan Ocean, has ordered OCTOPUS-Onboard system from Amarcon for two semi-submersible heavy lift vessels. The state-of-the-art ship monitoring and advisory system will support the vessels’ route planning, optimization of speed, heading and fuel consumption. For the two semi-submerging heavy lift vessels, the Sun Rise and the Sun Shine, Amarcon will deliver an OCTOPUS-Onboard installation including motion monitoring and forecasting. The system will increase workability and safety during heavy lift transportation projects.

Panamax Dry Bulker Delivered to STX Pan Ocean

Bulk Ship 'STX Horizon': Photo credit STX Pan Ocean

STX Pan Ocean takes over the 83,000 dwt class Panamax, 'STX Horizon', its first new-build delivery of the year. Having concluded strategic contracts for long-term transportation with domestic and international shippers including POSCO, Hyundai-Steel, KEPCO subsidiaries, Vale and Fibria in Brazil, STX Horizon will be added to the the owner's list of vessels to service these various contracts. A company official said: “Although current dry bulk shipping market is depressed, about $100 million of profit is expected from operation of 23 private vessels…

COA Appoints STX Panocean's Kwon to BoD

The Container Owners Association – the international organization representing container shipping lines and container leasing companies worldwide – has appointed Mr O I Kwon, Senior Vice President – Container Business Management Division, STX Panocean Co Ltd, to its Board of Directors. Mr Kwon joins six other Directors, who represent some of the world’s largest container owners, on the Board of the Container Owners Association. “It is a great honour – both for me personally, and for my company STX Panocean - to join the COA Board,” Mr Kwon says. “This position carries considerable responsibility and I will do my best to promote the COA in Asia and to support the wide range of initiatives that the COA is working on.

Korean Register CEO Park Passed Away

Dr. B. S. Park ( Photo: Korean Register)

Dr. B. S. Park, Korean Register Chairman and CEO, has passed away after a short illness.   Dr. Park graduated from Korea Maritime and Ocean University in 1976 and joined Pan Ocean Shipping where he worked in a number of capacities until 2001. In that year he was appointed CEO of Welson Korea Insurance Brokers before becoming COO of Korea P&I Club in 2006. He appointed as Chairman and CEO of KR in December 2014.   Dr. Park was 63 and leaves a wife and two children.

STX Corp to Be Sold to Chinese Firm

Image: STX Corporation

AFC Korea,  a subsidiary of Chinese private equity fund AFC, has been selected as the preferred bidder for cash-strapped STX Corp, according to a Business Korea report. AFC Korea has reportedly offered a price tag above 70 billion won (US$65.62 billion) for an 86.28 percent stake owned by STX creditors. STX creditors include Korea Development Bank (KDB), which holds a 39.59 percent stake, and NongHyup, which has 10.07 percent. AFC beat three other potential bidders including Pan Ocean, which was once a part of STX, and textile manufacturer Global SAE-A.

IPA Opens New Container Route

Photo: Incheon Port Authority

Incheon Port Authority (IPA) announced that a regular container route ‘Thailand-Vietnam Services (TVX)’ launched by five shipping companies – Namsung Shipping, Dongjin Shipping, Pan Continental Shipping, Pan Ocean and CK Line – was newly opened. Starship Pegasus (1,800 TEU) provided for the TVX entered the Incheon New Port SNCT early in the morning on August 16 for the first time. Starship Pegasus is one of the three ships operated for the TVX. The three ships (1,800 TEU) will be operated by Namsung Shipping, Dongjin Shipping and Pan Continental Shipping for 9 months.

Fibria Inks $636 mln Ship Deal with Pan Ocean

Brazil's Fibria Celulose SA , the world's largest producer of eucalyptus pulp, signed a $636 million shipping deal with South Korea's Pan Ocean Co Ltd, according to a securities filing on Friday.   The deal, approved by Fibria's board in November, involves a so-called "consecutive voyage contract" for five ships until 2035, with an option for the pulp maker to extend the deal by five or 10 years.   Reporting by Brad Haynes

STX Pan Ocean Wins $40M Newbuild Contract

According to a June 1 report from channelnewsasia.com, STX Pan Ocean said it won a shipbuilding contract worth at least $40m for a semi-submersible heavy lift carrier. (Source: Channelnewsasia.com)  

STX Group Sales Rise

The STX Group said it expects to meet this year's sales target of $24b, thanks to earnings from its affiliates STX Pan Ocean Co. and STX Shipbuilding Co. In the first-half of this year, STX's group-wide sales stood at 13.2 trillion won, up 87 per cent from the same period last year, reports said. Group-wide operating profit in the first half more than doubled to 880 billion won. STX is now in the process of taking over 's Aker Yards after buying a controlling stake in 's biggest shipbuilder for $800 million. Source:  Yonhap

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