Baltic Index hits Highest Level since 2014
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index hit a five-and-a-half-year high on Friday, boosted by stronger demand and tight spot tonnage in the Atlantic region.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 2.7%, or 49 points, to 1,865, its highest since January 2014. The index has tripled since February. The index rose 7.2% this week, to post its fourth straight week of gains, mainly driven by strong demand for vessels that ship iron ore from Brazil.The capesize index rose 125 points, or 3.7%, to 3,541 points, its highest since Aug. 15, 2018.
Fredriksen's Flex Raises $300 Mln for LNG Newbuilds
Flex LNG, controlled by Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen, has raised $300 million in a private placement of shares to help pay for five new vessels costing $918 million, it said on Thursday.Fredriksen's companies typically add high-yield bond issues and bank loans at a later time to pay the cost not covered by share sales.When the vessels are delivered from the yards of South Korea's Daewoo (DSME) and Hyundai (HHI) in 2020 and 2021, Flex LNG will have a fleet of 13 ships, Flex said.Fredriksen himself bought shares for $100 million, cutting his overall stake in the firm to 44.6 percen
Can You Farm Fish Inside a Cargo Ship?
The world’s biggest Atlantic salmon producer wants to start farming fish inside a ship – and the idea has merit, says a report in IOL. Building traditional fish farms on the open water in Norway has become almost impossible because of state rules intended to curb outbreaks of sea lice, a parasite that can kill young fish. So raising salmon inside an unwanted cargo ship is one of a few options proposed by Marine Harvest ASA, which is trying to boost production at a time when prices are near a record high.
Oil Tanker Rates Soar
The cost of shipping crude surged to all destinations, amid speculation that bookings are increasing to load crude. According to a report in Bloomberg, the oil tanker rates soared to the highest in seven years amid an acceleration in the number of bookings and signs that the ships are being delayed when unloading due to a lack of space in on-land storage tanks. Day rates for 2 million-barrel carrying ships sailing to Japan from Saudi Arabia, the industry’s benchmark route, surged to $111,359, the highest since July 2008, according to the Baltic Exchange in London.
BIMCO’s Analyst at Singapore Ship Finance Forum
Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Marine Money Ship Finance Forum in Singapore. This is the 14th annual forum and it will take place at 22-23 September 2015. Peter Sand will deliver the introductory presentation to the panel discussion titled: “Quantifying the tanker market boom? What are the triggers for the extension or the curtailing of current rates?” scheduled for September 22nd. The other panellists are: Paddy Rodgers…
Aker ASA Now Holds 6% Share in Aker Solutions
Aker ASA has acquired 16,440,000 shares in Aker Solutions ASA at a price of NOK 115 per share. The shares were acquired after close of markets yesterday through an accelerated book-building process managed by ABG Sundal Collier Norge ASA and Arctic Securities ASA. Aker ASA now holds directly 16,440,000 shares (approximately 6% of the share capital) in Aker Solutions ASA. As a consequence of the transaction Aker ASA has passed the threshold of 5% of the outstanding share capital in Aker Solutions ASA.
White & Case Publish New Marine Industry Report
Global law firm White & Case LLP announced the availability of a new report, "Restructuring & Beyond: The marine industry's routes to safety." The report focuses on survival strategies for those affected by the industry's downturn as well as emerging opportunities for companies, banks and investors. "Market equilibrium remains out of balance, and risks remain for the maritime sector," said Christopher Frampton, Partner and Global Head of the Asset Finance Practice of White & Case. "We have seen some contraction in the bank market.