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#ArdmoreShipping - Ardmore Shipping Corporation, operators of a modern products and chemical tanker fleet, has announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and a $20 million Share Repurchase Plan.

The corporation (whose principle operating office based in Mahon Co. Cork), has reported a net profit of $117,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, or 0.4 cents basic and diluted earnings per share. This compared to a net loss of $920,000, or 6.3 cents basic and diluted net loss per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Anthony Gurnee, the company's CEO commented: "We are very pleased to report a profitable third quarter which builds on our net profit reported in the second quarter of 2014. This was achieved in otherwise challenging market conditions and confirms the value of our flexible approach to vessel employment and cost management, which is generating strong cash-flow relative to the market. During the quarter, we continued to execute our growth strategy, taking delivery of two fuel-efficient MR product tankers.

Mr. Gurnee added "As we move into the fourth quarter and towards a winter market, we are encouraged by signs of significant charter market strengthening, with daily spot rates above $19,000 on average for key Atlantic and Pacific MR triangulations. We believe that Ardmore is well positioned to benefit from a strengthening market, through vessels engaged in the spot market, anticipated time charter renewals, and ten ships delivering throughout 2015 which are presently open or committed to a spot trading commercial arrangement with a major oil trader."

For much more to include a Summary of recent and third quarter 2014 events and in-depth operating details of fleet click HERE.

As previously reported on, Ardmore are undergoing a fleet expansion programme.

According to Ardmore Shipping, the current fleet stands at 14 vessels in operation. They consist of five Eco-design MR product and chemical tankers and five Eco-mod product tankers and four Eco-mod product and chemical tankers.

In addition 10 Eco-design newbuilds under construction. Two of the vessels under construction, which were scheduled to be delivered in November / December 2014, are now expected for delivery in the first quarter of 2015. The first vessel of the pair is expected to be delivered in early January.

Published in Ports & Shipping

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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