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Port of Cleveland Approves Refinancing

Photo: Port of Cleveland

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.

Global Ship Lease Profits Slip in Q3 2013

Chartered vessel: Image courtesy of GSL

Container ship charter owners Global Ship Lease (GSL) announce its unaudited results for the 3 months and 9 months ended September 30, 2013. The 17 vessel fleet generated revenue from fixed rate long-term time charters of $36.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, down $3.4 million on revenue of $39.5 million for the comparative period in 2012. Third Quarter and Year To Date Highlights Reported revenue of $36.1 million for the third quarter 2013

Genco Shipping Time Charters

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) announced that it has reached an agreement to enter into a time charter for the Genco Commodus, a Capesize newbuilding, with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. for 23 to 25 months at a rate of $36,000 per day, less a 5% third-party brokerage commission. The time charter for the Genco Commodus will commence upon delivery of the vessel, which is expected during July 2009, and is subject to the completion of definitive documentation.

Matson Closes $75mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today the issuance of $75 million in 30-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced private placement on July 30, 2015. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 13 years and will

Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader

Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.   According to Rand, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any

More Democrats Needed to Repeal Crude Export Ban

Lawmakers who want to ditch the 40-year-old U.S. ban on exporting oil will likely enjoy a victory on Thursday in the Senate banking committee - but they are struggling to garner enough Democratic support to pass the bill in the full chamber.

Sinotrans Orders Four Boxships

Image: Sinotrans Shipping

 Sinotrans Shipping has ordered four new energy-saving containerships of 1,900 teu in capacity each at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company for $98.2mln.   The four newbuildings, each costing $24.55m, are scheduled to be delivered from the shipyard in May, June

USS Cowpens Holds Cruiser Modernization Induction

USS Cowpens

  The guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) was inducted as the first ship to undergo a modernization effort that will significantly upgrade its capabilities in multiple mission areas, Sept. 25, at Naval Base San Diego. The CG Phased Modernization Program is designed to balance the

Daewoo Put Under Pressure by Korea EXIM

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 South Korea’s second-largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) hit a hurdle in its efforts to get capital injection after the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Exim Bank) delayed necessary funding for its shipbuilding project, reports MKBN.  

'Blue' Economy Ocean Industries & the Next 50 Years

Chemical tanker leaving  Cape Town.

“Sustainable development” has gone from buzz word to business imperative in the two decades since the initial Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Companies are increasingly evaluated on how well they address sustainability as a critical measure of their commitment to the triple

Shell Withdraws from Arctic Exploration

Fennica, an icebreaker vessel deployed by Shell in the Arctic (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude in a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. Shell has spent about $7 billion on exploration in the waters off Alaska so far and

SAILOR VSAT Antenna Systems Unveiled

Photo: Cobham SATCOM

Press release - The team at Cobham SATCOM is unveiling a new generation of 60cm Ka-band VSAT antenna systems at Monaco Yacht Show this week.   The new SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka are based on a lightweight, high performance Ka-band VSAT platform designed for Inmarsat Global Xpress

Aframax Tanker Designed for Arctic Shipping

Aframax tanker in-ice- Aker Arctic

A modern Aframax-sized tanker concept designed for transporting crude oil and oil product in the Arctic has been developed via collaboration between Deltamarin Ltd. and Aker Arctic Technology Inc.  In creating the new tanker concept, Deltamarin said it drew upon its expertise in affordable

Belships Signs Deal with Imabari

 Belships has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with a Japanese counterpart for the ship M / S Belforest.   Belforest, 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier is currently under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan and will be delivered around 25 September 2015. 

Dry bulk shipping, Tankers Fall Down

Graph: Drewry Maritime Equity Research

 All stocks under Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER)’s dry bulk coverage were down and recorded double-digit negative returns, taking cues from vessel earnings.   The BDI shed its gain of the previous two months and nudged down 20% m/m in August led by a fall in the Capesize

Cyber Safety Tops the List for Shipping

Image:  International Association of Classification Societies

 ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J Wiernicki has set out his priorities as incoming IACS chairman, emphasizing the unique role the organization plays in promoting global safety and security.   The IACS strategic plan has been designed to address both the current and future

Diana Inks Six-year Term Loan Facility

Press release - Diana Containerships Inc. has announced that on September 10, 2015, it signed a six year term loan facility with The Royal Bank of Scotland plc for up to $148 million, which will bear interest at the rate of 2.75 percent over LIBOR.

Security in the Indian Ocean Fragile -MAST

The security situation in the Indian Ocean could quickly change for the worse, according to maritime security company MAST.   Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said, “For commercial shipping, the Indian Ocean is arguably the safest ocean on the planet

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