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Little Change in Overall Shipping Confidence

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Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8. However, expectations for the next six months dimmed falling 1.8 points to 62 for April. The monthly airfreight data is such an example. For April, the present situation increased 0.5 points to 49 whereas expectations declined 2 points to 61.3. The present situation indicates a current market in contraction due to the index figure below the 50-level. However, compared to April 2013, the present situation has improved 7 points. By lane, all lanes except U.S. to Europe, are below the 50-level but compared to the same month in 2013, much improvement has been made. Europe to Asia has improved at 8.1 points higher than 2013 followed by U.S. to Europe up 7.1 points. In fact, for the current month, the U.S. to Europe lane climbed above the 50-level for the first time since the Stifel survey begun. The airfreight expected situation declined on all trade lanes except Europe to Asia which noted a 1.2 point increase to 62. Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, has noted increases in this trade lane in particular. “We are seeing an adjustment of flows between European exports in China, for example


Bureau Veritas Polar Rules & Ice Guidance

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published new rules for Polar Class vessels and specific guidance on ice/structure interaction. The rules are aimed at speeding Arctic and Caspian Sea oil and gas development by facilitating the building of tank, cargo and offshore service vessels which can operate unsupported by icebreakers in very heavy ice. The guidance note aims to facilitate floating LNG and oil platform construction in high Arctic conditions.


Hornbeck Offshore Exchange Offer

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE:HOS) announced that it has successfully completed its offer to exchange $250m aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8% Series A Senior Notes due 2017 (CUSIPs440543 AF 3 and U44070 AC 1), which were issued in a private placement and sold in accordance with Rule 144A or Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, for an equal aggregate principal amount of its 8% Series B Senior Notes due 2017 (CUSIP 440543 AH 9)


Horizon Lines Completes Comprehensive Refinancing

New Capital Structure Provides Opportunity for Significant Deleveraging.   Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ) today announced that it has completed a comprehensive refinancing of the company's entire capital structure.  The new capital structure addresses the company's financial needs by providing adequate liquidity to fund continuing operations and the ability to achieve substantial additional debt reduction


Ship Finance Terminates Charters With Horizon

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) has agreed to terminate chartering agreements with Horizon Lines, LLC relating to five of its vessels. Ship Finance will receive as termination compensation $40 million in second lien notes issued by Horizon Lines and warrants exercisable into ten percent of the common stock of Horizon Lines, Inc. as part of the restructuring outlined below. The 2,824teu vessels were built in Korea in 2006 and 2007


GSL Prices First Priority Secured Notes

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced  that it has priced an offering of $420,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 10.000% first priority secured notes due 2019 at an issue price of 98.5% in a private placement. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, on a senior basis by Global Ship Lease Services Limited and each of the company's 17 vessel-owning subsidiaries and in the future by certain of the company's existing and future restricted


K-Sea Barge Strikes Object, Fuel Spills

AP reported that K-Sea Transportation Partners LP on Friday said one of its tank barges struck an underwater object in the middle of the night, taking in water and leaking unspecified amounts of fuel into the Gulf of Mexico. The company, which runs a fleet of about 100 oil tank barges and tug boats, said the tug boat master reported that the barge rammed an unidentified object in gulf waters. The company noted that it carries both protection and indemnity liability insurance


Manitowoc Completes Senior Subordinated Notes Redemption

The Manitowoc Company announced that it has completed the previously announced redemption of its 10.5% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2012. The call premium paid to note holders was 105.25% of the principal amount of the notes. The total cash paid was $129 million which included the call price, accrued and unpaid interest and other related costs at the time of redemption. The Bank of New York, trustee for the issue, redeemed the notes through its New York office


ACL Outlines Restructure Plan

American Commercial Lines LLC (ACL) announced that on April 15, 2002 it commenced an offer to the holders of its outstanding senior notes to exchange new 11-1/4% cash pay senior notes due January 1, 2008 and new 12% pay-in-kind senior subordinated notes due July 1, 2008 for its outstanding 10-1/4% senior notes due June 30, 2008. In connection with the exchange offer, ACL is also soliciting its noteholders to (1) become party to, and a beneficiary of, a mutual release


Courageous Chinese Crew Wins Inmarsat-sponsored Award

A cargo vessel operated by China Navigation Company helped rescue 246 people & wins a Lloyd's List Global Award sponsored by Inmarsat. The Amver Assisted Rescue at Sea Award was presented by President of Inmarsat Maritime, Frank Coles, to Captain Vimar Vidanagamage, representing the China Navigation Company, at a ceremony in London on 26 September 2012. The Chinese ship MV Kwangtung, was diverted using the Amver system to save the lives of passengers from the ferry Rabaul Queen which


Gazprom, Vietnam Boost Cooperation in Energy Sector

Production offshore Vietnam. Neptune Discoverer drilling vessel

  The Gazprom headquarters hosted a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Fam Suan Shon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Russia.


Increased Oil Storage Plays: Analysis

Reported VLCC & Suezmax Fixtures into South Africa: Image courtesy of Poten & Partners

During the last few days, various articles in the oil and shipping press have hinted at the possibility that renewed contango in the oil markets could lead to increased storage plays after several Suezmaxes were fixed for discharge in Saldanha Bay, South Africa


Scottish Independence Would Hurt Maritime Sector

Image courtesy of Moore Stephens

A vote for independence from the U.K. would have a negative effect on the Scottish shipping and offshore maritime sector, according to a survey by leading international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The survey elicited the views of leading members of the international shipping


Latest Ocean-Going Shipbuilding Orders

Welding: Photo courtesy GLG

Clarkson Hellas notes in its latest 'S&P Weekly Bulletin' shipbuilding orders placed in the dry bulk, tankship, gas carrier and containership sectors, as follows: Dry bulk carriers A couple of orders to report in dry this week with Santoku Senpaku adding further Kamsarmax to their orderbook


China Rebuffs US Pressure to Ease S. China Sea Tensions

Western Pacific: File photo

China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Sunday as Southeast Asian nations declined to overtly back Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative acts. * ASEAN communique urges self-restraint from all parties


Kara Sea Platform 'West Alpha' Starts Drilling

West Alpha: Photo courtesy of PSA Norway

The 'West Alpha' platform, owned by North Atlantic Drilling, has begun drilling the Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea as part of a joint Rosneft and ExxonMobil project, reports Russian official news agency 'Arctic-info'. Russian President Vladimir Putin


CMMI, SPNM & ICS Focus on Container Weights

the Company of Master Mariners of India, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Shipping Professionals Network-Mumbai teamed up to focus on the recent International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) initiative on container

  Three major maritime organizations, the Company of Master Mariners of India, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Shipping Professionals Network-Mumbai teamed up to focus on the recent International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) initiative on container weight verification


GLDD Report Solid Q2 2014 Dredging Sector Performance

Dredger: Image courtesy of GLDD

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and remediation services, has reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, excerpted as follows:


Drewry: Global Number of Container Ships Peaks

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The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research foresees a fall in the number of


PSVs Undergo Rapid Shipdock Antiroll Retrofit

Photo: Damen

For its recent retrofit of two antiroll tanks onto GulfMark UK’s Highland Defender and Highland Guardian, Shipdock Amsterdam said it is most proud of its rapid response and production speed, along with the ratio of 150 metric tons of steel deployed and processed relative to the


USCG Issues Interim OSV Cargo Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued an interim rule regarding regulations to mitigate the risk created by the removal of the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The regulations were effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.


Dangerous Goods Restriction in South China Outports

  In view of the forthcoming China National Day Holiday from October 1 - 7, 2014 please be informed that operation restrictions will be in place for import shipments to South China (including Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan Province).


'MV Cape Ray' Crew: Chemical Weapons Destruction Applauded

MV Cape Ray: Photo Wiki CCL

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) says it is proud to support the international effort to destroy Syrian chemical weapons and agents by providing the M/V CAPE RAY and its all-volunteer U.S. Merchant Marine crew to support this critical mission.


Navy Divers Note USS Houston Grave Site Disturbance

Wreath-laying: Photo USN

U.S. Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30)


Krill Supplies VFMMS to Island Tug and Barge

Krill Systems Inc., a producer of Vessel Fuel Measurement and Monitoring Systems (VFMMS), announced delivery, installation and successful sea trials of three more systems to Island Tug and Barge Ltd. of Richmond B.C. Canada. The newly fitted vessels, Island Scout, Island Brave and Cindy Mozel






 
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