John Fredriksen’s Flex LNG has entered into a time charter with Spain’s Endesa for a 2018-built (Samsung) LNG carrier, Flex Ranger.
The charter is for one year and it will commence in June 2020 after the expiry of an existing charter with Endesa’s parent company Enel. Endesa also has a one-year extension option available.
Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has sealed a new time charter with Singapore’s Pacbulk Shipping for the 2015-built Capesize vessel Santa Barbara.
The contract commences on December 27 and is for a period of 12-14 months at a rate of $17,250 per day. The vessel was previously on charter to Cargill at $20,250 per day.
Diana Shipping says the charter will generate $6.21m revenue based on the minimum time charter period.
Victor Resits led Enterprises Shipping and Trading (EST) has added to its fleet with the acquisition of a Capesize vessel from Germany’s Orion Bulkers, according to brokers.
Seasure Shipbroking and Advanced Shipping & Trading are both reporting that EST has paid $23m for the 2012-built (SWS) Capesize Gotia.
The price is substantially lower than the $24.72m market value according to VesselsValue, possibly due to the vessel having a survey due in April.
Upon completion of the deal, EST will have grown its Capesize fleet to ten while Orion will be left with two Capesizes in a fleet of 19 bulk carriers.
Norwegian short sea specialist Wilson has sealed agreements to buy 2004-built 5,000 DWT bulker pair “Arklow Rover” and “Arklow Resolve” from Irish owner Arklow Shipping.
The vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020.
Wilson says the acquisition will be financed through equity and via the company’s existing loan facilities. It did not reveal the price paid for the pair.
Last month, Wilson acquired a pair of 5,000 DWT bulk carriers from UK-based Carisbrooke Shipping.
Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has secured new charters for two of its vessel.
Koch Shipping has taken 2006-built Panamax bulk carrier Artemis on charter for a period of 9-11 months at a rate of $10,150 per day. The vessel has already commenced the charter, and was previously on charter to Hong Kong’s Ausca Shipping at $12,600 per day.
Meanwhile, Ausca Shipping has taken 2010-built Kamsarmax Myrsini on charter instead. The charter, which has also already commenced, is for 13-15 months at $11,500 per day. Myrsini was previously on a charter with Glencore at $12,750 per day.
Diana Shipping says the two charter will generate around $7.07m based on the minimum time charter period.
Greek owner Oceanfleet Shipping has added to its fleet for the first time in three years, according to brokers, with the acquisition of 2011-built handysize bulk carrier Orient Tribune.
Seasure Shipbroking and Advanced Shipping & Trading both report that Oceanfleet has paid $8.6m to Interorient for the vessel, a price in line with the $8.5m valuation from VesselsValue.
If confirmed, the deal grows Oceanfleet’s fleet to nine bulkers.
US chemical and product tanker player MT Maritime Management has emerged as the taker of a couple of aging 2004-built MR sales concluded at the end of the month.
The growing outfit has added the 51,000 DWT tanker Chase and a sister ship, Lincoln, which has already been renamed, MTM Potomac.
The two ships were sold for just under $11m each by UK outfit, Union Maritime. MT Maritime Management has added a total of four ships in 2019, increasing its fleet to 22 ships.
US-based ship owner and operator Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of the fifth of six Ultramax dry bulk vessels it has recently agreed to acquire.
The 63,400 DWT ship has been renamed M/V Shanghai Eagle.
The high specification SDARI-64 Ultramax vessel was built at China’s Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in 2016.
As informed, the acquisition was made by the company’s subsidiary, Eagle Bulk Shipco LLC, and was fully funded by restricted cash generated from previous vessel sale proceeds. The M/V Shanghai Eagle will form part of the security for the subsidiary’s outstanding bond due in 2022.
Earlier this year, Eagle Bulk unveiled the acquisition of six scrubber-fitted Ultramaxes which is part of the company’s strategy to renew and grow its fleet. The acquisition is expected to increase Eagle Bulk’s leverage to the opportunities the IMO 2020 will present.
The first two units from the batch, Dublin Eagle and Sydney Eagle, were handed over to the company in September 2019 and another two, Copenhagen Eagle and Santos Eagle, in October.
Once the remaining bulk carrier is delivered, Eagle Bulk’s fleet will total 50 ships, including 20 Ultramax dry bulk vessels acquired over the last 36 months.
Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has sealed new time charter contracts for two of its vessels.
2013-built post-Panamax bulk carrier, Electra, has gone on charter to German operator Oldendorff Carriers for a period of 11-13 months. The charter commenced last week and is at a rate of $10,250 per day, significantly lower than the $13,500 per day being paid on the previous charter to Uniper.
Separately, 2004-built Panamax Protefs has been signed to a time charter contract with Phaethon International. The charter is scheduled to commence this week at a rate of $9,900 per day and runs through to a minimum of January 1, 2021 up to maximum March 31, 2021. The vessel is coming off charter to Hudson Shipping Lines at a rate of $11,000 per day.
Diana Shipping says the charter will generate around $7.29m based on the minimum time charter periods.
Performance Shipping, formerly known as Diana Containerships, has agreed to acquire a 2007-built Aframax tanker for $26m.
Performance Shipping moved into the tanker sector in June when it acquired a pair of 2011-built Aframax tankers from Maersk Tankers for $60m. The company is acquiring this latest Aframax by acquiring from its chairman and CEO, Symeon Palios, the entity which owns the vessel. It is paying $11m for the entity, via the issuing of shares, which is equal to the $11m deposit previously paid on the vessel. The balance of the purchase price for the vessel will be payable under the contract through cash on hand and/or bank financing.
Symeon Palios, commenting on the deal, stated: “I am happy to be able to facilitate the company’s continued expansion of its fleet with the sale of this Aframax vessel.
The vessel is expected to be delivered on January 31, 2020, by which time Performance Shipping will have a fleet of three Aframax tankers and two container-ships.