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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Seakeeper Names Semprevivo COO

Andrew Semprevivo (Photo: Seakeeper)

Marine stabilization company Seakeeper Inc. has promoted Andrew Semprevivo to Chief Operating Officer, effective April 10. A Seakeeper employee since the commercialization of the company in 2008, Semprevivo assumed various sales roles, culminating in his appointment as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2014. In his new role, Semprevivo will continue to lead the company’s sales and marketing efforts in addition to playing a leadership role in other departments of the organization.

Ocean RIG Files for Bankruptcy Protection in US

Photo: Ocean RIG

Rig contractor Ocean RIG UDW Inc filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court amid a deep and prolonged downturn in the industry. Shares of the company plunged 36.4 percent to 46 cents in early trading on Tuesday. The Cyprus-based company, which had $3.25 billion in debt as of Dec. 31, filed for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of New York on Monday. Under U.S. bankruptcy laws, Chapter 15 grants a foreign company protection from creditors looking to seize its assets in the country.

New Damen Workboat for Bristol Port

Damen Shoalbuster 2308S (Photo: Damen)

The Bristol Port Company has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308S. Modified with several customized options, the vessel will be able to take on a multifunctional role that includes plough dredging, towing, pilotage and survey duties. This is the first contract between Damen and the Bristol Port Company. Construction of the new 23-meter-long Shoalbuster took place at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, in the Netherlands. During the handover ceremony on March 17, the vessel was officially named Graham Robertson.

Pemex Says Port Accident Injures 17 Workers

Mexican national oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that an accident at a terminal near the Gulf coast port city of Tampico has injured 17 workers, but none were badly hurt.   The company said in a post on its Twitter page that all the workers were receiving medical treatment following the accident at the Madero terminal, which processes both crude oil and other petroleum products. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia)

Diana Containerships Launches USD 150 Mln Securities Offering

Photo: Diana Containerships Inc

Diana Containerships, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, announced today that the Company has entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Kalani Investments, an entity organized in the British Virgin Islands (Kalani) that is not affiliated with the Company, for the sale of 3,000 newly-designated Series B-1 Convertible Preferred Shares, preferred warrants to purchase 6,500 Series B-1 Convertible Preferred Shares and preferred warrants to purchase 140,500 newly-designated Series B-2 Convertible Preferred Shares.

Songa Bulk Buys Kamsarmax Pair

FIle Photo: Logimatic

Songa Bulk has sealed two more bulker acquisitions as its fleet. According to a report in Reuters, the company entered into an agreement to acquire two kamsarmax bulk carriers built in 2008 at tsuneishi japan (82,107 dwt) and 2011 at hyundai samho korea (81,502 dwt). Vessels have been acquired at an aggregate sum of usd 32.85 million. The 2011 built vessel will delivered by mid May and the 2008 built vessel within the end of September. The 2011 built vessel has a charter party attached with a duration until end November 2017 at USD 8,075 per day net.

The Switch Returns to Profitability

Image: The Switch

Advanced drive train technology specialist The Switch said it has seen a sharp jump in growth over last year, increasing its net sales from $43 million to more than $78 million, and returning to profitability after several years of losses. “The Switch financials finally started to improve briskly in the right direction,” said Dag Sandås, The Switch CFO. “We are no longer dependent on just one big client, but we have more clients in different parts of the world, from Asia to Europe.

GE Shipping Buys New Vessel

Photo: The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) signed a contract to buy a Supramax Dry Bulk Carrier of about 52,450 dwt. The 2006 built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet in Q1 FY18. The Company’s current fleet stands at 43 vessels, comprising 28 tankers (11 crude carriers, 15 product tankers, 2 LPG carrier) and 15 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 6 Supramax) with an average age of 9.56 years aggregating 3.54 mn dwt. The company has also committed to purchase 1 Secondhand Suezmax Crude Carrier.

Statoil Wins Licences Off UK, 'Resets' Exploration Off U.S.

Norway's Statoil was the second top bidder for 13 oil exploration leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and won six licences offshore Britain, it said on Thursday, in a sign it may be looking to boost reserves after slashing costs. Statoil bid a total of $44.5 million for 13 licences in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, coming second only to Shell and ahead of Hess Corp, Chevron and Exxon, the latest auction results showed. The company said in a separate statement it had won five new operated licences in the northern North Sea and one in the frontier area west of Scotland, committing to drill at least three wells. Statoil said its bids for licences in the U.S.

Partners Ink MOU for Indonesia Maritime Logistics

LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group (LDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with palm oil plantation company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) to develop maritime logistics business opportunities in Indonesia. The MOU signed between GAR and LDA focuses on developing logistics in Indonesia for the next five years with planned acquisitions and investments amounting to around $100 million. In 2014, LDA and GAR established a joint venture company dedicated to transport LDA and GAR cargoes within Indonesian waters. In 2016, this JV transported 4,500,000 metric tons of various cargoes. “This new step in our partnership with GAR confirms LDA’s strategy to keep strong links with Indonesia where our Group has been active for more than 25 years…

India's Cochin Shipyard Gears up for IPO

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL),  India's largest public sector shipyard, has filed  initial public offering (IPO)document with  the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)  to go public. The government approved a stake sale of up to 25 percent. Cochin Shipyard IPO will consist of 34 million shares to raise about INR 1,400-1,500 crore (USD 214 - 229 million). On completion of a successful IPO, CSL will become the first of five state-owned shipbuilding companies to be publicly listed. It has filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI.

JSW to Invest USD 1.1bln on Ports

Photo: JSW Infrastructure Ltd

JSW Group will invest INR 7,000 crore (USD 1.1bln) more in the ports sector over next three years to create assets in the country as well as abroad, PTI reported. The company is also looking at diluting up to 15 percent stake in the ports operating company, JSW Infrastructure, to a private equity player soon, and take it public by 2019. JSW Infrastructure Ltd (JSWIL), a 100% subsidiary of Sajjan Jindal led-JSW Group, has  also drawn up a master plan to develop its Jaigarh Port in Konkan as one of India’s biggest ports that could receive big bulk carriers, LNG, LPG and oil tankers.

SM Group Mulls More Takeovers

Photo: SM Line Corp

South Korea’s Samra Midas Group (SM Group) said that it is looking to acquire some overseas shippers, among other businesses in an effort to expand its foothold in the maritime sector, Yonhap News Agency cited one of the company’s officials. SM Group, which was picked as the preferred bidder for STX Corp., a general trading company, last week, also purchased the now-defunct Hanjin Shipping Co.'s U.S.-Asia route and other assets for 37 billion won (US$32 million) late last year. SM Group plans to pour 130 billion won ($115 million) into STX.

Gazprom to Cement LNG Ties with Kuwait

Lena River gas carrier. Photo: Gazprom

Russia-based energy company Gazprom has negotiated about supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG)  to Kuwait, reports Tass. The talks continue in "a rather progressive mood,"during the the Energy Minister Alexander Novak’s visit to the Middle East country, the report said. However, it is too early yet to speak about finalizing them. Though Kuwait is satisfied with LNG supplies from Qatar, the parties continued the discussion on a long-term contract. Kuwait is building a new LNG terminal, which should be ready by 2020.

CMA CGM Supports Le Carburateur

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, and le Carburateur, an incubator for small companies in the Marseille Northern Area in France, team up to stimulate entrepeneurship and job creation in the city. Under the guidance of Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM ‘s Chief Executive Officer, the company will offer all incubation costs within Le Carburateur to five newly created companies from the Marseille area. A jury, chaired by Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM’s CEO, will select five newly created companies related to the maritime…

DryShips Completes Common Stock Offering

File Photo: DryShips Inc

DryShips Inc. has successfully completed the previously announced $200 million common stock offering, in which the Company raised net proceeds of $198 million, pursuant to the prospectus supplement filed on February 17, 2017. Following the completion of the offering, the Company has approximately 152,055,576 common shares outstanding. George Economou, Chairman and CEO commented: "We are very pleased to have successfully raised an additional $198 million of equity, which will increase our total available liquidity to about $455 million.

Norway's Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply Agree Merger

Photo: Solstad Offshore ASA

Norwegian OSV companies Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply have signed off on merger plans first announced on February 6, 2017. The statutory merger plans have been approved and signed by the boards of Solstad, Farstad, DESSC and Solstad’s relevant subsidiaries, into which Farstad and DESSC will be merged. Deep Sea Supply and Farstad Shipping will merge into and be established as individual subsidiaries under Solstad Offshore, with shareholders of Deep Sea Supply and Farstad Shipping receiving shares in Solstad Offshore as consideration.

Wijnne Barends to Build New Ships in India

Photo: Wijnne Barends

Netherlands, based shipping company Wijnne Barends reports that it recently placed an order with India shipbuilder Chowgule & Company for the construction of six identical, energy-efficient vessels, local media reported. The shipyard in Goa will  build this energy-efficient 4,200-dwt ship with a length of 98 metres. These ships will meet the IMO Tier III standard for reducing nitrogen dioxide emissions. These standards, applicable worldwide and aimed at the reduction of emissions of nitrogen dioxide, were put into effect for all newly built vessels on American waters in January 2016.

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USMMA Resumes Commercial Sea Year

(Photo: U.S. DOT)

On February 15, we announced that Sea Year training for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers – Crowley Maritime Corporation, Maersk Line Limited and American President Line. This followed implementation of comprehensive new requirements for commercial carriers to ensure that the academy’s standards for behavior, leadership and integrity are upheld. I’m now pleased to announce that last week another commercial carrier, TOTE Services…

Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve. The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering global economy, but Hapag Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen pointed to signs of upward momentum. "We expect some market improvement in 2017, but our success will largely depend on our ability to achieve more sustainable freight rates," he said.

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. As at 30 November 2016, the Group had an aggregate amount of approximately US$170 million owing to Ezra, of which US$125 million was subject to a deferred payment over a period of three years, says a statement from the company. In addition, the Group has an aggregate of approximately US$566 million of loans owing to financial institutions.

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, is owned by Petroterminal de Panama (PTP) and includes up to 14 million barrels of storage capacity on the Atlantic and the Pacific shores. "We have signed a contract with Shell for a three-year period involving all the available space we have," said an official from the Panamanian government. The contract still needs final approval by the country's Finance Ministry.   (Reporting by Elida Moreno and Marianna Parraga)

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