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Sparre to Retire from Bollinger After 51 Years

Bollinger Texas City announces Max Sparre’s upcoming retirement after 51 years of service to the shipyard industry, and names Monty Bludworth as BTC’s General Manager.

Bollinger Texas City, L.P., (BTC) a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. facility, announced the upcoming retirement of its Vice President and General Manager, Max Sparre. Sparre’s retirement was announced by Bollinger Executive Vice President, Ben Bordelon, giving an overview of Sparre's 51 years of service to the shipyard industry and the Bollinger group of shipyards.  In addition to the announcement of Sparre’s upcoming retirement early next year, Bordelon also announced that Monty Bludworth, Assistant General Manager at Bollinger's Texas City facility, will move into the position of General Manager immediately. The career of Max Sparre started back in Brunswick, Georgia at the age of 12, working beside his father in the family’s boat yard. After his tour in the US Air Force, Sparre relocated to Texas to a career in the shipyard industry with companies such as Hollywood Boat Works, Bludworth Shipyards, New Park Ship Repair, Bludworth Bond Shipyards, and Halter Marine. In 2000, Bollinger purchased the Texas City facility, and Max has been a vital member of the Bollinger family since. When asked about his years in the industry Sparre said, “I am proud to have had a major role in building Bollinger Texas City into the strong shipyard that it is today. For the past 26 years I have been fortunate to work with some very good people at Bollinger Texas City. I consider them my family, and for this I am very grateful


Friede Goldman Halter Withdraws Junk Bond Sale

Friede Goldman Halter Inc. has shelved a junk bond sale expected to total $150 million because it wouldn't pay the high yields investors demanded. The company said it is evaluating alternative financing strategies. Friede Goldman Halter had been expected to privately sell seven-year senior secured notes with a yield of about 12 percent, market sources said. RBC Dominion Securities Inc. was arranging the sale, which was originally expected to be completed last week.


MOL Completes Settlement, 13th Unsecured Bonds

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the company determined the terms and conditions for the issuance of its 13th series of unsecured bonds (with inter-bond pari passu clause) on December 11, 2009, and completed the issuance and payment on December 17. The details are as follows: 1. Background and objectives for issuance of the 13th series domestic unsecured bonds (with inter-bond pari passu clause) When raising funds to bolster business activities


Norec Summons to bondholders' meetings

  In the previous stock exchange notices where Norwegian Energy Company ASA has informed of expected impairments of Oselvar and Huntington and negative developments in production performance, including its announcement on 19 November 2014 where it was reported that deferral of certain bond payments due on 9 December 2014 would need to be obtained. As also stated in connection with its Q3 earnings release on 28 November 2014


Trade Dept. Says No Change for Cammell Laird Offer

The UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) made no change to its aid offer to British shipbuilder and repairer Cammell Laird, stoking concerns the firm could lose a $500 million contract. Bonds issued by the troubled company have halved in price over the past week as fears grow that the company will not make its first interest rate payment, due on April 15, bankers said. The debt is now worth just 10 cents to the euro.


Cammell Laird Conducts Strategic Review

Bonds issued by British shipbuilder Cammell Laird held steady at deeply-discounted levels on Tuesday after the company unveiled a strategic review which could include a debt restructuring. Investors quoted Cammell's 125 million euro high-yield bond due October 2010 at 11 to 13 percent of face value at around 1245 GMT, down by around half a percentage point from Tuesday's opening. The bonds have been trading at levels that clearly imply default for some time, dealers said


Euronav’s $235m Maersk Venture

Euronav’s $235m Maersk Venture.

  Euronav NV announces today that following the closing of its Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) of its ordinary shares on NYSE, the Company will repay the USD 235.5 million bond issued to partly finance the acquisition of 15 VLCCs from Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte Ltd announced on 5 January 2014. The Company issued a redemption notice on 28 January 2015 and expects to repay the bond on or around the 19th of February 2015


S&P Downgrades Cammell Laird

Standard & Poor's downgraded British shipbuilder and repairer Cammell Laird, stoking fears it will miss the first coupon payment next month on a 125 million euro high-yield bond. S&P cut the company's long-term credit rating to CC from CCC and its senior unsecured debt to "C" from CCC-minus. It said in a statement that the company's ratings would stay on review for a further downgrade. Cammell Laird hit stormy waters in January when Italian customer Costa Crociere cancelled a 51 million pound


ATB Designer Preps For New Release

Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., is one of the most experienced designers of Articulated Tug/Barge (ATB) units in the marine industry, boasting more than 20 years of experience in the design and engineering of ATBs for ocean and coastwise service. As one of the original co-inventors of the INTERCON tug/barge connection system, as well as having engineered the application of other connection systems to many tugs and barges, such as Bludworth, Bark River, and Articouple


Greek Shipping Company Gets Hit With Defaulted Junk Bonds

A Greek-owned shipping company said on Thursday it would seek damages from holders of its defaulted junk bonds who last week "arrested" one of the company's ships as security for a $175 million repayment claim. The 25,900 gt Ocelotmax has been held in the port of Pusan, Korea since August 4, and is unable to trade until released. Enterprises Shipholding defaulted on the bond's $7.76 million semi-annual interest coupon in July.


Crowley’s Roberts Outlines Support for Puerto Rico, Jones Act

Michael Roberts, Crowleys senior vice president and general counsel (Photo: Crowley)

As U.S. lawmakers address means to stabilize Puerto Rico’s economy, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s senior vice president and general counsel, Michael Roberts, was called upon to offer recommendations for supporting the island’s economy and strengthening the U.S


Hyundai Merchant Marine in Doldrums

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co

 Amid speculation that Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) may go into court receivership, the financial authorities and creditors will try to make it a subsidiary of Korea Development Bank (KDB).    South Korea’s finance minister Yoo Il-ho said that HMM


Bureau Veritas Approves FPSO Composite Repair System

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Classification society Bureau Veritas has approved in principle the repair of offshore structures using the bonded composite product Coldshield, developed by Paris-based start-up Cold Pad. Coldshield is a composite structural reinforcement specifically developed for the harsh environments of


BOEM Announces Final Rule for Oil and Gas Leasing

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Final Rule for Leasing of Oil and Gas or Sulfur in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) will be published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2016.   The final rule updates and streamlines the existing OCS leasing regulations


Boxer Leaves Hong Kong

USS Boxer (LHD 4) gets underway from Hong Kong. Photo: U.S. Navy

 Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) pulled anchor and departed Hong Kong after completing a five-day port visit, March 25.   The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit team departed Hong Kong after their


UKEF Support Brings Success for Blyth

An export win by Blyth Workcats and UK Export Finance, made possible by the government’s export finance support. The project – to supply a purpose built catamaran for a German University research program – went ahead thanks to the support of UK Export Finance


ISS Announces US Customs Brokerage Services

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ISS Brokerage Services, part of maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is now providing U.S. Customs brokerage services across all North American ports. The new facility has been introduced after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) granted a


Paragon Offshore to File for Bankruptcy

Photo: Paragon Offshore

Paragon Offshore Plc said it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on or before Feb. 14, becoming the first U.S. energy-related company to seek court protection from creditors this year amid a plunge in oil prices.   The Houston-based driller, which has rigs around the world


ICTSI Wins “Best Corporate Bond” Award

Rafael D. Consing Jr., ICTSI Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, accepted the award Photo ICTSI

International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) US$450 million perpetual capital securities issue was recently recognized as the Philippines’ best corporate bond at the The Asset Triple A Country Awards 2015.  ICTSI issued last August the well-structured perpetual


Vale Draws $3 bln Credit Line as Asset Sales Falter

File image: A Valemax bulk carrier (Vale)

Brazilian miner Vale SA said on Tuesday it has drawn down $3 billion of its $5 billion revolving credit line to improve liquidity and cover potential costs until it manages to close asset sales. The money will partly be used to pay off bonds that mature in the first quarter of 2016, Vale said


U.S. Shipbuilding: Funds Available for Small Shipyards

Chip Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

Maritime Administration announced funding availability for small U.S. shipyards; grants aim to help yards modernize and improve efficiency   The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the availability of $4


Korea to Create $1.2bln Shipping Fund

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 The South Korean government will create a US$1.2 billion ship investment fund to aid the shipping industry which has been struggling due to decreasing global trade.    A report by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said the fund will help shippers buy and sell vessels with less


Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Aurora LPG form JV

  Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) announced a joint venture agreement with Aurora LPG Holding ASA (Aurora) for the technical management of Aurora's VLGC fleet. The joint venture will be named "Aurora Wilhelmsen Management Ltd" and will be incorporated in Hong Kong.


Norway's Offshore Shipping Sector Faces Bleak Year

Norwegian companies that provide supply ships and drilling rigs to the global oil industry face a bleak year ahead as contracts disappear and financing options dwindle in the face of weak global crude prices.   They could increasingly be forced to sell or write down the value of assets


Hapag-Lloyd Buys Back US Bonds

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 German container line Hapag-Lloyd  Hapag-Lloyd settles a high-yield dollar bond partly prematurely. The carrier would seek to pay off $125m in principal on its US dollar-denominated bond two years early.   "In the context of a continuous effort in optimising its capital






 
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