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Scorpio Tankers Continue Spending Spree

Scorpio Tankship: Photo courtesy of Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announces 16 newbuilding agreements and US$ 525-million in commitments to its 2013 Credit Facility. The company has reached agreements with five shipyards in Korea to construct 16 newbuilding vessels consisting of eight LR2, four MR, and four Handymax ice class-1A product tankers. In addition, the Company announced that syndication of the Company's previously announced $267 million Credit Facility has been heavily over-subscribed resulting in an increase of the overall commitments received from new and existing financial institutions to US$ 525-million. Emanuele Lauro, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, commented, "These 16 orders for fuel efficient vessels, and, as significantly, the over-subscription of our 2013 credit facility, have solidified our unique position in front of an improving cycle in product tankers. We are pleased that our shareholders and lenders alike are showing their support of our strategy." Details of the 16 tankships on order are as follows: LR2 Newbuildings The Company reached agreements to construct eight, 114,000 dwt, LR2 product tankers for approximately $52.0 million each, consisting of four at Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("SHI"), two at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("HSHI"), and two at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. ("DSME"). These vessels are scheduled to be delivered in the first and second quarters of 2015


Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, and NYK Announce Joint Operations

Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, and NYK announced that they have reached agreement to operate jointly in the trade between Asia, South Africa, and South America. From mid April, the linew will replace the current three strings (one operated by Maersk Line and two operated by Hamburg Süd and NYK) by two strings with modern and fast vessels. The overall capacity produced by the new two string system is roughly the same as the capacity presently provided by the three Lines


This Day in Naval History – May 22

1882 - Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade 1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, 22-23 May 1967 - New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 - USS Scorpion (SSN-589) lost with all hands (Source: Navy News Service)


US East & Gulf Ports Labor Talks Make Progress

International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) & United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) make progress in contract negotiations Concluding three of four days of scheduled negotiations, the two sides announced agreement in principle on issues involving the introduction of new technology and automation and maintenance and repair of chassis within marine terminals and at off-pier facilities at the East and Gulf Coast ports.


Davie Yards to Gradually Resume Operations

Davie Yards Inc. (TSX:DAV) announced that it has reached agreements with its clients for new price increases of $35m on its existing contracts. In addition Davie's largest client, Cecon ASA has informed that it has received a $200m loan offer replacing the lost loan facility with the Norwegian bank DnB Nor. While Cecon completes the loan documentation, Davie has negotiated a $20m prefunding facility which will enable it to gradually resume its operations.


Manitowoc Reaches Agreement On Options for Lighterage System

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. announced that it has signed a contract with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Department of the U.S. Navy, on options for the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS). The Navy selected Manitowoc Marine Group in 2003 to build the INLS, and the first unit was delivered in the third quarter of 2005. The new agreement calls for option deliveries over the next five calendar years with an approximate value of $360 million.


Norwegian Offshore Strike Implications for Smedvig

The Norwegian Shipowners Association and the Federation of Offshore Workers Unions (OFS) have not succeeded in reaching agreement at arbitration on the annual settlement. This means that the OFS has called out on strike its members on four rigs. As from July 9, the strike will be extended by one more rig. For the time being none of Smedvig's mobile units are affected by the strike. However, if the strike is extended


Crowley to Acquire Titan Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. announced last night at the International Salvage Union's annual dinner that Crowley has reached agreement with the owners of Titan Maritime, LLC to acquire the company. The deal is expected to close within the next 30 days. Crowley made the announcement to an audience of about 60 salvors from around the world who had gathered for dinner at the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle as part of the weeklong International


Capital Product Partners Recharters M/T Arionas

Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: CPLP) announced that it had reached agreement with Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. to recharter the M/T Arionas for a period of 12 months (+/- 30 days) from the expected expiration of its current charter in June 2010. The M/T Arionas (2006, MR product tanker, Hyundai MIPO Dockyard, 37,000dwt ICE Class 1A) was fixed at a gross rate of $12,000 per day ($11,850 net) with a subsidiary of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp., the Partnership's Sponsor


Horizon Offshore Offers Finance Update

Horizon Offshore, Inc. said that due to its inability to collect any of its outstanding claims against Pemex or obtain financing on acceptable terms with an institutional lender prior to January 31, 2004 it has reached agreement with the lenders on two of its existing revolving credit facilities to amend its loan agreements. These amendments remove a condition that would have reduced its borrowing capacity under these agreements from an aggregate of $50 million to $20


License Agreement Signed by MAN Diesel & Turbo at SMM

License agreement signed by MAN Diesel & Turbo at SMM

  On Tuesday September 9, 2014 at Hamburg’s SMM Marine trade fair, MAN Diesel & Turbo signed a new license agreement with QMD, a member of the CSIC Group together with Dalian Marine Diesel Co., Ltd. and Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Co., Ltd


MAN Diesel & Turbo, QMD Ink License Agreement at SMM

On Tuesday September 9, 2014 at Hamburg’s SMM Marine trade fair, MAN Diesel & Turbo signed a new license agreement with QMD, a member of the CSIC Group together with Dalian Marine Diesel Co., Ltd. and Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Co., Ltd


DryShips Cancels Newbuild Contracts

DryShips Inc. reports cancellation of four newbuilding contracts with Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries DryShips Inc., an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc


Eagle Bulk Shipping Files for Bankruptcy

Photo courtesy of Eagle Bulk Shipping

Eagle Bulk Shipping filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, the latest in a string of shipping companies to make a Chapter 11 filing, and said it reached agreement with its lenders to cut its debt by $975 million. The U.S. company said in a statement that creditors who hold more than 85 percent of


ISC Profit Slip in Q2 2014 but Pay Dividend

Jones Act bulk carrier: Image courtesy of ISC

International Shipholding Corporation (ISC) has announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, summarized here: Net Loss he Company reported a net loss of $664,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2014. For the comparable three months ended June 30, 2013


U.S., Iran Says Nuclear Talks Big Differences Persist in Vienna

Secretary of State John Kerry

  Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry said Sunday that there are still large differences between Iran and six world powers negotiating over Tehran's nuclear program, comments echoed by the Islamic Republic, while the deadline approaches to reach an agreement.


China & S. Korea Restate Opposition to Nuclear Weapon Development

Chinese President Xi Jinping with South Korean President Park Geun-hye

  Chinese President Xi Jinping with South Korean President Park Geun-hye Thursday reiterated firmly opposed to the development of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, while undertaking efforts to complete FTA negotiations before the end.


Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal in the Works

Excelerate Energy and Petrobangla in agreement for long-term FSRU charter and construction of LNG import facility Excelerate Energy and Petrobangla have reached agreement on terms for the development and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal


Rosneft, BP To Explore For Shale Oil In Russia

  Rosneft and BP signed an agreement on Saturday to jointly explore for hard-to-recover oil in Russia, the first major deal for the state-run Russian oil company since the West imposed sanctions over Ukraine in March. Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin


Russia And China Ready For Deal On Energy

Russian President Vladimir Putin

  "China is our reliable friend," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday in an interview ahead of a conference in Shanghai. "To expand cooperation with China is undoubtedly Russia's diplomatic priority."


White House Calls China's Actions in Vietnam Dispute Provocative

China's decision to place an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea is a provocative act and raises tensions in the region, the White House said on Friday. "We consider that act provocative and we consider it one that undermines the goal that we share


US Retailers Urge Speedy W. Coast Labor Contract Negotiations

File photo CCL

The National Retail Federation (NRF) informs it has urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer.


U.S. Crude Surges on Weak Dollar, Ukraine Concerns

Global oil prices surged on Tuesday as a weaker U.S. dollar boosted buying, while expectations for bullish inventory reports in the U.S. and fresh unrest in eastern Ukraine lent support. As the U.S. dollar plunged to session lows against the Japanese yen and the euro, U.S


IMO NOx Emission Requirements on Course for 2016

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has reached agreement on the entry into force date of new, stricter requirements for ships’ emission of NOx in emission control areas (NECAs). At the last session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee


Canpotex Reaches Agreement with Indian Customers

Canpotex Limited announced it has agreed to an annual contract with its government and private sector partners in India to supply approximately 1 million metric tons of potash at a price of $322 per metric ton on a CFR basis. Steven Dechka, Canpotex's President and Chief Executive Officer






 
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