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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 $2.7 billion for 14 cruise ships and seven ship owners over the last 10 years.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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:


Neeraj Bansal Appointed Deputy Chairman of JNPT

Neeraj Bansal appointed Deputy Chairman

The Government of India has appointed Neeraj Bansal as Deputy Chairman of India's largest container port,  Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust with immediate effect. Mr Neeraj Bansal is an Officer of Indian Revenue Servie with around twenty years of experience across the country in Direct Tax


Halliburton to Settle US Gulf Spill Claims for $1.1b

Credit:  Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana

Halliburton Co said it reached a $1.1 billion settlement for a majority of claims against the company for its role in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana


Imtech Marine Nav/Com Partner for Groen OSV

Christening of the 7-Oceans

The first newbuild ship in a series of three offshore support vessels (OSVS) for shipowner Groen (Scheveningen), 7-Oceans, was delivered at Damen Maaskant Shipyards in Stellendam, the Netherlands at the end of July. Imtech Marine Netherlands provided all navigation and communication equipment


Oil Spill Response in Seattle's Salmon Bay

Seattles Salmon Bay

  The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology continue to oversee the cleanup and investigate the cause of an oil spill that appeared earlier this week in the Ballard Mill Marina, on Salmon Bay, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal.


China's Vast Warehouse Sector Comes Under Scrutiny

  Shaken by a fraud investigation into metal financing in the world's seventh-busiest port, banks and trading houses have been made painfully aware of the risks they face storing commodities in China's sprawling warehouse sector.


Mother Nature Can’t End Dredging Crisis

There has been a lot of speculation of late that the gargantuan ice fields covering the Lakes this winter will, when they finally melt, raise water levels significantly and ships will carry more cargo each trip.  That is, frankly, very far from certain.


US Dredging Needs Growth as Army Corps’ Budget Shrinks

USACE photo: NY/NJ Harbor dredging action.

Spend dollars up on dredging, cubic yards moved down. Combined with a reduction in the USACE federal budget, the situation threatens a perfect storm for domestic requirements. U.S. dredging this decade, measured in cubic yards, is only half as active as it was in the early 1960s


Congress Gets It Done with WRRDA

Michael J. Toohey, President and CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.

On May 22, the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, containing major recommendations of the Capital Development Plan (CDP), was passed by a vote 91-7 in the Senate.  As MarineNews was going to press, President Obama finally signed the bill into law


China M&A Rulings Create Hot Competition for Antitrust Lawyers

China's increasing regulatory influence over international mergers and acquisitions has helped to create the hottest new commodity in its legal industry: anti-trust lawyers. Six years ago, China did not even have a legal system for regulating the impact of M&A on competition


Gulf Navigation Cuts Capital, Focus on Turnaround

Gulf Navigation.jpg

United Arab Emirates shipper Gulf Navigation said on Wednesday it had cut its capital by two-thirds and written off accumulated losses worth 1.1 billion dirhams ($300 million), key parts of a turnaround plan designed to solve its debt problems.


Lakes Water Levels Return, but Not Full Loads

photo courtesy of the Port of Cleveland

The rise in Great Lakes water levels has yet to translate into full loads for the U.S.-flag freighters moving iron ore, coal, limestone, cement and other cargos.  Vessels continue to routinely leave port with less than a full load on board.


Caterpillar CEO Warns of Obstacle to U.S. Competiveness

Highway works: Image credit Caterpillar

In a July 10, 2014 opinion article headlined, "Congress must move on the Highway Trust Fund," Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman outlined the risks to U.S. competitiveness if Washington's leaders can't fix short and long term infrastructure funding issues.


Unplanned Encounters Discussed at Navy CNO's China Meeting

CNOs China visit: Photo USN

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert has left the People's Republic of China (PRC) after a successful four-day counterpart visit with military leaders, fleet units and leaders of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) says the Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs Office.


China Rebuffs US Pressure to Ease S. China Sea Tensions

Western Pacific: File photo

China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Sunday as Southeast Asian nations declined to overtly back Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative acts. * ASEAN communique urges self-restraint from all parties


FSL Trust Sees First Quarterly Profit Since 2011

Photo: FSL Trust

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust) has generated a profit of  $1 million for the 2Q of the 2014 financial year. This profit compares to a $7.2 million loss for the 2Q’s corresponding previous year






 
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