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Stelmar Eyes Cyprus Bourse

Tanker firm Stelmar Marine Holdings Ltd. officially applied on Wednesday for listing on the Cyprus Stock Exchange. The company was established in 1992 by Greek Cypriot entrepreneur Stelios Haji Ioannou and owns and operates a fleet of 12 tankers with an average age of eight years. The company is planning to raise $54.6 million through the Cyprus Stock Exchange for further expansion of the fleet. The amount will be raised through the issue of 42 million new shares of face value $1 at the flotation price of $1.30, the company said. Approximately 27 million shares will be placed with private investors and 15 million will be offered to the public. Company executives said Stelmar, which is now based in Athens and London but plans to create a small office in Cyprus, would use the additional liquidity to acquire six new tankers.


Hill International Gets Casablanca Marina Construction Contract

Hill International get project management contract for a US$ 590-million Casablanca marina construction Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announce that it has been awarded contracts to provide project management services for three projects in North Africa. The contracts, which have a combined estimated value to Hill of approximately $7.5 million, include: A four-year contract has been awarded the company by Société New Marina


Seabulk International Reports 3Q Results

Seabulk International, Inc. reported a net loss, excluding charges related to its recent refinancing, of $2.8 million or $0.21 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2002. Including charges of $27.8 million or $2.16 per diluted share related to the early extinguishment of debt in connection with the company's refinancing, the net loss for the current period was $30.6 million or $2.37 per diluted share compared to net income of $2.9 million or $0


Dubai Drydocks’ $60M Yard to Open July

Dubai Drydocks will launch its $60 million new building panel line and steel structure assembly facility in July. The yard, whose current shipbuilding facility has a monthly turnover of 2,800 tons of steel, plans turning over similar volumes of steel per month for the new building. It is already building the gravity base structure for a 10,000 steel construction with an extensive piping arrangement and four 6,200 dwt bunker tankers due to be delivered in March.


NOIA President Supports Energy Exploration, Development

During the testimony today at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on offshore energy revenue sharing, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi urged Congress to take the next step in enhancing America’s energy security, energy reliability and American jobs by increasing access to the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for energy exploration and development. “Only by providing additional oil and natural gas lease sales in more of the


Dry Bulk’s Biggest Spenders

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In the last month, we have seen the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) recover to the same level it was 12 months ago (see circles in fig.1). Vessel values have started to firm, but not at the same rate and are still at historically low levels.   In the last 12 months, contrarian owners have taken advantage of the low values and have been buying cheap tonnage. With hindsight, this looks to have paid off with many values having increased above the purchase price.  


Financing Sources For U.S. Ferries: U.S. Government Programs

By Todd D. Snyder & Lara Bernstein Mathews Dyer Ellis & Joseph, P.C. Recent growth in ferry construction, particularly in the U.S., has been significant. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently reported that the U.S. marine transportation system annually transports 134 million passengers by ferry. Although the U.S. fleet represents a small percentage of the worldwide fleet, the U.S. fleet has recently experienced one of the largest and most rapid growth rates


DREWRY: U.S. Exports Miss Target

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US exports have been relatively robust in a backdrop of a moribund global economy, but slowing growth means that President Obama’s ambitious plan to double outbound trade in five years will fall short. In his first State of the Union speech in January 2010, President Barack Obama set out an ambitious goal to double exports over the next five years to support 2 million new jobs. Following an initial burst that made that target look a realistic possibility


Topaz Secures $75m Investment from SCPE

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Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, has  announced a $75 million new equity investment in the business from Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE), one of the world’s leading emerging market private equity investors. Under the terms of the investment, SCPE will inject $75 million of equity in return for a 9.8% stake in the business


Challenges to Barcelona Port's Third Strategic Plan

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  Growth, competitiveness and sustainability are the three axes that underlie the Port of Barcelona's Third Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which sets the main objectives for the coming years. This Plan maintains the Port's mission as defined in the previous two plans: “To contribute to the competitiveness of customers by providing efficient services responding to their needs for maritime transport, land transport and logistics services”


Frontline Takes Legal Battle over DHT to Marshall Islands

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John Fredriksen's Frontline is switching its legal battle for control of tanker operator DHT Holdings from New York to the tiny Marshall Islands after making a fifth offer for the company this week.   Frontline, controlled by Norwegian billionaire Fredriksen and owner of a 14


Wilhelmsen Acquires Drew Marine Technical Solutions

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The Wilhelmsen group has signed an agreement to acquire the technical solutions business from Drew Marine.   “This acquisition offers a unique opportunity to enhance the scale and geographic reach of our marine products division,” said Wilhelmsen group CEO, Thomas Wilhelmsen.


Seattle Kicks Off Its Biggest Cruise Season

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The Port of Seattle has kicked off its biggest cruise season yet with more than one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.   The cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region


Marshall Islands Court Sets Date for Frontline Case against DHT

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Oil tanker firm Frontline said on Friday the high court in the Marshall Islands has agreed to hear on May 17 its complaint against takeover target DHT Holdings, which is incorporated in the remote Pacific republic, over a rival deal with BW Offshore.  


Newark Container Terminal Handles Record Volumes

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Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) handled a record number of container volumes without disruption to its customers following its January 2017 upgrade to the N4 terminal system. The move to Navis N4 is part of PNCT’s $500 million infrastructure modernization project that is expected to


Petrobangla, Summit Pact for 2nd LNG Terminal

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 Bangladesh's State-owned Petrobangla has inked final deals with Summit LNG Terminal Co to development the country's second floating LNG terminal.   The Financial Express reported that Summit group will install a Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) at Moheshkhali Island in


Turkey Raises Marine Pollution Fines

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 Turkey has raised the fines for marine pollution by 41 percent, Daily Sabah reported quoting the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication.   The Ministry  has  also implemented stricter regulations after a ship hit rocks and spilled 50 tons of fuel in


Deutsche Invest Highest Bidder for Thessaloniki Port

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German private equity firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners was the highest bidder for a majority stake in Greece's Thessaloniki Port with an offer of 231.9 million euros ($251.8 million), privatisation agency HRADF said on Monday.   The sale is a key part of the country's international


Viking Line Inks Shipbuilding Deal with Xiamen

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Finland based Viking Line said it has signed a conditional contract with Chinese shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. for the construction of a new passenger cruise ship for delivery in 2020.   A final agreement is subject to the approval of the board of directors of both parties


Private Equity Boost for Hyundai Samho

South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), a shipbuilding affiliate of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), said it has attracted 300 billion ($264 million) won investment via pre-IPO.   Under the agreement signed with Korean private equity firm IMM Private Equity


Hutchison Port Q1 Profit Slumps 70%

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 Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPHT) suffered a 69.9 percent plunge in first-quarter net profit to to HK$166.9 million ($24.4 million USD) from the corresponding period a year earlier.   The Hong Kong-based port operator said it was largely due to the absence of a government rent and


Tanker Market Could See Difficult Q2, Q3

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New vessels expected to hit freight rates; new trade route from east U.S. to Asia to meet Chinese demand.   The tanker market may face a "difficult" second and third quarter this year after a robust first quarter as supply of newly built vessels loom


Container Shipping: New Networks in Focus

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Container shipping: new networks come into focus as the supply side holds the key to improvements   Demand The most recent available data show that demand for the container shipping grew by 2.7 percent in 2016. With the supply side growing by only 1


Demolition Activity Weakens as BDI Moves Higher

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 After the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) had its seasonal weakness around the Chinese New Year in early February, stronger-than-expected demand came from across the board and lifted freight rates, says BIMCO market analysis of Dry Cargo. 


Hyundai Heavy's New Orders Tallied at USD 2.3 bln

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 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group, the world’s largest shipbuilding group, announced today that it won 39 ships worth $2.3 billion for January – April period, which is the largest ship orders for the comparable period in three years. 






 
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