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THE BIG M CASINO

Riverboat Casino Ratings Bouyed by Regulations, Demand, Moody's Says

The operators of many of the riverboat casinos along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers are likely to enjoy smooth sailing as growing demand, limited new supply, and relaxed regulations support stronger operating results and possibly rating upgrades, Moody's Investors Service reports. The rating agency also cautions, however, looser gaming restrictions in one jurisdiction or the strengthening of one casino's position through the addition of new amenities could put pressure on neighboring operations. "Overall, our rating outlook is positive and we expect more upgrades than downgrades of companies in this industry over the next 6-18 months," says Moody's VP/Senior Analyst Todd Gray. "But at the same time, the rising tide for the sector as a whole will not lift all the riverboat operators." Specifically, the analyst says among the companies in line for a potential rating upgrade or positive outlook change are Hollywood Casino Corporation (B3), Hollywood Park (Ba3), Horseshoe Gaming (Ba3), Lady Luck Gaming (B2), Hollywood Casino Shreveport (B3), Players International (Ba3), and Station Casinos (Ba2). Companies more likely to experience either a rating downgrade or a negative outlook change include Alliance Gaming (B2), Majestic Star (B2), Mirage Resorts (Baa2), and President Casinos (Caa1). The analyst points out that many of these companies also operate land-based casinos


Goa’s Casino Royale at Three Years

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In 2011 Goa’s most elaborate floating casino will celebrate three years of successful operation on the Indian province’s Mandovi River. The M/V Casino Royale was designed by AMC Marcon of Mumbai and her builder Water Ways Shipyard with the lines of a small cruise ship. The ship has capacity for up to 400 passengers, 35 operational crew and seven professional mariners. The Casino Royale is out-fitted to meet international safety standards for a passenger vessel


Floating Casino Follows Industry's Upscale Trend

As the casino riverboat industry celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, there's little resemblance between the first reproduction 1890s paddlewheelers that a decade ago plied the upper Mississippi River in Iowa and today's luxurious floating casino resort complexes with their plethora of amenities. Pinnacle Entertainment's $200 million Belterra Casino Resort in Belterra, Ind., which opened last Oct. 27, epitomizes this trend


Possible Support for Riverboat Gaming

Illinois Gov. George Ryan signaled he may be willing to support the transfer of a dormant riverboat gaming license to Cook County, despite campaigning against the idea last year. While not explicitly endorsing a specific casino site, he acknowledged without the crucial support of legislators who want riverboat gaming in the county, no gambling package could move forward in the Illinois General Assembly. Cook County is the only Illinois county prohibited by law from having a riverboat casino


Ruling on Permanently Moored Dockside Casino

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that, for purposes of the Jones Act, a permanently moored dockside casino is not a vessel in navigation and its employees are not seamen entitled to protection under the Act. In the instant case, the casino vessel was documented and inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard, but only got underway once each year for engine and maneuvering tests. The court held that the vessel was not engaged in the transportation of passengers or cargo and was


LEEVAC Wins $40M Casino Boat Contract

Leevac Industries, LLC of Jennings, La., won a $40 million contract from PNK (Lake Charles), LLC for the construction of a 330 x 225 x 13-ft. (100.5 x 68.5 x 3.9 m) Paddlewheel Casino Vessel. Lay, Pittman and Associates, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., are the naval architects. The casino vessel will hold more than 1,500 slot machines and 60 table games and will be moored in Lake Charles, La. This vessel will be the largest riverboat casino built in the State of Louisiana.


Aker Yards and Tallink Sign Contract for Ferry

The Option Agreement Aker Yards and Tallink had for a large cruise ferry was today confirmed as a firm contract worth approx. 165 million euro. The vessel to be delivered in summer 2008 from Aker Yards shipyard in Helsinki will be a sister ship to MS Galaxy launched at the yard in Rauma early this month. The contract means 1,700 man years of work to the yard. In addition to the new order there are two other vessels for Tallink in Aker Yards' orderbook, i.e


R&R Begins Building Modules for Harrah's

R&R Marine Fabrication and Drydock has begun construction of two specialty hull modules for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. at its Port Arthur, Texas facility. The modules will form the base of Harrah's renovation and expansion of its Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. The keel for the first hull module was laid on August 8, 2006. When completed, each module will measure 276 x 102 ft. and 22 ft. deep, weighing approximately 1,700 tons


Conrad Adds to Backlog

Conrad Industries, Inc. won contracts totaling $13.5 million to build two 300 x 60 x 24-ft. 35,000 Barrel Double Hulled Oil Tank Barges for Penn Maritime, Inc., and to repair, renovate and perform hull modifications to a riverboat casino to be operated in Mississippi. Johnny Conrad, Conrad’s President and CEO said, "We are excited to announce the signing of these contracts with these new customers and the fact that these jobs further create the opportunity to utilize our


Harrah’s Gets New Barge Mounted Casino

Harrah’s recently opened a new barge mounted casino at their Joilet, Illinois property on the Des Plaines River near Chicago. The building on a barge replaces two USCG certified vessels that have been at the facility since 1993, the M/V Northern Star, a cruise-ship type vessel, and M/C Southern Star, a sternwheeler. The barges for the new facility were designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc. Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida. DeJong & Lebet, Inc


Deepak Shetty, Jt DG Shipping, addresses WISTA India at AGM

The Chief Guest Deepak Shetty, Dy Director General of Shipping being felicitated

  WISTA India conducted its second AGM on the 19th of September 2014, at the conference hall of the Narottam Morarjee Institute in Mumbai. The AGM was attended by 23 members of WISTA, and was presided over by WISTA India President, Ms Sanjam Sahi Gupta and the members of the Executive


Cummins Auxiliaries for New Offshore Vessel

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Reliable auxiliary power is as important to a modern offshore vessel as are the main propulsion engines. Ample and reliable electrical power is essential to the basic support systems from the galley appliances to the wheelhouse navigational devices. The Ms


Neves Contends Drives Bullish Bets on Brazil Companies

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U.S. options market bulls rushed to some of the biggest Brazilian companies on Monday, a day after pro-business Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves' surprisingly strong showing in the first-round election vote. Brazilian financial markets rallied after the centrist senator's strong


First Indian Elected on WISTA Board

Indian Contingent at WISTA International

  At the 34th WISTA International AGM & Conference held in Limassol, Cyprus, Sanjam Sahi Gupta, President of WISTA India was elected to the board of WISTA International.She is the first Indian lady and the youngest to be on the board.


Fleet Pro to Manage Haimark Cruise Ship

MS Sea Voyager (now MS Saint Laurent): Photo FleetPro:

FleetPro says it will manage the technical and hotel operational services of Haimark Line's newly acquired MS Saint Laurent” from May 3rd, 2015. Haimark Line, with offices in Denver, Chicago and Berlin will launch the highly popular Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaway Cruises with the


Holland America Line’s 2 vessels Hit Perfect Scores

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  Holland America Line’s ms Statendam and ms Westerdam achieved perfect scores of 100 on recent routine United States Public Health inspections conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The unannounced inspection for ms Statendam was held June 17, 2014


South Africa Wants to Resume Iran Oil Imports

South Africa wants to resume oil imports from Iran, once its biggest supplier, and hopes to resolve "sanction issues" that have blocked purchases within the next three months, its deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday. South Africa bought around 68


CMA CGM Enters Agreements with CSCL, UASC

The CMA CGM Group announced the signature of three major agreements on the biggest worldwide maritime trades with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). Under the name of Ocean Three, the agreements; which include a combination of vessel sharings


Newest Sub-chapter of WISTA Inaugurated in Kochi

Ms Miriam Mathews (Treasurer, WISTA India), Mr Prakash Iyer (President of Cochin Steamer Agents Association) and Mr Umesh Grover (CEO of Indian National Ship owner’s Association (INSA))

The newst sub–chapter of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association – was inaugurated in Kochi on the 29th of August 2014, making it the fifth chapter in the country. The sub-chapter was launched as a part of the 2nd Hotel


Holland America Line Offers Diverse Options in Premium Cruising

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Travelers looking for an intimate, mid-sized cruise experience in the Caribbean have 126 itineraries to choose from during Holland America Line’s 2014-15 Caribbean season. Featuring nine of the line’s vessels sailing roundtrip from either Fort Lauderdale or Tampa, Fla


IGCC System for Tokyo Electric Power

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  A consortium led by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has received an order from Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO) for design work for a large-scale integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) system to be adopted for a project to create the world's most


Holland America Line's New Ship is ms Koningsdam

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE PINNACLE CLASS SHIP

  Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam. While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an


SBM Offshore Announces Thunder Hawk Tiebacks

  SBM Offshore is pleased to announce it has signed a Production Handling Agreement (PHA) with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft (TM) Semi located in 6,060 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).


Vessel Discharge Legislation Awaits Congressional Nod

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  The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the House introduction of critical vessel discharge legislation yesterday, praising the leadership of sponsors Duncan Hunter (R-CA)


Australian Watchdog NOPSEMA Gets new CEO

APPEA Welcomes Appointment of New NOPSEMA CEO

Australia’s oil and gas industry welcomes the appointment of Stuart Smith as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). APPEA Chief Executive David Byers said: “Mr Smith brings to the position a strong






 
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