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Dryship Fleet Renewal Continues

DryShips, Inc., announced that tThe company has entered into an agreement to purchase a 2001 built, 172,579 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, for $152.25 million. It will be delivered, charter free, during the second quarter of 2008. ƒnThe Company also entered into an agreement to sell the 1993 built, 149,475 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, MV Netadola for $93.9 million. Delivery to the new owners will take place during the first quarter of 2008. Once the sale is concluded the company expects to realize a gain of approximately $62.2 million. ¡§We are pleased to continue with our strategy of fleet renewal. The replacement of MV Nedatola, a 14 year old smaller Capesize vessel, with a six year old modern Capesize dry bulk carrier, enhances our earnings potential and the longevity of our cash flow,¡¨ said George Economou, Chairman and CEO of DryShips Inc. ¡§We continue to take full advantage of the strong fundamentals of the dry bulk industry with our modern fleet.¡¨


Transpetro Signs Contract for Tankers

According to a report from Business News America, Transpetro, the transport arm of Brazil's federal energy company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR), has signed a contract with the Eisa shipyard for the construction of four Panamax oil tankers. The $349m deal is part of Transpetro's fleet renewal program. (Source: Business News America)


Proposed Shipbuilding Centers of Excellence

Davie Yards Inc. (TSX:DAV) introduced its proposal for the implementation of a National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy aimed at renewing the federal fleet and building world-class shipbuilding capability in Canada, while providing more predictable work for the maritime industry. "Davie's proposal is based on our belief that Canadian yards can achieve a competitive position vis-à-vis European yards in building complex ships


China-built, CSL's Fourth New Laker Homeward Bound

Personnel Laker Baie Comeau

The last of Canada Steamship Lines’ (CSL) four newbuild Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers, the 'Baie Comeau', set sail June 30, on her maiden voyage from Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China, en route to Montreal, Quebec, for service on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway. Commanding the Baie Comeau as she crosses the Pacific Ocean and transits through the Panama Canal is Captain Andriy Bondarenko, with Chief Engineer Francis Cotton


Otto Marine Secures $404m Charter Contracts

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Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, shipyard and offers specialized offshore services, informed that the group has secured charter contracts worth approximately $404 million in the first half of 2014 (1H2014). Backed by long term relationships with leading oil and gas companies, Otto Marine said it holds an orderbook that stood at approximately $450 million as at June 30, 2014


DryShips adds Dry Bulk Carriers

Greek shipping company DryShips Inc., which specializes in dry bulk carriers, has sold a pair of older ships and added two newer vessels to its fleet. The company sold its 24-year-old Panamax bulk carrier MV Striggla for $12.1 million and its 17-year-old Panamax bulk carrier MV Daytona for $25.3 million. DryShips expects to book a combined gain of about $15 million from the divestitures. Meanwhile, the company bought a 10-year-old Capesize bulk carrier, MV Cape Venture, for $62 million


Green Reefers Sells Vessels for $30m

Green Reefers agreed to sell the M/V Green Tundra, Green Summer, Green Spring and Green Winter for $30 million. The vessels, built in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1989 respectively are each of about 270,000 cu. ft. The vessels will be sold to a Norwegian single purpose entity initiated by Platou Finans. Green Reefers will participate in the new owning company with a shareholding of 25%. The vessels will be bareboat chartered back to Green Reefers for periods of 2-8 months.


FreeSeas Inc. Takes Delivery of the Handysize Free Goddess

FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE) (Nasdaq:FREEW) (Nasdaq:FREEZ), a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk cargoes, announced that it has taken delivery of the 1995-built, 22,051 dwt Handysize M/V Free Goddess on October 30, 2007. The vessel then began a time charter at $13,000 per day, which is expected to last approximately one month. The vessel will thereafter begin a two-year time charter at $19,250 per day. Mr


Matson Declares Q2 2014 Dividend

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Leading US carriers in the Pacific, Matson, Inc., apprises it has declared a second quarter 2014 dividend of $0.16 per common share. "Today's authorization continues Matson's outstanding history of paying dividends and reflects the solid financial foundation of our Company and the confidence we hold in its future," said Matt Cox, Matson's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With our strong balance sheet and operating cash flow generation


Canada Launches Shipbuilding Consultation

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July 27 marked the opening of the Government of Canada's Shipbuilding Consultation, which seeks input from key stakeholders on comprehensive and viable options for a long-term, sustainable Canadian shipbuilding strategy. The Government is committed to building and maintaining an effective federal fleet of ships for maritime security and services. Fleet renewal plans could see the Government invest in excess of $40 billion to build more than 50 large vessels over the next 30 years.


Evergreen Holds Naming Ceremony for New Ship

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Evergreen Group held the naming ceremony for Ever Loading, the sixth of its L-type vessels to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan. The ceremony took place at CSBC's Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Bronson Hsieh, Evergreen Group's Second Vice Group Chairman


Matson Increase Quarterly Dividend 6.25 %

Matson ships meet: Photo Matson

The Board of Directors of Matson, Inc. a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, informs it has declared a third quarter dividend of $0.17 per common share.  The dividend represents a one-cent increase, or 6.25 percent, over the previous quarter's dividend and will be paid on September 4


Havyard to Design PSV for Sinopec

Havyard Sinopec Deal: Photo Havyard

Havyard says it is to deliver a design package for the construction of a Havyard 832 L SE Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) at the Chinese shipyard Fujien Mawei Shipbuilding. This is the third time in a row for Sinopec to select Havyard design for their fleet renewal program


PDVSA Orders 10 ASD Tugs from Damen

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Damen to deliver ASD Tugs 2810 to Petroleos de Venezuela SA Signaling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage


Intermarine To Add 15 New Vessels

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  As part of its ongoing commitment to provide the highest level of service to its heavy lift and project cargo customers, Intermarine, LLC (Intermarine) is adding 15 new vessels to their fleet. “We are launching our fleet renewal program with long term charters on a series of new


Evergreen Name Fifth New Containership

Naming ceremony: Photo Evergreen Group

Evergreen Goup say that their newbuild 'Ever Lissome', the fifth of its L-type containerships to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan, has been named in a recent shipyard ceremony. The ceremony took place at China Shipbuilding Company's Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Raymond Lin


Scafi Expands Fleet with Italian Damen Tug

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Damen is to construct a new ASD 3212 tug for Scafi, the Italian shipping group that includes a number of international towing companies. The contract cements their already strong business relationship that goes back 20 years and represents the first Damen ASD 3212 for Italian waters.


St. Lawrence Seaway Opens 2014 Season

The Algoma Equinox at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal at the Opening Ceremony of the St. Lawrence Seaways 56th navigation season. (Photo: Kevin Richard Hotte)

$500 Million Being Invested in Vital North American Trade Route The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season today, with the transit of Algoma Central Corporation’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox


Handling Tug Meets the Sea at Uzmar

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On February 21, 2014, Uzmar Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, held a launching ceremony for the KOC MUSANED-2, the second of total 6 line handling tugs being built for Kuwait Oil Company’s tug fleet


Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

Scott Hoggarth: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in


Members Boost London P&I Club Tonnage

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The London P&I Club has increased its membership by almost two million gross tons over the past year. This increase reflects the entry of further tonnage with the club by existing members, and the addition of new members from China, Greece, Singapore, Turkey, and the U.K.


UK P&I Club Announces Positive Renewal

The UK P&I Club, one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, announced its renewal for 2014 following the closure of the renewal season on February 20: Another positive result with a net increase of a million gross tons of mutual business


EXMAR Sell Two Gas Carriers In Fleet Renewal Program

EXMAR gas carrier: Image courtesy of the owners

EXMAR LPG (the Joint Venture between EXMAR and Teekay LNG PARTNERS) announce sale of the Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) FLANDERS HARMONY (85,826 m3 - 1993 built) and the Midsize Gas Carrier TEMSE (35,754 m3 - 1994 built). TEMSE is expected to be delivered to its new owners by the end of the


Tsakos Announces Time Charter Extension

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN), a crude, product and LNG tanker operator, announced the time charter renewal of a 2004 built, double hull handysize product tanker with a major national end-user for a period of twelve months. The new charter commenced in February 2014 and is expected to


Diamond Offshore Drilling 2013 Profit Slips

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In the company's financial report for the fourth quarter of 2103 Diamond Offshore Drilling announced that for the full year 2013 their net income of $549 million, or $3.95 per share, compared with net income of $720 million, or $5.18 per share, in 2012.  Revenues for the full year 2013 were $2






 
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