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DryShips Ocean Rig Employment Updates

DryShips Inc., an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Ocean Rig as signed definitive documentation with Total E&P Angola, following the previously announced Letter of Award, for its ultra deepwater drillship "Ocean Rig Skyros." The contract is for five wells or a minimum of 275 days for drilling offshore West Africa, with an estimated backlog of approximately $190 million, and is expected to commence upon delivery of the drillship from the shipyard, in October 2013. The company said it has also received a Letter of Award for its ultra deepwater drillship "Ocean Rig Skyros," from a major oil company for a six-year contract for drilling offshore West Africa, with an estimated backlog of approximately $1.3 billion. The Letter of Award is subject to completion of definitive documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals. The contract is expected to commence in direct continuation of the previous contract before the first quarter of 2015. As a result of this LOA, as of today, Ocean Rig's total contracted backlog (including LOAs) stands at about $6.1 billion, primarily with investment grade or strong counterparties, the company said.


Genco Shipping & Trading Time Charter

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) announced that it has reached an agreement to sign a time charter for the Genco Predator, a 2005-built Supramax vessel, with Pacific Basin Chartering Ltd. for approximately 11 to 13.5 months at a rate of $22,500 per day, less a 5% third-party brokerage commission. The time charter is expected to commence on or about May 7, 2010 and is subject to the completion of definitive documentation


DryShips Announces Signing of Drilling Contract

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) announced that its fully-owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW Inc has signed definitive documentation following the previously announced Letter of Award. The contract signed with Borders & Southern Petroleum plc is for a two well contract for exploration drilling offshore the Falkland Islands for a period of about 90 days, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2011, immediately after the completion of the current contract. The contract value is approximately $77m


Ambassadors International Acquires merican West Cruises

Ambassadors International, Inc., announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC has completed its acquisition of American West Steamboat Company LLC and related entities ("American West Cruises"), one of North America's premier river and coastal cruise companies. The signing of a definitive agreement was previously announced on December 27, 2005.


Genmar Sells Hatteras Yachts to Brunswick

Genmar Holdings, Inc. announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell Hatteras Yachts, Inc. to Brunswick Corporation for approximately $80 million in cash. The agreement contains provisions allowing for an additional payment of up to $20 million based on Hatteras achieving certain financial targets over the next 20 months. Consistent with its June 27, 2001announcement, Genmar's Board of Directors considered all appropriate alternatives with respect to Hatteras and concluded a


Tidewater Signs Agreement Of Intent

Tidewater, Inc. has signed an agreement of intent to acquire six newbuild vessels from Hvide Marine Incorporated, for an aggregate price of $22 million. Closing, which is expected sometime during July 1999, is subject to customary due diligence matters, including executing a definitive agreement and satisfactory inspections of the vessels by Tidewater.


Scorpio Sells Seven Tankers in Construction

Scorpio Tankers Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement whereby the company will sell its seven Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) under construction for cash and record a gain of approximately $50 million. The transaction is subject to the execution of definitive agreements and satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end March 2014. Subsequent to this transaction, the Company has 56 newbuilding product tanker orders with HMD, SPP


SBM Offshore Invited to Participate in Petrobras Tenders

Netherlands-based floating production solutions provider SBM Offshore announced that its main Brazilian subsidiary has received written notification from Petrobras of its ability to participate in the recently issued Libra and Sépia FPSO tenders in Brazil.   According to SBM Offshore, the invitation follows on a thorough review of the group's compliance standards by Petrobras, including its compliance department.    


FastShip Signs With NASSCO For Construction Of Fleet

FastShip has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a subsidiary of General Dynamics, for the building of the first generation high-speed vessels comprised of the FastShip trans-Atlantic transportation fleet. Under the proposed agreement, NASSCO, designer and builder of new ships headquartered in San Diego, will construct four revolutionary vessels in the FastShip fleet


OMI to Be Acquired by Teekay and TORM

OMI Corporation (OMI), Teekay Shipping Corporation (Teekay) (NYSE: TK) and A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM (TORM) announced that Teekay and TORM have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OMI. The agreement was unanimously approved by OMI's Board of Directors. Under the agreement, OMI shareholders will receive $29.25 in cash for each share of OMI common stock they hold. Teekay and TORM will equally split the total cost of the transaction of approximately $2


Scorpio Tankers Receives Commitment for Loan Facility

Photo Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced that it has received a commitment for a loan facility up to $300 million from ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Nordea Bank Finland plc, acting through its New York branch, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. The loan facility will be used to refinance the existing


Singapore Exchange, Baltic Exchange Continue Transaction Talks

Singapore Exchange (SGX) has agreed with the Baltic Exchange Limited (Baltic Exchange) to extend the period of exclusive discussions regarding a cash offer for 100 percent of the share capital of the Baltic Exchange (Transaction) from June 30, 2016 to August  31, 2016.  


Tideland Signal Acquires Julius Signal

Tideland Signal Corporation, now part of Xylem, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Julius Signal, extending the company’s portfolio of marine and offshore aids to navigation offerings.   Julius Signal’s product portfolio includes an array of


Singapore Exchange in Talks to buy Baltic Exchange

Baltic Exchange privately owned by 380 shareholders. The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is in exclusive talks to buy London's Baltic Exchange, which has been at the heart of the global shipping industry for centuries, the two companies said on Wednesday.


Kim Heng Offshore Inks Pact with Iran Marine

Image: Kim Heng Offshore & Marine

 The Singapore-based  offshore services provider Kim Heng Offshore & Marine has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iran Marine Fund (IMF)to provide its technical expertise and financing to Iranian offshore marine and oil & gas projects.  


Scorpio Tankers Reports Commitment for New Loan Facility

Courtesy Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced it has received a commitment from NIBC Bank N.V. for a loan facility of up to $44 million. The loan facility, subject to customary conditions precedent and the execution of definitive documentation, will be used to refinance the existing indebtedness on two


Hapag-Lloyd Confirms USAC Merger Talks

File Image: A USAC containership underway (USAC)

Hapag-Lloyd is in talks to merge with rival United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), the German container shipping group said on Thursday, confirming an earlier report. "The parties are basing their discussions on a relative valuation of the two businesses at 72 percent (Hapag-Lloyd) and 28


BIMCO, GIIGNL issue Voyage Charter for LNG Trade

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BIMCO and the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) have today jointly issued the first definitive voyage charter party – LNGVOY - designed for the expanding LNG spot market. During the development process, BIMCO and GIIGNL consulted with the industry globally to


Cosco Pacific among Others to Bid for Greek Rail

Photo: TRAINOSE

 Tender for the Greek rail service company Trainose, steams ahead with three potential suitors, say local media.   Besides Hong Kong-listed Cosco Pacific, which is certain to participate, the tender has seen the return of Russian Railways


Transhipment NSC Ports Down 1%

Location of canal in dark blue Courtesy Wikipedia

  The seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, saw transhipment decrease in 2015 for the first time in years. The decrease amounted to 1%, with a total of 97 million tonnes in 2015 compared to 97.8 million tonnes in 2014


Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Found

Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871, including the George, Gayhead, and Concordia. This illustation originally ran in Harper’s Weekly in 1871. (Credit: Robert Schwemmer Maritime Library)

NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet's most unexplored ocean regions.   The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships


Spotlight on Custom Dredge Solutions

Photo: DSC Dredge

Louisiana-based DSC Dredge, LLC, will have its experts on hand at AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, March 22-24, 2016, in Nashville to discuss customers’ specific dredging challenges, learning their unique stories and offering DSC’s customized dredging solutions.   


Cat Financial $ 150 Mln Loan for Philly Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard which becames Philly Shipyard is a leading U.S. commercial shipyard constructing vessels for operation in the U.S. Jones Act market. Photo Philly Shipyard

  Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSINC), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, announced today that it has signed a commitment letter with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) for a USD 150 million loan facility to finance the construction of four next


SpeedCast Acquires NewCom

Global satellite communications service provider SpeedCast International Limited announced it has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of NewCom International, a satellite communications service provider specializing in the South and Central American regions


Sovcomflot Completes IT Integration Project

SCF Sovcomflot SCF BALTICA Photo SCF

  PAO Sovcomflot (“SCF Group”), Russia’s largest shipping company and a global leader in seaborne energy transportation and offshore services, announced the completion of a major IT integration project with the support of SpecTec






 
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