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Kvaerner Says It Won't Raise Takeover Bid

Anglo-Norwegian industry group Kvaerner said on Friday that it would not raise or extend its $725 million takeover bid for oil and gas services firm Aker Maritime Kvaerner's offer of 0.79 new Kvaerner shares for each Aker Maritime share expires today, at the close of the Oslo bourse. Aker Maritime has rejected the bid as too low. Kvaerner chairman Christian Bjelland reportedly told shareholders at a meeting today that the company's bid remained unchanged. The company had called the meeting for shareholders to vote over a controversial proposal to lower the threshold for mandatory offers to 30 percent from 40. A majority supported a lower threshold, company officials said after the meeting. The vote prevents majority owner Aker Maritime from raising its stake without bidding for the rest of Kvaerner.


NCL Retains Financial Advisers

NCL Holding ASA appointed Orkla Finans and Morgan Stanley as financial advisers following a takeover bid from Carnival Corp. Carnival, the world's largest cruise operator, has offered 30 Norwegian crowns per share for NCL, the fourth biggest operator. Miami-based NCL has rejected the bid as too low and has hinted that rival bids might be in the pipeline.


NCL Shares Down

Shares in Norwegian cruise operator NCL Holding ASA fell six percent early Wednesday after Singapore's Star Cruises bought a 20.6 percent stake but said it did not plan to bid for the entire company. NCL, which is currently the target of a hostile takeover from U.S. cruise giant Carnival Corp., said it had asked to meet Star to discuss possible options.


NCL Turns Down Carnival's $1.7B Takeover Bid

NCL Holding ASA flatly rejected a 30 crown ($3.72) per share takeover offer from Carnival Corp, saying it undervalued the group's potential. NCL officials said it would be a waste of time to even meet Carnival given the offered price. Carnival, the world's largest cruise operator, whose lines include Cunard and Holland America, launched the surprise bid for NCL, the fourth largest operator, on Dec. 1. The bid values NCL at $884 million


Frontline Wins Two-Year Fight For Control Of ICB

A two-year battle for Swedish tanker company ICB Shipping ended Sept. 23 in victory for Norway's Frontline - but only after four of 12 ICB tankers are sold to a new group set up by key ICB players. An agreement between Frontline, ICB and ICB's main shareholder, Greek shipowner John Angelicoussis, values ICB at about $600 million and ends a stalemate over ownership involving several legal wrangles. Bermuda-registered Frontline launched a hostile takeover bid for ICB in September 1997 with the


Northrop Grumman Extends NNS Tender Offer

U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. on Thursday said it has extended its tender offer for the outstanding shares of Newport News Shipbuilding, after the Justice Department requested additional information about the takeover. Los Angeles-based Northrop said it extended its tender offer for Newport News, to July 5 at midnight EDT from the previous June 20 deadline. About 861,000 shares of Newport News common stock had been tendered as of midnight June 20, Northrop said.


Holyman To Support New Adsteam Offer

Ferry and transport group Holyman Ltd. will recommend a revised 65 cents a share cash takeover offer from Adsteam Marine Ltd. in the absence of a higher offer. Earlier, Adsteam Marine lifted its hostile bid for Holyman to 65 cents per share from 52 cents. The new offer tops a rival bid from stevedore company Lang Corp Ltd., which has a 61 cent per share offer on the table. However, managing director James Bryant said shareholders need be in no hurry to accept and should await details of Lang


TotalFina, Elf Seeking 'Friendly End' To Takeover Battle

TotalFina Chairman Thierry Desmarest said that relations with rival Elf Aquitaine had entered a more relaxed phase and said he would seek a friendly end to their takeover fight in the coming weeks. "The atmosphere has become more relaxed over the past week," Desmarest said. "What we still have to do better is to try to pass from this phase of offers and counter-offers to the friendly solution we will try to negotiate in the coming weeks."


Portuguese Dredger Sold

Dutch Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster NV bought fellow dredger Dragapor from the Portuguese government. The unit, which was put up for sale in December, will be merged with Boskalis' local subsidiary Sociedade Portuguesa de Dragagens Lda. No financial details of the deal were disclosed. Dragapor has about 20 employees and a fleet consisting of two dredgers, some barges, a cutter suction dredger, a hopper dredger and a lift barge.


“Pac-Man” Takeover Defense Now Rare

A rare hostile takeover defense that emerged last week in Europe took root in the U.S. in the 1980s, but has mostly been replaced by other tactics used by companies seeking to fend off unwelcome bidders.


Asset Deal: Palfinger Dreggen and MCT Engineering

Palfinger Dreggen finalized the agreement for purchase of the assets in connection with the marine and offshore cranes product areas of the Korean crane manufacturer MCT Engineering Co., Ltd. The acquisition follows Palfinger Marine’s takeover of the Norwegian offshore crane manufacturer and


Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Yields $102.4 Million in High Bids

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today held Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233, which offered 20


Bid for Wärtsilä Corporation Takeover Not Yet on Agenda

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The Wärtsilä Board of Directors informs that it notes recent speculation about a potential transaction between Rolls-Royce Plc and Wärtsilä Corporation, and wishes to clarify as follows: "We confirm the approach by Rolls-Royce with a preliminary proposal for a possible


BOEM Takes Bids for GoM Lease Sale

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will announce the results of Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 231 and 225, which are offering more than 40 million acres for oil and gas exploration and development offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama


Philippine Shipyard to Build 10 Container Ships

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Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction's Philippine Shipyard wins contract to build mid-size container ships for European owners Despite the current global economic slowdown, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC)-Phil's Subic Shipyard has won a bid to build mid-size container


FreeSeas Receives of NASDAQ Non-Compliance Letters

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FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE), a transporter of dry-bulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, announced that the Company received letters dated June 21, 2012 and June 25, 2012 from The Nasdaq Stock Market stating that for the previous 30


Tankship, Bulkship Owner's, Shares Below Par

Greece's NewLead Holdings Ltd. receives NASDAQ notification letter regarding minimum bid price requirement. NewLead Holdings Ltd announce they have received a written notification from the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC ("NASDAQ") indicating that they are not in compliance with the NASDAQ


Ultrapetrol Regains Nasdaq Compliance

Transportation company Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Ltd. regains compliance with the Nasdaq $1.00 per share minimum bid price requirement. Ultrapetrol is an industrial transportation company serving the marine transportation needs of its clients in the markets on which it focuses


Obama Administration Offers Over 20 Million Acres

Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Yields $133.8 Million in High Bids on Over 652,520 Acres, Only Latest in a Series of Recent Major Offshore Oil and Gas Sales. As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy


Recently Acquired Dockwise Did Well in 2012

Dockwise publish audited annual accounts for 2012, having earlier published an unaudited version. The unaudited 2012 results were first disclosed as part of the publication by Dockwise of the Q4 2012 results on 13 February 2013. Performance highlights: Revenues USD 539 million


US Restrain China GofM Aspirations

CNOOC, China's largest offshore oil and natural gas producer, barred from outright opeation of recently acquired Gulf of Mexico oilfields. The oilfields were acquired by CNOOC through its US$15-billion takeover of Canadian firm Nexen. The state-owned oil giant's purchase of Nexen includes


Dockwise Applies for Delisting from Euronext

This press release is issued by Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) and Dockwise Ltd. (Dockwise) pursuant to the provisions of Article 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act (Verdipapirhandelloven), Article 5:25i paragraph 2 of the Dutch Act on Financial Supervision (Wet op het


BOEM Gulf of Mexico Sale Nets $1.2 Billion in High Bids

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) completed its required evaluation to ensure that the public receives fair market value for tracts leased as part of Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 227, which was held on March 20, 2013.


Latest DofD, Navy, Contracts

Two dredging and dredging related contracts are among the latest awarded by the Department of Defense, Navy, for the contracting authority, the Army Corps of Engineers. Norfolk Dredging Co., Chesapeake, Va., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $8,400


Hapag-Lloyd Holding AG to Merge with Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hapag-Lloyd Holding AG will merge with Hapag-Lloyd AG, retrospective with effect from January 1, 2013. “This step is taken in order to simplify the group structure of Hapag-Lloyd and does not have any impact on shareholder equity”, said Jürgen Weber


 
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