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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Saudi, Russia Closing in on Record Oil Cut Deal

OPEC and it allies held talks on Thursday on record oil output curbs of about 15 million barrels per day (bpd) or more, roughly 15% of global supplies, to support prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis, sources involved in the discussions said.They said the plan included cuts of about 5 million bpd from producers outside the group known as OPEC+ and could be made gradually, as the group seeks to overcome resistance from the United States whose involvement they see as vital to a deal.Talks have been complicated by friction between OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia…

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Contracted Rates to Fall Long-term Due to Conoravirus -Xeneta

The container shipping segment appears to have caught coronavirus, with the industry suffering its first monthly fall in long-term contracted ocean freight rates since October 2019. According to the latest XSI Public Indices report from Xeneta, March 2020 saw a small dip of 0.5% in rates after a sustained period of growth. Although these symptoms look mild, the future is characterized by growing uncertainty, with widespread economic disruption and looming global recession likely…

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Oil Economics: Freight Rate Surge Cuts into Trader's Profits

A jump in freight rates has shaved profits for oil traders seeking to store crude for sale towards the end of the year, even as the contango in the first six months for Brent futures stretched to its widest ever, trade sources said.While a sharp rebound in spot crude differentials could lift traders' profits, a broadening slump in global demand is stretching out the time that markets will need to digest bulging inventories and spark a price recovery, traders said.Unlike in previous contango plays -- where low oil prices eventually prompted major producers to tighten supplies…

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CSEIP Buys 25% Stake in Arkona OWF

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP) acquired 25% stake in the Arkona offshore wind farm (OWF) from Norwegian energy company Equinor.Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised CSEIP on the EUR 340 million financing of the acquisition. The financing was arranged by Goldman Sachs.The 385 MW offshore wind farm, which is located in the German Exclusive Economic Zone in the Baltic Sea and comprises of 60 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines, was opened in April 2019. Following the transaction…

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U.S.-China Trade Talks Go to the Wire

World shares tumbled for a fourth day running on Thursday after a warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that a long-worked-on trade deal with China was in serious danger.Chinese Vice Premier Liu He was heading to Washington for two days of talks, but Trump's insistence that China "broke the deal" and Beijing's response that it would retaliate against a planned U.S. tariff increase raised the stakes.Europe's main stock markets and Wall Street futures sank 0.5 to 1.3 percent after a torrid day for Asia saw more than 1.8 percent taken off China and more than 3 percent off South Korea…

Macquarie to Sell Gdansk Box Terminal

A consortium of investors including Poland's sovereign wealth fund PFR has agreed to buy the country's largest container terminal in Gdansk from the infrastructure fund of Australia's Macquarie in a deal worth more than 5 billion zlotys ($1.32 billion), the companies said on Tuesday.The container terminal had a capacity of 1.9 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in 2018.Macquarie launched a sale of the terminal, which sources said in December could be valued at around 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), last year with the help of Goldman Sachs.Reporting by Alan Charlish

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Brent Hits 2019 High on U.S.-China trade Hopes

U.S. crude stocks rise to 454.5 mln barrels as crude exports from U.S. hit record 3.6 mln bpd.Oil prices rose on Friday, supported by OPEC's ongoing supply cuts and hopes that Washington and Beijing may soon end their trade dispute.International Brent crude futures hit a new 2019 high of $67.60 a barrel, up 53 cents from Thursday's close.Further gains were tempered by U.S. crude oil production hitting a record 12 million barrels per day (bpd) and a surge in exports from the country.By 1125 GMT, U.S.

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CMA CGM in Effort to Buy rest of CEVA Logistics Shares

CMA CGM launches 30 Sfr/shr tender offer for CEVA shares; CEVA recommends shareholders decline the offer.ZURICH, Jan 28 (Reuters) - French shipping company CMA CGM on Monday formally launched a cash offer to buy out other shareholders of Ceva Logistics, valuing the Swiss freight forwarder at $1.67 billion as the companies pursue closer ties aimed at fueling growth and savings.CMA CGM, which already controls 50.6 percent of CEVA, and the Swiss company last year began developing a business plan to boost commercial cooperation and complementary services.At the time…

The biggest spenders of 2018 (VV.com)

Biggest Spenders of 2018

With less than a week until Christmas and most of our presents bought, we're feeling the pinch. However, that's nothing compared to the amount that some have been spending this year. VesselsValue's Senior Analyst Court Smith gives a rundown on which countries have splashed the most cash on second hand vessel purchases over 2018.USAJP Morgan Global Maritime is the US company who has spent the most on second hand vessels: 308 million USD so far in 2018. However, they have changed their purchasing strategy half way through the year.

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Mercuria Energy Takes 30% Stake in Aegean Marine

Mercuria Energy Group and Aegean Marine Petroleum and  have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) making Mercuria the only lender to Aegean. Both are working towards landing a billion dollar credit deal and closer collaboration.Mercuria and Aegean have executed a letter agreement detailing the US$30 million of incremental liquidity Mercuria is providing to the Company by way of amendments and waivers to the Trade Finance Facility and other financing arrangements.With this significant step completed, the two parties intend to begin exploring a broader, global strategic partnership.

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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.

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Steel, Aluminum Tariffs a 'Bad Idea' -Morgan Stanley CEO

Morgan Stanley's top executive said on Wednesday that potential tariffs on steel and aluminum that U.S. "The biggest issues this country faces are not trade deficits, they're fiscal deficits," Chief Executive Officer James Gorman told CNBC. Gorman said that imposing tariffs on a country or ally that the United States sells a lot of goods to is not the "best way to move forward." He added that there may be retaliation from other countries due to the tariffs. "You can't be unilateral with these things," he added.

Uniper Hires Goldman to Sell Stake in Italy LNG Terminal

Germany's Uniper has hired Goldman Sachs to sell its stake in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Italy, a deal that could value the whole business at 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), three people familiar with the deal told Reuters. Books have been opened for due diligence on OLT Offshore LNG Toscana's business and a deal could materialise in the first half of 2017, the people said, also adding that there was no guarantee that a sale would take place. Energy firm Uniper holds a 48.24 percent stake in the OLT terminal, while Italian utility group Iren owns 49.07 percent.

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Singer Appointed Non-Executive Director, Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce today announced the appointment of Bradley Singer as a Non-Executive Director. He will join the Board with immediate effect and will become a member of the Science and Technology Committee. Brad is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of ValueAct Capital, the San Francisco based Investment Company. ValueAct Capital is currently the largest investor in Rolls-Royce with a shareholding of 10.8%. Before joining ValueAct Capital, Brad had been Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Communications, Inc.

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Grupo Argos Sells Port Company to Goldman for $136 Mln

Colombian holding company Grupo Argos has sold its 50 percent stake in a port operator to an investment fund administered by Goldman Sachs for about $136 million, Grupo Argos said in a statement on Monday. Compania de Puertos Asociados S.A., called Compas, moves principally coal and cement through its ports in the Andean country. Argos' stake was sold to West Street Infrastructure Partners III, which is run by Goldman Sachs, for 407 billion pesos. The sale price is two and a half times what Grupo Argos invested in the business in 2012, Argos said in the statement.

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CMA CGM Invests in NYSHEX Market

CMA CGM, a world leader in container shipping, is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) fundraiser, the first digital marketplace for ocean freight contracts. This investment is made alongside Hapag Lloyd, GE Ventures and Goldman Sachs, for a cumulative investment of $13 million. It is carried out through CMA CGM Ventures, the corporate venture structure recently created by the CMA CGM Group and dedicated to investments in innovative technologies.

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Traders Look to Asia Products for U.S. Options

Traders adding U.S. port options to cargoes for flexibility. Traders are scrambling to find oil products in Asia to ship to the United States and Latin America after Hurricane Harvey shut almost a quarter of U.S. refining capacity, several trading and shipping sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Many are also asking for ships to have a U.S. option added to their original destination to allow for flexibility in sending the cargoes across the Pacific, shipbrokers said. At least one oil products tanker…

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Hapag Lloyd IPO Valued at Over $5.5 Bln

A flotation of a minority stake could value the world's fourth-largest shipping group German-Chilean Hapag-Lloyd AG at more than 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion) and could take place as early as autumn. Hapag-Lloyd AG has already mandated investment banks Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Inc. and Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. to advise on the initial public offering (IPO), as per various media reports. The reports indicate Hapag-Lloyd expediting efforts to float a minority stake on the Frankfurt stock exchange as early as this fall.

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Navico Under New Ownership

Navico – a provider of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands – announced that Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Altor Fund IV have partnered and signed an agreement to acquire Navico from the Altor 2003 Fund. Navico is an innovative force within the recreational and commercial marine electronics market and has a rich history of investment in research and development. In the last two years, the company developed such technologies as the HALOTM Pulse Compression Radar technology…

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Hapag-Lloyd IPO Sooner than Planned

German ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd aims to launch preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) in September, which is sooner than it originally planned, as a result of strong financial results, says Reuters. Hapag-Lloyd’s solid second quarter financial performance, results of which will be published this month, has given senior management confidence to push ahead with listing plans earlier than planned. The Hamburg-based company has already picked Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Berenberg to lead the transaction, Reuters reported previously.

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Ceona Ship Goes to Court Appointed Administrator

UK offshore vessel owner  Subsea contractor Ceona has gone into administration, with the loss of 102 jobs. Ceona and Ceona Services (UK) Ltd have been hit by the depressed subsea market caused by the low price of Brent crude oil. The group – a heavy subsea engineering contractor operating in the deep water oil and gas market –  has ceased trading and 102 employees will be made redundant from the firm, which was headquartered in London but had offices in Aberdeen and Houston. Ceona…

China's Coal Producers Seek to Increase Output

China's coal producers have sought government approval for a plan to increase output, sources said on Thursday, partially reversing efforts to cut capacity that has sent prices soaring and depleted domestic stockpiles this year. The State Council must now decide whether to give the greenlight to the draft proposal, which was discussed at a meeting in Beijing of major producers, provincial officials and the state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, three sources familiar with the gathering said.

Solar Modules Stuck at Indian Ports Due to Import Duty Dispute

Solar modules worth more than $150 million are stuck at various Indian ports due to a dispute over their classification and the import tax applicable to them, sources said, which could delay Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clean energy goals. Modi has set an ambitious target of nearly tripling the country's total renewable energy capacity to 175 gigawatt (GW) by 2022, spurring global firms including Japan's SoftBank and Goldman Sachs to invest in solar projects in the country.

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Hapag-Lloyd in US$500 mln IPO

German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd is looking to sell shares for a total US$500 million, and will seek listings in Hamburg and Frankfurt before the end of 2015. Hapag-Lloyd has confirmed that it is preparing for a US500 million initial public offering (IPO) this year, with the expectation that it will use some of the proceeds to order ultra large containerships. "This move will give us better access to the capital markets which will enable us to further invest in our business to become more competitive," Reuter quoted Hapag-Lloyd Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen as saying.

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Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Front Runners in HES Terminal Sale

A consortium of infrastructure funds at Goldman Sachs and Macquarie is seen as the front runner in the sale of European bulk port terminal operator HES International, worth around 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), industry sources said. Morgan Stanley is mandated to sell the asset, two sources, whose organisations had considered bidding for it, said. They added that the expectation Goldman Sachs and Macquarie would win put off some prospective bidders. The sources, both in the infrastructure investing industry, said the growth projections provided by the company were too aggressive.

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Digital Marine Solutions Names Østergaard Executive Chairman

Digital Marine Solutions AS (DMS), the parent company of C-Map, has appointed Paul Østergaard as executive chairman. Together with the DMS board of directors and the C-Map leadership team, Østergaard will develop and implement the company’s strategic plan and lead the company in achieving its growth targets for 2017 and beyond. Østergaard began his career as an officer with the Danish Royal Guards and then spent five years with ship-owner J. Lauritzen in commercial and operational roles in Denmark and Brazil.