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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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


FY 2005 Coast Guard Authorization Bill Approved

The House-Senate Conference Committee on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Coast Guard Authorization Act completed negotiations and approved a conference report on July 14. The measure was fast-tracked to the House and Senate floors for consideration and won quick passage before the chambers adjourned for an extended summer recess. The final bill accomplishes two top-priority AWO objectives. First, it contains language that closes the lease financing loophole of the Jones Act


Matson Planned Separation on Track

Matson finalizes post-separation financing arrangements, maintains strong balance sheet as a stand-alone company‚Ä® 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


Private Equity Boosts Liberia Shipping Market

Scott Bergeron

The Liberian Registry says the entry of private equity funding into the ship finance market is helping to sustain its continued growth. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian registry, said


Hints Of Possible Deal On Ukraine Gas Emerge At G20

 Behind statements that Russia will not budge in demanding Ukraine repay its debts for its natural gas deliveries, hints    emerged at a meeting of G20 finance chiefs this week that a deal in which Moscow eases its stance might be in the works.  


NAT Common Share Offering a Success

Image credit NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) informs that its offering of 12,000,000 common shares, at a public offering price of $8.62 per share, was exercised in full by underwriters, and in accordance with the option granted to them by the Company they purchased an additional 1,800


OGX lands $73 Mln loan

 Bankrupt Brazilian oil company Óleo and Gás Participações SA, formerly known as OGX, has obtained a $73.2 million loan to finance exports and related costs, the company said on Tuesday in a securities filing.


SFL Files Annual Report

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced  it has filed its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2013.   The annual report can be downloaded from the company's website at www.shipfinance.org. Shareholders can also request a hard copy of our complete


Paragon Shipping Gets US$120-Million Towards Ultramax Newbuildings

Paragon at NYSE: Photo Paragon Shipping

Greek drybulk cargo ship owner, Paragon Shipping, informs it has entered into a firm commitment with a European bank syndicate to partly finance up to 60 % of the market value of their two new Ultamax newbuilds due to be delivered in 2015. The new $120


Infrastructure Investments Strengthen Soybean Supply Chain

ISA efforts to open soybean markets through improved transportation infrastructure span overseas, including a recent trade mission to Southeast Asia that focused on exporting more Illinois soybeans in containers.  Photo by Scott Sigman.

Transportation plays a crucial role in the soybean supply chain. With access to multiple transportation modes, Illinois soybean farmers enjoy significant advantages for reaching domestic and global markets. But aging transportation infrastructure can increase costs for Illinois farmers.


Investors Snap Up Shipping Loans, Reflecting Growing Confidence

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

Global private equity firm KKR has bought $150 million worth of shipping loans from two European banks amid a surge of interest in the industry as world trade in goods picks up along with the global economy. There have been a flurry of deals in recent months for ship finance loans


U.S. Maritime Advisory Panel Names 10 New Members

Official portrait of Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations


Nordic American Tankers Announces Public Offering

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) today announced an underwritten public offering of 10 million common shares pursuant to the company's effective shelf registration statement. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as the bookrunning manager for the offering and Global Hunter Securities


Songa Offshore expects to secure financing for remaining rigs

Norwegian oil driller Songa Offshore is confident it can raise the debt it needs in order to pay for the last two rig newbuilds it has ordered, Chief Executive Bjoernar Iversen told Reuters on Tuesday. The two units have a combined price of just over $1


NewLead to Acquire Two Panamax Dry Bulk Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd announced today that it has previously signed a term sheet with a leading financial institution to provide 75% debt financing for two second-hand Panamax vessels for a total of $35 million. The two vessels are expected to be delivered to NewLead's fleet within the next three


Navios Logistics Offers Cash Tender, Consent Solicitation

Photo: Navios South American Logistics Inc.

Navios South American Logistics Inc. announced today that it and Navios Logistics Finance (U.S.) Inc., its wholly-owned finance subsidiary, have commenced a cash tender offer for any and all of their outstanding 9 1/4% senior notes due 2019 and a consent solicitation to eliminate or modify most of


Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation acquires VLCC

 Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced today the acquisition of a 2003-built VLCC of 298,287 dwt. The VLCC was purchased for $43.5 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered in Q2 2014.  


NAT Closes Public Offering

Photo: NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited announced today that, in connection with its previously announced public offering of 12,000,000 common shares at a public offering price of $8.62 per share, the underwriters exercised in full the option granted to them by the company and purchased an additional 1,800


 
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