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Port of Cleveland Approves Refinancing

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The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Directors voted today to provide up to $161 million to support the combined refinancing of four previous economic development projects, as well as approved the acceptance of a Homeland Security grant. At its monthly board meeting, the Port approved: Issuing up to $5 million in lease revenue bonds in support of the Euclid facilities of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, which is refinancing the outstanding balance of Port bonds issued in 2004. Issuing up to $16 million in tax-exempt senior housing bonds for Vista Prairie at Emerald Village, LLC, to refinance the outstanding balance of Port bonds issued in 2006. Issuing up to $110 million in tax-exempt development revenue bonds for Euclid Avenue Development Corporation to refinance the outstanding balance of Cuyahoga County and Port bonds issued in 2005, 2008 and 2009 in support of Cleveland State University’s student housing. Issuing up to $30 million in tax-exempt Cultural Facility Revenue and Refunding bonds for Playhouse Square Foundation to refinance outstanding balances of Port bonds issued in 2004 and other development related obligations. Accepting $99,000 grant award from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA for security improvements. As the only local government agency whose sole mission is to spur job creation and economic vitality in Cuyahoga County, Will Friedman, president and CEO of the Port of Cleveland


Moore Stephens Warns Brokers

Financial and insurance consultant Moore Stephens has warned brokers and other intermediaries to ensure that their systems and controls covering the treatment of client money meet the regulatory requirements laid down by the Financial Services Authority. Moore Stephens notes that the FSA has recently visited the offices of 15 intermediaries and reviewed their handling of client money, in addition to addressing the issue in a similar number of risk assessments involving other firms


Trelleborg is Raising the Bar

Trelleborg held its Capital Markets Day on Thursday, 6 December in Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden. At the event, Trelleborg took the opportunity to release new financial targets for the Group and to launch a more focused organizational structure. New financial targets are in line with Trelleborg’s ambitions to increase value creation and to be a world leader in selected market segments and geographic markets


Moore Stephens says tonnage tax proposals lack flexibility

Shipping accountant Moore Stephens says draft proposals on the new U.K. tonnage tax regime lack the flexibility shipowners need for timing acquisitions and sales of ships. It also warns that the draft legislation contains a very broad anti-avoidance clause that could cause companies to unintentionally breach the detailed rules of the tonnage tax scheme. Balancing charges will not crystallize on entry. However, they may arise when vessels are sold, although they will be phased out


Comparison Offers Clues on Container Ship Operation Profitability

Container ship bows: File photo CCL

The container industry is a notoriously difficult sector to make any money in, but a few major lines have managed to avoid the red ink while others have toiled. Drewry Maritime Equity Research compares the performances of Asian companies OOIL and NOL for clues behind the varying results and the future direction that the most successful are likely to head. Excerpts follow: The last five years have been a stormy period for the global container shipping industry and have affected all big and


Get Ready for Changes in Lease Reporting

By Richard J. Paine, Sr.

From the December 2010 edition of MarineNews Since the middle of 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been working towards changing how companies report their lease transactions on their balance sheets. Those companies (including publicly traded entities) whose reporting complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) must observe the reporting regulations as set down by FASB


Petroleos: Oil Output Is Fine

The president of Venezuelan state oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) insisted he did not see any need for OPEC member countries to raise output to cool sizzling oil prices. With prices close to 10-year highs, pressure is growing on the oil cartel from consumer nations to agree to pump more oil at its next ministerial meeting in Vienna on Sept. 10. But PDVSA chief Hector Ciavaldini, reiterating a position expressed by other Venezuelan oil officials such as OPEC President Ali Rodriguez


Bulgaria Orders Green Energy Producers to Cut Output by 60%

Renewable Energy Generation Photo TIFR

  Bulgaria's power grid operator ordered all renewable energy producers on Sunday to reduce their output by 60 percent in an attempt to balance production and consumption in the Balkan country, the state-owned company said. The grid operator has already imposed output cuts on  thermal power plants in the coal-fired Maritsa East complex and on Bulgaria's nuclear plant due to low domestic consumption and weak demand for power exports in the region.


Shell Acquires Repsol LNG Portfolio

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Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced the completion of the acquisition of Repsol S.A.'s liquefied natural gas (LNG) portfolio outside North America for a headline cash consideration of $4.1 billion. As part of the transaction, Shell will also assume $1.6 billion of balance sheet liabilities relating to existing leases for LNG ship charters, substantially increasing the shipping capacity available to Shell's LNG marketing business.


OW Bunker Signs $700M Revolving Credit Facility

OW Bunker, a reseller and physical distributor of marine fuel, has signed a $700 million revolving credit facility, refinancing its current $450 million facility. The new facility consisting of two tranches, a 364-day and a three-year multicurrency revolving credit facility, was more than 100% oversubscribed by the in total 13 international banks and financial institutions in a syndicate led by ING Bank N.V. OW Bunker sees the over-subscription and the up to three-year commitment as a


TEN Charters Tanker at 20% Premium

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited announces two-year charter renewal at a 20 percent premium to prior contract reflecting strong tanker market fundamental, oil price levels positive for tanker markets   Greece-based crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited


Goldenport Bleeds in Red

Pic: Goldenport Holdings Inc

 Goldenport Holdings Inc reported a net loss of USD14.7 million in the first six months of 2015, significantly wider than the USD1.4 million net loss a year earlier as revenue fell by a quarter to USD18.5 million from USD24.7 million.  


US Plans More Maritime Drills in Asia

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 The United States will increase the number of drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of its new strategy to counter to China’s expansion in the South China Sea, Reuters quoted the Philippine military as saying.   Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command


Hapag-Lloyd Continues on Path for Profits

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Merger with CSAV is expected to deliver $100 million higher synergies than targeted, strong operating results, significant increases in transport volume and revenue driven by the merger   Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd said it has increased transport volumes and revenue as well as earnings


Bal Seal Adds Low-friction Seals Test Service

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Test service enhances Bal Seal offering for low-friction seals, verifies friction and leak rate for seals up to 22 in. diameter   A new test service introduced by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. offers verified performance results for Bal Seal low-friction spring-energized seals used in


Is Taiwan in Market for Submarines?

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo by Office of the President, Republic of China (Taiwan)

 A day after the President Ma Ying-jeou said that Taiwan needs diesel-electric submarines rather than nuclear-powered ones and has decided to build the type of craft it requires, the country's Ministry of National Defense reiterated that it has still not given up on the idea of buying


Clarkson Sinks in the Rougher Seas

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 Shipping company Clarksons has  published profits of GBP6.2mln, down 36.7 per cent on the first six months of the previous year, citing “severe challenges faced by the dry bulk market” (of unpackaged raw commodities) as the primary cause of the decline.  


Clarksons Post Robust 2H Performance

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  Clarkson PLC, world’s leading shipping services group, reported robust performance during the six months ended 30th June 2015. Summary  Robust performance despite continued challenging market conditions in some of our markets


Alberta Panel to Review Climate-change Policy

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips

  The Canadian province of Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, announced the members of its climate change policy review panel on Friday, part of its pledge to implement new rules on greenhouse gas reductions. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the panel would offer


Kinder Morgan Buys Four Newbuilding Resales

Photo Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Kinder Morgan, Inc. is expanding its growing fleet of Jones Act product tankers having signed a definitive agreement valued at an all-in price of $568 million with Philly Tankers LLC to take assignment of contracts for the construction of four, new 50,000-deadweight-ton


OOIL's Profit Up

Image: Orient Overseas (International) (OOIL)

 Orient Overseas (International) (OOIL), the parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), said its profit had risen 32 percent year on year (y/y) to $238.6 million in the first six months of 2015, due cheaper fuel costs helped it tide over a slump in freight rates.  


Nordic American Tankers' Declares 2Q Cash dividend

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  The second quarter 2015 produced better results than the first quarter 2015. So far in the third quarter, we have secured higher average rates than in the two preceding quarters of the year. In 2Q 2015, NAT continued to benefit from both a solid Suezmax tanker market and a top quality


Will COSCO-CSCL Marriage Happen Soon?

Image: China Shipping Group

 The ocean carrier merger - between China’s two state-owned megacarriers, COSCO and CSCL - rumours are back in the news!   The beleaguered state behemoths struggling in a protracted industry slump  - China Ocean Shipping Group  (Cosco) and China Shipping Group -


Ultramax Newbuild Delivered to Genco

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited takes delivery of Ultramax newbuilding Baltic Scorpion to commence spot market-related time charter    Drybulk cargo shipper Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced that it has taken delivery of a 64


GE Powers Next Generation of UK Navy Ships

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GE Marine informs it has been awarded a contract to supply electrical power and propulsion to the Type 26 Global Combat Ships for the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD).   According to GE, the marine industry often faces the challenge of bringing continual innovation to vessels without






 
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