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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.

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

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.

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

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

Diana to Acquire Two Post-Panamax Containerships

Diana Containerships Inc. announced that yesterday it signed, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, two Memoranda of Agreement to purchase from an unaffiliated third party two Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Rotterdam and the m/v Hamburg. The 2008-built Rotterdam and 2009- built Hamburg are both of approximately 6,500 TEU capacity, and the purchase prices are $37.5 million and $38.5 million, respectively

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

Cruise Firm Switches to Online Purchasing

Royal Caribbean Cruises has implemented electronic purchasing technology to cut the $1bn it spends annually on resources for its ships. The cruise operator completed a switch to vendor Ariba’s software technology last month, and is using a web portal to purchase goods ranging from ship parts to food and drink. The firm also hopes to reduce purchasing costs and administration through a managed service contract with Ariba, which will process past invoices and accounts payable data.

Thome Ship Management Selects MarineLink eCommerce


(Oslo, 16 March 2011) Thome Ship Management, one of the world's leading independent international ship managers, has chosen MarineLink eCommerce provided by EDB ErgoGroup as the sole eCommerce provider for its purchasing operations. The three year contract covers its entire fleet of about 150 vessels. E-business solutions are not new to Thome Ship Management, as the group has been using e-business solutions since 2005

Supramx Ship Delivered to Seanergy

Dry Bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today the delivery of a 56,819 dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel, renamed M/V Gladiatorship.   The vessel, which was built in 2010 by CSC Jinling Shipyard, has been employed in the spot market

Indonesian Parliament Okays Subs from Russia

Image: Russian Navy

 Indonesia signaled its intent to purchase two submarines from Russia to bolster its current fleet, reports the Jakarta Post.   The government's plan to purchase Kilo-class submarines from Russia has received support from the House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defence and

India Takes Nigerian Oil Despite Shipping Concerns

India's HPCL awarded another tender to buy with Nigerian crude oil despite its concerns about shipping from the West African nation.   The refiner awarded a tender to buy November loading oil to Chevron, traders said, likely with Usan crude oil and either Agbami or Brass.  

Danaos buys 3 Boxships via new JV

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  Danaos Corporation announced today the acquisition of three vessels through a newly-formed joint venture, capitalizing on depressed asset prices in the resale market. The vessels were acquired by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a newly-formed entity ("Gemini") beneficially

Scorpio Services Holding Ups Stake in Scorpio Bulkers

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Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announces purchase of 1,436,352 common shares by Scorpio Services Holding Limited    Dry bulk commodities shipper Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announced today that Scorpio Services Holding Limited has purchased an aggregate of 1,436

Aruba, Citgo sign MOU to Explore Refinery Restart

Aruba's Energy Ministry said on Friday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PDVSA's U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum to explore reopening and operating the island's refinery, idled since 2012. The 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery was operated buy U.S

Umoe Mandal Places Order with DuroWipers

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Norwegian operator Umoe Mandal has purchased six External Panorama Pantograph heavy duty windscreen wipers from U.K. based DuroWipers to equip a newbuild Surface Effect Ship (SES).   Statkraft has entered into an initial six month charter agreement for the new WaveCraft vessel to transport

Scorpio Tankers to Sell Assets, Upsize Credit Facility

Press release - Scorpio Tankers announced an agreement to sell STI Highlander, newbuilding vessel deliveries, and the upsizing of a previously announced credit facility. The company reached an agreement to sell its 2007-built Handymax product tanker, STI Highlander, for approximately $19

PortMiami Dredging Clears Way for Mega Ships

Dredger in PortMiami (Photo: Port Miami)

PortMiami Deep Dredge gives businesses the infrastructure necessary for growth The completion of the PortMiami deep dredge project, which deepens the port’s main harbor channel from 42 feet to a depth of 52 feet to accommodate Post-Panamax ships

Seanergy Maritime 2Q Revenue Nets $1.8 mln

Dry bulk shipper Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.  announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, the company generated net revenues of $1.8 million. Total equity as of June 30, 2015 was $9.4 million.

Plug-and-play Ballast Treatment Deck Modules

Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) delivered a pair of modular ballast water treatment units, specially designed for tank barge and ship operations.   The Ballast Treatment System Deck Module – or “Ballast Module” – combines expertise from MSI, Glosten and Alfa Laval

Hollande, Sissi Agree on Mistral Warships Deal

French President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi have agreed on the purchase by Egypt of the two French Mistral helicopter carriers whose planned sale to Russia was cancelled. "They agreed on the principle and the terms of the acquisition by Egypt of

Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of the first of two recently purchased secondhand Suezmax tanker vessels.   NAT announced in July that it had agreed to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015

Damen Tugs Renew Towmar Baltic UAB fleet

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Towage operator Towmar Baltic UAB recently renewed its fleet with two new Damen ASD Tugs 2810.   The ship assistance and marine service company provides services to customers calling at the Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) and the Port of Liepaja (Latvia) in the Baltic Sea region

Genting HK to Buy Lloyd Werft Shipyard

Photo: Lloyd Werft

Genting Hong Kong has agreed to acquire the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, in a deal that will see the company invest €17.5 million for a 50 percent ownership of the land and 70 percent of the new build business. The acquisition remains subject to final purchase conditions.

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