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Nomination for IUMI President

proedrosIUMIThe presidency of IUMI – the International Union of Marine Insurance – is for a four-year term. The present incumbent, Dieter Berg, ends his full term at this year's IUMI annual conference in Cape Town and will formally hand over the position to his successor on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

Bimco Ecsa leadership meeting in Athens

laskaridispapagianopoulos1The BIMCO President, Mr Anastasios Papagiannopoulos and ECSA President, Mr Panos Laskarides met in Athens recently to discuss areas of cooperation and further alignment between the two leading associations representing shipowners globally and in Europe respectively.

HHI Confirms Marinakis’ Newbuildings, Bags 836.5 Bln Won LNG Ship Order

huyndai ShipbuildingSEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. said Tuesday it has received a 836.5 billion won (US$744 million) order to build four liquefied natural gas carriers for a European company.

Costamare Inc. Announces the Signing of Shipbuilding Contracts and Charter Agreements for Five Newbuild Containerships and the Acquisition and Chartering of Two Secondhand Containerships

costamare1Costamare Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: CMRE) announced today the conclusion of shipbuilding contracts and long term charter agreements for five newbuild containerships, as well as the acquisition and chartering of two secondhand containerships. Ordering and Chartering of Five 12,690 TEU Newbuild Containerships The Company has ordered five newbuild containerships from Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, each of approximately 12,690 TEU capacity. The vessels are expected to be delivered between the second quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021 and upon delivery they will commence a ten-year time charter to Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. The acquisition is expected to be financed with cash on hand and debt. Acquisition and Chartering of Two Wide-Beam 5,000 TEU Secondhand Containerships In June 2018, the Company agreed to purchase two 2013-built, 5,000 TEU wide-beam containerships, the c/v Megalopolis and the c/v Marathopolis. Both vessels are expected to be delivered by September 2018 at the latest. Upon their delivery, the vessels will be chartered to Maersk Line for a period of seven years. The acquisitions are expected to be initially financed with cash on hand. The Company is in advanced discussions with a leading European financial institution regarding the financing of the vessels. Management Commentary Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, said: “We are pleased to expand our valued relationship with Yang Ming through the completion of our latest newbuilding transaction. At the same time, we are renewing our fleet with modern secondhand vessels backed by seven year charters to Maersk Line. In aggregate, these new transactions provide us with additional contracted revenues of approximately US $650 million and further extend our contract coverage to approximately 4 years.”


About Costamare Inc.


Costamare Inc. is one of the world’s leading owners and providers of containerships for charter. Costamare Inc. has 44 years of history in the international shipping industry and a fleet of 80 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 542,000 TEU, including five newbuild containerships on order and two containerships expected to be delivered by September 2018. Eighteen of our containerships have been acquired pursuant to the Framework Deed with York Capital Management by vessel-owning joint venture entities in which we hold a minority equity interest. The Company’s common stock, Series B Preferred Stock, Series C Preferred Stock, Series D Preferred Stock and Series E Preferred Stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols “CMRE”, “CMRE PR B”, “CMRE PR C”, “CMRE PR D” and “CMRE PR E”, respectively.

Euronav now owns only two ULCCs in the world

TI EuropeEuronav Tankers NV (Euronav) announces that it has acquired the ULCC Seaways Laura Lynn from Oceania Tanker Corporation, a subsidiary of International Seaways.
Euronav renamed the ULCC as Oceania and registered it under the Belgian flag. Euronav Tankers bought the Seaways Laura Lynn (2003 – 441,561 dwt) from International Seaways for 32.5 million USD. The Laura Lynn is the only other ULCC in the global tanker fleet – Euronav owns the other one, the TI Europe (2002 – 442,470 dwt).
Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said: «Bringing the only other ULCC in the world fleet under our control will provide us with a significant strategic opportunity»

Cosco takeover of OOCL cleared for completion

ooclphotosCosco Shipping Holdings has received all the approvals required for its takeover of Orient Overseas International one day ahead the 30 June deadline for the $6.27bn.

DPRK and ROK reopen maritime communication channel

koreasinantisiThe Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) reopened a maritime communication channel on Sunday, with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade, the ROK's Defense Ministry said in a statement. 

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