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Mersey Docks & Harbor Downgraded

Merrill Lynch downgraded its intermediate-term rating on Mersey Docks & Harbour Plc to "accumulate" from "buy," while keeping a long-term "acumulate" rating on the stock. "We believe MDK's attractive valuation by itself is not compelling enough to support a dramatic re-rating," Merrill analysts said in a research note. They cut their 12-month price objective on the stock to 620 pence from 665p. – (Reuters)

One More in Series for Waxler

The Helen Merrill southbound on her maiden voyage on the Ohio River at Metropolis Ill. a few miles below Paducah, Ky. with the I-24 highway bridge. (Photos courtesy Jeff L. Yates courtesy of Cummins Marine)

Waxler Transportation Co. has taken delivery of the final towboat in a series of five 99 by 35-ft, 3200 hp pushboats. The latest sister, the M/V Helen Merrill, made her maiden voyage for Secors inland transport subsidiary in mid-January 2010.   Each of the vessels has a pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 diesels individually rated for 1600 HP linked to Haley HRV Series gears providing main engine power. Electrical requirements are met by a pair of 99 kW Cummins Onan generator sets.

Maritrans Announces Insider Block Trade

Maritrans Inc. today announced the sale of securities by insiders in a block trade. Maritrans' Chairman, Stephen A. Van Dyck, and Secretary, Janice M. Van Dyck, sold a combined 81,000 shares of Maritrans Inc. common stock to Merrill Lynch at a price per share of $14.00. Stephen A. Van Dyck, Chairman of Maritrans, commented, "A substantial portion of both Janice's and my personal net worth is invested in Maritrans stock

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 21

From the Navy News Service 1800 - U.S. Marine Corps Band gives its first concert in 1883 - Installation of the first electric lighting on a U.S. Navy Ship completed on USS Trenton. 1920 - Radio station built by U.S. Navy and French government transmits first wireless message heard around the world. At the time it was the most powerful radio station in the world. 1951 - First contract for nuclear-powered submarine awarded.

BP Spill Opportunity in Disguise for Rig Builders

According to a June 14 report from Bloomberg, heightened U.S. scrutiny of offshore drilling after the BP spill, the worst in the nation’s history, may spur oil companies to replace aging rigs with new platforms made in South Korea and Singapore. Rig-makers Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and Keppel Corp. stand to benefit from drillers buying $300m-plus semi-submersible rigs. About 57% of current units are more than 20 years old, according to Merrill Lynch, the Bloomberg report said.

Diamond S Shipping Files for $100M IPO

Photo: Diamond S Shipping Group

IPO investment firm Renaissance Capital said that Diamond S Shipping Group, a provider of seaborne transportation of refined petroleum and is backed by WL Ross, filed on Tuesday with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. The Greenwich, Connecticut-based company, which was founded in 2013 and booked $178 million in sales for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol DSG

EX-IM Bank, Marad Agreement to Facilitate Shipping

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a program to provide Ex-Im Bank-guaranteed working capital loans for shipping, logistics and other companies involved in ocean freight transportation. The agreement also updates certain shipping requirements for Ex-Im Bank transactions. Under the agreement, Ex-Im Bank can provide working capital loans to export service providers

Crude Carries Pricing, Initial Public Offering

Crude Carriers Corp. announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 13,500,000 common shares at $19 per share. The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2,025,000 common shares to cover overallotments. Crude Carriers Corp. will use substantially all the proceeds from the offering, together with a $40m capital contribution from Crude Carriers Investments Corp., to acquire one 2006-built high specification Suezmax vessel from Capital Maritime & Trading

This Day in Navy History - August 20-22

August 20 1952 - In interservice air operation at Chang Pyong-ni, Korea, U.S. Navy, Marine and Air Force aircraft destroy 80 percent of assigned area. 1959 - USS Thetis Bay (LPH-6) completes 6-day humanitarian operation after floods in Taiwan. 1969 - Navy Seabees and sailors from Helicopter Training Squadron Eight (HT-8) evacuated 820 people from Pass Christian, MS after Hurricane Camille. August 21 1800 - U.S. Marine Corps Band gave its first concert in Washington, D.C.

Mariner to Supply CommandBridge to MASC

The Maritime Association of South Carolina (MASC) contracts the Mariner Group's system for its port & stakeholder securtiy & operations management. CommandBridge™ has been choses as the cornerstone of MASC's Maritime Command and Control & Situational Awareness project. MASC has been actively promoting the interests of the Port of Charleston since 1926. In 2009, in recognition of the fact that businesses throughout South Carolina use and rely on the services of the state's

Lifting of US Crude Oil Export Ban Possible within Year

  The U.S. Congress could lift the 40-year old ban on domestic crude oil exports within a year as a drop in gasoline prices and the potential return of Iranian oil to global markets makes it an easier measure for politicians to support, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said on Thursday

Ecopetrol Breaks Silence in Risk-on Day for LatAm Markets

A recovery in LatAm debt spreads opened a window for Colombia's Ecopetrol on Tuesday when it printed a US$1.5bn 11-year bond - the state-owned oil company's first debt issue in nine months. Optimism over Greek debt talks spurred risk buying on Tuesday

Oil Plunge Deepens High-yield Gloom

US crude fell to a more than six-year low this week, clouding the picture for a high-yield energy sector that already faces a significant cull when credit lines are reevaluated in autumn.   Lower-quality names, especially in exploration and production, are already struggling to stay afloat

Zim plans Wall Street IPO

Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

 Israel’s Zim Integrated Shipping Services has hired two banks to carry out its initial public offering (IPO) in the US, Bloomberg reported.   Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd has hired Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit and Barclays Plc to lead a New York IPO

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 21

USS Trenton making Sail, probably while in New York Harbor in the mid-1880s. The original print is a letterpress reproduction of a photograph by E.H. Hart, 1162 Broadway, New York City, published circa the 1880s by the Photo-Gravure Company, New York. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 21 1800 - U.S. Marine Corps Band gave its first concert in Washington, D.C. 1883 - Installation of the first electric lighting on a US Navy Ship completed on USS Trenton. 1920 - Radio station built by U.S

Transocean's Chairman Designate 2015 Named

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.: Photo frame from video

Transocean Ltd. informs that at its recent Extraordinary General Meeting Merrill A. "Pete" Miller, Jr. was nominated as a director and the Board intends to designate him as vice-chairman, with the expectation that he will succeed present chairman Ian C. Strachan in due course.

Ensco Prices $1.25-Billion Senior Notes Offering

Bank Notes: File image

UK based provider of offshore drilling services, Ensco plc, says that it has priced an underwritten offering of $1.25 billion principal amount of senior unsecured notes consisting of two series as follows: •    $625 million principal amount of 4

Ocean Rig Partners Files for IPO

  DryShips Inc. through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that Ocean Rig’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig Partners LP  filed a Registration Statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange

Investors Gamble Forest Preservation Will Pay Off in Carbon Markets

  Some private investment companies are looking to profit from preserving forests in developing countries, betting that the emissions reductions can be sold in future carbon markets. London-based Permian Global said on the sidelines of U.N

Gazprom holds First Investor Day in Asia

Investor Day in Hong Kong courtesy Gazprom

Gazprom held the 10th annual Investor Day for the first time in the Asia-Pacific Region – in Hong Kong (February 3) and Singapore (February 5). Taking part in the events were Andrey Kruglov and Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairmen of the Gazprom Management Committee; Dmitry Lyugai and

Tankers Idle at Big Stone, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery. What happened next was anything but routine

Oil Tankers Idle for Months off US, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery.   What happened next was anything but routine

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.  

Coast Guard Foundation Announces Annual 8th District Salute Honorees

     Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will honor Thomas Allegretti and the American Waterways Operators (AWO), a motor lifeboat crew from Pensacola, Florida, and an aircrew from Air Station Houston, Texas at its Annual Salute to the 8th Coast Guard District on Friday

Rejig at Pan Ocean

Image: Pan Ocean

 South Korean bulker operator Pan Ocean re-sumitted its rehabilitation plan to the South Korean court that will see discount rate of cash repayment and decision of reduction of capital.   The shipowner will see it reduce payments to creditors as it raises KRW 850bn ($785m) through a

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