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 also addressed critical issues facing the industry. The Board has set itself and LISCR a timetable to monitor progress and to ensure that the Liberian Registry continues to be the industry leader. The Board applauded the decision of the Liberian legislature to adopt major amendments to both maritime and corporate laws, noting, "We are greatly encouraged to see that LISCR's efforts to promote reform of the maritime and corporate law has met with such a positive response. The comprehensive package has been produced following worldwide consultation with professional users of the Liberian registers. It combines long-outstanding revisions to existing Liberian law with the introduction of corporate vehicles designed to reflect the needs of a changing market, particularly in relation to corporate structures. It balances the important objectives of security and continuity of ownership of assets with the need to satisfy the commercial requirements of due diligence."
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced that the Nave Electron, a 2002-built VLCC of 305,178 dwt, was delivered to Navios Acquisition's owned fleet on July 21, 2014. The company also announced that the Nave Electron has been chartered out to a high quality counterparty for minimum one year at a rate based on charterer's VLCC pool earnings. Impact on Navios Acquisition's 8.125% Secured Bond Due 2021
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
Cammell Laird Holdings, which has been a strong shipbuilding and repair success story for several years, announced that it was to build two cruise ships, breathing further life into the struggling U.K. shipbuilding industry. Cammell Laird, however, said the contract with Luxus (UK) Ltd. for two 28,000-ton ships was conditional on the go-ahead from the UK government and Shipbuilding Intervention Funding, as well as ship mortgage finance guarantees to Luxus's bankers.
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
AKD says the lack of an unambiguous term to describe a ‘ship’ in several jurisdictions represents a potential threat to asset security for financiers, particularly in the offshore and renewable energy sectors. AKD partner Haco van der Houven van Oordt says, “In many jurisdictions, including the US and the UK, there appears to be no clear definition of a ship. A recent Tulane Maritime Law Journal study illustrated how a variety of floating objects which have no means of
Horizon Offshore, Inc. has entered into a $77.4 million secured term facility agented by The CIT Group/Equipment Financing, Inc. (the CIT Group). The credit facility has a five year term and bears interest at LIBOR plus 4.5% per annum. The credit facility is payable in monthly installments of $0.9 million, plus interest, for the first 24 months beginning March 31, 2006 and $0.6 million, plus interest, for the next 35 months, with the remaining principal and
First Ship Lease Ltd., a commercial finance company focused on diverse shipping assets, today announced the successful completion of a $100 million mezzanine financing facility. The mezzanine facility, combined with previous equity financing and senior debt to be raised on a transactional basis, allows First Ship Lease to provide in excess of $500 million in operating and finance leases to shipping and industrial companies that meet its credit criteria.
Here is a multiple choice question: which of the following contracts is considered to be a “maritime contract” under U.S. law? - (a) a shipbuilding contract - (b) a ship-sale contract - (c) a ship-repair contract, and/or - (d) a ship mortgage You will be forgiven if you simply tried to apply logic in answering this question and guessed that all four are maritime contracts
Sustaining the ongoing boatbuilding boom can involve the lawful use of foreign finance streams. James Kearns takes a closer look at the practice. The citizenship requirements for vessels engaged in the U.S. coastwise trade are generally well-known. Such a vessel needs to be built in the United States; it must have a U.S. citizen crew or operator; and its ownership must meet specified U.S. citizenship requirements, depending on the form of legal entity owning the vessel (corporation
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 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.
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
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
A changing tax landscape doesn’t have to mean bad news – at least not just yet. A Changing Landscape Historically, bonus depreciation has had a significant effect on construction of new vessels, allowing businesses to initially expense 30 percent
Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced that it has priced an offering of $420,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 10.000% first priority secured notes due 2019 at an issue price of 98.5% in a private placement. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally
Three things: experience, experience, and … experience. It’s a very familiar scenario: And, if you are the CFO, controller, president or other financial manager of your company then you have been here before. Across your conference table sits a potential new lender
DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos and offshore contract drilling oil services, announced today the receipt of a firm commitment letter from Nordea Bank for an up to $170 million senior secured credit facility to finance nine drybulk
Rotterdam-based law firm AKD said a recent decision of the Dutch courts means that shipyards in The Netherlands may no longer be able to rely on the right to retain a vessel while awaiting payment for work done. As a result of this unexpected decision
Hafnia Tankers Ltd have entered into an agreement to acquire 4 LR1 product tankers. This acquisition confirms the commitment of Hafnia Tankers and its stakeholders to further expand the business within the product tanker segment. The vessels are:
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
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.
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 (“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 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