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Monday, June 25, 2018

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Koch Shipping Signs Charter Deal for Diana's Bulker m/v Philadelphia

m/v Philadelphia. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping  announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Philadelphia. The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels said that the  gross charter rate is US$20,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about 20 months to maximum 23 months. The charter commenced on June 18, 2018.

Green Award Partners with NPRC Inland Shipping Cooperative

From left to right: Jan Fransen (Green Award), Stefan Meeusen (NPRC), Rik Janssen (Prov Zuid Holland), Hester Duursema (Green Award). Photo:  Green Award Foundation

The Rotterdam-based inland shipping cooperative NPRC is the first logistics service provider in the inland shipping sector to be appointed as ‘incentive provider’ by the Green Award Foundation. In practice, NPRC can be expected to pay a share of the audit costs associated with certification for its members, as well as actively thinking along about the requirements set for the Green Award certification of inland shipping companies. According to the Member of the Provincial Executive of South Holland Rik Janssen, this is a ground-breaking collaboration.

German Shipowners Get Back to Basics

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The situation for the shipping companies based in Germany has been, much like the rest of the world in 2017, mostly tight. Currently, the German shipping companies are undergoing changes against this background. They are concentrating more and more on their core competences. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' man in Germany, Peter Pospiech, recently talked to Alfred Hartmann, President of the VDR (Association of German Shipowners), for his exclusive insights on the size, shape and direction of German shipowners.Mr.

Liu Joins Senior Shipping Figures at Nor-Shipping

Peggy Liu (Photo: Nor-Shipping)

Globally renowned green energy champion Peggy Liu has been announced as the latest speaker for Nor-Shipping 2017. Liu, the Chairperson of Joint US-CHINA Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), is set to join a growing list of key shipping figures at the leading global maritime event week. Together they will deliver fresh perspectives on the challenges, opportunities and future evolution of the industry worldwide. Liu is a well-known figure throughout the business, political and media landscapes.

HSH Nordbank Aims to Buy Shipping Loans from Other Banks

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Germany's HSH Nordbank, once the world's biggest ship financier, aims to buy shipping loans from other banks and make new investments in the industry as it emerges from years of turmoil, a top bank official said.The bank's regional government owners are selling the lender to buyout groups Cerberus Capital Management and J.C. Flowers, with investors GoldenTree, Centaurus Capital and Austrian bank BAWAG also taking stakes."HSH, at the end of this process of privatization, will for the first time since 2008 be restored.

Grindrod Shipping Makes US Debut

Photo: Grindrod Shipping Holdings

"On 18 June 2018 at 09h30 EST in New York City, the bell rang on the Nasdaq trading floor signifying the first day of trade for Grindrod Shipping Holdings. The seven-storey Nasdaq Tower in Times Square lit up with the Grindrod Shipping logo and displayed Grindrod Shipping’s majestic vessels," said a press release from the company. The separation and listing of the Shipping division on an offshore stock exchange was contemplated for many years. The separate listing will enable…

EU Shipping Needs Stronger Global Orientation -Study

Photo: Copenhagen Malmö Port

The EU has an overall competitive regime in place for fiscal and social measures as well as quality registers and a strong skills base. This combination supports the current status of the EU as an attractive location for shipping activities. To develop further growth in European shipping, the EU however needs to adapt this framework into a comprehensive, globally oriented shipping policy that aims to improve the EU’s competitiveness as a location for international shipping. That…

Shreyas Shipping Acquires Balaji Shipping

Image: Transworld

India’s Shreyas Shipping and Logistics has approved plans for its subsidiary Shreyas Relay Systems (SRS) to acquire 99.9% of Balaji Shipping Lines from Transworld Holding (TWH). Shreyas Shipping said that consequent to the said issue, the company would hold less than 50 percent of the shareholding in SRS. It also said that as consideration for deal, the company will issue fully paid up equity shares to TWH. Dubai-headquartered Balaji Shipping Lines is engaged in refrigerated and dry cargo transport between the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.

Cosco Shipping H1 Net Profit Up 42%

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Cosco Shipping International said its net profit rose 42% in the first half of 2017, thanks to higher net exchange gains and net finance income. In the first half of 2017, the global economy saw an upward trend in growth with improving market confidence. The solid economic and trade growth brought about long-awaited signs of recovery for the shipping industry. The rational competition and cooperation in the shipping industry further facilitated the positive growth momentum in the shipping market.

German Banks Step up Efforts to Offload Toxic Shipping Debt

Top national lenders Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank are stepping up efforts to offload distressed shipping loans, finance sources said, as the German banking system grapples with $100 billion in toxic debt from the sector. While the shipping sector is showing signs of recovery after a near-decade long downturn, it is still struggling with an excess of ships and sluggish growth in global trade, which has led to some shipping companies going to the wall. German banks, once global leaders in ship financing, have written off billions of euros in loans to shipping companies, while other European lenders - facing capital pressure from regulators - have quit the business.

Industry Wants Hanjin Shipping to Merge with Hyundai Merchant Marine

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

The Korea Shipowners’ Association (KSA) has officially suggested Hanjin Shipping merge with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to prevent  court receivership and liquidation, reports Business Korea. This is the first time that the industry recommends the merger of the two companies. As placing Hanjin Shipping into court-led restructuring will co-destruct the nation’s shipping businesses, the company should stabilize the business and merge with HMM later. The KSA and the Federation of Korea Maritime Industries…

German Banks Count Cost of Global Shipping Crisis

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

German banks are struggling to recoup tens of billions of dollars of loans as a global shipping industry slump hits them hard. The lenders - among the biggest backers of shipowners over the past 20 years - are behind up to a quarter of the world's $400 billion of outstanding shipping loans, three shipping financiers told Reuters. This would make them collectively more exposed than banks from any other single country in terms of outstanding debt to the sector. These institutions…

China COSCO Shipping Not to Hike Freight Rates

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China COSCO Shipping will not raise its shipping prices as it had planned, reports Caixin quoting shipping agency representatives at Shanghai’s port. The shipping giant has given up its plan to take advantage of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy by raising prices after a surge of international cargo prices turned out to be temporary, says the report. The shipping market witnessed a spike in prices in the first few days after Hanjin filed for court receivership on Aug. 31. One container shipped from China to the western coast of the United States…

Maritime Shipping Market Brightened: NYK Line

Photo: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) said that conditions in the maritime shipping market were positive overall during the nine-month period of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. In the container shipping market, an upswing in spot freight rates stalled somewhat as the total supply of tonnage remained at similarly high levels as the previous year. Nevertheless, shipping traffic was brisk on the back of robust demand for container shipments. In the dry bulk shipping market…

COSCO Ports Arm Inks Terminal Deal in Abu Dhabi

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a container terminal concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited - Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of container terminal operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, a subsidiary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, Zheng Chiping, Deputy Director of the foreign investment department of the National Development and Reform Commission of PRC and Wan Min…

All Aboard for Hedge Funds as Trade Tide Lifts Shipping

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Forced to abandon ship after mistiming their investments five years ago, hedge funds are venturing back in a bid to profit from growing global trade flows. Around 90 percent of traded goods by volume are transported by sea and global shipping sectors, including dry bulk, are on course for a recovery this year after a near-decade long crisis, ratings agency S&P said in a report last week. The IMF has forecast GDP growth at 3.9 percent for 2018 and 2019 versus 3.7 percent last year, which analysts say is boosting sentiment for shipping.

Cosco Raises $1.8bln Capital

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China’s COSCO Shipping Development Co Ltd  announced a proposed nonpublic issuance of about 3.28 billion shares to specific investors, including its parent company, to raise up to 12 billion yuan ($1.79 billion), reports China Daily. COSCO Shipping Development will become a financing platform of its parent company-China Cosco Shipping Corp, the country's largest shipping company, according to its public statement. The company will use 6 billion yuan and 2.4 billion yuan from the proceeds for the capital injection into two of its subsidiaries…

LR, SCC Release Low Carbon Pathways 2050 Study

Photo: Lloyd's Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Shipping in Changing Climates, a $4m multi-university and cross industry research project funded by EPRSC, have today released Low Carbon Pathways 2050 – a new study that details a number of potential pathways for the shipping industry’s transition to a low carbon future. The report underlines the need for shipping to start its decarbonization imminently – as stringency increases over time, increasingly high-cost mitigation steps are required. The later we leave decarbonization, the more rapid and potentially disruptive it will be for shipping.

Bank of Ireland Winding Down Shipping Loans

Bank of Ireland said it is winding down its shipping business, joining other banks looking to cut non-core lending and exposure to an industry suffering its worst downturn. Many European banks are already bogged down by a sluggish economy and face tough capital demands from regulators which are eroding profitability, leaving many looking for ways to shore up their balance sheets. Parts of the shipping industry are suffering their deepest ever downturn as international trade slows. Around 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea. "As previously stated, Bank of Ireland no longer lends within the shipping finance sector and we have been winding down the portfolio," the bank, Ireland's largest by assets, told Reuters on Tuesday.

COSCO Shipping, DEME Signs Umbrella Agreement

Photo: DEME

The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME and COSCO Shipping - the largest shipping company in the world - will work closely on the development of offshore wind energy in China. The umbrella agreement was signed today in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The attendance of both Heads of Government signifies the importance of the cooperation agreement and the Chinese vision concerning the transition to renewable energy.

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping Visits ACSC

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ACSC) held a meeting with Konstantin Palnikov, the General Director of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), which is one of the well-known classification societies. During the meeting, the current state of cooperation between ACSC and RS was discussed. Chairman of the Shipping Company Rauf Veliyev informed the guests about the work carried out in the Shipping Company for the last 4 years. It was noted that maintaining the technical condition of the fleet vessels is one of the main conditions for the implementation of strategic objectives.

Proposed New Capital Rules Threaten Shipping

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The global shipping industry will hit a credit crunch if proposed new bank capital rules are implemented in a sector already weighed down by toxic debt, bankers involved say. The Basel Committee of banking supervisors from nearly 30 countries met in Chile last month in an effort to complete the new rules for lenders in the world's major financial centres. It is now trying to pin down the details. While the rules do not target shipping specifically, some of the biggest rises in…

Trade War All About the Eastbound Transpacific -BIMCO

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When two of the world’s top trading partners get entangled in a stand-off, where the outbreak of a trade war could become the extended tool of intense negotiations, BIMCO says we’d better prepare for what may come while hoping that it will never take place.The U.S. is China’s largest trading partner measured by value – and China is the largest one-country trading partner that the U.S. has.“The global shipping industry naturally gets concerned when two nations of huge importance to most shipping sectors get in the ring to fight a trade war – gloves off…

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