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Horizon Offshore Completes Refinancing

Horizon Offshore, Inc. has entered into a $77.4 million secured term facility agented by The CIT Group/Equipment Financing, Inc. The credit facility has a five year term and bears interest at LIBOR plus 4.5% per annum. The credit facility is payable in monthly installments of $0.9 million, plus interest, for the first 24 months beginning March 31, 2006 and $0.6 million, plus interest, for the next 35 months, with the remaining principal and unpaid interest due at maturity in March 2011. The proceeds from the facility were used to repay the outstanding amount under the Company's previous CIT Group facility maturing in March 2006 and outstanding amount under the $70 million senior secured term loan facility agented by Manchester Securities Corp. maturing in March 2007 and related closing costs and fees. Amounts outstanding under the new secured term loan facility are secured by mortgages on most of Horizon's vessels and contains covenants, events of default and cross-default provisions customary in financings of this type.


E-commerce Briefs

Autoship Goes Dot.Com Autoship Systems, per its partnership with Stargate, an ISP/ASP provider, has developed jointly a web site whereby their loading planning software, LPS, can be used remotely. Utilizing thin client technology, Autoship can now enable internationally located clients to work with LPS without actually implementing the software on their personal computers. Remote access through the Internet allows users to run deploy LPS using any available computer with Internet


Joe Pitch Joins Marine-Finance.Com

Marine-Finance.Com announced that Joe Pitch has signed on as Managing Director for Marine-Finance.Com LLC. Pitch joins former CitiCapital Commercial Marine Finance colleague Robert Girard, SVP, who, along with CEO Richard Paine, constituted the core of the CitiBank- affiliated marine group. Pitch is a 30-year veteran of the equipment leasing/finance industry he has financed more than $1b in equipment. Based in Dallas, Texas


Clark Managing Director, BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys

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BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced the appointment of Nigel Clark as Managing Director with former Managing Director Dr. Phil Thompson taking on the role of non-executive Chairman. Clark has been with the company since September 2009 having joined as Finance Director. He has a background in the marine and offshore sectors having held senior positions within a


Phil Cowan Returns to Moore Stephens

Phil Cowan, Head of Corporate Finance

Corporate finance specialist Phil Cowan has returned to shipping accountant and consultant Moore Stephens as Head of Corporate Finance. Formerly Group CFO of V.Group Limited and Chairman of V.Ships Capital, Cowan has first-hand experience of ship management, marine services, shipbroking and ship finance, and represented shipowners and investors in a number of shipping asset investments, structuring equity and debt finance. He was responsible for a number of V


General Dynamics Tests U.S. Navy UUVs

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, completed the comprehensive risk reduction program for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) program. Designed to discover any potential systems defect early on in the program’s development phase, the configuration item test (CIT) successfully verified key components within the UUV system including the hardware architecture and critical areas of


LR Selects New Finance Director

Lloyd's Register (LR) has appointed Robert Biddle as group financial director, effective November 1. Biddle succeeds Christopher Gomm, who recently retired and will become a member of LR's board at the General Committee meeting in December. Biddle previously served as finance director of Eurotherm Plc, the industrial electronics group, for 10 years.


Credit Suisse to Grow Vietnamese Shipbuilding Funds

Financial services company Credit Suisse Group said it has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop additional financing of up to $1b and provide services for Vietnam's shipbuilding industry. Credit Suisse has arranged $600m in loans for the country's state-owned shipbuilding group, Vinashin, so far this year through an existing financing agreement. Credit Suisse shares rose 49 cents to $66.46 in afternoon trading. [Source: Associated Press]


Michel Sirat Appointed CFO of CMA CGM Group

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CMA CGM Group has appointed Michel Sirat to the position of Group Chief Financial Officer. With degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, the Ecole Centrale of Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Sirat began his career at the French Treasury Department, followed by a posting at the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C. After eleven years at the French Ministry of Finance


Petrobas Signs for US$1.5-Billion Japanese Bank LOC

The lines of credit are for Petrobras to purchase equipment & services from Japanese companies in Brazil & abroad, based on an earlier MOU that established a strategic partnership between JBIC and Petrobras.
 Petrobras has signed two financing programs with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation - JBIC for the offer of two lines of credit amounting to US$ 1.5 billion. Mizuho Bank, Ltd. is the agent bank for these programs and the lines of credit will be 60% financed by JBIC and


Hints Of Possible Deal On Ukraine Gas Emerge At G20

 Behind statements that Russia will not budge in demanding Ukraine repay its debts for its natural gas deliveries, hints    emerged at a meeting of G20 finance chiefs this week that a deal in which Moscow eases its stance might be in the works.  


OGX lands $73 Mln loan

 Bankrupt Brazilian oil company Óleo and Gás Participações SA, formerly known as OGX, has obtained a $73.2 million loan to finance exports and related costs, the company said on Tuesday in a securities filing.


Shippers Turn to Equity Markets as Sector Eyes Recovery

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Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009


Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

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Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009


U.S. Maritime Advisory Panel Names 10 New Members

Official portrait of Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations


Pre-production Inspection Aboard First of its Kind FPSO

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This week a team of BSEE engineers and inspectors conducted a safety inspection of the first FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel designed and built for containment use in the Gulf of Mexico. The pre-production inspection is one of the necessary steps to clear the Eagle Texas


Rolls-Royce to Open Brazilian Offshore Facility

Rolls-Royce and U.K. Chancellor George Osborne announced today that the Group will further invest in Rio de Janeiro State to better support customers in the rapidly expanding offshore oil and gas industry. A new £22 million marine facility in Duque de Caxias will be used to assemble and test


BV Strengthens Vehicle Inspections in U.S.

 Bureau Veritas has just completed the acquisition of Quiktrak Inc., an American company specializing in vehicle and agricultural machinery stock audit.   Founded in 1991 and headquartered near Portland, Oregon, Quiktrak provides field inspections and inventory auditing services for


Songa Offshore expects to secure financing for remaining rigs

Norwegian oil driller Songa Offshore is confident it can raise the debt it needs in order to pay for the last two rig newbuilds it has ordered, Chief Executive Bjoernar Iversen told Reuters on Tuesday. The two units have a combined price of just over $1


Golden Energy Offshore Selects Ulstein PSVs

The vessels for Golden Energy Offshore are modern, high-spec, medium-sized PSVs based on the proven PX121 design. They have excellent station keeping capabilities, very low fuel consumption and enhanced environment profile. (Ship illustration courtesy of Ulstein)

Golden Energy Offshore has entered into a shipbuilding contract with Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments Co., Ltd. (ROC) in China for the construction of two Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) of the PX121H design from Ulstein, with the option to build two more vessels of the same


NewLead to Acquire Two Panamax Dry Bulk Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd announced today that it has previously signed a term sheet with a leading financial institution to provide 75% debt financing for two second-hand Panamax vessels for a total of $35 million. The two vessels are expected to be delivered to NewLead's fleet within the next three


Navios Logistics Offers Cash Tender, Consent Solicitation

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Navios South American Logistics Inc. announced today that it and Navios Logistics Finance (U.S.) Inc., its wholly-owned finance subsidiary, have commenced a cash tender offer for any and all of their outstanding 9 1/4% senior notes due 2019 and a consent solicitation to eliminate or modify most of


IHC Merwede Reveals Healthy Orderbook

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IHC Merwede successfully increased its orderbook in 2013 across the main sectors of its business: offshore and dredging. The company received almost € 1.8 billion worth of new orders in the past year. At the end of 2013, the order book was valued at over € 1


Golden Energy Offshore orders 2 PSVs

PX 121H design PSVs

 Golden Energy Offshore has entered into a shipbuilding contract with NANTONG RAINBOW OFFSHORE & ENGINEERING EQUIPMENTS CO.,LTD (ROC) in China for the construction of two PX121H Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) from ULSTEIN, with the option to build two more vessels of the same design


Private Equity Boosts Liberia Shipping Market

Scott Bergeron

The Liberian Registry says the entry of private equity funding into the ship finance market is helping to sustain its continued growth. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian registry, said


 
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