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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Financial Services News

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Crude Oil Held in Sea Storage Hits New Record

Traders are storing an estimated record 160 million barrels of oil on ships - double the level from two weeks ago as they seek to tackle a glut of stocks created by a slide in global demand from the coronavirus, shipping sources say.Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers including Russia have agreed a record cut in output from May of 9.7 million barrels per day, or almost 10% of global supply, to help support prices and curb oversupply.At…

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Qingdao Cruise Terminal Construction Kicks Off

An event officially signalling the start of construction on Qingdao International Cruise Terminal in China was held alongside a global promotion launched to attract investment. At the event, the People's Government of Qingdao signed a cooperation agreement with Shandong Port Group for a RMB10 billion project, and inked contracts with a number of partners for 14 industrial projects with a total investment of RMB31.35 billion.The government of Qingdao's Shibei District is pushing…

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WFW Advises Galloper on Sale of Assets

UK-based Galloper Wind Farm Ltd recently agreed the sale of its transmission assets relating to the 353 MW Galloper Wind Farm  to Diamond Transmission Partners pursuant to the Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) regime.The international law firm based in London Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) said that it has has advised Galloper on offloading its assets to DTP.Galloper Wind Farm is located in the North Sea, 27 km from the coast of Suffolk, England. The sale of Galloper’s transmission…

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Galloper Signs Diamond OFTO Deal

UK-based Galloper Wind Farm Ltd has agreed the sale of its transmission assets to Diamond Transmission Partners, which  invests in offshore transmission systems as an Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO).The 353MW Galloper Wind Farm is owned by innogy SE, Siemens Financial Services, Sumitomo Corporation and ESB and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. innogy led the project’s development and construction and operates it on behalf of the project partners.The transmission assets included in the sale comprise the Galloper offshore substation…

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S.Korea Announces $690M Shipping Aid

South Korea' Financial Services Commission has announced 820 billion won ($690 million)  in funding to help modernize aging passenger boats and cargo ships.According to a Yonhap, the package is meant to help smaller shipping companies build 59 new ships -- 21 passenger boats and 38 cargo vessels.The Financial Services Commission announced that shipping companies will be reimbursed for up to 60 percent of the cost of the new vessels, and South Korea's state-run Korea Ocean Business Corp.

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China 'in touch' with U.S. on Phase 1 Trade Deal

China and the United States are in touch over the signing of their Phase 1 trade deal, China's commerce ministry said, which will see lower U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and higher Chinese purchases of U.S. farm, energy and manufactured goods.The Phase 1 deal was announced last week after more than two years of on-and-off trade talks, although neither side has released many specific details of the agreement.Both the Chinese and U.S. trade teams are in close communication, Gao Feng…

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TRIG, APG Buy Merkur

Dutch pension investor APG and UK-based The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) have agreed to acquire the Merkur offshore windfarm.TRIG will acquire a stake of around 36% in the 396-MW Merkur farm in the German North Sea, while APG has agreed to buy the remaining 64%.A consortium comprising of funds managed and/or advised by Partners Group (50%), InfraRed Capital Partners (25%), DEME Concessions (12.5%), GE Energy Financial Services (6.25%) and ADEME, acting on behalf of France…

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China Hoping for Expedited US Trade Agreement

China said on Monday that it hoped to make a trade deal with the United States as soon as possible, amid intense discussions before fresh U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports are due to kick in at the end of the week.Beijing hopes it can reach a trade agreement with the United States that satisfies both sides, Assistant Commerce Minister Ren Hongbin told reporters on Monday."On the question of China-U.S. trade talks and negotiations, we wish that both sides can, on the foundation of equality and mutual respect…

(Left to Right): Tien Tai, HFW; Capt. S.R. Patnaik, International Shipping & Logistics; Zhang Wei, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC); Bobby Varghese, Abu Dhabi Port; Chris Peters, Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC; Martin Aarup, Abu Dhabi Ports; Clive Woodbridge, The Maritime Standard; Trevor Pereira, The Maritime Standard; Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Port; H.E. Eng. Ahmed M. Shareef Alkhoori, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Marine; Capt. Abdulkareem Al Ma

Maritime Leaders Calls for Collaborative Spirit

The fifth annual Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference highlighted the importance of the shipping, ports and other maritime sectors working more closely with the financial services sector, as well as the growing influence of green issues and digitalization.The tone was set by the keynote speaker, Ahmed Shareef Alkhoori, Director General, Federal Transport - Land & Maritime. He said: “Financial institutions have a key role to play in helping to unlock the barriers that can exist to the development of maritime businesses.

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CMA CGM Launches SHIPFIN Trade Finance

CMA CGM launches SHIPFIN Trade Finance, its new range of import and export financing solutions.An innovative offering of simple, reliable and rapid financial services;Two complementary solutions for importers and exporters: Supply Chain Financing and Cargo Financing;CMA CGM is accelerating its Customer Centricity strategy to offer its customers tailor-made solutions supporting the development of their business.Discover SHIPFIN Trade Finance…

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Bibby Marine Appoints Samuels as CEO

Leading marine asset company Bibby Marine Ltd has appointed Helen Samuels as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into its next phase of development.Helen Samuels will join the Group in January 2020 from Network Rail, where she currently holds the position of Engineering Director for their $6.4bn pa national capital program. Prior to this Samuels worked as Engineering Director for United Utilities, and also held a series of senior positions at Halcrow/CH2MHill (now Jacobs) including Operations Director…

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Global Ship Lease Bags Refinancing Deal

Global Ship Lease (GSL), UK-based holding company and containership charter owner, has now settled a five-year refinancing of its debt.According to the container ship owner, the new syndicated $268m credit facility is signed with a number of commercial lenders including Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, CIT Bank, Hellenic Bank and Siemens Financial Services.GSL expects to draw down the first tranche of the New Senior Loan, in full, of $230 million shortly…

Naval architecture and marine engineering degrees can lead to major job opportunities and high-salary careers. 

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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Tops for Jobs

The results of a recent survey conducted by financial services company Bankrate, LLC show that naval architecture and marine engineering take the top spot as the most valuable college degrees in which to major.A total of 162 degrees were covered in the company’s research. Drama and theater arts, on the other hand, were shown to be the least valuable degrees in terms of earning power after graduation. The survey revealed that the overall median income for those trained to build, design and maintain maritime vessels was $90,000 and that less than 2 percent of degree holders were unemployed.

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McQuilling Mid-Year Tanker Market Outlook

McQuilling Services Announces the Release of the 2019 Mid-Year Tanker Market Outlook Update.The Mid-Year Tanker Market Outlook Update provides an outlook on the global tanker market in the context of global economic growth and oil fundamentals influencing tanker demand and vessel supply. The outlook includes a view on future asset values, time charter rates, market freight rates and TCE revenues for 24 major tanker trades and four triangulated routes across eight vessel segments for the second half of 2019 through the remaining four years of the forecast period 2019-2023.

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Maersk, Blackbuck Partner for Intermodal Logistics

Maersk, a leader in integrated container logistics, has announced its partnership with BlackBuck, India’s largest online marketplace for trucking, to provide an online marketplace for containerized trucking in EXIM logistics in India.The Indian government has set ambitions to reduce logistics cost from 14% of the GDP to less than 9% by 2022. The new platform will be owned and operated by BlackBuck with Maersk supporting BlackBuck to develop compelling industry specific solutions.

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Port Canaveral Wins Funding for Response Vessel

New fireboat will provide enhanced firefighting and rescue capabilities for maritime and commercial space. The Canaveral Port Authority will receive $1.5 million in funding from the State of Florida to support the acquisition of a specialized fireboat to provide marine firefighting and rescue capabilities for Port Canaveral and the surrounding communities. Port Canaveral’s Marine Firefighting Rescue Vessel (MFRV) will be purpose built to offer enhanced fire protection and response…

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​​​​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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Mass. Maritime Honors IRI's Gallagher

William Gallagher, President of International Registries, to be named Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Maritime Person of the Year.Since 1995, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been honoring leaders with a renowned career of excellence, innovation and service to the maritime industry with the Emery Rice Medal at their Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year events. This year they will honor Mr. William Gallagher the President of International Registries, Inc. for his distinguished support and expertise…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority Welcomes Hron

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has announced that Grand Rapids native Jayson Hron has been named Director of Communications and Marketing. He returns to Minnesota to join the leadership team effective February 1, 2019.Hron (pronounced ‘RŌHN’), brings an extensive background to the position, having served in a variety of public relations, copywriting, media relations, brand management and marketing capacities. Since 2013, Hron has been a communications manager for USA Hockey in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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China Unveils Plan for Hainan Free Trade Zone

China on Tuesday granted the southern province of Hainan free trade zone (FTZ) status, vowing to significantly ease restrictions on foreign investment on the island in sector from agriculture to medical services.Known for its sandy beaches and resort-lined coast, Hainan is the headquarters of China's aviation-to-financial services conglomerate HNA.President Xi Jinping first said in April China would set up a free-trade pilot zone and build an international free trade port in Hainan.Spanning 35,400 square kilometers, the Hainan FTZ would be much bigger than China's eleven existing FTZs, which a

Maritime Finance Lawyer Johnson Joins Haynes and Boone

Mark Johnson, a transactional lawyer and former naval officer and ship captain, has joined Haynes and Boone, LLP as a London partner in the firm’s Shipping Practice.Johnson has extensive experience advising on the construction, sale and purchase, financing, management, operation and ownership of all types of vessels, including some of the world’s largest super yachts. His clients range from major banks and oil companies to shipowners, leasing companies and shipyards.Johnson served 13 years in the Royal Navy…

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Women in Maritime Charter to be launched next week

The Task force behind efforts to address the lack of gender diversity in the U.K. maritime sector is to launch a new Charter next week.The Charter creates a framework to challenge companies to make progress on diversity, and will be supported by a suite of ‘toolkits’ or resources to help companies realize those targets.Events to formally launch the Charter will be held in London, Liverpool and Southampton across Maritime UK Week, which starts on September 10.Companies joining the Women in Maritime Charter will be required to agree an ‘action plan’…

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Quadrise Fuels Signs MoU with Freepoint Commodities

Fuel oil technology firm Quadrise Fuels International said it had signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with commodities trader Freepoint Commodities to provide commercial opportunities for its MSAR fuel technology product.The Synthetic fuel developer said that this followed the effective end of a trial in Saudi Arabia for a combustion boiler project that would have used MSAR due to the lack of an agreement between the utilities involved. MSAR is a low viscosity oil in water emulsified synthetic HFO.Freepoint…

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ICHCA, IAPH Joins for World Ports Sustainability Program

ICHCA International, the global NGO and membership association for cargo handling operations, technical, HSSE and risk professionals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to pursue cooperative projects of mutual interest. This includes the sharing of the research and findings of ICHCA’s Technical Panel (ITP) with the IAPH membership through its own working groups. The ICHCA Technical Panel has recently launched four new working groups on Dangerous Goods, Digital & Innovation, Straddle Carrier Safety and Dry Bulk Cargoes.

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Papageorgiou Named CFO of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (AMPNI) said that Pavlos Papageorgiou has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Papageorgiou succeeds Spyros Gianniotis, who will continue to act as an independent consultant to the Company to help ensure a seamless transition of financial and operational responsibilities. Yiannis Papanicolaou, Aegean's Chairman of the Board, commented, "We are pleased to welcome Pavlos as Chief Financial Officer of Aegean. Pavlos brings more than twenty years of extensive senior leadership experience across global marine transportation…

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China to Set up Hainan Free Trade Zone by 2020, Port by 2025

China aims to establish a free trade zone in Hainan by 2020 and will encourage multinationals to set up their international and regional headquarters in the province, state news agency Xinhua reported citing a government document. The guidance was jointly issued by the ruling Communist Party and State Council, Xinhua said. It comes after President Xi Jinping announced on Friday that the country would grant foreign firms greater economic freedom in the southernmost province. Known for its sandy beaches and resort-lined coast…