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

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  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

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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


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.


Prices Ease Though Argentine Demand Limits Losses

Argentina tenders for 19 cargoes. Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) eased under pressure from growing supplies though fresh demand from Argentina limited losses, traders said. LNG for May delivery in Asia eased to $4.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), down 5 cents from the previous week. Traders said prices were supported by Argentina's tender to buy 19 LNG cargoes for May to August delivery, following a large purchase earlier in the week


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


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.


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


Port of LA Posts Busiest May Ever

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Overall cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased nearly 11 percent in May compared to the same period last year, marking the busiest May in the Port’s 109-year history. Total volumes registered at 770,409 Twenty-Foot Equivalents (TEUs), with container growth of 8


Maersk Fights to Stay on top as Containership Downturn Deepens

Maersk Mc_Kinney Moller (Photo courtesy Maersk)

Denmark's Maersk Line is fighting to remain the world's no.1 container shipping carrier as a wave of mergers and acquisitions, particularly in Asia, creates new challengers trying to grab a bigger share of a depressed market. Maersk itself hasn't made a major acquisition for more than a decade


RBS Receives Bids for Greek Shipping Business

The Royal Bank of Scotland has received bids for its Greek ship finance business, banking and financial sources familiar with the matter said, following a leap in bad shipping debts at the lender over the past few months. They told Reuters that the operation was worth about $3 billion although


DCNS Predicts Turning Point for Tidal Power

A second turbine bound for EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat tidal array was deployed by DCNS OpenHydro in May (Photo: DCNS)

Tidal power is moving beyond the prototype stage for state-backed French naval shipbuilder DCNS, which is targeting a billion euros in sales from the technology in the next decade.   DCNS, which is 35 percent owned by defence group Thales and 64 percent by the French state


Refiners Cold, Oil Unsold amid Nigerian Chaos

Refineries from India to the United States are backing away from buying Nigerian oil amid heightened uncertainty about deliveries as the country squares up to militants in the restive Delta region.   Their reluctance to buy is limiting the prices Nigeria can get for its oil even as there is


Asian Piracy at 4 Year Low

Graph: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAPP) May 2016 report  says that only eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia for the month, down 65 percent from May last year.    Between January and May 2016


Seoul's Effort to Calm Shipping Sector Storm

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korea will pump $9.5bn (11 trillion won) into state-run policy lenders reeling from huge losses on loans made to the beleaguered shipbuilding and shipping sectors to help them deal with further corporate distress, says FT.  


Japan LNG Prices Fall to Lowest in More Than 2 Years

Prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot cargoes for Japan, the world's top buyer, fell in May to the lowest since the trade ministry started publishing figures more than two years ago, official data showed on Thursday.   The average price of spot LNG contracted in May fell by 10 cents


Gard Alert: Yemen – New Port Clearance Procedures

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 After 5 May 2016, companies responsible for shipping commercial goods or services to Saleef, Mokha and Hodeidah ports in Yemen must obtain port clearance via the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM).   Yemen’s Ministry of Transport has announced that, after 5 May 2015


Piraeus Port Shareholders Okays Sale to COSCO

Pic: Port of Piraeus

 The buy-out of the Greece's Piraeus Port by Chinese shipping giant COSCO is closer to completion, as shareholders approved a new concession agreement, reports Reuters.   Greece had already agreed in April to sell a 67 percent stake in Piraeus to COSCO for $415.7 million


East-West Shippers see Acceleration in Container Contract Rate Cuts - Drewry

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Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes fell by another 18% between February and May, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight rates


NLNG Adds New Vessels

Image: Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited

 The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) will this month receive the last of the six new vessels it bought for the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to various parts of the world, says a report in The Nation.  


East-West Shippers See Acceleration in Container Contract Rate Cuts

Image: Drewry

 Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes fell by another 18% between February and May, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight


Long Beach Cargo Volumes Edge up in May

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Container cargo numbers improved slightly at the Port of Long Beach in May, rising 0.8 percent compared to the same month last year when the docks were still busily catching up after several months of congestion.   With cargo volumes near all-time peak levels, May’s 640


India Teams up with Japan, South Korea on LNG

Dharmendra Pradhan. Photo: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

 India plans to form an alliance with Japan and South Korea to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) at "reasonable prices", the country's oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.   India may soon rope China into the alliance as well, he said.  






 
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