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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


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


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


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


Bureau Veritas Launches Wind Farm Service Ships Guidance

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International classification society Bureau Veritas has published guidance for designers and builders of Wind Farm Service Ships. Maxime Pachot, offshore service vessel manager at Bureau Veritas, says, “Although some of the existing Offshore Service Vessel fleet can perform the tasks necessary for developing and maintaining offshore wind farms, we see an increasing need for specialist craft. These will include specialised vessels for servicing offshore wind farms


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


Gazprom to Partner Turkey to Supply Gas

Running under the Black Sea, the Blue Stream gas pipeline secures annual direct supplies of some 16 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to Turkish consumers, starting from 2003.

  Moscow hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey. The meeting addressed the issues of strategic partnership, in particular


What’s All the Noise at IMO?

Michael Bahtiarian

Shipping may think they hear the sound of new regulations as they are slammed onto their desks.  What is all the noise concerning noise at IMO?  This may very well be the question from ship owners, operators and builders closely following activities at the International Maritime


Avoiding the Edges of the Sea

As predicted by Rudyard Kipling in 1935, we have reached the point where technology has instilled a false sense of complacency in many mariners.  Technology only performs its designed tasks if properly programmed and utilized.

Mariners do best when they avoid the edges of the sea – the shoals, rocks, and other hard spots.  Coming into contact with the edges of the sea at other than a slow walking speed can ruin an otherwise pleasant voyage. Unfortunately, though


Fire Departments Choose Sea-Fire Systems

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Metalcraft Marine's Firestorm high-speed, aluminum fireboat represents a new generation in vessel technology, especially when fitted with Sea-Fire H Series engineered fire suppression systems. Recently, four fire departments selected this combination.


Migrant Rescue Draws Budget Concerns in the Mediterranean

Italian coastguard vessels rescue people on the Mediterranean (Photo: United Nations)

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has raised concerns about the implications for masters of the recent reports of the launch of the new EU Frontex operation Triton which will apparently have a reduced budget and focus on border control in place of the Italian Mare Nostrum that is


Thickness of Antarctic Sea Ice Surpass Expectations

The robot submarine ready for launch from an icebreaker offshore Antarctica.

  Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports. The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica's


MacGregor Signs Contract with Shell

MacGregor has supplied Pusnes offshore mooring systems since 1968 and is a leading provider to customers worldwide. Many types and designs of winches, fairleads and chain stoppers have been developed over the years with del

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with Shell for a Pusnes permanent mooring system. Contract value is around EUR 20 million.   "We are very happy to finalise this large contract," says Jan Martin Grindheim, Vice President


Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track

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Company Receives New Refrigerated Containers and Places Order for New Genset Equipment   Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014


China Building Island Big Enough for Airstrip

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday.   The construction has stoked concern that China may be


USCG, EPA Preparing for ECAs Enforcement

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon take action to ensure compliance with the forthcoming 0.10 percent fuel sulphur limits in the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emmission Control Areas (ECAs), the USCG’s Maritime Commons said.


HII Announces Pricing of 5% Senior Notes Due 2021

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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII) announced today that it will sell $600 million aggregate principal amount of 5% senior notes due 2021 at a price of 100% of the par value. The company said it intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes to pay the consideration for the


Dryships Achieves Refinance of 5% Convertible Notes

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  DryShips Inc. global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the following:


Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300% Since 1992

Global shipping routes crisscross the world’s oceans in this map of shipping lanes derived from a 2008 study of the human impact on marine ecosystems. (Credit: Grolltech)

Satellite data reveals major boost in shipping traffic Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased fourfold over the past 20 years, according to a strudy recently published by the American Geophysical Union which examined international ship traffic.


Petrojarl Knarr FPSO Earns AoC from PSA Norway

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Teekay’s Petrojarl Knarr FPSO has received PSA Norway’s Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC), and has now arrived the Knarr field in the North Sea. The AoC is a statement from the PSA expressing the authorities’ confidence that petroleum activity can be performed by the facility


New Collision Guidance for the Offshore Industry

Mitigating the risk of collision at sea requires an understanding of the causes. The new industry guidance issued by Lloyd’s Register aims to help make offshore operations safer for marine and energy operators. Lloyd Register’s new Guidance Notes for Collision Analysis assist owners






 
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