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Port of Cleveland Approves Refinancing

Photo: Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland’s Board of Directors voted today to provide up to $161 million to support the combined refinancing of four previous economic development projects, as well as approved the acceptance of a Homeland Security grant. At its monthly board meeting, the Port approved: Issuing up to $5 million in lease revenue bonds in support of the Euclid facilities of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, which is refinancing the outstanding balance of Port bonds issued in 2004. Issuing up to $16 million in tax-exempt senior housing bonds for Vista Prairie at Emerald Village, LLC, to refinance the outstanding balance of Port bonds issued in 2006. Issuing up to $110 million in tax-exempt development revenue bonds for Euclid Avenue Development Corporation to refinance the outstanding balance of Cuyahoga County and Port bonds issued in 2005, 2008 and 2009 in support of Cleveland State University’s student housing. Issuing up to $30 million in tax-exempt Cultural Facility Revenue and Refunding bonds for Playhouse Square Foundation to refinance outstanding balances of Port bonds issued in 2004 and other development related obligations. Accepting $99,000 grant award from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA for security improvements. As the only local government agency whose sole mission is to spur job creation and economic vitality in Cuyahoga County, Will Friedman, president and CEO of the Port of Cleveland


SNAME Updates Report on HVAC Design

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report to assist in the design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installations for merchant and naval ships.   Recommended Practices for Ship Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design Calculations is a rewrite of a SNAME HVAC report published in 1980.   Calculations unique to naval ships that can also apply to merchant ships have been added


Moore Stephens Warns Brokers

Financial and insurance consultant Moore Stephens has warned brokers and other intermediaries to ensure that their systems and controls covering the treatment of client money meet the regulatory requirements laid down by the Financial Services Authority. Moore Stephens notes that the FSA has recently visited the offices of 15 intermediaries and reviewed their handling of client money, in addition to addressing the issue in a similar number of risk assessments involving other firms


Moore Stephens says tonnage tax proposals lack flexibility

Shipping accountant Moore Stephens says draft proposals on the new U.K. tonnage tax regime lack the flexibility shipowners need for timing acquisitions and sales of ships. It also warns that the draft legislation contains a very broad anti-avoidance clause that could cause companies to unintentionally breach the detailed rules of the tonnage tax scheme. Balancing charges will not crystallize on entry. However, they may arise when vessels are sold, although they will be phased out


Trelleborg is Raising the Bar

Trelleborg held its Capital Markets Day on Thursday, 6 December in Berns Salonger, Stockholm, Sweden. At the event, Trelleborg took the opportunity to release new financial targets for the Group and to launch a more focused organizational structure. New financial targets are in line with Trelleborg’s ambitions to increase value creation and to be a world leader in selected market segments and geographic markets


Comparison Offers Clues on Container Ship Operation Profitability

Container ship bows: File photo CCL

The container industry is a notoriously difficult sector to make any money in, but a few major lines have managed to avoid the red ink while others have toiled. Drewry Maritime Equity Research compares the performances of Asian companies OOIL and NOL for clues behind the varying results and the future direction that the most successful are likely to head. Excerpts follow: The last five years have been a stormy period for the global container shipping industry and have affected all big and


Petroleos: Oil Output Is Fine

The president of Venezuelan state oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) insisted he did not see any need for OPEC member countries to raise output to cool sizzling oil prices. With prices close to 10-year highs, pressure is growing on the oil cartel from consumer nations to agree to pump more oil at its next ministerial meeting in Vienna on Sept. 10. But PDVSA chief Hector Ciavaldini, reiterating a position expressed by other Venezuelan oil officials such as OPEC President Ali Rodriguez


Get Ready for Changes in Lease Reporting

By Richard J. Paine, Sr.

From the December 2010 edition of MarineNews Since the middle of 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been working towards changing how companies report their lease transactions on their balance sheets. Those companies (including publicly traded entities) whose reporting complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) must observe the reporting regulations as set down by FASB


Bulgaria Orders Green Energy Producers to Cut Output by 60%

Renewable Energy Generation Photo TIFR

  Bulgaria's power grid operator ordered all renewable energy producers on Sunday to reduce their output by 60 percent in an attempt to balance production and consumption in the Balkan country, the state-owned company said. The grid operator has already imposed output cuts on  thermal power plants in the coal-fired Maritsa East complex and on Bulgaria's nuclear plant due to low domestic consumption and weak demand for power exports in the region.


Ghana cuts GDP Forecast

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Ghana has cut its 2016 economic growth forecast sharply to 4.1 percent from 5.4 percent due to lower export prices and irregular oil production, Finance Minister Seth Terkper told Reuters on Monday.   Oil output was halted between March and May at the offshore Jubilee field due to a breakdown on a production ship, and the country lost millions of dollars in revenue. It has since restarted at a lower rate.  


BOEM Offers Cook Inlet Blocks Offshore Alaska

Pic: BOEM

 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it will offer approximately 1.09 million acres off Alaska’s southcentral coast in a lease sale scheduled for June 21.   Cook Inlet Oil & Gas Lease Sale 244 will offer 224 blocks toward the northern part of the federal


Scorpio Tankers Merges with Navig8 Product Tankers

Photo: Scorpio Tankers Inc

 Scorpio Tankers has entered into definitive agreements to merge with Navig8 Product Tankers  and acquire Navig8’s 27 operating product tankers.   Subject to the terms and conditions of these agreements, Scorpio will acquire four LR1 tankers prior to the closing of the


Wärtsilä to Replace OSV’s Generator with Batteries

Viking Princess (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed an agreement with Norway’s Eidesvik Offshore to install a hybrid system with batteries on board of its offshore supply vessel (OSV) Viking Princess.   Batteries will reduce the number of generators on board Viking Princess


SeaBird in Debt Restructuring Proposal

Photo: SeaBird Exploration Group

 SeaBird Exploration will propose to its bondholders and certain of its other creditors a debt restructuring of the SeaBird group that if successfully completed will facilitate a comprehensive restructuring of the group's balance sheet.  


ABB, IBM Partner on Industrial Artificial Intelligence

ABB and IBM announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure.  


The Shipowners' Club Bounce Back to Black

Image: The Shipowners Club

 The Shipowners’ Club, the leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has reported resilient results for the year ending 31 December 2016.   The Club has reported a combined ratio of 98.6%, an increase in gross tonnage of 0.8m to 25


Med Diesel Diffs at 21-month High

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Carabay)

A closed arbitrage from other regions and refinery shutdowns have tightened the Mediterranean diesel market driving cargo premiums to ICE gasoil futures to their highest since August 2015.   "It's almost impossible to find cargoes for the first half of May in the Mediterranean


Navios Partners Acquires Capesize Vessel

Navios Maritime Partners L.P., an international owner and operator of dry bulk and container vessels, said it has agreed to acquire one 2009 Japanese-built Capesize vessel of 180,274 dwt for a purchase price of $28.3 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to Navios Partners' owned fleet


DNV GL Adds Asymmetric Stern To ECO Lines

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) allows to assess the details of the flow. The colors denote the pressure distribution on the hull. Image: DNV GL

 A vessel with an asymmetric stern has a twisted aft shape that is designed to account for the differing flow conditions on each side of the propeller.    The idea emerged in the 1960s, but due to the difficulty of manually developing the optimal shape


Navios Acquires Capesize Vessel

 Navios Maritime Partners, an international owner and operator of dry bulk and container vessels, announced on May 9 that it has agreed to acquire one 2011 South Korean-built Capesize vessel of 179,016 dwt for a purchase price of $31.05 million.  


Hapag-Lloyd Projects Higher FY '17 Earnings

File Image: CREDIT (port of Boston)

CEO sees closer supply-demand balance in shipping market; higher earnings forecasts upheld after wider net loss.   German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Friday said it should achieve higher earnings this year, based on expectations for a moderate increase in freight rates and cost


Canada to Ban Tankers off North British Columbia

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Canada's Liberal government has introduced legislation for a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of the British Columbia province, the country's transport department said on Friday, delivering on an election promise.  


Euroseas Sees Improvement in Cargo Shipping

Pic: Euroseas Ltd

 The beginning of 2017 found both the drybulk and containership markets recovering from the historical low levels observed during 2016, says Euroseas Chairman.   Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas said that the drybulk market improved rapidly during the last two months of


Hapag-Lloyd to Omit UASC in 2017 Financials

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)

 The outlook for the 2017 financial year is based on the Hapag-Lloyd Group’s existing business activities as at 31 December 2016 and therefore does not include UASC’s business activities or the acquisition of UASC in 2016.   


Death Toll On The Rise at Chittagong Shipbreaking Yards

Photo Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform – Hanjin Rome beached in Chittagong, Bangladesh

 Two workers lost their lives at the Chittagong shipbreaking yards in the last two weeks, bringing the total death toll this year to six workers, reports NGO Shipbreaking Platform.   On 6 May, 26-year-old Shahinoor died at Jamuna Shipbreaking yard






 
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