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2018-05-29 16:35:42

Rosnefteflot, part of Russia’s petroleum company Rosneft, has signed a contract with compatriot Zvezda shipyard for the construction of a 69,000 dwt shuttle tanker.

The contract, inked during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum held from May 24 to 26, 2018, includes an option to build a second similar vessel.

At the same time, a 20-year charter agreement was signed between Rosneft and Rosnefteflot.

The tanker will feature Arc6 ice class and will be used for export of oil and petroleum products from Trebsa and Titova fields, according to Rosneft.

Arc6 tankers are designed for operations where ice thickness is up to 1.5 meters and ambient temperature is down to -45 degrees.

With a length of 257 meters, a width of 34 meters and a speed of 15.5 knots, the vessel will be built under the supervision of the Russian Maritime Register and will be operated under the flag of the Russian Federation.

Back in September 2017, Rosneft signed with Zvezda an agreement of intent related to the construction of shuttle tankers of the ice class Arc6-Arc7. The total order placed with Zvezda includes 26 vessels. Out of these, twelve tankers of ice class Arc6-Arc7 have been ordered, as informed by Rosneft.

2018-05-29 15:45:12

The newest containership giant, being built for French shipping major CMA CGM, has been launched at a shipyard in the Philippines.

The 20,600 TEU containership CMA CGM Louis Bleriot was launched by the Subic-based shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil) on April 21.

Measuring roughly 400 meters in length, the unit is the third ultra large container vessel (ULCV) to be built by HHIC-Phil for CMA CGM.

Following the launching, the containership underwent rigid technical inspections and sea trials.

CMA CGM Louis Bleriot is scheduled for delivery in September 2018.

On May 25, the shipbuilder held the naming and delivery ceremony for CMA CGM’s second 20,600 TEU containership, CMA CGM Jean Mermoz. The newbuild will be deployed in French Asia Line 1 which connects Asia to Northern Europe.

2018-05-17 17:47:05

Owner and operator of dry bulkers GoodBulk took delivery of a 2011-built Capesize vessel,the Aquacarrier, on May 14.

Featuring 175,935 dwt, the Capesize is the final one to deliver out of the six option vessels acquired from funds managed by CarVal Investors in December 2017.

The purchase was financed with a combination of cash on hand, availability under existing credit facilities and the issuance of 1,150,689 new common shares to funds managed by CarVal.

The vessel, built by China’s Jinhai shipyard, is to be employed in the spot market via the Capesize Revenue Sharing Agreement (Capesize RSA) managed by C Transport Maritime SAM (CTM).

Additionally, GoodBulk informed that it completed the fifth, and final, closing of the December 2017 Rights Offering issuing 268,577 shares for gross proceeds of USD 4.09 million in early May.

GoodBulk controls a fleet of 24 dry bulk vessels, including 21 Capesize vessels, 1 Panamax vessel, and 2 Supramax vessels, with an additional Capesize vessel expected to be delivered by July 2018.

2018-05-17 17:41:19

Greek shipowner Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has booked the construction of two Long Range (LR2)/Aframax tankers at South Korean shipbuilder Daehan Shipbuilding, data from Asiasis shows.

The two ships are scheduled for delivery in October 2019 and January 2020.

Price details of the order have not been disclosed.

TEN is yet to provide World Maritime News with a comment on the matter.

The order is being reported on the back of the completion of TEN’s 15-vessel newbuilding program in the fourth quarter of last year. In addition, the tanker owner and operator has been offloading some of its older tonnage as well.

Just last month, the company sold its oldest very large crude carrier (VLCC), the 1998-built Millennium, for demolition.

TEN’s fleet consists of 64 double-hull vessels totaling 6.9 million dwt. Of these, 46 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers.

Despite a difficult tanker market, the Greek tanker shipping company ended 2017 in the black with a net income TankerofTanker USD 20.4 million.

However, the full-year profit was halved when compared to 2016 when TEN’s net income stood at USD 55.7 million.

The company is scheduled to report earnings for the first quarter of 2018 on Friday, June 15, 2018.

2018-05-17 17:36:50

Keppel Singmarine, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary, has secured contracts from Van Oord to build two high-specification Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHDs).

The two dredgers are expected to be completed in 4Q 2020 and 2Q 2021 respectively. As part of the contracts, Van Oord has an option to order a third dredger to be exercised within one year.

When completed, the two TSHDs will each have a hopper capacity of 10,500 cubic meters. Built to the requirements of the classification society, Bureau Veritas, the two dredgers will be equipped with dual-fuel systems capable of running on LNG.

"Keppel is currently constructing five other dredgers, and we are able to build on our experience and capabilities to meet Van Oord’s needs,” Abu Bakar, Managing Director at Gas & Specialised Vessels, Keppel O&M, said.

"Last month we already launched our first LNG powered crane vessel. The TSHDs will be the first LNG hopper dredgers in our fleet,” Jaap de Jong, Staff Director, Ship Management Department at Van Oord, said.

2018-05-14 16:14:30

Hunter Group revealed that its board has decided to exercise options for the construction of three additional very large crude carriers (VLCC) at Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).

As informed, each of the option vessels has a price of USD 82.8 million, plus USD 2.7 million for scrubber.

Estimated delivery times for the three 300,000 dwt ships are May 31, 2020, June 30, 2020, and August 31, 2020.

The agreement is expected to be signed in the near future, according to the company.

What is more, Hunter Group has received three new options from the shipyard for identical technical specifications. The options are each priced at USD 92 million, including scrubber, and scheduled for delivery in the first half 2021. These new options will expire August 15, 2018, the company said.

Last month, Hunter Group entered into a definitive back-to-back contract transfer agreement with Apollo Asset for the transfer of shipbuilding contracts for four VLCCs. Previously, Apollo had offered to transfer ownership of up to seven VLCCs to Hunter Group.

Now, Hunter Group has received satisfactory refund guarantees for the first three VLCCS to be constructed at DSME and has made the first instalment for each contract, totaling USD 25.56 million, to the shipyard. The second instalments will be made between January 20 and March 20, 2019, and the vessels are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of the year. The costs for each vessel is USD 82.5 million, plus USD 2.7 million for scrubber.

The company also informed the board will make the first instalment of USD 8.55 million for the fourth vessel once the refund guarantee is in place. The total cost for the tanker is USD 82.8 million, plus scrubber. The board anticipates that the refund guarantee will be in place within the next few weeks. The second instalment is scheduled for January 20, 2019, with the delivery expected in the fourth quarter of 2019.

2018-05-14 16:11:11

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, an affiliate of Hyundai Heavy Industries, has received orders for seven ships, according to broker reports.

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (BoCom) has ordered three 50,000 dwt tankers from the yard, which will be chartered by Swiss Trafigura, data from Asiasis shows.

The ships are said to be slated for delivery in 2020, however, the financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Trafigura is yet to provide World Maritime News with a statement on the matter.

Separately, Turkish shipping company Yasa Holding has placed an order for four Medium range (MR) petrochemical tankers with Hyundai Mipo, Intermodal said in its weekly report. The 49,000 dwt ships are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2019.

Yasa Holding has eight Ultramax newbuildings on order at Chinese yards, four at COSCO Dalian and Jiangsu New Yangzijiang respectively, VesselsValue’s data shows.

HMD’s order influx comes in the wake of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company’s (KOTC) order for four product tankers from April. Under the USD 167.6 million deal, the delivery of the quartet is planned for 2020.

KOTC already ordered three LPG tankers from HHI in January this year.

2018-05-11 17:08:00

Greek owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels Navios Maritime Partners has expanded its fleet with a 2005-built Panamax vessel.

The company said that the 87,000 dwt Navios Apollon I was delivered on May 9, 2018.

As previously announced, the vessel was acquired for a price of USD 13 million.

Based on the current rate environment, the unit is expected to generate some USD 3.2 million of annual EBITDA, assuming operating expenses approximating current operating costs and 360 revenue and cost days.

Navios Partners financed the acquisition with cash on the balance sheet.

Earlier in 2018, Navios Partners agreed to purchase two 2006-built Panamax vessels from unrelated third parties.

Featuring 74,500 dwt, the Navios Altair I and the Navios Symmetry were acquired for a price of USD 22 million.

The vessels are expected to be delivered to Navios Partners’ owned fleet during the second quarter of 2018.

2018-05-11 17:03:06

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, an affiliate of Hyundai Heavy Industries, has received orders for seven ships, according to broker reports.

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing (BoCom) has ordered three 50,000 dwt tankers from the yard, which will be chartered by Swiss Trafigura, data from Asiasis shows.

The ships are said to be slated for delivery in 2020, however, the financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Trafigura is yet to provide World Maritime News with a statement on the matter.

Separately, Turkish shipping company Yasa Holding has placed an order for four Medium range (MR) petrochemical tankers with Hyundai Mipo, Intermodal said in its weekly report. The 49,000 dwt ships are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2019.

Yasa Holding has eight Ultramax newbuildings on order at Chinese yards, four at COSCO Dalian and Jiangsu New Yangzijiang respectively, VesselsValue’s data shows.

HMD’s order influx comes in the wake of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company’s (KOTC) order for four product tankers from April. Under the USD 167.6 million deal, the delivery of the quartet is planned for 2020.

KOTC already ordered three LPG tankers from HHI in January this year.

2018-05-10 16:01:54

Hong Kong-based containership manager and owner Seaspan Corporation has taken delivery of the latest SAVER design containership, CMA CGM Mundra.

The 10,000 TEU vessel, which was handed over on May 9, will commence a fixed rate time charter with French shipping giant CMA CGM for a three year term with an option to extend for an additional three years.

CMA CGM Mundra is first in a series of four 10,000 TEU vessels under time charter to CMA CGM that are scheduled to deliver in the first half of 2018.

Featuring a length of 337 meters and a width of 48.2 meters, the vessel was constructed at Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding and Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.

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