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Maersk Adds Xihe Tankers to Its MR Pool

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Denmark's Maersk Tankers said it reached a deal to operate four product tankers owned by Singaporean shipping group Xihe Holdings (Xihe).Part of the Lim family business empire, Xihe Holdings and its subsidiaries were placed under court-appointed supervisors earlier this year.Maersk Tanks said the agreement

BW LPG Sells Two Gas Carriers

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BW LPG has entered into memorandums of agreement (MOA) to sell two very large gas carriers (VLGC) BW Confidence and BW Cedar, the Singapore-based shipowner announced Monday.BW Confidence was built in 2006 and has a carrying capacity of 83,270 cubic meters. The sale is expected to generate approximately

Houthis Approve UN Plan to Assess Decaying Oil Tanker off Yemen

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Houthi authorities in Yemen have given long-awaited approval for a United Nations plan to visit and assess a deteriorating oil tanker off Yemen's coast that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil into the Red Sea.Staff and equipment could be expected to arrive at the tanker by late January or early February, U.

Oil Tanker Hit by Explosion at Saudi Terminal

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An explosion damaged a Greek-managed tanker at a Saudi Arabian terminal on the Red Sea just north of the Yemeni border, the ship's manager said on Wednesday, in an attack confirmed by Saudi Arabia.In a statement published by state media, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said

BIMCO on Tanker Shipping; The Worst is Not Over

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While the tanker market had a strong run at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released this morning by BIMCO, tanker shipping will not benefit this year from the usual strong winter seasonal effect. Though the new lockdowns being introduced in many countries are less strict than in the spring,

ABS Awards Smart Notation to AET’s Eagle Passos

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Classification society ABS said it has awarded AET the SMART (INF) Notation for the 152,700 DWT DP2 shuttle tanker Eagle Passos, which was built and delivered by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI).The first shuttle tanker to be granted an ABS Smart Notation, which recognizes

Monjasa Acquires Tanker for Middle East Operations

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Oil and shipping group Monjasa said it has acquired the 9,600-dwt oil and chemical tanker Monjasa Server from Golden-Agri Stena. The 117.6-meter vessel is set for cargo and bunkering operations in the Arabian Gulf by November 2020.Formerly known as the GS Adventure, the 2009-built Monjasa Server joins

Novatek Starts LNG Ship-to-ship Operations in Murmansk

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Russian gas producer Novatek has started ship-to-ship loadings of liquefied natural gas from the Yamal LNG project near the northern port of Murmansk, shifting away from Norway, ship tracking data at Refinitiv Eikon showed on Monday.The company previously conducted such operations at a terminal at the Norwegian Arctic port of Honningsvag.

Zvezda Cuts Steel for First Russian-built Icebreaking LNG Carrier

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Russia's Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has started building the first in a series of 15 icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers ordered for year-round gas transport along the Northern Sea Route from the Arctic LNG 2 project in Russia's high north. They will be the first such vessels constructed domestically.

Iran Seizes Tanker for Alleged Fuel Smuggling

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards have seized a Panama-registered vessel in the Gulf suspected of smuggling 300,000 liters of fuel and detained its crew of 10, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Friday.The agency did not give the nationality of the crew members or other details of the incident in its report.

Petredec Orders Three VLGCs from Jiangnan Shipyard


Singapore-based shipowner Petredec Holdings (Eastern) PTE Ltd announced earlier this month that it has signed a contract for the construction of up to six 93,000-cubic-meter-capacity liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers with dual fuel LPG propulsion at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. Ltd. The initial firm three vessels will deliver in January,

Sale of 25-year-old VLCC Ends 512-day Demolition Draught

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The sale of Sam (formerly Zoya 1), an almost 25-year-old 300,500 DWT crude oil tanker, marks the end of the fourth longest streak of zero VLCC demolitions in history, this time lasting 512 days. The last very large crude carrier (VLCC) to be demolished was the 300,361 DWT Watban which was scrapped in Bangladesh in June 2019.

Tanker Captain Medevaced Off Texas

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter responds to a medevac request near Christi, Texas, November 16, 2020. The mariner was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline and was reported to be in stable condition. (U.S Coast Guard photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an unresponsive tanker captain nine miles offshore Corpus Christi, Texas, Monday afternoon.Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a call from a crewmember aboard the Norwegian-fagged liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Hoegh Galleon stating

Tanker Held Off Australia for COVID-19 Testing

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An oil tanker is being held off the coast of Australia pending the results of crew COVID-19 tests.The Hong Kong-flagged Haruna Express was denied permission to enter Sydney's Port Botany and ordered to remain offshore following reports stating a number of crew members on board had been displaying coronavirus symptoms.

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