zoom In light of a thriving tanker market, Oslo-listed Tanker Investments Ltd. has reported strong yearly results as its net income increased to USD 75.8 million in 2015, compared to a net loss of USD 3.1 million experienced a year earlier.TIL also said that its net revenues increased to USD 198.5 million in 2015 from USD 59.2 million in 2014, primarily due to an increased number of vessels and higher average time charter equivalent (TCE) rates in 2015.“The tanker market in 2015 was the strongest since 2008. The main catalyst for the strong freight market was continued high levels of global oil production,” TIL said.“Oil prices also fell to the lowest average price in 11 years in 2015, which was positive for the tanker market as it led to higher refinery throughput to take advantage of strong refining margins, increased commercial and strategic stockpiling of oil, and lower bunker fuel costs for ship owners. Finally, tanker fleet growth remained low with just 2 percent growth in the crude tanker fleet.”Looking ahead, the company said that 2016 will be a strong year for crude tanker rates driven by high levels of global oil supply, rising oil demand, low oil prices, changing trade routes, and a manageable level of fleet growth.TIL’s quarterly net income increased to USD 28.5 millionThe company said that its fourth quarter of 2015 was particularly strong, led by the large crude tanker sectors. TIL’s net income stood at USD 28.5 million, compared to a net income of USD 11.6 million in the third quarter of 2015, while the net revenues increased to USD 67.2 million from USD 46.4 million in the previous quarter.The increase was attributed mainly to a full quarter of revenue relating to the six new Suezmax vessels delivered during the third quarter and higher TCE rates earned by the larger vessels.“The fourth quarter of 2015 was a record for Tanker Investments as our 100 percent spot traded fleet benefitted from the strong tanker market fundamentals,” commented William Hung, Tanker Investments Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, we were able to return significant capital to long-term shareholders in the form of share repurchases and with the recent sale of our two VLCCs and subsequent announcement of a new USD 60 million repurchase plan, we intend to continue adding shareholder value by repurchasing our stock below net asset value.”“Tanker rates have remained firm into the first quarter which will allow the company to continue delevering its balance sheet while distributing excess capital to shareholders via share repurchases or dividends,” he added.
#Maldives: Lankan MP Faizer Mustafa, who was in Male for President @ibusolih‘s inaugural ceremony, has met the Sri Lankan detainee -accused of plotting to kill ousted Prez Yameen – in prison. Mustafa hopes to get him released soon, says a top source in Male #Srilanka #lka pic.twitter.com/LyLPr60Pay— Meera Srinivasan (@Meerasrini) November 19, 2018 Recently Amnesty International said that the Sri Lankan driver who has languished in prison in the Maldives for three years accused of involvement in a dramatic plot to assassinate the island’s former President, has been denied a fair trial and subjected to vicious police beatings that may amount to torture.Madhushanka arrived in the Maldives to seek a business opportunity in 2015 and suddenly found himself accused of being a highly trained sniper trying to kill President Abdulla Yameen. Sri Lanka is seeking the release of the detainee saying he had been falsely accused in the assassination plot. Mustapha met Madhushanka while he was in the Maldives for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, over the weekend . His family and lawyer allege he has since been repeatedly denied access to legal representation, and while in custody has been subject to ill-treatment including prolonged solitary confinement and beatings with cables that caused him to temporarily lose hearing in one ear. (Colombo Gazette) Minister Faizer Mustapha has met a Sri Lankan detainee accused of being a sniper who is now in a Maldives prison.Lahiru Madhushanka had been accused of plotting to kill former Maldives President Abdulla Yameen.