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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

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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

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 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

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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.

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

Intelsat Announces Proposed Offering of Senior Notes

Intelsat S.A. announced that its subsidiary, Intelsat (Luxembourg) S.A. intends to offer $1,500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2021.   Intelsat Luxembourg's obligations under the notes will be guaranteed by Intelsat S.A. The net proceeds from the sale of the notes are expected to be used by Intelsat Luxembourg to redeem $915,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 11½/12½% Senior PIK Election Notes due 2017 (the "2017 PIK

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.

Teekay Completes Norwegian Bond Issuance

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Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has issued NOK 900 million in new senior unsecured bonds that mature in October 2021 in the Norwegian bond market. The new bond issuance, which was significantly oversubscribed, has an aggregate principal amount equivalent to approximately USD 110 million

Austal Wins USN LCS Support Contract

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The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Austal Limited USA to provide engineering and management services support of the Post Shakedown Availability for Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).   The US$12 million cost-plus-award-fee order adds to Austal

Guinea Opens Box Port in UAE Bauxite Complex

Guinea opened a new container terminal on Wednesday, part of a bauxite complex being developed in the West African country by Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala. Mubadala signed a $5 billion agreement with Guinea in 2013 to develop a bauxite mine

Retlif Opens Composites Testing Lab

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Retlif Testing Laboratories, an independent global provider of EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) testing and compliance services, has launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory.     The result of three years of planning

MN100: VescoPlastics

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The Company: Founded in 1958, self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushings manufacturer VescoPlastics produces a proprietary range of bushings, bearings and wear plates that operate in dusty, dirty or wet conditions and last longer than other products on the market

De Nora BWTS in Brokerage Agreement with MARCAS

BALPURE (Photo: De Nora)

Electrochemical technologies firm De Nora has announced a brokerage agreement with MARCAS, a buying group for the maritime industry. The deal means that MARCAS members representing close to 1,700 vessels can access aggregate purchasing deals with De Nora for its BALPURE ballast water

Port of Antwerp Gets Nuke Detectors

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Arktis Radiation Detectors was selected to supply radiation portal monitors and mobile detection systems to the Belgian Government, for use at the Port of Antwerp. Under the contract, which has been let by the Belgium Ministry of Finance

Iron: Implications in Shipping

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Clarksons Research says that iron-based materials such as steel are used incredibly widely in the world’s industries today, with clear implications for shipping too.   The versatility and strength of steel has made it today’s most important construction material, with 1

Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560

Two VARD Module Carrier for Topaz Energy and Marine

Module Carrier Vessel for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo VARD

 Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of two additional Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”). The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design and measuring 123 by 16.5 meters

NAT Announces Public Offering

Nordic American Tankers Limited (the "Company") today announced an underwritten public offering of 11,000,000 common shares pursuant to the Company's effective shelf registration statement.  At the Company's request, the underwriters have reserved for sale an aggregate of 534

Governments Spur Crackdown on Sea Pollution

File photo: Robert Hendry

Governments at the recent meeting of Parties which regulate the dumping of wastes at sea have called for more action to address marine litter in the oceans, particularly plastics and microplastics, which present a severe and long lasting threat to the marine environment.  

Volkswagen Opts for LNG-powered Shipping

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 The Volkswagen Group said it will use two vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) on routes between Europe and North America from 2019, in a move that aims to improve the environmental balance of its marine transport fleet.  

Seaborne Trade’s Key Role

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping plays a major role in the world’s industries, facilitating the transport of large volumes of raw and processed materials. Clarksons Research takes a look.   However, the maritime sector forms a much more important part of the global supply chain for some commodities and

Why Do Accidents Happen in Oil Industry?

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 As the oil and gas industry strives for cost effective execution in projects and operations while maintaining a high focus on safety and environmental footprint, innovative and smart solutions are needed more than ever.    By extracting data and knowledge from all the detailed

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