• 2019 September 18 16:21

    Vitol announces long-term LNG time charter contract with H-Line

    Vitol, a global energy and commodities company, and H-Line Shipping (“H-line”), a leading Korean shipping company with a diversified portfolio of vessels under long-term employment, are pleased to announce the execution of a 10-year time charter agreement for a newbuild, latest generation LNG carrier, Vitol says in a press release.

    The 174,000m3 vessel with XDF propulsion is to be built at Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and is due for delivery in late 2021. Vitol also holds extension options and the ability to exercise additional LNG carriers to support its further growth in the LNG industry through this partnership with H-line.

    Pablo Galante Escobar, Vitol’s head of LNG said: “We are very excited to have concluded this contract with H-Line, a top class Korean shipowner, which represents Vitol’s second long-term charter of a modern 174,000 m3 LNG carrier. This allows us to optimize our LNG portfolio that includes increasing FOB volumes from different areas that we are actively marketing to our global clients.”

    Myung Deuk Seo, CEO of H-Line said: “We are very pleased and take pride in signing a long-term LNG transportation contract with a top tier global energy and commodities company like Vitol.  We will put our best efforts in every stage from shipbuilding to shipping operations under our contract with Vitol.  We will also make full use of our capabilities for successful contract execution based on the company’s fundamental principles, “safety-first” and “eco-friendly” policies.”

    Vitol is an energy and commodities company; its primary business is the trading and distribution of energy products globally – it trades over seven million barrels per day of crude oil and products and, at any time, has 250 ships transporting its cargoes.

    Vitol’s clients include national oil companies, multinationals, leading industrial and chemical companies and the world’s largest airlines. Founded in Rotterdam in 1966, today Vitol serves clients from some 40 offices worldwide and is invested in energy assets globally including: almost 16mm3 of storage across seven continents, 480kbpd of refining capacity and circa 6,500 service stations across Africa, Australia, Brazil, Eurasia and in Northwest Europe. Revenues in 2018 were $231 billion.

    With over 7.8 million tonnes of LNG delivered in 2018 (expected to rise to at least 10 million tonnes in 2019) and an extensive global trading and logistics network developed over a decade of delivering to customers, Vitol is one of the largest and most experienced independent traders of LNG.

    Its LNG portfolio comprises multiple medium and long-term contracts with customers from across all continents from Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO) to Angola LNG and Cheniere. These contracts are underpinned by contracts with relevant infrastructure, including shipping and regasification facilities.

    H-Line is one of the largest shipping companies in Korea, providing customized dedicated-vessel services and long-term transportation contracts with high profile customer such as KOGAS, POSCO, KEPCO, Hyundai Steel, Vale and etc. H-Line currently operates 55 vessels comprised of bulkers, LNGC and LNG-fuelled Capesize bulkers servicing long term contracts for the customers.

    H-line was created in 2014 by Hahn & Company (“Hahn&Co.”), Korea’s largest private equity fund with US$ 7bn AUM, by acquiring long term contract divisions of Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine, Korea’s largest and second largest shipping companies then. H-line has provided the safe and quality transportation service for over 30 years based on stable long term contracts and is actively expanding businesses in high growth market such as LNG transportation.

    H-line is a wholly owned company of Hahn&Co., which also acquired SK Shipping at the end of last year, Korea’s largest and one of the world’s largest wet bulk shipping companies. Hahn&Co. plans to continue to strategically grow its shipping portfolio in the future.




2019 October 20

16:05 EDPR and Aker Solutions to develop 500MW floating wind farm in Ulsan, South Korea
15:25 Coast Guard updates port conditions in Gulf Coast region
14:47 Siemens Gamesa bags three new contracts for 359 MW in Chile
13:41 Fincantieri begins project for stretching three small cruise ships of Windstar
12:34 MSC introduces new Spanish rail service for reefer cargo
11:03 USCG, Mexican Navy search for overdue aircraft in Gulf of Mexico
10:12 DOE authorizes LNG exports from the Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Project

2019 October 19

16:12 Bibby Marine appoints Helen Samuels to lead the company into its next phase of development
14:58 Med Marine is building new concept ice class tugs for Svitzer
12:34 Sohar Port & Freezone inaugurate new Svitzer pilot boat duo
11:44 USCG offloads more than $92 million worth of cocaine in San Diego
10:49 Singapore company slapped with NOK 7 million fine in the Harrier case

2019 October 18

19:19 New port icebreaker named Ob delivered to FSUE Atomflot
18:54 Port Kolomna hosted ceremony of consecration for pusher tug named Sergey Kladko
18:31 RF Ministry of Transport to expand area banned for navigation near Crimea bridge
18:12 Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Clean Truck Program earns AAPA environmental award
17:57 NUTEP Container Terminal handled three millionth TEU since its operations started in 2004
17:38 Expert RA affirms its ‘ruA’ non-financial company credit rating on DeloPorts
17:13 Port of Virginia buys 25 new hybrid shuttle carriers
17:00 First grain shipment via Sabetta port expected in July 2020 – RF Ministry of Agriculture
16:46 Onezhsky Shipyard delivers buoy tender of Project 3265 named Ladozhsky
16:20 ERMA FIRST invests in METIS Cyberspace Technology
15:45 International organizations unite at IMO
15:14 "K" LINE, MOL, & NYK share data with ONE through the common data platform "IoS-OP"
14:49 Main engines loaded onto lead ship of PV22 project at Nevsky Shipyard
14:12 ESPO publishes European port sector’s Environmental Report 2019
13:53 Blagoveshchensk shipyard resumed construction of modernized seiners of Project 1338
13:32 Total launches its first LNG bunker vessel
13:12 SBM Offshore successful bidder for partner’s minority ownership in SBM Offshore operated FPSO companies
12:54 BIMCO submits proposals to IMO to enhance exchange and harmonization of data
12:31 MSC rules out Arctic exploration on environmental concerns
12:01 British Ports Association publishes new assessment of business environment ahead of annual conference in Belfast
11:30 Port of Antwerp volume up 1.1% in September 2019
11:05 DNV GL awards AiP certificates to HHI for three types of standard mid-sized FPSOs
10:37 RF Navy’s cruiser Marshal Ustinov completes business call to Cyprus
10:03 Hapag-Lloyd announces GRI from East Asia to East Coast South America
09:54 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:36 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,861 points
09:18 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.50% to $59.61, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $53.86
09:01 APM Terminals launches global customer alerts solution
08:42 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 18
08:05 MOL introduces AR Navigation System at Maritime Conference in Dubai
07:52 The European shipping industry urges the EU to bolster maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea

2019 October 17

18:12 World's first emission-free push boat “Elektra” to have SCHOTTEL propulsion units
17:47 Five vessels call at the port of Brussels to show technological solutions to cut CO2 and air emissions
17:45 Nexans celebrates the next step in the construction of its Aurora cable installation vessel
17:43 Lotos shipyard delivers non-self-propelled cargo pontoon of Project GRPN
17:41 DFDS takes delivery of third Chinese-built RoRo
17:19 RroZero rolls out new 12m Site-Management boat for fish farming markets
16:14 North Sea Port offers online liner services
15:50 Ships detachment of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet arrive on business call to Kingdom of Thailand
15:26 Maldives received maritime security training from IMO on the ISPS Code
15:02 Maritime policy for sustainable development was in focus of IMO national workshop in Chile
14:37 IMO workshop helps put maritime development in Africa’s mainstream
14:11 VT Halter Marine launches first US-flagged offshore LNG bunker ATB barge for Q-LNG
13:25 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:01 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.1 percent in September 2019
12:41 Thordon to supply propeller shaft bearings for MSC Cruises' third Seaside class cruise ship
12:08 Oboronlogistics launched new shipping line linking ports of Novorossiysk, Tartus, Alexandria and Samsun
11:39 NIBULON MAX made her first cargo trip