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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Hafnia Tankers in Sale and Leaseback Deal

Hafnia Tankers has successfully completed its first sale and leaseback in the Japanese market through the sale and leaseback of its 2010 built LR1 tanker, MT Hafnia Africa. The Vessel has been sold to a large Japanese private ship owning company with an 8-year bareboat charter back with annual purchase options from year four onwards. The Company has an option to extend the lease to 12 years. The Transaction entailed a sale of the Vessel at market value and a fully levered lease arrangement which gives rise to a positive liquidity effect of approx.

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AOD Orders 2 Jack-up Rigs at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong

CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company has won an order to build a pair of jack-up drilling rigs for Alliance Offshore Drilling (AOD), subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed TSC Group. The two Zentech-designed R-550D rigs are scheduled to be delivered by 2017 and June 2018, respectively. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. TSC Group established a joint venture with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard in June to develop in the offshore EPC market. "The transaction arising from the Contracts will be conducted in the ordinary and usual course of business of the Company.

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GoodBulk Acquires up to 13 Capesize Vessels

GoodBulk, an owner and operator of dry bulk vessels announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 7 to 13 Capesize dry bulk carriers from entities managed by CarVal Investors. Delivery of the vessels is expected to occur during the 4th Quarter of 2017 and the 1st  Quarter of 2018. “We are excited to partner with CarVal Investors in this transaction as we continue to execute upon the Company’s strategy of building an industry leading platform for investment in dry bulk vessels,” commented Chairman and CEO John Michael Radziwill.

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Hafnia Tankers Inks Fresh Sale and Leaseback Deal

Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers has successfully completed a sale and leaseback in the Japanese market through the sale and leaseback of its 2010 built LR1 tanker, MT Hafnia Australia. The Vessel has been sold to a Japanese private ship owning company (the Lessor) with a 12-year bareboat charter back with annual purchase options from year four onwards. The Transaction entailed a sale of the 74,539 dwt ship at market value and a fully levered lease arrangement which gives rise to a positive liquidity effect of approx.

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Ernst Russ Sells Marenave Schiffahrts Stake

German asset and investment manager Ernst Russ Group has sold its stake in Marenave Schiffahrts AG, a shipping company in Germany. "The focus of the Ernst Russ Group’s work was on restoring the business activities and realigning Marenave Schiffahrts AG in the maritime sector. This was concurrent with the strategic approach of Ernst Russ Group and offered potential to enter into a successful partnership," said a statement from the company. After acquiring a larger block of shares in January 2018, Deutsche Balaton AG held a total of 21.34 % of all shares.

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Team Tankers Buys Two Tanker Carriers

Team Tankers International announced that it has entered into share purchase agreements to acquire all outstanding shares in each of Laurin Shipping and Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Company. In combination with associated ship purchases, the total estimated enterprise value of the series of transactions is approximately $206 million. Upon completion of the transactions, Team Tankers will grow its fleet from 37 to 52 vessels. With the acquisition of Laurin Shipping, trading under the Laurin Maritime brand…

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Wärtsilä acquires Transas

Wärtsilä announced today that it has acquired Transas, an innovative, digital solutions provider headquartered in the UK. This acquisition is a recognition of Transas’ strong position in the maritime technologies market and its technological leadership. The transaction will allow Transas to work within a global maritime company in delivering its solutions, bringing scale and value to the industry in need of innovation leadership. Transas is a global market leader in marine navigation solutions that include complete bridge systems, digital solutions and electronic charts.

Middle Market Mergers and Acquisitions: A Primer

Over the past few years, we have provided regular analysis of the maritime and offshore industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) markets. But what goes into those decisions and transactions? This quarter, an overview of the basics of mergers and acquisitions – the players, the process and the terminology – will simplify the language of M&A. In simple terms, there are really two types of buyers in the M&A world: Financial Buyers and Strategic Buyers. A ‘strategic’ is generally a larger company with operations that are similar to those of the ‘target’ company…

Euroseas to Sell $29 Million in Shares

Euroseas Ltd. has announced  that it entered into an agreement to sell 25,000 shares of its Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Shares to a fund managed by Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC (TCP) and 5,700 shares to Preferred Friends Investment Company Inc, an affiliate of the company, for expected net proceeds of approximately $29 million. The company intends to use the proceeds for the acquisition of vessels and general corporate purposes. The transaction is expected to close by January 29, 2014. RMK Maritime acted as an advisor to the company in the transaction.

Inna Kuznetsova, President and COO, INTTR


INTTRA, a neutral electronic transaction platform, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, announced an expansion of its rapidly growing carrier network with the addition of Korea's Namsung Shipping Co. Ltd. NAMSUNG, established in 1953 as the first private ocean going shipping carrier in Korea, provides services throughout Asia, with routes targeting Korea to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and intra-Asia routes. NAMSUNG will offer its customers a full suite of services through INTTRA's network…

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DP World Acquires Cosmos Agencia Maritima in Peru

Dubai-based DP World, , one of the world's largest port operators, said it had bought a logistics firm  Cosmos Agencia Maritima (CAM) in Peru for $315.7 million, giving it a 50 percent stake in the country's second largest container terminal. "CAM owns a fully integrated logistics service business (Neptunia S.A and Triton Transport S.A)that offers end-to-end solutions to its customers. The logistics division offers an integrated platform of solutions in activities related to foreign trade…

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International Seaways Updates on VLCC Acquisition and MR Vessel Sales

International Seaways, one of the largest tanker companies worldwide, said it acquired a 2010-built VLCC for $53 million, the Seaways Raffles, which commenced trading in the Tankers International pool, during the fourth quarter of 2017. During the fourth quarter, the company, which provides energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products in International Flag markets,  sold a 2004-built MR, which was delivered to buyers in November 2017. The Company also sold a 2002-built MR…

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INTTRA Grows Container Orders to 45 Million

INTTRA, a neutral electronic transaction platform, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, today announced significant growth in its carrier network with the recent addition of four new carriers, including Evergreen Marine Corporation, one of the largest container fleets in the world. The continuing growth of INTTRA's carrier network signals the rapid adoption of digitalization across the industry. More than 60 carriers, including all of the top 10, are INTTRA customers*.

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Star Bulk to Acquire 34 Drybulk Vessels

Star Bulk entered into a definitive agreement with Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd., and as a result, will acquire 34 drybulk vessels for an aggregate of 29.917 million shares of common stock of Star Bulk and $288.39 million in cash. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements with Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. pursuant to which the company will acquire 34 secondhand operating drybulk carriers, consisting of six Capesize vessels, 14 sistership Kamsarmax vessels…

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Cosco Firms Sign Insurance​ Agreement

Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation has entered into insurance services framework agreement with Cosco Shipping Insurance​ pursuant to which the latter will provide vessel-related insurance services to the Group. Cosco Shipping  Insurance is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cosco Shipping , the Company’s indirect controlling shareholder. Accordingly, Cosco Shipping Insurance is a connected person of the Company, and the Insurance Services Framework Agreement and the transactions thereunder constitute continuing connected transactions of the Company.

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Ship Finance International Acquires 15 Vintage Vessels

Ship Finance International Limited announced that it has agreed to acquire a fleet of 15 feeder size container vessels, ranging from 1,100 TEU to 4,400 TEU, in combination with long term bareboat charters to a leading container line. The purchase price is confidential, but close to recycling value of the vessels. The charter term will be seven years from delivery, with subsequent purchase obligations by the charterer. Delivery of the vessels is expected in April and their aggregate EBITDA contribution is estimated to be approximately $20 million per year.

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International Seaways Acquires Six VLCCs

International Seaways has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire the holding companies for six 300,000 DWT VLCCs with an average age of 1.7 years from Euronav NV in connection with the closing of Euronav’s announced acquisition of Gener8 Maritime, Inc. (GNRT). The purchase price for the six-vessel acquisition is $434 million, inclusive of assumed debt. The six vessels that INSW has agreed to acquire include five 2016-built VLCCs and one 2015-built VLCC, each constructed at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co.…

Polarcus Alima. (Photo: Polarcus)

Polarcus Insiders Scoop up Shares

-    Peter Rigg, Chairman of the Board, has on 07 October 2014 acquired 150,000 shares at a price of NOK 1.40 per share. Following the transaction he owns 434,880 shares. -    Hege Sjo, board member, has on 07 October 2014 acquired 111,429 shares at a price of NOK 1.40 per share. Following the transaction she owns 461,309 shares. -    Tore Karlsson, board member, has on 07 October 2014, through his wholly owned company Kepelia Enterprises Company Limited, acquired 100,000 shares at a price of NOK 1.40 per share. Following the transaction he owns 605,814 shares.

TOP Ships' Handymax product tanker, Britto. (Photo: TOP Ships)

TOP Ships to Sell Its Current Fleet to Acquire New Vessels

TOP Ships Inc. an international maritime shipping company that provides transportation services for petroleum products and dry bulk commodities, announced that it has entered into three stock purchase agreements with an affiliate of the AMCI Poseidon investment fund by which the company has agreed to sell the six shipowning subsidiaries which own the company's six vessels (Five Handymax product tankers and one dry bulk carrier), for an aggregate cash consideration of approximately…

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GasLog Partners Acquires GasLog Gibraltar

GasLog Partners has agreed to acquire GasLog Gibraltar from GasLog (GLOG) for USD 207 million and to fully repay its USD 45 million unsecured term loan from GLOG. GasLog Partners and GasLog announced that they have approved entering into agreement: "For the Partnership to purchase from GasLog 100% of the shares in the entity that owns and charters GasLog Gibraltar. The Acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 and is subject to satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions.

Two giants merge

Halliburton & Baker Hughes Merger

Halliburton Company and Baker Hughes Incorporated  today announced a definitive agreement under which Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction. The transaction is valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an equity value of $34.6 billion and enterprise value of $38.0 billion, based on Halliburton’s closing price on November 12, 2014, the day prior to public confirmation by Baker Hughes that it was in talks with Halliburton regarding a transaction.

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Eagle Bulk Completes $265 Mln Refinancing

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.

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Scorpio Gets Financing for Kamsarmax Vessel in Japan

Scorpio Bulkers Inc announced that it has entered into a financing transaction in respect of one of the Company’s Kamsarmax vessels with unaffiliated third parties in Japan. The cost of the financing is equivalent to an expected fixed interest rate of 4.24% for 10 years. If converted to floating interest rates, based on the expected weighted average life of the transaction, the equivalent margin at current swap rates would be LIBOR + 2.07%. As part of the transaction, the Company will sell a 2015 Japanese built Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel…

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TORM Updates Fleet Status

Denmark-based shipping company TORM sold three vessels: TORM Anne (1999-built MR vessel), TORM Madison and TORM Trinity (both 2000-built Handysize vessels) during the first six months of 2017. Furthermore, TORM completed sale and leaseback transactions for three vessels: TORM Helene, TORM Mary and TORM Vita. The three sale and leaseback transactions are treated as financial leases but have no purchase obligation attached. Following the balance sheet date, TORM has completed two transactions to purchase a total of six MR resale vessels for a total consideration of USD 185m.

The signing of the letter of intent to close the TCP transaction was held in the Federal Senate of Brazil. Photo courtesy China Merchants Group

CMPort Acquires Container Terminal in Brazil

China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort) said that the Company's transaction regarding the acquisition of Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) in Brazil is completed. The acquisition is the biggest merger and acquisition so far in Brazilian and Latin American port sector. It is not only the first investment of CMPort in Latin America, but also the first M&A in mature port assets overseas with controlling stake. Since then, TCP has officially become a subsidiary of CMPort…

Golden Shui. File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

GOGL Adds Dry Bulk Vessel

Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) says that it has taken delivery of one dry bulk vessel, Q Deb. "GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire 16 modern dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction where the Company will issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares," said a stock exchange filing of the company. The Company is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of one vessel, Q Deb (to be renamed Golden Deb), it added. Golden Ocean has issued 1,300,000 consideration shares to Quintana Shipping Ltd. and associated companies in exchange for the vessel.