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U.S. DOJ: Pollution Settlement Nets $1 Million

$1 Million Settlement Enhances Land and Sea in the Eastern District of Texas.   BEAUMONT, Texas — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced a settlement reached with a European shipping corporation has resulted in significant enhancements to nature conservation groups in the Eastern District of Texas. The $1 million settlement was announced at a press conference on the banks of Village Creek in Hardin County, Texas today.  CIMPSHIP Transportes Maritimos, S.A., a Portuguese corporation headquartered in Funchal, Portugal, was initially indicted in 2010 and charged with conspiring to violate environmental laws causing willful pollution of waterways within the Eastern District of Texas.     According to the indictment, CIMPSHIP owned the Niebla, a 38,000 ton ocean-going ship which was operated as a bulk-freight carrier transporting bulk cargo from various ports in the Gulf Coast including Port Arthur, Texas.  It is alleged that from Mar. 2008 through Aug. 2009, Niebla crew members failed to maintain an Oil Record Book as required by federal law.   A settlement agreement was reached between the government and CIMPSHIP in which CIMPSHIP agreed to pay a $1 million community service payment to be used for local conservation efforts in lieu of prosecution.  Federal statutes authorize such settlements to Congressionally-approved Foundations.  


Tug Company to Pay Nearly $1M for Seagrass Damage

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ilinois will pay nearly $1 million for damages to seagrass and other resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Justice Department and the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today. The $969,000 settlement reached on behalf of NOAA and the State of Florida is the largest ever obtained for damages to seagrass in the sanctuary


ENSCO Completes Financing Facility

ENSCO International Incorporated announced the closing of a new $195 million loan facility guaranteed by MARAD. The facility will be used to finance the ENSCO 7500 semisubmersible drilling rig currently being constructed for ENSCO by Friede Goldman Offshore. The rig is scheduled to commence drilling operations for Burlington Resources during the fourth quarter of 2000. The MARAD guarantee covers both interim financing during the construction period as well as 15 year bonds to be issued upon


LHWCA Settlement Unenforceable

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a written settlement agreement involving a claim under the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is unenforceable unless actually signed by claimant. In the instant case, plaintiff’s decedent had filed a claim under the LHWCA. His attorney reached a settlement with the employer’s attorney, which was reduced to writing. Plaintiff’s decedent reviewed the document and approved it, but died before actually signing it


Stolt Offshore Settles Hubline Claim Out of Court

Stolt Offshore S.A. announced that following suspension of the arbitration proceedings that it had previously initiated, an out of court settlement of all outstanding claims relating to the Duke Energy/AGT Hubline project in the USA had been reached. The cash related to this claim has now been received. Tom Ehret, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt Offshore, said, "The settlement of the Hubline claim, which is in line with provisions


FMC, Transpacific Carriers Settle

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Steven R. Blust announced yesterday that the Commission has entered into a settlement agreement with the major ocean carrier agreements and their members who serve the inbound waterborne U.S. trades with Asia, including the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), and two TSA-related bridging agreements. The settlement addresses carrier practices investigated in the Commission's Fact Finding Investigation No


EU Takes South Korea to WTO

The European Commission has requested the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set up formal consultations under its Dispute Settlement mechanism over the unfair Korean shipbuilding practices. This decision has been taken further to the failure to reach an amicable solution to this long-standing dispute by September 30, 2002. EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said: "The lack of progress in our bilateral discussions so far has left us with no option but to take Korea to the WTO


OSG Named as Co-defendant in Indictment

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. was indicted on July 19, 2006 by a federal grand jury in Beaumont, Texas for alleged violations of law concerning maintenance of books and records with respect to the handling of waste oils on the Pacific Ruby, one of the company's wholly-owned Aframax vessels. OSG was named as a co-defendant in a superseding indictment of the chief engineer on the Pacific Ruby, who was first charged on May 17, 2006


Royal Caribbean, Rolls-Royce Pod Settlement

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) and Rolls-Royce announced that they have reached a suitable and amicable resolution to the lawsuit regarding the Mermaid pod-propulsion system on Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium-class ships.   When they were first designed and implemented, podded propulsion was a significant technological advance over traditional shaft propulsion, but it experienced a number of technical issues in the early years of use


Star Bulk Receives $24.3M for Star Ypsilon Settlement

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK), announced that the claim involving the vessel Star Ypsilon has been settled. Under the settlement, the Company has received the amount of $22.22m as settlement for the unrealized revenues due to the interruption of the time charter of  the Star Ypsilon that occurred in July 2009.  Star Bulk received separately the amount of $2.08m for unpaid charter hire, bunkers and interest, bringing the total amount collected to $24


EURONAV Private Offering Raises $125m

EURONAV VLCC Artois (Photo courtesy of EURONAV)

EURONAV announces that it has raised $125 million in total in gross cash proceeds through a private placement of 10,556,808 new shares to institutional investors selected through an accelerated book build offering. Following strong demand, Euronav decided to upsize the initial offering from $100


Panama Canal Cost Dispute Headed to Miami Court

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

A $180 million claim involving the Panama Canal's disputed $1.6 billion cost overrun is headed to arbitration court in Miami next week, canal officials said on Monday. The $180 million claim by the consortium working on the massive canal expansion project is the first of several disputed


Better Operational News from Fugro

Fugro Saltire: Photo courtesy of the owners

Fugro says that (an as yet unidentified vessel) recently affected by a fire is back in operation. The total time out of operation amounted to seven weeks. Secondly, the company also confirmed that a divers strike in Brazil has reached a negotiated settlement and the divers have


Russia, China May Develop Floating Nuclear Power Plants

Russia and the world's top energy user China may jointly develop six floating nuclear power plants (NPPs), Russia's nuclear export body said on Tuesday, a further joint energy project since the signing of a $400 billion gas supply deal. Rusatom Overseas


Calculating Settlement Value of a Case

Thomas H. Belknap, Jr.

It has been said that war is politics by other means.  It is probably equally true that litigation is business by other means.  On the one hand, the threat of litigation – and the resulting costs, inconvenience and uncertainty – will often compel parties to resolve their


Mitsui Pays $40 Mln Compensation After Seizure

  Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd has paid about 4 billion yen ($39 million) in settlement to China as compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation, following a seizure of its ship by a Chinese maritime court in Shanghai


Finland Steel Firms Deal Flagged by Helsinki Bourse

Track to steel mill: Photo Wiki CCL

Rautaruukki Corporation (Rautaruukki) informs it has received from SSAB AB (SSAB) the following flagging notice in accordance with the Securities Market Act: "If the exchange offer for all the shares in Rautaruukki announced by SSAB on 22,January 2014 is completed


Konecranes Receive Another RTG Crane Order

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In March 2014, Konecranes received another order for RTGs and reach stackers from transportation supplier CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. in the U.S. Four Konecranes RTGs will be delivered to two CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facilities in Chicago, Illinois, and two reach stackers to Charleston


Repsol To Sell Argentine Bonds To JP Morgan

  Spanish oil major Repsol said on Tuesday it had agreed the sale of Argentine bonds to JP Morgan for $2.01 billion, the company's second sale of Argentine paper to the U.S investment bank in less than a week. The bonds were part of a $5 billion settlement with Argentina after the


Conditional Settlement of Leighton Class Action

Leighton Holdings

Leighton Holdings Limited announces that it has entered into a conditional agreement to settle the shareholder class action brought against it in relation to the 11 April 2011 disclosure of a revision of its profit forecast for the 2011 Financial Year.  


U.S. Oil Prices Rally

U.S. oil prices rose to near one-month highs on Monday as a weak dollar prompted buying a day before the June contract's expiration, while Brent prices fell as slumping global equities outweighed the impact of low Libyan output. The U.S. dollar fell to its lowest level in more than three months


More Workers Walk Out of Norway's Oil Wage Talks

More workers in Norway's oil sector walked out of wage talks on Wednesday, sending the dispute to a state mediator and raising the prospect of a repeat of a 2012 strike.   Workers who operate onshore supply bases broke off talks, joining platform oil workers and oil service employees in


BP to Appeal Gulf Oil Spill Damages Ruling

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BP Plc on Wednesday said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a court ruling concerning the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which forces the company to pay some businesses for economic damages without the businesses having to prove the spill caused their losses.  


Shell Offers $51M to Settle Nigeria Oil Spills

Royal Dutch Shell is ready to pay up to 30 million pounds ($51 million) in compensation for two oil spills in Nigeria in 2008 after a London court rejected a larger claim, sources involved in the case said on Friday. Around 11,000 residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta represented


EURONAV to Buy 4 Japanese-built VLCCs

EURONAV VLCC Olympia (Photo courtesy of EURONAV)

EURONAV has entered into an agreement for the purchase of four modern Japanese built VLCC vessels for an aggregate purchase price of $342 million. The vessels are on average three years old. This acquisition fits into the company’s strategy to further strengthen its position as the leading






 
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