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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.


Stolt-Nielsen Changes Accounting for Two Acquisitions

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced that Finanstilsynet (The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway) has completed a review of certain aspects of the company's consolidated financial statements for 2012. The company agreed to reverse $12.3 million of the non-cash gains on bargain purchase relating to the Acuidoro and Moerdijk acquisitions completed during 2012. The non-cash gain on bargain purchase of $4.8 million relating to the Dagenham acquisition has not been reversed.


Hull Inspection Systems Delivered to the US Navy

EOD HULS MK19 Systems 4 and 5 vehicles (Photo courtesy of Bluefin Robotics)

Bluefin Robotics has delivered new vehicles to the U.S. Navy that aim to increase the Navy's capability to remotely search and investigate ship hulls, harbor sea floors and other underwater infrastructure for limpet mines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other objects of interest.  


Banks: Vessel Financing Increasingly Based on Energy Efficiency

Pic: Carbon War Room (CWR)

 Banks are beginning to recommend efficiency retrofits to shipowners, and are using energy-efficiency data in deciding which vessels they finance—and which they won’t, says a survey conducted by  Carbon War Room.  


Panamax Vessel Delivered to Diana Containerships

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Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v YM New Jersey, a 2006-built Panamax container vessel of approximately 5


Algoma Central Orders New Great Lakes Ships

Equinox Class ship Algoma Harvester entering harbour at Port Colborne (CNW Group/Algoma Central Corporation)

Algoma Central Corporation announces $160 million investment in fleet expansion and fleet renewal   Algoma Central Corporation announced that it has acquired a 2009-built handy size self-unloading ocean class vessel, the Gypsum Integrity, from Gypsum Transportation Limited


OOCL Orders Six Ultra-Large Container Ships

Pic: Orient Overseas (International) Limited.

 Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. has placed a new order for six mega 20,000 teu container ships from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co. for US$951.6 million.   Orient Overseas, controlled by the family of former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa


GasLog Acquires 2 BG Carriers

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GasLog Ltd. completed the acquisition of two LNG carriers from Methane Services Limited, a subsidiary of BG Group plc, which was previously announced on December 22, 2014. This transaction completes the third acquisition of ships from BG by GasLog in the last twelve months


Pakistan to Buy Eight Submarines from China

Image by Pakistan Defence

 Pakistan is close to signing a $4 to $5 billion deal to buy eight submarines from China, the Financial Times said on Thursday, in what it added would likely be China's largest overseas arms sale.   The Pakistan Navy says Islamabad has given the green light to the military's plan to


Navig8, Ocean Yield in Chemical Tanker Deal

Image: Ocean Yield

 Norway’s Ocean Yield has bought eight chemical tanker newbuildings for $306.8m from Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc, which will lease the vessels back on 15-year   "hell and high" bareboat charters.   Navig8 Chemical Tankers has options to buy the vessels during the


UASC Streamlines Fuel Purchasing

Photo: UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a global shipping company based in the Middle East, has implemented Shiptech, an end-to-end fuel management system developed by global cloud software company Inatech.   Shiptech provides the company with an automated, cloud-based


Diana Containerships Takes Delivery of Panamax Ship

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Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v YM Los Angeles, a 2006-built Panamax container vessel of approximately 5


ClassNK Releases Steel Ships Rules and Guidance

Classification society ClassNK has released its 2015 Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.   The 2015 edition’s amendments, made between March 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, reflect the latest R&D findings, feedback from damage investigations


LATC Orders Damen PSVs for Nigerian Offshore Sector

Photo: Damen

Africa-focused proprietary investment firm L.A.T Cleveson (LATC) has signed an order with Damen Shipyards Group for the supply of two PSV 3300 Platform Supply Vessels and two FCS 5009 Fast Supplier Vessels. This transaction will bring next generation Damen PSVs to the offshore industry of Nigeria


Meyer Acquires Turku Shipyard

Turku shipyard

  The Meyer family, operating the shipbuilding company Meyer Werft in Germany, and the Finnish State acquired Turku shipyard from STX Europe in September 2014. Meyer Werft took up 70 percent of the shares, and the State of Finland purchased 30 percent of the share capital through the Finnish


EGS Names RV ‘Geo Resolution’

Geo Resolution pictured prior to her departure from the Shipyard. Courtesy: EGS

 The EGS management has gathered in Singapore to conduct the christening and blessing ceremony of the RV Geo Resolution, the latest addition to EGS’ fleet of deep water capable hydrographic and geophysical survey vessels, said a press release from the company.  


IMO Conference to Address Ferry Safety

Photo: AMSA

Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, Manila, the Philippines, April 24, 2015   The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold an international conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on






 
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