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Friday, December 15, 2017

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SolstadFarstad Bags Vessel Contracts

Photo: Solstad Farstad ASA

Solstad Farstad ASA (SolstadFarstad) entered a contract for the PSV, Far Solitaire, with Aker BP for a period of three months firm with further three months option, commencement of contract is mid-January 2018. In addition, Petrobas - Petróleo Brasileiro S.A has extended the present contract for AHTS BOS Topazio with 180 days to February 2019. Meanwhile, Farstad Supply AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of SolstadFarstad, has sold the AHTS Far Grip (1993 built, 14.389 BHP). The vessel was delivered to the new owner on December 12. 

Sembmarine Inks LoI with Shell for FPU

Floaters. Photo: Sembcorp Marine Ltd.

Sembcorp Marine announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Shell Offshore for the construction of the hull and topside as well as the integration of the Vito floating production unit (FPU). If the project moves forward, the Vito FPU will be a new facility located in the Mississippi Canyon, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, in water depth of 4,050 ft. Comprising a single topside module supported by a 4-column semisubmersible floating hull…

Eagle Bulk Completes $265 Mln Refinancing

Pic: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

Eagle Bulk Shipping, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Eagle Bulk Shipco and Eagle Shipping LLC, has entered into a series of refinancing transactions, including the repayment in full of Eagle Shipping’s outstanding first and second lien credit facilities, each dated as of March 30, 2016. As a result of these transactions, the company has extended the maturities of the outstanding debt of its subsidiaries through 2022 and achieved additional financial flexibility with respect to its free cash flow.

Teekay Tankers Completes Tanker Investments Acquisition

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

Teekay Tankers and Tanker Investments Ltd. (TIL) announced the closing of the previously announced merger of the two companies. Upon the closing of the merger, each outstanding share of TIL common stock (other than shares held in the treasury of TIL or owned by Teekay Tankers or any of its subsidiaries) was exchanged for the right to receive 3.30 shares of Teekay Tankers Class A Common Stock, and TIL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Teekay Tankers. Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 35 double-hull tankers…

Diana Containerships TC with Wan Hai Lines

M/V Hamburg. Photo: Diana Containerships Inc.

Diana Containerships announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) for one of its Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Hamburg. The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships said in a press release that the gross charter rate is US$11,000 per day, minus a 3.75% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 120 days to maximum 220 days. The charter commenced on December 01, 2017.

Keppel Secures $130 mln in Projects

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Keppel FELS Brasil S.A. and Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), secured projects from repeat customers, Petrobras and SOFEC Inc. (SOFEC) respectively, worth a combined value of approximately S$130 million. Keppel FELS Brasil's BrasFELS shipyard has secured hull carry over work for the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit P-69 from Tupi BV (a consortium formed by Petrobras Netherlands B.V., operator with 65%; Shell with 25%; and Petrogal Brasil with 10%), which is represented by Petrobras. The additional work scope on P-69 includes the installation of equipment and cables for the hull as well as the commissioning of marine systems.

Diana Shipping Time Charters Capesize Bulker

M/V Boston. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a time charter contract with EGPN Bulk Carrier, Hong Kong, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, M/V Boston. The gross charter rate is $17,000 per day, minus a 5 percent commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 16 months to maximum 19 months. The charter commenced yesterday. The m/v Boston was chartered, as previously announced, to Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, at a gross charter rate of $13…

NASSCO Begins Building Matson’s LNG-ready ConRos

(Image: General Dynamics NASSCO)

San Diego shipyard General Dynamics NASSCO said it has begun building the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable combination containership/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessels for Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matson, Inc. The 265-meter-long, 3,500 TEU Kanaloa class design was developed by the shipyard in partnership with Daewoo Ship Engineering Company, and incorporates Tier III compliant LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, with accommodation for future LNG fuel gas system installation.

Myanmar MOL Obtains License and Registration

Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has approved the Permanent Business License of ‘Myanmar MOL Limited.’, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL Liner Ltd. on 4th February. MOL is one of the first companies in the Shipping industry that has set up its wholly owned subsidiary.   With over 100 years of MOL presence and continuous commitment in Myanmar, MOL has launched a direct feeder service linking Singapore and Yangon since March 2012.  The service provides a scheduled sailing to our customers in Myanmar with assured transit time and connections to our global network over Singapore.   The establishment of our wholly-owned subsidiary in Myanmar is another indication of our continued commitment to the Myanmar market bringing us closer to our customers.

China's COSCO Acquires German Marine Equipment Firm

COSCO International acquires Germany's Hanyuan to further develop global service network in marine spare parts supply. Yuantong Marine Service Co. Limited, COSCO International’s wholly owned subsidiary mainly engaged in supplying marine equipment and spare parts, has signed a share purchase agreement with COSCO Europe GmbH to acquire the entire issued share capital of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hanyuan Technical Service Center GmbH. The consideration of the acquisition amounted to EUR1,180,000 (equivalent to approximately HK$11,977,000). Upon completion of the acquisition, Hanyuan will officially become the first wholly owned subsidiary of COSCO International in Europe…

Vard Tallies Orders for 7 Stern Trawlers

The seven ordered VARD 8 08 vessels, designed by Vard Design in Norway (Image: Vard)

Vard Holdings Limited announced it has secured contracts valued at approximately NOK 700 million ($84 million) for the design and construction of seven stern trawlers for Icelandic ship owners Bergur-Huginn, Utgerdarfelag Akureyringa, Gjögur and Skinney-Thinganes. Together, VARD and the four ship owners have developed a new concept for seven stern trawlers for fishing operations in Iceland. The vessels, measuring 29 by 12 meters, will be constructed and outfitted by Vard Aukra in Norway for deliveries in 2019.

Central Gulf Lines Seeks Transfer Authorization

Central Gulf Lines, Inc., has requested the necessary permissions to transfer one authorization granted under Section 615 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, to a wholly owned subsidiary. Central Gulf’s subsidiary intends to acquire a ship construction contract to be entered into between Liberty Shipping Group Limited Partnership and Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., for the construction of one 52,200 DWT multipurpose bulk ship. The subsidiary will construct the vessel at Oshima Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, pursuant to the Section 615 authorization. Upon issuance of the builder’s certificate by Oshima Shipyard the Central Gulf subsidiary will issue a bill of sale for the vessel to Liberty Shipping.

Greatship Sells AHTS Vessel

Greatship Akhila. Image by Greatship (India) Limited

Indian shipping company Great Eastern Shipping has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greatship, has sold and delivered anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel Greatship Akhila (7,080 bhp, built 2009) to unnamed buyers. "Greatship (India) Ltd (GIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd, has sold and delivered the 2009-built 80T Anchor Handling Tug cum supply vessel 'Greatship Akhila', to the buyers," the company said in a filing to BSE. However, it did not specify the buyers.

Otto Marine Makes AHTS Sale, Re-charter Deal

Otto Marine OSV's: Photo courtesy of Otto Marine

Singapore's Otto Marine Ltd. has sold through one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, whose shipyard is located in Indonesia, the 2 Anchor Handling Towage & Supply Vessels (AHTS) to a third party buyer for re-chartering. The aggregrate price of the two AHTS was US$ 170-million. On or around the completion of the sale of the vessels, they would be chartered by the buyer to one of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Otto Fleet Pte. Ltd. (“Otto Fleet”), for a period of 8 years. The Vessels would in turn be hired by one of the Company’s subsidiaries, GO Offshore (Asia) Pte.

China Shipping Expands Tanker Fleet

China Shipping Development Co. Ltd. has entered into a series of ship chartering agreements worth $12.2 million with associates of its parent company China Shipping (Group) Co. On May 26, China Shipping Development entered into a bareboat charter agreement with Shanghai Shipping Industrial Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of China Shipping (Group), which agreed to lease to the company three oil tankers for one year, the company said. It also entered into a charter agreement with China Shipping (Hong Kong) Marine Co. Ltd., also a wholly owned subsidiary of its China Shipping (Group), to charter six dry bulk cargo vessels to China Shipping Marine for one year. The company also entered into a charter agreement with China Shipping Container Lines Co.

Keppel O&M Completes Acquisition

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), the wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Limited, has acquired from the PEM Setal Group the latter’s entire 17.25% interest in FELS Setal S.A. The cash consideration for the purchase is US$5 million. This was arrived at on a willing buyer and willing seller basis taking into account the net assets of the company and existing contracts. With the acquisition, FELS Setal will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel O&M, and will be renamed Keppel FELS Brazil SA. The sale by PEM Setal is due to PEM Setal’s restructuring programme for its group of companies. Keppel O&M is a global leader in offshore rigs and ship conversion and repair as well as a specialised shipbuilder.

DryShips to Make US$500-Million Notes Offering

Greece's DryShips Inc. through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., informs that it intends to offer $500 million in aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2019 in a private offering within the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and to certain other persons outside of the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. Ocean Rig says it intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes, together with other available funds, to fund the repurchase or redemption of its 9.5% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2016, for which it is conducting a concurrent tender offer, and to pay related fees and expenses. DryShips Inc.

Ocean Rig Ultra-Deepwater Drillship Contract Confirmed

Ocean Rig Skyros: Photo DryShips

Greece's DryShips, says that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW, has signed definitive documentation, following the previously announced contract award for the 6-year contract for drilling operations offshore Angola for its ultra deepwater drillship the 'Ocean Rig Skyros'. The contract is for drilling operations offshore Angola for Total E&P in its Angola Block 32, and is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2015 with an estimated backlog value of $1.3 billion. DryShips Inc. is an owner of drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide.

Stolt-Nielsen Purchased 94,400 of its Common Shares

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. announces that Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group Ltd. (SNTG), a 100% owned subsidiary of SNSA, purchased today 94,400 of SNSA Common Shares on the Oslo Børs at an average price of NOK 187.49 per share (approximately $29.21 at the current exchange rate). The shares were purchased in accordance with the repurchase program announced on August 25, 2005, authorizing Company to purchase up to $200 million worth of its Common Shares or related American Depositary Shares. Including today's purchases, the Company has purchased Common Shares totaling approximately $179.0 million under the $200 million repurchase program announced on August 25, 2005.

Stolt-Nielsen Purchased 5,400 of its Common Shares

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. announces that Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group Ltd. (SNTG), a 100% owned subsidiary of SNSA, purchased today 5,400 of SNSA Common Shares on the Oslo Børs at an average price of NOK 190.57 per share (approximately $29.69 at the current exchange rate). The shares were purchased in accordance with the repurchase program announced on August 25, 2005, authorizing Company to purchase up to $200 million worth of its Common Shares or related American Depositary Shares. Including today's purchases, the Company has purchased Common Shares totaling approximately $179.2 million under the $200 million repurchase program announced on August 25, 2005. All Common Shares purchased by SNTG are classified as non-voting shares held in Treasury and issued but not outstanding.

Oglebay Norton Sells Six Vessels

Steamship Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GATX Corporation. Middletown, S/S Courtney Burton, and M/V Fred R. White. progressing with its negotiations for the sale of the M/V David Z. Earl W. Oglebay to an unidentified purchaser. Great Lakes through a favorable, long-term contract of affreightment.

SapuraCrest, Ramunia Awarded Contracts

Two oil and gas players, SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Ramunia Holdings Bhd, announced major contracts related to the industry worth $120 million and $24 million respectively. SapuraCrest said its 51%-owned unit Tioman Drilling Co Sdn Bhd had been awarded a contract from Carigali-Triton Operating Co Sdn Bhd (CTOC) for the provision of two drilling units– Teknik Berkat and a new mobile drilling vessel, known as T-10 – to CTOC. Tioman is a joint venture between SapuraCrest and Norway's Smedvig group. SapuraCrest, through its 51%-owned subsidiary Crest Tender Rigs Pte Ltd, has awarded a contract worth $48.8 million to Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd to construct T-10.

Solstad Offshore Sells Vessels

Norwegian offshore shipping company Solstad Offshore ASA said on Monday (26 May) that its 71.1%-owned ship-owning subsidiary Normand Skarven KS has agreed to sell its anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel Normand Skarven to foreign buyers.  The sales price for the 1986-built vessel was said to be "around its average broker value as per 31.12.2007" and to result in a gain of approximately NOK130m for Solstad Offshore.Solstad Offshore on Monday also said that its 50%-owned subsidiary Nor Offshore Ltd has agreed to sell the AHTS Nor Sea to Neptun Marine Services Ltd. The sale of the Nor Sea, built in 2005, will result in a gain of approximately $17.5m for Nor Offshore. (Source: www.tradingmarkets.com)

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