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Russia's Yamal LNG Project May Tap Wealth Fund in 2014

Yamal megaproject

  Russia's Novatek may get funds from the National Wealth Fund for its Yamal LNG project before the year-end, a minister said, as part of government plans to support sanction-hit companies. Russia's No.2 gas producer, co-owned by an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Gennady Timchenko, was put on the Western sanctions list over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, limiting its ability to raise funds in Western markets. The government has pledged to support sanctions-hit companies irrespective of their shareholder structure, using National Wealth Fund as one of the options. Under the plan, NWF may buy bonds issued by some of such firms. The Economy Ministry received Novatek's request for support in the amount of 100 billion to 150 billion roubles ($2.6-3.9 billion) - in line with the figures provided by Finance Ministry on Friday. "We will give our conclusion on the strategic importance of this project in October and by the end of the year I think we can move toward granting the NWF funds," Deputy Economy Minister Nikolai Podguzov said on Saturday. Podguzov added that Novatek's bonds that the NWF could buy would likely carry an interest equal to an annual inflation rate plus 1 percentage point and have a maturity of around 20 years. Novatek leads the $27 billion Yamal LNG project in Russian Arctic, which is expected to more than double Russia's share on the global liquefied natural gas market. France's Total and China's CNPC co-own the project

Petroecuador Tenders to Buy High Octane Naphtha


State-run Petroecuador has launched two tenders to buy a total of 22 cargoes, 240,000 barrels each, of high octane naphtha RON 87 and 93 for delivery starting on May 21-23, according to documents seen by Reuters on Thursday.   The big imports by Ecuador's oil company come as it prepares to completely halt its largest refinery, Esmeraldas, from October to November for a major renovation.   The company previously launched a similar tender earlier this month to buy 14 cargoes of

Frontline Buys Two Tankers

Norwegian shipping firm Frontline is to buy two 1993 tankers from Wilh. Wilhelmsen for a total of $90 million in shares and cash. It will reportedly pay Wilhelmsen 2.96 million Frontline shares and $62 million in cash for the two VLCCs, Tartar and Tarim. Wilhelmsen would book a loss of $15 million from the sale, Frontline said. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered during May/June.

PetroChina May Buy Overseas

Colombia's Ecopetrol Offers To Buy ULSD & Gasoline

  Colombia's state-run Ecopetrol launched a tender to buy a 68,000-70,000 barrel cargo of ultra low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) and a 91,000-95,000 barrel cargo combining ULSD and gasoline, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The shutdown of a key pipeline in Colombia since March has affected the oil company and other producers in the Andean country. Exports of medium Vasconia crude have declined in recent weeks, according to traders.

Bahri to Buy Five More Oil Tankers from Hyundai Heavy

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed a deal to buy a further five very large crude tankers from ship builder Hyundai Heavy Industries, the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco said on Wednesday. Hyundai agreed a contract in May to build five tankers and deliver them to Bahri in 2017. The deal included an option to buy five more, which Bahri is now taking up according to the latest announcement.

Global Ship Lease Postpones IPO

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced that, based on unfavorable market conditions, it has decided to postpone its proposed initial public offering (IPO). The company will continue to monitor the financial markets going forward. GSL's registration statement on Form F-1 for the IPO remains on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The registration statement relating to these securities has not yet become effective

American Superconductor Announces Filing of Amendment to Public Offering

American Superconductor Corporation announced has filed an amendment to the registration statement it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 29, 2003 for its proposed public offering of 4,000,000 shares of its common stock. The offering will include an option for the underwriters to purchase up to an additional 600,000 shares to cover over-allotments, if any. The lead underwriter for the offering will be

Wall St Stabilizes After 6 Days of Gains, Energy Sector Advances

  U.S. stocks ended little changed on Monday in a quiet session, as investors saw little reason to continue buying on Wall Street after a winning streak of six days of the S & P 500, although the activity mergers and acquisitions boosted the energy sector. * The S & P 500 halted its longest streak profit since mid-April, after hitting session highs on Friday, with the Dow Jones. Investors await catalyst to continue the progress

Macquarie to Control IMTT

Macquarie Infrastructure Co LLC said it would buy the 50 percent stake in liquids storage provider International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) that it does not control for $1.03 billion in cash and stock. Macquarie, which owns half of IMTT since 2006, said it expects the deal to add to its free cash flow this year given "a number of opportunities" to implement better expense controls and processes at the liquids storage provider.

Lithuania Opens Door to LNG Re-exports

Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday approved amendments which will allow the Baltic state to re-sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the international markets, the energy ministry said.   The current laws require the country's regulated energy and heat producers to buy at least 540 million

Shipping to See Further Consolidation

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 The CMA CGM's move to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), could lead to one of the biggest acquisitions in the shipping container industry in years.   If it goes through, NOL and CMA's merger would be the biggest container shipping deal in years

Need to Monitory Coal from Indonesia - UK P&I

Indonesia coal mining Photo Adani- Indonesia

  There are various hazards associated with the trade in coal. UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Team highlights the risks involved, and advises on the relevant actions to take in order to reduce accidents.   Self-heating incidents involving coal cargoes loaded at Indonesian

Torm Orders Four Tankers in $200 mln Deal

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Danish shipping company Torm has signed an order for four fuel-efficient LR2 (long-range) product tanker vessels from Guangzhou Shipyard International in China for $200 million. The shipyard is expected to deliver the vessels between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018

Kinder Morgan, BP form Fuel Storage JV

Kinder Morgan to buy 15 terminals in $350 mln deal. BP Plc will sell 15 fuel storage terminals in the United States to pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc in a $350 million deal, as it sheds assets to pay for liabilities arising from its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Saudi Shipper Bahri Seeks $747 mln for Vessel Financing


National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is in talks with banks to raise around 2.8 billion riyals ($747 million) from a long-term loan to be used towards vessel financing, two sources aware of the matter said on Wednesday. Bahri became the sole provider of very large crude carrier

Oil Rises Back Over $48

Oil prices rose above $48 a barrel on Thursday, propelled by technical buying and as investors re-evaluated U.S. data that showed falling stockpiles of fuel as well as higher crude inventories. Brent for December delivery rose 51 cents to $48.36 a barrel by 1056 GMT

Western Refining Offers to Buy Northern Tier

Oil refiner Western Refining Inc said it has offered to buy the shares of Northern Tier Energy LP it does not already own. Western Refining, which currently has a stake of about 38 percent in Northern Tier, said it has offered $17.50 in cash and 0.2266 of its share for each Northern Tier unit

Learn a Lasting Lending Lesson

Richard J. Paine, Sr.

Two key lending practices and today’s workboat market conditions collide on the waterfront. Which course you choose depends on where you sit. Unless you are involved with your company’s borrowing and credit issues, you may not be well versed in the two principal types of commercial

China Crude Cargoes Stranded on VLCCs

About 4 million barrels of crude oil bought by a Chinese state trader for the country's strategic reserves have been stranded in two tankers off an eastern port for nearly two months due to a lack of storage. The delays will cost millions of dollars and indicate how China is struggling to

Austal Wins $53.4 mln USN Procurement Contract

USNS Spearhead with helicopter during sea trials

  Austal USA was awarded a $53.4 million contract to procure long-lead materials for the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy. The award covers materials including main propulsion engines, generators, water jets, main reduction gears, and other long-lead time items.

DP World Now Sole Owner of Southampton Box Terminal

Dubai-listed ports operator DP World has became sole owner of the company which operates Southampton container terminal after it bought the remaining 49 percent stake held by Associated British Ports (ABP), the company said on Monday. DP World also said it extended the license agreement for DP

Tepid Reception for Hapag-Lloyd IPO

file image: A Hapag-Lloyd boxship loading at berth.

Hapag-Lloyd CEO says IPO preparation a "tough fight" but firm reaps $300 million in proceeds. Shares in Hapag-Lloyd hovered around their issue price in their stock market debut as investors gave the German shipping group a lukewarm reception reflecting uncertainty over the resilience

Investment in Vard Tulcea SA

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  The Board of Directors of Vard Holdings Limited would like to announce that the Company has invested a total of NOK 0.027 million in its indirectly held subsidiary, Vard Tulcea SA (“Tulcea”), thereby increasing the shareholding in Tulcea to 100%.

Nordic American Tankers Ups Nordic American Offshore Stake

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Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has increased its shareholding in Nordic American Offshore (NAO) in an effort to shore up investor confidence in the latter.   NAT bought 1,521,300 shares increasing its stake to 6,018,280 shares — 26.5% of NAO’s total shares for $9.5m, or $6

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