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A Second Look: Defense

The Associated Press reported that the Street gave a motley review of defense titans Lockheed Martin Corp.'s and Northrop Grumman Corp.'s outlook for the year, a day after both companies posted higher fourth-quarter earnings. Market observers warned that despite solid growth by Lockheed and Northrop in 2006, performance expectations for 2007 appear to be uncertain due to ambiguous budget requests. The Defense Department submits its fiscal 2008 budget request to Congress for approval next month. Initial estimates suggest the defense budget could reach more than $600 billion for 2008 in addition to the $100 billion supplemental request for war spending for the remainder of 2007. CIBC World Markets Corp. research analysts noted that Los Angeles-based Northrop, considered to be one of the U.S. Navy's top ship providers, is expected to see a cutback in shipbuilding as the Navy requested four ships -- rather than the six initially planned for in 2006. There has also been speculation that the Pentagon may issue cutbacks in missile defense and space tracking and surveillance systems. Also facing Northrop has been a slow growth rate, compared to its competitors, due to damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the company's shipbuilding operations. Shares of Northrop grew modestly by 13 percent in 2006 compared to rival Lockheed Martin which surged 45 percent for the year based on earnings growth.


Offshore Shares Are Leading The Way

Offshore shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange continued to rise in November, buoyed by the continuing high oil price and expectations of increased level of activities from oil companies in the year 2000. After a few dismal months, offshore shares regained the positive position they have occupied for most of the year. Other maritime shares fell during November so it was offshore and cruise that carried the Shipping Index to a 1.9 percent rise for the month and the rise of 36


Maritime Stocks Take A Dive On Oslo Bourse

The All Share Index in Oslo lost a further 4.2 percent in April, and as in March the main reason for the fall was international repricing of technology stocks. However, shipping and offshore companies were not providing any help for the market, as the Shipping Index fell a solid 5.8 percent during the month. Det Søndenfjeldske (SFJ), Ocean Rig (OCR) and Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS and SCSA) all fell between 14 and 19 percent, leading the way down for offshore stocks


Downturns in Chinese Shipping Industry

Though it has sustained economic growth for the past ten years, China’s shipbuilding industry suffered in 2008. The nation contracted 48.3% fewer ships in the first half of the year as compared to 2007. Carrying capacity was down by about 45%, and China’s total market share in the shipbuilding industry dropped to 33.7%.


Shipping Shares Drop after Seanergy Maritime Offer

Photo: Seanergy Maritime

Shares of many shipping companies dropped in volatile trading, retracing more of their post-U.S. election gains after Seanergy Maritime Holdings on Friday became the latest shipper this week to announce a direct share offer pricing.   Seanergy shares were down 28.2 percent at $2.80 after the $3.6 million offering, while shares of Top Ships were down 13.5 percent and shares of Globus Maritime lost 8.9 percent.  


Offshore shares driving the market

Share prices in Oslo rose in August for the sixth consecutive month, and can thus show for positive share price movements for 7 out of 8 months so far this year. While the All Share Index gained another 2.4 percent in August, the Shipping Index was a little behind with a 1.4 percent increase. Shipping and Offshore shares are up 43.2 percent for the year. The oil price continued to rise in August. For the first time since October 1997 North Sea oil for immediate delivery (Brent spot) was


Carnival, Star Team Up To Buy NCL

Carnival Corp. and Malaysia's Star Cruises surprisingly joined forces in a battle to buy Norwegian cruise firm NCL Holding. The two companies dropped a bidding war in favor of Star's lower $1.1 billion share offer for NCL. Star will stick with its 35 crowns per share bid for NCL, expiring on Feb. 10. Carnival will cancel a planned 40 crowns NCL offer and instead acquire a 40 percent stake in Arrasas Ltd., Star's unit set up to acquire NCL. Star would hold the remaining 60 percent.


Transocean Shares Poised for Big Move

Photo: Transocean

Transocean Ltd shares are expected to move about 8 percent in either direction following its earnings results on Wednesday, options data showed, but positioning among traders suggests some worry.   This would be the biggest post-earnings move for the shares in at least eight quarters.   The outlook among traders was pessimistic, however, as seven of the ten most active Transocean options on Tuesday were puts, which are usually either a bet on or a hedge against the shares falling


BW Offshore Cuts Dividend

BW Offshore cut its dividend on Monday, blaming lower spending by customers due to a fall in crude prices as well as a deadly accident in Brazil last week. The company, which also met fourth-quarter earnings forecasts, said it planned a dividend of 2 U.S. cents a share for October-December, one cent less than in recent quarters and below expectations for 3 cents in a Reuters poll of analysts. On Feb 11, an explosion on one of BW's oil production vessels offshore Brazil killed five


Year's End Appears To Be Timely For Buying Cruise Shares

Now is the time to buy cruise shares, says a cruise industry review released by Lazard Frères & Co., which notes that although shares have been up and down in the past few weeks with only a 1 percent increase in the last month, the relatively defensive performance of the cruise/leisure segment is encouraging. The report states cruise shares are sensitive to any data showing a slowdown in consumer spending in 2000. In September


Keppel Posts Lower Q2 Profit, Warns on Rig Outlook

Q2 profit S$161 million versus S$205 million year ago; O&M division net order book at S$3.4 billion.   Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp posted a 21 percent drop in its quarterly profit and warned it did not expect a speedy recovery in the offshore and marine market.  


Qatar Seeks to Open New LNG Markets with Floating Terminals

Qatar Gas Transport Company and Norwegian shipping business Hoegh LNG have embarked on a joint project to open new markets for Qatar to sell its liquefied natural gas (LNG) via floating import terminals.   Hoegh LNG, a developer of floating LNG import terminals


GOGL Adds Dry Bulk Vessel

Golden Shui. File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

 Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) says that it has taken delivery of one dry bulk vessel, Q Deb.   "GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire 16 modern dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction where the Company will issue in aggregate 17


Stena Drilling Extends Inspection Contract with Sparrows

Stena Don (Photo: Stena Group)

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys


TUI Sheds Its Stake in Hapag-Lloyd to Focus on Tourism

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Europe's largest tourism group TUI Group said on Monday it had sold its stake in container shipper Hapag-Lloyd, bringing to a close plans for the sale of non-core businesses in order to focus on its tourism operations.   TUI Group has been investing in more of its own hotels and cruise


Stolt-Nielsen Aims to Cut Debt

Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen (Photo: Stolt-Nielsen)

Chemical tanker firm Stolt-Nielsen aims to cut debt, CEO Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen said on Thursday. CEO: Debt is slightly higher than we wish  CEO: Based on the latest update, we believe that 2018 will be tough to reduce debt  CEO: Assumptions are based on no recovery in the chemical


Hurricane Dora Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Dora formed off the western coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean on Monday, but it was expected to slow and remain offshore, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Dora, the first hurricane to form in the Pacific so far this year


Avance Gas Expects Weak 2017, Recovery from 2018

Peder Simonsen (Photo: Avance Gas Holding)

Shipping firm Avance Gas Holding , which transports liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), expects freight rates for its vessels to remain weak in 2017 despite an improvement in the last two weeks, the Oslo-listed firm said. A sharp influx of newly built very large gas carriers (VLGCs) pushed global


Labor Trouble Causes Gothenburg Box Count to Drop

File Image: Container operations underway in port (CREDIT: port of Boston)

Port operator APM Terminals, part of shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it has seen container throughput at its Gothenburg terminal in Sweden fall by 70,000 over the past year because of labour disruptions.   "We have lost about 70,000 containers in revenue over the past year


J.P. Morgan Raises Distressed Shipping Fund

Photo: JP Morgan

 J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives has closed a $480 million fund to invest in distressed shipping assets, attracting capital from pensions, endowments and insurance companies, reports Financial News London.   The Global Maritime Investment Fund II


DOF Subsea Shelves IPO Plans

Pic: DOF ASA

Norway's DOF Subsea has decided to hold off on launching its initial public offering (IPO), citing volatile market conditions.   Company shareholders DOF ASA, with 51 percent, and a fund managed by First Reserve, with 49 percent ownership


GoodFuels Launches Sustainable Drop-in Marine Fuels Pilot

Image: GoodFuels video

 Heineken Netherlands, Nedcargo and sustainable fuel market-leader GoodFuels have launched a pilot to demonstrate a sustainable drop-in marine fuel on-board of the ‘For Ever’ – an inland barge dedicated to transport Heineken export beer


Indian Maritime Associations Join Task Force

Photo: Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA)

 Concerned with declining market of Indian seafarers industry despite having high population in comparison to its rival countries, representatives of leading shipping associations in the country have joined a ‘task force’ or committee formed by Directorate General of Shipping of


Baltic Index Hits 14-Week Low

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped on Thursday to its lowest level in 14 weeks on falling rates across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Tanker Investments Merges with Teekay Tankers

Photo: Tanker Investments Ltd.

 Teekay Tankers has agreed to acquire all the remaining issued and outstanding shares of Tanker Investments (TIL), in a share-for-share merger at an exchange ratio of 3.30 Teekay Tankers Class A common shares for each TIL common share.  






 
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