Seaborne Transportation News

17 Jul 2019

Fumigation Doesn't Work for Some Ship Cargoes

Dead weevils along a wall of a bulk terminal warehouse (Photo: ABTO)

The fumigation of grain cargoes using certain pesticides, namely plant protection products, may not be effective in controlling insect larvae, resulting in cargo damage or loss.Javier Quintero Saavedra, head of HSE at Terminales Marítimos de Galicia (TMGA), an operator of bulk terminals in Galicia, Spain, and Chairman, Dry Bulk Cargoes Working Group, ICHCA,  said: “We are finding that the pupae and larvae inside maize kernels in various consignments, and which were subjected to in-transit fumigation…

10 Jul 2019

CPP Gets Charter for Agamemnon, Archimidis

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Capital Product Partners (CPP), the Greek shipping company engaged in the seaborne transportation, has agreed new long-term time charters with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for the M/V 'Agamemnon' and the M/V 'Archimidis'.The charter for the M/V ‘Agamemnon’ (108,892 dwt / 8,266 TEU, container carrier built 2007, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., South Korea) is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2019 upon completion of its previously announced scrubber installation and passing of special survey.The M/V ‘Archimidis’ (108,892 dwt / 8,266 TEU, container carrier

21 Jun 2019

BIMCO: VLCC Freight Rates from Gulf to China Doubles

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VLCC spot freight rates between the Arabian Gulf and China rose 101% in the days between June 13, 2019 and June 20, 2019, in the aftermath of attacks on two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Spot freight rates for a VLCC, carrying 2 million barrels of oil, between the Arabian Gulf and China reached USD 25,994 per day on June 20, their highest level since March and significantly above the May average of USD 9,979 per day.Despite this increase, freight rates on this route only narrowly exceeds the daily break-even costs of a VLCC…

11 Jun 2019

Euroseas Gets Refinance for Two Vessels

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Euroseas announced that it has closed the previously announced refinancing of two of its vessels with simultaneous interest rate reduction of 0.5% for all other existing loans and the redemption of approximately $11.7 million of value.The an owner and operator of container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, said that the refinance is equivalent to about 59.4%, of its outstanding Series B Preferred Shares with simultaneous reduction…

03 Jun 2019

Euroseas Buys Four Feeder Containerships

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The provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, Euroseas also announced that it signed memoranda of agreement to acquire four feeder containerships for a consideration that includes a cash payment of $15 million and issuance of approximately 22.5 million shares of common stock to the sellers.Euroseas intends to finance the cash portion of the acquisition price with bank debt which will be used to repay the existing indebtedness of the vessels with the sellers receiving only payment in Euroseas common shares.

29 May 2019

WFW Advises Star Bulk on Vessels Acquisition

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Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), an international law firm based in London, has advised NASDAQ listed Star Bulk Carriers Corp on the acquisition of 11 dry bulk vessels from Delphin Shipping LLC in a shares and cash transaction.Under the terms of the acquisition, the vessels that were built by Jiangsu Hantong between 2012 and 2014 will be acquired for an aggregate purchase price of US$139.5m, payable in the form of US$80m in cash and 4.503 million common shares of Star Bulk.If concluded…

27 May 2019

Star Bulk Acquires 11 Dry Bulkers

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Greece-based global ship manager of seaborne transportation Star Bulk Carriers Corporation has entered into an en bloc definitive agreement with entities controlled by Delphin Shipping to acquire eleven operating dry bulk vessels.The company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes said in a press release that the acquisition of bulkers from Delphin, an entity affiliated with Kelso & Company, is for an aggregate purchase price of $139.5 million, payable in the form of…

24 May 2019

Danaos Signs Sale-and-Leaseback Deal with EnTrust

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The provider of seaborne transportation services, Danaos Corporation has concluded a $150m sale-and-leaseback deal for two of its biggest boxships with the alternative investment firm EnTrust Global.Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised EnTrust Global’s (ETG) Blue Ocean Funds on the transaction of the two container vessels “HYUNDAI RESPECT” and “HYUNDAI HONOUR” acquired from and chartered back to two subsidiaries of Danaos, said a press release.This is the Blue Ocean Funds’ first sale and leaseback in the Greek shipping market…

22 May 2019

Star Bulk Carriers Reports Q1 Loss

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Greek shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.06 loss per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.Net income for the first quarter of 2018 was $9.9 million, said the global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector."By the end of May 2019 we are on track to have 40 vessels scrubber fitted. We expect to have a fully scrubber fitted fleet by January 2020. Because we expect 2020 to be a more profitable year…

22 May 2019

Dry Bulk Fleet Utilization Falls 3.7% in Q1

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Global dry bulk fleet utilization (calculated as total demand in tonne miles transported divided by total available fleet capacity) dropped by 3.7% in the first quarter of 2019, reflecting the trend observed in the rate environment, said Golden Ocean Group (GOGL),  Bermuda registered, Norway based dry bulk shipping company.According to Maritime Analytics, global fleet utilization was 82.1% in the first quarter of 2019, down from 85.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 85.1% in the first quarter of 2018.According to the same source…

14 May 2019

Neo-Panamax Container Market Looks Better

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Neo-Panamax container vessels experienced increased activity during the first quarter of 2019, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, said  Capital Product Partners.While charter rates for feeder and panamax vessels remained relatively flat due to, among other things, the overhang of idle tonnage, charter rates for Neo-panamax vessels, especially 8,000 TEU designs or larger, saw marked increases, with 12-month charters being contracted at average daily gross rates of approximately $24…

08 May 2019

Chemical Tanker Market Improves: Odfjell

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The chemical tanker market saw continued improvements into what normally is a seasonally weaker first quarter, said Odfjell Group, a company specialising in worldwide seaborne transportation and storage of chemicals and other speciality bulk liquids.Strong exports from the US and Middle East were key drivers in this quarter which also impacted other trade lanes as well. There was less supply pressure from swing tonnage during the quarter, but we experienced some increased competition…

04 Apr 2019

Swedish Bank to Finance Star Bulk

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Swedish financial group Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB) is providing US$71.42m term facility to Star Bulk Carriers for the refinancing of two Newcastlemax-size bulk carriers. Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) is the advisor for the deal.The London based international law firm said that the deal also involved partly financing the prospective capital expense for the retrofitting of the ships with scrubbers, ahead of the entry into force of the 2020 IMO regulations.The two ships…

20 Mar 2019

Team Tankers CFO Resigns

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Team Tankers International, the owner and operator of chemical tankers for the seaborne transportation of liquid chemicals worldwide, announced that Kevin Kilcullen has resigned his post as chief financial officer (CFO)."Kevin Kilcullen today tendered his resignation as Chief Financial Officer of Team Tankers International to pursue another professional opportunity," said a press release from the shippig company.The resignation will take effect on April 17, 2019 and he will continue with the Company until that date to ensure an orderly transition.Jens Gisle Schnelle…

22 Feb 2019

Uncertainty Mounts in Dry Bulk Shipping

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Uncertainty mounts in dry bulk shipping  against a backdrop of weaker growth in Chinese imports, said BIMCO."The extent of the freight rate recovery in 2018 was limited – when compared with initial expectations – by a faster-growing fleet. Q4-2018 wasn’t as strong as it often is either, but we now know that was merely the beginning of a sharp downturn. On top of that, in the first month of 2019, leading the way even further down was a massive lack of cargoes. By early February…

20 Feb 2019

Dry Bulk Market Looks Dull

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Global dry bulk fleet utilization (calculated as total demand in tonne miles transported divided by total available fleet capacity) dropped by 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2018, reflecting the trend observed in the rate environment.According to Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group, freight rates in the fourth quarter of 2018 disappointed compared to expectations, in particular for the Capesize vessels, which declined from the previous quarter.The Panamax and Supramax markets were relatively unchanged from the previous quarter…

07 Dec 2018

Dubai's DP World Completes Danish Unifeeder Acquistion

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Global port operator DP World says it has completed the acquisition of Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million.DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, but finalized on Thursday."DP World PLC is pleased to advise that it has closed the transaction to acquire 100% of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certainminority shareholders," said one sentence statement from the Dubai-based global marine terminal operator."Unifeeder Group is now part of the DP World Group…

04 Dec 2018

Ardmore Shipping Refinances Three Vessels

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Bermuda-based product and chemical tankers owner Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that it has signed binding agreements for the refinancing of three vessels.The provider of seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide to oil majors has signed agreements for the sale and leaseback, under a finance lease arrangement, of the Ardmore Exporter and Ardmore Seavanguard, two 2014-built 50,000 Dwt Eco-design MR tankers, with a high-quality financier in China.The lease agreements are for a period of seven years…

28 Nov 2018

LNG Shipping Market in Recovery Stage: Flex LNG

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Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen-owned LNG shipper Flex LNG believes that the LNG market is in the early stages of a multi-year recovery.According to a report by Flex LNG, the market for seaborne transportation of LNG has improved significantly during the third quarter with the primary driver being the nearly 50 per cent year on year growth in imports to China.Additionally there is high demand growth in other more mature markets such as South Korea and Taiwan.Flex LNG pointed out that Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimate demand growth of approximately 8.5% in 2018…

05 Nov 2018

WFW Advises DNB on USD310m Loan to Star Bulk Carriers

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International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised Norway’s DNB Bank ASA (DNB), as facility agent and security agent for a syndicate of banks comprising itself, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., BNP Paribas, Danish Ship Finance and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, in relation to a US$310m loan facility provided to Star Bulk Carriers Corp.Secured on 26 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet, the facility consists of two tranches: (a) a first tranche of US$240m used to refinance Star Bulk’s debt under five existing facility agreements…

25 Oct 2018

Ardmore Shipping Refinances Four Vessels

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Ardmore Shipping Corporation has announced that it has signed agreements for the refinancing of four vessels.Two of Ardmore's subsidiaries have signed agreements for a sale and leaseback of the Ardmore Dauntless and Ardmore Defender, two 2015 built 37,000 Dwt Eco-design IMO 2 products and chemical tankers, with Ocean Yield ASA (Ocean Yield). The lease agreements are for a period of 12 years and the Company has options to repurchase each vessel at various stages prior to maturity.

23 Oct 2018

Star Bulk Carriers Announces Financing Update

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Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has repaid to its lenders all outstanding deferred debt amounts originating from the September 2016 restructuring of its finance agreements.The global shipping company focused on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes said that it currently has no restrictions on vessel acquisitions or new debt and is free to make dividend payments to its shareholders from January 1, 2019 onwards.The seaborne transportation provider also announced today that…

15 Oct 2018

EuroDry Gets Refinance, Expands Fleet

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EuroDry announced that it has completed the refinancing of the debt of M/V Alexandros P, a 62,000 dwt ultramax drybulk vessel built in 2017.The owner and operator of drybulk vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk cargoes said in a press release that the new loan facility of $15 million was used to repay the previous loan facility with an outstanding balance of $9.9 million and provide additional liquidity to the Company.The new loan will have a maturity of…

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