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FOSFA 2017 Antwerp
21/11/2017
The dinner hosted some 670 participants from all over the world at the heart of Antwerp. Nothing like breaking bread with the people you are doing business with over a nice conversation at a round table.

We had 2 representatives attending the dinner from Atlantis Tankers; Mr. Can Eroğlu & Mr. Fatih Meteoğlu.

Photo (from left to right): Can Eroğlu (Atlantis) - Steven Le Floch (Uni-Chartering FR) - Simon Baratian (Allfast) - Per Bjorn (Simonsen) - Valerie Guilbaud (Saipol) - Kevin Edelin (Allfast) - Pierre Dola (Nordic) - Pierre-Jean Huré (Agence Maritime Thomas) - Cecile Lesauvage (Saipol)

 
FOSFA 2017 Antwerp
21/11/2017
The annual FOSFA dinner took place at the Hilton Antwerp – the beautiful building which housed the Grand Bazar Shopping mall stil...
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TradeWinds Press Release #8
17/11/2017
Owner and chief executive Lorenz Weinstabl tells TradeWinds that the delivery this month of the group's 11th newbuilding, the 5,569-dwt Atlantis Alicante, from Turkey's Selah Shipyard may not be repeated any time soon, as he is "deeply concerned" over investment risks in the wake of the demolition.
The destruction of the company's premises in the elegant district of Kurucesme along the Bosphorus had its origin in a 2006 rebuilding undertaken by Atlantis to strengthen the 1920s wood-facade structure with steel after the 1999 earthquake that killed about 17,000 people.
However, this material was not permitted and a "tear-down" order was made in 2008.
The rules were changed in 2010 to permit steel use, but this did not invalidate the earlier order, although the company says it was assured the office, which housed affiliate Armona Denizcilik, would not be destroyed.
But on 1 June at 5am, the wrecking crew, police, firefighters and ambulances — a 200-member team lead by an officer of the construction ministry — arrived with no warning, removing what they could in three hours so they could knock the building down ahead of office hours, according to Atlantis.
"Some employees arriving at the office earlier tried to grasp their belongings but in many cases it was too late. The police cleared the building and in four hours the buildings were demolished, leaving much of the inventory buried under the rubble," the company says.
Weinstabl adds: "They did not even stop when we showed them a court ruling which we succeeded to get in the morning that stopped the tear-down.
"Despite the fact that Atlantis employs around 350 Turkish personnel, direct political turmoil has caused concerns for the management as [to] whether to continue investments in Turkey.
"As much as we have appreciated to build ships in Turkey and contributed to employment in this country, we are deeply concerned about the risks we face in doing so."
The government did not immediately respond to TradeWinds' request for comment on the claims.
Temporary offices were quickly found and the company is now housed permanently in a building with views over the Bosphorus again, but Weinstabl remains shocked and puzzled over the government's moves.
"We hope that there will be clarification soon; we have entered into dialogue with the government and hope that the outcome will be that we will remain an investor in this country, where people are so warm hearted and hard working, to meet the expectations of building excellence.”
Weinstabl placed his first newbuilding orders in 2003, followed by more in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2015.
The new tanker is the third vessel of a series, with the first on long-term charter to ExxonMobil. The Atlantis Alicante will serve the western Mediterranean to northern Europe trade pattern that is the company's strength.
The Isle of Man and Maltese-­established group owns and fully manages 12 shortsea tankers ranging in capacity from 3,440 dwt to 6,420 dwt, of which 10 were built at Turkish shipyards by Armona. One was later sold to Swedish interests.
Weinstabl says the two newest ships were "built purely out of cash flow", adding: "Our leverage is now at about 25% and within the next three years our aim is to close all our banking loans.”
He hints at offloading smaller ships in coming years and replacing them with a series of tankers below 10,000 dwt. The company is also looking at entering the deep-sea markets.
Transition is on the way in terms of staffing too. Weinstabl's son, Marlon, is due to join the top management after completing his dual degree at IE University in Madrid. He will "prepare for the helm", Weinstabl says.
TradeWinds Press Releas...
17/11/2017
Atlantis may go overseas for new tankers after Turkey rips down HQ

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Nuray Demiroğlu’s Farewell
14/11/2017
After 4 years; which I have tremendously enjoyed; I say goodbye to Armona Shipping. I will miss you all...
 
Nuray Demiroğlu’s Fa...
14/11/2017
After 4 years; which I have tremendously enjoyed; I say goodbye to Armona.
 
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151st ITOSF Meeting in United Kingdom
13/11/2017
The 151st  ITOSF meeting was hosted and sponsored by James Fisher and lasted for 2 days with the participation of about 50 tanker operator firms at the LOW WOOD BAY hotel in the lakes of England on October 18th-19th, 2008. On the first day, CTO Capt Semih FALAY, representing our company, participated in the industry specific promotions and after the informational remarks were made, the day continued with a boat trip on the lake towards the evening; then it went on with a dinner to which all participants were invited. 2nd Day ended with the discussion of sectoral problems along with the participation of all firm representatives.
151st ITOSF Meeting in ...
13/11/2017
The 151st  ITOSF meeting was hosted and sponsored by James Fisher and lasted for 2 days with the participation of about 50 tanker ...
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Board of Directors Meeting
04/11/2017
Hamburg presented itself from its brightest side. After days of grey skies and rain, the weather cleared up and provided the perfect setting to hold our annual Board of Directors meeting with our Statutory Managers from the Isle of Man.
 
The meeting took place in Hamburg’s exclusive district of Blankenese, by the sea side, where a mixture of pleasure crafts, tankers and 7000 TEU container ships move along the Elbe just 30 meters in front of the Fischclub Restaurant.
 
With our Alternate Director from Douglas, Eckhardt Garbers, we discussed our financial reports and day-to-day business. Pictured to the right is Eckhardt, who works for Peter Doehle’s corporate service management. Left of the picture is Marlon Weinstabl, Director of Atlantis Tankers. Accompanying the discussions, were typical seafood dishes cooked in Finkenwerder style of the region.
 
 
Board of Directors Mee...
04/11/2017
Hamburg presented itself from its brightest side. After days of grey skies and rain, the weather cleared up and provided the perfect se...
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Clarksons’ Annual Broker Party
02/11/2017
A few hundred participants, including owners, brokers, agents and charterers exchanged talks inside and outside the bar. The event was packed! Familiar and new faces from the Hamburg and London Clarksons’ office provided excellent hosts for the whole afternoon. Plentiful benchmarking and exchanges were made regarding the markets, freights and the outlook for next year.
Pictured [from left to right]: John Boulin (Clarksons London), Lorenz Weinstabl (Director, Atlantis Tankers), Fatih Meteoglu (Deputy Chartering Manager, Atlantis Tankers), Marlon Weinstabl (Director, Atlantis Tankers).
 
Clarksons’ Annual Bro...
02/11/2017
It was again a splendid afternoon at Clarksons’ annual broker party, hosted at CIU Bar during the traditional Eisbein events in H...
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IMT Hosts 3rd Operator Forum
19/10/2017
Exxon Mobil affiliate IMT hosted its 3rd Operator Forum in London. The forum is driven through the participants collective commitment to a ‘Zero Incident Trajectory’.
Lorenz Weinstabl (CEO) and Capt. Serdal Sağir (HSEQ Manager) attended the meeting. The agenda was packed with valuable topics, such as: IMT’s SMARTQA (their Vetting Tool), the Vessel Performance Index, changes in the MESQAC (Marine Environmental, Safety and Quality Assurance Criteria) and 3rd Edition of the TMSA. Further topics included Security (Piracy and Terrorism) and Cyber Security and last but not least the main root cause of incidents: Human Factor.
Among third party speakers Michael Fostiropoulis from Almi Tankers had a remarkable and academic approach to the Human Element under the topic “What kind of Context do we need to bring out the ‘best People’ or in order to take responsibility?”. The speakers inspired the ethos of engagement, motivation, and leadership to strive towards our collective goals.
Pictured is Jonathan Evans, the Managing Director for International Marine Transportation Singapore together with Lorenz Weinstabl, the CEO of Armona Denizcilik AŞ.
 
IMT Hosts 3rd Operator ...
19/10/2017
Exxon Mobil affiliate IMT hosted its 3rd Operator Forum in London. The forum is driven through the participants collective commitment t...
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