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Petrobras Launches $8.5B Six-part Bond

By Paul Kilby, IFR Petrobras has launched a $8.5 billion six-bond offering after generating a $22 billion plus order book. The trade was launched as a $1.6 billion three-year fixed at Treasuries plus 250bp, $1.4 billion three-year FRN at 3mL+236bp, $1.5 billion six-year fixed at plus 330bp, $500 millio six-year FRN at Libor plus 288bp, $2.5 billion 10-year at Treasuries plus 350bp, and $1 billion 30-year fixed at plus 360bp. This comes after leads revised guidance to T+250-260bp on the three-year fixed-rate tranche, 3mL+236-246bp on the three-year FRN, T+330-340bp on the six-year fixed, 3mL+288-298bp on the 6-year FRN, T+350-360bp on the 10-year fixed, and T+360-370bp on the 30-year fixed-rate tranche. Initial price thoughts were T+260bp, 3mL+246bp, T+340bp, 3mL+298bp, T+360bp and T+370bp, respectively. Ratings are on the SEC registered deal are Baa1/BBB/BBB. Bookrunners are BOCHK, BB Securities, Bradesco BBI, Citigroup, HSBC and JPMorgan. Comanagers are Banca IMI S.p.A and Scotiabank.


Thirty-Four Foss Vessels Win Safety Awards

Leiv Lea, Director of Global Towing & Transportation, accepts the award on behalf of Foss (Photo courtesy Foss)

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) presented the Foss vessels with Jones F. Devlin Awards at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The awards are given to self-propelled merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury. Altogether, the Foss ships achieved the equivalent of 144 years without a lost-time injury.


Nigerian Navy Arrests 236 Ships in Three Years

The Nigerian Navy has arrested over 236 ships, tugboats, and barges engaged in crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and other vices on the high seas resulting in about 80 per cent reduction in crude oil theft within the last three years. [source: Allafrica.com]


Chiles Offshore Signs a Three-Year Contract With BP

Chiles Offshore has executed a three-year contract with BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC for the use of the ultra-premium jackup drilling rig the Chiles Coronado, formerly known as Tonala. The Chiles Coronado is currently undergoing limited modifications and upgrades before leaving the Gulf of Mexico for Trinidad. The rig is currently expected to arrive in Trinidad during the month of September. During the contract period, contract revenues are estimated to approximate $80 million


Boskalis Wins Hefty German Dredging Contract

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) contracted by Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Cuxhaven to maintain 110-km of the River Elbe fairway. The contract is for a period of three years and has a value of approximately EUR 75 million and the dredging operations are to commence in May 2013. The dredging activities are related to maintaining the shipping fairway of the River Elbe between the city of Wedel northward in the direction of Cuxhaven


Hercules Offshore Announces Rig Contracts

Hercules Offshore, Inc. said that Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has awarded three-year contracts for the Hercules 258 and Hercules 260 jackup rigs for drilling operations offshore India. The contract for the Hercules 258 is expected to commence in mid-second quarter 2008 following the completion of an existing contract commitment offshore India. The contract for the Hercules 260 is expected to commence in late first quarter 2008 following the completion of shipyard work on the


Naming & Delivery of Stena Polaris

Concordia Maritime took delivery of the product tanker Stena Polaris from Brodosplit Shipyard in Croatia and at the same time a naming ceremony was held. The vessel has been signed to a three-year charter with ST Shipping, part of Glencore, for the transport of refined petroleum products. The Stena Polaris is the eighth unit in the P-MAX series and the first of two P-MAX tankers with the highest ice class, 1A. Her sisters, the Stena Penguin with delivery planned for Q4, 2010


TEN Announces Three-Year Charters for Tankers Selecao

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited announced three-year time- charters for Panamax newbuildings "Selecao" and "Socrates" to a major South American state oil company. The charters are expected to generate gross revenues in excess of $57 million for the Company over the corresponding charter period. The vessels are expected to be delivered in February and March of this year. After delivery of the "Selecao" and the "Socrates


POSCO to Boost Production of Steel Plates

POSCO will increase production of ship steel plates by 30 percent from 3.6 million tons to 4.7 million tons over the next three years. The steelmaker said Wednesday it will invest in improving facilities of three ship steel production lines at its Pohang ironworks. Demand for ship steel is on the rise since the shipbuilding industry will need 6 million tons of steel this year, but steelmakers can only produce 4 million


Greek Ferries Chartered Out to Ease Cash Flow

A HSW Ferry: Photo credit CCL 2 Georgios Pazios

Several Greek coastal shipping firms have resorted to chartering their ferries on foreign routes in order to secure some liquidity and continue operating. Companies believe that their smooth operation is being threatened by the negative course of the domestic maritime transport market as losses over the last three years have reached up to 1 billion euros, reports Greece insiders 'Kathimerini'. Sources say that at least three ferry companies have chartered their vessels on routes outside


UK Chamber Welcomes Immigration Rule Change for International Seafarers

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK Chamber has welcomed an announcement by the Home Office to reform immigration rules for international students, extending the time limit to three years for educational courses which are below degree level but subject to MCA regulations that the applicant must spend 12 months at sea.


Shell Signs 3-year Contract to Lease Oil Tanks in Panama

Oil company Royal Dutch Shell has signed a three-year contract to lease storage tanks at a large terminal in Panama that had been used by U.S. refining company Tesoro Corp, sources involved in the deal told Reuters. The facility, designed for storage and transshipment of crude oil to tankers


Emas Offshore Braces for Ezra’s Bankruptcy

Lee Kian Soo, Executive Chairman Photo: EMAS Offshore

 The EMAS Offshore (EOL) board of directors warns that the Chapter 11 filing of parent company Ezra Holdings  may negatively impact EOL and its subsidiaries, which could possibly lead it to face a going concern issue. EMAS Offshore Limited is a subsidiary of Ezra Holdings Limited


Ezra Holdings Files for Bankruptcy in US

Pic: Ezra Holdings

 Oilfield services firm Ezra Holdings of Singapore filed for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the weekend, blaming a prolonged slump in the energy industry, Reuters reported.  Ezra  has been facing hostile actions from creditors at home and abroad as it struggles to recover from a


Baltic Index Gains on Robust Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, jumped to a more-than-three-month high on Wednesday, as rates for capesize vessels soared. The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Consolidation – A Path to Subsea Vessel Sustainability

Graphics: Subsea Vessel Operations expenditure by Sector – 2017-2021. Source: Douglas-Westwood, World Subsea Hardware & Vessel Operations Market Forecast

 In recent years, the speed with which newbuild vessels have entered the market has amplified the subsea vessel demand/supply imbalance, says a report by Douglas-Westwood London.   This has been further exacerbated by sustained low oil prices


Port of Virginia Expansion Work is Underway at VIG

Photo: Port of Virginia

 The Port of Virginia moved 220,376 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, 351 TEUs lower than February 2016, but placing its fiscal-year-to-date growth at 6.9 percent.   The continued growth comes as the port has started the engineering and survey work on its capacity


Herman Senior Orders Damen Workboat

Damen MultiCat 2712 Panda (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The Dutch family-owned tug and workboat company Herman Senior BV has ordered its 12th Damen vessel, a Multi Cat 2712. Given the very short delivery time, the new vessel will be officially launched and christened Panda on March 23. Herman Senior has a tradition of naming its ships after famous bears


Star Bulk Awarded USCG Qualship 21 for 30 Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Qualship 21 status to 30 bulk carriers owned and operated by Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest U.S. listed dry bulk operator.   The Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships sailing under qualifying flags.  


DryShips Opts for Second VLGC Newbuild

DryShips Inc., owner of ocean going cargo vessels, said it has exercised its second option under a previously announced option agreement to acquire up to four very large gas carriers (VLGCs) currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) for a purchase price of $83


Cosco Closing Down Yards

On Dec. 16th, 2016, the opening ceremony of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. was held in Shanghai. Photo: China Cosco Shipping Group

 COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co is planning to cut the number of shipyards that are able to manufacture offshore engineering products from five to two by 2020, China Daily reported.   China's third largest shipbuilder by output makes this move as the company's latest effort to cut


Libya: Air Strikes Aimed to Regain Oil Ports

 East Libyan forces carried out air strikes around major oil ports on Saturday as they sought to regain control of the area from a rival faction, a military spokesman said.   The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and allied forces retreated on Friday from Es Sider and Ras Lanuf


GAIL, Gunvor Sign Time-Swap for U.S. LNG

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State-run gas company GAIL (India) Ltd has signed a time-swap deal with Swiss trader Gunvor to sell some of its U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), sources said, as the Indian firm tries to ease the burden of its costly foreign LNG supplies.  


MOL Group Posts Almost USD 1 Billion Profit in 2016

INA Offshore platform. Photo: MOL Group

 MOL Group significantly outperformed its initial USD 2bn target for 2016 and delivered a clean  EBITDA of USD 2.15bn, which is only moderately down compared with the previous year.  Upstream has shown great resilience to the deteriorating external environment


iSURVEY Bags rig positioning, surveying contract with Shell

Andrew McMurtrie, managing director Photo iSURVEY

iSURVEY has secured a non exclusive call-off contract with Shell UK Ltd, Shell NAM, Norske Shell and Shell E&P Ireland for the provision of rig positioning and surveying services.   With an effective date of 1 January 2017, the three year contract, which has the option of up to two






 
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