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GOGL Acquires New Vessel

File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has  taken delivery of the second vessel, Sea Monterrey (to be renamed Golden Monterrey). On October 16, 2017 GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two modern Capesize vessels from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited, a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family (Hemen), the Company's largest shareholder, at a purchase price of USD 43.0 million per vessel. The first vessel, Golden Behike, was delivered in November 2017.

Andreas Silcher Negotiates LNG Carrier Contracts

Andreas Silcher. Photo: Haynes and Boone

Partner Andreas Silcher in Haynes and Boone’s London office represented TMS Cardiff Gas in its contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea (HHI) for the construction of one 174,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, plus an option for a second vessel. In a press release, TMS Cardiff Gas called the order the first in the company’s X Carrier Series of orders, which expands the company’s fleet of managed vessels to 10. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2020, when she will enter into a seven-year time charter contract with TOTAL Gas & Power Chartering, Limited.

Golden Ocean Group Announces Sale

Golden Ocean Group Limited has agreed to sell the vessel M/V Shinyo Brilliance. The vessel is a Panamax bulker and is one of the long-term time charter vessels previously acquired from Louis Dreyfus with an option to purchase attached to the time charter. The vessel will be delivered to the Buyers within the end of December 2007 and the agreed purchase price is $72m net. The strike price for the option is about $20m net and the transaction will thereby free up approximately $52m in cash liquidity.

Knightsbridge Tankers Limited Announces Long Term Charter

Knightsbridge Tankers Limited has secured a long-term time charter contract, for one of the Company's five very large crude carriers (VLCC's), with a highly reputable charterer. The five-year agreement will help to provide a steady and predictable flow of revenue with secured income of approximately $31,000 per day for the duration of the contract. The arrangement will commence in mid March, 2004 upon the redelivery of the vessel from Shell International Petroleum Company.

Dynagas Partners inks long-term deals for two LNG Vessels

Courtesy Dynagas Partners

Monaco – March 31, 2016 –Dynagas LNG Partners LP. * Gazprom Global LNG Limited has extended its current charter for the 2007-built LNG carrier Ob River, on the same terms, until May 1, 2018 (plus or minus 15 days). In addition, the Partnership has entered into a new long-term time charter agreement with Gazprom Marketing and Trading Pte. Ltd., an affiliate of Gazprom, for the Ob River, which is expected to commence immediately following the vessel’s redelivery from its current charter with Gazprom, for a period of 10 years (plus or minus 15 days).

Navios Maritime Announces Long-Term Time Charters

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc., a vertically integrated global shipping company specializing in the dry-bulk shipping industry, announced today that it has secured favorable time charter contracts for three of its vessels. As a result, Navios has extended the coverage of its core fleet to 100.0% for 2006, 73.3% for 2007 and 37.0% for 2008. The time charters, for the Navios Cielo, Navios Orbiter and Navios Sagittarius, have been fixed for approximately 2 years each at rates creating approximately $32.9 million of EBITDA over the charter periods.

SFL Orders 2 Product Tankers

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL), announced today that it has agreed to build two 114,000 dwt LR2 oil product carriers at a shipyard in Korea. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2017 and will thereafter commence long term time-charters to a US based investment-grade energy company.   The charter period will be minimum seven years with options to extend the charter period by up to two years, and the aggregate annual EBITDA contribution from the vessels is estimated to approximately $11 million on average during the firm period of the charter.

Odfjell Buys Secondhand Chemical Tanker

Oslo listed shipping firm Odfjell SE said it has purchased a secondhand stainless steel chemical tanker for $25.5 million.   The M/T Argent Eyebright, built in 2009 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding in Japan, has 16 stainless steel tanks.   On short term time charter to Odfjell Tankers since January 2017, Argent Eyebright will be renamed and put under NIS flag after closing the transaction end of June.

Odfjell Announces Ship Sale and Delivery

As part of Odfjell's continued fleet renewal process, two older ships have been sold. The company also took delivery of the 33,707 fully stainless steel newbuilding M/T Bow Heron on long term time-charter. The parcel tanker M/T Bow Condor (27,950 dwt/built 1978) has been sold for demolition. The Bow Condor was built in and was the last vessel of the 13 ships in the B76 series to operate in our service.

SFL Acquires Bulk Carriers; Charters Box Ships

Acquisition of two 82,000 dwt dry-bulk carriers and long-term charters for 8,700 teu container vessels nnounced by Ship Finance International (SFL). Ship Finance International Limited announced the agreement to acquire two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax dry-bulk carriers built in 2012, in combination with long-term time-charters to a state-owned Chinese charterer. The vessels are expected to be delivered to SFL within the next two months, and the aggregate annual EBITDA contribution from the vessels is estimated to approximately $7 million on average during the 8-year charter period. The Company is also pleased to announce long-term time-charters for four 8,700 teu newbuilding container vessels, currently under construction in Korea.

Omega Navigation Announces Delivery Tankers

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc., a provider of global marine transportation services announced that it has taken delivery of two product tankers, the Iasonas, to be renamed the Omega Lady Sarah, and the Adonis, to be renamed the Omega Princess. Omega Navigation has taken delivery of five double hull product tankers and has agreements to acquire one additional double hull product tanker with expected delivery by the end of July 2006. The Omega Lady Sarah is a Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker of 71,500 deadweight tons (dwt), built by STX, South Korea in 2004. This is the third Panamax product tanker delivered to Omega and follows the delivery of the Omega Queen and Omega King"announced on May 31, 2006 and June 16, 2006, respectively.

TEN Announces Long Term Time Charter

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) announced a new long-term time-charter contract for the Suezmax Triathlon with Sun International Limited/Sunoco Inc. The seven-year contract, with a three-year option, begins in mid January, 2004 upon the expiration of Triathlon's next fixed voyage. The rate obtained for the new time charter has an accretive minimum and provides for profit sharing between TEN and Sun International when market rates exceed the minimum. "We are very excited to announce our latest time charter agreement," stated Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of TEN. "Once again, TEN has secured an attractive, long-term charter that will help to provide a steady and predictable flow of earnings and strengthen its balance sheet.

Aframaxes Taken for Short-term Time Charters in Asia

File photo: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company

The Asian Aframax market is currently stable but seems to be facing a more positive outlook on the back of short-term time charters as well as an increase in third decade cargoes. Rates for an Indonesia/Japan run basis 80 kt are hovering around w100 to w102.5, while rates for the AG/East route basis 80 kt stand at w115. Reflecting firmer owner sentiment, TD14 inched up steadily w-o-w to w100.78 which translates into daily earnings of around $8,700/day. At least three Aframaxes…

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.

Global Ship Lease Report Q1 Financials

Image: Global Ship Lease

The containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) has reported first-quarter net income of $6.8 million. Its revenue stood at $39.6 mln for the Quarter. Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, stated, "During the first quarter of 2017, we continued to execute our core strategy, maximizing the value of our long-term time charters with high-quality counterparties, maintaining high levels of vessel utilization and closely controlling costs. The fleet generated operating revenues from fixed-rate time charters of $39.6 million in the three months ended March 31…

Singapore's Record Fuel Stocks Move to Floating Storage

Record high stocks of fuel oil in Singapore are pushing traders to store the shipping and feedstock fuel into tankers temporarily as demand slows regionally. At least seven very large crude carriers (VLCCs) have been provisionally fixed to store fuel oil on short-term time charters, traders and shipbrokers said. Lower oil prices have boosted refinery profits over most of this year, in turn driving refiners to maximise run rates and increase the supply of fuel oil in the region, traders said. Traders are also taking advantage of cheaper freight rates and a steep contango where prices of cargoes loading in the current month are cheaper than those loading in forward months.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Secures Long-Term Charters

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., a global marine transportation company specializing in the Supramax segment of the dry bulk shipping industry, today announced that it has secured long-term time charter contracts for three of its vessels. Upon completion of its current charter of $18,550 per day, the Jaeger, a 52,000 dwt Supramax will commence a new time charter with a rate of $27,500 per day for 12-14 months. The charter rate may reset at the beginning of each month based on the average time charter rate for the Baltic Supramax Index, but in no case less than $22,500 per day. The charter on the Harrier, a 50,000 dwt Supramax has been extended from its current charter rate of $23,750 per day for 24 to 27 months at a rate of $24,000 per day.

Omega Navigation Takes Delivery of Tanker

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. (has taken delivery of its second Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker, the Everhard Schulte, to be renamed the Omega King. The Omega King is a Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker of 74,999 deadweight tons (dwt), built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea in 2004. The acquisition was funded by in part from the net proceeds of the Company's initial public offering and debt under a senior secured credit facility provided by HSH-Nordbank AG. The Omega King is employed under a long-term time charter to A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM until June 2009 at a daily time charter hire rate of $26,500. The Company has granted Torm an option to extend the charter for an additional period of 24 months at a minimum daily time charter hire rate of $28,500.

OMI Delivers New Vessel

OMI Corporation has delivered the Amazon, a 47,000 dwt product tanker, which is the first of a series of four sisterships being constructed for Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd., pursuant to contracts between the company and Sumitomo Corporation. The vessel has entered into a previously announced three-year time charter. Craig H. Stevenson, Chairman, CEO and president of OMI said, “ This brings to 15 the number of vessels on long term time charter, with two more new product tankers to be added during the first quarter of this year. We now have twenty handysize and handymax product tankers, making us the largest owner in the world in this size category.

Omega Navigation Takes Delivery of Tanker

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. took delivery of its Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker, the Rudolf Schulte, to be renamed the Omega Queen. The Omega Queen is a Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker of 74,999 deadweight ton (dwt) built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea in 2004. The acquisition was funded by in part from proceeds of the Company's initial public offering and debt under a senior secured credit facility provided by HSH-Nordbank AG. The Omega Queen is employed under a long-term time charter to A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM until May 2009 at a daily time charter hire rate of $26,500. The company has granted Torm an option to extend the charter for 24 months at a minimum daily time charter hire rate of $28,500.

OMI Announces Delivery New Vessel

OMI Corporation today announced that it had taken delivery of the Amazon, a new 47,000 dwt product tanker, the first of a series of four sisterships being constructed for the Company by Onomichi Dockyard Co., Ltd. pursuant to contracts between the Company and Sumitomo Corporation. The vessel has entered into a previously announced three-year time charter. Craig H. Stevenson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of OMI commented that "This brings to fifteen the number of vessels on long term time charter, with two more new product tankers to be added during the first quarter of this year. We now have twenty handysize and handymax product tankers, making us the largest owner in the world in this size category. OMI has on order at shipyards two Suezmaxes and six product carriers.

Philly Tankers Lines Up Charters

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Philly Tankers AS announced today that its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Philly Tankers LLC, has entered into binding long-term time charter contracts with a domestic end-user for the two 50,000 dwt product tankers it has on order with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (AKPS). The charters will commence after delivery of the vessels in 2016 and 2017. "This is an important milestone for Philly Tankers and we are proud of the long-term partnership that the company has established with a reputable end-user," said Kristian Rokke, Chairman of AKPS and Board member of Philly Tankers AS.

Stena Vision Repair Prolonged

Arlington Tankers Ltd. Management Ltd. due to an engine maintenance program. for several months. charter to Concordia Maritime AB (Concordia) of Sweden until November 2009. The daily basic charter rate for the Stena Vision for 2006 is $36,075. contractual vessel management fees. contract for the vessel.

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