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Cummings (D-Md.) on FY10 Budget Requests

During the Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation hearing on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Requests for the United States Coast Guard, United States Maritime Administration and Federal Maritime Commission, Chairman Elijah E. Cummings made the following opening statement: “The Subcommittee convenes today to examine the fiscal year 2010 budget requests for the Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission, and the federal Maritime Administration. The President has requested just under $9.5 billion in fiscal year 2010 to fund the U.S. Coast Guard.  This request would provide an increase of approximately $371 million – 4.1 percent – over the service’s enacted fiscal year 2009 budget. The President has requested $6.55 billion for Coast Guard operating expenses in fiscal year 2010, an increase of more than $361.2 million – 5.8 percent – over the fiscal year 2009 enacted level.  The President has requested just under $1.4 billion to fund all planned Coast Guard capital acquisitions in fiscal year 2010, an approximately $100.6 million decrease from the fiscal year 2009 appropriated level.  Of this requested amount, $1.05 billion is requested for the Deepwater program, an approximately $72 million increase from the enacted funding for fiscal year 2009. 


Stolt-Nielsen Purchased 5,400 of its Common Shares

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. announces that Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group Ltd. (SNTG), a 100% owned subsidiary of SNSA, purchased today 5,400 of SNSA Common Shares on the Oslo Børs at an average price of NOK 190.57 per share (approximately $29.69 at the current exchange rate). The shares were purchased in accordance with the repurchase program announced on August 25, 2005, authorizing Company to purchase up to $200 million worth of its Common Shares or related American Depositary Shares.


Minoan Flying Dolphins Acquires 10 More Ferries

Minoan Lines subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins added to a recent flurry of vessel acquisition with the purchase of 10 more ferries for an undisclosed amount, bringing its total fleet to 63 vessels. The ferries purchased are: Poseidon Express II, Pegasus, Milos Express, Papadiamantis, Poseidon Hellas, Aeas, Apostolos, Hellas, Aphaea and Aegina. Minoan Flying Dolphins' fleet includes 34 new technology ships, 25 of conventional technology, and four RoRo ships.


GulfMark Options to Build Second Aker Vessel

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. has exercised an option to build a second Aker PSV09 design vessel. This vessel, which will be an identical sister ship to the Aker PSV09 currently under construction in Norway, is a 4,850 deadweight ton, diesel electric powered platform supply vessel. The purchase price for this vessel is approximately $30 million, with delivery currently expected during the third quarter of 2007. GulfMark will be the majority investor in a joint venture for the construction of the


Zim to Buy Cargo Ships for $266.4m

The board of Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. has approved the purchase of two container ships for $266.4 million and has option on a third, according Globe Online. The ships will be delivered in early 2010. Last June, the company announced plans to buy eight new container ships for $1 billion from South Korea’s Hyundai Shipyards. This purchase will increase Zim’s fleet by 30%. Source: Globe Online


Premier's S.S. OceanBreeze Sold To Imperial

Imperial Majesty Cruise Line purchased the S.S. OceanBreeze from Premier Cruise Lines, said President Arthur M. Pollack. The total value of the deal, including the purchase price and planned upgrades to the vessel, is in excess of $16 million. "The purchase of the OceanBreeze reaffirms our commitment to the short-term cruise concept and the South Florida market," said Pollack. The OceanBreeze began to sail under its new ownership on May 20


Kirby Buys Towboats, Barges from Coastal

Kirby Corp. signed an asset purchase agreement with Coastal Towing, Inc. to purchase from Coastal seven black oil tank barges and 13 inland towboats. The transaction, estimated at $17.1 million in cash, is being financed through Kirby's operating cash flow and available credit under Kirby's bank revolving credit agreement. Kirby and Coastal have also entered into a Barge Management Agreement whereby Kirby will serve as manager of the combined black oil tank barge fleet


Kirby Corporation Purchases Tank Barges

Kirby Corporation announced the purchase of the stock of Coastal Towing, Inc., the owner of 37 inland black oil tank barges, for approximately $19.3m. Kirby has been operating the Coastal tank barges since October 2002 under a barge management agreement. Kirby also announced the purchase of 21 tank barges from Cypress Barge Leasing, LLC for $15m in cash. Kirby has been leasing the barges since 1994 when the leases were assigned to Kirby as part of Kirby's purchase of the tank barge fleet


Globalstar To Receive Additional Financing

Satellite telecommunications firm Globalstar Telecommunications said on Monday that five of its founding partners will provide the company with further equity financing. Under the terms of their agreements, Loral Space & Communications Ltd., Vodafone Group Plc, Qualcomm Inc.; Elsacom, and a France Telecom/Alcatel partnership will purchase 5.2 million shares of common stock of Globalstar for $56 million. Loral will purchase $12 million of this total.


E-Procurement Streamlined via the Cloud

Joseph E. Royce, CEO of MPS, aims to enhance the purchasing cycle via its cloud-based Direct Connect  e-procurement trading platform.

Marine Procurement Solutions (MPS) has built an electronic platform that aims to enhance the purchasing cycle for the maritime industry. MPS provides software, consultancy services and other customized solutions through its Direct Connect e-procurement trading platform that is designed to unite buyers, vendors and other members of the supply chain via a cloud-based interface that allows users to electronically process requests for quotations, purchase orders


Hanøytangen Deal Reached – Again

Photo: Bergen Group

Agreement concluded for the sale of Hanøytangen; new ownership takes over as from today   Bergen Group has reached an agreement with Semco Maritime on sale of the rig service activity and with Hellik Teigen AS for sale of the real estate at Hanøytangen


SeaProcurement Version 2.2 Launched

SeaProc Dashboard (Image courtesy of iMarine Software)

Marine eProcurement system adds new features to expand functions and enhance management reporting.    iMarine Software announced today the release of SeaProcurement (SeaProc) Version 2.2, expanding the next generation in marine eProcurement systems to include contract management


CSD, Cosco JV to Buy Vale's Bulk Carriers

Ma Zehua (Chairman of Cosco Group),  Xu Lirong (Chairman of China Shipping Group) Murilo Ferreira (President&CEO of Vale) and Gurinder Singh(Director of Shipping & Distribution of Vale) attended the Signing Ceremony and signed the agreement on behalf of each party. Photo by Cosco

 China Shipping Development (CSD) and Cosco have established a joint venture (JV), China Ore Shipping Pte., in Singapore to purchase four 400,000 dwt ore carriers from Vale and operate them.   CSD and Cosco’s bulk shipping division Cosco Bulk Shipping holds 49% and 51% equity


USS Freedom (LCS 1) Completes Rough Water Trials

USS Freedom (LCS 1) in the Southern California operating area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) completed Seakeeping and Structural Loads Trials, commonly referred to as Rough Water Trials (RWT) in late March the Navy reported May 21. The U.S. Navy must demonstrate the seaworthiness and structural integrity of each new ship class


Volvo Penta Offers Extended Warranty

Volvo Penta

  Volvo Penta has doubled the warranty on Genuine Volvo Penta Parts and Accessories that are purchased and installed at a Volvo Penta dealer — creating even better protection for customers.   Volvo Penta offers a comprehensive 12-month warranty on Genuine Volvo Penta Parts


Indian Navy To Limit Ship Buys to Domestic Yards

Indian ship building yards are procuring increasing orders from the defense sector

  The Indian Ministry of Defence has directed future warship and submarine building orders be given only to domestic shipyards. The Navy has potential orders worth more than US $50 billion over the next 10 years for ship and submarine builds, said a Defence Ministry source.


Bergen Group Cancels Rig Facilities Sale

Photo courtesy of Semco Maritime

The Bergen Group has decided to terminate a sales agreement that would see Semco Maritime acquire its rig service yard facilities at Hanøytangen. The real estate and the rig service activity at Hanøytangen will continue to be under the Bergen Group's ownership.  


Baltic Trading Reports Loss

Picture: Baltic Trading Limited

 Baltic Trading Limited, a Marshall Islands company formed by Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, reported a loss of $42.4 million in its first quarter.   The New York-based shipping company focused on the drybulk industry spot market said it had a loss of 75 cents per share


EU: Former Operator of Portugal Shipyard Must Repay Aid

The former operator of Portugal's largest shipyard Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) must pay back around 290 million euros ($329.79 million) in public support, the European Commission said on Thursday. It said the new operator WestSea did not need to pay the money as it purchased


Near Term Outlook Mixed for Shipping

Clarkson Office Locations

  Shipping services company Clarkson PLC warned that the outlook for the industry remains mixed in the short term and dry bulk and offshore in particular present challenges.   "The near term industry outlook remains mixed and the challenges in some of our markets continue


Scorpio Tankers Orders 4 LR2 Tankers

Courtesy Scorpio Tankers

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. informs it has entered agreements to purchase four LR2 product tankers. The company has also recently taken delivery of three newbuilding vessels. Scorpio Tankers reached agreements with two unrelated third parties to purchase an aggregate of four LR2 product


Signet Continues US Expansion

Signet continues Gulf of Mexico expansion and opens U.S. East Coast office; awarded multi-vessel contracts - containers to Caribbean ports   Signet Maritime Corporation informs it has completed Phase II of a $250 million capital expansion program with the acquisition and integration of the


Indonesia Gets Multipurpose Research Vessel from France

Photo: Indonesian Navy

 The Indonesian Navy has taken delivery of a French-made KRI Rigel 933 multipurpose research vessel at Jakarta International Container Terminal 2, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Jakarta Post reported.   The ship was delivered from the OCEA Les Sables d'Olonne shipyard in France.


Tidewater Declares Quarterly Dividend

Board of Directors

  Tidewater Inc. announced that its Board of Directors declared on May 14, 2015, a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock payable June 15, 2015, to shareholders of record on June 5, 2015. Tidewater also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved an


Savannah Container Volumes Jump in April

(Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Port of Savannah container volumes jumped 25.8 percent in April, with a total volume of 335,337 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or an additional 69,000 units. The Georgia Ports Authority also saw strong growth in roll-on/roll-off traffic, moving 77,574 units through Brunswick and Savannah






 
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