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FSL Chairman Quits & Share Trading Suspended

First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) chairman Wong Meng Meng has vacated his posiion & the company admits there were differences in opinion in respect of the conduct of a board meeting. Earlier, on 30th June 2013 FSL, had requested a share trading halt, and on 4th July they further requested the Singapore Exchange to suspend trading in its shares First Ship Lease Trust According to the company's website, FSL Trust is a Singapore business trust that provides lease financing solutions to the international maritime industry. FSL Trust currently owns a diversified portfolio of 25 vessels with an average age of seven and a half years. FSL Trust derives stable long-term cashflow primarily through leasing its vessels on long-term bareboat charter basis to international shipping companies. FSL Trust is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange and its ADRs are quoted on International OTCQX.


P&O Raises Cash For Cruise Ships

P&O has raised $650 million in financing for two new cruise ships to be built by French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique, lead banker SG said. The two new vessels, ordered last December for P&O's U.S.-based Princess Cruises, will be built by the Alstom-owned shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and delivered in October 2002 and June 2003 respectively, SG said. SG, the corporate and investment banking business of Societe Generale, said it had arranged $2


Venture Capital Group Eyes Cammell Laird

Venture capital group Patron Capital has approached the receivers of Cammell Laird about buying parts of the failed British shipbuilder, Reuters reported. Former Lehman Brothers banker Keith Breslauer who runs Patron was quoted as saying he had "expressed an interest in the U.K. business" to receivers PriceWaterhouseCoopers, but "we're not so keen on the international businesses." Last week the Independent newspaper said a private equity group owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland was


FSL Trust Provides Update on TORM Charters

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (“FSLTM”), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust” or the “Trust”) refers to its earlier announcement “FSL Trust renegotiates charter terms for TORM product tankers” made on 10 April 2012 and wishes to provide an update. On 2 October 2012, TORM A/S (“TORM”) announced the signing of a restructuring agreement with its banks and tonnage providers that will secure for TORM substantial


FSL Trust Secures Relaxation of Loan Covenants

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust wishes to announce that it has secured a temporary relaxation of two of its loan covenants from its lenders. The relaxation of covenants would be in effect for 12 months until end-June 2013. In view of the economic weakness in Europe and further deterioration in the shipping market, FSLTM requested for and was granted a temporary relaxation of two loan covenants from its lenders to address potential


Sumitomo Mitsui to Double Overseas Banking Staff

According to a Bloomberg report, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. will double its overseas banking staff that works on financing for ship construction, as Japan's biggest arranger of such deals tries to take advantage of surging demand for vessels. China's appetite for iron ore will boost demand for vessels with cargo capacity of more than 100,000 tons by 44 percent between last year and 2010, according to a report last month by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd


Senate Bills Introduced Re Oil Spill Liability

Senator Menendez (D-NJ) introduced two bills relating to oil spill liability. The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010 (S. 3305) would raise the limit of liability for oil spills from offshore facilities for costs other than removal costs from $75m to $10b. It would also be retroactive to April 15, 2010. The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Trust Fund Act of 2010 (S. 3306) would eliminate the provision that currently prevents expenditure by the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) of


WCI Endorses American Waterworks Act

Michael J. Toohey

New Waterways/Ports funding proposal will create jobs, relieve traffic congestion, increase exports. At its Board of Directors meeting held yesterday in Houston, Waterways Council, Inc.’s Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the  American Waterworks Act, proposed in late October by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to modernize America’s inland waterways and ports.   The new waterways funding plan would:


Major Chinese Shipbuilder Sees Profits Nose-dive

China Rongsheng profit dives as new ship orders dry up. China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group, the country's largest private shipbuilder, posted its sharpest fall in half-year profit - down 82 percent - on a dearth of new orders, putting further pressure on its stretched balance sheet reports Reuters. In a stubbornly downbeat global economy, the shipping industry has suffered widespread losses, with many small and medium sized Chinese builders close to bankruptcy as bankers cool on a


Evergreen Line Restructuring Services

Evergreen Line will restructure its services on the U.S., Asia, Indian Sub continent and Europe routes to stabilize the ship schedules to ensure on-time performance and banker savings to meet the needs of the market and its own operations. The new routing will also extend the U.S. service scope to include Southeast Asia and the ISC. The AUS (Asia-United States) and service of CES (China-Europe Shuttle) will become the new pendulum service UAE (U.S


Eni CEO Drafts in Former Boss to Pave Way for Saipem Sale

Stefano Cao has been brought back by Eni to turn around the oil service subsidiary Saipem that he spent nearly 25 years working for and prepare it for a sale, according to people familiar with the plan. Italian state-controlled oil major Eni has been mulling for years the idea of cutting its 43


Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S


Funding Boosted for USACE Civil Works Program

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

House Appropriations Committee approves strong FY ’16 funding for Corps with full use of all estimated inland waterways trust fund annual revenues   The U.S. House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), today approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16


Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

U.S. Navy officer pleads guilty to selling classified ship schedules as part of expanding Navy bribery probe   A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court, admitting that he accepted cash


Capt. Ang Chin Eng New Technical Director of SSA

Capt Ang Chin Eng. Photo by Singapore Shipping Association

 The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory


WCI Praises Increased USACE Funding

WCI today praised the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) that led to unanimous approval of a bill that will significantly increase funding in FY 2016 for the U


LATC Orders Damen PSVs for Nigerian Offshore Sector

Photo: Damen

Africa-focused proprietary investment firm L.A.T Cleveson (LATC) has signed an order with Damen Shipyards Group for the supply of two PSV 3300 Platform Supply Vessels and two FCS 5009 Fast Supplier Vessels. This transaction will bring next generation Damen PSVs to the offshore industry of Nigeria


Cement Terminal likely at Mumbai Port

Ravi Parmar

  The Mumbai Port Trust has resolved to create a cement terminal that will cater for the needs of the city of Mumbai. The city of Mumbai consumes approximately 1.25 MMT cement per annum to meet its developmental needs.  Currently, this cement is moved by road/rail through neighboring


FSL Trust Signs Charter Agreement with US Oil Company

  Alan Hatton, CEO of FSL Trust Management (photo courtesy of FSL Trust Management)

  FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, has entered into a two-year time charter agreement with a prominent US domestic oil company for the FSL Hong Kong, a 115,000 dwt crude oil tanker built in 2007.  


Indian Port Workers Drop Strike Proposal

Image: Kandla Port Trust

 The Port and Dock Workers Federation (AITUC) has decided to defer the strike proposed from March 16, in view of the Central Labour Commissioner appointing a committee to study the demands and grievances of workers and employees of major ports.  


India, Sri Lanka to Enhance Maritime Security

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena  and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Press Information Bureau, India)

 Noting that security of India and Sri Lanka was "indivisible", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for enhanced cooperation in key areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism.   India’s PM addressing the Sri Lanka Parliament said India and Sri


US Treasury Secretary Visits Ellicott Dredges

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (R) take a tour of Ellicotts facilities in Baltimore (Photo courtesy of Ellicott Dredges)

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, together with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D- Md.), visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at the company’s Baltimore plant for a discussion about U.S. export policies, the U.S. Government financing entity Eximbank and infrastructure investment programs.  


Dry-docking of ABIS BELFAST

ABIS BELFAST

  Our Shipyard Zamakona Pasaia, had recently dry-docked the modern general cargo vessel ABIS BELFAST belonging to the Dutch company Abis. The vessel with 89.95 meters length by 14 meters beam has made several repairs and general maintenance of mechanical


ABG Shipyard Denies Sale to L&T

Image: ABG Shipyard

 ABG Shipyard Ltd has clarified with reference to the news item appearing in the Media on March10, 2015 titled "L&T in race to buy ABG Shipyard stake".   The Bombay Stock Exchange had sought clarification from ABG Shipyard Ltd with respect to news published in ET Now that


Seafarers’ Trust Calls for Renewed Support for Expiring Piracy Response Program

The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Progamme (MPHRP) was launched during the height of maritime piracy to provide humanitarian support to the victims of piracy and their families. The programme received funding from several groups, funding which is set to expire at the end of March.  






 
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