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Tsai Joins DnB NOR Asia in Singapore

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Teddy Tsai, an Asia shipping and transport sector analyst with more than ten years’ expertise in investment research, has joined DnB NOR Asia at the bank’s regional headquarters in Singapore. Tsai has been appointed Deputy Head of Research in Asia and comes to the bank from his role as Head of Research at CLSA Capital Partners, in Hong Kong, where he worked as part of the investment team, developing overviews of the sectors including offshore supply, product tankers, dry bulk and container shipping. He was also involved in producing the fund’s business plan and in investment activities including due diligence, pre-investment evaluation, and negotiations. Previously, Mr Tsai held the position of Vice President – Asia Pacific Transportation Research (Shipping) at Merrill Lynch, from 2003-2008, where he was responsible for equity research covering shipping stocks in Asia. As part of that role, he was involved in a variety of external and internal broker surveys, and developed innovative products such as a proprietary dry bulk supply-demand model and Baltic Dry Index forecasts. Prior to 2003, Mr Tsai worked in equity research for Morgan Stanley in Taipei and Insight Pacific Investment Research in Taipei and San Francisco. Tsai holds a BA in Economics and another in Political Science & International Relations, both from the University of California, San Diego, and a Lloyd’s Maritime Academy diploma in ship finance.


MC Shipping Shareholders Approve Merger

MC Shipping Inc. announced that, at a special meeting of shareholders held today, its shareholders approved the merger agreement pursuant to which Mast Acquisition Ltd., a newly-formed affiliate of Bear Stearns Merchant Banking ("BSMB"), will acquire the outstanding shares of MC Shipping for a price of $14.25 per share in cash. Approximately 97.5% of MC Shipping's common shares present and voting at the special meeting were voted in favor of the proposed merger, representing approximately 75


Hornbeck Offshore Closes New Revolving Credit Facility

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has closed on a new five- year senior secured revolving credit facility that increased the amount of the borrowing base, extended the maturity, lowered the interest rate and improved the financial flexibility of the covenant package of the Company's prior revolving credit facility, commensurate with its enhanced credit standing. The new revolving credit facility has increased the Company's borrowing base from $60 million to $100 million


Euronav NV Gets $1.6B Bank Facility

Euronav NV signed a $1.6 billion senior secured credit facility with Nordea and DnB NOR acting as lead arrangers, Nordea as sole bookrunner and facility agent and Calyon, Citibank, Deutsche Schiffsbank, HSH Nordbank, Hypo-Vereinsbank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Scotiabank acting as co-arrangers. The credit facility, which was oversubscribed by more than 58%, consists of a term loan of USD 865 million, a non-amortising revolving loan facility of USD 500 million and additional term loan of up to


Ship Finance: Where is the Money?

By Greg Trauthwein While capital for the maritime industry remains tight, lenders insist that funding is available for well- managed public companies. At the 17th Annual Joint Shipping Conference held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel February 8, 2011 - a conference co-sponsored by the Hellenic-American/Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce - finance leaders addressed the question of capital availability. "There is a flight to quality," said Martin Lunder, SVP, Nordea Bank


Odfjell: Strategic Partnership with Lindsay Goldberg

Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement of 18 May 2011, in which Odfjell announced its intentions to enter into a strategic partnership with Lindsay Goldberg LLC to grow its tank terminal business in Europe and North America. Odfjell signed definitive agreements for a strategic partnership with Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a US-based private equity firm. The partnership enhances our platform for organic and strategic investments and expansions in the tank terminal business in Europe and


Call For Entries For Clean Ship Award and Next Generation Ship Award

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Nor-Shipping announces the call for entries for the Nor-Shipping Awards 2011, which are the Clean Ship Award and the Next Generation Ship Award. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2011.  The Clean Ship Award pays tribute to the ship that has contributed to the greatest reduction of emissions to air or discharges to sea in relation to its function and operation. Only ships delivered after the previous Nor-Shipping in June 2009 are eligible


General Maritime Refinancing Initiative

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Refinancing Initiatives Strengthen Company's Balance Sheet and Capital Structure NEW YORK, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- General Maritime Corporation (NYSE: GMR) announced today that it has completed the syndication of an Amendment of its 2005 revolving credit facility of $550 million and $200 million payment-in-kind toggle floating rate secured notes ("Secured Notes") with Oaktree Capital Management L.P. ("Oaktree")


DnB NOR Global E&P Spending Report: Growth Continues

The 65 oil companies covered in DnB NO’s fifth annual E&P spending report expect a spending increase of 14% in 2011, 8% in 2012 and 7% in 2013. For 2011 we expect activity growth in line with last year; however, service costs are increasing and expected to contribute one third of the total growth rate. We believe that this, combined with fundamentals such as an organic Reserve Replacement Ratio of 87% and increased focus on deepwater and challenging areas


Crowley Raises Market Funds Mainly for Newbuild Program

Crowley Maritime Corporation has successfully raised gross proceeds of $200 million through the sale of 200,000 shares of Series A Income Preferred Securities. The company says it intends to use the net proceeds from this offering in connection with its new vessel build program as well as for general corporate purposes. “We are very pleased to have concluded this important transaction for the company, especially as it offers a new source of capital to pursue our growth plans


EURONAV to Buy 4 Japanese-built VLCCs

EURONAV VLCC Olympia (Photo courtesy of EURONAV)

EURONAV has entered into an agreement for the purchase of four modern Japanese built VLCC vessels for an aggregate purchase price of $342 million. The vessels are on average three years old. This acquisition fits into the company’s strategy to further strengthen its position as the leading


EURONAV Private Offering Raises $125m

EURONAV VLCC Artois (Photo courtesy of EURONAV)

EURONAV announces that it has raised $125 million in total in gross cash proceeds through a private placement of 10,556,808 new shares to institutional investors selected through an accelerated book build offering. Following strong demand, Euronav decided to upsize the initial offering from $100


Shipping loan losses hit Norwegian bank DNB's earnings

Q2 net profit NOK 4.65 bln vs f'cast NOK 4.77 bln; loan losses NOK 554 mln vs fcast NOK 398 mln. Bank on schedule to fulfill capital requirements, but shares down 4.6 percent, Swedish bank shares lower. Higher-than-expected loan losses in the shipping sector ate into DNB's second-quarter


Strikes Halt Grains Exports from Rosario Hub

Multiple strikes paralyzed all grains exports from Argentina's pivotal Rosario export hub on Thursday, the president of the Rosario port chamber said. "All work is at a standstill. Vessels cannot be loaded or unloaded, nor trucks, nor freight trains


Gas tanker firm Avance announces Oslo IPO

Gas tanker operator Avance Gas Holding is planning an initial public offering (IPO) and aims to list its shares on the Oslo Bourse in April, one of its owners said on Wednesday, joining a flurry of Nordic firms planning stock market debuts.


Norwegian Seminar to Focus on Financing, Procurement

The challenges of managing efficient procurement  processes and getting the right funding in the shipping and offshore sectors is the topic for a major half day conference in Singapore later this month. Coinciding with the Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) event on March 20


Fastrack LNG Deliveries to Europe Unlikely

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Expedited regulatory approval of proposed US liquefied natural gas export terminals would not lead to their immediate construction nor to near-term deliveries of US gas into Europe, panelists at a Senate hearing have said, reports Platts.
 Several US lawmakers want the Obama administration to


Fishing Vessels Fit with Wärtsilä’s NOx Reducer

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Wärtsilä said its new NOx Reducer will be fitted to two new fishing vessels under construction at the Celiktrans yard in Turkey. The ships are owned by HB Grandi, one of Iceland's largest fishing vessel operators. The company emphasizes environmental sustainability and responsible


GasLog to List on NY Bourse

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LNG carrier owners and operators, GasLog Partners LP, inform it has priced its initial public offering of 8,400,000 common units representing limited partner interests at $21.00 per common unit. The common units will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 7


GasLog Partners Announce Closing of its IPO

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  GasLog Partners LP, an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers, today announced the closing of its initial public offering of 9,660,000 common units representing limited partner interests (the “common units”), including 1,260


KfW IPEX-Bank Finance For 2nd Star Cruises' Ship

  With a loan of EUR 600 million, KfW IPEX-Bank is financing the construction of a second cruise ship for Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in Asia, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The signing ceremony of the relevant contracts took place today in Hong Kong


Nordic American Offshore Prices IPO

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Nordic American Offshore Ltd. says it has priced its initial public offering of 5,882,352 common shares at $16.00 per share.  The Company adds that it has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 882,352 additional common shares to cover over-allotments.


Norway to Retain Statoil Stake

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Norway's right wing government will retain its current holding in oil and gas firm Statoil , backing off a pre-election proposal to cut the stake to about 50 percent from the current two thirds of the shares.   The government led by the Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg has pledged


SafeBulkers Price Public Offering

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Greece's Safe Bulkers, Inc. has set the price of its public offering offering of shares. The Company says it plans to use the net proceeds of the public offering to fund its newbuilding program and for other general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of indebtedness.


NAO Exercises Option to Purchase Shares

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) announced that the underwriters of the company's initial public offering, which closed on June 17, 2014, have exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 882,352 common shares. The sale of these common shares isexpected to close on June 26, 2014






 
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