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Court Rules on Liens and Breaches

A Lesson in admiralty law was recently provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit when it ruled that a maritime lien for breach of a charter party attaches when the vessel is placed at the charterer's disposal. Dennis Bryant, writing about the case on the Maritime Liens website, notes, "A vessel owner entered into a time charter and accordingly delivered the vessel. The vessel was then sold to a third party, subject to the time charter, and the new owner obtained a mortgage loan on the vessel. The bank providing the loan duly recorded its preferred ship mortgage. "Soon thereafter, the new owner breached the time charter and then defaulted on the mortgage. Both the bank and the charterer sought to recoup their losses by having the vessel sold, but the proceeds were not expected to cover both claims. Therefore, the priority of the two liens became paramount. The bank asserted that its lien took precedence as its preferred ship mortgage was recorded before the time charter was breached. The court held that the maritime lien for a charter attaches when the vessel is placed at the disposal of the charterer, even though it remains inchoate until a breach arises. Thus, since the charter commenced prior to the vessel sale, the charterer's lien prevailed over the preferred ship mortgage." Source: Maritime Advocate Online


Ultrapetrol Details its Mortgage Note Offering

Following on from an earlier announcement of the US$200-million offering, Ultrapetrol now give provide greater detail. The company has priced the offering of $200 million in aggregate principal amount of its 8.875% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021 (the "Notes"). Notes and related guarantees will be secured by the stock of certain of the Company's subsidiaries and by first preferred mortgages on vessels owned by certain of its subsidiaries


Useless Judgment Doctrine Moots Appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that, under the useless judgment doctrine, it lacked jurisdiction to consider an appeal. In the instant case, plaintiff ship manager operated a ship for the owner. The ship was subject to a preferred ship mortgage and also subject to various liens held by suppliers of necessaries. When the owner did not pay as promised, plaintiff filed an in rem claim and had the ship arrested. The other claimants also filed their claims


Moore Stephens: Russia a Good Place to do Business

Shipping accountant and business consultant Moore Stephens says that, despite recent publicity to the contrary, Russia is now a better place to do business than it has ever been for small and medium-size enterprises, including shipowners. Writing in the latest issue of The Bottom Line, the newsletter of the Moore Stephens shipping industry group, Gavin Stoddart, managing director of Moore Stephens Russia, says, "The door to international finance and international markets is open


LISCR Welcomes Liberian Legislation

The Advisory Board of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), at its inaugural meeting, held in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Connecticut Maritime Association, in Stamford, Conn., has set a positive agenda designed to drive forward the Liberian Registry's goal of achieving excellence in standards of quality and service. In his address to the CMA's lunch, Board chairman Rex Harrington reported that the Board had welcomed a number of developments but had


Atwood Delays Drillship duo by Two Years

Rob Saltiel, President and Chief Executive Officer Photo Atwood Oceanics

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced today that it has agreed with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. ("DSME") to delay the requirement to take delivery of Atwood's two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships, the Atwood Admiral and the Atwood Archer, by two years to September 30, 2019 and June 30, 2020, respectively. In connection with the delay, Atwood will make a payment of $125 million for the Atwood Archer on or before December 15, 2016


Trico Announces $50M Refinancing of Credit Facility

Trico Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has entered into a new $50 million revolving credit facility to refinance its previous $45 million credit facility. The new facility will mature on December 18, 2005, and is structured as a senior secured revolving credit facility. Proceeds from the facility will be used for working capital needs, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. The facility will be secured by mortgages on substantially all of the company's Gulf


Star Bulk New Charter for Capesize Star Beta

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK), a global maritime transportation company focusing on dry bulk cargoes announced the Star Beta, a Capesize vessel of 174,691 dwt, built in 1993, has been time chartered for a period of 13 to 15 months at a gross daily rate of $32,500. The vessel is expected to be delivered to its new charterers within February 2009. The company has reached agreements in principle with its lenders to obtain waivers for certain covenants including minimum asset


General Maritime Sells Aframax & Suezmax Tankers

General Maritime Corporation (NYSE: GMR) announced that it has completed the sale of the Genmar Princess, a 1991-built Aframax tanker, to an unaffiliated third party, generating net proceeds of $7.5m. The Company also announced it has entered into an agreement to sell the Genmar Gulf, a 1991-built Suezmax tanker, in a separate transaction with another unaffiliated third party. The sale of the Genmar Gulf is expected to generate net proceeds of $11m and close by February 28, 2011


Golar, Stonepeak Launch Launch FSRU Joint Venture

Golar LNG Limited announced that it has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with investment vehicles affiliated with private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. The joint venture company, Golar Power Ltd, will offer integrated LNG based downstream solutions, through the ownership and operation of floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) and associated terminal and power generation infrastructure.  


Energy, Finance & the GoM

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Some positive market indicators could presage an investment revival in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico – and beyond.   The good news, reported by Bloomberg, is that in the third quarter of 2016, the largest oil companies increased cash from operations by nearly $26 billion


Swiber-Linked Vessels Seized in Singapore

Photo: Swiber Holdings Limited

 Three of of Swiber Holdings vessels had been seized in an arrest moved by a syndicate of banks, reports Business Times.   All three vessels were arrested at ASL Shipyard, the litigant in the arrest is United Overseas Bank (UOB), acting as security agent for the syndicate of banks that


DMA: Sea Service Records Go Online

Pic by Danish Maritime Authority

 Now seafarers can manage and report their seagoing service digitally, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced.   Digitalising seagoing service is the first step taken to make it easier for seafarers to apply for certificates


Liberian Registry Strengthens Asia Team

Wan Ching Chiang (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has announced strategic new appointments in a number of key areas within the Asian regional offices operated by its US-based manager, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).   Wan Ching Chiang has been promoted to Registrations Manager for the


Containership Sold in Aruba after Bank Arrest

Haco van der Houven van Oordt (Photo: AKD)

Rotterdam-based law firm AKD has completed the sale at auction of the container vessel Caribbean Sea in the courts of Aruba following its arrest by Rabobank for outstanding mortgage debts in excess of $28 million.   The entire arrest and auction process was completed in just 20 days


Oceans HQ, Gibraltar Registry, Partner on STCW Requirements

André Tanguy (Photo: Oceans HQ)

Maritime software solutions provider Oceans HQ Ltd has announced a partnership with the Gibraltar Ship Registry (part of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration), ahead of new STCW requirements for online access to seafarer certification data which come into force in 2017.


Seanergy Maritime 2Q Revenue Nets $1.8 mln

Dry bulk shipper Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.  announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, the company generated net revenues of $1.8 million. Total equity as of June 30, 2015 was $9.4 million.


Maritime Cook Islands Expands Network to India

  Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, has recently established its presence in India with the appointment of two deputy registrars (“DR”), Mr Faust Pinto Jr and Ms Fereshte D Sethna, to serve the growing yacht owning community in the Indian


DryShips Nets $ 820 Mln 3Q Loss

Photo Dryships

DryShips or the Company, an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights


Paragon Sells Ships, Defer Deliveries

Pic: Paragon Shipping Inc.

 The dry bulk operator Paragon Shipping has reached an agreement with its creditors to liquidate its remaining fleet in order to settle one of its debt obligations.   The company agrees to sell its six mortgaged vessels to unaffiliated third parties in exchange for the full and final


Hellenic Wind sold for Demolishing

Courtesy Hellenic Carriers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Limited, an international provider of marine transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, on 17 May 2016 sold the Company’s vessel HELLENIC WIND (74,000 DWT built 1997) for demolition to an unrelated third party for a total gross cash consideration of US$2.88 million.


Liberian Registry Implements Cost-saving Measures

Scott Bergeron (Photo: Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry)

The Liberian Registry announced the introduction of a range of cost-saving provisions which it said will help mitigate the burden and financial strain currently being placed on owners and operators of Liberian-flag vessels during the sustained economic downturn in the maritime and offshore sectors


Jinhui Sells Supramax

Photo: Jinhui Shipping and Transportation

 Jinhui Shipping and Transportation has agreed to sell another supramax dry bulk carrier, having just made a similar deal earlier this month.   The purchaser is a company incorporated in Hong Kong. The bulk carrier will be delivered to the new owner between 29 July to 30 August 2016.


Maersk, Danske and Nordea to shed Ship Finance Stakes

A.P. Moller-Maersk , Danske Bank and Nordea Bank will sell their shareholdings in shipping lender Danish Ship Finance worth 4.25 billion Danish crowns ($638.05 million) to a consortium of Danish investment funds, the company said Wednesday.


FreeSeas Sells M/V Free Maverick

Logo: FreeSeas Inc.

 FreeSeas Inc.  announced that on September 26, 2016, it sold to unrelated third parties the M/V ‘Free Maverick’, a 1998-built, 23,994 dwt Handysize dry bulk carrier for a sale price of $1,925,000. The vessel’s mortgage has now been discharged.






 
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