Hornbeck Offshore New Directors, Promotion of Exec Officer
Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) announced today that John T. Rynd and Kevin O. Meyers, Ph.D. have been appointed to its Board of Directors (the "Board"), effective June 23, 2011. Mr. Rynd and Dr. Meyers were appointed to fill the vacancies created by a prior resignation and the Board's decision to increase the number of its directors from seven to eight members. In addition, at the Company's Annual Meeting on June 23, 2011, the shareholders reelected Todd M. Hornbeck and Patricia B. Melcher to the Board. John T. Rynd. Since June 2008, Mr. Rynd, 54, has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President, and as a director, of Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO), a publicly traded global provider of offshore contract drilling, liftboat and inland barge services.
Hercules Presents at Energy Conference
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) announced that John T. Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President, will present at the Bank of America Energy Conference in Key Biscayne, Fl, on Friday, November 14, 2008, at 9:20 a.m. EST (8:20 a.m. CST). Interested parties may listen to the presentation live over the Internet at http://www.herculesoffshore.com/. Go to the "Investor Information" link and select "News & Events." To listen to the live presentation, please go to the Web site at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the presentation will be available within 24 hours after the conclusion of the presentation through the company’s website for one month. Headquartered in Houston, Hercules Offshore, Inc.
Hercules Presenting at Energy Conference
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (Nasdaq: HERO) announced today that John T. Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President, will present at the Capital One Southcoast Energy Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. CST). An audio replay of the presentation will not be available; however, the slides can be accessed through Hercules Offshore's Web site until Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Headquartered in Houston, Hercules Offshore, Inc. operates a fleet of 35 jackup rigs, 27 barge rigs, 65 liftboats, three submersible rigs, one platform rig and a fleet of marine support vessels, and has operations in ten different countries. (www.herculesoffshore.com)
Hercules Offshore to Begin Restructuring
The Houston-based NASDAQ-listed drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc. (HERO) has entered a restructuring agreement with a noteholder group, and expects a prepackaged reorganization plan. HERO says the agreement will convert $1.2B of debt to new common equity, and noteholders will backstop $450M of new debt financing to fully fund the remaining construction cost of the Hercules Highlander and provide additional liquidity to fund the company's operations. HERO's existing equity holders will see their stake reduced to 3.1%. John T.
Hecules Offshore Buy KS Energy Liftboat 'Titan 2'
Hercules Offshore executes a definitive agreement to acquire the liftboat 'Titan 2' from a subsidiary of KS Energy Ltd. The purchase price is $42 million in cash. The Titan 2 is a 280 foot class vessel, constructed in 2008, registered and flagged in Panama, and currently located in Limbe, Cameroon. The Company expects the acquisition to close in early March 2013, subject to completion of certain customary closing conditions. John T. Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore stated, "Demand for liftboats in West Africa has been very strong in recent years, particularly in the higher-end market segment that requires larger vessel classes.
U.S.-based Hercules Offshore Sells Most of Inland Fleet
Hercules Offshore agrees sale of 11 inland barge rigs, which includes three active rigs, eight cold stacked rigs and related assets (Inland Asset Package) for cash proceeds of approximately $45 million. Excluded from the 'Inland Asset Package' are the Hercules 27, for which the Company has a separate agreement to sell the rig to a third party for $5 million, the Hercules 52, and the Hercules 9. The Company will also retain existing working capital within the Inland segment. Closing will be staggered based on the expiration dates of existing contracts on the three active rigs and is subject to the completion of certain customary closing conditions.
Sembcorp Wins US$236-Million Jack-up Rig Contract
Singapore's Sembcorp Marine says that its subsidiary Jurong Shipyard has secured a US$236 million (about S$296 million) contract to build a high specification, tailor-made jack-up rig for new customer Hercules North Sea Ltd. Scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2016, the jack-up rig will be built based on the Friede & Goldman JU 2000E design which has enhanced features suitable for UK operations. The new rig is designed to operate in waters of 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet.
Keppel Delivers First Super A-class Rig
Keppel FELS delivers the harsh environment rig to Discovery Offshore, which is managed by Hercules Offshore. Named Discovery Triumph at the delivery ceremony, the first KFELS Super A Class jackup has been delivered 46 days ahead of schedule and with a perfect safety record. The ultra high-specification jackup rig has been designed for the harsh environmental conditions of the North Sea (UK Sector). Its enhanced leg design incorporates Keppel's proven and reliable high capacity…
Hercules Offshore Q3 2009 Results
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) reported a loss from continuing operations of $7.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, on revenues of $183.7 million for the second quarter 2009, excluding the effects of non-recurring items, compared with income from continuing operations of $20.0 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, on revenues of $270.1 million for the second quarter 2008, also excluding non-recurring items. When including the effect of non-recurring items, the Company reported a loss from continuing operations of $11.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share for the second quarter 2009, compared with income from continuing operations of $16.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share for the second quarter 2008.
Hercules Offshore: Challenges Ahead in 2015
Drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc forecast a challenging year ahead as demand for its rigs remains weak with producers scaling backing drilling due to a slump in global oil prices. Shares of the company, which reported a smaller-than-expected loss, rose 21 percent to 84 cents in light trading before the bell. Demand for jackup rigs remains weak in every region of the world, Chief Executive John Rynd said, adding that a "significant" number of new rigs were expected to be delivered over the next several years, burdening an already weak market. Hercules operates 33 jackup rigs, used in shallow-water drilling. Utilization rates for the company's U.S. offshore rig division, its biggest business, fell to 60.1 percent from 83 percent, a year earlier.
ABS Adds to Membership
At the recent ABS Council meeting in N.Y., 40 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the international classification society. The ABS Council also elected two new members to the society’s Technical Committee. “ABS governance is vested in a membership comprised of distinguished individuals drawn from the international shipping, shipbuilding and offshore industries, from academia, the insurance sector and other related disciplines,” said ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville. Akimitsu Ashida, President, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Noel L. Captain Ali M. Belhag, Chairman, GNMTC – General National Maritime Transport Co. Joseph L. Takatoshi Funada, President, Funada Kaiun Co., Ltd. Kevin M.
Hercules Offshore Q3 2010 Results
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (Nasdaq: HERO) reported a loss from continuing operations of $15.1m, or $0.13 per diluted share, on revenues of $168.5m for the third quarter 2010, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $37.2m, or $0.38 per diluted share, on revenues of $159.3m for the third quarter 2009, excluding the effects of non-recurring items. During the third quarter of 2009, when including the effect of non-recurring items, the Company reported a loss from continuing operations of $47.0 million, or $0.48 per diluted share. These non-recurring items include a $15.1 million charge related to the write-off of previously deferred unamortized debt issuance costs and the payment of certain third-party fees in connection with the amendment of our Credit Agreement.
Hercules Offshore 4Q and 2008 Results
On Feb. 10, Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) reported income from continuing operations of $37.4m, or $0.42 per diluted share, on revenues of $313.5m for the fourth quarter 2008, excluding the effects of non-recurring items, compared with income from continuing operations of $32.8m, or $0.37 per diluted share, on revenues of $244.2m for the fourth quarter 2007. Income from continuing operations for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, was $95.7m, or $1.08 per diluted share, on revenues of $1.1b, excluding the effects of non-recurring items, compared to income from continuing operations of $139m, or $2.33 per diluted share, on revenues of $726.3m for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007, excluding the effects of non-recurring items.
Hercules Offshore Q4 & Full Year 2009 Results
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) reported a loss from continuing operations of $26.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, on revenues of $176.4 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, versus a loss from continuing operations of $1.1 billion, or $12.90 per diluted share, on revenues of $313.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2008. When adjusting for certain items outlined in the attached Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures, the company reported a loss from continuing operations of $25.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2009, compared with income from continuing operations of $36.2 million, or $0.41 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2008, also adjusted for certain items.
Taylor to Chair NOIA Board
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Cindy B. Taylor as Chair and Kevin McEvoy as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2015-2016 term. Taylor and McEvoy assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, DC. Since 2007, Cindy has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oil States International, Inc., a publicly traded diversified oilfield services company headquartered in Houston. She also serves on the company’s board of directors, and has been NOIA’s Vice Chair for the 2014 -2015 term.
GE to Trial World’s Largest Wind Turbine in UK
U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world's largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday. GE Renewable Energy, the renewable arm of the U.S. firm, and the British government-funded Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult signed a five-year agreement to test GE's Haliade-X 12 megawatt (MW) turbine in Blyth, Northumberland. "This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions," John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business said in a statement.
$252m Finance for LNG-Powered Tankers
Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised ING Bank (“ING”), as agent, security trustee and the syndicate of lenders on the US$252m financing of the world’s first ever LNG-powered aframax tankers for leading Russian shipowner Sovcomflot Group (“SCF”). The six 114,000dwt, ice-class vessels are being built by Hyundai Samho, with two of the vessels to operate under time charter to Shell for up to ten years. Shell will also provide LNG fuel for all six tankers across north-west Europe and the Baltic.
Hercules Offshore Q1 2010 Results
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ:HERO) reported a loss from continuing operations of $16.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, on revenues of $150.8 million for the first quarter 2010, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $4.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, on revenues of $223.5 million for the first quarter 2009. John T. Rynd, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hercules Offshore stated, "While our financial results remain depressed following the industry-wide downturn that began in 2008, drilling activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has increased meaningfully over the past two quarters, and bidding activity has remained fairly steady despite the recent pressure on natural gas prices.
Grimaldi Christens Grande New York
The Grande New York, part of the new fleet of the Grimaldi Group, was christened in the Port of NY-NJ at Port Newark Auto Marine Terminal (FAPS). Godmother was Amanda Matilda Cuomo Cole, granddaughter of former late NY Governor, Mario Cuomo and niece of current NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. Father Peter Haldás of St. John Paul II blessed the ship during a short ceremony to a distinguished delegation composed of maritime authorities, customers, port operators and managers of Grimaldi Group and daughter company Atlantic Container Line.
John Anthony Chamberlain
A Founding Father of Signal Passes Away (December 12, 1940 – January 1, 2015). It is with great sadness that the Managers of Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd. must report the unexpected passing of John Chamberlain at the age of 74. A founding father of Signal, John began work for Charles Taylor in 1969; moving to the United States in the early 1980s to work with a leading maritime consulting and claims adjusting firm, Lamorte Burns, on the early development of the business which would eventually become Signal Mutual.
New Virginia-class Submarine Christened 'John Warner'
Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) 'John Warner' (SSN 785), will be the first Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, following its christening by Mrs. Jeanne Warner at Newport News Shipbuilding yard, informs the US Navy. John Warner is the 12th Virginia-class submarine to be built. It is named after John Warner, the five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia who also served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. His wife Jeanne is the ship's sponsor.
US Navy to Christen Submarine John Warner
The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class attack submarine John Warner, Sept. 6, during a 6:30 p.m. EDT ceremony at Newport News Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Former U.S. Sen. John Warner will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Jeanne Warner, wife of John Warner, will serve as ship's sponsor and break a bottle of sparkling wine against a plate welded to the hull to officially christen the ship John Warner. "The christening of the future USS John Warner is not only a celebration of a dedicated Sailor…
Hutchison Set to Retire After 42 Years
John C. G. Hutchison closes a 42 year career at this year’s Workboat Show in New Orleans. Born in Philly on April Fool’s Day 1941, John Hutchison played collegiate golf at Duke University and Moravian College, and coached the golf team at Lehigh University before being drafted in 1966. A Viet Nam vet, 2nd LT, Infantry Branch, John returned home in 1970 and worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corporate Office in Bethlehem, PA, and other Bethlehem offices in Burns Harbor IN, Johnstown PA, and Sparrows Pt., MD.