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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dry Bulk Carrier News

SwiftBulk Opts for Fuel Monitoring Solution on Kamsarmax Thestelia K

Shipping company SwiftBulk Holding Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Tiptree Inc., has partnered with FUELTRAX to install EFMS (Electronic Fuel Monitoring System) and FUELTRAX Vision on its 2009-built Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier vessel the Thestelia K (82,000 dwt).SwiftBulk is implementing FUELTRAX EFMS to improve operating efficiency, decrease environmental footprint with consumption tracking and improve operating transparency. The EFMS on board includes direct fuel measurements via Coriolis…

Anders Gronborg (Photo: Trafigura)

New TFG Marine CEO to Leave in September

The new chief executive of Trafigura's marine fuels joint venture TFG Marine will leave the business at the end of September, the company said on Monday without disclosing the reason for his departure.Anders Gronborg was appointed CEO in April after ending a 27-year career at World Fuel Services in 2018.The company and Gronborg have agreed to part in a "mutually agreed exit", a company spokeswoman said in an emailed statement, adding that his last day will be Sept. 30."The Board…

Eagle Bulk Joins Decarbonization Coalition

The US-based dry bulk carrier Eagle Bulk Shipping has joined industry group the Getting to Zero Coalition.The group is an alliance of over 90 companies within the maritime, energy, infrastructure, and finance sectors which are committed to the decarbonization of deep-sea shipping, in line with the International Maritime Organization's greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy and the UNFCC Paris Agreement.Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said, “We are constantly working on improving energy and operational efficiencies at Eagle…

Grindrod Announces Finance Arrangement

Grindrod Shipping Holdings, a global provider of maritime transportation services in the dry-bulk and product tanker sectors, announced a number of transactions relating to a new financing arrangement, its fleet and share repurchases."Further to the previously-announced financing arrangements in respect of IVS Knot and IVS Kinglet, we expect to enter into a similar financing arrangement with a Japanese shipowner in respect of the 2011-built handy-size dry-bulk carrier, IVS Magpie…

Castor Maritime Acquires Third Panamax Bulker

Cyprus-based dry bulk shipping company Castor Maritime has acquired its third Panamax dry bulk carrier for $10.2mln.The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry-bulk vessels informed that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 2005 Japan built Panamax dry bulk carrier from a third party  in which a family member of Castor’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer has an interest.The acquisition…

Algoma Acquires Croatian-Built Vessel

Canadaian provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation has reached an agreement with 3Maj Brodogradiliste of Croatia under which Algoma will acquire a new Equinox Class 650’ self-unloading dry-bulk carrier upon completion of the vessel by the Shipyard.The vessel, the second of two such ships that were to be built by 3Maj for the Company, is partially built and moored at the 3Maj shipyard in Rijeka. Work on the vessel was halted in 2017 when the Shipyard entered an extended period of financial difficulties.Algoma took delivery of the Algoma Innovator…

Clipper Bulk Axes 40 Staff

International dry bulk shipping company Clipper Group  has launched a comprehensive restructuring involving a large number of layoffs, especially at the company's Copenhagen headquarters.The dry bulk carrier announced a series of initiatives to strengthen its business platform amid continued weak markets.Initiatives include agreements to strengthen the company’s financial position, downsizing of organization and office network, other cost savings, changes to Senior Management as well as a more focused market approach…

Noble Group Sells Kamsarmax Dry Bulker to Aeolian Spirit Shipping

The commodity trader Noble Group has entered into an agreement with Aeolian Spirit Shipping, a Cyprus company, to dispose a vessel registered in Hong Kong for a consideration of US$23.79 million. Noble said in a press annoucement that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Core Forte, had on June 15 entered into a memorandum of agreement with Aeolian Spirit Shipping and Transmed Shipping for the proposed sale of a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier vessel. The Vessel “Ocean Forte" is registered under the flag of Hong Kong. It was built in 2015 and has a capacity of 81,616 dwt.

(Photo: Trithorn Bulk)

Thorco Bulk Renamed

Danish dry bulk carrier Thorco Bulk announced today it has been renamed Trithorn Bulk with immediate effect. “This is a natural development for our company. We wish to further strengthen our corporate identity and position in the market by taking a name that truly expresses what the three of us, the trio from North of Denmark, has built together with Thornico,” Trithorn Bulk management explained on the company’s website. The name change includes no changes to the legal entity or to the ownership, status management and personnel.

Noble Sells Kamsarmax Bulker

Singapore-listed commodity giant Noble Group (NGL)  has announced it has entered into a memorandum of agreement to sell a Kamsarmax-size dry bulk carrier to Cypriot company Ocean Liberty Marine Ltd and Transmed Shipping Ltd for US$24 million in cash. The vessel, called the Ocean Vision, is currently mortgaged to a financial institution. According to sources, part of the proceeds from the sale will go towards paying down the amount owned under the relevant facility. "The proposed disposal does not impact the proposed debt restructuring under the restructuring support agreement…

Noble Group To Sell Ship For $24 Million

Struggling commodity trader Noble Group Ltd said it would sell to Bianca Corp a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier for $24 million in cash. The Hong Kong registered ship has a capacity of 81,499 deadweight tons. Built in 2015, the vessel, Ocean Integrity, is employed to service external customers as well as Noble Group's internal freight requirements. "The consideration for the Proposed Disposal shall be US$24 million payable on completion of the Proposed Disposal and will be satisfied in cash.

Noble Group deals to sell four ships fall apart

The commodity trader Noble Group says proposed agreements to sell four dry bulk carrier vessels fell through after the buyers failed to get approval from their boards, reports Strait Times. The disposal of the freight vessels for gross proceeds of about USD 95 million had been approved by Noble shareholders at a special general meeting on Jan 25. The crisis-wracked company estimates it would have received about USD 30mln in net proceeds if the vessels had been sold. The proposed disposal of the vessels is a part of the Noble’s debt reduction plans.

M/Maritime Adds Olympia, Orders 3 Bulkers in Japan

Olympia GR, a 61,222 DWT Ultramax dry bulk carrier, has been successfully delivered to M/Maritime Corp from Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Recently, the clients of M/Maritime Corp. signed two shipbuilding contracts for the acquisition of two 60,200 DWT bulk carriers to be built at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Both vessels, under Hull No. 1961 and Hull No. 1962 are scheduled to be delivered to their Owners between second half of 2019 and first half of 2020. Their full management will be entrusted to M/Maritime Corp.

G E Shipping Sells Supramax

India’s largest private sector shipping company  Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has contracted to sell its 2003 built Supramax Dry Bulk Carrier Jag Rahul of about 52,364 dwt. G E Shipping said that the vessel will be delivered to the new buyer in Q4 FY 2017-18. The Company’s current fleet (including Jag Rahul) stands at 48 vessels, comprising 32 tankers (12crude carriers, 17 product tankers, 3 LPG carrier) and 16 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 7 Supramax) with an average age of 10.24 years aggregating 3.93 mn dwt.

Noble Group Sells Four Vessels to Cut Debt

Hong Kong-based struggling commodity trader Noble Group will sell four dry bulk carrier vessels for about $95 million, as it looks to cut debt to keep its business running, reports Reuters. According to company statement, net proceeds from the disposal, following repayment of bank loans associated with the ships and other costs, will amount to about $30 million. Noble said the sale of the vessels was expected to close next year between March 10 and May 31 and would not significantly impact the operations of the freight business.

Star Bulk Acquires Supramax

Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a Supramax dry bulk carrier from an unaffiliated third party. The acquisition will be partly financed through debt secured from a financial institution. The Vessel has a carrying capacity of 56,582 deadweight tons and was built to high specifications at Jiangsu Hantong Shipyard, China in 2011. The Vessel is expected to be delivered to Star Bulk during the month of July 2017.

GE Shipping Buys New Vessel

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) signed a contract to buy a Supramax Dry Bulk Carrier of about 52,450 dwt. The 2006 built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet in Q1 FY18. The Company’s current fleet stands at 43 vessels, comprising 28 tankers (11 crude carriers, 15 product tankers, 2 LPG carrier) and 15 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 6 Supramax) with an average age of 9.56 years aggregating 3.54 mn dwt. The company has also committed to purchase 1 Secondhand Suezmax Crude Carrier.

G E Shipping Acquires Bulk Carrier

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a Secondhand Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Anand” (2011 built) of about 179,250 dwt. The company had contracted to buy the vessel in June 2016. With the inclusion of the vessel, the Company’s current fleet stands at 34 vessels, comprising 23 tankers (7 crude carriers, 14 product tankers, 2 LPG carriers) and 11 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 5 Kamsarmax, 5 Supramax) with an average age of 9.6 years aggregating 2.67 mn dwt.

G E Adds a Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier Jag Ajay

The Great Eastern Shipping Company took delivery of a new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier Jag Ajay. Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange regarding a Press Release dated June 30, 2016 titled: G E Shipping takes delivery of a new building Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier "Jag Ajay". The vessel was ordered by GE Shipping in December 2013 and has been built at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., P.R. China. With the inclusion of this vessel…

Jinhui Sells Supramax

Jinhui Shipping and Transportation has agreed to sell another supramax dry bulk carrier, having just made a similar deal earlier this month. The purchaser is a company incorporated in Hong Kong. The bulk carrier will be delivered to the new owner between 29 July to 30 August 2016. The 2000-built, 50,236 dwt Jin Rong will be sold to China-based Ningbo Tiansheng Shipping for $3.4m, less than half of its book value, leading to a book loss of around $4.1m. "The Vessel has been owned by the Group since year  2006, and its net book value as at 31 March 2016 was US$7,475,000.

Wärtsilä Joins LNG-powered Bulker Project

Wärtsilä is to team up with an international group of shipping industry companies and organisations in a project to develop a concept for equipping future dry bulk carrier vessels with LNG propulsion. Project Forward is led by Athens-based Arista Shipping. It began officially in May 2015 with the aim of developing a commercially feasible LNG powered dry bulk carrier design capable of complying with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025 standards, as well as with all relevant emission reduction regulations.

Genco Shipping Posts Loss in 2015

US-headquartered ship owner Genco Shipping & Trading Limited suffered a massive loss for 2015 just like the rest of the industry. However, the result represents a big improvement from the losses in 2014. Dry bulk carrier has managed to decrease its net loss to USD 49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of USD 164 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. Genco’s revenues dropped to USD 35 million for the fourth quarter, compared to USD 55.7 million recorded in the same period in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to lower spot market rates.

Euroseas Gets Newbuild Bulker

Euroseas Ltd, a Greece-based shipping company, took delivery of its newbuilding Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier Xenia and entered into a two-year time charter for its container carrier Evridiki G. The M/V Xenia was delivered from the China-based Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. on February 26. Xenia is an “eco” design Kamsarmax fuel efficient bulker with a carrying capacity of 82,000 dwt. Xenia is an "eco" design Kamsarmax fuel efficient drybulk carrier with a carrying capacity of 82,000 dwt.

NYK Line Posts Loss on Dry Bulk Fleet Revaluation

Japan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has posted a $277.5mln extraordinary loss in the third quarter of year ended 31 March 2016 as it reduced the book value of its fleet inline with current market prices and expectations. The extraordinary loss came after it re-assessed the recoverable value of its dry bulk vessels. In the global shipping industry, an oversupply in the container shipping market continued due to ongoing steady production of new ultra-large vessels, and freight rates in the shipping market fell to very low levels as a result of a widening gap between supply and demand.

G E Shipping Takes Delivery of Bulker

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a new building Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Aakash” (81,600 dwt). The vessel was ordered by GE Shipping in July 2013 and has been built at Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc., Philippines. The said vessel was contracted for sale in August 2015 and will be delivered to the new buyers this month. The Company’s current fleet (excluding “Jag Aakash”) stands at 30 vessels, comprising 21 tankers (8 crude carriers…

GE Shipping Q1 Net Up 45%

India's  largest domestic ship liner Great Eastern Shipping Company today reported a 45 percent jump in its consolidated net profit to Rs 323.67 crore ($50 million) for the quarter ended June 30, on the back of higher income. Sales during April-June rose 17 percent to 947 crores versus 808.2 crores. GE Shipping's finance costs fell to 69.9 crore rupees compared with 75.3 crore rupees earlier. Segment wise, shipping sector contributed Rs 563.42 crore revenue while offshore sector contribution stood at Rs 497.44 crore.