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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


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


PetroChina May Buy Overseas


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


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


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


Singapore Exchange in Talks to buy Baltic Exchange

Baltic Exchange privately owned by 380 shareholders. The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is in exclusive talks to buy London's Baltic Exchange, which has been at the heart of the global shipping industry for centuries, the two companies said on Wednesday.


DP World Launches $1.2 bln Sukuk Issue to Cover Tender

Dubai-based ports operator DP World launched a seven-year $1.2 billion sukuk issue on Tuesday, a document from lead managers showed.   The issue, structured to be compliant with rules allowing investors in the United States to participate, will price at 237


Libya Plans to Load Four Crude Cargoes from Hariga in May

Libya plans to load three additional crude cargoes this month from the recently reopened Marsa El Hariga terminal, after a tanker for trader Glencore departed on Friday.   The country's National Oil Corp (NOC) in Tripoli chartered the Kriti Breeze to load 400


Zhonggu Shipping to Add Boxships

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 Shanghai's Zhonggu Shipping may buy 3,398-TEU Stadt Aachen, that was up for sale for US$7.1 million, say local media reports.   Zhonggu Shipping earlier stated that it plans to acquire a handful of vessels this year, all of which will start operations between June and August.  


Is Container Freight Now a Commodity?

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In an interview with Patrik Berglund, the Xeneta CEO says that the introduction of the "commodity" status for the container would benefit both shippers and carriers.     Q- In today’s world of Amazon, Alibaba and E-commerce


Canadian Oil Exports Drop, Supply Hunt on Amid Wildfires

In a sign the massive Alberta wildfire is taking a toll on oil transport, Canadian crude exports to the United States dropped 12 percent last week, while another blend of Canadian sweet crude oil rallied as concerns grow about supply.  


AAPA to Join USDOT in Commemorating National Maritime Day

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Host of U.S. seaports also to observe annual salute to maritime industry, mariners and ports   A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22: National Maritime Day, declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s maritime heritage and to honor


Xeneta Proposes Commodity Status in Container Shipping

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With ultra-low container rates, multiple operators teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and adversarial relationships developing between those shipping goods and the carriers, Xeneta believes the entire container industry must evolve. The Oslo-based benchmarking and market intelligence platform


Sonatrach Orders LPG Vessel from China

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 Algeria’s state-run oil company Sonatrach has awarded two Chinese firms a $40 million deal to deliver a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier and an option to provide a second vessel, according to a Sonatrach document seen by Reuters.  


DP World Launches Tender Offer for $1.5 bln 2017 Sukuk

DP World could buy back around half of its $1.5 billion sukuk offering which is due to mature in 2017 as the global ports operator seeks to reduce the cost of its debt, it said in a statement on Monday.   Holders of the Islamic bond have until 1600 London time on May 23 to decide whether to


US LNG Shipments Point to Global Gas Price Convergence

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 The emergence of US liquefied natural gas as a competitive alternative for European and Asian customers, combined with an oversupplied market, should drive more convergence between natural gas prices at major hubs and weaken the link between gas and oil prices, Fitch Ratings says.  


French CGT Oil Sector Workers to Join May Strike

French oil sector workers of the CGT trade union will join a national strike at refineries and other installations from May 17 to May 20 against a planned government reform of French labour law, a CGT union official told Reuters on Friday.


As Korean Shipyards Founder, Central Bank Dragged into Rescue Bid

They are South Korea's "too-big-to-fail" firms - the world's largest shipbuilders that are both a massive economic force and an important national symbol - and the government wants the central bank to fund an unconventional rescue of the sector.  


CMA CGM Stake in NOL Edges Past 10%

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 French container shipping giant CMA CGM now owns 10.07% of its takeover target Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) as open share buys continue on a near daily basis.   The European Commission has approved CMA CGM's $3.38 billion acquisition of NOL


Baltic Exchange Says Talks Ongoing with Potential Buyers

Talks between the Baltic Exchange and a number of suitors are continuing, but any potential buyer of the business will have to provide assurances that its central role in shipping will not be "undermined", the Baltic's chairman said on Wednesday.  






 
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