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Saturday, November 17, 2018

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China to Develop Multi Billion Dollar Deep Sea Port In Myanmar

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China and Myanmar are moving ahead with a China-backed deep-sea port project in Kyauk Phyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) , 250 miles northwest of Yangon.The framework agreement was signed by Myanmar's Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance and Chairperson of the Management Committee of the Kyaukphyu SEZ U Set Aung and President of CITIC Group Chang Zhenming, stated Chinese state media.This is the third port in India’s vicinity. China is also developing deepwater strategic Gwadar port in Pakistan in the Arabian Sea which faces the Mumbai coast.

SCF Inks Deal to Finance LNG Carrier

Nikolai Kolesnikov Senior EVP & CFO PAO Sovcomflot

Sovcomflot concludes USD 149 million project credit facility for up to 10 years with three leading European banks.Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is pleased to announce that it has signed a new USD 149 million credit facility, for up to 10 years, with a consortium of three leading international banks, comprising: ING Bank N.V.; KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.The funds will be used towards financing the construction of a new generation 174,000-cubic metres Atlanticmax LNG carrier.

Ship Finance International Sells Older VLCC

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Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 2002-built VLCC Front Falcon to an unrelated third party.Delivery to the new owner is expected later this quarter, and the net sales price will be approximately $30.7 million. The Company does not expect a material book effect from the transaction.Divesting of older vessels is part of Ship Finance's strategy to continuously renew and diversify its fleet.

GC Rieber Shipping Taps Ytredal as CEO

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Norwegian offshore shipping company GC Rieber Shipping announced acting chief executive officer Einar Ytredal has appointed to the CEO role on a permanent basis. At the same time, Øystein Kvåle was named new chief financial officer (CFO) and Christoffer Knudsen was promoted to chief commercial officer (CCO).Ytredal was appointed acting CEO in mid-September 2018. He has been with the company since 2007, first as vice president finance and then as CFO since September 2011. Before joining GC Rieber Shipping, Ytredal worked at Deloitte.

Bergen Group: New CEO, CFO

Nils Hoff (Photo: Bergen Group)

Norway's Bergen Group has appointed Nils Hoff as its new CEO and Morten Riiser as CFO, effective Thursday.Hoff succeeds Torgeir Nærø, who has resigned as CEO to pursue other opportunities. The outgoing cheif executive will take on an advisory position until the end of Q1 2019.Bergen Group ASA board chairman Hans Petter Eikeland considers the change a natural consequence of the upcoming merger with Stavanger-based oil service company Endùr Holding AS (owner of Endùr Fabricom AS).

Shell Joins the Global Wind Energy Council

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British-Dutch oil and gas company Shell has joined the Global Wind Energy Council as a board level member as part of its 'new energies strategy' that includes expansion of wind business.Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council, says: “We are delighted to have Shell join GWEC’s board. Shell’s experience across energy markets in many geographies and deep knowledge of technology development and engineering will bring a valuable new perspective to our work in accelerating the growth of the wind industry across the world.”Dorine Bosman…

EU Okays CMA CGM’s takeover of Containerships

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European Commission’s competition regulators has approved CMA CGM acquisition of Container Finance, the holding company that controls regional container operator Containerships.CMA CGM, the world’s fourth largest carrier by capacity, agreed in June to acquire Finland-based Containerships and its logistics operations."A combination agreement between Container Finance Ltd Oy and CMA CGM, signed on 20th June 2018, has been accepted unconditionally by all relevant competition authorities meaning CMA CGM is free to take over short sea carrier Containerships…

Seabury Maritime Expands Executive Team

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The global maritime and transportation investment bank and industry advisory Seabury Maritime PFRA (SMPFRA), a division of Seabury Capital Group, announced the appointment of Fernando Lehrer as Executive Director, Head of Marine Services, and Nikos Petrakakos as Vice President, Head of Maritime Environmental Innovation.Lehrer and Petrakakos are joining the SMPFRA’s leadership to further advance the company’s strategy to provide an integrated platform to its clients that delivers…

Okeanis Eco Tankers Gets Funds for Two VLCC Newbuilds

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Alafouzos family backed Greek tanker company Okeanis Eco Tankers has secured firm commitments for two secured loan facilities for an aggregate amount of $116.3 million from Credit Suisse AG and BNP Paribas in respect of the financing of two of its VLCC newbuildings, under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries.According to a press release from Piraeus-based shipping group, the Facilities each carry an interest rate over Libor of less than 2.5%, a 6-year tenor, a blended average repayment profile of 17.5-years…

WFW Advises DNB on USD310m Loan to Star Bulk Carriers

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International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised Norway’s DNB Bank ASA (DNB), as facility agent and security agent for a syndicate of banks comprising itself, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., BNP Paribas, Danish Ship Finance and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, in relation to a US$310m loan facility provided to Star Bulk Carriers Corp.Secured on 26 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet, the facility consists of two tranches: (a) a first tranche of US$240m used to refinance Star Bulk’s debt under five existing facility agreements…

DSC Dredge CEO Wetta Delivers Ghana Fact-Finding Trip Report

Bob Wetta, President and CEO of DSC Dredge LLC, right, with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during PAC-DBIA. (Photo: DSC Dredge)

As a member of the President’s Advisory Council – Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), Bob Wetta attended the September 26, 2018 Fact-Finding Trip Report meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and 13 other U.S. Government officials. Their purpose was to deliberate and adopt the final report of the 2016-2018 term of the PAC-DBIA. Prepared by IBM’s Takreem El-Tohamy, but unfortunately unable to attend the meeting, Bob Wetta presented the Ghana information…

Moore Stephens: Ship Operating Costs to Rise in 2018, 2019

Richard Greiner, Moore Stephens partner, Shipping and Transport

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total vessel operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.7% in 2018 and by 3.1% in 2019, according to our latest survey.Responses to the firm’s latest annual Future Operating Costs Survey revealed that drydocking is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2018 and 2019, accompanied in the latter case by repairs and maintenance. The cost of drydocking is expected to increase by 2.1% in 2018 and by 2.3% in 2019…

Ship Finance International Signs USD 400 mln Leaseback Deal for Four Vessels

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Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International (SFL) has entered into lease financing agreements totaling $400 million with an Asian-based institution to finance four 14,000 TEU container vessels acquired in May 2018.According to a press release, the vessels are employed under long term time charters to Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) until 2024, with options to extend the charters by 18 additional months.Each Lease Financing has a term of nearly nine years, with an option to purchase the vessel back after six years, around expiry of the firm period of the charters to Evergreen.

Ardmore Shipping Adds SEDNA Platform

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Product and chemical tanker operator Ardmore Shipping has chosen SEDNA as its new email management and team collaboration platform for their global commercial desks, including operations, chartering and commercial finance teams.According to Ha Eun Ruppelt, Ardmore Shipping’s Commercial Project Manager, the decision to choose SEDNA began with the organization’s commitment to achieving the same high standards of efficiency and operational performance in its commercial activities…

New Maritime Fuel Rules: Industry Frets About Cost, Strategy, Supply

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There are studies and reports from classification societies, scientific organizations and governmental agencies assuring maritime industries that carbon-heavy fuel is peaking and will be replaced by 2050, if not by 2035, with zero carbon power alternatives. No question, they chorus, shipping can meet the IMO goals of a 50% reduction in 2008 levels of GHS by 2050.But as the hot breath of various deadlines bear down upon them, with the 2020 sulfur cap in the forefront, ship owners…

Bahri Targets Acquisitions in Asia, Middle East

Abdullah Aldubaikhi (Photo: Bahri)

Saudi Arabia's Bahri is targeting acquisitions in Asia and the Middle East as the exclusive oil shipper for state energy giant Saudi Aramco seeks to expand its reach, the chief executive said on Wednesday.Bahri is the world's largest owner and operator of very large crude carriers (VLCCs). Saudi sovereign wealth fund the Public Investment Fund (PIF) owns 22 percent of the company and Aramco has a 20 percent stake."We are looking at multiple acquisitions in the Middle East and Asia worth tens of millions of dollars…

Damen to Present New Leasing Fund

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Damen will present its new vessel leasing fund, which is specifically designed for African shipowners, at the first Damen Fishing Seminar being held in Cape Town, South Africa on November 22.Damen Finance Manager, Francesco Verschuren, who will speak at the Seminar and is a specialist in financing in Africa, comments: “The new fund is particularly interesting for smaller, private fishing vessel owners. We are using our years of experience to support them with their vessel financing based on a leasing agreement.” Damen has delivered more than 1…

Rio Tinto: Autonomous Ships "Not Far Off"

Ship being loaded at Rio Tinto Weipa operations with bauxite stockpiles in the background. Copyright © 2018 Rio Tinto.

Mining companies must forge new ties with partners from customers to governments as they pursue innovation and compete for talent with technology giants, Rio Tinto's chief executive said in a speech to be delivered on Tuesday.The mining industry has recovered from the deep commodity crash of 2015-16, but faces headwinds from U.S.-China trade tensions, which have dented the copper price, and is struggling to win investor trust.In a copy of a speech to be delivered at a conference in Melbourne on Tuesday…

Ultra Petroleum Appoints David Honeyfield as CFO

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Ultra Petroleum informed that David Honeyfield has been appointed to serve as CFO of the gas producer with assets in Wyoming’s Green River Basin.A press release from the energy company engaged in domestic natural gas and oil exploration, development and production said that Honeyfield has over 25 years of experience in the energy and natural resources fields with a strong background in accounting and the corporate management of public oil and gas companies.Most recently, Honeyfield served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PDC Energy, Inc.

EuroDry Acquires Panamax Drybulk Carrier

EuroDry Ltd. signed a memorandum of agreement to purchase the M/V Star of Nippon (to be renamed M/V Starlight), a panamax size drybulk carrier of 75,845 dwt built in 2004 in Japan. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Company by the end of November 2018. The Company expects to finance the acquisition with funds at hand and debt which is in the process of arranging.

Ghana FSU/FSRU Finally Under Construction

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Ghana's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import project is finally under construction, years after its original inception, with two vessels contracted to store and regasify the fuel by the second quarter of 2020, a project partner said on Wednesday.China Harbour Engineering Company has already begun construction work on a marina with a Floating Regasification unit (FRU) to be provided by the CSSC Jiangnan shipyard and a Floating Storage Unit by Gasfin, Gasfin's chief executive Roland Fisher said.Ghana has been trying to get an LNG import project off the ground for years…

Big Oil Set to Cash in on IMO 2020 Rules

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The world's biggest oil traders are gearing up to cash in on big disruptions that could hit the shipping fuel market in just over a year due to new U.N.-mandated environmental rules.International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations will cut the limit for sulphur in marine fuels globally from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent from the start of 2020."We're going to hopefully facilitate the new rules in 2020 by helping out the industry and the participants in general to have a reasonably smooth transition…

Chesapeake Acquires WildHorse for $4B

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Chesapeake Energy has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WildHorse Resource Development, an oil and gas company with operations in the Eagle Ford Shale and Austin Chalk formations in southeast Texas, in a transaction valued at approximately $3.977bn.The acquisition of WildHorse expands Chesapeake’s oil growth platform and accelerates progress toward its strategic and financial goals of enhancing margins, achieving sustainable free cash flow generation, and reducing net debt to EBITDA ratio.Doug Lawler…

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