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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


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.


Commerzbank Sells 18 Ships for $254.5mln

KKR & Co LP's Embarcadero Maritime unit will pay $254.5 million to buy 18 dry bulk and container ships from Commerzbank AG's Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, the companies said on Thursday.   U.S. private equity firm KKR and London-based independent ship operator Borealis Maritime


Transas' iSailor App Gets Android Debut

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Transas’ chart plotter and AIS Viewer navigation app iSailor, available to iOS device users since 2010, is now also available in an Android version.   Described as an easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, Transas said iSailor is used by hundreds of thousands of


India Delays 24 LNG Shiploads from Qatar

Image: Petronet LNG Limited

  India has deferred taking deliveries of at least 20 shiploads of expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its main supplier Qatar and wants a rate cut matching the 60 per cent fall in international rates, as global gas prices slumped, reports Reuters.  


Thai Navy Lobbies for More Submarines

Adm. Narong Pipathanasai, CinC,RTN opens the new submarine squadron headquaters in Sattahip Naval base. Photo: Naval Secretariate Department

The Royal Thai Navy claims it urgently needs more submarines to compete with other Asian countries.   The assistant commander made the claim aimed at persuading a skeptical public that the nation should invest in its military in a white paper sent to reporters, the Bangkok Post reported.


APL’s Schedule Reliability Scales Up

APL’s container shipping expertise, innovation and professionalism have been recognized time and again

  APL was the most reliable carrier with a global on-time performance of 85.5% in May 2015, according to the latest Global Liner Performance Report by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.   The report, which ranks the performance of the top 20 carriers


Maersk Sells Its Stake in ESVAGT

ESVAGT. Photo: Maersk Group

 Danish conglomerate A.P Moller-Maersk said Tuesday two international infrastructure investors have agreed to buy 100% of the Danish company ESVAGT from Maersk Group and ESE-Holding A/S.   The sale amounts to a value of 4.1 billion Danish kroner equaling to approximately USD $610


Thailand $1 bln Submarine Deal with China

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister. Photo by Royal Thai Government

 Thailand’s navy has approved a 36 billion baht ($1.1 billion) plan to buy three submarines from China, reports local media. Royal Thai navy officials selected China over competing bids from Russia, Sweden, France, Germany and South Korea.   


Maersk Interested in Greek Ports Lined Up for Privatisation

Photo courtesy of Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

APM Terminals, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Friday it is interested in buying into Greek ports Piraeus and Thessaloniki, slated for privatisation if a new bailout deal is agreed between Athens and the European Union. "Yes, we are interested in the Greek ports of Piraeus and


SIPG to Acquire 79.2% of Jinjiang Shipping

Shanghai Shengdong International Container Terminals. Photo: SIPG

 Shanghai International Port Group Co (SIPG) is all set to acquire 79.2% stake in intra-Asia container line Shanghai Jinjiang Shipping for up to RMB1.94bn ($312.58m).   SIPG plans to buy a 48% stake in Jinjang Shipping currently owned by Shanghai International Group, as well as a 31


IOC Books 1 Mtpa Capacity at Swan LNG Terminal

Image: Swan Energy Ltd. (SEL)

 Indian Oil Corp. has booked one million tonne a year capacity in Swan Energy’s proposed LNG terminal at Jafrabad in the Indian state of Gujarat, B Ashok, chairman said.   He expects gas to contribute 15 per cent to the energy mix in 5-7 years from 8 per cent now as the country


Britain Announces Calais 'Secure Zone' to Curb Migrant Chaos

Photo courtesy of Port de Calais

Britain is to create a 'secure zone' at the French port of Calais to protect lorries heading for England from migrants seeking to enter the country illegally, interior minister Theresa May said on Tuesday. Around 3,000 migrants, fleeing war


Brakes on Thai Plan to Buy Submarines

Pic: Chinese Military

 The proposal to buy three Chinese submarines has been put on hold and would not be put into consideration by the Cabinet yet, said Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan.   Prawit said this month the navy had approved a 36 billion baht ($1


Shell Sells Elba Liquefaction Project Interest to Kinder Morgan

Image:  Kinder Morgan

 Kinder Morgan Inc. will buy out Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s interest in their proposed Elba Liquefaction Co. (ELC ) joint venture in Georgia.   Houston-based Kinder Morgan already owns 51% of the ELC joint venture. The firm said it would buy the 49 percent stake that it does not


Russia Plans Fuel Shipments to Syria from Crimea

Russia plans to supply Syria with 200,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per year via the Crimean port of Kerch, two trading sources told Reuters.   The plans are a further sign of cooperation between the two countries despite hopes in the West that Russia might stop shielding


Big Data: Big Value or Big Risk?

Danelec Marine proposes to use the ship’s VDR as a data hub for ship telematics.   (Credit: Danelec Marine).

We wish we had a dollar for every time we heard or read the words Big Data at the Nor-Shipping exhibition last month.  We might even have collected enough cash to buy a round of expensive Norwegian beers for the gang at the Fridtjof bar.






 
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