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16  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Please Help on: January 31, 2018, 05:00:36 pm
Hi Yvon

This is what i found about this vessel. IMO 6876499 Built 1966 as PTS-194 USSR. 1992 as Aal Estonia. 2000-12 as Sagittarius Sao Tome & Principe.2002-02 as VIRGO I Tonga.No further information according Lloyds data.

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17  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Ship crash at Keelung port damages crane and containers on: January 16, 2018, 07:23:28 am
A German-flagged container ship, Hansa Meersburg, crashed into a gantry crane as it was berthing at Taiwan’s Keelung Port on Monday night.

The port operator said the 175 m-long container ship was trying to berth at Terminal 11 when it hit the TWD100 million (USD3.3 million) gantry crane, causing it to collapse.

A worker suffered "'moderate" injuries and more than 80 boxes on the container ship were damaged.

The port authorities immediately launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.A statement said investigators sealed off the scene around the terminal to gather evidence and avoid any oil leak caused by the collision.

The collapsed gantry crane will be removed following the necessary safety procedures and the container ship is not allowed to leave the port before the initial investigation is completed.

IHS Markit Maritime AIS tracking data showed that Hansa Meersburg was sailing from Xiamen, China, on 8 January 2018, to Osaka in Japan.

Hansa Meersburg (1,740 teu) was built by Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in 2007 and is operated by Cheng Lie Navigation, a subsidiary of CMA CGM Holding. It is owned by Germany's Leonhardt and Blumberg, according to IHS Markit’s Maritime Portal.

Source IHS
18  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MONGOLIA (IMO 9041069) on: January 16, 2018, 06:36:41 am
She is sold to Asset Management Corp Nigeria.This company is a subsidiary of Group: Nigeria Govt.She is underway to Lagos.She is now passing the coast of Potugal.The time of arrival is ETA 05 Feb 2018, 08:00 UTC.

19  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Evergreen orders 20 container ships on: January 16, 2018, 06:23:32 am
Taiwanese liner operator Evergreen Line has confirmed that it will acquire 20 container ships, each with 11,000 teu capacity. Of the total, 8 will be newbuildings and 12 will be taken on long-term bareboat charter.

In a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Evergreen said that two wholly owned subsidiaries, Greencompass Marine and Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong), would each be the registered owner of four of the newbuildings. These two subsidiaries will also be the charterers of the other 12 vessels, with these ships to be equally allocated to the entities.

Evergreen said it had shortlisted compatriot shipbuilder CSBC Corp, Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding and Japan Marine United, and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries, of which just one would be chosen to build the ships.

With regard to the chartered-in vessels, Evergreen would not say if these were in-service ships or new vessels to be contracted on the back of long-term timecharters.

Media reports have, however, tipped Imabari as being likely to win the contract, as in 2015, Evergreen had ordered 11 18,000 teu ships through the Japanese shipbuilder’s shipowning arm, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, for long-term bareboat charter.

The 12 ships that will be taken by Evergreen on bareboat charter, if these are newbuildings, are thus likely to be head-owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha.

Each ship is estimated to cost USD93–100 million.

According to IHS Markit’s Maritime Portal, Greencompass Marine is the registered owner of 30 of Evergreen’s ships, including 10 2,900 teu ships that are being built by CSBC Corp for delivery from 2017 to August 2018. The rest of Greencompass Marine’s ships were built from the late 1990s to 2000. Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) is currently the registered owner of Uni-Accord, a 1997-built 1,164 teu ship that was purchased in 2003.

Evergreen Marine Corp emphasises that the aim of these newbuilding programmes is to meet future market demand and to continue with its ongoing fleet renewal.

“With the delivery of the new ships, Evergreen will redeliver older chartered vessels upon expiry of their charter periods to help optimise the efficiency of its operating fleet and enhance the competitiveness of its services,” Evergreen said in a statement.

IHS Markit has forecast that global container trade will expand by 4.9% in 2019 and the global fleet will grow by 5.6% if one-quarter of the 78 mega container ships (exceeding 10,000 teu), totalling 1.2 million teu, due for delivery, are delayed.

COSCO and Yang Ming have delayed the delivery of 200,000 teu ships from 2018 to 2019, due to overcapacity. This means that 10% of the capacity originally meant to hit the water this year has been deferred.

IHS Markit data show that Evergreen has the world’s seventh-largest fleet, standing at 1 million teu, and its orderbook, if the 12 ships are newbuildings, makes the company the largest, at 567,000 teu. If the 12 ships are not newbuildings, Evergreen’s orderbook would be the third-largest behind COSCO and CMA CGM at 435,000 teu.

Source IHS
20  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SM Line to remove four ships from Indonesia services on: January 04, 2018, 09:08:10 am
I think only for Container vessels Mr Husni.
21  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / SM Line to remove four ships from Indonesia services on: January 04, 2018, 08:59:59 am
SM Line is to withdraw four vessels from its services to Indonesia as Korea Shipping Partnership (KSP) member companies begin to streamline their services to avoid duplication.

Set to begin operations in the first quarter of 2018, KSP is a quasi-alliance of local liner operators looking to restore confidence in South Korean shipping companies after a series of highly publicised crises.

The alliance comprises Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), SM Line Corporation, Heung-A Shipping, Dongjin Shipping, Sinokor Merchant Marine, Hansung Line, Pan Continental Shipping, Namsung Shipping, Korea Marine Transport Co., Ltd, Pan Ocean, CK Line, Dongyoung Shipping, Doowoo Shipping, and Taiyoung Shipping. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) and the Korea Shipowners’ Association promoted the alliance, which will operate intra-Asia services.

Currently, six South Korean liner operators operate 20 ships in five services to Indonesia. Consequently, one of these services will be eliminated.

HMM, Korea Marine Transport Co, Ltd, Sinokor Merchant Marine, and Heung-A will continue to deploy vessels to services to Indonesia.

Backed by the Samra Midas Group, which also owns Korea Line Corporation and Korea Shipping Corporation, SM Line was established by Samra Midas Group to acquire the trans-Pacific and intra-Asia portfolios of the now-defunct Hanjin Shipping, the country’s once largest shipping company that went bust in February 2017.

The MOF said in a statement that the streamlining will also affect services to Thailand and Japan, which will see the removal of seven ships.

Heung-A vice-president Lee Hwan-gu said, “Following the first round of the realigning of the routes, the shipping companies’ operating costs can expect to be reduced.”

Three of the ships that will be removed will be redeployed to services to China and Vietnam as the KSP member companies believe these markets have more growth potential.

MOF’s director for shipping and logistics, Eom Ki-doo, said, “It’s very encouraging that the companies are progressing in their voluntary reorganisation and we hope that they can co-operate in other areas in the future.”

Source IHS
22  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Judge acquits Seaman Guard Ohio crew of all charges on: November 28, 2017, 03:04:34 pm
The crew of the floating armoury Seaman Guard Ohio have today been acquitted of all charges by the Maduria bench of the Madras High Court, after spending four years in jail.

The 35 seafarers and security personnel were detained aboard the Sierra Leone-registered floating armoury ship by police in Tamil Nadu in October 2013 after it was claimed they had entered Indian territorial waters for bunkering. The police accused the crew of carrying unregistered weapons and making an illicit money transfer for the bunkers. The Q Branch of the Tamil Nadu police, which originally took up the investigation, charged the crew members under a number of acts, including the Arms Act, Indian Penal Code, and Essential Commodities Act.

The crew were convicted in January 2016 and sentenced to five years of “rigorous imprisonment”, a surprise outcome as the charges had previously been overturned and the men freed. Including the first six months the crew were imprisoned, they have served half of the five-year sentence.

On Monday, Judge Bashir Ahmed pronounced the acquittal, stating that the prosecution had failed to prove the coastguard had intercepted the vessel within the territorial water of India.

The acquittal has been welcomed by families of the crew, who had previously expressed concerns over the judge's understanding of the complexities of the case: he had previously recused himself on 5 October before returning to the case on 12 October.

A social media post from the families of six British men working as security guards on Seaman Guard Ohio said that “justice had prevailed” and they will now wait to hear “as and when” the men will be allowed to return to their families. 

Stephen Askins, a partner in UK law firm Tatham Macinnes, who has worked on the case for the past four years, told Fairplay sister title Safety at Sea that the next steps would be to get the men out, “which should happen in a day or so”. There is only a “residual risk” that the Indian government will appeal the acquittal, he stressed, adding that details of the judgment would be released tomorrow, “which will give us greater insight”.

Meanwhile, the charity Mission to Seafarers, which has provided support to the crew, said the decision marked “the end of a traumatic four-year period spent in captivity since their arrest in 2013”. 

Ben Bailey, director of advocacy at Mission to Seafarers, said that the Seaman Guard Ohio case  highlighted the risks that “millions of seafarers often face when carrying out their everyday jobs”. “The criminalisation of seafarers remains a constant threat to those who are responsible for transporting over 90% of world trade,” he added.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has also provided support for the crew since their arrest in 2013 and helped fund the appeal on their behalf. ITF seafarers’ section chair David Heindel said that while at last there was “some form of justice”, one “glaring injustice remains: the scandal of AdvanFort [the owner of Seaman Guard Ohio] getting off scot free, having washed it hands of its employees”. He added: “They took the money, they sauntered off, pockets bulging. It is nothing short of shameful that our justice system allows them to get away with this.”

The Seaman Guard Ohio case has also been used as a key example of the risks of unregulated floating armouries, with the Indian government and others in the shipping industry calling for tighter regulations.

In May 2018, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 99 will discuss progress on the possibility of developing an international regulatory framework for floating armouries.

Source IHS
23  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Crude oil tanker oversupply manageable, but should be eliminated on: November 04, 2017, 04:54:28 am
The tanker market is oversupplied by about 30 to 40 VLCCs and 20 to 30 Suezmaxes, but the sooner this can be eliminated, the sooner freight markets will recover, Paddy Rodgers, CEO of the Antwerp-based tanker giant, Euronav, told Fairplay.

“If we can see our ‘bathtub’ move into a better balance via a net reduction in the global fleet then the inflection point in the cycle will come quicker,” Rodgers said.

By the bathtub he referred to the age profile of the VLCC and Suezmax fleets. Most of the tonnage is modern, which gives the profile a high and broad bulge above a narrow base that represents ageing vessels.

The same applies in reverse to the newbuilding orderbook, as most of the crude oil carriers are due to enter service in the next two years, with little supply due after that year.

As far as VLCCs are concerned, Euronav expects 48 deliveries in 2018 followed by 33 the following year. In the case of Suezmaxes, the figures are 33 and 9 respectively.

Neither the oversupply nor the orderbook appear huge when compared to the existing fleets in these two size categories.

Figures from the IHS Markit database show that there are 716 VLCCs with a combined dw tonnage of 220.0 million currently in service and that the present day Suezmax fleet consists of 515 ships that have a combined tonnage of 80.3 million dwt.

The demand for crude oil remains robust. Euronav pointed out in its third-quarter interim report that the IEA had raised its 2017 global oil consumption growth forecast to 1.6 million bpd from 1.2 million bpd during the course of the year.

The company has calculated that the 1.6 million bpd growth in demand creates work for 49 VLCC equivalents, whereas the 1.2 million figure only brings work to 37 units.

Euronav has based its calculations on factoring the carrying capacities of VLCCs and Suezmaxes into a synthetic concept of VLCC equivalents to facilitate projections of future tonnage need and supply.

Despite the current benign demand situation, removal of ageing vessels remains high on the agenda of the Euronav top brass as Hugo de Stoop, CFO, stated in the company’s third-quarter interim conference call. “If the market becomes considerably better, that will absorb the new tonnage little bit faster but we continue to insist on saying that the old ladies can go,” he said.

Likewise, owners should refrain from ordering tonnage that would be surplus to requirements. “The duration of a challenging freight rate environment will remain dependent on the number of additional newbuild orders that are not needed by the market,” Euronav said in its third-quarter interim report. “Scrapping/fleet removal trends need to be extrapolated further before an inflection point can be reached.” 

Continued high pace of newbuilding orders combined with a slowdown in demolition sales, could in an extreme case, have very negative consequences. The present low freight rates result from oversupply of tonnage, not weak demand.

However, should the global economy start to encounter headwinds and the demand for oil weaken, the tanker industry could steam into the next recession with a vast oversupply of tonnage, according to Rodgers.

“Again, anything is possible and clearly demand will be impacted the higher the oil price goes; we think it remains demand stimulative to around USD70 per barrel but the recent rise has been based on strong demand as well as restricted supply.”

Source IHS
24  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / HMM ‘undecided’ on rumoured 20,000 teu box ships order on: November 04, 2017, 04:40:08 am
Hyundai Merchant Marine could order 20,000 teu container ships in order to boost its competitiveness against its larger peers, according to a South Korean news site.

MTN claimed that the orders could be placed in March 2018 for delivery in 2021. By then, HMM’s fleet of container vessels would be increased from 350,000 teu to 600,000 teu.

A spokesman for HMM told Fairplay that the company had yet to decide on ordering more newbuildings, having already ordered five VLCCs and two 11,000 teu container ships this year.

The spokesman said, “HMM is reviewing and discussing with industry experts on various ways to grow further as a global carrier. However, there has been no decision made about ordering new container ships. The vessel size, when to order, and how these will be financed are all undecided.”

HMM is now the country’s flagship carrier after Hanjin Shipping’s collapse in February.

The liner operator itself pulled off a remarkable escape from bankruptcy in June 2016 after reaching agreements with its bondholders and tonnage providers and raising more than USD1 billion from a string of asset sales.

In July, at KDB’s request, international consultancy AT Kearney carried out an assessment that showed HMM would need KRW10 trillion to build large container ships and acquire terminal assets.

KDB chief Lee Dong-geol told a parliamentary session in October that the state policy lender, which is now HMM’s largest shareholder and creditor, is reviewing AT Kearney’s suggestion of providing a war chest.

HMM’s collaboration with the 2M alliance comprising Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company expires in March 2020 and given its relatively small size among liner operators amid the current wave of consolidation, the company may find the going tough should it find itself without an alliance partner.

The largest container ships in HMM’s fleet are only 13,000 teu, while the company’s rivals have been ordering and taking delivery of vessels with capacity nearing 20,000 teu. There is therefore concern that HMM could lag behind its competitors.

On 13 October, HMM sold shares to raise USD614 million for newbuilding plans and recently placed firm orders for five VLCCs, with options for another five tankers, with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The company also ordered two 11,000 teu container ships from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction.

MTN reported that the proceeds from the share sale are expected to be partly used to finance HMM’s new series of newbuildings. The 20,000 teu container ships are expected to require KRW200 billion, while the government’s recently created ship finance provider, Korea Shipping & Maritime Transportation, would cover the remaining costs.

The company now owns eight overseas terminals, including the recently purchased terminal that Hanjin Shipping used to operate in Algeciras, Spain.

It has also announced plans to develop ports in Vietnam as part of a wider plan to own more terminal assets in Southeast Asia to take advantage of lower handling costs and help restore profitability.

Robert Willmington, IHS Markit shipbuilding analyst, said, “HMM will be compelled to order new ULCS tonnage sooner rather than later simply to maintain its present market share. With only two 11,000 teu ships presently on order, HMM has the smallest orderbook of all the intercontinental ocean carriers. Furthermore, its largest ships have a capacity of 13,000 teu during a period when most major carriers are moving towards ships in excess of 18,000 teu.

“Clearly it has no choice but to place orders in the near future otherwise HMM will become a minor vessel operator at best. As the company is now virtually the South Korean flag carrier there is a will on the part of the company, and indeed the South Korean government, to ensure HMM exceeds by expansion. For these reasons we expect HMM will soon place an order for large box ships at a domestic shipyard.”

Source IHS                           
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26  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Coinhive threat warning on: October 19, 2017, 01:49:31 am
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28  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Heavy lift JV BigRoll falls apart on: October 10, 2017, 10:18:48 am
Dutch heavy lift joint venture BigRoll is going to be unwound from 1 January, only four-and-a-half years after its formation.

Spliethoff group company BigLift, a 50% partner in BigRoll, issued a statement on Monday saying that it “has decided to end its co-operation with Rolldock Shipping in the joint venture … as per 1 January 2018”.

Two of the module deck cargo ships contracted for the joint venture company – the 20,157 dwt BigRoll Barentsz (renamed BigLift Barentsz) and 20,081 dwt BigRoll Baffin (renamed BigLift Baffin), both delivered in 2016 – are going to be transferred to BigLift for future operations while the other two (20,157 dwt BigRoll Beaufort and BigRoll Bering) have already been placed with Rolldock Shipping.

A representative of BigLift, which operates 14 heavy-lift ships in total including the two module carriers, cited “different opinions about the commercial strategy of the company” as reason for the split. Ongoing contracts and tenders of BigRoll Shipping, though, would still be executed in co-operation with Rolldock, BigLift said.

BigRoll was launched back in 2013 for the transportation of ultra large and heavy modular cargoes, with contract gains including a multiyear contract of affreightment with Yamgaz, the consortium of Technip, JGC Corporation, and Chiyoda for the Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic.

At the time, the partners said they were jointly looking to provide “first-class solutions” to project shippers across the offshore and onshore oil and gas sectors, renewable energies, power generation, container cranes, and shipyard industries.

Source IHS
29  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / CMA CGM bumps up profits and confirms mega ship order on: September 19, 2017, 04:23:19 am
Leading container shipping group CMA CGM has confirmed plans to order nine 22,000 teu container ships after returning a sparkling set of second-quarter (Q2) 2017 financial results.

The Marseilles-based group had been widely reported to be planning to order the new giant vessels and last month two Chinese shipyards announced that they had signed letters of intent for the vessels, which would be the biggest ordered to date if approved by the CMA CGM board.

The group has now announced that its board has approved the order, which it says is intended to enable it to keep up with market growth and its own transport needs. It said that the first of the new vessels would come into service in late 2019.

It confirmed the order as part of its announcement of its second-quarter financial results, which showed a USD216 million net profit after its USD129 million loss in the second quarter last year.

Revenues soared 57% year on year to USD5.55 billion and container carryings jumped 33% to 4.74 million teu.

Integration of the APL group was a major factor in the strong growth in cargo volumes but the group said that it had also benefited from the launch of Ocean Alliance on April 1 this year and greater industry dynamism.

The increase in volumes, coupled with rising freight rates, was reflected in the group’s revenues, which the group said had increased by 12.5% per container in the second quarter.

APL was also a big contributor to the group’s profits. The group’s core EBIT stood at USD472 million, compared with a USD81 million deficit in Q2 2016. CMA CGM said that APL alone had contributed USD137 million to this result.

Group chief executive Rodolphe Saade said that the group’s results had been “excellent”.

“Once again, CMA CGM outperforms the industry and demonstrates the excellence of its operational management as well as the relevance of its strategy,” he said.

The group is bullish about its prospects for the remainder of the year, saying that it expects to improve on its operating results in the second half, assuming that freight rates continue to improve and that there is no major change in fuel prices and exchange rates.

The second quarter results confirm CMA CGM’s return to strong form after it came back into profit in the final quarter of last year. In the first quarter, it returned a net profit of USD86 million after its USD452 million full-year loss in 2016.

By comparison, market leader Maersk Line reported a profit of USD339 million in the second quarter after a USD151 million loss in the corresponding quarter in 2016, while its revenues rose 21% to USD6.1 billion. However, its cargo volumes rose only 2% to 2.7 million feu.

It said that average freight rates had improved 22% over Q2 2016 and 8% over Q1 2017.

Source IHS
30  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Cosco Shipping Ports buys Zeebrugge terminal from APM Terminals on: September 13, 2017, 09:15:21 am
COSCO Shipping Ports announced a major new incursion into the European ports sector today in the form of an agreement to take over from APM Terminals as majority shareholder in APM Terminals Zeebrugge (APMTZ).

The Chinese group, which has made a number of investments in the European ports sector in recent months, is to buy out its partners, APM Terminals and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), for EUR35 million (USD42.04 million).

Under the terms of the agreement, which the two parties hope to finalise by the end of November, APM Terminals, which has a 51% holding in the terminal, will acquire the 25% held by SIPG and then sell the resulting 76% holding to COSCO Shipping Ports.

APM Terminals opened the Zeebrugge terminal in 2004 and sold COSCO its existing 24% stake in 2014.

COSCO Shipping and its Ocean Alliance partners are currently the port’s major customers and have a long-term interest in developing cargo volumes at the port, according to APM Terminals.

COSCO Shipping Ports said today that the Zeebrugge terminal would be the first in north west Europe in which it would have a controlling stake.

“The company believes that, holding a controlling stake in APMTZ aligns with the company’s stated strategy of developing a comprehensive and well-balanced global terminals network.”

It added that the acquisition would also help it to follow the development of the regular line network of fellow COSCO group member, COSCO Shipping Lines.

Wim Lagaay, head of APM Terminals USA and Europe, said that the group’s decision to sell its interest in the Zeebrugge terminal corresponded to its strategy of concentrating on its long-term assets.

“We believe COSCO Shipping Ports is the right long-term owner of the Zeebrugge facility and will continue to grow the port for customers, employees, and the Zeebrugge stakeholder community.”

The Dutch group pointed out that the two groups were already partners in major container terminals in Egypt and China, while, in October 2016, COSCO Shipping Ports acquired a 40% stake in APM Terminals’ Vado Holding in the Italian port of Vado.

Vado Holding owns the 300,000 teu annual capacity reefer terminal at the port of Vado, but is also set to take full control of Vado Container Terminal, a new 600,000 teu annual capacity deepwater facility due into service next year.

COSCO Shipping Ports has made a number of other major investments in the European port sector in recent months.

In May 2016, it acquired a 35% interest in Euromax Terminal Rotterdam (Euromax) for EUR41.43 million from Hutchison Port Holdings subsidiary ECT Participations. The automatic terminal, which came into service in 2010, is currently being expanded to take its annual handling capacity to 3.2 million teu.

Also last year, the company strengthened its position at the leading Greek port of Piraeus, where it has been an operator since 2009. It paid EUR280.5 million (USD314 million) for a 51% shareholding in the port as part of a plan to develop it as a hub for trade between Asia and eastern Europe.

Most recently, in June this year, it announced that it had agreed to buy a 51% holding in Spain’s Noatum Port Holdings from holding company TPIH for EUR203.49 million (USD244.44 million). The deal gives it a controlling interest in container terminals in the ports of Valencia and Bilbao, as well as two rail terminals.

Source IHS
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