US Oil Export Boom Sparks Battle to Build Texas Ports
Booming U.S. oil exports have set off a scramble to build Gulf Coast ports to handle more than 3 million barrels per day in new supplies expected over the next five years.Of seven proposed oil-export projects, nowhere is the opportunity greater or the competition more fierce than in Corpus Christi, Texas, where three firms are vying to open the state's first deepwater port.Commodities trader Trafigura has taken an early lead with a planned offshore facility that has an easier…
Magellan Bids to Build U.S. GoM Oil Export Terminal
Magellan Midstream Partners LP on Thursday became the latest company to join a crowded group looking to build an oil export terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast designed to load supertankers.U.S. oil exports are expanding rapidly, but volumes are constrained because the country's shores have limited capability to load giant vessels that can carry about 2 million barrels of crude oil.Numerous companies - including private equity firm Carlyle Group and commodities merchant Trafigura…
Corpus Christi Port to Build Oil Export Terminal
Port to build oil export terminalPrivate equity firm Carlyle Group will partner with the Port of Corpus Christi, the top oil export hub in the United States, to develop a major crude oil export terminal on Harbor Island.Carlyle's announcement comes as infrastructure in the U.S. oil industry struggles to keep up with record levels of production, driven by the Permian shale patch in West Texas. Both international buyers and American producers are waiting for export capacity to increase.Corpus Christi has its own plan to expand operations to handle larger export tankers.
Ocean Yield Takes Delivery of Two Vessels
Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA took delivery of newly-built handysize dry bulk vessel "La Fresnais" and "Interlink Amenity". In press release, Ocean Yield said that it took the delivery of the 2018 built handysize dry bulk vessel "La Fresnais" on April 10. Upon delivery the vessel commenced a 12 years' bareboat charter to a company owned and guaranteed by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group (LDA). LDA is a French family group engaged in maritime transportation and services and founded more than 160 years ago.
Share Holders Okay Macquarie, Goldman Sachs to Acquire HES International
Riverstone Holdings and The Carlyle Group jointly announce that they intend to sell HES International to a consortium of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) & Goldman Sachs. Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5, which is managed by MIRA, and West Street Infrastructure Partners III (WSIP), which is managed by the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, have reached an agreement in principle with Riverstone Holdings and The Carlyle Group to acquire HES International.
Seaspan Buys GCI from Carlyle
Containership owner and operator Seaspan Corporation announced it has acquired Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC (GCI) from affiliates of The Carlyle Group and other minority owners. Seaspan, which previously held 11 percent of GCI and operated the company’s container vessel fleet, will take over GCI’s 16 on the water 10,000-14,000 TEU containerships plus two newbuilds scheduled for delivery during Q2 2018. All 18 vessels sister ships to Seaspan’s current fleet. “With GCI’s fleet now under our ownership…
Ocean Yield to Acquire Five Handysize Dry Bulkers
Ocean Yield ASA announced that the Company has agreed to acquire five modern handysize dry bulk vessels with 10 -year bareboat charters to companies owned and guaranteed by Interlink Maritime Corp. The purchase price is approximately USD 75 million net of pre-paid charter hire. One vessel will be delivered from the shipyard in April 2018, while three of the vessels are built in 2015 and one in 2014. Interlink Maritime will have certain options to acquire the vessels during the charter period…
Carlyle Group Acquires LMC
Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group today announced the acquisition of Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC), the nation's largest yacht repair facility in terms of the number of large vessels it can haul and service. Equity for the transaction comes from Carlyle Realty Partners VII, a U.S. real estate investment fund. "In partnership with the outstanding management team and staff at LMC, we will build upon LMC's success through growth and continued innovation and superb customer service," said Thad Paul, Managing Director at The Carlyle Group.
Grounded MOL Express being Salvaged
Seaspan Corporation reports the MOL Express, a 4,600 TEU container vessel went aground in Tateyama Harbour, Japan on January 11, 2015. There were no reported crew injuries and all preliminary reports indicate the hull is in a stable condition, and no environmental damage has occurred. Seaspan and MOL, with the assistance of salvage experts, are working on refloating the vessel and restoring it to its original condition. All parties involved are working closely with the appropriate authorities.
Kinder Morgan Bonds Rally on Merger News
Bonds of oil and gas pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc rallied Monday on expectations that its credit ratings would be boosted to investment-grade following a US$70bn deal to bring all of its publicly traded units into one group. Kinder Morgan's 5% February 2021 bonds jumped to 107 from 101.5 on Friday, while the 5.625% November 2023 bonds rose to 108.5 from 102.5, according to a trader. Another trader said Kinder Morgan Energy Partners long-dated 7.75% March 2032 bonds jumped 15 points to a cash price of 125.5, while its shares soared by almost 20%.
Seaspan on Container Ship Buying Spree
Seaspan Corporation orders 4 newbuild 10,000 TEU container ships and, buys 4 second-hand 4,600 TEU ones. Seaspan has signed contracts for the construction of four 10,000 TEU class newbuilding containerships, at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in China. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2014 and will be constructed using Seaspan's fuel efficient SAVER design. Concurrently with executing the newbuilding contracts, Seaspan signed long term, fixed-rate time charters for these vessels with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. ("MOL").
Massive Ship Order in China
While banks keep lending tight, a massive $5 billion order in China should mark the official turnaround of shipbuilding's fortunes, as private equity in the form of The Carlyle Group and Tiger Group Investments Partner have teamed with Seaspan Corporation, the Washington Family, Gerry Wang and Graham Porter to order more than $5 billion in new ships. Coupled with the recent announcement by Maersk and Daewoo to build a series of 10 of the world's largest containerships, it is fair to assume that the shipbuilding slump is coming to an end.