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Aker Solutions Report Solid, Not Spectacular Financial Progress

Aker Solutions ASA release fourth quarter and preliminary annual results 2012. Aker Solutions reported revenues of NOK 12.0 billion and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of NOK 1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. Based on the preliminary annual results, which show revenues of NOK 44.9 billion and EBITDA of NOK 4.7 billion, the Board of Directors proposes to pay a dividend of NOK 4.00 per share. "The performance in the fourth quarter can be described as solid, rather than spectacular. The first full year of operation since the restructuring of Aker Solutions has generated strong results, mainly due to favourable development in the larger business areas like Subsea, Drilling Technologies, MMO and Engineering. Year-on-year group revenues increased 25 per cent and, when non-recurring items are excluded, the EBITDA margin improved by 2.4 percentage points compared with 2011. To put it succinctly, Aker Solutions develops and grows according to our five-year strategic plan", says Øyvind Eriksen, executive chairman of Aker Solutions. Fourth quarter consolidated revenues amounted to NOK 12 034 million, an increase of 4 per cent compared with the corresponding quarter in 2011. EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2012 rose 16.5 per cent to NOK 1 220 million. The figures include non-recurring items of NOK 160 million from the sale of real estate.


Australian Tugboat Crewing Dispute Escalates

Australian towage operators threatened by foreign competition were at standstill with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) last Tuesday as a dispute over tug boat manning levels escalated. "Increasingly we are seeing overseas towage companies tendering for towage contracts in our ports," said Adsteam Marine Ltd. CEO Clay Frederick, noting that comparable offshore ports operated with mostly three man crews. "I don't think our customers are going to cop the fact that we are there with four men


Nakilat Seeks $2.5b for Tankers

Qatar Gas Transportation (Nakilat) is considering tapping the Islamic finance market as part of plans to raise $2.5b early next year to pay for tankers, Reuters said. The company has ordered 54 tankers to cope with growing global demand for its gas. Nakilat considered borrowing in accordance Islamic law when it raised $4.3 billion in December but decided instead to use a mix of conventional bonds, loans and export credits.


Royal Caribbean Cruises Implements Fuel Supplement

In an effort to deal with the sharp increase in fuel prices, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced the implementation of a fuel supplement of $5 per guest per day for sailings that depart on or after February 1, 2008. The company has taken measures to soften the impact of this decision. For example, the company will not apply the supplement on any bookings where the guest has already paid the full cost of the cruise


Aker Solutions Reports 4Q 2011 Results

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Aker Solutions ASA: Fourth quarter and preliminary annual results 2011. Aker Solutions reported an 18 percent increase in revenues and a solid operating result in the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting strong market conditions and high activity in the oil and gas industry.   Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011 amounted to NOK 11 600 million, compared with NOK 9 794 million in the same period one year ago


Greek Shipowners Hit by Tax Changes

Greek shipowners must now pay tonnage tax on ships operating under flags other than the Greek flag which are managed by companies based in Greece, or offshore companies which have a branch in Greece, operating under Law 89 of the Greek constitution. Michael Kotsapas, a partner with the Moore Stephens shipping team, said, “This new requirement to pay tonnage tax, effective from January 1, 2013, mirrors that which is already in existence for the Greek-flag merchant fleet


Washington State Collects Civil Penalty for Spill

The Washington State Department of Ecology has negotiated an agreement by which Unix Line Private Ltd. of Singapore will pay $34,000 for negligently releasing 50 gallons of oily waste into Commencement Bay from the chemical tanker KAEDA. The company will also pay $5,194 for investigation and cleanup costs for the spill, which occurred on October 22, 2002.


OSI to Acquire Technology Supplier

Offshore Systems International has entered into a formal agreement to acquire a United States-based defense contracting company. The purchase price will be $9 million, of which approximately $8.1 million will be paid in cash, with the balance to be paid by the issuance of 1,067,975 OSI common shares. OSI first announced a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the target company on July 11, 2005. The target company reported revenues of approximately $12 million


Royal Caribbean Raises Dividend

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. directors raised the quarterly dividend to $0.13 per share from the $.011 paid previously. The company said the dividend will be paid Sept. 29 to shareholders of record Sept. 18 and noted this is the 28th consecutive quarter directors have voted to declare a dividend to common stock shareholders.


Court: Japan's Mitsui Paid to Release Ship

A MOL Handymax bulker, Zebra Wind. Photo: MOL.com

China Supreme Court says Mitsui pays about $29 mln; Ship released about 0030 GMT Thursday. Ship was seized over dispute dating back to 1930s. Advisor to plaintiffs says will likely demand more money. Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release of a ship seized by China over a dispute that dates back to the 1930s war between the countries, China's Supreme Court said on Thursday. The Chinese government has described the case as a simple business dispute unrelated


INTERTANKO Launches ECA Bunker Surcharge Clauses

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INTERTANKO’s documentary committee has launched bunker surcharge clauses for Emission Control Areas (ECA).   Rising bunker prices due to rising oil prices and volatility in global politics can have a dramatic effect on trade as they fluctuate not just day to day, but also port to port


Port of Amsterdam to Reward Green Barges

The cleaner the vessels, the larger the discount on Inland Harbour Dues. Port of Amsterdam will be joining the Green Award program for inland barges on January 1, 2015, making it the first port to reward vessels based on their Green Award level


DP World: Shareholders Back EZW buy, London Delisting

Shareholders of DP World have approved buying Economic Zones World from its majority shareholder and also backed the port operator's delisting from the London Stock Exchange, the Dubai-based company said on Thursday. The assent was granted at a meeting on Thursday


Port Workers in Argentine Grain Hub End Strike

Port workers in part of the Argentine grains hub of Rosario lifted a work stoppage on Friday, only a day after they went on strike over demands for higher year-end bonuses, a union official said.   The strike briefly halted activity at the ports of Timbues, San Martin and San Lorenzo


Concern Over Wages Despite Positive MLC Enforcement

Thomas Brown, managing director of Seacurus

Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus says that overall confidence in the successful implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) should not conceal the fact that there is continuing concern over the risk of abandonment and the timely payment of crew wages.


Kenyan Wind Project Wins Financing

Kenya's delayed Lake Turkana Wind Power project is expected to start generating power by 2017 after the African Development Bank backed financing to build a transmission line to connect it to the national grid, the project's director said.


WSS Warning to Ship Owners: Beware of New Refrigerant Regs

Svenn Jacobsen

Ship owners are facing a number of regulatory gauntlet in coming years regarding emissions and ballast water treatment systems. But ship owners with EU-flagged vessels who incur unnecessary operating costs need to ensure that their onboard refrigeration units are leak-tight


Egypt to Tender for Second LNG Terminal

Egypt will launch a tender for a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the coming weeks, which could help address the country's ongoing energy crisis, a source at the state gas board said on Tuesday. High consumption, along with foreign firms' reluctance to invest in the sector


Diana Enters Time Charter Contract with Clearlake

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Diana Shipping Inc., through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a time charter  contract with Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, a member of the  Gunvor Group, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v New  York.


First Dividend from Nordex Likely

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  German wind turbine maker Nordex is mulling paying a dividend for the first time since listing on the stock exchange as part of efforts to create a long-term investor base, its chief financial officer told a German newspaper. "We will think about it but I cannot already today


Investors Gamble Forest Preservation Will Pay Off in Carbon Markets

  Some private investment companies are looking to profit from preserving forests in developing countries, betting that the emissions reductions can be sold in future carbon markets. London-based Permian Global said on the sidelines of U.N


Fishermen Convicted of Improperly Harvesting Seals

Duncan Sharpe of Gander, Kevin Blackler of St. John’s, and Richard Worthman of Heart’s Delight were convicted for improperly harvesting seals in accordance with humane harvesting requirements under the Canadian federal Fisheries Act.    


Zargon Cash Dividend for December 2014

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  Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. confirms that the monthly cash dividend for the month of December in the amount of Cdn. $0.06 per common share will be paid on January 15, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2014. Unless otherwise indicated


US Jury Rules in Favor of Apache Corp.

Apache Corp was not in breach of contract in a lawsuit brought by Houston-based oil and gas producer W&T Offshore Inc in 2011, a federal jury found on Monday, according to a court filing. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has accepted the jury verdict and W&T


DBR Enters Turkish Market with Genset Delivery

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DBR has successfully delivered four identical generator sets to Istanbul Shipyard. The generator sets will be installed on four vessels that the yard is constructing with an eye to delivery in 2015. “This is a groundbreaking contract for us as this is our first time we have worked with a






 
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