South Korea's SK Group to Sell SK Shipping
South Korea's large family-owned business conglomerate SK Group is planning to get out of shipping by offloading shipping subsidiary SK Shipping Co., on account of the debt burden amid an industry slowdown.According to a report in the Pulse, SK Holdings Co., the holding entity of SK Group, is reportedly seeking to sell a majority of its stake in SK Shipping to local private equity firm Hahn & Co. for an estimated 1.5 trillion won ($1.3 billion).Hahn & Company is said to be reviewing…
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.
Deep Sea Carriers Attracted to Intra-Asia Routes: Analysis
Cargo growth on intra-Asia routes is attracting deep-sea carriers due to the availability of cheap charter vessels and economies of scale between China and SE Asia, but regional players also know how to form defensive alliances, reports Drewry Maritime Research in its latest 'Container Insight Weekly'. Financially troubled deep-sea ocean carriers are increasingly seeking salvation in the intra-Asia market due to higher than usual cargo growth and the availability of cheap vessel charter rates.
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
Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders
China & Japan shipbuilders scoop the pool of international shipbuilding orders according to the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Clarkson Hellas says that Pan Ocean has placed an order for two firm 207,000 dwt Newcastlemaxes at New Times, with both vessels due to deliver within the second half of 2016. Also in China, Conti Reederei have extended their order for 64,000 dwt Ultramax to a total of 20 vessels by declaring a further eight options. The first in the series will begin to deliver in the early part of next year, with the latest additions for delivery from 2017 onwards.
Rejig at Pan Ocean
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.
Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders
Orders for gas carriers placed with Korean and Japanese shipyards figure prominently amongst the latest newbuilding orders noted in the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Pan Ocean have placed an order for two firm 207,000 dwt Newcastlemaxes at New Times, with both vessels due to deliver within the second half of 2016. Also in China, Clarkson Hellas mentions that Conti Reederei have extended their order for 64,000 dwt Ultramax to a total of 20 vessels by declaring a further eight options.
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.
Greece's Star Bulk on Ship Buying Spree
Star Bulk Carriers contracts China's Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding to build two Capesize dry bulk carriers, & also signs Letters of Intent with a major Japanese shipyard for construction of two Ultramax dry bulkers. The eco-type, fuel efficient Capesize drybulk vessels are to be delivered in Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, respectively and similar specification Ultramax dry bulkers in 2015. The aggregate purchase price of all four newbuilding vessels is approximately US$151.0 million. Star Bulk say they have been notified by the receivers of STX Pan Ocean Co. Ltd.
STX Pan Ocean CEO Resigns, Group Shipyards to be Sold
STX Pan Ocean Co., the country's leading bulk carrier, said that CEO Kang Duck-soo (who is also chairman of the STX Group) has resigned as the shipper has been under court receivership since June amid a deepening liquidity crisis, reports Yonhap. The cash-strapped STX Group, South Korea's 13th biggest conglomerate, has seen its major affiliates struggling from liquidity shortages and mounting debt due to the downturn in the shipbuilding and shipping sectors. Creditors have pumped liquidity into ailing STX Group in return for overhaul efforts. STX Group's holding company STX Corp. and its three ailing units -- STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, STX Heavy Industries and STX Engine -- have requested that creditor banks supply liquidity.
Pan Ocean on Recovery Path
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.
Harim Acquires 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…
GasLog Buy STX Pan Ocean LNG Carrier
GasLog Ltd. has signed a memorandum of agreement to acquire the 'STX Frontier', a 2010-built, 153,600 cubic meter LNG carrier from Singapore- based company STX Pan Ocean LNG PTE. Ltd. The intention is that GasLog will take over the vessel from STX Pan Ocean early in the fourth quarter of 2013 in Spain, which makes her well positioned to take advantage of the current tight supply of tonnage for this winter in the Atlantic. Paul Wogan, GasLog CEO; said: "We are delighted to announce this acquisition.
Tips on Reducing Ship Operating Costs
While there are indications that the shipping industry is starting to emerge from the doldrums of the last six years, signals remain mixed. Moore Stephens reported in June that shipping confidence has risen to its highest point since 2010. Indeed, there are signs of a new wave of speculative ordering of new tonnage, propelled by bargain-basement prices from shipyards desperate to fill slots and a reported influx of capital from private equity sources. A primary driver for the surge of orders is the improvements in fuel efficiency of new ship designs over older ships.
14 South Korean Ship Owners Form Alliance
A group of 14 South Korean shippers are joining forces to form the first domestic alliance, aiming to restore the country’s shipping sector, reported Yonhap. Under the name “Korea Shipping Partnership (KSP)”, the new shipping consortium will be led by Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and supported by Korea Shipowners Association (KSA). HMM, Pan Ocean Co. and 12 other shipping companies that are mainly involved in routes in the Asian region will cooperate to boost their profitability on routes to Vietnam, Indonesia and other countries through restructuring efforts.
IPA Opens New Container Route
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.
Star Bulk Collects $8.016m From Sale of Its Claim Against Pan Ocean
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) announced that following the settlement and adjudication of the company's subsidiary Star Borealis LLC claim for damages and due hire related to the repudiation of the long-term time charter of the M/V Star Borealis by charterer Pan Ocean Co Ltd., previously filed with the Seoul Central District Court, Korea, Star Bolrealis negotiated, sold and assigned the rights to the Adjudicated Claim to an unrelated third party against a consideration of eight million sixteen thousand dollars collected in full.
Global Dry Bulk Carrier Newbuilding Orders on the Rise
Starting with the large sizes in dry, Oldendorff Carriers are reported to have declared the sixth in a series of 207,000 DWT Newcastlemax at HHI, with delivery in the second quarter of 2015. Clarkson Hellas report that at Hanjin Subic, STX Pan Ocean have contracted two firm 150,000 DWT Capesize, planned for delivery in the second half of 2016 and for charter to KEPCO. One order to report in the Kamsarmax sector, with Klaveness declaring the third and fourth in a series of 82,000 DWT bulk carriers at Jiangsu New Yangzijiang.
Capesize Rates to Climb in a 'Market on Fire'
Freight rates for large dry cargo ships on key Asian routes, which hit three-year highs this week, are likely to rise further on a shortage of ships available for immediate charter, brokers said. Rates for 180,000 deadweight tonne (DWT) capesize ships are set to break $10 a tonne from Australia to China in the next few days, while rates could also surpass $20 a tonne from Brazil to China. "There are more chances of rates breaking $10 than $20 because the Australian market is more active among miners and vessel operators," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.
PanOcean Signs USD 1.8bln Deal with Brazil's Vale, Orders Six VLOCs
South Korean shipper Pan Ocean has won a 1.98 trillion won ($1.82 billion) contract to transport iron ore over a period of 27 years for Brazilian mining giant Vale, Reuters reported. The South Korea company said in a regulatory filing that it is set to carry iron ore from Brazil to China from January 2020 to August 2047. According to Straits TImes, the contract commences from the first quarter of 2020. "The main objective of the company for entering into this COA is to secure a stabilised source of revenue and profit," said Pan Ocean.
Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb
Shipowners confident rates will climb on tighter tonnage supply; Shipowners seek rates premium for Australian coal cargoes. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could continue to recover as ship owners scent the possibility of higher cargo volumes on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said. "Owners and charterers are playing a game of cat and mouse," said a Singapore-based capesize ship broker. Charterers were offering $12 per tonne for a capesize iron ore cargo from Brazil to China while owners were holding out for $13 per tonne, a Shanghai-based broker told Reuters on Thursday. "Owners do have confidence rates will increase and are grabbing the chance to push up the market," the Shanghai broker said. "The number of open vessels is getting fewer," the Shanghai broker added.
STX Corp to Be Sold to Chinese Firm
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.
Korean Register CEO Park Passed Away
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.