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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Arlen "Benny" Cenac Jr.: Navigating a Different Course Line, Making a Difference

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr.

Cenac Marine Services and its dynamic, third generation leader, Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr., continue to flourish, in good times and bad. Through it all, leadership, philanthropy and investments that extend far beyond the company’s gates have made all the difference.As this year quickly churns to its inevitable close, Cenac Marine Services isn’t the nation’s biggest towboat operation, but its profound impact on the people and environment of the U.S. Gulf Coast and beyond is unquestionable.

Algoma Central Buys Product Tanker

Image: Algoma Central Corporation

Canadian dry-bulk shipper Algoma Central Corporation announced the purchase of a 2008 built product tanker which will become the seventh tanker within the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet.A press release from the provider of marine transportation services said that the purchase demonstrates Algoma’s commitment to continuing to safely and efficiently ship petroleum products on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway and East Coast.“We are extremely pleased to add a vessel to our Algoma Tankers Limited fleet as customer demand continues to strengthen in this segment…

Algoma Central Cancels Croatian New Build Contracts

Pic:  Algoma Central Corporation

Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation has decided to cancel all four newbuild construction contracts with Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik.The provider of marine transportation services announced in a press release that that it has taken steps to cancel its remaining four new build construction contracts with a Croatian shipyard.The cancellation notices have been sent to the shipyard as a result of the Yard’s failure to secure refinancing and Algoma has no assurance…

St. Louis, Plaquemines Ports Ink MoU for Mississippi River Cooperation

APH vessels are being designed in lengths of 592, 772, and 952 feet. The Vessels will carry from 1824 to 2960 TEUs and will travel north and south at twice the speed of barge lines or about 12-14 knots. CREDIT: American Patriot Holdings

St. Louis Regional Freightway, Port of Plaquemines and St. Louis Regional Ports Sign Agreement to Foster Economic Growth on the Mississippi River. The pact will help support development of a new transportation link for cargo to move along the Mississippi River. The St. Louis Regional Freightway, Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District located in the State of Louisiana and four ports in the St. Understanding (MOU) to establish and grow an alliance to generate new business by promoting international and inland trade routes at strategic locations along the Mississippi River.

Algoma Purchases Four U.S. Flag 'Lakers'

The Adam E Cornelius, one of four ASC vessels involved in a sale to Algoma. CREDIT: ASC

Algoma Central Corporation, a provider of marine transportation services, today announced it has reached an agreement with American Steamship Company to acquire four vessels. The Company has acquired the M.V. Buffalo, the M.V. Adam E. Cornelius, the S.S. American Valor and the S.S. American Victory. The availability of these vessels presented an opportunity to expand Algoma’s vessel fleet and capacity at extremely attractive values. Both the M.V. Buffalo and the M.V. Adam E. Cornelius…

Algoma Adds Algoma Innovator

Algoma Innovator. Photo: Algoma Central Corporation

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services, today announced that it has taken ownership of the Algoma Innovator from the Uljanik d.d. shipyard in Croatia. The vessel is part of the Company’s Equinox 650’ class of self-unloading dry-bulk lake freighters and is the first new forward mounted boom ship to be built in 45 years. The vessel has been engineered to be a leader in the river class business; it’s forward mounted boom will permit cargo to be delivered into niche spaces allowing greater access and flexibility to customers.

Rasmussengruppen Sells Stake in Norden

Photo: Norden A/S

Oslo based financial investor Rasmussengruppen sold its entire stake which is 4.8 million shares of Danish dry bulk bulker owner Norden. The company's share capital consists of 42,200,000 shares of DKK 1 each, amounting to DKK 42,200,000. Rasmussengruppen was the second biggest investor in Norden, after Danish company A/S Motortramp on 28.08%. Norden  operates one of the industry’s most modern, flexible and competitive fleets globally within the dry cargo and tanker vessel types. Norden  was founded in 1871 and is one of the world’s oldest listed ship owners.

Algoma Niagara Arrives Sept Iles Port

Algoma Niagara. Photo: Algoma Central Corporation

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services, announced that the first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Canadian port of Sept Iles, Quebec on November 1st. The Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and she joins her four gearless sister ships in the Algoma fleet. The vessel is currently undergoing inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.

Victor Restis Buys Stake in Globus Maritime

Photo: Globus Maritime Limited

Globus Maritime Limited, a dry bulk shipping company, announced that it has signed a share and warrant purchase agreement providing for the issuance, for gross proceeds of $2.5 million in a private placement to a private investor. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the sale of common shares and warrants for general corporate purposes and working capital. "Restis has significant experience in shipping and currently runs a fleet of approximately 40 vessels. We continue…

Teekay LNG Completes Norwegian Bond Issuance

Oak Spirit LNG carrier. Photo: Teekay LNG Partners

Teekay LNG Partners has successfully issued NOK 300 million (USD 35 million) in new senior unsecured bonds through an add-on to its existing Norwegian bonds due in October 2021. All payments will be swapped into a US dollar fixed-rate coupon of approximately 7.75%. The net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used for refinancing of existing bonds and/or general partnership purposes, which may include funding installment payments on future newbuilding deliveries. Danske Bank Markets, DNB Markets, Nordea and Swedbank acted as Joint Lead Managers of the above mentioned new bond issuance.

Allianz Middle East Ship Management, MCS Join Forces

Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2610 Photo Damen

Allianz Middle East Ship Management and Maritime Craft Services (MCS)have taken delivery of a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2610. Demonstrating the cooperative relationship between the two companies, the new vessel will offer safe and cost efficient crew transfer services for up to 50 passengers to and from the Abu Dhabi oil fields.The two companies welcomed guests on board the new vessel in a festive celebration during this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC).

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market. Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes. "The net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used for refinancing NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes, including funding of newbuilding installments. Teekay LNG expects to apply for listing of the bonds on the Oslo Stock Exchange," says a statement from the company.

Tsakos Orders Tankers at Sungdong

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN)

South Korean shipyard Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (Sungdong) has won an order from Greece’s Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) for two 74,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) crude-oil carriers with an option for two more. TEN has already ordered three tankers from Sungdong. The total value of the contract for the four LR1 tankers could reach up to USD 170 million. Delivery of the firm ship is due in the first half of 2018. Tsakos’s commitment is a massive boost for Sungdong after a tough period of instability and restructuring where the yard skirted with closure.

Hellenic Wind sold for Demolishing

Courtesy Hellenic Carriers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Limited, an international provider of marine transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, on 17 May 2016 sold the Company’s vessel HELLENIC WIND (74,000 DWT built 1997) for demolition to an unrelated third party for a total gross cash consideration of US$2.88 million. US$1.6 million of the proceeds of this sale were used by the Company for repayment of its outstanding debt under the loan described as Loan B in note 11 to the Company’s audited consolidated financial…

Charters of Tsakos Tankers Extended

Image: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) announced charter extensions with a state oil company with profit sharing provisions for four panamax tankers, with an average duration of 22 months per vessel and minimum gross revenues of $65 million. These fixtures are expected to commence between April and November of 2016 upon expiration of their existing employments and contribute, on an annualized basis, an extra $20m to the Company's bottom line. "The extension of these contracts follow our…

Insights: Benny Cenac, Jr., Owner & CEO, Cenac Towing Company

Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr.

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company. The firm, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather, now does business as Cenac Marine Services. Benny has led the company since 1981 through several industry downturns by focusing on customer service, efficiency, quality and safety in its marine transportation services. Cenac Towing has clients across the country and maintains a focus on transporting liquid petroleum barges. Cenac is guided by the…

Globus Maritime CEO Steps Down

Photo: Globus Maritime

Greek dry bulk shipowner Globus Maritime announced the resignation of Georgios Karageorgiou from the position of president, CEO and interim CFO and Director of Globus Maritime Limited. Karageorgiou is leaving for personal reasons. Athanasios Feidakis, the company's current Non-Executive Director, will replace him as president, CEO and CFO. Feidakis is the son of chairman, Georgios Feidakis. Georgios Feidakis, chairman of Globus Maritime, commented: “We thank Mr. Karageorgiou for his long service to the company and we wish him every success in his future endeavors.

Nasdaq's Second Delisting Warning to Globus Maritime

Photo: Globus Maritime

Nasdaq-listed Greek dry bulk shipowner Globus Maritime has received notification from Nasdaq indicating it is in breach of Nasdaq Global Market requirements because the closing bid price of the company’s common stock has been under $1 for the last 30 consecutive business days. The Company no longer meets the minimum bid price continued listing requirement for the Nasdaq Global Market, as set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule. Pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rules, the applicable grace period to regain compliance is 180 days, or until May 9, 2016.

DryShips to Sell 17 Vessels for a Huge Loss

Photo DryShips Inc

DryShips Inc. a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes, and through its affiliate, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced today that it has entered into firm sales agreements with entities controlled by the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, George Economou, to sell 17 vessels. The 17 vessels, comprised of 13 Capesize and 4 Panamax bulk carriers, are being sold for an aggregate price of $377.0 million…

MN 100: Bordelon Marine

Founded in 1979, Bordelon Marine is a leading provider of Marine Transportation services operating in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. The company owns and operates a fleet of modern offshore supply vessels ranging in size and type from DP1 Mini-supply Vessels to MPSV 260 DP2 vessels, offering a full range of services, including construction support, exploration, production, Survey and ROV support, topside mobilization and fabrication management. Bordelon Marine offers a full range of services including: construction support…

Dryships Post 2Q Loss

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

DryShips Inc. an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its affiliate, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., or Ocean Rig, of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. For the second quarter of 2015, the Company reported a net loss of $1.44 billion, or $2.17 basic and diluted loss per share. - A one-time non-cash loss of $1.35 billion, or $2.03 per share, as a result of the deconsolidation of Ocean Rig.

DryShips Misses on Revenue

Ocean Rig Corcovado and Ocean Rig Olympia naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries. Photo by DryShips Inc

The Athens, Greece-based DryShips reported a $1.44bn loss in the second quarter but delivered an operational profit that was in-line with expectations. DryShips is an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its affiliate, Ocean Rig,  of offshore deepwater drilling services. The company has a loss of $2.17 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and asset impairment costs, were 6 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations.

DryShips Reaches Agreement with Ocean Rig

DryShips Inc. It has reached an agreement with Ocean Rig UDW Inc. ("Ocean Rig") to exchange the remaining outstanding balance of $80 million owed to Ocean Rig under the $120 million Exchangeable Promissory Note, for 17,777,778 shares of Ocean Rig owned by the Company. The agreement was approved by a committee of independent directors. Ocean Rig's Board of Directors has decided to suspend its quarterly dividend until the offshore drilling market conditions improve.

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