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ConocoPhillips Announces Senior Management Changes

ConocoPhillips announced the following actions concerning the company's senior management: John Carrig, currently executive vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer, will become president and chief operating officer.  He will continue to report to Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer. Jim Gallogly, currently executive vice president, Refining, Marketing & Transportation, will become executive vice president, Exploration & Production. Willie Chiang, currently senior vice president, Commercial, will become senior vice president, Refining, Marketing & Transportation. Greg Goff, currently president, Strategy, Integration and Specialty Businesses for Refining, Marketing & Transportation, will become senior vice president, Commercial. Ryan Lance will remain president, Exploration & Production – Europe, Asia, Africa and the . Messrs. Sig Cornelius, currently senior vice president, Planning, Strategy & Corporate Affairs (PS&CA), will become senior vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer. Jeff Sheets, currently vice president and treasurer, will become senior vice president, Planning & Strategy. Red Cavaney, who will retire from his position as president and chief executive officer of the American Petroleum Institute on Oct. 31, 2008, will become senior vice president, Government & Public Affairs in November 2008. 


Crowley Announces Management Team for Petroleum Services Group

Crowley Maritime Corporation announces the appointment of Bruce Barto to vice president and general manager of its newly formed Petroleum Services group based in Seattle. Barto has profit and loss responsibility for Petroleum Services and reports directly to Tom Crowley Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Reporting to Barto are Bruce Harland who has been promoted to director, operations and will be relocating from Houston to Seattle; Jim Dwight, sales manager


MarineCFO Secures Series A Round

MarineCFO Inc., announced that it has closed a Series A Financing Round. The round was led by EmergingISV Capital Partners  also investing were customers and select individuals active in the marine transportation and energy industries.


DOT Issues Broad Agency Announcement

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement discussing the Port Security Grant Program. The program is coordinated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration. TSA is awarding competitive grants to critical national seaports to finance the cost of enhancing facility and operational security. Eligible parties consist of critical national seaports and terminals


China & Taiwan Agree to Open Up Cross Straits Trade

China's mainland and Taiwan sign an agreement to open up their service sectors, including transportation. The signing in Shanghai followed two years of negotiations, reports Shanghai Daily, and will take effect later this year. Under the agreement signed by the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and the Taiwan-based Strait Exchange Foundation, the mainland will open 80 service sectors to Taiwan, while Taiwan will open 64 sectors to the mainland


Trico Marine Names New VP

Trico Marine Services, Inc. announces the appointment of Robert V. O'Connor as Senior Vice President of Business and Strategic Development. Prior to joining Trico, O'Connor spent in excess of 20 years in the marine transportation business in commercial, technical, and financial roles with domestic and international companies. Most recently, he spent the past five years with The CIT Group, Inc., a leading commercial and consumer finance company, as Vice President of financial sales


WFW Advises ING Bank on $340m Loan Facility for Euronav

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Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised ING Bank N.V. (ING) as sole bookrunner and facility agent for a syndicate of banks on a $340 million loan facility made available to Euronav NV. The facility is comprised of a $192m term loan facility and a revolving credit facility of up to $148m. Euronav plans to use the funds to refinance four Suezmax tanker vessels, finance the acquisition of four very large crude carrier tankers from Maersk and for general corporate purposes


Matson Planned Separation on Track

Matson finalizes post-separation financing arrangements, maintains strong balance sheet as a stand-alone company
 Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, successor by merger to Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc. ("Matson Navigation"), has entered into a series of debt financing agreements undertaken on behalf of Matson, Inc. ("Matson") as part of the previously announced plan to separate the Company's


Petrobras Unit to Spend $1.2B on Tankers

The transportation unit of Brazil's state oil company Petrobras said Wednesday that it will pay $1.2b to build 10 oil tankers. Brazil's National Development Bank will finance the shipbuilding project with $1.16m, the press office of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in a statement earlier Wednesday. Silva and Petrobras Chief Executive Sergio Gabrielli signed the deal at the port of Suape in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.


Blueprint For Transportation System Unveiled

Addressing a projected increase in waterborne commercial vessel traffic that is expected to double or triple over the next 20 years, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater issued a major report, An Assessment of the U.S. Marine Transportation System, outlining recommendations to meet the growing challenges to the nation's marine transportation system (MTS). The recommendations include improved vessel traffic management to ensure safety and greater focus on operational efficiencies


Oman Drydocks Handls 300th Vessel

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 The Oman Drydock Company has celebrated the handing over of the 300th vessel since starting its operations in 2011, under the auspices of Said bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Marine Affairs.


UNDP and IMO Chiefs Meet

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu at IMO Headquarters on January 20, where the two highlighted common commitment to sustainable development and discussed the important role of maritime


Innovative Financing Increases Infrastructure Unvestment

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Last July, President Obama announced the Build America Investment Initiative, an Administration-wide effort aimed at boosting private investment in our nation’s infrastructure. And Friday, Vice President Biden announced new steps that federal agencies are taking to bring private sector


Port Updates Uderway in Santiago de Cuba

Image: Guillermón Moncada Port

With Chinese and Cuban construction specialists survey, the work on a new multipurpose terminal at the Guillermón Moncada Port in Santiago de Cuba has officially began.   This large multipurpose maritime terminal for Santiago de Cuba will convert the present harbour into an


Bleavins Named CFO at Port of LA

Marla Bleavins (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

The Port of Los Angeles has appointed Marla Bleavins as its Chief Financial Officer. Bleavins will oversee the port’s financial affairs, which include accounting, financial management, debt and treasury, risk management and audit functions


Venezuela's Oil Falls to $42.44

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  Venezuela's petroleum export basket dropped to $42.44 per barrel this week from $47.05 last week to reach a 5-1/2-year low, the Petroleum Ministry said on Friday. The South American OPEC member's basket, which includes crude oil and refined products


India: Shipping Firms Should Consider Loan Restructuring

Nitin Gadkari

Indian minister for shipping, Nitin Gadkari, says that was a dire need for restructuring of shipping companies’ debt and suggested the finance ministry to talk to banks for more flexibility towards the maritime sector.   Nitin Gadkari, the minister for shipping


ACP Administrator to face Panamanian Assembly

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano (souce: ACP)

National Assembly will question two national leaders, among them the Panama Canal Administrator. The plenary of the National Assembly has approved a proposal to call Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano before the body to answer questions about the waterway's finances and the progress


As Interest in LNG Surges, Regulators Struggle to Keep Pace

Joan M. Bondareff

The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel for ships, barges and ferries has surged in recent months.  This surge is due, in large part, to the boon in the production of natural gas in the U.S.; new low sulfur rules for the North American Emission Control Area (ECA)


GAC Norway Joins 2014 Gaselle List

Mikael Rodseth, General Manager of GAC Norway

GAC Norway AS has been added to the 2014 Gaselle List, a nationally-recognised catalogue of Norwegian businesses that have proven sound finances and sustained growth over a number of years. Introduced by the newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, the List features companies that have demonstrated steady


Ship Finance Sells Drillship to Seadrill

Ship Finance International Limited announced that Seadrill Limited has exercised a purchase option for an ultra-deepwater drilling unit.   Ship Finance acquired the West Polaris in 2008 and chartered it to a subsidiary of Seadrill on a long-term bareboat charter where Seadrill was granted


IMF to Resume Greece Bailout Talks after Election

The International Monetary Fund will resume bailout talks with Greece once a new government is in place after next month's snap general election, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement on Monday, noting that Athens faces no immediate funding needs.  


MOL Seals Shipping Deal with Reliance

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  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) and Reliance entered into a strategic association for transportation of Liquefied Ethane from United States to India. This will make MOL to be the first shipping company who is dedicated for a continuous Liquefied Ethane


Nicaragua Canal Developer Plans IPO

The Hong Kong-based company with a concession to build a $50 billion shipping canal in Nicaragua said on Tuesday it is preparing to launch an initial public offering. Wang Jing, Chairman and Chief Executive of the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd (HKND Group)


Nicaragua Canal Developer HKND plans IPO

The Hong Kong-based company with a concession to build a $50 billion shipping canal in Nicaragua said on Tuesday it is preparing to launch an initial public offering.   Wang Jing, Chairman and Chief Executive of the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd (HKND Group)






 
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