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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.


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.


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


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.


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


Due Diligence Completed for the integration of Thrane & Thrane and Nera

Due diligence completed for the integration of Thrane & Thrane A/S and Nera ASA satellite activities and revised forecast for the current financial yearOn Monday, August 20, 2001 Thrane & Thrane A/S announced that it had signed an agreement with Nera ASA to acquire the shares in Nera’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Nera SatCom AS and Nera WBA Satellite AS. Since that announcement, Thrane & Thrane and Nera have worked on completing the integration of the two companies’ satellite activities


Court To Decide Fate of Product Tanker Fleet

A dispute has erupted in New York courts over control of a fleet of petroleum product tankers, currently working for oil major Shell. Both the owner of the ships, First International, and an investment fund, which lent most of the $257 million to build the fleet, have asked the court to decide which of them controls the future employment of the six tankers. The tankers have worked for Shell since new on a seven year contract, at a rate described by brokers as "rather generous"


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


Petrobras Secures Loan for RUpdate: efinery

Petroleo Brasileiro SA borrowed 4 billion reais ($1.8 billion) in a 17-year loan from Banco Bradesco SA to help pay for work on the Abreu e Lima refinery in northeastern Brazil, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said on Tuesday. Petrobras


Damen Fits New SPS Feet to Wind Turbine Vessel

Photo: Damen

Damen ARNO Dunkerque, part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Group, has given a new set of feet to what they are caling the world’s first purpose-built offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance vessel, the 2003-built MPI Resolution*


Stalwart Tankers Postpones U.S. IPO

BSS Force (Image: Stalwart Tankers)

Greece-based chemical transportation company Stalwart Tankers Inc has postponed its U.S. IPO plans due to "market conditions," an underwriter told Reuters.   The company filed with U.S. regulators in February to raise up to $100 million in an IPO of its common stock.  


Nanjing Tanker To Be Delisted, First By Central Gov't Backed Firm

 Loss-making shipping company Nanjing Tanker Corp will be delisted from the Shanghai Stock Exchange after a five-day grace period, marking the first time for a company backed by the central government to be dropped from a domestic exchange.  


FMC Commissioner Comments on Key Shipping Issues at LA Forum

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle spoke to the Global Shippers Forum in Los Angeles and discussed Ro/Ro price fixing matters; the newly approved cooperation agreement between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma; the first PVO company to take advantage of the alternative bonding mechanisms;


FMC Recovers $350,000 in Penalties

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $350,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier and three non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs)


Damen Opens Joint Venture Yard in Vietnam

Photo: Damen

On March 20, Vietnamese Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong, carried out the official Vietnamese ribbon-cutting ceremony for the latest addition to Damen Shipyard Group’s portfolio. Damen Song Cam, a brand new yard, is one of the largest in the group and represents Damen’s first


Panama Canal Locks Contract in Effect

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The agreement between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Grupo Unidos por el Canal. S.A. (GUPC) took effect Thursday, March 20 after signature by all involved parties. As announced by the ACP on February 27, the agreement falls within the terms of the contract for the design and construction


CMA CGM Reports Solid Performance in 2013

Photo: CMA CGM

The Board of Directors of France’s CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping company, met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013.


Keeping it in the Family: Maersk Founder's Scion Steps Aboard

Robert Maersk Uggla: Image courtesy of Maritime Denmark

At its recent general meeting of AP Moller-Maersk, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller's grandson Robert Maersk Uggla was elected to the board of the company, which will ensure the family's active ownership and continuity in the company, according to a report by Børsen with Maritime Denmark


Infrastructure Investments Strengthen Soybean Supply Chain

ISA efforts to open soybean markets through improved transportation infrastructure span overseas, including a recent trade mission to Southeast Asia that focused on exporting more Illinois soybeans in containers.  Photo by Scott Sigman.

Transportation plays a crucial role in the soybean supply chain. With access to multiple transportation modes, Illinois soybean farmers enjoy significant advantages for reaching domestic and global markets. But aging transportation infrastructure can increase costs for Illinois farmers.


Petrobras Shelves Debt Sales in Wake of Scandals

FPSO Cidade de Paraty (Photo: SBM Offshore)

Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, which has been hit by a series of scandals, shelved plans to sell debt in local and international debt markets later this year, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said on Monday.


Update: Petrobras Denies Shelving Debt Sales

Petroleo Brasileiro SA on Monday denied shelving plans to sell debt in local and international markets later this year because of a series of scandals regarding the Brazilian state-controlled oil producer. A source with direct knowledge of the plans told Reuters on Monday that the company was


Petrobras Secures $1.8b Loan for Refinery

Petroleo Brasileiro SA borrowed 4 billion reais ($1.8 billion) in a 17-year loan from Banco Bradesco SA to help pay for work on the Abreu e Lima refinery in northeastern Brazil, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said on Tuesday. Petrobras


Miami's Port to Issue Bond to Pay Debt, Fund Tunnel Project

The port of Miami's total debt is set to pass $1 billion after Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a $225 million bond offering on Tuesday to meet existing lending agreements and pay the balance on a nearly finished underground tunnel connecting the island-port to nearby highways.


 
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