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A Second Look: Defense

The Associated Press reported that the Street gave a motley review of defense titans Lockheed Martin Corp.'s and Northrop Grumman Corp.'s outlook for the year, a day after both companies posted higher fourth-quarter earnings. Market observers warned that despite solid growth by Lockheed and Northrop in 2006, performance expectations for 2007 appear to be uncertain due to ambiguous budget requests. The Defense Department submits its fiscal 2008 budget request to Congress for approval next month. Initial estimates suggest the defense budget could reach more than $600 billion for 2008 in addition to the $100 billion supplemental request for war spending for the remainder of 2007. CIBC World Markets Corp. research analysts noted that Los Angeles-based Northrop, considered to be one of the U.S. Navy's top ship providers, is expected to see a cutback in shipbuilding as the Navy requested four ships -- rather than the six initially planned for in 2006. There has also been speculation that the Pentagon may issue cutbacks in missile defense and space tracking and surveillance systems. Also facing Northrop has been a slow growth rate, compared to its competitors, due to damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the company's shipbuilding operations. Shares of Northrop grew modestly by 13 percent in 2006 compared to rival Lockheed Martin which surged 45 percent for the year based on earnings growth.


Maritime Stocks Take A Dive On Oslo Bourse

The All Share Index in Oslo lost a further 4.2 percent in April, and as in March the main reason for the fall was international repricing of technology stocks. However, shipping and offshore companies were not providing any help for the market, as the Shipping Index fell a solid 5.8 percent during the month. Det Søndenfjeldske (SFJ), Ocean Rig (OCR) and Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS and SCSA) all fell between 14 and 19 percent, leading the way down for offshore stocks


Carnival, Star Team Up To Buy NCL

Carnival Corp. and Malaysia's Star Cruises surprisingly joined forces in a battle to buy Norwegian cruise firm NCL Holding. The two companies dropped a bidding war in favor of Star's lower $1.1 billion share offer for NCL. Star will stick with its 35 crowns per share bid for NCL, expiring on Feb. 10. Carnival will cancel a planned 40 crowns NCL offer and instead acquire a 40 percent stake in Arrasas Ltd., Star's unit set up to acquire NCL. Star would hold the remaining 60 percent.


Offshore Shares Are Leading The Way

Offshore shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange continued to rise in November, buoyed by the continuing high oil price and expectations of increased level of activities from oil companies in the year 2000. After a few dismal months, offshore shares regained the positive position they have occupied for most of the year. Other maritime shares fell during November so it was offshore and cruise that carried the Shipping Index to a 1.9 percent rise for the month and the rise of 36


Offshore shares driving the market

Share prices in Oslo rose in August for the sixth consecutive month, and can thus show for positive share price movements for 7 out of 8 months so far this year. While the All Share Index gained another 2.4 percent in August, the Shipping Index was a little behind with a 1.4 percent increase. Shipping and Offshore shares are up 43.2 percent for the year. The oil price continued to rise in August. For the first time since October 1997 North Sea oil for immediate delivery (Brent spot) was


Downturns in Chinese Shipping Industry

Though it has sustained economic growth for the past ten years, China’s shipbuilding industry suffered in 2008. The nation contracted 48.3% fewer ships in the first half of the year as compared to 2007. Carrying capacity was down by about 45%, and China’s total market share in the shipbuilding industry dropped to 33.7%.


Year's End Appears To Be Timely For Buying Cruise Shares

Now is the time to buy cruise shares, says a cruise industry review released by Lazard Frères & Co., which notes that although shares have been up and down in the past few weeks with only a 1 percent increase in the last month, the relatively defensive performance of the cruise/leisure segment is encouraging. The report states cruise shares are sensitive to any data showing a slowdown in consumer spending in 2000. In September


Oil's Worst Year Since 2008

Oil prices fell on Wednesday as concerns about demand for fuel kept worries about a global supply glut intact.   Both Brent and U.S. crude significantly pared losses just before government data showed U.S. crude oil inventories fell 1.8 million barrels last week, a bigger drop than analyst expectations for a 100,000-barrel dip in stocks.   After initially paring more losses, crude futures pushed lower.  


BW Offshore Cuts Dividend

BW Offshore cut its dividend on Monday, blaming lower spending by customers due to a fall in crude prices as well as a deadly accident in Brazil last week. The company, which also met fourth-quarter earnings forecasts, said it planned a dividend of 2 U.S. cents a share for October-December, one cent less than in recent quarters and below expectations for 3 cents in a Reuters poll of analysts. On Feb 11, an explosion on one of BW's oil production vessels offshore Brazil killed five


Transocean Shares Poised for Big Move

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Transocean Ltd shares are expected to move about 8 percent in either direction following its earnings results on Wednesday, options data showed, but positioning among traders suggests some worry.   This would be the biggest post-earnings move for the shares in at least eight quarters.   The outlook among traders was pessimistic, however, as seven of the ten most active Transocean options on Tuesday were puts, which are usually either a bet on or a hedge against the shares falling


PDVSA's Oil Exports to Asia, Americas Fell in 2014

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's exports to Asia and the Americas fell last year though shipments to Europe increased, according to a preliminary government report issued this month.   The OPEC country's Oil Ministry did not explain the overall drop in exports in its report to Parliament


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

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  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Almost 6 pct

File image: a Maersk Line Box ship.

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 5.5 percent to $586 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


CSIC, CSSC Dismiss Shipbuilder Merger Rumors

China's state-backed shipbuilding giants said they have not received any merger-related information from authorities, after an executive swap between the firms sparked a market rally in their shares. The pair are the latest state firms to see merger rumours trigger jumps in their share prices


Nabors Posts Quarterly Loss as Drilling Activity Slows

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Offshore driller Nabors Industries Ltd reported a quarterly loss, hurt by lower drilling activity amid a slump in global crude prices.   The company posted a net loss of $891.1 million, or $3.08 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $150


Stronger Panamaxes Boost Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, made minor gains on Thursday on higher rates for the panamax and smaller vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Oil Near $59 on High Dollar, Inventory

Dollar hits fresh 11-year high against currency basket. U.S. oil inventories at record high. Brent crude oil fell towards $59 a barrel on Monday as the dollar strengthened and a supply glut pushed global oil inventories to record highs.


RCS' EAL Earns Additional Approval

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RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic  802 environmentally acceptable grease has met the requirements for approved use in AEGIR-Marine PRIME rudderstock seals. This approval is an extension of the existing partnership agreement between AEGIR-Marine and RSC Bio Solutions intended


Norchem Buys Odfjell SE B-shares

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Norchem AS in Denmark, in which Laurence Odfjell, Chairman of the Board in Odfjell SE, has a controlling interest, has today acquired 1,121,287 Odfjell B-shares in Odfjell at NOK 18.85 per share, the company reported.   Following this transaction, Norchem AS owns 25,966,492 A-shares and 3


Horizon Lines Post 4Q 2014 Results

The story of Horizon Lines is really the story of containerized shipping in America

Horizon Lines, Inc. today reported financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter ended December 21, 2014. "Horizon Lines' fourth-quarter adjusted EBITDA increased 26.6% over the same period a year ago. The improvement in adjusted EBITDA was driven largely by higher fuel recovery


Rig Count a Predictor for US Q2 Production

The falling number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States is pointing to a decline in U.S. oil production in the second quarter, Goldman Sachs analysts said on Monday. Rig count in the United States fell by 56 last week to 866, the fewest since March 2011


Knightsbridge Completes Vessel Acquisition

Knightsbridge Shipping Limited announce that the second and final stage of its vessel acquisition transaction with Frontline 2012 Ltd. has closed.   The company has issued 31 million shares to Frontline 2012 Ltd. in exchange for 12 Cape size bulk carrier newbuildings.  


Marine News Editor's Note

Fleet Optimization is a broad term which might be described as the best practices and equipment that will make any collection of vessels more environmentally correct, economical and yes, attractive to prospective charterers. In this edition, it means whatever I say it means


Damen Refits Fisheries Research Vessel

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Tridens joins select group of vessels installed with ‘drop keel’ echosounder technology     Last week, the Dutch governmental shipping company Rijksrederij (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment


Cruise Ships Cancel Tunisia Calls in Wake of Islamic Terrorists Attack

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 Cruise lines like Holland America, MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, Star Clippers, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Aida Cruises have canceled all port stops to Tunisia for the rest of the year following the jihadist terrorist attack and massacre in the capital March 18th.  






 
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