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Friday, July 19, 2019

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John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).

INSIGHTS: John F. Reinhart, CEO, Virginia Port Authority (VPA)

John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He is responsible for the broad programmatic areas of business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance, and operations of Virginia’s marine terminal facilities: Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port.Under his leadership, the goal has been to…

Erifili Tsironi (Photo: Navios Containers)

Navios Containers Appoints Tsironi CFO

Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NASDAQ: NMCI) appointed Erifili Tsironi as Chief Financial Officer of Navios Containers. Tsironi previously served as Co-Chief Financial Officer of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation since December of 2018 and as Chief Financial Officer of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. from its inception in 2014 until December 2018.She has more than 17 years of experience in banking focusing on ship finance. Before joining Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P., she was Global Dry Bulk Sector Coordinator and Senior Vice President at DVB Bank SE. Mrs.

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EIB Invests in Low-Emissions Outboard Engines

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 14 million venture loan agreement with Sweden’s Cimco Marine AB to co-finance its innovation and growth investments.As per the unsecured credit facility agreement, the EIB will finance up to 50 percent of Cimco’s development of a new family of diesel outboard engines, inter alia a 3 liter, 6- cylinder twin turbo BMW diesel engine with a number of power outputs between 200 hp and 300 hp."The total facility is split into three tranches of EUR 4 million (A)…

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Tallink Gets Finance for LNG Ferry

Estonian shipping company Tallink Tallink Grupp has borrowed  EUR 197.6 million to finance the new EUR 247 million LNG powered fast ferry currently under construction in Rauma Marine Constructions Oy.The loan agreement was concluded between AS Tallink Grupp subsidiary Tallink Superfast Ltd. and KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, the shipper said.The loan is arranged and long term financing is provided by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH. Finnish Export Credit Agency “Finnvera” guarantees 95 per cent of this…

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Oakland Port: Big Drop in Greenhouse Gases

Oakland International Container Terminal (SSA), a major Port of Oakland tenant, said its $6 million conversion to hybrid yard cranes would cut greenhouse gas emissions 96 percent. “This is way better than we thought it would be,” said Ken Larson, Crane Manager for the terminal’s parent company, Seattle-based SSA Terminals. “So far, this is a very successful project.”The marine terminal, which handles 61 percent of Oakland’s cargo, is converting 13 massive cargo handlers, known as rubber tired gantry cranes, from diesel to battery-powered hybrid engines.

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Oakland Port Tenant: Hybrids ‘Better Than We Thought’

A major Port of Oakland tenant projects big air quality gains from a three-month-old emissions reduction program. SSA’s Oakland International Container Terminal said its $6 million conversion to hybrid yard cranes would cut greenhouse gas emissions 96 percent. “This is way better than we thought it would be,” said Ken Larson, Crane Manager for the terminal’s parent company, Seattle-based SSA Terminals. “So far, this is a very successful project.”The marine terminal, which handles 61 percent of Oakland’s cargo…

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Okeanis Gets Funds for Scrubber Retrofit

The Piraeus-based shipping company Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp announced that it has secured commitment to a $11 million secured loan facility for its scrubber retrofit project from BNP Paribas.The tankers company, owned by the Alafouzos family, said in a press release that the facility carries an interest rate over Libor of 2.00%, a 5-year tenor, and a 4-year repayment profile beginning one year after drawdown.The  funds are available immediately, and the company expects to draw…

MOL Chairman Koichi Muto delivering  a speech in Mumbai. Photo: MOL

MOL to Issue Sustainability Bonds

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced its plan to issue “Sustainability Bonds” for the financing of a series of green projects.This is the first time a company in Japan has issued sustainability bonds aimed at individual investors.Sustainability bonds are used to both finance and refinance green projects, which protect and improve the environment, and social projects, which help address social issues.In the management plan "Rolling Plan 2019," MOL's goals include "develop environment and emission-free businesses into core businesses…

Leila Ben Hassen, CEO and Founder of Blue Jay Communication and ABEF. Photo: Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF)

Africa Pledges to Deliver Blue Economy

A sustainable Blue Business plan will accelerate Africa’s transformation, create jobs, sustain livelihoods and empower communities while offering impactful climate change measures.Fishing, aquaculture, shipping, ports, energy, and finance industries all came under the spotlight at Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF2019) held in Tunis on 25-26 June.ABEF2019 drew in Government ministers, business leaders, international investors, academics and environmental organizations from across the globe.The need for direct action to deliver the environmental…

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Fitch Assigns 'AA' to Massport Bonds

Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA' rating to the Massachusetts Port Authority's (Massport) approximately $460 million series 2019-B and C senior lien revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. Key Rating DriversThe 'AA' revenue bond rating reflects a very strong revenue risk profile anchored by the solid Boston service area, which has supported Logan Airport's (the airport) large, resilient traffic base of over 19 million enplanements and the Port of Boston's (the port) stable container and cruise activity.

Trump Warns Tehran of Possible Attack, Calls for Talks

Iranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from U.S. President Donald Trump warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent but saying he was against war and wanted talks on a range of issues.News of the message, delivered through Oman overnight, came shortly after the New York Times said Trump had approved military strikes against Iran on Friday over the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but called them off at the last minute."In his message…

Tahir Lakhani, UAESA Vice-Chairman (Photo: UAESA)

UAE Shipping Association Looks to Branch Out

The UAE Shipping Association (UAESA) was founded 12 years ago. But Tahir Lakhani, UAESA Vice-Chairman, indicates that in that time the UAE has been much more conducive to foreign companies than domestic ones, owing to a lack of options for ship finance.“We are trying to promote the UAE as a shipping hub, but there are not many shipowners here,” says Lakhani. “There is a lack of funding, and people do not understand ship finance in this part of the world. This is one of the reasons we’re facing a problem attracting new shipowners…

Richard Greiner (Photo: BDO)

Concern Over Trade Wars Impacts Shipping Confidence

Confidence in the shipping industry has fallen marginally over the past three months, largely as a result of ongoing concern over trade wars and increased regulation, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from leading shipping adviser and accountant BDO.The average confidence level in the three months to May 2019 was 6.1 out of a possible maximum of 10.0. This is slightly down on the figure of 6.2 recorded in February 2019.Confidence was up in Asia, from 5.8 to 6.0, and in North America, from 5.6 to 6.4.

Prasanta Roy (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

​​​​Sailors’ Society Appoints New Director

Maritime Charity Sailors’ Society welcomes Prasanta Roy as its new director general.Roy, who has 25 years of experience in leadership and governance within the banking and finance industry, is stepping down as a trustee of the charity to take the key role.Sandra Welch, previously the Society’s deputy CEO and director of program, has been promoted to chief operating officer. She will continue to head up global program delivery as well as taking on additional responsibilities across the operations of the Society…

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Being Green: Banks Consider CO2 Emissions in Shipping Loans

A group of leading banks will for the first time include efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions in their decision making when providing shipping company loans, executives said on Tuesday.International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.Working with non-profit organisations the Global Maritime Forum, the Rocky Mountain Institute and London University's UCL Energy Institute…

David Tolley (Photo: Intelsat)

Tolley to Join Intelsat as EVP & CFO

Intelsat has announced the appointment of David M. Tolley as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective June 3, 2019.Tolley will report to Intelsat’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Spengler, and oversee Intelsat’s global finance organization. He will serve on Intelsat’s Management Committee and be based in the company’s U.S. administrative headquarters in McLean, Virginia.Tolley brings over 20 years of financial experience to Intelsat. He most recently served…

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MISC Group Q1 Financial Results

MISC has announced its financial results for the financial period ended March 31, 2019.Financial Highlights:Group revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 was higher than the corresponding quarter ended March 31, 2018.Group profit before tax for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 was higher than the corresponding quarter ended March 31, 2018.Group Revenue, Operating Profit and Profit Before Tax for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2019Group revenue for the quarter ended March 31,2019 of $544 million was 12.7% higher than the corresponding quarter’s revenue of $482 million.

GSL Acquires Three Boxships

Marshall Islands-incorporated Global Ship Lease (GSL) announced that it has agreed to acquire three 2004-built, 7,849 TEU containerships for an aggregate purchase price of $48.5 million.Upon delivery during the second quarter, the first vessel will commence a five-year charter with Maersk Line, said a press release from the owner of containerships with a diversified fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships.The two other vessels are expected to be delivered during the third quarter and will commence three-year charters with Maersk Line…

Tore Andersen (Photo: Optimarin)

Optimarin Gears Up for BWMS Retrofit Wave

Optimarin is growing its staff to effectively handle the growing wave of ballast water management system refit activity.The company, which expects to double its turnover this year, has employed Leiv Kallestad as its new CEO, allowing Tore Andersen, the incumbent, to spend his time enhancing market focus and customer service. In order to handle the expected surge in retrofit installations, expected to peak in 2022-23, Optimarin will now make plans for additional expansion, with growth in the technical and sales departments.Optimarin has now sold 750 of its simple…

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Pacific Basin Closes New Credit Facility

Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has closed a new USD 115 million 7-year reducing revolving credit facility secured over 10 of the Company’s owned ships.The new facility is supported by a syndicate of three leading international banks, said a press release from the dry bulk shipping company.Borrowings under the facility will carry an interest cost of Libor plus 1.35%, extend the Company’s overall amortisation profile and enhance its financial flexibility…

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Klaveness Combination Carriers to List in Oslo

Norway's Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has raised 350 million Norwegian crowns in a private share placement, valuing the shipping firm at 2.27 billion crowns ($259.57 million) ahead of an Oslo stock market listing on May 22.Following the successful private placement, KCC has declared two options for the construction of the seventh and eight CLEANBU combination carrier with Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in China.The two newbuilds are scheduled for delivery in January and February 2021. Following the declaration, the KCC fleet will grow to 17 vessels within 1st quarter of 2021.

Mjølner, MID-SHIP Partner for Product Solutions

Mjølner Shipping Holdings LLC and MID-SHIP Capital LLC has announced the expansion of their joint venture with the launch of their second fund, Mjølner Product Solutions LLC.Mjølner Shipping Holdings LLC (“Mjølner”) and MID-SHIP Capital LLC (“MID-SHIP”) has announced the successful closing of a product tanker-focused investment fund, Mjølner Product Solutions LLC (“Product Solutions”), a Marshall Islands company.Product Solutions was formed to provide investors with efficient…

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Clipper Bulk Axes 40 Staff

International dry bulk shipping company Clipper Group  has launched a comprehensive restructuring involving a large number of layoffs, especially at the company's Copenhagen headquarters.The dry bulk carrier announced a series of initiatives to strengthen its business platform amid continued weak markets.Initiatives include agreements to strengthen the company’s financial position, downsizing of organization and office network, other cost savings, changes to Senior Management as well as a more focused market approach…

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Marseille Fos Names MD

Former port of Le Havre managing director Hervé Martel has started work as interim managing director of the Marseille Fos port authority following his nomination by the French transport minister. His appointment is now due to be officially ratified by the leading French port’s supervisory board. Martel joins the executive board in succession to Christine Cabau Woehrel, who left in March on completion of her five-year term to re-join Marseille-based CMA CGM as director of assets.Meanwhile Marc Forneri has been re-elected for a second five-year term as supervisory board chairman.

Engine Room Wall (Photo: Advanced Mechanical Enterprises)

'Sea the World' Reveal At Huizenga Center

South Florida’s marine industry is a $12 billion/year economic engine that provides the region with 142,000 careers and jobs. With an aging workforce and a unique skill set, the maritime community is facing a workforce that’s aging out with skilled labor being very hard to find. To assist, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AMESOLUTIONS.COM, and 23 marine industry companies have joined forces with Junior Achievement of South Florida.On May 1, 2019, Junior Achievement of South Florida will unveil the Marine Industry Storefront…

PHOTECTOR Unveils Corporate Rebrand, Senior Hires

PHOTECTOR, previously known as PEIR, today announced a corporate rebrand and several new key senior hires.“We are excited about the corporate rebranding of PHOTECTOR, strategic actions that go far beyond a name change from PEIR,” said Tom Burke, CEO of TCompanies, parent company of PHOTECTOR. “These changes comprise a new brand identity that includes website and mobile app and user experience enhancements, as well as several key senior level new hires to move PHOTECTOR forward.