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Inmarsat Expands Presence in Singapore

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Inmarsat, has opened its new Singapore office, which is the company’s largest facility in Asia Pacific region. Inmarsat’s investment in the 1,700 suareq meter office in Toa Payoh, Central Region Singapore, sees the company’s regional hub providing a new solutions lab, demonstration capabilities, training rooms, a knowledge centre and support center, in addition to enhanced production and storage facilities. The opening ceremony was attended by Inmarsat’s CEO, Rupert Pearce, Beh Kain Teik…

EU Ports Set Top 10 Environmental Priorities

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The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has released its annual Environmental Report which includes member ports' top 10 environmental priorities for 2018.Air quality has remained the top priority of the European ports since 2013. The increased interest in the relationship with local community in position four of the list is relevant as air quality has been increasingly a concern for citizens of port cities and urban areas.Climate change is becoming of high relevance for European ports. It made it in the Top 10 for the first time in 2017 and climbed to the position seven in 2018.

Emas Chiyoda Subsea Files for Bankruptcy

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Subsea affiliate of Singapore's Ezra files for U.S. A subsea and offshore contractor affiliate of Ezra Holdings Ltd, a struggling Singaporean oilfield services firm, filed for U.S. bankruptcy as it ran short of cash due to a lingering downturn in the oil-and-gas industry. The affiliate, Emas Chiyoda Subsea Ltd, said in court papers filed in Houston that the company was suffering from weak demand for its subsea contracting work and tightening credit conditions. Ezra has said it may have to take a $170 million writedown on the value of its investment in Emas Chiyoda.

Offshore Vessel Contractors Re-shaping for a Rebound

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The announcement on the February 28 of EMAS Chiyoda’s bankruptcy is the latest in a long line of vessel contractors to fall victim to the downturn since January 2015. Multiple companies such as Cal Dive, Ceona, Cecon, Hercules Offshore, Harkand and Swiber have entered into administration, taking a significant number of vessels out of the active fleet. In other cases, internal restructuring measures (e.g. Siem Offshore, Boa Offshore, Deepocean etc.) were/have been in order. While current indicators of subsea activity (e.g.

Ezra Holdings Files for Bankruptcy in US

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Oilfield services firm Ezra Holdings of Singapore filed for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the weekend, blaming a prolonged slump in the energy industry, Reuters reported. Ezra  has been facing hostile actions from creditors at home and abroad as it struggles to recover from a slump in oil prices over the past three years. The company filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code, according to a stock exchange filing on Sunday. Ezra will…

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.

Emas Reels in $32m Contract

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Singapore-listed offshore firm EMAS Offshore Limited wins $32m of new business  has secured new awards and letter of intents for charters amounting to approximately US$32 million, including options. These new charters will see EMAS Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug (AHT), Anchor Handling Tug and Supply (AHTS) and Platform Supply (PSV) vessels supporting National Oil companies (NOCs), International Oil companies (IOCs) and other offshore contractors on drilling operations and cargo supply runs for offshore oil field projects in their production phases.

Subsea 7 Acquires EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Assets

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Subsea 7 S.A. said it has acquires certain businesses of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea (ECS) under a U.S. bankruptcy code Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas and became effective on June 29, 2017. According to Subsea 7, it will pay less than $100 million in aggregate, including its contribution to the Debtor in Possession credit facility, to acquire the ECS businesses, the Ingleside spoolbase and other assets. “In…

Ezra Wins UK North Sea Contracts

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Offshore service provider Ezra Holdings has announced that subsea division, EMAS AMC, has won global contracts values at over $115m including options, reports Business Times. These contracts include one for rigid pipe lay for the Aviat field development in the UK North Sea; engineering and offshore support work in West Africa for an oil major which will be undertaken together with Ezra's subsidiary company, EMAS Offshore Limited. Other subsea contract work includes ROV support services and High Voltage Alternate Current (HVAC) pull-ins.

OSV Companies Running Out of Options -Study

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As oil continues to sell below $50 per barrel, 2017 could be one of the toughest years in decades for Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) companies, according to a study of 44 companies in the industry by AlixPartners. The firm’s analysis highlights these companies’ rising debt burdens, making it increasingly unlikely that most of them can maintain solvency. The industry faces grave financial pressure, which is clear from recent bankruptcy filings and distressed mergers. Exploration and production (E&P) companies have drastically reduced their rig counts, causing demand for OSV services to plunge.

ShipServ opens Singapore office

Sharon Gill, VP of Sales, Singapore

ShipServ, the leading marine and offshore marketplace with an expected annual trade of $3bn in 2015, has cemented its position in Asia with the opening of a new office in Singapore. The office will be managed by ShipServ’s VP of Sales Sharon Gill and will be open for business from July 1st. “We are very excited to get much closer to one of the biggest and most vibrant shipping markets in the world and will look to increase our already substantial customer base in the region,” said Kim Skaarup, Chief Operating Officer of ShipServ.

NYK to Buy Into Emas Chiyoda

From left:  Shogo Shibuya, President & CEO of Chiyoda Corporation, Lionel Lee, Group CEO & Managing Director of Ezra and Tadaaki Naito, president of NYK. Photo by NYK Line.

Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has agreed to invest in EMAS Chiyoda, a subsea services joint venture between oilfield services firm Ezra Holdings Ltd and Chiyoda Corp. NYK has reached an agreement with Ezra Holdings Limited (Ezra) and Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) to acquire a 25 percent share of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Limited (ECS). After NYK’s participation, the shareholding structure of ECS will change to Ezra 40%, Chiyoda 35%, and NYK 25%. ECS is a global player in the engineering…

Ezra Swings into Red in Q3

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Ezra Holdings saw its net profit for 9M15 grow 50.6 percent to US$51.5 million despite a net loss of US$3 million for the latest quarter, as sluggish oil prices weighed on activities of the oilfield service industry. For the first nine months of its financial year, Ezra posted a net profit of $51.5 million, up 51 percent on the year, though revenue for the period dropped 3 percent to US$391 million, the services provider to the offshore oil and gas sector said in a statement.

NSB Adds 31 Ships

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German ship manager NSB Group  has added 31 new ships under its management. In the course of the new joint venture named PT Asia Marine Temas fleet of NSB grows up to 96 vessels in total. At the same time NSB extends its business in Southeast Asia. Partner of the new joint venture is Indonesian shipping company Temasline. Headquarter of the company is located in Jakarta. Until 2020 the corporate structure of the group of companies will undertake further changes. REEDEREI NSB is extending international ship management activities under corporate brand name NSB GROUP.

Ezra Bags $70m in Offshore Contracts

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Ezra Holdings Limited, a leading contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that the Group’s Subsea Services division, EMAS AMC, has won multiple new awards from various energy companies valued at over US$70 million. The scope of work includes subsea installation of umbilicals, flowlines and jumpers, as well as provision of services to support rigs. Work has commenced for several projects, with the others slated for offshore execution from Q4 2014 to Q2 2015.

Japanese Shippers Trim Fleets

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The three big Japanese marine transport firms -  Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Lines), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Kawasaki Kisen - are decreasing the number of containerships and bulk carriers in their fleets by 10%, reports Nikkei. This is due to weak market conditions and in response to a persistently bleak business environment brought on by a supply glut. The trio operated 1,266 of the ships in all at the close of the fiscal year ended in March, but that number will fall by 122 ships. While Mitsui O.S.K.

10 Optimarin BWT system for Asian Shipowner

Tore Andersen, CEO Optimarin

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has secured a fleet agreement for the installation of 10 of its flexible, reliable and environmentally friendly systems with an unnamed Asian shipowner. The contract, covering a group of 6,700 TEU container vessels, was secured thanks to the firm’s retrofit expertise and market proven technology. The first of the Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) units has already been installed, with two further systems following at the beginning of next year, and two more in spring 2016.

Emas Offshore CEO Capt. Adarash Kumar Resigns

Capt. Adarash Kumar. Photo: Emas Offshore

Singapore-based Emas Offshore announced that CEO and Executive Director Capt. Adarash Kumar has tendered his resignation and his last day of service will be on April 6, 2018. In a stock exchange filing, the operating brand for Ezra Holdings said that Kumar will continue in his duties and responsibilities pending the appointment of a suitable candidate in due course. He was appointed to the Board as Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director on 26 Aug 2014, and re-designated as an Executive Director on 1 May 2015. He was appointed CEO on 25 Sep 2015. Capt.

NYK Buys Stake in EMAS Chiyoda Subsea

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NYK has acquired a 25 percent share of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Limited (ECS), based on an agreement signed on June 10 with Ezra Holdings Limited (Ezra) and the Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda). ECS is a global player in the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of subsea facilities — essential components in offshore oil and gas field development. After this acquisition, ECS’s shareholding structure will shift to Ezra 40 percent, Chiyoda 35 percent, and NYK 25 percent.

Emas Offshore Appeals Against Oslo Stock Exchange Delisting

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Oslo Stock Exchange has decided to delist the shares of Singapore-based Emas Offshore from trading. The offshore services provider considers this decision detrimental to its ongoing restructuring efforts. The Oslo Stock Exchange released a statement on Monday, February 19 announcing its intention to delist the shares of Emas Offshore Limited with effect from April 27, 2018. Emas Offshore, part of Singapore's Ezra Holdings plans to make an appeal against the decision by March 5. "In the meantime, the Company remains listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Emas Offshore Sinks Deeper into Red

EMAS Offshore Limited announced today a net loss of US$265.3 million for the full year ended 31 August 2016 (“FY2016”). Net loss for the three months ended 31 August 2016 (“4QFY2016”) stood at US$98.5 million. For the full year period under review, the Group recorded revenue of US$167.6 million, as compared to revenue of US$247.2 million in the year-ago period (“FY2015”). This decline in revenue was the result of continual weakness in the offshore industry leading to markedly lower demand as well as general oversupply in the offshore support vessels (“OSV”) segment. Gross loss for the year stood at US$49.8 million as compared to gross profit of US$29.4 million in the previous corresponding period.

Saipem Buys Lewek Constellation Vessel

Lewek Constellation sets pipelay record-in-GoM Photo courtesy of  Saipem

Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem said it has reached a deal to purchase the pipelay, heavy lift and construction vessel Lewek Constellation for $275 million. The 2013-built DP3 rigid and flexible pipeline construction vessel had been previously owned by bankrupt EMAS Chiyoda Subsea. Saipem said the vessel will be available for hire immediately and will be marketed globally, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea and Norwegian Sea where the its characteristics are particularly suitable for submarine tie-backs.

Emas Offshore's PSV Charter Terminated

Lewek Avior PSV. Photo: Emas Offshore Limited

Singapore’s Emas Offshore has received a notice from Marina Aquata Shipping to terminate the bareboat charter for one of its leased platform supply vessels (PSVs). The offshore services provider held by Ezra said that Marina Aquata Shipping terminated the bareboat charter of the Lewek Avior PSV. "Ezra Holdings Limited has issued a Guarantee and Indemnity dated 26 April 2011 as guarantor in favour of the Owner in respect of EOPL’s obligations under the Avior Charter. Marina Aquata Shipping alleged…

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