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Ingram to sell its Materials Unit

Ingram Industries Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, and Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Co. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, announced today they have entered into an agreement for Ingram to sell its Ingram Materials LLC subsidiary to Pine Bluff. Ingram Materials is one of the nation’s premier producers of fine aggregate used by the construction industry for concrete, asphalt and masonry projects in Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Northern Alabama. Ingram Materials operates three sand dredges on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky, and has distribution facilities in Nashville, Clarksville and New Johnsonville, Tennessee; Paducah, Kentucky; and Decatur and Florence, Alabama. The Ingram Materials business was first established in 1927 by other owners who called it the Ohio River Sand Company. A successor to this business, called the Cumberland River Sand and Gravel Company, was purchased by the Ingram family in 1962 and renamed Ingram Materials. At that time, the business included a large sand yard facility on the east bank of the Cumberland River, visible from downtown Nashville. Ingram Materials relocated its operations to its current Nashville location at Visco Drive in 1997 – to make room for Nashville’s then-new NFL stadium built for the Tennessee Titans. Orrin Ingram, President and CEO of Ingram Industries Inc


Port of Redwood City Reports Tonnage Boost

Image: Port of Redwood City

Coming off of a strong second quarter for cargo tonnage, the Port of Redwood City's tonnage for all commodities in the first half of fiscal year 2013/2014 reached 829,681 metric tons, an increase of 24 percent over the same period last year. Imported sand and aggregates from British Columbia accounted for 642,480 MT, more than 77% of the tonnage for the first half of the fiscal year. This was nearly a 45% increase in the amount from the same period last fiscal year.


TBS International Limited Takes Delivery of Vessel

TBS International Limited has taken delivery of the M.V. Kibishio Maru, which it had previously agreed to acquire, thereby expanding its controlled fleet to 32 vessels. The M.V. Kibishio Maru, renamed the M.V. Aztec Maiden, is a 19,777 dwt multipurpose tweendecker that was built in 1984. TBS agreed on December 29, 2005 to acquire the M.V. Kibishio Maru for $8.1 million. It was delivered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on May 2, 2006. The acquisition of the M.V


G E Shipping to Buy a Suezmax Crude Carrier

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a 1,47,092 dwt, modern (double hull) Suezmax crude tanker. The 2000 built ship is expected to join the Company's fleet during the second quarter of FY 2007-08. The decision to induct the said vessel is with the objective of modernizing the tanker tonnage and to enhance the Suezmax fleet. The company's current fleet of 46 ships with an average age of 12.2 years aggregating 3


Ultrapetrol Close Sale of US$25-million Notes Issue

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply Business and Ocean Business), announced today the closing of its previously announced sale of $25 million in aggregate principal amount of its 8.875% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021 (the "Add-On Notes"), which were offered as an add-on to its outstanding $200 million aggregate principal amount of 8


Hajioannou Takes on Safe Bulkers Newbuilds

Courtesy Safebulkers

Safe Bulkers, Inc. announced today that the Company has agreed to novate an existing newbuild contract for Hull No. S835, a Japanese Panamax class vessel, and sell, upon delivery, Hull No. 1551, a Japanese Kamsarmax class vessel, in each case, to entities owned by Mr. Polys Hajioannou, the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Each vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.


GE Shipping to Buy Bulk Carrier

Great Eastern Shipping Company sai has contracted to buy a modern Supramax dry bulk carrier. The 2001 built ship, of about 52,179 dwt. is expected to join the company's fleet during Q3 FY 2007-08. The rationale behind the purchase of this ship is to consolidate on the dry bulk segment and to participate in the increasing opportunities arising out of strong global commodity demand. The company's current fleet of 46 ships with an average age of 12.2 years aggregates to 3.22 mn dwt


Ultrapetrol to Refinance, Sells 7 Barges

In related recent announcements Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) says it intends to offer secured Notes, & has completed the sale of 7 barges. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply Business and Ocean Business), announced today its intention to offer to sell, subject to market and other conditions, $200.0 million aggregate principal amount of its senior secured notes due 2021.


Adani Ports Q2 Net jumps 68%

Adani Port

  Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today announced financial results for the quarter and half year ended September 30, 2014. The company reported a 67.7 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at $ 95.6 million for quarter ended September 30, helped by strong cargo growth volume. The company’s net profit in the corresponding period of the last fiscal stood at $ 56.97 million, APSEZ said in a filing to the BSE.


Star Bulk Carriers Raises $51.5mln

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp announced the execution of agreements with affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and Senator Investment Group LP to sell Oaktree and Senator an aggregate of 6,310,272 of its common shares, at a purchase price of $8.154 per share.    The private placement, which is scheduled to close by early February 2017, is expected to result in aggregate gross proceeds to Star Bulk of approximately $51.5 million.   


Nb. 434 to be christened ‘Symphony Provider

Symphony-Provider Photo Symphony Shipping

On Thursday the 9th of March, 11.00 hrs Nb. 434 will be christened as ‘Symphony Provider’. She is the second in a series of two ECOBOX DP2 vessels that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. As add-on compared to the already delivered ECOBOX design


Asbestos on Board

File photo: Workers clean the interior of a cargo hold aboard the LST-1166. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Pacific Strike Team)

What happens when a solution to one or many obstacles ends up becoming an even larger problem? For seamen, one such problem is asbestos.    Asbestos is a natural fiber that was mined for use in construction and household products


GasLog LNG Services Selects E-learning Solution

Pictured in the center-left, Mr. Theofanis SALLIS, General Manager of Operations of GasLog in Greece, along with Mr. Ioannis ATHANASOPOULOS (center-right), Managing Director of Seagull Greece. On the far left, Mr. Antonios LIAPPIS, Marine HR Manager of GasLog. On the far right, Mrs. Archontia LENI, Competency Assurance Manager of GasLog. (Photo: GasLog)

LNG tanker shipmanagement company GasLog LNG Services Ltd. has selected Seagull Maritime’s e-learning material & Competence Management platform for use fleet-wide, in manning offices and online, along with the Crew Evaluation System for its main office in Greece.  


ClarkSea Index: Shipping Markets Under Severe Pressure

Graph: Clarksons Research

 With the ClarkSea Index around $9,000/day, and many if not most of the major shipping markets under severe pressure, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the shipping markets are a tough place right now, with limited pickings to share between owners.   


US-flag Cargo on the Great Lakes Down 4.5% in 2016

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 83.3 million tons of cargo in 2016, a decrease of 4.5 percent compared to 2015, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The 2016 float was also 7.7 percent below the fleet’s five-year average.  


Dynagas LNG Declares Cash Distribution

Photo: Dynagas LNG Partners LP

 Dynagas LNG Partners LP, an owner and operator of LNG carriers, has announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash distribution of $0.5625 per unit on its Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units  for the period from November 12, 2016 to February 11, 2017


Cosco Nantong Bags Wind Farm Support Vessel Order from Everbright

Photo: Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard

 China’s Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard has won a contract to build one multi purpose wind farm support vessel (WFSV) for the Hong Kong-based Everbright Int’l (HK) Offshore.   Cosco Corporation's 51 per cent owned Cosco Nantong will deliver the contracted newbuild in the fourth


DNV GL to certify 50 IHMs for Norddeutsche Reederei

A DNV GL HazMat Expert doing a visual check for pipe gasket sampling. Photo DNV GL

DNV GL and Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt have signed a contract to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) certifications for the shipping company’s managed fleet of more than 50 vessels. The first vessel to undergo sampling and testing is the 3700 TEU container vessel Northern


Greener Ship Recycling: DNV GL, Norddeutsche Reederei Strike Deal

A DNV GL HazMat Expert doing a visual check for pipe gasket sampling. (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL and Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt signed a contract to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) certifications for the shipping company’s managed fleet of more than 50 vessels. The first vessel to undergo sampling and testing is the 3700 TEU container vessel Northern


Majestic Fast Ferry Chooses Perkins Aux Engines

Photo courtesy of Perkins

Perkins 4.4TW2GM auxiliary engines have been selected by Majestic Fast Ferry Pte Ltd in Singapore to power the generators on board three new 33m catamaran fast ferries being used for comfortable travel to Batam and Tanjung Pinang Island.  


Polymer Inhibits Galvanic Corrosion on Foil Supported Cats

Photo: Vesconite

Vesconite is typically found on a boat as a strut or rudder bearing material, but yacht designer Scott Jutson of Jutson Marine Design has a unique application for it. He specifies the advanced polymer as a corrosion isolator on his aluminum Hysucat (hydrofoil supported catamaran) designs.  


Dragflow Cutterhead for Harbor Dredging

Photo: Dragflow

Dragflow has delivered a dredging hydraulic pump with frontal cutterhead to an Iranian company for the construction of a fishery port near Jask area in the Persian Gulf, South of Iran.  Before finding in Dragflow equipment the best solution


Star Bulk Carriers Announces Private Placement

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the closing of its previously announced private placement of 6,310,272 common shares, at a price of $8.154 per share.    The aggregate proceeds to Star Bulk, net of underwriting fees and offering expenses, were approximately $50.6 million


London Port's Trade Jumps to Record 50 mi tonnes

The Port of London comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities at different locations on the Thames. These handle a wide range of cargoes. Photo Port of London

Trade in the Port of London in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008.   The strong performance reflects continued growth at terminals along the Thames.  The volumes of oil


Preventive Strategies for Maritime Security

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The importance of well-coordinated, risk-based preventive strategies to counter maritime security threats was highlighted by International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Chris Trelawny, Special Adviser on Maritime Security and Facilitation, during a debate at the United Nations Security Council (13






 
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