Roundtable Discusses Nigeria’s Maritime Future
The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) together with the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) have co-hosted an event on “The Future of the Maritime Industry in Nigeria” at Marlborough House in London on September 28. The event brought together investors, business leaders and government officials – representing maritime interests from across the Commonwealth – in a bid to stimulate discussion, increase cooperation and forge partnerships around the myriad opportunities of Nigeria’s maritime sector. The event was hosted as part of CWEIC’s Commonwealth Maritime Initiative (CMI), which aims to promote the maritime industry as a key driver of economic growth and trade (cargo carried by sea is set to quadruple by 2050)…
J.P. Morgan Raises Distressed Shipping Fund
J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives has closed a $480 million fund to invest in distressed shipping assets, attracting capital from pensions, endowments and insurance companies, reports Financial News London. The Global Maritime Investment Fund II, which surpassed its $400 million targeted capital raise, is one of the largest dedicated shipping funds. It seeks to invest, through a closed end structure, in modern vessels operating in shipping sub-sectors that are experiencing substantial distress, with values trading near historical lows.
China Coal Hoard Lowers Dry Bulk Rates
According to a Bloomberg report by Rob Sheridan and Isaac Arnsdorf, record coal stocks at power plants in China, the biggest consumer of the fuel, are threatening to reverse the rally in rates for commodity carriers and diminish returns for ship owners to the lowest in more than a decade. The utilities have 91 million metric tons in reserve and stockpiles at the largest ports come to more than 90 percent of capacity, according to the China Coal Transport & Distribution Association and SteelHome, a Shanghai-based research company.
Genco to Sign Charters for Panamax Vessels
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced it has reached an agreement in principle to enter into a time charter for the Genco Acheron, a 1999-built Panamax vessel, with STX Panocean Co. Ltd. The time charter would be for eleven to thirteen months at a rate of $30,000 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The company also announced it has reached an agreement in principle to commence a time charter for the Genco Leader, a 1999-built Panamax vessel, with AS Klaveness Chartering for twenty-three to twenty-five months at a net rate of $25,650 per day, equivalent to a gross rate of approximately $27,000. Since February of 2006, the vessel traded in the Baumarine Pool, a spot pool of approximately 80 vessels.
Genco Plans to Sign Time Charter
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) announced that it has reached an agreement to enter into a time charter for the Genco Vigour, a 1999-built Panamax vessel, with Global Maritime Investments Ltd. for approximately 10.5 to 13.5 months at a rate of $24,000 per day, less a 5% third-party brokerage commission. The time charter is expected to commence on or about January 8, 2010 following the expiration of the vessel's current time charter and is subject to the completion of definitive documentation. Currently, Genco has approximately 54% of its fleet's estimated available days secured on contracts for 2010.
Genco Plan to Extend Handymax Vessel Charter
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) announced that it has reached an agreement to extend the time charter for the Genco Muse, a 2001-built Handymax vessel, with Global Maritime Investments Ltd. for approximately 10.5 to 12.5 months at a rate of $17,750 per day, less a five percent third-party brokerage commission. The time charter is expected to commence on or about January 21, 2010 following the expiration of the vessel's current time charter and is subject to the completion of definitive documentation. Currently, Genco has approximately 58% of its fleet's estimated available days secured on contracts for the remainder of 2010.
PensionDanmark, Danica Roll Out $300mln Maritime Investment Fund
PensionDanmark, Danica and Navigare Capital Partners have established the Maritime Investment Fund I, which, based on capital from the founders, shall build a diversified portfolio of maritime assets including dry bulk, container, offshore, product, crude oil and chemical tankers, to put on charter to operators. The fund will be managed by Navigare Capital Partners, which consists of partners with broad based shipping experience. ”The new investment fund will give institutional investors a possibility to invest in a broad portfolio of vessels.
Panama Moots Ship Financing Bill
With an aim to boost shipbuilding in the country and attract investment in its maritime industry, the Government of Panama has presented a new bill dedicated to the development of the mentioned industries, says the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP). The bill was introduced by Álvaro Alemán, presidential minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMP, Jorge Barakat Pitty, Minister of Maritime Affairs and administrator of the AMP, and Jose Isabel Quintero, CEO of Public Registry of Ship Ownership.
Dubai Maritime City Authority Launches UAE-German Maritime Majlis
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has announced the establishment of the UAE-German Maritime Majlis in cooperation with the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK), during a special Business Dinner hosted by DMCA in Dubai under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works & Chairman of the National Transport Authority. The dinner gathering was attended by H.E.
Etheredge Head of Marine Banking Group
Dahlman Rose & Company, LLC, announced the appointment of Elliott Etheredge as Managing Director and head of the firm's Marine Transportation Investment Banking group. Etheredge is one of several recent executive hires by Dahlman Rose, as the firm continues to strengthen its investment banking, sales and trading, and research capabilities. "Dahlman Rose has made a commitment to our clients to be there for them in good times and tough times. With this challenging credit environment, we believe equity capital and creative solutions for financing needs are at the forefront," said Simon Rose, Chief Executive Officer at Dahlman Rose. Etheredge began his career in transportation more than 15 years ago heading logistics operations in Mexico for Intertrans Corporation and Sears, Roebuck.
Global Maritime Files for Bankruptcy
Dry-bulk shipper Global Maritime Investments Cyprus Ltd. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection New York Tuesday in order to liquidate its business due to a continued industry downturn, reports WSJ. The bankruptcy filing of the international shipping company came in New York, where Global Maritime has faced lawsuits. Most of the estimated $169 million in debt the company carries is unsecured, court papers say. The amount includes losses from 2014 worth $47.8 million and about $67.6 million from 2015 fiscal year.
Transas Conference to Plot Industry’s New Course
Moving from smart talk to practical solutions and learning from other industries will be the twin themes of an industry event scheduled for Vancouver in March. Technology will be an enabler, but the maritime industry will have to be prepared to change its model to be a candidate for a smarter digital future. Meeting the real enterprise challenges blocking shipping’s digital journey is the focus for the Transas Global Conference 2018, whose ‘Enterprise Change’ agenda brings together global business leaders…
Kirby to Acquire Barge & Tankship Operator Penn Maritime
Kirby Corporation (Kirby) has signed an agreement to acquire Penn Maritime Inc. (Penn) and Maritime Investments LLC. Penn Maritime is an operator of tank barges and tugboats participating in the coastal transportation of primarily black oil products in the United States. The total value of the transaction is approximately $295 million (before post-closing adjustments and transaction fees) and will consist of cash, Kirby common stock and the retirement of Penn's debt. Penn operates a fleet of 18 heated, double-hulled tank barges, with a capacity of 1.9 million barrels, and 16 tugboats along the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States.
Kirby Complete Penn Maritime Takeover
Kirby Corporation completes the acquisition of Penn Maritime Inc. & Maritime Investments LLC, US operators of tank barges and tugboats. Penn's fleet, comprised of 18 double-hulled tank barges with a capacity of 1.9 million barrels and 16 tugboats, operates along the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States. Penn's tank barge fleet has an average age of approximately 13 years with a product mix that consists primarily of refinery feedstocks, asphalt and crude oil. Penn's customers include major oil companies and refiners, nearly all of whom are current Kirby customers for inland tank barge services. Kirby Corporation, based in Houston…
Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016
Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday. The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown with average earnings for large capesize ships - which haul iron ore and coal - barely covering operating costs this year and overall dry bulk rates falling to their lowest levels in decades. "Our…
EU Ports Stress on Open Investment Environment
European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the European Union and a Communication entitled “Welcoming foreign direct Investment while Protecting Essential Interests” on 13 September 2017. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the fact that the Commission proposal is stressing the importance of an open investment environment. The port sector is capital intensive. Over the last decades ports in Europe have benefitted from substantial investment from outside the European Union…
US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased…
Shipping Industry Faces Shake Up
As global shipping grapples with its worst downturn in 30 years, private equity firms are unwinding massive bets made on the sector in a move set to accelerate a restructuring of the shipping industry. Private equity invested tens of billions in global shipping after the 2008 financial crisis, but weaker Chinese demand and an oversupply of ships has driven down freight rates and caused firms to idle vessels and in some cases file for bankruptcy. At least five private-equity backed shipping firms are seeking share listings…
DP World, India’s NIIF to Create USD 3 bln Investment Platform
The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), India’s first sovereign wealth fund, and Dubai-based ports operator DP World have announced the creation of an investment platform to invest up to $3 billion in ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India. The partnership follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in May 2017 and the visit to India of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, in February 2016.
Dry-Bulk Shipping: Hitting the Bottom
Dry bulk shipping companies being hit the hardest on account of the deteriorating business climate are likely to be swept by a new wave of bankruptcies, reports Nikkei. The global commodities bust has rocked the dry-bulk shipping industry, with a wave of bankruptcies washing across the sector and major players forced to restructure, divest or scrap assets. Many in the industry had hoped it would start to recover this year. But there is not much sign of that—and it looks as if more pain is still in store for shipowners. On Jan.
LNG as Alternative Fuel on Workboats Conference Agenda
Leading maritime services experts to debate key technical, environmental, health and safety issues of adopting LNG marine fuel at Middle East Workboats 2011. The future of LNG as a viable and sustainable alternative marine fuel for working vessels is one of the most eagerly-anticipated sessions taking place at Middle East Workboats 2011, the definitive event for workboat operators, builders and equipment suppliers. Taking place from 3-5 October, 2011 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre…
Capital Product Partners Buys Aframax
Capital Product Partners has announced that its Board of Directors has approved the acquisition of the eco-type crude tanker ‘Aristaios' (112,800 dwt, Ice Class 1C, built 2017, Daehan Shipbuilding, S. Korea) for a total consideration of $52.5 million from the Partnership's sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading. The M/T ‘Aristaios' is currently employed under a time charter to Tesoro Far East Maritime Company (‘Tesoro') at a gross daily rate of $26,400. The Tesoro charter commenced in January 2017 with duration of five years +/- 45 days.
Another Japanese Bulk Shipper Seeks Bankruptcy Protection
Daiichi Chuo liabilities total $1.5 bln. Second dry bulker to seek bankruptcy protection this month. Japanese bulk carrier Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha said on Tuesday it had filed for protection from creditors - the second shipper to do so this month - with analysts predicting more failures if the market for dry freight continues to slump. The shipping industry has been hit hard by the global commodities meltdown with the dry freight market near six-year lows and rates for large ships carrying iron ore and coal barely covering operating costs this year. Daiichi Chuo said it had been unable to make ends meet on ships it had chartered or finance ships it had ordered…