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New Tankship Joins Rapidly Expanding Scorpio Fleet

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Scorpio Tankers Inc. inform they have taken delivery of another MR product tanker newbuilding in their ambitious newbuilding programme, 'STI Opera', from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of South Korea. The owners add that the new vessel will be chartered-out for up to 120 days at approximately US$19,000 per day. About Scorpio Tankers 
 Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 21 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, 14 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 4.0 years, time charters-in 30 product tankers (nine LR2, four LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 63 newbuilding vessels (30 MR, 12 LR2, and 14 Handymax ice class-1A product tankers and seven VLCCs), Of these newbuildings, 43 are expected to be delivered to the Company in 2014, 16 in 2015 and  four in 2016. The Company also owns 30% of Dorian LPG Ltd.  


Heindenreich Marine Develops Product Tanker Pool

Heindenreich Marine has created a new global clean petroleum product tanker pool - Dorado Tankers - to be managed from Heidmar's new office in Darien, Conn. The focus of the new company will be to operate product tankers under a common umbrella - similar to the Star Tankers' panamax pool. Heidmar also reported that it has elected David G. Palmer as vice president of the company, as well as managing director of Dorado Tankers


Japan's Biggest Shipping Firm to Add More LNG Tankers

Nippon Yusen KK, Japan's biggest shipping company, has upwardly revised its plan to expand its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, a major Japanese financial paper reported Wednesday. Nippon Yusen's initial business plan called for it to either own or have invested in the construction of about 60 such tankers by fiscal 2010. It has now raised that figure to roughly 80-100 tankers, the Nikkei Shimbun said.


Tanker Freights’ Declining Rate to Continue

Global tanker freight rates may be depressed for several more years as a stream of new vessels hit the market and shipowners refrain from scrapping older ships. However, a recovery is likely toward the end of the decade as more single-hulled tankers are taken off the market to meet regulations for safer ships. Tanker rates jumped to record highs in 2004 as a surge in oil trading and demand strained available fleet supply


Tanker for Sovcomflot Delivered

STX Shipbuilding delivered the new product tanker, SKF Neva, to Sovcomflot JSÑ. The first product tanker of the series, the keel was laid on May 30, 2006. The 600 x 106 ft.-tanker is 46.520 tons dwt. The tanker, to be deployed from Primorje, including Vladivostok, to the ports of the South-East Asia, will transport crude oil, oil products, vegetable oils and coal oils. Source: SeaNews


JO Tankers Order 8 MR Product Tankers from China Shipyard

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JO Tankers has placed an order for eight 33.000 dwt stainless-steel chemical tankers at China’s New Times Shipbuilding, with deliveries scheduled for 2016 and 2017. The deal consists of firm and optional contracts. The new buildings will join Milestone Chemical Tankers – the jointly owned chartering and marketing arm of JO Tankers and Tokyo Marine.

 JO Tankers say that the new-buildings will be built to the highest specification


Sigma Tankers Expands Fleet

Heidmar Inc. announced that Mercator Lines Limited of India China Shipping Development and Conti Reederei of Germany will be joining the Sigma Tankers pool and that Emirates Trading Agency of Dubai an existing member of both Sigma and the Heidmar managed Dorado Tankers pool, will be entering two more vessels into Sigma Tankers.   Mercator and China Shipping, also members of the Dorado Tankers pool, will enter one vessel each into Sigma Tankers


Stolt Tankers Receives Full Refund for Cancelled Newbuildings

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (Oslo Børs: SNI) said its wholly owned subsidiary Stolt Tankers B.V. received a full refund of $84.5 million plus accrued interest, as part of an early termination agreement with SLS Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (SLS) of South Korea to cancel newbuilding contracts for two 43,000 dwt stainless steel parcel tankers.  The refund was for progress payments made by Stolt Tankers on the two ships, which were ordered in 2006 as part of a series of eight parcel tankers to be


ACP Issues Single Hull Tanker Guidelines for Transit

Panama Canal: Deadlines and Interim Procedures for the Definitive Phase-out of Single Hull Oil Tankers Issued Conscious of its responsibility to safeguard its waterway, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has determined that effective December 31, 2012, single hull (single side/single bottom, single side/double bottom, or double side/single bottom) oil tankers of 600 tons deadweight and over but below 5,000 tons deadweight will no longer be allowed to transit the Panama Canal if loaded with


Coast Guard: Tanker Runs Aground on Hudson River

NEW YORK - The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a motor tanker running aground on the Hudson River near Stuyvesant, N.Y. Coast Guard Sector New York was notified just after 9 a.m. that the 600-ft.motor tanker, Stena Primorsk, ran aground after it reportedly lost steering while transiting from Albany, N.Y. via the Hudson River, carrying light crude oil. The tanker is currently at anchor nearby Stuyvesant Anchorage


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines


Somali Pirate Sentenced to 12 Years by German Court

 A German court sentenced a Somali asylum-seeker to 12 years in jail on Thursday, for his involvement in the pirate hijacking of a tanker in the Indian Ocean in 2010.   The judge in the Osnabrueck court in northern Germany said the man was guilty of kidnapping and severe extortion


Shippers Turn to Equity Markets as Sector Eyes Recovery

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Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009


Pirates Approach Tanker in Bab El Mandeb

The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain (MARLO) has advised that on or about 12:30 UTC on 14 April, the Master of an oil tanker reported being approached by a white-blue skiff in position 12.25.00 North - 043.43.00 East, in the Bab El Mandeb (BAM).


NAT Common Share Offering a Success

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Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) informs that its offering of 12,000,000 common shares, at a public offering price of $8.62 per share, was exercised in full by underwriters, and in accordance with the option granted to them by the Company they purchased an additional 1,800


Zueitina Oil Port Still Closed after Rebel Deal

Libya's eastern Zueitina oil port was still not under government control one week after an agreement with a federalist rebel group to immediately reopen it along with the Hariga terminal, a spokesman for National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Monday.  


New Oil Tanker Series RS Classed

Two river-sea oil tankers of project RST 22M are to be built to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) class. A relevant agreement is signed by RS with Armada Shipyard that will construct the ships for the Palmali Group of Companies. At present


Europe Gasoline Cracks Strong on US Demand

Gasoline prompt cracks in northwest Europe slipped on Monday but remained at eight-month-highs supported by strong demand from the United States, where inventories are low and refinery maintenance has curbed supply. Stocks on the U.S. East Coast, a major export destination for European gasoline


Brazil President Says Won't Accept Attack on Petrobras

Dilma Rousseff official portrait

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday lashed out at critics of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, saying accusations of corruption, cost-overruns and stagnation at the company were politically motivated. Rousseff, speaking at the launching of an oil tanker at a shipyard near


Attestation / Endorsement services for seaman in UAE

The Maritime Administration of the United Arab Emirates has introduced services for the attestation of seaman contract and issuance of oil/chemical/gas tanker endorsement. ATTESTATION OF SEAMAN CONTRACT: This service is applicable for Crew working on UAE Flagged vessels that are engaged in


Libya to export first cargo since rebel deal

An oil tanker is due to load 1 million barrels of crude on Tuesday from Libya's recently reopened Hariga port, its first export shipment after a deal to end months of closures at its key terminals, the National Oil Corp. (NOC) said. The tanker is due to take its load to Italy


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

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State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


Scorpio Tankers' Latest Sale & Purchase Deals

Scorpio tanker: Photo courtesy of the owners

Scorpio Tankers says it recorded a gain of US$51-million from the sale of the 7 VLCC newbuilding contracts announced earlier. In March 2014, the Company received the proceeds from the sale of the seven VLCC newbuilding contracts and recorded a gain of $51 million in the first quarter of 2014


First Crude Lifting in 9 months at Libya's port of Hariga

A tanker has started loading crude at Libya's eastern port of Hariga for the first time in nearly nine months, after a federalist group agreed to re-open it last week, a state oil company official said on Wednesday. The tanker Aegean Dignity arrived at the port on Tuesday.


Three European firms win Angola deepwater deals

Three European companies have won contracts for almost half the value of Angola's $16 billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo oil project, confirming a trend toward bigger scale and risk for the deep-sea contracting and construction sector. Saipem of Italy announced a $4 billion contract related to


 
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