this past weekend brought two Bulkers to national gypsum. the First was CSL’s Thunder Bay, a trillium class laker. while it was loading, the Handy size Algoma Integrity took to the anchorage in Bedford Basin to wait its turn.
with no movements into or out of the harbour, since the Ethan sailed yesterday at noon, the First ship of 2019 looks to be the Algoma Verity, due at the pilot at 6:30pm tonight, bound for National Gypsum.
UPDATE 7:25pm: Algoma Verity has twice delayed its arrival, and is now due at 7am tomorrow. the car carrier MEDITERRANEAN HIGHWAY is due at 5:30am, bound for autoport, and will now likely be the first arrival of the New Year. there was one departure today – the tug Spitfire III bound for Saint John.
Algoma has acquired the product tanker Algoterra. The ship arrived at Pier 9 Sunday morning, and crews went right to work painting out her old name.
Built in 2010 as the Louise Knutsen, the ship was renamed Louise K for the delivery trip. The ship also becomes the newest tanker in Algoma’s fleet which was built between1998-2008. Algoma took posession of the ship in Amsterdam on April 1. Algoma has been on a buying spree as of late, acquiring the product tanker AlgoNorth late last year.
Algoma today announced the signing of a agreement to acquire the interest held by Oldendorff Carriers in the CSL International Pool including the three vessels owned by Oldendorff operating in the Pool. As a result of the transaction, Algoma’s interest in the Pool will increase to approximately 40%.
The Pool consists of 18 self-unloading vessels ranging from handy-sized to panamax and provides shipping services along the coasts of the Americas and in the Caribbean. Pool vessels frequently carry gypsum from Halifax to the US. Algoma currently owns five vessels operating in the Pool. As a result of this transaction, Algoma will acquire the handy-sized m/v Alice Oldendorff, and the m/v Harmen Oldendorff and the m/v Sophie Oldendorff, both of which are panamax vessels, for US$100 million. The deal is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2019.
On the 17th Algoma stated they expect to fund the transaction principally from the proceeds of the refund guarantees from the cancellation of four Croatian shipbuilding contracts. the next Day they announced they had received a full refund of all installment payments made in connection with the now-cancelled shipbuilding contracts with Uljanik d.d. and 3Maj Shipyard of Croatia.
Algoma entered into five shipbuilding contracts with 3Maj Shipyard, an operating unit of Uljanik d.d of Croatia. After considerable delay, the first of the five vessels was delivered in 2018; however, Algoma cancelled the remaining four contracts as the shipyard’s financial difficulties led to the shipyard being unable to put forward a plan that would lead to completion of the remaining hulls. Demands for installment refunds were made in December 2018 and the banks have now remitted a total of CAD$115 million in full settlement of the claims.
Algoma also extended the expiry dates on three existing option contracts held with Yangzijiang Shipyard in China (YZJ) until later in 2019. These options to build Equinox Class self-unloaders or gearless bulkers at attractive prices, were to expire at the end of December.
Algoma contracted for the building of two Equinox Class seawaymax self-unloaders by YZJ in 2015 and subsequently enlisted the support of the shipyard to complete two of the partially built Nantong Mingde hulls, which Algoma acquired from that bankrupt shipyard. Three of the four ships have been delivered. The final Nantong Mingde hull, the Algoma Conveyor, is scheduled for delivery in February and is expected to be in service for the 2019 navigation season.
Algoma recently purchased the Swedish registered tanker Ramira, and registered it in Canada as AlgoNorth. The 2008 Turkish built tanker is scheduled to sail on the 12th from Goteborg Sweden for Canada. as the ship is registered in Halifax, its likely this will be the first stop.
A Products tanker, she is 135 meters long =, and similar in size to the other products tankers Algoma operates.
The unladen bulk carrier tied up earlier today after waiting weather out at anchor in the Bedford Basin
It’s possible that she will lay up here for the winter.
Algoma Value spent yesterday at anchor taking bunkers. Recently purchased by Algoma from the Torvald Klaveness Group of Oslo, as part of a 4 ship sale, she is the Ex Baldock.
Baldock was an infrequent visitor to Halifax, Last stopping here for bunkers in August 2011.
The Ship continues to trade in the CSL International Pool.