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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Seaborne Transportation News

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CPLP Fixes Agamemnon with MSC

Greek shipping company Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP) announced that its vessel, M/V ‘Agamemnon’ commenced new long-term time charter with Mediterranean Shipping Company Co. S.A.The 108,892 dwt / 8,266 TEU container carrier Agamemnon was built in built 2007 in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., South Korea, said a press note from the shipping company engaged in the seaborne transportation of a wide range of cargoes, including dry cargo and containerized…

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Euronav to Store Low-Sulfur Oil

The crude oil tanker company Euronav has purchased a total of 420,000 metric tons of compliant fuel oil and marine gasoil so far, the company revealed as it detailed its IMO 2020 sulfur cap plans. In aggregate the purchase value of very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) has been at $447 per metric ton compared to a bunker price (HFO-3.5% Sulfur content) of $400 per metric ton over the same procurement period.According to the Belgium shipping company, the oil is currently aboard a ultra large crude carrier (ULCC) Oceania, a vessel built in 2003, and will soon be on its way to Singapore.

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Diamond S Shipping Sells Two Vessels

Connecticut-headquartered Diamond S Shipping Group Inc. (DSG) announced that it has agreed to sell two of its 2008-built medium-range product carriers as part of its fleet renewal initiatives.The vessels - the Atlantic Aquarius and Atlantic Leo - are expected to be delivered in the third quarter or early the following quarter, said the owners and operators of crude and product tankers, which provide seaborne transportation of crude oil, refined petroleum and other products in international shipping markets.Diamond will recognize a non-cash charge of about $9.5 million per vessel this quarter…

Dead weevils along a wall of a bulk terminal warehouse (Photo: ABTO)

Fumigation Doesn't Work for Some Ship Cargoes

The fumigation of grain cargoes using certain pesticides, namely plant protection products, may not be effective in controlling insect larvae, resulting in cargo damage or loss.Javier Quintero Saavedra, head of HSE at Terminales Marítimos de Galicia (TMGA), an operator of bulk terminals in Galicia, Spain, and Chairman, Dry Bulk Cargoes Working Group, ICHCA,  said: “We are finding that the pupae and larvae inside maize kernels in various consignments, and which were subjected to in-transit fumigation…

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BIMCO: VLCC Freight Rates from Gulf to China Doubles

VLCC spot freight rates between the Arabian Gulf and China rose 101% in the days between June 13, 2019 and June 20, 2019, in the aftermath of attacks on two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Spot freight rates for a VLCC, carrying 2 million barrels of oil, between the Arabian Gulf and China reached USD 25,994 per day on June 20, their highest level since March and significantly above the May average of USD 9,979 per day.Despite this increase, freight rates on this route only narrowly exceeds the daily break-even costs of a VLCC…

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Star Bulk Carriers Reports Q1 Loss

Greek shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.06 loss per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.Net income for the first quarter of 2018 was $9.9 million, said the global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector."By the end of May 2019 we are on track to have 40 vessels scrubber fitted. We expect to have a fully scrubber fitted fleet by January 2020. Because we expect 2020 to be a more profitable year…

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Neo-Panamax Container Market Looks Better

Neo-Panamax container vessels experienced increased activity during the first quarter of 2019, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, said  Capital Product Partners.While charter rates for feeder and panamax vessels remained relatively flat due to, among other things, the overhang of idle tonnage, charter rates for Neo-panamax vessels, especially 8,000 TEU designs or larger, saw marked increases, with 12-month charters being contracted at average daily gross rates of approximately $24…

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Uncertainty Mounts in Dry Bulk Shipping

Uncertainty mounts in dry bulk shipping  against a backdrop of weaker growth in Chinese imports, said BIMCO."The extent of the freight rate recovery in 2018 was limited – when compared with initial expectations – by a faster-growing fleet. Q4-2018 wasn’t as strong as it often is either, but we now know that was merely the beginning of a sharp downturn. On top of that, in the first month of 2019, leading the way even further down was a massive lack of cargoes. By early February…

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Dry Bulk Market Looks Dull

Global dry bulk fleet utilization (calculated as total demand in tonne miles transported divided by total available fleet capacity) dropped by 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2018, reflecting the trend observed in the rate environment.According to Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group, freight rates in the fourth quarter of 2018 disappointed compared to expectations, in particular for the Capesize vessels, which declined from the previous quarter.The Panamax and Supramax markets were relatively unchanged from the previous quarter…

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Dubai's DP World Completes Danish Unifeeder Acquistion

Global port operator DP World says it has completed the acquisition of Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million.DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, but finalized on Thursday."DP World PLC is pleased to advise that it has closed the transaction to acquire 100% of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certainminority shareholders," said one sentence statement from the Dubai-based global marine terminal operator."Unifeeder Group is now part of the DP World Group…

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Pyxis Tankers Refinances Modern Tanker

Greece-based Pyxis Tankers announced that it had successfully completed the refinancing of a previous loan facility for the Pyxis Epsilon.The emerging growth pure play product tanker company said in a press release that after repayment of existing bank debt, the new 5 year secured loan provided us approximately $7.3 million of additional net proceeds for general corporate purposes. Valentios Valentis, our Chairman and CEO said:"We welcome a new lender to our company. Blue Ocean Maritime funds managed by EnTrustPermal provided us $24.0 million of new debt.

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WFW Advises CMBFL on Sale, Leaseback of 15 Dry Bulker

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised CMB Financial Leasing (CMBFL) on a US$180.4m sale and leaseback transaction with Star Bulk Carriers Corp, a Nasdaq-listed global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation of dry bulk cargoes.The funds obtained by Star Bulk under this new five-year capital lease of US$180.4m entered into with CMBFL were used to part-finance the cash portion of the consideration with regards to Star Bulk’s acquisition of 15 dry bulk vessels from Norwegian shipowner Songa Bulk ASA.Founded in 2008…

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Star Bulk Carriers Completes Acquisition of 16 Dry Bulk Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has consummated the previously announced acquisition of 16 dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction, from entities affiliated with Augustea Atlantica SpA and York Capital Management.The final consideration for the Augustea Vessel Purchase is 10.3 million common shares of the Company, equal to approximately 11.3% of Star Bulk’s common shares after the closing of the Augustea Vessel Purchase.As part of the transaction, the Company will assume debt of approximately $309 million.Following the closing of the Augustea Vessel Purchase…

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DFDS Completes Acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has completed the acquisition of Turkey’s largest operator of Ro-Ro freight ships and will be a major player in the strong and continuously growing trade between the EU and Turkey. In April, DFDS signed an agreement with the owners of  U.N. Ro-Ro to acquire the shares in the company, said a press release from the company. “All relevant authorities have now approved the transaction and I am very pleased to announce that on 7 June we completed the deal. U.N.

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Euroseas Completes EuroDry Spinoff

Euroseas announced  that it has completed the spin-off of its drybulk fleet into EuroDry Ltd. Euroseas shareholders received one EuroDry Ltd share for every five shares of the Company they owned. Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, commented: "We are very pleased to complete the spin-off of our drybulk fleet into a separate publicly listed company, EuroDry Ltd. Euroseas now becomes a pure containership company, the only US-listed containership owner focused on the feeder sector. EuroDry was formed on January 8, 2018 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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Euroseas Bags TC for Newbuilding Kamsarmax M/V Ekaterini

Euroseas, an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced that a subsidiary of the Company has entered into a time charter contract for its newbuilding vessel, M/V Ekaterini, an 82,000 dwt, 2018 built Kamsarmax bulk carrier. Specifically, M/V Ekaterini, which is scheduled to be delivered to the Company from the shipyard on May 7, 2018, has been chartered to a highly reputable European charterer for about two years at a gross daily rate of $13,000.

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Star Bulk Carriers Acquires 16 Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers Corp announced that it has agreed to acquire 16 vessels from entities affiliated with Augustea Atlantica SpA and York Capital Management in an all-share transaction. As consideration for the Vessel Acquisition, Star Bulk has agreed to issue approximately 10.5 million common shares to the sellers of the 16 vessels, equal to approximately 14.1% of Star Bulk’s common shares after the closing of the Vessel Acquisition. Under the terms of the agreement with the sellers…

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Euroseas Sells its Oldest Bulk Carrier Vessel

Greece-based Euroseas announced the sale of M/V Monica P, a 46,667 dwt vessel, built in 1998, to unaffiliated third party for the gross amount of $6.45 million. The owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes said that the vessel will be delivered to its buyers by June 30 2018. The Company has a fleet of 17 vessels, including 3 Panamax drybulk carriers, 1 Handymax drybulk carrier, 1 Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, 1 Ultramax drybulk carrier, 10 Feeder containerships and an intermediate containership.

Euroseas Announces Time Charter Contracts

Euroseas Ltd. The new charters will commence on April 9 for the EM Athens and April 7 for the Manolis. Euroseas typically announces charter arrangements of a year or longer duration. Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO, of Euroseas commented: “We are very pleased to announce the new charter and the extension of another for one more year for two of our containerships. These charters are roughly 30% higher than what the ships earned prior and is a clear sign that the sector is recovering.

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Star Bulk to Repay Debt Principal

Star Bulk Carriers announced that, in light of the improved performance of the Company and the dry bulk market in general, it is planning to make debt principal repayments that are in total at least equivalent to the amortization payments scheduled prior to the commencement of debt amortization holidays. The repayment will start from January 1st 2018, under the “cash sweep” mechanism incorporated in its loan agreements. Star Bulk had previously agreed with its Lenders debt amortization holidays that commenced on June 1st 2016 and were due to end on June 30th, 2018.

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Christophe de Margerie Named Engineering Project of the Year

Christophe de Margerie, the icebreaking LNG carrier built to order for SCF Group (Sovcomflot) to serve the Yamal LNG project, has won the award for Engineering Project of the Year at the 2017 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards. The winners were announced at an award ceremony held in New York on 7 December 2017. At the award ceremony, SCF Group was represented by Executive Board members Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President and CFO of Sovcomflot, and Sergey Popravko…

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Boston Carriers Completes Contract of MV Nikiforos

Boston Carriers announces that on October 2017, Nikiforos completed a spot voyage contract to transport approximately 33,000 tons of dry bulk cargo from South America to the Middle East. The contract contributed approximately 1,283,000 USD in the revenues of the Company. Nikiforos has transported approximately 183,000 tons of dry bulk cargo from the beginning of the year and until the date of completion of this voyage and has produced operating revenues of approximately 3,2 million usd compared to approximately 2,1 million usd for the year ended in December 31 2016. Boston Carriers Inc.

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Euroseas Acquires Vessels and Full Ownership of Euromar

Euroseas announced that it signed a memorandum of agreement to purchase the M/V EM Athens and EM Oinousses, both feeder size containership vessels of 2,506 teu built in 2000. The Company also announced that it acquired the option to purchase from Euromar two additional container vessels, the M/V EM Corfu, a feeder size containership vessel of 2,556 teu built in 2001, and the M/V Akinada Bridge, a post-panamax size container vessel of 5,600 teu built in 2001 until September 30, 2017.

ABTO Chief Executive Ian Adams speaking to ICHCA members last week in London Photo ABTO

ABTO Warns of Liquefaction Problems at Terminals

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has warned that cargo liquefaction – an issue commonly associated with the seaborne transportation of unprocessed mineral ores and concentrates – is also an issue which bulk terminals need to pay attention to. Speaking at the ICHCA ISP76 panel meeting in London last week, ABTO chief executive Ian Adams, said: “The liquefaction of bulk commodities is a serious issue which can and should be managed effectively shoreside. However, allowing…

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Euroseas Acquires Ultramax Newbuilding

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced that it signed an agreement to acquire from Dayang shipyard, Hull DY160, an Ultramax drybulk carrier, of 63,500 dwt built 2017. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Company in January 2017 subject to a successful inspection by the Company by December 27, 2016; it will be acquired for approximately 62% of its contracted price in early 2014.

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Euroseas Sells Bulker, Adds Boxship

Euroseas Ltd., Greek owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced that it took delivery of the M/V RT Dagr, a 1,645 teu feeder containership built in 1998. As previously announced, the vessel was purchased by issuing 900,000 shares of the Company's common stock. The Company also announced that it agreed to sell for scrap the M/V Eleni P, a 72,119 dwt 1997-built drybulk carrier.