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Torm Stops Taking Orders in Iran Due to US Sanctions

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Danish oil product tanker operator Torm on Tuesday said it has stopped taking new orders in Iran as a consequence of U.S. plans to reimpose sanctions on Tehran."We follow the situation closely and always follow the rules. Therefore, we have also stopped taking new orders in Iran," a spokeswoman told Reuters.Torm operates 79 oil product tankers worldwide.The United States last week withdrew from an international nuclear accord with Iran and announced renewed sanctions against the country.While it is still unclear how U.S.

Maersk Tanker Unit to Wind Down Customer Agreements in Iran

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Danish oil product tanker operator Maersk Tankers, part of shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Wednesday it would wind down its customer agreements in Iran by November following new U.S. sanctions on Tehran."We will perform customer agreements entered into before May 8 and ensure that they are wound down by November 4, as required by the re-imposed U.S.

Container Shipping Line MSC Stops New Iran Bookings

The MSC Christina (CREDIT: Haifa Port)

The world's No. 2 container shipping line MSC said on Wednesday it would stop taking new bookings for Iran due to the decision by the United States to re-impose sanctions on Tehran after withdrawing from the international nuclear deal. In a note to clients, privately held MSC said it was "ceasing to provide access to services to and from Iran", adding that they would "conclude this period with the minimum disruption" to their customers' business. "While MSC is not accepting bookings for shipments originating from Iran…

Euronav Completes Merger with Gener8 Maritime

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Belgian tanker operator Euronav has concluded its merger with U.S. rival Gener8 Maritime, creating one of the world’s largest tanker shipping fleets.Gener8’s shareholders voted earlier this week to approve the merger, and following the closing on Tuesday, 60.9 million new shares issued to Gener8 shareholders as consideration for the transaction began trading Wednesday on the NYSE.The merger, which Euronav CEO Paddy Rodgers described as an “important milestone”, takes place amid…

TEN declares cash dividend

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TEN Ltd. a leading crude, product, and LNG tanker operator, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.546875 per share for its 8.75% Series D Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Shares (the "Series D Preferred Shares"; NYSE; TNPPRD) for the period from November 28, 2016 through February 27, 2017. The dividend will be paid on February 28, 2017 to all holders of record of the Series D Preferred Shares as of the third business day prior to the dividend payment date, which is February 23, 2017.

TEN Announces Time Charter for Hercules I

Pic: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN), a leading diversified crude, product and LNG tanker operator, today announced an up to 18 months time charter with minimum and profit sharing provision for the newly delivered VLCC Hercules I to a major US oil company. "All 15 new vessels in TEN's growth program, including the five for the rest of this year, have full long-term employment. This new time charter announced today with minimum base rate and profit sharing arrangements protects the Company's bottom line and ensures participation on the upside," stated Nikolas P.

Market Volatility Affects Sovcomflot

Tanker SCF Baltica. Photo:  PAO Sovcomflot

Sovcomflot is one of the world’s leaders in energy shipping as well as in servicing offshore upstream oil and gas projects. It has reported lower time charter equivalent revenue (TCE) of USD 1,142.2 million (2015: USD 1,240.1 million), EBITDA of USD 706.5 million (2015: USD 780.1 million) and net profit of USD 206.8 million (2015: USD 354.5 million). Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot said: “Sovcomflot has delivered a solid set of results for 2016, despite market volatility in a year that has severely tested our industry.

Frontline Takes Legal Battle over DHT to Marshall Islands

File photo: DHT

John Fredriksen's Frontline is switching its legal battle for control of tanker operator DHT Holdings from New York to the tiny Marshall Islands after making a fifth offer for the company this week. Frontline, controlled by Norwegian billionaire Fredriksen and owner of a 14.5 percent stake in DHT, has over the past year tried to acquire all of DHT's shares to forge the world's largest shipping tanker company. On Tuesday it made another all-share offer -- 0.8 of a Frontline share for each DHT share -- and set a 24-hour deadline for DHT to respond to the $500 million offer.

Sovcomflot Launches LNG-Powered Ships

Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

Russia’s biggest tanker operator will launch four new vessels in 2018 that will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), Bloomberg reported. Sovcomflot’s Aframax ships, capable of carrying 600,000 barrels of oil through the Baltic Sea to the port of Rotterdam, will be the first tankers run on LNG. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other energy companies that have invested more than $700 billion in LNG projects over the past decade are going to be benefitted by this project. While ships won’t transform the market,  Energy Aspects Ltd.

Court Rejects Frontline's Complaint against DHT-BW Group Deal

Photo: DHT Holdings

A court in the Marshall Islands rejected tanker operator Frontline's complaint against DHT Holdings over a rival deal with BW Group. Frontline, controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, owns around 14.5 percent of DHT. Frontline has been trying for the past year to take over its New York-listed rival. (Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha; Editing by Maju Samuel)

NITC: Tanker Shipments to Europe Increasing

NITC, Iran's leading oil tanker operator, said on Monday its shipments to Europe were increasing daily and it plans to upgrade its fleet to support expansion. International sanctions on Iran were lifted in January 2016 and NITC is looking to come in from the cold after years of isolation. Mohammad Reza Shams Dolatabadi, NITC's head of international affairs, told Reuters on the sidelines of an energy industry conference in Istanbul that the company aimed to replace some of its older tankers with new vessels. He added that the company also planned to acquire liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, marking a new direction for the company. "We are thinking of an LNG fleet in the future," he said. Dolatabadi said the number of NITC ships calling at European ports was set to increase.

Iraq Sues Tanker Operator over Kurdish Lifting

Iraq has filed a case against Greek shipping company Marine Management Services (MMS) for its role in the "illegal" export of crude from the autonomous Kurdistan region, the oil ministry in Baghdad said in a statement on Thursday. The lawsuit is the latest move by Baghdad to deter customers and thwart independent exports of crude from Kurdistan. The federal government claims sole authority to manage sales of all the oil in Iraq. The statement said MMS operated five vessels that had transported crude oil on behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from a Turkish port. "MMS is liable for damages of at least $318 million, and possibly significantly more, as a result of its willing and active participation in the KRG's illegal crude oil export scheme," the statement read.

TEN Takes Delivery of Aframax Crude Tanker

Crude, product and LNG tanker operator TEN, LTD. announced the delivery of the aframax tanker Stavanger TS, the eighth in a series of nine tankers built against long-term employment to a major European oil concern and one of the four, of this particular order, with ice-class specifications.  The last remaining ship to complete the 15-vessel organic growth program, the Bergen TS is scheduled to be delivered and commence its long-term employment in the third quarter of this year. All 15 new tankers have long-term employment. With the delivery of the Bergen TS, TEN’s current expansion program will reach its conclusion and result in 75 percent of the fleet in secured contracts with minimum gross revenues of $1.5 billion and average charter duration of 2.6 years.

Tanker, Containership Collide in Singapore

An Iranian supertanker collided with a container ship in the Singapore Strait with no loss of life or pollution despite damage to both vessels, shipping officials said on Thursday. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the collision took place just before midnight on Thursday between Dream II, owned by Iran's top oil tanker operator NITC, and MSC Alexandra, owned by the world's no.2 container group MSC of Switzerland. The MPA and MSC said a number of container boxes fell into the sea, and others landed on the deck of Dream II. "We are ... extremely relieved to hear that there has been no loss of life, or pollution caused despite the significant damage to the hull of MSC Alexandra," Yock Juee Tan, managing director of MSC Asia, said in a statement.

TEN Delivers Aframax Tanker

Image: Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries

Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN Ltd) has announced the delivery of the Aframax crude tanker "Thomas Zafiras" from Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries which will immediately enter a long term contract to a Northern European charterer that could generate gross revenues in excess of $100 million. This is the second vessel in a series of nine purposely built Aframax tankers on long term time charters at accretive rates. TEN's new building program continues later this month with the delivery of a Panamax LR1 tanker also chartered to long term accretive employment.

Heidmar Names New CEO

Photo: Heidmar Inc.

Norwalk-headquartered tanker operator Heidmar has appointed James Pippard as its new Chief Executive Officer. James will oversee  the global footprint of the Company's five Pools, with offices in Norwalk, CT, London and Singapore. James is a respected and successful figure in the tanker shipping industry and during his 25 years at Teekay, he has worked in a variety of commercial management roles in Houston, Vancouver, London and Singapore and will be blending his experience into Heidmar’s pooling business to create  value for its partners and customers.

Crystal Nordic Sold to Essberger Tankers

Photo: Nordic Tankers A/S

Nordic Tankers and Embarcadero Maritime (a joint venture between Borealis Maritime and KKR) have signed and closed an agreement to sell the jointly held company Crystal Nordic to John T. Essberger in Hamburg, a leading owner and operator of chemical tankers in Europe. Crystal Nordic was established following the combination of Nordic Tankers’ inter-European stainless steel chemical tanker business with Crystal Pool in 2015. The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial information.

Elektrans, CST & Marine Service to establish Chemtrans

Photo: Elektrans Group

Elektrans Group has joined hands with German tank operator Chemikalien Seetransport (CST) and the consultancy and engineering company Marine Service GmbH to establish a joint venture -- Chemtrans India Pvt Ltd. "Elektran Group and a company affiliated to the reputed German tanker operator Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH (CST) and the consultancy and engineering company Marine Service GmbH are pleased to announce that they have concluded a joint venture agreement to set up 'Chemtrans India Private Limited," Elektrans group said in a statement.

Tanker Operator, Master Sentenced for Pollution

A tanker vessel operator and master were convicted this week for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil and garbage from an oil tanker that was operating off the coast of Texas. On Monday, operator Sea World Management & Trading Inc. and the master of tanker Sea Faith, Edmon Fajardo, pleaded guilty to two felony violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for failing to accurately maintain the Sea Faith’s Oil Record Book and Garbage Record Book, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood. Both admitted that oil cargo residues and machinery…

Euronav, Gener8 Maritime Merger to Close in 2Q 2018

Photo: Euronav NV

Tanker operators Euronav NV said that it remains confident of closing a takeover of the U.S.-based provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services Gener8 Maritime in the next three months. On 21 December 2017 the boards of Euronav and Gener8 Maritime announced agreement on a stock-for-stock merger for the entire issued and outstanding share capital of Gener8 pursuant to which Gener8 would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Euronav (the Combined Entity). "Work on the transaction is proceeding as planned with an anticipated closing in the second quarter of 2018…

Navios Buoyed by JPMorgan Duble Upgrade

Shares of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners jumped more than 15% early Friday morning as JPMorgan upgraded the crude oil tanker operator to "overweight" from "underweight" Stock currently up 13.6 pct at $4.34; top percentage gainer on the NYSE In a Q1 2018 Oil Tankers Earnings preview, Analyst Noah Parquette is more constructive on a 2019 tanker recovery as scrapping boosts supply side and IMO regulations increase demand Regarding NAP upgrade, Parquette cites valuation following distribution cut, believes new distribution level to be sustainable; though trims PT by $1 to $6 On flip side, downgrades sibling co Navios Maritime Acquisition to "underweight" from "neutral" On Mar 26, NAP announced board announced fleet renewal and reset of annual distribution policy to $0.50/unit

Verifavia Performs Audit for Dynacom

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Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), has commenced a ‘pre-verification GAP-Analysis’ audit for Greek-based Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. (Dynacom). The tanker operator is taking proactive steps to meeting the requirements of the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation (2015/757), which came into force on 1st July 2015. The regulation is the industry’s first step towards cutting CO2 emissions from maritime transport in the European Union (EU).

Euronav Freight Rates Sag in Challenging Market Conditions

File Image: A euroNav VLCC underway at sea (CREDIT: EuroNav)

Belgian tanker operator Euronav's average spot rates for its very large crude carriers (VLCCs) fell 53.8 percent to $18,725 per day in the first quarter, as challenging conditions continued in the freight market, the company said on Wednesday. Tanker companies have been suffering from a glut of excess capacity which has weighed on rates, while OPEC oil production cuts have added to the pressure. "The rebalancing of the tanker market requires further affirmative action in reducing primarily older tonnage…

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