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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.  


Dry Bulk’s Biggest Spenders

Figure 1 (Source: VesselsValue)

In the last month, we have seen the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) recover to the same level it was 12 months ago (see circles in fig.1). Vessel values have started to firm, but not at the same rate and are still at historically low levels.   In the last 12 months, contrarian owners have taken advantage of the low values and have been buying cheap tonnage. With hindsight, this looks to have paid off with many values having increased above the purchase price.  


Topaz Secures $75m Investment from SCPE

Photo courtesy of Topaz

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

Courtesy Port of Barcelona

  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”


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


Hapag-Lloyd Expects Rising Freight Rates in 2017

File Image: CREDIT - Port of Boston

Moderate increases in freights to be achieved in 2016; new Alliance membership starts on April 1.   German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd expects freight rates to be several percentage points higher this year than in 2016, one of a number of factors that should help the company


India's Cochin Shipyard Gears up for IPO

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd

 Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL),  India's largest public sector shipyard, has filed  initial public offering (IPO)document with  the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)  to go public.  The government approved a stake sale of up to 25 percent.


Thailand Boosts LNG Imports

Image: PTT LNG

 Thailand is signing new contracts for LNG purchases and expanding terminals to boost imports to replace flagging domestic production, Bloomberg reported.   Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy will boost LNG imports by more than 70 percent this year.  


Hapag-Lloyd: Positive Operating Result in a Challenging Environment

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Hapag-Lloyd AG remains bullish on the substantial earnings contribution from synergies from CSAV acquisition and OCTAVE cost-cutting programme alongwith further synergies expected due to the merger with UASC.   Hapag-Lloyd closed the 2016 financial year with EBITDA of EUR 607


Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve.   The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering


Asian Spot LNG Prices Slip on Weak Demand

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 Asian spot LNG prices fell this week on poor demand from major gas-consuming regions despite a slew of new purchase tenders.   The May spot LNG contract fell by $0.25 cents to $5.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), with new production coming on stream in Australia and the


Cosco Shipping 2016 Profit Dip

Photo: Cosco Shipping International (Hong Kong)

 Cosco Shipping International (Hong Kong) has seen its profit for the year ended December 31, 2016 drop 29 percent to HKD 236.5 million (USD 30.4 million) from HKD 362 million (USD 46.6 million) reported a year earlier.   Although the company’s operating profit dropped to HKD 544


BW Group Grabs Control of Tanker Firm DHT from Fredriksen's Frontline

File photo: DHT Holdings

Shipping tycoons Sohmen Pao, Fredriksen battle over DHT; Sohmen Pao's BW Group becomes top DHT owner with 33.5 percent to surpass Frontline as DHT's top shareholder. The move likely ends Frontline's ambitions to take over DHT, as DHT had twice rejected Frontline's advances.  


Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

Photo: Crowley

Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal


Statoil Wins Licences Off UK, 'Resets' Exploration Off U.S.

Norway's Statoil was the second top bidder for 13 oil exploration leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and won six licences offshore Britain, it said on Thursday, in a sign it may be looking to boost reserves after slashing costs. "The importance of oil companies' ability to replenish


Top LNG Buyers Form Alliance to Push for Flexible Contracts

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The world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move that further shifts power to buyers rather than producers.   Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with


CNOOC Reports Worst Result Since At Least 2011

File photo: CNOOC

 China's offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd reported its worst annual result since at least 2011, with revenue from its core oil and gas business tumbling 17 percent last year, but it expects to raise output 2017 as oil prices rebound.  


Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel to Expand

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, India chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday approved fresh estimates of the project Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel (Phase-II).  


Diana Containerships Launches USD 150 Mln Securities Offering

Photo: Diana Containerships Inc

 Diana Containerships, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, announced today that the Company has entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Kalani Investments, an entity organized in the British Virgin Islands (Kalani) that is not affiliated with


Arctic Ice Sets New Record Low for Winter

Photo: NOAA

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has set a new record low for the wintertime in a region strongly affected by long-term trends of global warming, U.S. and European scientists said on Wednesday.   Sea ice around the North Pole expands to its biggest extent of the year in February or






 
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