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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Halloran Joins A&B

Kevin L. Halloran has joined Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. as director, corporate finance and investor relations. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for a variety of corporate finance functions, including communication with the investment community and oversight of corporate development activities. Halloran will report to A&B's Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher J. Benjamin. Halloran earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Colgate University and completed the Bankers Trust Management Training program, a year-long, MBA-level management training in accounting, corporate finance, international banking and risk assessment and management.

Capralos Star Bulk CEO & President

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK), announced that Spyros Capralos has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, to succeed Akis Tsirigakis, effective as of February 7, 2011. Capralos has also been appointed to the Board of Directors which is now comprised of eight members. Tsirigakis will continue to serve as a director. Tsirigakis' parting was mutually agreed, so he may pursue other interests. Capralos served, until October 2010, as Chairman of the Athens Exchange and Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Exchanges Group and was the President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges. He was formerly Vice Chairman of the National Bank of Greece…

FSL Trust Sells Vessel to Trim Debt

Photo: FSL Trust

FSL Trust Management, as trusteemanager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), announces that the Trust has sold its chemical tanker, FSL Tokyo, for a cash consideration of US$13.8 million. FSL Tokyo is a 2006, Japanese-built, 20,938 DWT chemical tanker that has been deployed in the spot market. The net proceeds from this Disposal will be applied in full to the outstanding loan facility in 1Q2018. FSL Trust will record a related impairment charge of approximately US$9.0 million in 4Q2017.

FSL Appoint Alan Hatton CEO

Alan Hatton: Photo Linkedin

The Board of Singapore's financially-turbulent FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. has appointed Investment Banker Alan Hatton to be CEO of the Trust. Alan Hatton joins FSL Trust from FR8 where he has been CEO since 2008. He joined FR8 as CFO in 2007 and has significant commercial shipping experience including negotiating and executing time charters, sale & purchase deals and risk management strategies. Previously, Alan was an investment banker working in Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance for Lazard and Dresdner Kleinwort in London. Alan has an M.Sc. and B.Sc.

First Ship Lease Trust Sells Containership Vessel Us$6.2 Mln

First Ship Lease Trust has sold its containership, FSL Busan, for a cash consideration of USD $6.2million.   The compnay will record a gain on disposal of about USD $0.75 million, in 1Q 2018.​  

Mansukh Mandavia Inspects Kolkata Port, IWAI Jetty

Mansukh Mandaviya Photo: Official Twitter

Indian Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and  participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT.

GOGL Acquires New Vessel

File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has  taken delivery of the second vessel, Sea Monterrey (to be renamed Golden Monterrey). On October 16, 2017 GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two modern Capesize vessels from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited, a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family (Hemen), the Company's largest shareholder, at a purchase price of USD 43.0 million per vessel. The first vessel, Golden Behike, was delivered in November 2017.

Eni CEO Drafts in Former Boss to Pave Way for Saipem Sale

Stefano Cao has been brought back by Eni to turn around the oil service subsidiary Saipem that he spent nearly 25 years working for and prepare it for a sale, according to people familiar with the plan. Italian state-controlled oil major Eni has been mulling for years the idea of cutting its 43 percent stake in Saipem to somewhere below 30 percent, mainly to get 4.4 billion euros ($4.7 billion) of debt off its balance sheet that has been a brake on its own growth. But falling oil prices and setbacks that culminated last year in Saipem losing the lucrative South Stream gas pipeline project forced Eni to put the plan on hold. Saipem shares have fallen more than 60 percent in the past two years…

Osprey Maritime Gets Extension

Oil and gas shipping firm Osprey Maritime's bankers have agreed to an extension through the third quarter of 2002 of $362 million in short term loans. The facilities were originally repayable on July 20, 1999. The outlook for Osprey, which has a total debt of $813.7 million as of June 30, 1999, hinged on the outcome of its talks with bankers to extend its short term loans. The debt was incurred following its multi-million acquisition of Gotass Larsen Shipping Corp in 1997.

FSL TRUST: Vessel Portfolio Positioned for Stability, Opportunity

(Source: FSL)

SINGAPORE – FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, announced the financial results of FSL Trust for the quarter ended 31 March 2012. Revenue for 1QFY12 rose $2.2 million or 9.3% year-on-year to $26.1 million. The net increase in revenue was contributed by the full quarter lease revenue from the two vessels leased to TORM A/S which were acquired in June 2011, as well as higher freight income from the vessels trading in the spot market.

Lloyds Bank Withdraws From Rosneft-BP Loan

Lloyds Bank, part-owned by the British government, has withdrawn from a $1.5-$2 billion trade finance deal involving oil major Rosneft, in a development highlighting the growing unease among Western banks in funding Russian deals. Lloyds, along with Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of China was a mandated lead arranger (MLA) on the loan to finance BP's purchase of crude oil and refined products from Rosneft. The loan would be similar to previous such deals Rosneft had with BP or trading houses Glencore and Vitol but, according to banking sources close to the deal, Lloyds decided to walk away after several weeks of hesitation. The bank is 25 percent-owned by the UK government, which has repeatedly condemned Russia over its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

HSH Nordbank to Exit First Ship Lease

Photo: FSL Trust

HSH Nordbank AG's  subsidiary Godan GmbH, the controlling unitholder of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), is looking to divest all its shares in FSL Holdings, the sponsor of the trust, reported Business Times. The report quoted FSL Trust as saying that Godan GMBH is in discussion with shortlisted strategic investors for a potential sale of all of its shares in FSL Holdings. FSL Holdings also owns all shares of the trustee-manager of FSL Trust through FSL Asset Management Pte Ltd.

China M&A Rulings Create Hot Competition for Antitrust Lawyers

China's increasing regulatory influence over international mergers and acquisitions has helped to create the hottest new commodity in its legal industry: anti-trust lawyers. Six years ago, China did not even have a legal system for regulating the impact of M&A on competition. Today, its Ministry of Commerce is the biggest wildcard for dealmakers trying to get a major cross-border deal past anti-trust regulators. The ministry's decision last month to reject Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk's planned alliance with Swiss and French rivals came as a "big surprise" to Maersk Chief Executive Nils Smedegaard Anderson, whose team had been in close contact with the regulator until days earlier.

Bibby Offshore Recapitalization Completed

Bibby Offshore chief executive Howard Woodcock (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore Holdings Limited said it has completed the recapitalization of its balance sheet announced on December 5, 2017. The agreement to recapitalize the balance sheet was approved January 10 by 98.7 percent of noteholders of the £175 million (approximately $243 million) 7.5 percent senior secured notes, and makes noteholders the new owners of the group. “The completion of the recapitalization will be transformational for Bibby Offshore and is a major milestone for our business,” said Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore.

Bareboat Charterers FSL Share Trading Suspended

Image credit FSL

Singapore's First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust) has announced the suspension of trading in its shares pending an announcement to clarify lenders' position in relation to a covenant waiver or relaxation for 30 September 2013. First Ship Lease Trust ("FSL Trust") was constituted as a business trust in Singapore on 19 March 2007 under the Business Trusts Act and listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited on 27 March 2007. Its American Depository Receipts are quoted on OTCQX since 29 October 2008. The Sponsor of FSL Trust is FSL Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Oil Prices To Remain At Current Levels: Bankers

Central bankers meeting at the Bank for International Settlements reportedly expect world oil prices to remain around current levels, starting that higher prices are not in producers' interests. Oil prices, which had doubled since producers inside and outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed in March to cut two million barrels from daily output, came under selling pressure in recent weeks on perceptions that some producers were easing restraints. Benchmark Brent futures hit their highest level in three years in September, at $24.30. Brent for December delivery was trading around $22.73 on Monday.

Merger Talks Feed Energy Sector Deal Speculation

Employees work in a lab at the Halliburton Co. facility in Houston.

Talks that could lead to oilfield services provider Halliburton Co buying rival Baker Hughes Inc may herald increased deal-making in the energy business as companies bet on a protracted drop in oil prices, industry bankers said. Competing service companies including National Oilwell Varco Inc and Weatherford International may also be targets, bankers and lawyers said. In any deal, the incentives will be the same: consolidation would allow them to better weather the downturn and resist pressure from oil producers to slash prices.

FSL Request Share Trading Halt

First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) request halt to trading on exchange from 0830, July 1, 2013, pending a Board of Director's announcement. According to the company's web site: First Ship Lease Trust ("FSL Trust") was constituted as a business trust in Singapore on 19 March 2007 under the Business Trusts Act and listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited on 27 March 2007. Its American Depository Receipts are quoted on OTCQX since 29 October 2008. The Sponsor of FSL Trust is FSL Holdings Pte.Ltd . FSL Trust’s business focuses on long-term bareboat leasing from which it derives stable long-term cash flow. The Trust has a diversified portfolio of 25 modern and high quality vessels…

FSL Trust: Yet Another Steady Quarter

Fleet Deployment by Revenue - Courtesy FSL Trust

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (“FSLTM”), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (“FSL Trust” or “the Trust”) announced today that the Trust reported a stable and positive performance for the second quarter ended 30 June 2016 (“2QFY16”). 2QFY16 revenue decreased slightly by 8% year-on-year to US$25.3 million, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year (“2QFY15”). The slight decline in revenue is mainly attributable to a reduced fleet following the disposal of two panamax containerships in February this year, as well as softening rates in some tanker markets.

HPH Trust Acquires Major Stake in Huizhou Terminal

Pic: Huizhou International Container Terminals Limited

Hong Kong Container port business trust Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Huizhou International Container Terminals Limited (HICT) in Guangdong from the trust’s sponsor for about $86.26m. HPH Trust will acquire 65% and 15% of HITC equity interest, respectively through its subsidiaries, Yantian International Container Terminals (Phase III) Limited (YICT III) and Shenzhen Pingyan Multimodal Company Limited (PML). The company said that…

Rickmers Maritime Wound Up

Photo: Rickmers Trust Management Pte. Ltd

Rickmers Trust Management, a trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, informed that the trust has been wound up. The units of the trust and its notes shall cease to exist, said its trustee-manager in a Singapore Exchange (SGX) filing. The trust has made final distributions to unsecured creditors, representing a recovery of about 12.1 per cent. "There will be no further distributions or payments, cash or otherwise, to the unsecured creditors of the Trust, including the holders of the S$100 million 8.45 per cent. notes due 2017.

FSL Chairman Quits & Share Trading Suspended

First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) chairman Wong Meng Meng has vacated his posiion & the company admits there were differences in opinion in respect of the conduct of a board meeting. According to the company's website, FSL Trust is a Singapore business trust that provides lease financing solutions to the international maritime industry. FSL Trust currently owns a diversified portfolio of 25 vessels with an average age of seven and a half years. FSL Trust derives stable long-term cashflow primarily through leasing its vessels on long-term bareboat charter basis to international shipping companies. FSL Trust is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange and its ADRs are quoted on International OTCQX.

First Ship Lease Trust Gains Time

First Ship Lease Trust ("FSL Trust") is a Singapore business trust that provides lease financing solutions to the international maritime industry. FSL Trust currently owns a diversified portfolio of 25 vessels with an average age of 6.5 years. FSL Trust derives stable long-term cashflow primarily through leasing its vessels on long-term bareboat charter basis to international shipping companies. The relaxation of covenants would be in effect for 12 months until end-June 2013 (the “Relaxation Period”). FSLTM requested for and was granted a temporary relaxation of two loan covenants from its lenders to address potential breaches over the next 12 months.

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