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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Transportation Services News

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Arista Starts Smart Shipping Journey with ABS

Greece-based shipping company Arista Shipping has signed an ocean data agreement with the global provider of classification and technical advisory services ABS to drive smart shipping operations.The global provider of shipping transportation services and specializes in managing the worldwide transportation of dry bulk cargoes will processed data from the ABS Metocean Hindcast Data application to guide operational decision making for its fleet and managed vessels.Advanced ABS data processing is applied to over a decade of Metocean Hindcast model data from the U.S.

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Diana Shipping Fixes Medusa with Cargill

Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Medusa.The gross charter rate is US$11,000 per day, minus a 4.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of about 11 months to maximum 13 months, said the global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels.The new charter period is expected to commence on November 15…

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Kuok Makes Cash Offer for POSH

The Kuok Group, through its investment vehicle Quetzal Capital, announced a voluntary conditional cash offer to buy out Singapore-listed PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd (POSH).Quetzal Capital said that the conditional offer to acquire all of POSH for S$0.215 a share, marking a 97.2 percent premium over the stock’s closing price on 30 October.The offer price represents a premium of approximately 109.8%, 96.2%, 69.6% and 35.3% over the one-month, three-month, six-month and twelve-month volume-weighted average prices respectively…

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SEACOR Marine Sells North Sea Standby Biz

US-based  offshore support vessel  (OSV) provider Seacor Marine has decided to sell its North Sea emergency response and rescue vessel business to North Star in a move to cut costs and generate cash to support its core business.Under the terms agreed, North Star will pay approximately US$25.1 million, said the provider of marine and support transportation services to offshore.Based on revenue targets in 2020 and 2021, SEACOR Marine could receive an additional consideration of up to US$5.2. The sale will close in December.

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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…

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Teekay Resolves China LNG JV Issues

Teekay LNG’s 50/50 joint venture with China LNG, which owns four on-the-water ARC7 LNG carriers and two ARC7 LNG carrier newbuildings, is also no longer classified as a “blocked person” under Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) rules.According to a press release from the owners and operators of LNG carriers, providing LNG and LPG marine transportation services firm, Teekay Corporation and Teekay LNG Partners announced that COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation, a COSCO group firm…

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Korean Shippers Jointly Pitch for Qatari LNG Newbuilds

Five South Korean shipping companies - Korea Line, Pan Ocean, SK Shipping, Hyundai LNG Shipping and H-Line Shipping -  could partner up to secure liquefied natural gas transportation services for Qatar’s LNG production capacity expansion project.Qatar Petroleum is expected to put up shipping contracts for at least 40 LNG carriers by the end of the year for its North Field Expansion project, which aims to increase the nation’s LNG production capacity from 77 million tons to 110 million tons per annum starting in 2024.According to Yonhap, the Qatari state-run company will need an additional 60 L

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K+N to be CO2 Neutral for Shipments

Switzerland-based global transport and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel International AG has launched a Net Zero Carbon program that will aim to reduce the environmental impact of supply chains.In addition to the continuous reduction of its own CO2 emissions, the company now offers its customers solutions for reducing the CO2 footprint of their supply chain. With the use of big data and new digital platforms, the selection of transport routes and modes can be optimized from a…

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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…

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Höegh Increases its Frequency to Australia

Nowegean provider of Ro/Ro (Roll On/Roll Off) deep sea transportation services Höegh Autoliners announce an increased frequency in its service to Australia. Starting in November, the company will offer five sailing per month to Australia from Europe.Previously, Höegh offered up to four regular sailing per month, and with the increased frequency, the company will strengthen its position in the region.Thomas Ramdahl, Chief of Sales said: "To accommodate the growing demand from breakbulk…

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Aurelius Backs Ardent Buyout

Alternative direct lender AURELIUS Finance Company has provided financing to support the buy-out of emergency management and offshore decommissioning company Ardent from co-owners Svitzer, a global towage operator, and Crowley Holdings, a holding company of international marine and logistics services provider Crowley Maritime Corporation.The deal will see Ardent’s senior management team acquire a shareholding in the company. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed…

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Nasdaq: Performance Shipping Out of Compliance

Greek boxship owner Performance Shipping disclosed that it has received a noncompliance notification from the Nasdaq Stock Market.The notice was received from the regulator because the company's  closing share price was below $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive days, said the global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of vessels.Performance Shipping  intends to monitor the closing bid price of its common stock during a grace period and will consider its options…

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Evergreen, CN Extend Intermodal Pact

Canadian National Railway (CN) and Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company Evergreen Line announced that their long-standing relationship of 27 years will continue with a new agreement extending their intermodal partnership.Evergreen and CN have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership, with Evergreen calling at CN served ports such as Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Halifax. This new agreement furthers the privileged relationship between both companies.“We are pleased to be renewing our partnership with CN…

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Safe Bulkers Slips to Q2 Loss

Monaco-headquartered provider of marine drybulk transportation services Safe Bulkers reported a net loss for the second quarter, contrary to the market’s expectations for profit.The net revenue at USD 45.5 million for Q2 was hurt by a 3% decline from the second quarter of 2018. For the second quarter, Safe Bulkers reported an adjusted loss of $0.01 per share, compared to earnings of $0.02 per share in the same period of last year.Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: “In the first half of 2019 the charter market was weak.

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Grindrod Shipping Updates on Fleet

Grindrod Shipping Holdings, a global provider of maritime transportation services in the drybulk and product tanker sectors, announced that it took delivery of the IVS Phoenix, a Japanese-built eco ultramax drybulk carrier newbuilding in June 2019. The vessel has been chartered-in from its owner for a minimum period of three years with options to extend for up to two additional years, at Grindrod Shipping’s election, it said.The Singapore-based company said that it sold the 2005…

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TOP Ships in 1-for-20 Reverse Stock Split

Greek provider of oil, petroleum products and chemicals transportation services TOP Ships Inc. announced that it has determined to effect a 1-for-20 reverse stock split of the its  issued common shares.The Greek company's shareholders approved the reverse stock split and granted the Board the authority to determine the exact split ratio and when to proceed with the reverse stock split at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on August 7, 2019.The reverse stock split will take effect…

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Genco: Comprehensive IMO 2020 Strategy

Genco Shipping & Trading said that a comprehensive IMO 2020 strategy underway and four of its capesize vessels have had scrubbers successfully installed to date, and it anticipate its remaining capesize vessels to be scrubber-equipped by the end of 2019."We continue to progress on the execution of our comprehensive plan of compliance with the upcoming IMO 2020 emissions standards that targets a significant reduction of emissions from vessels globally," said the U.S.-based provider…

Crowley Announces Additional Promotions

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced new leaders in its Solutions group to support the continuing focus and growth in its government service offerings. This enhanced alignment will leverage commercial best practices in the transportation, energy and technology sectors to drive innovation and value for customers in the public sector.Chris Goss has been promoted from director to vice president of business development, to lead contract capture and proposals, and expeditionary logistics…

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Containers Market to Reach $12bln by 2023

The global shipping containers market, which amassed $9.29 billion in 2017, is estimated to reach $12.08 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2017 to 2023.According to a report by Allied Market Research, surge in seaborne trade, rise of transportation services, and increase in number of manufacturing facilities drive the growth in the market. However, decreasing economic growth in few nations in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region restrain the market growth.On the other hand…

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Freight Volumes Impacted by World Economy

Freight volumes in the United States and around the world are falling, signalling tougher times for manufacturers amid escalating trade tensions and heightened uncertainty.Freight volumes in the United States were up by just 0.8% in the three months from March to May compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.Volumes fell year-on-year in May, for the first time in more than two and half years, according to the agency's transportation services index.Freight is growing at the slowest rate since the mid-cycle slowdown of 2015/16…

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New CEO for Cook Islands Registry

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) has appointed Angelos Chatzigeorgiou to succeed Glenn Armstrong as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from July 1, 2019.Glenn, who has led the registry since 2006, has stepped down and will join the registry’s Board of Directors.Angelos joins MCI from Hellenic Silk Company, and previously held senior management roles at Seagull S.A. international Freight Forwarders Group and Cardiff Marine, a shipping and marine transportation services provider.

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Crowley Promotes Two Supply Chain Leaders

Crowley Logistics has promoted two of its veteran leaders, Sal Menoyo and Patrick Collins, to continue advancing the efficiency and growth of its integrated supply chain services in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Caribbean islands.Menoyo has been named vice president, Caribbean logistics, responsible for the strategic direction of sales, marketing, and administration of its logistics and ocean transportation services throughout Crowley’s footprint in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic…

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Shea to Receive 2019 Connie Award

William J. “Bill” Shea, Jr. to Receive 2019 Connie Award in Long Beach, CAJ. Christopher Lytle to Be Honored with the Lifetime Achievement AwardWilliam J. “Bill” Shea, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI), will receive the 2019 Connie Award presented by the Containerization and Intermodal Institute on September 17. The industry-wide event to honor Mr. Shea will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, CA.In his current position, Mr. Shea has been…

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Port NOLA Names Mike Stolzman as GM

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation (NOPB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA), has named M.D. (Mike) Stolzman as its new General Manager, effective immediately.Stolzman, a veteran railroad executive with extensive short line and Class I rail experience, will report to Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of NOPB, which is a Class III railroad on the nation’s fourth largest rail gateway that connects with six Class…

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FESCO Optimizes the Rotation

Russian shipping company FESCO Transportation Group announced that as part of the development of FESCO Fast Forward services it is optimizing the rotation and changing the names of regular shipping lines from China and the Republic of Korea to Russia.Transportation services between China and Russia will be carried out under the brand FESCO China Express, and between the Republic of Korea and Russia - under the brand FESCO Korea Express.FESCO China Express will operate on two routes…

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TEN Charters for Two LNG Vessels

Greek shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) announced new charters for two LNG carriers, the Neo Energy and the Maria Energy to significant international energy concerns for an aggregate period of 36 months. The total gross revenues from these two fixtures, over the duration of the respective contacts, is expected at about $60 million, said the provider of seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services worldwide.“LNG is on top of the agenda for TEN’s diversified energy fleet.