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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.


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


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


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


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


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


'K' Line to Shrink Container Fleet

Image: K Line

 Japan's third-biggest shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line) plans to beef up its LNG and bulker vessels over the next four years, while downsizing its container shipping fleet.   The group plans to reduce its fleet of container ships from 70 to 61; however


Faster Rotterdam-St Petersburg Link

Rotterdam-St Petersburg

  The Rotterdam (Netherlands)-based neutral consolidator FPS Famous Pacific Shipping has launched a new, weekly ocean LCL service from Rotterdam to St Petersburg (Russia) and vice versa for general groupage cargo. The service provides an alternative to the traditional routing via Vilnius


Stolt-Nielsen Limited Contemplates New Bond Issue

  Stolt-Nielsen Limited is contemplating the issuance of new senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market with a minimum amount of NOK 700 million ($89 million). Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The offering will be made to (i) Norwegian professional investors


Stolt-Nielsen Completes Bond Issues

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced the placement of senior unsecured bonds in a total amount of NOK 1,100 million in a new five-year bond issue carrying a coupon of 3M NIBOR plus 4.1 percent. The placement was oversubscribed.   The settlement date for the bonds will be April 8, 2015


Oil-Price Slide Hits European Energy Shares

European shares fell on Tuesday, the last full trading day of the year, led lower by energy companies as Brent oil fell to a 5-1/2-year low on persistent concerns about a global supply glut. The STOXX Europe 600 oil & gas index was down 1


Venezuela's Oil Falls to $42.44

Image for Venezuelas oil

  Venezuela's petroleum export basket dropped to $42.44 per barrel this week from $47.05 last week to reach a 5-1/2-year low, the Petroleum Ministry said on Friday. The South American OPEC member's basket, which includes crude oil and refined products


Indian Navy Chief Visits Mauritius

R.K. Dhowan (Pic courtesy: Press Information Bureau)

 The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan is on a scheduled four-day visit to Mauritius to further consolidate the bridges of friendship as well as explore new avenues of defense cooperation.   The Chief of Naval Staff will meet various Government and Defense officials during his


Euronav Pays Bond to Buy 15 Maersk Tankers

Photo: Euronav NV

Euronav NV will repay the US$235 million bond issued to finance the acquisition of 15 VLCC oil tankers from Maersk Tankers Singapore, following a closure of its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange.


Egypt, Saudi Arabia Joint Maritime Exercise

Pic by Royal Saudi Naval Force

 Joint Egyptian-Saudi navy maneuver Morgan 15 is underway in the Red Sea waters of Saudi Arabia.  According to the military spokesperson Mohamed Samir, the exercise was part of joint training of the Armed Forces with friendly countries to enhance prospects of cooperation and exchange of


Topaz Announces Leadership Changes

Jay Daga has been named Chief Financial Officer of Topaz Energy and Marine, an international offshore support vessel owner with operations in the Middle East, Caspian and West Africa.   Daga will take his position with immediate effect


Ethiopia to Use Somaliland’s Berbera Port

Image:  Port of Berbera Authority

 Ethiopia is to start using the Port of Berbera of Somaliland this month on an agreement reached between the two countries on January 29, 2015, while the use of Port Sudan has started by the importation of 50,000tn of fertilizer. 


Juicy Yields on Energy Bonds Attracting PE Firms

Blackstone President Tony James Photo by Blackstone

  Crude price volatility may not have completely closed the funding doors for US high-yield energy companies as private equity firms and new funds prepare to snap up juicy yields on offer after a recent slump in the sector's bonds. In a likely sign of things to come, GSO Capital Partners


Petrobras Downgrade Shakes Market

Moody's shocked bond investors this week with a surprise two-notch downgrade that put Brazilian oil company Petrobras in junk territory. The move was seen by some investors as overly assertive, leaving them to add exposure incrementally.  


Berenberg in $1.1bln Box Bid

Figure: Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

 The world's second-oldest bank Joh. Berenberg Gossler & Co. KG is lining up a new fund worth EUR 1bn ($1.1bn) for the containership sector.   A report appeared in Bloomberg said that will boost lending to the maritime industry through the shipping fund for institutional investors


Cheap Oil Threatens Debt Squeeze for Smaller North Sea Producers

Photo: EnQuest

Small and mid-sized independent oil producers in the British North Sea could face a financing squeeze this year as banks cut lending linked to the value of oil reserves, following last year's oil price sell off.   Unlike the oil majors, which can slash headcount and delay projects






 
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