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Stelmar Eyes Cyprus Bourse

Tanker firm Stelmar Marine Holdings Ltd. officially applied on Wednesday for listing on the Cyprus Stock Exchange. The company was established in 1992 by Greek Cypriot entrepreneur Stelios Haji Ioannou and owns and operates a fleet of 12 tankers with an average age of eight years. The company is planning to raise $54.6 million through the Cyprus Stock Exchange for further expansion of the fleet. The amount will be raised through the issue of 42 million new shares of face value $1 at the flotation price of $1.30, the company said. Approximately 27 million shares will be placed with private investors and 15 million will be offered to the public. Company executives said Stelmar, which is now based in Athens and London but plans to create a small office in Cyprus, would use the additional liquidity to acquire six new tankers.


Hill International Gets Casablanca Marina Construction Contract

Hill International get project management contract for a US$ 590-million Casablanca marina construction Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announce that it has been awarded contracts to provide project management services for three projects in North Africa. The contracts, which have a combined estimated value to Hill of approximately $7.5 million, include: A four-year contract has been awarded the company by Société New Marina


Seabulk International Reports 3Q Results

Seabulk International, Inc. reported a net loss, excluding charges related to its recent refinancing, of $2.8 million or $0.21 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2002. Including charges of $27.8 million or $2.16 per diluted share related to the early extinguishment of debt in connection with the company's refinancing, the net loss for the current period was $30.6 million or $2.37 per diluted share compared to net income of $2.9 million or $0


Dubai Drydocks’ $60M Yard to Open July

Dubai Drydocks will launch its $60 million new building panel line and steel structure assembly facility in July. The yard, whose current shipbuilding facility has a monthly turnover of 2,800 tons of steel, plans turning over similar volumes of steel per month for the new building. It is already building the gravity base structure for a 10,000 steel construction with an extensive piping arrangement and four 6,200 dwt bunker tankers due to be delivered in March.


NOIA President Supports Energy Exploration, Development

During the testimony today at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on offshore energy revenue sharing, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi urged Congress to take the next step in enhancing America’s energy security, energy reliability and American jobs by increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for energy exploration and development. “Only by providing additional oil and natural gas lease sales in more of the


The Container Fleet: Think Inside The Box?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The increase in containerisation of cargoes and the expansion of the global containership fleet have had a significant impact on global trade and economic development, says a research report from Clarksons Research.   However, this would not have been possible were it not for the humble shipping container, and it can be instructive to examine developments in the box fleet arena as a comparator to the wider world of container shipping.  


Financing Sources For U.S. Ferries: U.S. Government Programs

By Todd D. Snyder & Lara Bernstein Mathews Dyer Ellis & Joseph, P.C. Recent growth in ferry construction, particularly in the U.S., has been significant. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently reported that the U.S. marine transportation system annually transports 134 million passengers by ferry. Although the U.S. fleet represents a small percentage of the worldwide fleet, the U.S. fleet has recently experienced one of the largest and most rapid growth rates


DREWRY: U.S. Exports Miss Target

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US exports have been relatively robust in a backdrop of a moribund global economy, but slowing growth means that President Obama’s ambitious plan to double outbound trade in five years will fall short. In his first State of the Union speech in January 2010, President Barack Obama set out an ambitious goal to double exports over the next five years to support 2 million new jobs. Following an initial burst that made that target look a realistic possibility


Topaz Secures $75m Investment from SCPE

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Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, has  announced a $75 million new equity investment in the business from Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE), one of the world’s leading emerging market private equity investors. Under the terms of the investment, SCPE will inject $75 million of equity in return for a 9.8% stake in the business


Challenges to Barcelona Port's Third Strategic Plan

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  Growth, competitiveness and sustainability are the three axes that underlie the Port of Barcelona's Third Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which sets the main objectives for the coming years. This Plan maintains the Port's mission as defined in the previous two plans: “To contribute to the competitiveness of customers by providing efficient services responding to their needs for maritime transport, land transport and logistics services”


Höegh LNG Turns to Profit in 1Q

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Höegh LNG returned to profit following a Profit after tax of USD 6.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, up from USD 4.0 million net loss in the fourth quarter 2015. The company’s EBITDA reached $26.6 million for the first quarter of 2016, up from $24


Asia-N.Europe Box Freight Rates Soar 37 pct

File Image: A containership alongside at the port of Hamburg. (credit port of Hamburg)

Freight rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 37 percent to $720 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, a person with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


SCA Applauds Funding for New US Ships

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week acknowledged calls for increasing the Navy’s ship count, funding the construction of 10 new ships, as well as providing the U.S. Coast Guard funding for the acquisition of six total new ships.  


TT Club Reports Robust Financial Results for 2015

TT Club has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2015, and AM Best affirms its A- (Excellent) rating for the 10th consecutive year.   Knud Pontoppidan, Chairman of TT Club, said, “After very good years in 2013 and 2014


UASC Completes Award Winning Finance Deal

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United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced  the recent conclusion of a series of transactions that resulted in the issuance by a U.S. based trust of $162 million of Enhanced Maritime Trust Certificates (EMTC). The EMTCs were issued in an offering pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) and Regulation


Hapag-Lloyd: 50 Years of Container Shipping in Germany

This is one of the first containers of Hapag-Lloyd. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

50 years after the beginning of modern container shipping in Germany, international trade is handled by 6,397 containerships, with a capacity of 21.1 million TEU. Hapag-Lloyd’s container fleet numbers among the largest in the industry.  


Crowley Ramps up Investment in Puerto Rico

First row (L to R): John Hutchins, principal, Harbor Consulting Engineers; Tucker Gilliam, vice president, Crowley; Humberto Reynolds, president, Del Valle Group; second row: Carmelo Calderon, vice president, infrastructure division, Del Valle Group; Jose Soler, project manager, Del Valle Group. (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Puerto Rico Services announced an additional $21 million construction contract for improvements and upgrades at its Isla Grande port terminal in San Juan.    The contract was awarded to Del Valle Group, S.P. of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico


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


Iranian Port Deal: Modi's Masterstroke

Photo: Presidential Office of Iran

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a deal to develop the Chabahar port in Iran for which India will extend $500 million. The historic pact makes Chabahar the first foreign port which India is involved in developing to such a large extent.    


Euroseas Faces Headwinds, Reports Loss

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Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced today its results for the three month period ended March 31, 2016. First Quarter 2016 Highlights:


Nordic Shipholding Profits below Market Expectations

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For the 3 months ended 31 March 2016, Nordic Shipholding A/S generated a profit after tax of USD 1.5 million, compared to USD 2.7 million in the same quarter last year.  The average daily TCE rate earned by the vessels in the Handytankers Pool was below the forecasted daily rate


Royal Caribbean Orders 3 Ships from STX

STX France signed three ship order. Photo STX

Following the delivery of Harmony of the Seas on May 12 in Saint-Nazaire, the American group Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. signed an order for three additional vessels, one for its brand Royal Caribbean International (RCI ) and two brand Celebrity Cruises


North P&I Club Repots Positive Financial Performance

North P&I Club reports that an exceptionally low year for claims has helped it increase its free reserves by $90 million to $428 million and deliver a combined ratio of 73.3 percent in the financial year ended February 20, 2016. This brings the combined ratio average of the past five years


World’s Biggest LNG Buyer Becomes Seller

Photo:  JERA Co., Inc.

 EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of French power giant EDF, has signed an LNG sales and purchase agreement with Japanese LNG aggregator Jera Co Inc, one of the world’s largest buyers of liquefied natural gas.   Jera, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co


China COSCO Moving to Offshore Winds

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 China COSCO Shipping, which uses bulk carriers and container vessels to transport goods, has seen its cargo business decline amid China's slowdown and has decided to get into the offshore wind power generation business, reports  Nikkei.  






 
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