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SBX' Acquires Remaining 50 percent in Sana Navigation

SeaBird Exploration Limited (BVI) (SBX) has acquired the remaining 50 percent ownership in the Joint Venture entity Sana Navigation Company Limited (Sana) which charters the M/V Northern Explorer from Russian owners on a long term bareboat charter. The purchase price is $25.5m. The Joint Venture is now terminated in all respects. The acquisition of the 50% interest in Sana includes the long term bareboat contract, the liquid cash, other current assets, and fixed assets including the seismic equipment, and all future earnings. After the acquisition, SeaBird owns and controls 100% of Sana and its present and future cash flows. Sana has exercised an option to buy the M/V Northern Explorer in accordance with the charter terms with transfer of title to SeaBird expected to be in 2006 and subsequently the vessel will be fully reflected in the balance sheet assets of SeaBird. The M/V Northern Explorer is on contract to TGS until October 2006 under a contract entered into in 2004. SeaBird has experienced considerable interest for the vessel thereafter and is currently evaluating further employment opportunities in line with current market rates.


Otto Marine Send Two AHTS to GoM, One to W. Africa

AHTS Redfish 4: Image courtesy of Otto Marine

Offshore marine services firm Otto Marine informs it has obained a total of US$24.9 million in charter contracts for three offshore vessels – Redfish 4, Go Canopus and Go Altair. Details as follows: Redfish 4, an 8,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel equipped with dynamic positioning 2 capabilities will be deployed for work on long term charter in Mexico. Go Canopus, a 10,800bhp AHTS vessel built in 2009 with DP2 technology has been contracted on long term charter


CMA CGM Issues Statement to Thwart Rumors

Responding to information circulating, CMA CGM Group states that it has no short term plans to either purchase or long-term charter-in any vessels. The Group has a modern fleet of 408 ships, of which 92 are owned, that enable it to meet the current needs of its customers and provide them with end-to-end service around the world. In today’s economic environment, CMA CGM’s priorities are to reduce its debt and to strengthen its financial position.


Terminal Improvement Plan Presented

A draft long-term plan for terminal improvements at Horseshoe Bay was presented by BC Ferries president & CEO Bob Lingwood at a public council meeting in West Vancouver. The Horseshoe Bay development plan includes: · An expanded vehicle holding compound to reduce traffic congestion and queuing on the Upper Levels Highway, · A new ticketing/administration building incorporating recommendations from West Vancouver's advisory design panel, · A new parkade with 350 public parking spaces and


Ultrabulk Orders Handysize Bulk Carriers

Ultrabulk signs contracts with a Japanese yard for construction of new generation handysize bulkers Denmark-based Ultrabulk has placed an order with a major Japanese ship yard for the construction and delivery of one new generation super ECO-designed handysize bulker of 38,000tdw size for delivery in 2014, with Ultrabulk’s option to extend the order with one additional vessel. The vessel(s) will be equipped with an electronic main engine as well as other equipment and systems which are


S&P Cuts MC Shipping Outlook To Negative

Standard & Poor's has revised the outlook on MC Shipping Inc. to negative from stable. At the same time, the company's single-'B' long-term corporate credit rating and single-'B'-minus senior unsecured debt rating were affirmed. The rating on MC Shipping reflects the shipping industry's below-average characteristics, and the company's weak financial profile. MC Shipping is part of the Vlasov Group-a major ship-owning and ship-management group


CEO to Leave Port

Port of Goteborg AB president and CEO since 1996, Gunnar Nygren will be stepping down in March 2002. At 60, he is planning to take early retirement. “This is a decision that was triggered partly by my turning 60 but even more so by the fact that the Port is now in a position where the future demands more long-term leadership than I will be able to offer,” comment Gunnar Nygren. He quotes key investments that are under way in the Port of Goteborg


Apax Partners to Acquire FTMSC

France Telecom has signed an agreement with Apax Partners to sell 100 percent of the shares of France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications SA (FTMSC). The completion of the transaction is expected in the near future. FTMSC is one of the world’s largest mobile satellite communications providers, marketing and distributing communications solutions for customers based in areas with limited access to terrestrial telecoms infrastructure


Intelsat Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Satellite investment program progresses with three launches planned for third quarter; Intelsat EpicNG high performance satellite platform establishes leadership with long-term commitments.    Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services, reported financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Intelsat S.A. reported revenue of $638.7 million and a net loss of $84.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012


Chevron Funds Upstream Growth in $5.1 Billion Capital Program

Chevron Corp. announced a $5.1 billion capital and exploratory spending program for 1999 and a plan to reduce expenses in 1999 by $500 million. The planned actions will fund the company's economic long-term growth plan and address the need to improve near-term results, given poor current industry conditions. The 1999 capital budget is about eight percent less than projected spending for 1998, but significant spending will continue for promising long-term growth projects in Kazakhstan


GulfMark Offshore Records its Highest Ever Q1 Revenue

GulfMark OSV: Image credit the owners

Houston-based GulfMark Offshore President & CEO Quintin Kneen commented on his company's first quarter 2014 financial report: "We recorded our highest first quarter revenue ever, and we still expect 2014 to produce our highest annual revenue ever."


Canadian Icebreaker Refit Contracts Awarded

Principals in Davie Refit Contract: Image Davie

The Canadian Government informs it has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Babcock Canada Inc. for critical refit work for Canadian Coast Guard ship 'CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent'. The shipyard portion of the work will be carried out by Chantier Davie Canada Inc., a sub-contractor to Babcock Canada.


Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

Barge HML 240-2: Photo credit Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle, has concluded the sale of its 240’ ABS ocean deck barge “HML 240-2” (ex-Aqua 242, MK-242


Peel Ports Signs £100M Contract For Cranes For New Liverpool Terminal

Mega Cranes

  Peel Ports Group has signed a multi-million pound deal with Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) for 17 ‘mega cranes’ for its new £300m Liverpool2 container port. ZPMC will initially supply five ship-to-shore (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever


CMM Takes Delivery of Damen PSV for Brazil

Photo courtesy of Damen

New supplier CMM Gravity to start on long-term contract with Petrobras. CMM has taken delivery of a Damen Platform Supply Vessel 3300. The 80-meter, 3,300t deadweight vessel CMM Gravity will be deployed in the Brazilian waters from June 2014 on a 4+4 year contract with Petrobras.


Gazprom And OMV Chiefs Discuss Alternative European Gas Routes

Gazprom & OMV talks

  The chief executives of Gazprom and OMV held talks on Tuesday about supplying Russian gas to Europe using routes that bypass Ukraine, they said in a statement. Gazprom's Alexei Miller and OMV's Gerhard Roiss said they had discussed "optional alternative supply


Russian Partners Agree Icebreaking OSV Constructions

Arctic drillship: File photo

Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot (SCF) inform they have agreed to extend their co-operation having signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of support vessels for the Sakhalin-2 project. SCF explain that the vessels will be used as year-round personnel carriers and


Time Charter of DP-1 Research Vessel Fixed

Photo courtesy Marcon

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that Stabbert Maritime of Seattle has time chartered the U.S. flag, DP-1, research vessel Ocean Pioneer (ex: Seabulk Montana, Montana, Seabulk Montana, Indian Seal) to FMC Technology of Davis, California.


Sakhalin Energy, Sovcomflot Order Newbuild

The companies have signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of the vessels for Sakhalin-2 project. At an official ceremony in Moscow, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) and Sovcomflot Shelf (SCF Shelf) on behalf of Sovcomflot Group have


China Shipbuilder Rongsheng in 2013 Revenue Freefall

Cheng Quang: Chairman China Rongsheng

During the year ended 31, December 2013 China Rongsheng, the largest non-state-owned shipbuilder in the PRC, reports that revenue of the Company was RmB1,343.6 million, a decrease of 83.1% from RmB7,956.3 million for the year ended 31 december 2012. Excerpts from the report follow:


InterManager Welcomes New MLC Amendment

File photo

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, says it has welcomed the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva


OMV CEO Warns Against More Russia Sanctions

  Europe should avoid more sanctions against Russiaover its role in Ukraine and continue to pursue dialogue with Moscow, the chief executive of OMV , the longest-standing Western trade partner of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, said.


Among 2014's Most Powerful & Influential Women: Karen Jones

Karen Jones: Photo Ryder

Commercial transportation and supply chain management firm Ryder System Inc. say that their Chief Marketing Officer, Karen Jones, was named one of 2014’s Most Powerful & Influential Women by the Florida Diversity Council. Ms. Jones was presented with the award at the 2014 Florida


China Homeport for Latest Giant RCI Cruise Ship

Quantum of the Seas: Image credit RCI

Royal Caribbean International says that its latest cruise ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean.


Quiet March Sees Cargo Slow in Long Beach

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

Harsh winter elsewhere, ship deployment changes soften traffic Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach dipped in March, compared to the same month one year ago, with a decline of 1.9 percent overall and imports essentially flat. March saw some shipping lines suspend services or switch to


 
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