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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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Grandunion Signs LOI for Aries

Grandunion, Inc., a company controlled by Michael Zolotas and Nicholas Fistes, announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with Aries Maritime Transport Limited (NASDAQ:RAMS) that contemplates, among other things, the acquisition of three Capesize drybulk carriers with an approximate net asset value of $36m in exchange for 15,977,778 newly issued shares of Aries, and a change of control of the company's Board of Directors.

Sino-Global to Acquire Tanker


  Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. a shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company, today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the "MOU"), between the Company and Rong Yao International Shipping Limited, a Hong Kong corporation (the "Vessel Seller") pursuant to which the Company has agreed to acquire a small oil/chemical tanker (the "Vessel") from the Vessel Seller.

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.    

Adani Ports, L&T Ink Pact for Kattupalli Port Operations

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 Adani Ports  has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with L&T Shipbuilding Limited (L&T) for evaluating the operations of the port at Kattupalli, Tamil Nadu, with effect from October 1, 2015 for a period of one month.  

Tideland Signal Corporation Acquires IMT

MATT SCHEUING Courtesy Tideland

  Tideland Signal Corporation today entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the IMT B.V. Group of Companies (“IMT”). IMT is well known for developing innovative lighting, navigation and signalization products and systems with clients ranging from offshore to marine

NOL in Acquisition Talks with CMA CGM, Maersk

Photo: Neptune Orient Lines Ltd

 Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL)  has officially confirmed that it is a takeover target of two separate companies: French shipping company CMA CGM and Danish conglomerate AP Moeller-Maersk.    As per a report in the Business Times

CMA CGM in Talks to Buy NOL

Courtesy CMA CGM

  CMA CGM confirms that it has entered into exclusive discussions with Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) and Lentor Investments Pte. Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited), its controlling shareholder, with respect to a potential combination with NOL

Baltic Trading Reports Loss

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 Baltic Trading Limited, a Marshall Islands company formed by Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, reported a loss of $42.4 million in its first quarter.   The New York-based shipping company focused on the drybulk industry spot market said it had a loss of 75 cents per share

General Maritime, Navig8 Crude Complete Merger

General Maritime Corporation and Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc. complete merger to create large owner of modern eco VLCCs General Maritime Corporation and Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc. have completed a merger to create Gener8 Maritime, Inc., a U.S

Genco Shipping Baltic Trading Merger - Voting Next Month

Pic: Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

 Genco Shipping & Trading Limited and Baltic Trading Limited have declared July 17 the date for an annual meeting of the two companies, where shareholders will vote on their proposed merger.   Genco will acquire NYSE-listed Baltic Trading in a stock-for-stock transaction

TGS to Acquire Polarcus' Multi-Client Library

Photo: Polarcus Limited

 Polarcus Limited has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company for the sale of its multi-client projects in Northwest Europe and West Africa in return for a cash consideration of US$27.5 million and future revenue share on library late sales.  

Polarcus Divests from Select Projects in Europe, Africa

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Polarcus Limited announced it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA (TGS) for the sale of its multi-client projects in Northwest Europe and West Africa (MC Projects) in return for a cash consideration of $27

ILO Wants Lasting Solution to Migrant, Refugee Crisis

Migrants & Refugees issues need a durable solution

  The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has called for a definitive and durable solution for the thousands of migrant workers who risk their lives in a search of a decent future. “Stopgap measures to halt the flows of migrants only scratch

Kinder Morgan Buys Four Newbuilding Resales

Photo Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Kinder Morgan, Inc. is expanding its growing fleet of Jones Act product tankers having signed a definitive agreement valued at an all-in price of $568 million with Philly Tankers LLC to take assignment of contracts for the construction of four, new 50,000-deadweight-ton

Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility.   Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser

China Exim Bank Backs Seaspan

Image: Seaspan Corporation

 Seaspan Corporation has lined-up a $1bn worth of export credit facilities with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM).   Seaspan has signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for a total of up to $1 billion in export credit facilities.

Aker to Sell Product Tanker JV Interest

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has entered into definitive agreements with a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for the buy-out of APSI's interest in its joint venture with

WSS Acquires TIMM AS

Bjørge Grimholt WSS President

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TIMM AS. “The Timm acquisition reinforces our position as a global player within marine products,” says Bjørge Grimholt, President at Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).

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