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Global Ship Lease Reports Q4 2009 Results

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL)(NYSE:GSL.U)(NYSE:GSL.WS), a containership charter owner, announced its unaudited results for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Highlights: - Generated $16.5 million of cash in the fourth quarter of 2009 up 29% on $12.8 million on cash generated in fourth quarter 2008. $62.0 million cash was generated in the year ended December 31, 2009 - Reported revenue of $39.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, up 52% on $26.3 million for the fourth quarter 2008 due to the purchase of four additional vessels in December 2008 and one additional vessel in August 2009. Revenue was $148.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 up 57% on $95.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 - Reported normalized net earnings of $7.3 million, or $0.13 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2009, excluding a $5.1 million non-cash interest rate derivative mark-to-market gain. For the year ended December 31, 2009 normalized net earnings was $26.6 million, or $0.49 per share, excluding $17.9 million non-cash mark-to-market gain and $2.2 million deferred financing costs written off on an accelerated basis - Including the non-cash mark-to-market and deferred financing costs items, reported net income was $12.3 million, or $0.23 income per share, for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to $43.7 million loss for the fourth quarter 2008. The reported net income was $42.4 million, or $0


GSL Announces New First Priority Secured Notes Offering

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced  that it plans to issue an aggregate principal amount of up to $400,000,000 of first priority secured notes due 2021 in a private placement. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally, on a senior basis by Global Ship Lease Services Limited and each of the company's 17 vessel-owning subsidiaries and in the future by certain of the company's existing and future restricted subsidiaries


London Club Continues to Expand Membership

The P&I Club recorded a growth of nearly two million gross tons in its book of owners’ P&I business during the 2007/8 policy year, increasing the total mutual membership to approximately 37.5 million gross tons. In addition, the Club’s portfolio of charterers’ entries - cover for which has been enhanced by the development of a flexible combined single limit facility - brought the ’s overall tonnage to nearly 40m gt.


FSL Trust Takes Redelivery of Two Chemical Tankers

Singapore - FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (“FSLTM ”), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust”) announced that, as of March 10, the remaining two 19,900 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers, previously leased to the subsidiaries of Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk, have been redelivered to FSL Trust. The chemical tankers - ‘Pujawati’ and ‘Prita Dewi’ - will be renamed ‘FSL London’ and ‘FSL Tokyo,’ respectively.


Singapore's Troubled FSL Trust Appoint Independent Audit Directors

Independent directors have been appointed to FSL Trust Audit Committee. FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (“FSLTM”), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust”), announces that Mr. Michael J. Oliver and Mr. Simon S. Davidson, both non-executive and independent directors of the Board of FSLTM, have been appointed as members of FSLTM’s Audit Committee (“Audit Committee”).


FSL Trust Executive Tenders Resignation

Vijay Kamath

Vijay Kamath, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), will depart the company October 4, 2013 to pursue other career opportunities. Mr. Kamath was responsible for new business development and oversaw short-term deployment and management of the trust's vessels, which include seven containerships, 11 product tankers, three chemical tankers, two dry bulk carriers and two crude oil tankers.


Indonesian Tanker Explosion Kills 4

An oil tanker that had just unloaded its cargo exploded on a Sumatran river Wednesday, killing four crew members, reports said. The MT Maulana had delivered a load of diesel fuel and was returning to port in the afternoon when the explosion occurred, said police investigators. Firefighters battled the blaze for two hours to bringing it under control. An electrical problem ignited fuel, touching off the blast. Tugboats towed the charred wreckage of the 1,500-ton ship


Carrier’s Refrigeration Unit for Ships Tops Records

Reflecting the shipping industry’s continued trend in the adoption of energy efficient equipment which reduces lifecycle costs, Carrier Transicold reported that its PrimeLINE® container refrigeration unit has surpassed previous records, selling nearly the same number of units in 2011 as in the prior three years combined. “For four successive years, the PrimeLINE unit has outsold all competitive models


FSL Trust Demands Redelivery of Crude Oil Tankers

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), wishes to announce that the lessees of its two crude oil tankers, namely, Aqua and Action, have defaulted on their lease payments and FSLTM has demanded the redelivery of these vessels. The lessees are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Geden Holdings Ltd. FSLTM had been in restructuring discussions with Geden since the end of 2012


DOI Issues FSEIS for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193, moving the DOI a step closer to resolving federal court concerns regarding the 2008 oil and gas leases offshore Alaska. The FSEIS updates the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) estimates of the full range of production levels from offshore oil fields that might be developed in the Chukchi Sea as well as the related potential environmental


Container Equipment Costs at Record Low

Source: Drewry Maritime Research

Low material costs and stable demand has driven the price of new container equipment down to record lows where it is forecast to stay, according to the latest edition of the Container Census report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


FSL Trust Inks Tanker Contracts

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust announced new time charter agreements for FSL Shanghai, FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore. The Trust has reached an agreement with a leading global commodities trader to charter the three vessels for a fixed period of two


India to Lease New Nuclear Submarine from Russia

Photo: Official Page of Narendra Modi

 India is in final talks with Russia to lease a new nuclear attack submarine, giving a much needed boost to its depleting underwater fleet, the Times of India reported.   A decision, according to Indian analysts, will be taken during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and


Container Equipment Leasing Rates Hit Record Lows

Development of per diem rental rates and ex-factory prices for newbuild 20ft standard container placed on long-term operating lease (LTL), 2004-16 (Source: Drewry Maritime Research)

Container equipment rental rates came under renewed pressure in 2014 and by mid-2015 new dry freight pricing was at a 10-year low, while lease rates had fallen to an all-time low, according to the latest edition of the Container Leasing report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry


Dept. of the Interior Raises $539M in Gulf Lease Sale

   Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior (Dept. of the Interior photo by Tami Heilemann)

  The U.S. Department of the Interior sold leases on oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico today, receiving $538.7 million in high bids.   The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) took bids for 169 tracts on the U.S


BOEM Receives Lease Requests for HI Floating Wind Projects

 A map of the proposed northwest project area (Image courtesy of BOEM)

  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it has received two unsolicited lease requests for proposed floating wind projects offshore Oahu, Hawaii.   The requests are now available on the BOEM website.  


BOEM Issues Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease

 BOEM issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), BOEM announced today.


FSL Trust Signs Charter Agreement with US Oil Company

  Alan Hatton, CEO of FSL Trust Management (photo courtesy of FSL Trust Management)

  FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, has entered into a two-year time charter agreement with a prominent US domestic oil company for the FSL Hong Kong, a 115,000 dwt crude oil tanker built in 2007.  


BOEM Proposes 10 GOM Lease Sales for 2017-2022

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposes to conduct 10 oil and gas lease sales in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), as outlined in the 2017-2022 Draft Proposed Leasing Program.     BOEM published in the April 29, 2015, Federal Register


Global Ship Lease Extends Ville d'Aquarius Time Charter

Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option


Third 14,000 TEU Container Joins Seaspan

Image: Seaspan Corporation

 Hong Kong-based owner and operator of containerships Seaspan Corporation has taken delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership, the YM Winner.   The new ship, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan’s third 14


Barging Ahead in Uncharted Waters

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A Real-Life Study in Creative Vessel Financing, or What Happens When Plan ‘A’ Is Not Working.   Much has been written on the various structures and approaches that can be used to finance the construction and purchase of vessels


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


Offshore O&G Lease Sale: Continued Interest in Deepwater

Photo: BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) completed its required evaluation of bids to ensure that the public receives fair market value for tracts leased as part of the Gulf of Mexico Central Planning Area Oil and Gas Lease Sale 235. The sale held on March 18, 2015, made 7


Global Ship Lease Extends Panamax Charter with X-Press Feeders

Image: Global Ship Lease (GSL)

 Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Orion, a 1997-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders.    The extension is to between November 26, 2015 and February 26, 2016






 
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