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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

GSL in the Red

Image: Global Ship Lease

Global Ship Lease (GSL) has reported negative result for the third quarter of the year mainly due to impairment charges related to two vessels.   Company reported revenue of $42.18 million. The estimated revenue was of $39.92 million. Earnings per share were $0.08. Analysts had estimated an EPS of $0.06.   Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $120.9 million. Reported net loss  of $41.1 million for the third quarter 2015, after $44

Arctic Oil Drilling: Why Does U.S. End It?

Image: An oil drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground on a pristine wildlife-rich island in Alaska in 2013. Credit: Panda.Org

The Obama administration has taken steps to keep drill rigs out of Alaska's northern ocean for a decade or more. The sudden of turnabouts is attributed to slowing down of economy. The U.S. Department of Interior announced that it is canceling two lease sales and will not extend current leases for

FSL Trust Buys MR Product Tanker

Alan Hatton and Roger Woods (Photo: FSL Trust)

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as the trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), announced that FSL Trust has entered into a memorandum of agreement to purchase a 2007, Japanese-built, 45,998-dwt MR product tanker for $21.8 million.  

NJ Offshore Wind Lease Sale Moves Ahead

Offshore Wind Photo TKPL

  As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held the nation’s fifth competitive lease

Norway's Statoil to Exit Alaska

Photo: Statoil

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska as its exploration leases in the Chukchi Sea no longer looked competitive.   "Since 2008 we have worked to progress our options in Alaska. Solid work has been carried out

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

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

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

Oil is Down, Not Out: BOEM Proposes 40-Million-Acre GOM Lease Sale

Despite the continued depressed price of oil and gas, the U.S.  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) via Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced that BOEM will offer 40 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development in sales that will

Belships Signs Deal with Imabari

 Belships has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with a Japanese counterpart for the ship M / S Belforest.   Belforest, 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier is currently under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan and will be delivered around 25 September 2015. 

Offshore Wind Energy Within Reach for North Carolina


  As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it completed an important environmental review

US to Sell Offshore Leases for New Jersey Wind Farms

Interior to auction 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for wind energy development; 13 energy companies qualified to bid in lease sale   As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to develop domestic clean energy resources, cut carbon pollution and create American jobs, U.S

U.S. Cancels Arctic Offshore lease Sale

Secretary Sally Jewell Photo Tami Heilemann Courtesy US Dept of the Interior

  The U.S. Interior Department on Friday said it would cancel two potential Arctic offshore lease sales after Royal Dutch Shell PLC said that it was not interested in those leases. "In light of Shell's announcement, the amount of acreage already under lease and current market

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