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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


Signet Closes $209m Financing Facility

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, through its Energy and Marine and Capital Markets Groups, acting in the capacity of lead arranger, closed a $209 million financing facility today for Signet Maritime Corporation, a global marine transportation company based in Houston. The new facility refinances Signet’s existing bank debt and provides acquisition financing for the purchase of Harvey Gulf International Marine’s ocean towing vessel (OTV) fleet, which includes eight OTVs


CAG Finance New SF Bay Tugboat

Baydelta tug at work: Photo courtesy of the owners

Capital Access Group (CAG) says that its $10.4 Million 504 Loan has enabled the acquisition of  a powerful, 85-ton tractor tugboat for San Francisco Bay – Baydelta Maritime's 'Delta Audrey'. Capital Access Group is a commercial real estate lender specializing in U.S. Small Business Administration 504 financing for growing businesses. CAG explain that the Delta Audrey features the most modern design, engines, and equipment to increase safety


General Dynamics Tests U.S. Navy UUVs

Photo: General Dynamics

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


SMM Finance Forum: ‘Banks are Lending Again’

Dr. Carsten Wiebers

For Dr. Carsten Wiebers, Global Head of Maritime Industries at KfW IPEX-Bank, and member of the SMM Advisory Board, innovative financing solutions are key to Europe's continued international competitiveness in maritime high technology. On September 8, 2014, or SMM Finance Day, the SMM Ship Finance Forum will be held for the second time in conjunction with international maritime trade fair SMM. The forum, which will answer questions revolving around financing solutions for global


Clark Managing Director, BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys

Photo courtesy Emmett & Smith Ltd

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


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]


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


Post-Brexit Exclusion From EU Ports Plan Could Help British Terminals

British ports could gain a competitive edge in tough shipping markets through post-Brexit exclusion from planned European Union regulation of the sector, leading British port officials told Reuters.   Last month's vote to leave the EU means that British terminals are set to escape the


Offen Group Deploys DNV GL Energy Efficiency Training

(From left to right): André Grabow (DNV GL), Madeleine Engelhardt, Dietmar Thiem, Nicole Ritter (all CPO Container), Jens-C. Ketels (CPO Crewing), Alisa Ban-Rodić (DNV GL), Björn-Hendrik Salecker (CPO Tanker and Bulker). Photo: DNV GL

The three shipping companies of the Offen Group, CPO Container, CPO Tanker and CPO Bulker, have decided to implement DNV GL’s e-learning course “Energy Efficiency on Board” across their entire fleet.  The E-learning tool, developed by DNV GL’s Maritime Academy


Blohm+Voss Strengthens Team

Jean-Gabriel Tridon (Photo: Blohm+Voss)

Blohm+Voss has appointed Jean-Gabriel Tridon as General Manager and Dieter Pladeck as Finance Director for its new maintenance and refit facility in La Ciotat in the south of France.   The company has filled the two management positions only two weeks after winning the local tender of La


PALFINGER Makes Takeover Bid for TTS

The takeover bid made by the PALFINGER Group for the Norwegian ship equipment supplier TTS Group ASA, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, was approved and published this morning by the Oslo Stock Exchange following a detailed review. PALFINGER aims to acquire 100 percent of the TTS shares


ICTSI Australia Secures AUD398 Mln Loan

Photo Courtesy ICTSI Australia unit

On July 15, 2016, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) signed a syndicated loan facility worth AUD 398 million (approximately USD 300 million) with seven leading global financial institutions, namely: Citibank N.A., KFW IPEX-Bank


WFW Advises Teekay on Major Financing Initiatives

LNG Ship Docked Watson Farley & Williams

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams LLP (“WFW”) advised long-standing client Teekay on the successful completion of financing initiatives for Teekay Corporation and Teekay Offshore Partners LLP (“TOO”).


EU Ship Recycling on the Radar

(Source: IGP&I) Image: Gard

 The European Union Ship Recycling Regulation has been effective since 2013 and applies to all ships entering ports and terminals of EU Member States.    While it is consistent with the broad objectives established in the International Maritime Organisation’s Hong Kong


Ardent and Ardentia Join Forces

In August 2015, Ardent and Ardentia performed a deep sea oil removal by means of deploying subsea recovery domes and oil receiving tanks operated by remote operated vehicles (ROV) from a diving support vessel. (Photo: Ardent)

The Iberian connection: Ardent and Ardentia join forces   Global maritime services firm, Ardent, and Ardentia Marine Group, a Spanish salvage, engineering and commercial diving company, have formally partnered for future operations following the signing of a cooperation agreement in June


OEM Bags £1m Go Marine Fleet Deal

Barry Park was recently awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year at the Elevator Awards 2016. Photo OEM

OEM Group has secured a two-year contract worth up to £1 million with Go Marine to deliver engine support services to its fleet of vessels operating across the world for the oil and gas industry.   Under the global technical support and services agreement


Interest in RBS Greek Shipping Unit Cools after Brexit Vote

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing setbacks over a proposed sale of its Greek ship finance business, with potential suitors backing off, partly because of the British vote to leave the European Union, sources told Reuters.   Britain's June 23 vote has raised the risk of recession and earnings


Pipelay, Construction Work Completed for Chevron in Nigeria

(Photo: Sea Trucks Group)

A pipelay and construction campaign for the Sonam Field Development Project for Chevron Nigeria Ltd. has been successfully completed, announced Sea Trucks Group.   The contract for the project was awarded to West African Ventures Ltd, Sea Trucks’ principle Nigerian business in June


Interest in RBS' Greek Shipping Unit Cools Post-Brexit Vote

The Royal Bank of Scotland is facing setbacks over a proposed sale of its Greek ship finance business, with potential suitors backing off, partly due to the British vote to leave the European Union, sources told Reuters.   Britain's June 23 vote has raised the risk of recession and earnings


Malaysian Yard in Troubled Waters

Pic: THHeavy Engineering Berhad

 Malaysian shipyard TH Heavy Engineering (THHE) has been served with three winding-up petitions over an alleged debt of around $9.52million in total, for the supply of equipment and work done on the Layang floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.  


TORM Secures Financing for LR2 Newbuilds

TORM said it has entered into a financing agreement for the four LR2 newbuildings to be delivered in 2017 and 2018. The vessels are all in the LR2 class, i.e. of a size of approximately 114,000 dwt.   The financing agreement for an amount of up to $115 million has been concluded with The


Shipping Sentiment at All-time Low on Trade Slowdown, Brexit Risk

File photo: Ferdinand Harts

Global shipping confidence is at an all-time low as fears of a global recession and Britain's vote to leave the EU pile pressure on parts of the industry already suffering from its worst downturn, a leading transport survey showed on Wednesday.  






 
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