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Golar LNG Bags New Long-term FSRU Contract

Photo:  Golar LNG

Golar LNG Partners announced that it has executed a 15-year charter with an energy and logistics company for the provision of an FSRU (floating storage and regasification unit) and related services in the Atlantic Basin. The charter provides the Partnership with the flexibility to nominate either the Golar Spirit or the Golar Freeze to service the contract provided that the nominated FSRU satisfies certain technical specifications ahead of project start-up, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Global Ship Lease Eyes Acquisitions

Photo: Global Ship Lease

The London-based Global Ship Lease (GSL) said that it  is well-positioned as one of few publicly listed containership leasing companies to acquire attractive portfolios of ships, attract growth capital or find a complementary merger partner. The containership charter owner has engaged Evercore to act as financial advisor to assist in reviewing strategic alternatives focused on maximizing shareholder value. GSL has successfully refinanced of all of the its indebtedness in October 2017 and with a strengthening market backdrop.

Danaos Re-charters Norasia Hamburg Ahead of 2008 Redelivery

Danaos Corporation has signed an agreement with the United Arab Shipping Corporation to time charter the 3,908 TEU Norasia-Hamburg for a period of 36 months. During the first 12 months of the charter, the charterer has the option to convert the three year charter to a 5 year charter, at lower rate. The charter will begin as of the date when the current employment of this vessel ends in the first quarter of 2008. The Norasia-Hamburg is currently on time charter with CSAV.

Navios Announces New Time Charters

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. has secured new time charters for four vessels.Navios TBN Capesize -- Ten-Year Charter Navios TBN Capesize, a 172,000 dwt new building vessel scheduled to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2009, has been chartered-out for ten years commencing upon delivery. The ten-year, net daily charter-out rate will be $41,325 per day. Navios TBN Capesize, another 172,000 dwt new building vessel scheduled to deliver in the first quarter of 2010, has been chartered-out for five years commencing upon delivery. The five-year, net daily charter-out rate will be $57,000 per day. The Navios Orion, a 76,602 dwt Panamax vessel built in 2005, has been chartered-out for approximately three and a half years, commencing April 1st 2009 through December, 2012.

Star Bulk Announces Charter

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced it has agreed to a further three-year time charter for its capesize vessel Star Sigma. The three-year charter will commence in April 2009 when the current one-year time charter at a gross daily rate of USD 100,000 will expire. The three-year charter has gross daily charter average rate of $63,000 staggered as follows: USD 69,000 for the first year (April 2009-April 2010), USD 63,000 for the second year (April 2010-April 2011) and USD 57,000 for the third year (April 2011-April 2012). Star Sigma is a 1991-built Capesize vessel of 184,400 dwt. Star Bulk expects to take delivery of the Star Sigma within April 2008 at which time the one-year time charter will commence.

French Tanker Owner To Fold

French tanker operator Copamar said it would have to fold after a French court backed TotalFinaElf's decision to pull out of a five-year charter of two aged tankers. "We have cash-flow problems," said a source at Copamar. "We will certainly have to close. That's life," he added. He said the 25-year old Guri and the 30 year-old Gatteville had been taken on five-year charters by TotalFina in 1998, but the charters had been terminated 10 months ago. TotalFinaElf's decision to terminate the contract came during a change in chartering strategy last year. It said it would not use ships of over 25 years old in French waters following public outrage after the 24-year old Erika broke apart in the English Channel in December 1999, spilling 8,000 tons of fuel oil and polluting Brittany beaches.

TEN Announces Time-Charter Extensions for Tankers

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced three-year charter extensions for its 2002-built double-hull Suezmax tankers, Cape Baker and Cape Balboa, to a major South American state oil company. The charter rates for the extensions are significantly higher than the prior rates and are over 55% higher than TEN's charter-in obligations, reflecting a healthy outlook for the market. Gross revenues for these two vessels are expected to exceed $75 million over the three-year charter period. These vessels were part of a sale & leaseback transaction TEN entered into in 2003 with options to repurchase the vessels, at specified prices, over the next two years.

Premier Oil Contracts VOS Famous for Catcher FPSO job

VOS Famous. Photo: Vroon

Dutch provider of offshore support vessels Vroon has entered into a five-year charter plus options with Premier Oil for one of its emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV). "We are pleased to announce that VOS Famous has entered into a five-year charter (plus options) with Premier Oil, following a competitive tender. This is to attend their newly arriving Catcher FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading)," said a press statement from the company. This builds on a steadfast partnership built up over a number of years on a number of vessels.

Stena President Named in Split

Concordia Maritime’s product tanker Stena President – the fifth of ten tankers in the P-MAX series – will be named today. The naming ceremony will be held at Brodosplit Shipyard out-side Split. After delivery, the tanker will enter a 10-year charter with Argo Shipping and transport oil from e.g. ports in the Baltic Sea and around the White Sea to Europe and the US. The tanker’s godmother will be Nataliya Popravko, wife of Sergey Popravko, the President of Unicom Management Services and COO of the Russian shipping company Sovcomflot. The master of the Stena President is Yashin Yuriy. The Stena President was launched in the second quarter of 2007 and will be delivered in the third quarter.

Fourth LNG-powered OSV for Harvey Gulf

Image: Harvey Gulf

Harvey Gulf International Marine said it has accepted delivery of its fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered offshore supply vessel (OSV). The M/V Harvey Freedom, built at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in Gulfport, Miss. is 310’ x 64’ x 24.5’, U.S. Flagged Subchapter I and L, SOLAS compliant and capable of carrying 253,000 USG of fuel oil, 18,000 bbls of liquid mud, 1,600 bbls of methanol, 10,250ft3 of dry cement and 78,000 USG of LNG fuel. In addition to being powered by cleaner burning natural gas…

TEN Announces Charter Extension for Tanker

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. announced a three-year charter extension for its 2005-built double-hull 1C ice class Suezmax tanker Euronike to a large independent United States refiner, who has employed the vessel for the past twelve months since her delivery from the shipyard. The charter rate for the extension compares favourably to rates for similar duration charters for similar modern tonnage in the market. Gross revenues for this vessel are expected to exceed $40 million over the corresponding charter period.

Diana Shipping Puts Vessel on Charter

Diana Shipping Puts Its Panamax Carrier Danae on a 2-Year Charter at a Daily Rate of $29,400 Diana Shipping Inc., which owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk vessels, has signed the Panamax carrier Danae to a time charter contract with Hanjin Shipping Co. of Seoul, according to the AP. Athens, Greece-based Diana Shipping said the charter would span between 22 months and 25 months at a daily rate of $29,400. The employment will start on April 22 and the company expects it will generate about $20 million over its charter period.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Takes Delivery of Imperial Eagle

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq:EGLE) announced that it has taken delivery of Imperial Eagle, a Future-56 class, 56,000 dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel. The vessel has entered into a one-year time charter tied to the Baltic Supramax Index (BSI), ensuring Eagle participates directly in strong rates in the spot market while retaining the stability of a one-year charter. The Imperial Eagle represents the final of five newbuilds constructed under contract with IHI Marine United, Inc., a Japanese shipyards.  

Siem Offshore Charters PSV

Siem Offshore Inc and Five Oceans Services GmbH have entered into a firm three year charter for the large-size PSV "Siem Carrier" for operation as a world-wide Cable Lay, ROV and Offshore Construction Support Vessel. The contract will commence in fourth quarter 2007. The commercial terms of the contract are confidential between the parties. Siem Offshore Inc expects to invest $6 million in upgrade of the vessel prior to commencement of the contract.

Atlantic Navigation Bags Ten Vessel Charters

Pic: Atlantic Navigation Holdings

The Middle-East-focused marine logistics services provider Atlantic Navigation Holdings (Singapore) Limited has won long term charters for 10 OSVs with a combined value of around $236m from a Middle Eastern national oil company. The 10 vessels will go on a firm five-year charter with a two-year extension option to support a Middle Eastern national oil company's operations in the Arabian Gulf. The charters are for five maintenance/work/utility vessels and five anchor-handling tug, supply and safety standby vessels. Seven of these vessels will be newbuilds.

Concordia Maritime Signs Agreement with TOTAL

Concordia Maritime and the French oil and energy company TOTAL signed an agreement today covering charters totalling nine years for three different P-MAX tankers. The agreement is for a 5-year time charter of the Stena Progress, which will be delivered from Brodosplit Shipyard at the end of 2009 as well as 2-year extensions of the existing charters of the sister ships Stena Paris and Stena Provence, whose current 5-year charters expire in 2010 and 2011, respectively. With today's agreement, TOTAL now has four of Concordia Maritime's ten P-MAX tankers signed to time charters. The remaining duration of the charters for these four vessels is 22 years.

Arlington Tankers Exercises Four Options

Stena's exercise of the one-year options for the Panamax tanker, Stena Companion, and for the Product tanker, Stena Concord, extends the terms of the charters for these vessels to November 10, 2009. Stena continues to have the option to extend these charters on a vessel-by-vessel basis for two additional one-year terms. With respect to the Stena Companion, effective November 11, 2008, the basic charter rate will increase to $18,639 per day for a guaranteed 360 days per year and the fixed vessel management fee will increase to $6,989 per day through November 10, 2009. With respect to the Stena Concord, effective November 11, 2008, the basic charter rate will increase to $16…

Concordia Maritime Stena Paris

Concordia Maritime took delivery of the MR tanker Stena Paris built at Brodosplit Shipyard in Split, Croatia. Stena Paris is the first P-MAX tanker in a series of six vessels built at Brodosplit Shipyard. Stena Paris is on a five year charter to the French oil company TOTAL.

Star Bulk Announces Charter

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced it has agreed to a further three-year time charter for its Supramax vessel Star Gamma. The new three-year time charter to Korea Line will commence in February 2009 when the current one-year time charter to TMT, at a gross daily rate of USD 28,500, will expire. The new three-year charter with Korea Line has a gross daily average rate of $38,000 staggered as follows: USD 45,000 for the first year (February 2009-February 2010), USD 38,000 for the second year (February 2010-February 2011) and USD 31,000 for the third year (February 2011-February 2012). Star Gamma is a 2002-built Supramax vessel of 53,098 dwt.

New Rig from COSCO Delivered

Drill Rig: Photo credit COSCO

COSCO (Nantong) shipyard delivers offshore drilling rig to Sevan Drilling COSCO (Nantong) Shipyard Co., Ltd, a subsidiary  51% owned by COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd, has delivered its new build Sevan Brasil to Sevan Drilling ASA . The Sevan Brasil semi submersible has a LOA of 99 m with a breadth of 75 m and is 24.5 meters in depth. The rig is scheduled to commence operation under a six year charter contract with Petrobras during second quarter 2012.  

Navios Buys Tankship, Extends Charter on Another

Tankship 'Nave Orion': Photo courtesy of Navios

Greece-based Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation announces delivery of a MR2 product tanker & 1-year charter extension for a chemical tanker. Navios Acquisition also announced that it has agreed to extend the existing charter on the Chemical Tanker Nave Polaris for one additional year ending in Q3 2014 at the increased base rate of $12,188 with 50% profit sharing. Following the delivery of the Nave Equinox, Navios Acquisition will have 25 vessels in the water. The company has contracted 87.5% and 51.8% of its available days on a charter-out basis for 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Concordia Receives the Stena Penguin

 Photo courtesy Cision

Concordia Maritime has taken delivery of the product tanker Stena Penguin, which will enter into a three-year charter with Glencore subsidiary ST Shipping. The Stena Penguin is the ninth P-MAX tanker in a series of ten tankers in the so-called P-MAX series ordered from the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit. In August, the Stena Penguin was named in a ceremony in Split. Barbara Walter, wife of shipbroker Gilbert Walter, who negotiated the order with the shipyard, was the ship’s godmother.

Dynagas Announces TC for LNG Carrier Pair

 Arctic Aurora. Photo: Dynagas Ltd

Dynagas LNG Partners has announced that a Partnership has entered into a new three year charter agreement with Statoil ASA (Statoil) for the employment of the Arctic Aurora, its 2013-built, 155,000 cubic meter, tri-fuel diesel engine, ice class liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. The Arctic Aurora is currently, and has been since 2013, on charter to Statoil. The Extended Charter is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2018 in direct continuation of the Current Charter…

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