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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

First Ship Lease Trust News

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HSH Nordbank to Exit First Ship Lease

HSH Nordbank AG's  subsidiary Godan GmbH, the controlling unitholder of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), is looking to divest all its shares in FSL Holdings, the sponsor of the trust, reported Business Times. The report quoted FSL Trust as saying that Godan GMBH is in discussion with shortlisted strategic investors for a potential sale of all of its shares in FSL Holdings. FSL Holdings also owns all shares of the trustee-manager of FSL Trust through FSL Asset Management Pte Ltd.

First Ship Demands Return of Chem Tankers

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust reportes that it has sent notices to its lessees, wholly-owned subsidiaries of PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk, to demand for the redelivery of its three chemical tankers, Pertiwi, Prita Dewi and Pujawati, in accordance with the terms of the lease agreements between the Lessees and FSL Trust. This is in addition to the demand for payment stated in the notice of default issued to the Lessees on 7 February 2012.  

Vijay Kamath

FSL Trust Executive Tenders Resignation

Vijay Kamath, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), will depart the company October 4, 2013 to pursue other career opportunities. Mr. Kamath was responsible for new business development and oversaw short-term deployment and management of the trust's vessels, which include seven containerships, 11 product tankers, three chemical tankers, two dry bulk carriers and two crude oil tankers. Mr. Kamath has more than 19 years of maritime industry experience.

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FSL Trust Sees First Quarterly Profit Since 2011

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust) has generated a profit of  $1 million for the 2Q of the 2014 financial year. This profit compares to a $7.2 million loss for the 2Q’s corresponding previous year. This turnaround succeeds the restructuring efforts of the senior management team. FSL Trust has seen a performance improvement in the past quarter due to initiatives that were implemented September 2013. The Trust now has…

Markets Under Pressure: FSL Trust Reports a $24.1M Charge

Citing declining vessel values and "volatile industry conditions," FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, announced the Trust has taken an impairment charge of $24.1 million on eight vessels, and consequently a net loss of $21.8 million in 2QFY17. “Although the tanker and container markets remained under significant pressure in 2QFY17, our fleet continued to generate positive cashflows and the Trust has maintained its strong debt repayment momentum with over $60 million of debt repaid over the last 12 months…

Singapore's FSL 2012 Profits Slump

Singapore’s First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) report US$ 8.4-million loss for 2012, revenue slipped 4.2%. Philip Clausius, CEO, said:  “2012 has been very challenging, but the trust’s disciplined approach and wide network have helped to deploy our spot vessels to longer term arrangements within a relatively short time frame. Mr. Philip Clausius, Chief Executive Officer of FSLTM said: “2012 has been very challenging, but the Trust’s disciplined approach and wide network have helped to deploy our spot vessels to longer term arrangements within a relatively short time frame.

FSL Trust Inks Tanker Contracts

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust announced new time charter agreements for FSL Shanghai, FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore. The Trust has reached an agreement with a leading global commodities trader to charter the three vessels for a fixed period of two years with options to extend the agreements at a higher rate for FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore for a further six months and FSL Shanghai for a further 12 months. FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore…

Michael Gray (Photo: FSL Trust)

FSL Trust Managemen Appoints Gray

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trusteemanager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), has announced  the appointment of Michael G Gray as Independent Director of FSL Trust, effective immediately. Gray is also appointed as the new Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee with immediate effect. Gray is a qualified accountant with 35 years’ experience in professional practice across a number of international markets. He trained as a Chartered Account with Coopers & Lybrand in the United Kingdom and moved to Coopers & Lybrand Singapore in 1978…

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FSL Q1 Earnings Rise

FSL Trust Management (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), reported a net profit of $3.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to $2.3 million reported in 1QFY16. This positive result was achieved despite challenging industry conditions and a 17.7 percent decline in revenue to $21.9 million for 1QFY17, compared with $26.7 million reported in 1QFY16. The decrease in revenue is primarily due to the dry-docking of two crude oil tankers in 1QFY17…

FSL Appoints New Independent Director

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), has announced the appointment of Michael J. Oliver to its Board of Directors. Mr. Oliver has more than 40 years of international experience in the banking and financial services industry. He joined the London Branch of Commerzbank AG in 1986 and served as its Regional Board Member for Asia Pacific in Singapore from 2001 to 2005 before his retirement. As Regional CEO, he was responsible for Commerzbank branches in Hong Kong…

FSL Santos. Photo: FSL Trust

FSL Trust Sells Vessel for USD 6.2mln to Reduce Debt

Singapore's First Ship Lease (FSL) Trust said that  it has sold containership, FSL Santos for $6.2 million to reduce its debt service requirements for the fourth quarter. FSL Santos is a German-built, 1,221 TEU vessel built in 2003 that has been deployed in the Hanse Containership Pool. The net proceeds from this Disposal will be applied in full to the Trust's outstanding loan facility and the Trust will record a gain on disposal of approximately US$800,000 for 4Q2017. Roger Woods…

Alan Hatton and Roger Woods (Photo: FSL Trust)

FSL Trust Buys MR Product Tanker

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as the trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), announced that FSL Trust has entered into a memorandum of agreement to purchase a 2007, Japanese-built, 45,998-dwt MR product tanker for $21.8 million. The acquisition will be financed through existing cash reserves that totaled $41.8 million at June 30, 2015. The vessel’s delivery is expected between November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016, bringing FSL Trust’s fleet to 24 vessels: 12 product tankers, three chemical tankers, two crude oil tankers and seven containerships.

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FSL TRUST: Vessel Portfolio Positioned for Stability, Opportunity

SINGAPORE – FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, announced the financial results of FSL Trust for the quarter ended 31 March 2012. Revenue for 1QFY12 rose $2.2 million or 9.3% year-on-year to $26.1 million. The net increase in revenue was contributed by the full quarter lease revenue from the two vessels leased to TORM A/S which were acquired in June 2011, as well as higher freight income from the vessels trading in the spot market.

Hapag-Lloyd's Nachbar Appointed to Industry Board

The Container Owners Association – the international organization representing container shipping lines and container leasing companies worldwide – has appointed Frank Nachbar, Director - Container Engineering, Hapag-Lloyd, to its Board of Directors. Nachbar joins six other Directors, who represent some of the world’s largest container owners, on the Board of the Container Owners Association. The COA Board comprises senior representatives from some of the world’s largest container shipping lines and leasing companies…

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Global Ship Lease Extends TC with CMA CGM

Global Ship Lease, a containership charter owner, announced that it has agreed to an extension of its charter with CMA CGM for the GSL Tianjin, a 2005-built, 8,063 TEU containership. The vessel will be chartered for a period of eight to twelve months (at the charterer's option) at a fixed rate of $11,900 per day, commencing in direct continuation from its current charter on January 26, 2018. Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, commented, "We are pleased to have secured this extension with CMA CGM for the continued employment of the GSL Tianjin.

FSL Trust: 2012 Was a 'Dismal' Year for Shipping

"The industry witnessed another dismal year as weakness in freight rates and asset values persisted in 2012. This resulted in a spate of defaults, restructurings and bankruptcies as shipping companies struggled with the poor market conditions. Unfortunately, FSL Trust was not spared from the unprecedented downturn. FSL Trust reported full year 2012 revenue of US$106.1 million, which was 4.2 per cent lower compared to the previous year. Net cash generated from operations declined by 25.4 per cent to US$47.6 million.

Mansukh Mandaviya Photo: Official Twitter

Mansukh Mandavia Inspects Kolkata Port, IWAI Jetty

Indian Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and  participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT.

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official FB Page of Nitin Gadkari

India to Give Autonomy to 12 Major Ports

The Indian Ministry of Shipping has prepared a draft Bill “Major Port Authorities Act, 2016” to replace the age-old Major Port Trusts Act, 1963, with a view to promote port infrastructure and facilitate trade and commerce. In the Bill, the government has proposed a significant overhaul of the functioning of 12 major ports in the country, which will give port boards more autonomy and flexibility along with a more professional approach to its governance. Under the bill, the composition of a port board has been simplified and now it will consist of 10 members…

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Wartsila India Signs Pact with CSL

Wartsila India, the Indian arm of Finland-based Wartsila Corporation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) for setting up a containerised self-sufficient workshop. As per the MOU, Wartsila plans to locate a containerised self-sufficient workshop within the premises of CSL to cater primarily to propeller blade metallurgical repairs and engine component repairs. Wartsila also plans to support CSL with comprehensive engine services, propulsion services and electrical and automation services based on the requirements, said a press release.

FSL Trust Takes Second Crude Oil Tanker

FSL Trust has today successfully taken redelivery of its second crude oil tanker, Action, previously leased to the subsidiary of Geden Holdings Ltd. The vessel will be renamed FSL Shanghai and will operate under the technical management of Thome Ship Management Pte. Ltd. and commercial management of Teekay Chartering Limited.   FSLTM is currently in negotiations to secure time charter employment for FSL Shanghai. As an update, FSL Hong Kong which was redelivered on 4 July 2013, will commence its first voyage charter in the spot market this week.  

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NITC Signs 200 Tanker Charter Deals

The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) has signed over 200 leasing contracts for its vessels since the lifting of the Western-imposed economic sanctions two years ago, Financial Tribune reported on Thursday. The report quoted Iran Tanker Company's Chief Executive Officer Sirous Kianersi saying that from the easing of the sanctions (in January 2016) until the end of last month, foreign companies signed 215 time-charter and single-voyage deals for NITC tankers. NITC signed agreements with France's Total…

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Palumbo Buys Mondomarine

Italian yard Palumbo Group has acquired the former Mondomarine facility in Savona on an initial six-month lease, reports local media. "By leasing the business unit of the Savona shipyard, Palumbo Group will grant the restart of the shipyard's activities, along with the immediate reinstatement of nine employees." Palumbo Group explained in a statement. The deal saves 9 jobs from the Italian shipyard that went into liquidation towards the end of 2017, which put a total of 57 jobs at risk.

BW Catcher . Photo: BW Offshore

BW Offshore Gets Contract Extension for FPSO Polvo

BW Offshore has signed an agreement with Petrorio for a one-year extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Polvo. The firm period has been extended to Q3 2019 (from Q3 2018), with options until Q3 2022. The company has also announced that BW Catcher FPSO received the First Oil Certificate following the successful completion of the 72-hour interim performance test subsequent to the introduction of hydrocarbons on 23rd December 2017. BW Catcher FPSO is owned and operated by BW Offshore and the First Oil Certificate confirms the commencement of a seven-year fixed term contract…

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CSCL to Change Name to Cosco Shipping Development

China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has proposed to change its name to Cosco Shipping Development Co (CSDC), in line with the company’s future business strategy and as a group member of China Cosco Shipping Corporation (Coscocs). "China Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd. Board of Directors hereby announces that, in view of the Major asset restructuring program the company has been related to the motion of the Company and in February 1, 2016 the first meeting of 2016 Extraordinary General Meeting…

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Global Ship Lease Report Q1 Financials

The containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) has reported first-quarter net income of $6.8 million. Its revenue stood at $39.6 mln for the Quarter. Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, stated, "During the first quarter of 2017, we continued to execute our core strategy, maximizing the value of our long-term time charters with high-quality counterparties, maintaining high levels of vessel utilization and closely controlling costs. The fleet generated operating revenues from fixed-rate time charters of $39.6 million in the three months ended March 31…

COSCO Aries (Photo: COSCO Shipping)

First Containership Receives LR Cyber Notation

The newly built containership MV COSCO Shipping Aries, recently delivered to COSCO Shipping Lines, is the first ever containership to receive Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note “Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM” for its energy management system. The 20,000 TEU ship was built by Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd (NACKS). “MV COSCO Shipping Aries is the first 20K TEU level ultra large containership built in Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines.