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Diana Shipping Announces New Loan Terms and Time Charter

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Signing and Drawdown of a US$18 Million Term Loan Facility With Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Announces Time Charter Contract for m/v Crystalia With Glencore. Diana Shipping has announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$18 million, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, under a term loan facility it has signed for up to US$18 million with Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The proceeds will be used to partially finance the acquisition costs of two Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v "Melite" and the m/v "Artemis", which were delivered to the Company on January 28, 2010 and August 26, 2013, respectively. Additionally, the Company announced that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v "Crystalia", which is currently under construction. The gross charter rate is US$15,800 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eighteen (18) months to maximum twenty-one (21) months. As previously announced, the "Crystalia" is a newbuilding Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,525 dwt that was contracted in March 2012. The charter is expected to commence upon delivery of the vessel to the Company from the shipbuilding yard, which is expected to occur by mid-February 2014.


New Dry Bulk Ship Orders Take Scorpio to 8-Million DWT Level

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Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announce agreements signed for the purchase of twenty Capesize dry bulk vessels and two Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, as listed below: The total purchase price for the vessels is approximately $1,171 million. About Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has contracted and agreed to purchase 28 Ultramax, 23 Kamsarmax and 23 Capesize newbuilding dry bulk vessels to be delivered starting from the second quarter of 2014 from shipyards in Japan, Korea, China and Romania


Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Time Charter Contract

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership  and operation of dry bulk vessels, has announced that it has entered  into a time charter contract with Rio Tinto Shipping Pty, Ltd.,  Melbourne, Australia, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for  one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Melia.   The gross charter  rate is US$9,700 per day, minus a 3


Diana, Cargill Enter Time Charter Agreement

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, announced that it has entered a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Calipso. The gross charter rate is $8,100 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 21 months to maximum 25 months.


UYT Commits to Build World's Largest Yacht Carrier

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United Yacht Transport LLC, a Fort Lauderdale based yacht transport company, says it has committed to building a semi-submersible vessel scheduled for delivery in the second tax quarter of 2015. United Yacht believes that the conversion of a Panamax size bulk vessel will produce the world’s largest yacht transport vessel with a cargo capacity exceeding 40,000 dwt. The completed dimensions of this vessel will be 229.00m x 46


Scorpio Bulkers Lay Out Another US$157-Million on New Ships

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Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has entered into agreements to purchase five Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels currently under construction in a Chinese shipyard as listed below: Yard                                                       &n


TORM Sale, Leaseback Agreement for Product Tanker

TORM has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for the product tanker TORM Marie. The vessel has been sold for a total consideration of $46m. The transaction will be treated as a sale with an accounting profit of $7m.                                                                       


Greece's NewLead Holdings Regain NASDAQ Compliance

NewLead Holdings Ltd. announce it has received written notification of its compliance from the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC. NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international, vertically integrated shipping and commodity company that manages product tankers and dry bulk vessels. NewLead currently controls four vessels, two tankers and two dry bulk vessels. The notication indicates that NewLead has regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement of $1


Diana Shipping Announces Time Charter Contract

 Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership  and operation of dry bulk vessels, entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam,  through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Kamsarmax  dry bulk carriers, the m/v Maia.   The gross charter rate is US$10,900  per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties


Scorpio Bulkers Remain Confident Despite Q1 2014 Loss

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Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2014. In connection with comparisons of financial performance they say they had no operations from the period from March 20, 2013 (date of inception) to March 31, 2013. Results for the three months ended March 31, 2014 For the three months ended March 31, 2014, the Company had a net loss of $10.7 million, or $0.08 basic and diluted loss per share


Diana Shipping Invests in Diana Containerships

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Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase shares of the common stock of Diana Containerships Inc. for an aggregate purchase price of $40 million.


MOL YoY Q1 2014 Profit Slips, but Dividend Planned

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MOL President Koichi Muto informs in a letter addressed to company shareholders of a year-on-year decline in profits during the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014, excerpted as follows: "I would like to report our business results for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014 (April 1


Niels Lyngso Retires from West Gulf Maritime Association

Niels Lyngso

WGMA says Lyngso’s retirement effective October 1, 2014. Born and raised in Denmark and finishing his shipping education including maritime law studies in 1972, Niels Lyngso has been a longtime stalwart for WGMA. Arriving in the United States in 1972 as a management trainee for Olsen


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of M/V Leviathan

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that on September 19, 2014 it has taken delivery of M/V Leviathan, a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (JMU).


Diana Shipping Adds Another Dry Bulk Vessel

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Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the newly built m/v Crystalia, an Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,525 dwt that was contracted in March 2012.


Star Bulk Charters Two Newbuilds

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Star Bulk charters two fuel efficient newbuilding newcastlemax vessels under 10-year bareboat charters with purchase obligation Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into agreements with CSSC (Hong


Scorpio Bulkers in Limbo Until New & Chartered-In Ships Contribute

Bulk carrier: Image courtesy of Scorpio Bulkers

Scorpio Bulkers, headquartered in Monaco, report its results for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and for the period from March 20, 2013 (date of inception) to December 31, 2013. Extracts follow: Results for the three months ended December 31, 2013


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Star Sirius

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that it has taken delivery of M/V Star Sirius a Post - Panamax bulk carrier of approximately 98,000 deadweight tons carrying capacity.


NewLead Buys Two Bulk Carriers

NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced that it has executed definitive agreements for the acquisition of two eco-type 31,800 dwt, Handysize bulk carriers built in 2012 for a total acquisition price of $37 million. The two eco-type vessels are expected to be delivered in NewLead by the end of June and


FSL Trust Sells Two Bulk Carriers

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust has sold its two dry bulk vessels, MT Stella Fomalhaut and MT FSL Durban. The disposal is expected to save FSL Trust approximately $3 million (approximately S$3


Scorpio Bulkers Continue to Think Big with New Orders, Charters

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Monaco-based Scorpio Bulkers Inc. says it has signed agreements to purchase 5 Capesize dry bulkships from South Korea shipyards for a total of US $306 million, and has entered into charter party contracts as set out below: Newbuildings Yard         &n


NewLead to Acquire Two Panamax Dry Bulk Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd announced today that it has previously signed a term sheet with a leading financial institution to provide 75% debt financing for two second-hand Panamax vessels for a total of $35 million. The two vessels are expected to be delivered to NewLead's fleet within the next three


Seagull Debuts Bulker Competence Evaluator

Roger Ringstad (courtesy Seagull)

Seagull has released the Bulker Industry Training Standard (BITS), a predefined competence management system for the dry bulk industry. BITS is a computer-based evaluation tool to enhance the competency of officers onboard a ship type whose maintenance


FSL Trust Begins 2014 on Stronger Financial Footing

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Singapore-based First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust”) informs in its Q1 2014 financial report that its loss  for the quarter was reduced by nearly 30% to US$4.9 million from US$7.0 million posted the year before. The reduced loss was partly due to the impairment loss on financial


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of First Capesize from JMU

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Athens, Greece-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers says it has taken delivery of 'M/V Peloreus' a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (“JMU”) and the first of six similar vessels ordered at JMU, with expected deliveries until the 3rd quarter of 2015.






 
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