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Seoul Shares Up 0.4% on Shipyards

According to an August 9 report from Reuters, Seoul shares rose as investor hopes for further stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve strengthened ahead of its meeting, with gains in shipyards and banking stocks lifting the index. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index .KS11 (KOSPI) ended up 0.36 percent at 1,790.17 points.. (Source: Reuters)


Seoul Shares Touch 3-week Low as China Worries Persist

By Se Young Lee, Reuters Seoul shares fell in early domestic trade Wednesday, touching a near-three week low as persisting worries about China's economic growth outlook cut appetites for riskier assets. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was down 1.2 percent at 1,939.86 points as of 0215 GMT. The index earlier traded as low as 1,938.60, its weakest level since Feb. 20. A sharper-than-expected slowdown in China would likely hurt earnings of major local manufacturers


Seoul Shares Close at New High on Shipbuilding

South Korean stocks hit a fresh closing high Thursday as investors picked up shipbuilding and machinery shares, taking a cue from overnight gains in U.S. markets, analysts said. The South Korean won fell against the U.S. dollar. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 14.98 points, or 0.94 percent, to 1,615.58. Volume was moderate at 445.7 million shares worth 4.67 trillion won (US$5.03 billion), with winners outpacing losers 544 to 226.


STX Shipbuilding Shares Falls

STX Shipbuilding Co., the world's fifth-largest shipyard, fell the most in two months in Seoul trading after six executives at a unit were indicted for stealing technology from a rival. The shipbuilder's shares dropped 7.3 percent to 53,000 won at the close. The stock has fallen about a third since Nov. 8, the day before prosecutors detained two of the six executives. The six executives took files with them when they left Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co


Samsung Heavy $1.2B LNG Ship Orders

According to a report from Bloomberg, Seoul-based Samsung Heavy Industries Co. received orders to build six liquefied natural gas carriers worth a total $1.2b as demand for the fuel surges, prompting a jump in the shares.   (Source: Bloomberg)


EU, S. Korea Will Try Last Minute Negotiations

European Union (EU) and South Korean officials meet next week to try to settle a row over alleged subsidies to Korean shipyards and avert an EU threat to take the dispute to the World Trade Organization. Negotiators meet in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. It could be the last chance for an amicable solution of the row over the EU's allegations that Seoul pays its shipbuilders illegal subsidies, subsidies which it says threaten the existence of European competitors


Korean & Russian Classification Societies Sign MOU

At the recent Korea-Russia Business Dialogue meeting held in Seoul attended by President Putin & President Park Guen-hye, the Korean Register (KR) and the Russian Register of Shipping (RS) signed a shipbuilding memorandum of understanding (MOU) bringing the two class societies closer together with a range of cooperative activities related to shipbuilding and offshore plant. The agreement includes: ·         Technical cooperation and


Russia, South Korea, Discuss Northern Sea Route Cooperation

Putin & Park shake hands: Photo courtesy of the Russian Federation

At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Korea in Seoul, Park Geun-Hye discussed mutual cooperation in the development of the Arctic, reports 'Arctic-Info'. In a joint statement the leaders pointed out that as the Republic of Korea has official observer in the Arctic Council, the parties agreed on mutual cooperation in the development of the Arctic, its study, environmental protection, use of the Northern Sea Route


Hyundai Heavy Leads Gains Among Korean Yards

According to a June 21 report from Bloomberg, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., the world’s largest shipbuilder, led advances among shipyards in Seoul trading on expectations that a stronger yuan will help improve their price competitiveness against rivals in China. Hyundai Heavy climbed 4.9%t to close at 236,000 won, the highest price since May 12. Samsung Heavy Industries Co., the world’s biggest maker of drill ships, gained five percent to 24,200 won.


This Day in Naval History – September 27

1922 - Report on observations of experiments with short wave radio at Anacostia, DC, starts Navy development of radar 1941 - Launch of first Liberty ship, SS Patrick Henry, in Baltimore, MD 1942 - Armed Guard on SS Stephen Hopkins engages German auxiliary cruiser Stier and supply ship Tannenfels. Stephen Hopkins and Stier both sink. 1944 - Special Air Task Force (STAG-1) commences operations with drones, controlled by TBM aircraft, against Japanese in Southwestern Pacific


CMA CGM Crosses 91.05% Ownership Threshold of NOL

File Pic: Neptune Orient Lines Ltd

 CMA CGM S.A has crossed the compulsory acquisition ownership threshold in Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL).    Following its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer (Offer) for NOL which was launched on June 6th, 2016, CMA CGM now owns 2,376,715


CMA CGM Crosses 90% Ownership Threshold in NOL

Photo: CMA CGM

Container shipper CMA CGM S.A. has crossed the 90 percent ownership threshold in Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL), enabling it to bring the Singapore company private.   Following its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer (Offer) for NOL which was launched on June 6, 2016


HMM in Talks to Join 2M Alliance

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Maersk and MSC have initiated meetings with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to discuss the South Korean carrier joining the 2M alliance, says local media reports.   According to Korea Herald,  Korea’s second-largest shipping company is considering joining the 2M Alliance


Seaspan Rejects Hanjin’s Proposal on Charter Rate

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The container ship-leasing company Seaspan Corp declined Hanjin Shipping Co.’s request for a cut in charter rates by about 30 percent, dealing a blow to efforts by South Korea’s biggest liner to revamp debt amid a prolonged trade slump, reports Bloomberg.  


Star Bulk Sets Terms on Reverse Stock Split

Pics: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Athens-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp has determined to effect a 1-for-5 reverse stock split of the Company's common shares.    The Company's shareholders approved the reverse stock split and granted the Board the authority to determine the exact split ratio and proceed with the


Polarcus: Grant of Employee Share Options

Courtesy Polarcus Limited

Polarcus Limited announced the award of share options to two Primary Insiders. 500,000 share options were granted to the Company's newly appointed General Counsel, Mr. Caleb Raywood, and 500,000 share options were granted to Mrs. Tamzin Steel in the newly created position of Senior Vice President


STX Shipbuilding Struggles to Survive

Image: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd

 STX Offshore & Shipbuilding may be put under a court-led restructuring scheme, paving the way for the shipyard to avert liquidation, says a report in Korea Times quoting local court.   Last month, STX Shipbuilding, once Korea's No


Former Hanjin Shipping Chairman May Get Arrest Warrant

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Company Limited

 Prosecutors on Sunday sought the arrest warrant of the ex-chairman of Hanjin Shipping, who has been hit with insider trading charges, says Yonhap.   Choi Eun-young is specifically charged with violating the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act


S.Korea Creates $9.5 Bln Fund for Banks Exposed to Shipyard Troubles

Photo: Robert Kunkel

South Korea's government and central bank will create an 11 trillion won ($9.50 billion) fund to support two state-run banks most exposed to the country's struggling shipping and shipbuilding firms.   "Our key industries like shipping and shipbuilding are being aggressively caught up


DONG Energy Narrows IPO Pricing Range

Photo: DONG Energy

Danish utility and offshore wind farm developer DONG Energy has narrowed the price target for the company's share sale in Copenhagen, cutting off the top end of range, one source with direct knowledge to the matter said.   The price range has been narrowed to 225 Danish crowns and 235


CMA CGM's Bid for NOL Open Until July 4

Photos: CMA CGM, Neptune Orient Lines

 CMA CGM has finally made its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer for all the outstanding shares of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). This follows approvals by the relevant regulatory authorities in the European Union and China.  


Diana Containerships: Split Ratio for Reverse Stock Split

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that its Board of Directors has determined the split ratio for the previously announced reverse stock split of the company’s common shares, par value $0


Safe Bulkers Regains Compliance with NYSE

Safe Bulkers Logo

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today that it was notified by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) that the Company has regained compliance with the NYSE’s minimum share


Safe Bulkers Reports Q1 Loss

Photo: Safe Bulkers Inc.

 The Athens, Greece-based  Safe Bulkers Inc. (SB) on Thursday reported a loss of $17.8 million in its first quarter. The shipping company posted revenue of $24.7 million in the period.    It has a loss of 25 cents per share


Diana Containerships Announces Reverse Stock Split

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that its Board of Directors has determined to effect a reverse stock split of the company’s common shares, par value $0






 
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