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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Monaco News

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Seven Vessels Added to CTM's RSA

C Transport Maritime (CTM), the vessel management company in the dry cargo ocean transport industry, announced that four of its current members have added seven more vessels to the Supramax Revenue Sharing Agreement (RSA) in July and August 2019.According to the Monaco-based provider of ship management service, Chandris (Hellas) added the M/V Serene Juniper (57,185 dwt, 2011 built at STX Dalian).D’Amico Group added the M/V Medi Hakata (58,078 dwt, 2014 built at Shin Kurushima)…

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DHT Holdings Bags 3-Year Time Charter

Bermuda-based crude oil tanker company announced that  it has entered into a three year time charter with a leading refining company for one of its 2012 built very large crude carriers (VLCC).The charter will commence after the vessel completes a scrubber retrofit in the fourth quarter of this year, said the New York-traded company.The time charter has a base rate of $30,000 per day with all earnings up to $37,500 to DHT following a profit sharing structure that includes scrubber…

Lena River. Pic: Dynagas LNG Partners

Dynagas Vessel Employment Almost Full

Monaco-headquarters Dynagas LNG Partners said that it had estimated contracted time charter coverage for 98% of its fleet estimated available days for 2019, 100% of its fleet estimated Available Days for 2020 and 92% of its fleet estimated Available Days for 2021.As of March 21, 2019, the Partnership’s contracted revenue backlog estimate  was $1.38 billion, with an average remaining contract term of 9.5 years, the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) maritime transportation company said.

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Navios Names Two Directors

Monaco-based seaborne shipping company Navios Maritime Containers  announced the appointment of Stefan Kuch and Vasilios Mouyis to its Board of Directors.The owner and operator of container ships informed that Kuch has over 32 years of experience in finance and ship finance, having served in senior leadership positions in the shipping division of Commerzbank AG, one of Germany’s leading financial institutions.He also served as Managing Director of Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, a vessel-owning company within the Commerzbank Group.

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Navios Containers Updates on Fleet

Monaco-based container shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has exercised an option to acquire a 2011-built 10,000 TEU containership from an unrelated third party for a purchase price of $52.5 million.The containership is chartered out at a net rate of $26,325 per day until November 2020 and $27,300 per day until October 2021, and is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.Navios Containers also entered into an agreement where it has the option to acquire one 2011-built 10…

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Stable Year for Marseille Fos Port

French cargo and cruise port Marseille Fos had a relatively stable year in 2018 with traffic of more than 81 million tonnes, up 1%.The performances included a seventh consecutive year of growth in container traffic, which rose 2% for 1.4 million teu, and a 12% increase in dry bulks at 15.2MT. Meanwhile cruise numbers leapt 15% to 1.7 million passengers.Infrastructure development and maintenance spending of €60 million featured further logistics park expansion. Alongside this, agreements were reached on major industrial implantations.

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Navios Maritime Containers Adds to Fleet

Monaco-based seaborne shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has acquired a 2011-built containership from an unrelated party for USD 52.5 million.The containership is expected to be delivered into Navios Containers’ fleet in Q1 2019 and is chartered out at a net rate of  $26,325 per day until November 2020 and thereafter  $27,300 per day until October 2021. The containership is expected to generate approximately $9.5 million of revenue and $6.5 million of EBITDA(1) in the…

Costa Fortuna, operated by Costa Crociere, sailed away from Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard on 16 December 2018 after repairs at the yard. Photo: Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Retains Asia's Top Cruise Ship Repair Position

Singapore-based shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine cemented its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider in 2018 with the successful completion of repairs on the Costa Fortuna – the Group’s 10th and final cruise ship project this year.Operated by Costa Crociere, the 1,358-cabin vessel sailed away from Sembcorp Marine’s Admiralty Yard yesterday, joining a bevy of luxury liners that underwent repairs and upgrades at Sembcorp Marine facilities in the past 12 months.These included six vessels from leading cruise brands and long-term partners Carnival Cruises…

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DynaGas LNG Partners in the Red in Q3

Monaco-based owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, reported a third-quarter ended September 30, 2018 loss of $654,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.The gas shipping company said that the Q3 results included $2.3 million of scheduled class survey and dry-docking costs related to the Yenisei River, one of the three tri-fuel diesel engine (TFDE) vessels in our fleet.The company said it had a loss of 7 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 4 cents per share.

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Safe Bulkers Improves Bottomline

Monaco-based Safe Bulkers said that its net revenues for the three months months period ended September 30, 2018 increased by 34% to $50.1 million from $37.3 million during the same period in 2017.The international provider of marine drybulk transportation services said in a press release that its net income for the third quarter of 2018 increased by 21% to $8.1 million from $6.7 million, during the same period in 2017. Adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $8.2 million as compared to adjusted net loss of $1.8 million…

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GasLog Orders LNG Duo at Samsung Heavy Industries

Monaco-based LNG shipper GasLog  has ordered two 174,000 cubic meter LNG carriers (HN 2300 and HN 2301) with low pressure two stroke (“LP-2S”) propulsion at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, with expected delivery in late 2020.GasLog will use these vessels to fullfill the two new charter party agreements, each for a firm period of seven years, that it had signed with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Energy.The rate of hire for the Charters is broadly in line with mid-cycle rates and delivers returns in line with GasLog’s financial strategy.In addition to the Charters…

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Scorpio Bulkers Gets New Loan Facility

Monaco-based international shipping company Scorpio Bulkers announced that it has received a commitment from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale for a loan facility of up to USD 60 million.The loan facility will be used to finance up to 60% of the fair market value of two Ultramax dry bulk vessels (SBI Perseus and SBI Phoebe) and two Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels (SBI Electra and SBI Flamenco).The loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25% per annum.This loan facility…

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North P&I Club, 24Vision Sign Partnership Agreement

North P&I Club and 24Vision announced today that they have entered into a partnership agreement, with effect from 1 July 2018, to provide P&I insurance to charterers and small ship operators. As part of 24Vision’s wider service proposition to their marine industry clients, the partnership agreement provides for North P&I Club to be the insurance carrier for 24Vision’s marine liability products. “An alliance with North P&I Club puts us in an excellent position to provide our clients with top-rated security,” says Rocco Bozzelli, Managing Director of 24Vision Insurance Solutions.

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IMO On Board

Lifeboat inspection, fire drills, emergency generator training, keeping watch, new friendships, ports, building professional networks, and working far away from home and family. These, and many more, are all part of life at sea, and International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s own Sascha Pristrom is experiencing these during a voyage on the Monaco Maersk ultra large container ship. As 2nd Officer, he is gaining a direct insight into the practical implementation, on a ship, of IMO regulations and guidelines.

Angeliki Frangou. File Photo: SUNY Maritime College

Navios Maritime Containers files for a $100 million IPO

Monaco-based container ship company Navios Maritime Containers has filed with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. The information of IPO was originally provided by the IPO investment manager Renaissance Capital. The Navios Holdings company run by Angeliki Frangou was founded in 2017 and booked $69 million in sales for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018. According to the company website: "We are a growth-oriented international owner and operator of containerships.

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GoodBulk Files for a $100 Mln IPO

GoodBulk, an owner and operator of dry bulk vessels, announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its common shares.Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are acting as lead book-runners, Clarksons Platou Securities, Evercore ISI, Pareto Securities and UBS Investment Bank are also acting as book-runners, and ABN AMRO is acting as co-manager for…

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GasLog Sets Charter Deal with Centrica, Orders New LNG Vessel

Monaco-based LNG shipper GasLog signed a seven-year charter deal with the UK-based energy company Centrica for a newbuild LNG carrier it has ordered at the South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries. A 180,000 cubic meter LNG carrier (HN 2262) with low pressure two stroke (“LP-2S”) propulsion has been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, with expected delivery in the third quarter of 2020. The rate of hire for the Charter is broadly in line with mid-cycle rates.

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Amsterdam Becomes Destination for Superyachts

HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam are making real their ambition to establish Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts. The diversity in berths located in the heart of the city centre, combined with excellent re-fit and maintenance facilities in the port area make Amsterdam a unique destination for superyachts. A quiet transformation has been underway in the superyacht world for some years now. Where the Mediterranean and the Caribbean used to reign supreme in terms of both facilities and interest…

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Scorpio Bulkers Refinances Ultramax Vessel

Monaco-based Scorpio Bulkers announced that the Company has entered into a financing transaction in respect of one of the Company’s Ultramax vessels with an unaffiliated third party in Japan. As part of the transaction, the Company will sell a 2015 Japanese built Ultramax dry bulk vessel, SBI Tango, for a consideration of $19.0 million and then lease it back from the buyer through a five-year bareboat charter agreement at a rate of $5,400 per day. If converted to floating interest rates…

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Scorpio Bulkers Gets Loan for Kamsarmax

Monaco-based international shipping company Scorpio Bulkers said it has received a commitment for a loan facility of up to $12.75 million from a leading European financial institution to finance the Company’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier. The bulker will be delivered from Jiangsu New Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China in the third quarter of 2018. The loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from delivery and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.40% per annum. The terms and conditions are similar to those set forth in the Company's existing credit facilities.

Geoff McCumesky. (Photo: Equiom)

McCumesky Joins Equiom as Yachting Consultant

Equiom has appointed Geoff McCumesky to take on the position of Yachting Consultant, a new role created to meet the growing demands of Equiom’s multi-jurisdictional yachting and crewing services. The appointment comes as the Equiom yachting team gear up for a busy yachting season between now and their flagship event, Monaco Yacht Show, which takes place in September. Geoff has built up knowledge and expertise in the yachting industry over a 20-year career, having previously worked…

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GoodBulk Takes Delivery of Two Capesizes

Greek dry bulk owner Goodbulk announced that in January it took delivery of two Capesize vessels and sold another one Capesize. The Company took delivery of the Aquaproud, a 2009 built Capesize vessel of 178,057 dwt built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), China on On January 24, 2018. The purchase, which is the third to deliver of six option Capesize vessels acquired from funds managed by CarVal Investors on December 20, was financed with a combination of cash on hand…

Dimitris Ardamis

Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. Appoints Traders

Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. has announced that Pascal Bellet and Dimitris Ardamis were recently employed as Bunker Traders. Pascal Bellet was born and raised in Monaco and graduated from the International University of Monaco in 2010 where after he commenced his career in the shipping and yachting industry. Dimitris Ardamis is originally from Greece, and has a BSc in Maritime Business and Logistics from the University of Plymouth. During his studies and after graduating, Dimitris has acquired broad experience within the shipping industry.

Fos Distriport Supports Dangerous Goods Solution

French transport and logistics company Groupe Charles Andre (GCA) has extended its operations at the port of Marseille Fos with the opening of a 34,000m2 warehouse in Fos Distriport. The warehouse features 6,000m2 dedicated to packaged dangerous goods – the first such facility within the port’s logistics parks – as well as space for 200 containers. GCA has run an import/export car terminal at Fos since 2014 through its automotive subsidiary TEA. Marketing of the new $21 million warehouse was launched last November.

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GoodBulk Opts for Six More CarVal Capesizes

Greek dry bulk owner Goodbulk  informed that it expects to exercise the options to buy six more Capesize vessels for a price of USD 134.2 million. The purchase option was part of an agreement signed between Goodbulk and Carval Investors in October this year for a total of 13 Capezsize bulkers. "The option exercise is expected to be funded by a combination of cash on hand, availability under existing and new credit facilities, and issuance of $80.4 million of new shares, including 3…

Siiri Duddington (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

Hill Dickinson Hires Duddington as Partner

International law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed partner Siiri Duddington to join its expanding shipping team. Formerly a partner at Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC), Siiri spent six years at the firm advising on a wide range of dry shipping, trade and insurance litigation, acting principally for owners, charterers, P&I clubs, traders and insurers. Siiri has extensive experience in commercial contracts disputes involving charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, COA, pooling agreements, marine insurance and sale contracts, as well as shipbuilding and rig disputes.