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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


SNAME Updates Report on HVAC Design

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report to assist in the design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installations for merchant and naval ships.   Recommended Practices for Ship Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design Calculations is a rewrite of a SNAME HVAC report published in 1980.   Calculations unique to naval ships that can also apply to merchant ships have been added


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


Interferry: Aiming High in the Cause of Common Sense

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Interferry CEO Len Roueche reviews the latest regulatory challenges impacting the ferry industry.   With U.S. origins dating back more than 40 years, Interferry is the trade association and main voice for the global ferry sector – a crucial but often forgotten part of the wider


NYK Line Posts Loss on Dry Bulk Fleet Revaluation

Image: NYK Line India

 Japan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has posted a $277.5mln extraordinary loss in the third quarter of year ended 31 March 2016 as it reduced the book value of its fleet inline with current market prices and expectations. The extraordinary loss came after it re-assessed the recoverable value of


MES Establishes Unit for FPSO Charters

Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) has established a new department to support the chartering of floating production, storage & offloading system vessels (FPSO) for marine oil and gas.   Effective February 1, this new section within the Ocean Business Promotion


Diana Shipping to Acquire Three Panamax Ships

Diana Shipping Inc. has signed, through three separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, three Memoranda of Agreement to acquire from a related party three Panamax vessels for an aggregate purchase price of $39.8 million. These vessels are the m/v Sunshine, a 2010 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75


UK Marine Industry Continues Growth

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UK marine industry grows for fourth consecutive year; new figures released at the London Boat Show 2016   The U.K. leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry continue to grow, according to new statistics published today by British Marine at the London Boat Show 2016.  


Maritime Faces New Lease Accounting Standards

Michael Simms (Photo: Moore Stephens)

 A new international accounting standard dealing with leases could have major implications for companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sectors, and particularly for time charterers, according to international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  


74th Consecutive Dividend from NAT

Courtesy Nordic American Tankers Limited

  The Board of Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has declared a cash dividend of $0.43 per share to shareholders of record January 27, 2016. The dividend is expected to be paid on or about February 10, 2016. The first dividend was paid in the autumn of 1997 and dividend payments have


BIMCO's "SUPERMAN" Contract for Newbuilding Supervision Services

Emblem Courtesy BIMCO

  BIMCO has now launched a new standard contract for ship managers to provide supervision services for shipbuilding and conversion projects. The contract, code named SUPERMAN, is a valuable new addition to BIMCO's existing suite of ship management agreements


What is the Scrapping Potential of the Crude Fleet?

Graphics:  Poten & Partners

 Tanker owners are currently doing fairly well, certainly compared to their colleagues in the dry bulk market, says a reserach report from Poten & Partners.   However, history shows that such markets do not last forever and when the downturn comes


Outlook for Listed Dry Bulk Companies in 2016

Graphics: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Investors suffered massive wealth erosion in 2015, as share prices of dry bulk companies kept tumbling during the year, says Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER).   DMER’s shipping index, which is based on the market cap of leading dry bulk companies, was down ~43% in 2015


Container Volumes to Improve 2016: Maersk

Image: A.P. Moeller-Maersk

 Nils Smedegaard Andersen chief executive officer of A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S said the Container volumes have picked up this year after the market suffered from sluggish growth and overcapacity in 2015, reports Bloomberg.   He said 2016 beginning looked a little bit better and expected


Miserable Start for Dry Bulk Shipping

Graphics: BIMCO

 The global production of steel dropped in 2015 compared to 2014, to a larger extent outside China, as China exported its surplus of steel to destinations across the globe; it is too complex to single out whether this is positive or negative for the seaborne dry bulk transport demand


50 Students Selected by Italian Ship-Owners

Photo: Ingresso ITS Fondazione Caboto

23 letters of employment delivered to new graduates in the presence of the Institutions of the School. Eleven Italian shipping companies “christened” the courses at the I.T.S. Fondazione “G. Caboto” (Caboto Foundation), an Institute of Advanced Technology


Concordia Maritime Signs Time Charter Contract for P-MAX Tanker

Concordia Maritime signed a contract to charter out another P-MAX tanker. The contract, which comes into effect at the beginning of February 2016, is for one year with an option for a further year. The contract partner is a UK shipping company.


Boxship Fleet Growth is Slowest in 25 Years

A large, modern containership underway. (credit: UASC)

Global container ship capacity is expected to increase by 4.6 percent in 2016, the slowest growth rate in more than 25 years, giving some relief to an industry hammered by oversupply, consultancy firm Alphaliner forecast on Tuesday. Freight rates have plunged






 
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