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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.

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

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:]

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

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

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

Groundwork Begins on Successor Subs in UK

Photo: BAE Systems

 Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines, British Forces News said.   BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Ocean Installer in BP frame deal

Photo: Ocean Installer

 Ocean Installer has been awarded a Regional Framework Agreement with BP for subsea work in the Gulf of Mexico region.   The agreement covers subsea fabrication, transportation and installation of offshore facilities, as well as hook up and commissioning, and is valid for three years

BMT Wins Contract with US Navy Environmental Program

BMT Designers & Planners, Inc. (BMT), an operating company of BMT Group Ltd, an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced it has won a three-year contract to support the U.S. Navy’s environmental and conservation programs.  

Container-Shipping Consolidation Key to Survival

Image: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou called for consolidation in the container-shipping industry, citing “extremely weak” demand growth amid steadily increasing capacity, says a report in the Wall Street Journal.   Skou said sharing costs with partners would help keep freight rates

Commodities See Biggest Price Jump in 3 Years

Commodities jumped on Friday, headed for their largest weekly gain in more than three years as base metals roared higher after Glencore pledged to slash zinc output and gold hit three-week highs after dovish Federal Reserve minutes.  

Seadrill Hopes to See Market Turn in 2017

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Offshore rig driller Seadrill is facing another two years in the doldrums but hopes the international rig market could turn around in 2017.   Rig rates have more than halved since the peak two to three years ago and in several cases are now below breakeven costs.  

Box Shipping Eyes More Overcapacity, Financial Pain

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Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

India's Paradip Port Mechanization Project Approved

Paradip Port to get Mechanised

  The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), Government of India, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the project of Mechanisation of East Quay (EQ) Berths-1, 2 and 3 at Paradip Port on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis

d'Amico Launches Two Tankers in Vietnam

Cielo di Ulsan, launched by DIS in Hyundai Vietnam Shipyard (PRNewsFoto/dAmico International)

d'Amico International Shipping S.A. has launched two eco-ships at the shipyards of Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd – Vietnam, bringing the fleet to more than 50 units. The vessels Cielo di Ulsan, a handysize Ice Class of 39,000 tons and High Trader, a medium range 50

Volvo Ocean Race Partners with Yacht Racing Forum

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 The Volvo Ocean Race has agreed a three-year partnership with the Yacht Racing Forum.   "We are delighted to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race as a long-term partner,” said Bernard Schopfer, the event’s CEO.  

UASC Expanding its Reefer Business

Photo courtesy of UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has confirmed  that its reefer business will continue to expand. Following several initiatives including investment in new reefer units, and a cooperation agreement with Hamburg Süd opening up new services to South America

Fiji: Boats Registeration a Must

Photo by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

 Under new maritime laws all vessels and boats using Fiji waters have to abide by the rules and regulations under the Marine Transport Decree, reports FBC   Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will issue with an infringement notice to any vessel or boat that is not registered with

Teekay Secures $1bln from Chinese Bank

 Teekay Corporation announced today it has entered into a framework cooperation agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) for up to $1 billion in new loan facilities.   The loan facilities would be made available to Teekay and its subsidiaries

Shell Withdraws from Arctic Exploration

Fennica, an icebreaker vessel deployed by Shell in the Arctic (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude in a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. Shell has spent about $7 billion on exploration in the waters off Alaska so far and

Protea Launches Heavy-Lift Cranes


Protea, a manufacturer of offshore handling equipment, launched two types of heavy lift cranes at Nor-Shipping in Oslo earlier this year. “The target of any marine crane design is to provide high lifting performance whilst minimizing overall weight,” said Tomasz Paszkiewicz

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