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Finnlines Shares Surge

Shares in Finnlines surged last week, with analysts crediting the rise to growing European economic activity and Finnlines' recent deal to buy a stake in shipping group Transfennica. "One reason for the rise could be that it (the share) has fallen quite significantly and has stayed almost unchanged after other cyclicals started to recover," said analyst Ritva Ojala at Conventum. The initial push for the share could have come from Finnlines acquisition of 17% of shipping company Transfennica and agreement with papermaker Stora-Enso to transport its products.

Jurong Shares Surge on Newbuilding Order

Jurong Shipyard shares reportedly surged more than eight percent, or Singapore $0.60, to a year high of S$8.10 morning on hopes that the yard had won a multi-million dollar new building order.

Clarkson Shares Surge

Shares in Horace Clarkson Plc surged 14.3 percent on Wednesday after the British shipping broker said its year turnover and profit was expected to "very substantially" exceed market expectations – (Reuters)

Hyundai Merchant Marine Share Sale Helps Avert Bankruptcy

South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction sold $33.47 million worth of shares in Hyundai Merchant Marine on Wednesday as part of efforts to raise capital to avert bankruptcy. Hyundai Engineering, parent of Hyundai Group, barely avoided insolvency on Tuesday after creditors agreed to roll over 30 billion won in maturing debts. The builder sold 15.6 million common shares in Hyundai Merchant to Hyundai Elevator , investor relations official Kim Sung-kook said. The Hyundai Merchant shares were sold at 2,430 won their closing level on Wednesday. They closed up almost 11 percent on Thursday, while Hyundai Engineering shares surged almost 15 percent to close at 1,350. Hyundai Engineering's stake in the shipping company fell to 8.69 percent from 23.86 percent.

AP Moeller Shares Fly High In '99

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moeller shares surged 95 percent in 1999, bolstered by a 150 percent rise in crude oil prices and improved freight rates, and analysts predict solid profits in 2000 along with more takeovers. Earnings per share (EPS) for D/S 1912 is expected to climb to 2,762 crowns this year and rise a further 24 percent to 3,424 crowns next year, with D/S Svendborg seen reaching 3,880 crowns in the current fiscal year and 4,917 crowns in 2000. Moeller's Maersk container liner bought two of its competitors in 1999, South African Safmarine Container Lines in February and U.S. CSX Corp's Sea-Land in July, cementing its position as the world's leading container liner.

NOL Shares Surge, 1999 Results Seen Strong

Shipping and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), which lost more than half its market capitalization since the start of the year, saw a staggering 26 million shares traded on Tuesday. By 0900 GMT, NOL ended at S$1.24 ($.72), up 19 cents, amounting to a market capitalization of about S$1.4 billion ($814.5 million). Fueling the shares of the national shipper were persistent buy calls by major research houses, even after NOL's share price collapsed to S$1 ($.58) by mid-March from S$2.35 ($1.37) in early January. Adding to market euphoria were expectations that NOL, in the red since 1997, would unveil strong results for 1999 on March 27, due to improved freight rates and asset sales, analysts said.

ABP Shares Surge After Buyout Approach

Shares in Britain's biggest port operator, Associated British Ports Holdings Plc, were nearly 20 percent higher Tuesday after officials reported the company had received a buyout approach that significantly undervalued the company. ABP did not say who made the informal offer, but advised shareholders to take no action. Industry sources said the approach, worth about $1.6 billion, had been made by Nomura International, the London-based investment bank arm of Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Japan's biggest securities house. Nomura has a reputation for acquiring underperforming businesses, restructuring them and then selling them.

Daewoo Shipbuilding Shares Surge on M&A Talk

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. shares rose as much as 6.7 percent on August 3 after a local newspaper said steel maker POSCO Co. Ltd. was interested in buying the shipbuilder. South Korea aims to sell a controlling stake in Daewoo, the world's second-biggest shipbuilder, in the second half of 2006. State-run Korea Development Bank and government restructuring agency KAMCO own a combined 50.6 percent stake, valued at more than $3b according to current market prices. POSCO, which is slated to become the world's number four steel maker once Mittal Steel's takeover of Arcelor is completed, has been facing falling margins due to weak steel prices in a market awash with Chinese supplies, Reuters reported. Daewoo had a $7.93m net profit on sales of $4.8b in 2005.

TOP Tankers Sells 13 Vessels for $550M

Crude oil shipper TOP Tankers Inc. on Monday said it has sold for $550 million 13 vessels -- which will be immediately leased back under five- to seven-year contracts -- and declared a special $5 dividend. TOP shares surged on the news, gaining $3.08, or 22.3 percent, to $16.90 in premarket activity. The stock, which has traded in a 52-week spread of $11.80 to $19.79, closed at $13.82 Friday on the Nasdaq. Athens, Greece-based TOP said it expects cash proceeds of about $240 million from the deal. The company plans to use the proceeds to pay the dividend, to be distributed on March 27 to shareholders of record March 22. Another special dividend of $2.50 is expected near the end of the month, TOP said. TOP sold nine Suezmax carriers and four Handymax carriers.

TOP Tankers Sells 13 Vessels

Crude oil shipper TOP Tankers Inc. said it has sold 13 vessels for $550 million -- which will be immediately leased back under five- to seven-year contracts -- and declared a special $5 dividend. TOP shares surged on the news, gaining $3.08, or 22.3 percent, to $16.90 in premarket activity. The stock, which has traded in a 52-week spread of $11.80 to $19.79, closed at $13.82 March 10 on the Nasdaq. TOP said it expects cash proceeds of about $240 million from the deal. The company plans to use the proceeds to pay the dividend, to be distributed on March 27 to shareholders of record March 22. Another special dividend of $2.50 is expected near the end of the month, TOP said. TOP sold nine Suezmax carriers and four Handymax carriers.

Guangzhou Shipyard Sees Profit Increase

According to reports, Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. Ltd., who has already seen its Hong Kong-listed shares surge almost six-fold this year, said it will report a 500% third-quarter profit increase from last year, thanks to higher efficiency and improved margins. A shorter shipbuilding cycle has also helped Guangzhou Shipyard, the only listed shipbuilding unit of China's largest ship builder, China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC), to sell more ships at higher margins during the quarter ended September 30. The company posted a $1m profit for the third quarter of 2005. In an announcement on Tuesday, it forecasted a five-fold increase in the same period. The company is benefiting from high demand for new tankers and low labour costs that help it win orders from overseas.

Algeria Inks Deal with Vitol to Cut Fuel Imports

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Algeria's state energy company Sonatrach said it has signed a deal with oil trader Vitol to send crude abroad for refining as the country seeks to reduce a record fuel import bill. CEO Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour said Sonatrach would pay processing costs before bringing refined fuel back to Algeria, and said it was also negotiating to buy shares in a foreign refinery, but did not give details. "Our goal is to reduce our imports of gasoline, they are too high," Ould Kaddour told reporters on Tuesday. The deal is due to take effect in early February, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Frontline Shares Surge

Shares in Norwegian tanker group Frontline rose 6.8 percent on Tuesday despite planned oil output cuts by OPEC, buoyed by strong chartering rates and a presentation of the company in New York. Frontline was trading at 157 Norwegian crowns per share, up from 147 crowns at Monday's close. It hit an all-time high of 170 crowns in November after rallying in 2000 from a January low of 36.9 crowns. The Oslo Bourse was up 1.4 percent at 14.00 GMT. "Frontline has a roadshow in New York and it seems very likely that the company's doing well because of this," an analyst said. Frontline finance director Tom Jebsen confirmed that Frontline was in talks with U.S. investors.

India's Oil Imports Surged in 2017

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India's oil imports rose by about 1.8 percent in 2017 to a record 4.37 million barrels per day (bpd) as the country boosted purchases to feed its expanded refining capacity, ship-tracking data obtained from sources and data compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research & Forecasts showed. To meet its growing fuel demand India, the world's third-biggest oil consumer, raised its refining capacity in the second half of 2017. India's capacity expansion to about 5 million bpd was aided by Reliance Industries…

NOL Shares Surge

Shares of shipping group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) hit a nine-month high today, boosted by prospects of its logistics operations and hopes its weightage will rise in changes to the MSCI Singapore index. NOL, which is the world's sixth largest container shipper, is up 12.5 percent since the start of the year and has outperformed the benchmark Straits Times Index by 31 percent. "A lot of houses like this stock because it has been a great turnaround story. There is also speculation that it might be a beneficiary in the upcoming MSCI changes," a dealer with a Singapore brokerage said. The Singapore-based company, in which the government holds 33 percent, is a constituent stock of the MSCI index with a 1.18 percent weighting.

Merger Talks In Singapore

Shares of Keppel Hitachi Zosen Ltd. and Keppel FELS Energy & Infrastructure Ltd. surged on market talk the two units of the Singapore conglomerate Keppel Corp. would be merged. Ship repair specialist Keppel Hitachi jumped as much as 47 percent to an eight-month high of S$0.575 before moving back to S$0.51, up 12 cents, in moderate trade of 3.7 million shares. KepFELS, which also has a marine business, rose eight cents to S$0.935 after surging as much as 17 percent earlier to S$1.00 -- a level not seen since the middle of March. Volume was high with more than 10 million shares traded. "The rumours are not new. It seems that day traders were riding the wave," said a senior trader at a local brokerage. A Keppel official said she was "not aware of any corporate development".

China to top Japan as World's Biggest LNG Importer

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC)

Pollution fight drives surge in pipeline, LNG imports but Japan remains world's biggest importer of LNG. Beijing's crackdown on pollution has put China on track to overtake Japan this year as the world's biggest importer of natural gas, used to replace dirtier coal. China - already the biggest importer of oil and coal - is the world's third biggest user of natural gas behind the United States and Russia, but has to import around 40 percent of its total needs as domestic production can't keep up with demand.

Seoul Shares Rise; STX Shipbuilding Surges

Seoul shares closed 2.3 percent up earlier this week, their biggest daily percentage gain in three weeks, as STX Shipbuilding surged after buying a stake in a Norwegian ship builder, while Apple's strong results boosted tech stocks, according to a Reuters report. STX Shipbuilding Co (067250.KS) surged by the daily limit of 15 percent to $74.17 after it announced the purchase of a 39.2 percent stake in Norway's Aker Yards (AKY.OL) for $800m, a move analysts said underlined its commitment to fast expansion and would bolster networks in Europe. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) (.KS11) gained 2.3 percent to 1,947.98, staging a strong rebound a day after slumping 3.4 percent to its lowest close in more than a month.

14th Korean Shipbuilding Committee

In the last two years, shipowners have seen bunker prices increase by roughly 140%. Additionally, considering upcoming environmental regulations, shipowners pay more attention to an economical and environmental friendly way of transport. Responding to the ecological and economical demand for fuel consumption reduction, Dr Hermann J. Klein, Germanischer Lloyd Member of the Executive Board, presented the "GL FuelSaver" suite of new services. It includes the "CO2-Index Data Analysis" and the "Operational Fuel Consumption Analysis"…

P&O Surges On Positive Report

Shares in Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. surged five percent on Wednesday as a positive newspaper report on the shipping sector highlighted better prospects for the firm. The stock was buoyed by a front page article in the Financial Times saying shipping rates had hit 30-year highs on the back of expanding world trade, rising oil demand and the withdrawal of substandard vessels because of safety fears.

China Hits 18.9m Tons

China reported its shipbuilding tonnage was up 30% to reach 18.93 million tons in 2007, according to a report from China Knowledge. The country exported 14.9 million tons of ships in tonnage to 151 countries and regions, up 25.6% year-on-year, and the export value reached $12.24 billion, surging 51.1%, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). China's share in the global shipbuilding market was 23% last year, up 4% over the previous year. During the same time, the country's new shipbuilding orders in tonnage surged 132% to 98.45 million tons, accounting for 42% of the global total. The total orders in tonnage of China were 158.89 million tons at present, accounting for 33% of the global total.

A.P. Moeller Profits Fly Orange

A.P. Moeller, operator of the world's leading container line and a big oil producer, posted sharply higher first-half profits on Thursday and said full year profits would improve considerably on 1999. Consolidated operating profit before depreciation rose 54 percent to $910 million and net profit surged 92 percent to 2.63 billion crowns. The results were slightly below forecasts in a Reuters poll of analysts. Moeller's shares -- up some 28 percent in the past four weeks for a 2001 earnings multiple of 20 --first rose but later fell as European oil majors tumbled.

IHC Caland Cut

Dutch broker Amstgeld cut is recommendation for Dutch shipbuilding and engineering group IHC Caland to "Underperformer" from "Neutral". Amstgeld said it expected the company to show a "gap" in 2001 profits, as no major floating production and storage unit orders were recorded in the second half of 2000. Although the company will profit from a renewed surge in the oil and gas sector, shares will be hit by the disappointing 2001 situation, Amstgeld said in a note to investors. – (Reuters)

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