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Marco Polo Seatrade Gets Bank Backing

Marco Polo Seatrade has received court approval to obtain fresh financing from Royal Bank of Scotland, one of its senior lenders. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of  Marco Polo approved today new financing to be provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland.  This financing is being provided on a fully consensual basis and resolves the various objections that were filed to Marco Polo’s original financing motion. This Court approval and the Court’s previous approval of the use of cash collateral ensures that Marco Polo will be able to continue to fulfil all charter contracts and to pay its expenses in the ordinary course of business. It also ensures that Marco Polo will be able to take advantage of profitable new charters.  Post-petition financing from one of its senior lenders is a significant step towards Marco Polo’s focus on a plan to emerge from Chapter 11 as a strong and healthy competitor in the global shipping market.


Sembcorp - Marco Polo Dispute Update

Image: PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd

 Rig-builder Sembcorp Marine (SembMarine) is currently embroiled in a dispute with Marco Polo Marine over a US$214.3 million rig construction contract that Marco Polo wants terminated.   In a statement on Monday, Macro Polo reiterated its position that it is not obliged to take delivery of the rig, as Sembcorp Marine unit PPL Shipyard had failed to comply with certain contractual obligations.   


BV Classes World's Largest Containership

CMA-CGM Marco Polo

Bureau Veritas has classed what is currently the largest containership in the world. Built by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) in South Korea for French operator CMA-CGM, CMA CGM Marco Polo is the first in a series of three 16,000 teu vessels which will each be named after great explorers. The CGM Marco Polo - 396 metres long and 54 metres wide with a draft of 16 metres - is equipped with the latest cutting-edge environmental technology


First Middle East Call for Juggernaut Containership

CMA CGM Marco Polo: Photo credit CMA CGM

Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) became the first terminal operator in the Middle East to handle the world’s largest container ship, 'CMA CGM Marco Polo'. With a length of four standard football pitches (396 metres), 54 metres beam and requiring a draft of 16m, Khorfakkan is one of the few ports in the world able to accommodate Marco Polo’s massive 16,020 TEU capacity, reports 'The Gulf Today'. The ship's arrival at KCT was marked with a presentation from Gulftainer to


Freak Wave Kills Cruise Ship Passenger, Injures Others

Freak Wave Victim Marco Polo: Image credit CMV

A cruise ship passenger has died and another was airlifted to hospital after the 22,000-tonne cruise ship 'Marco Polo'  was hit by a freak wave in the English Channel during the recent storm. The cruise ship operators, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) confirm that after a freak wave hit their cruise ship m/s Marco Polo in the English Channel during heavy weather, the ship is now in home port, London Tilbury.


Marco Polo Terminates Rig Contract with Sembmarine

Pic: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Marco Polo Marine has unilaterally terminated a rig building order worth US$214.3 million from a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.   Sembcorp Marine on early Wednesday morning said its subsidiary, PPL Shipyard, will regard the termination by Marco Polo Drilling (I) of the US$214.3 million newbuild contract as "repudiatory breach of the contract".   The response comes after Marco Polo Marine, of which Marco Polo Drilling is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary


Cal Dive Completes Marco Polo and Gunnison Loan Facilities

Cal Dive International, Inc. announced that it has completed project financing to fund its share of the cost to construct production facilities at the Marco Polo and Gunnison Deepwater fields. Deepwater Gateway LLC, a joint venture owned by El Paso Energy Partners, L.P. and Cal Dive, has secured a $155 million commitment to fund 70 percent of the estimated total cost of the Marco Polo tension leg platform (TLP). As a 50% owner of Deepwater Gateway


Report Compares Inland Waterways Markets, Tech and Policies

"Inland Waterways and the Global Supply Chain" an International Conference Report on "SmartRivers 2006" is currently available at the Port of Pittsburgh Commission website www.port.pittsburgh.pa.us. SmartRivers is a coalition to benchmark best practices for inland waterways, on both sides of the Atlantic, and to help those waterways better integrate themselves into the global supply chain. “Benchmarking conferences were held in Pittsburgh in 2005 and in Brussels, Belgium Europe in 2006


MODEC Awarded TLP for Anadarko Field

MODEC International LLC has entered into a letter of intent with El Paso Energy Partners, L.P. for the engineering, procurement and construction of the hull, mooring and production riser system for the world’s deepest tension leg platform (TLP). The TLP is expected to be owned by EPN and Cal Dive International, Inc. and is planned to serve as a production hub at Green Canyon 608 in the Gulf of Mexico initially for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Marco Polo field discovery


First Voyage for CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt

CMA CGM Marco Polo's sistership, enters CMA CGM’s Asia - Europe Trade. The CMA CGM Group announced that the CMA CGM Alexander  Von  Humboldt, second of the world's largest and state of the art containership’s series, begins its first voyage today, Friday, April 19th in Pusan, South Korea. Built by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) in South Korea, this giant of the seas, owned by CMA CGM, displays exceptional dimensions: 396 meters long


One Small Step toward Sustainable Coastal Shipping

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Short sea shipping is alive and well on America’s East Coast.   In the United States, counties and states directly on the shoreline constitute less than 10 percent of the total land area (not including Alaska), but account for 39 percent of the total population


D’Amico Buys Product Tanker from Itself

Photo courtesy D’Amico

D’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) will acquire the product tanker Cielo di Milano (launched in 2003 by Shina Shipbuilding shipyard (South Korea) from its Italy-based sister company d’Amico Shipping Italia for $14m. “The purchase need arises from the characteristics of the


Heinrich Ahlers Retires from Buss Group

Heinrich Ahlers (Photo: Buss Group GmbH & Co. KG)

Heinrich Ahlers has wrapped-up his remaining responsibilities at the Buss Group, and will begin his retirement shortly before his 65th birthday. He had already relinquished his role as CEO of Buss Port Logistics to his successor Marco Neelsen October 1, 2015.  


Quartet of Cruise Records in Prospect for Lerwick

Cruise passengers at Victoria Pier Courtesy Lerwick Port

The first cruise ship arrival of the year will enter Lerwick Harbour this weekend at the start of a record-breaking season which is expected to see the most passengers and vessels yet at the Shetland port, along with the highest gross tonnage of cruise ships, including the biggest vessels to date


Fincantieri & Technip JV for Offshore Market

  Fincantieri and Technip in Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to increase their joint competitiveness by starting to address Italian and Mediterranean Sea offshore markets. The agreement was signed by Marco Villa, CEO of Technip Italy S.p.A


MSC Magnifica Completes Drydocking at Damen Shiprepair

MSC Magnifica

  After a very fast and successful 17-day drydocking the cruise ship MSC Magnifica left Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) for Hamburg on schedule to start her next cruise. Next week (December 2) another cruise vessel will arrive at Damen Shiprepair


Damen Performs Cruise Ship Maintenance

Photo: Damen

Astor and Marco Polo receive refurbishment and class survey work   Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands, including Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages


D’Amico Sees Q1 Net Profit of $11.4Mln

Image: DAmico International Shipping

 Italy-listed D'Amico International Shipping (DIS) made a net profit of $11.4m in the first quarter, reversing its net loss of $6.8m last year, as the product tanker freight market improved.   The board of the product tanker owner on Wednesday approved first quarter 2015 results of


Brazil to Hold New Subsalt Oil Auction by 2017

The Brazilian government plans to hold a new oil bidding round for areas in the subsalt polygon by 2017, the secretary of oil and gas at the Mines and Energy Ministry, Marco Antonio Almeida, said on Monday.   Almeida denied during a presentation in Rio that the current corruption scandal


British Maritime Industry Eyes China’s One Belt, One Road Plan

Map by UNESCO

 China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision has takers in UK maritime sector, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Both countries expected to improve bilateral maritime cooperation in the "Belt and Road" initiative


Neelsen to Succeed Ahlers as Buss Port Logistics CEO

Marco Neelsen (Copyright: Buss Port Logistics)

Press release - On October 1, Marco Neelsen will assume Heinrich Ahlers' position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Buss Port Logistics (BPL). Ahlers will stay with Buss Group until at least the end of 2016. Neelsen is a trained navigational officer


IRClass Backs India’s Efforts to Cut Emissions

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a ship classification society, has issued a ringing endorsement of the COP21 agreement at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris.   Arun Sharma, CMD, IRClass represented the voice of the Indian Shipping fraternity at the recently concluded


Cruise Ship Marco Polo Leaves Damen Shiprepair

Photo: DSV

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), has said farewell to Marco Polo, the 800 passenger cruise ship owned by Global Maritime and operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages.   Launched in 1964 as the Aleksandr Pushkin


Simonetti Appointed VP, Contship Italia Group

Marco Simonetti Courtesy Contship

Effective 1 February 2016, Marco Simonetti assumes the position of Vice President for Developments and Reorganization at Contship Italia Group. The internal re-organization is in line with Contship’s response to evolving challenges of the container business and the Group’s


AIDA Cruises to Christen its New Flagship Hamburg

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises will help the Port of Hamburg ring in its 827th anniversary with the christening if its new flagship, AIDAprima. AIDA Cruises will christen its 11th ship, AIDAprima, in Hamburg on May 7, 2016 as part of the celebrations for the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary






 
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