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Thursday, November 26, 2020

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Sailors’ Society Names Baade as CEO

Global maritime charity Sailors’ Society announced Sara Baade has been appointed as its new chief executive officer, starting in September 2020.Baade has a strong background in management and strategic policy and brings extensive experience in leading an international welfare charity from her current role as CEO of The Army Families Federation. Her career also includes working as a senior civil servant for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, a directorship at the charity UK Skills and substantial experience in investment banking.Sailors’ Society’s Chair of Trustees…

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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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Golar LNG Appoints New CFO

Golar LNG said on Tuesday it has appointed Callum Mitchell-Thomson as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective April 20.In October 2019, Golar LNG announced its current CFO, Graham Robjohns, would step down. Robjohns will remain in his current position until April 20, 2020 and will leave Golar on April 30, 2020.Robjohns' successor, Mitchell-Thomson, has 21 years of experience advising energy, utility and infrastructure companies on M&A and capital markets transactions while working for JP Morgan.

Bart B. Kelleher has taken over as CEO of Chembulk Tankers (Photo: Chembulk Tankers)

Chembulk Tankers Announces Leadership Changes

Chembulk Tankers announced on Wednseday that Bart B. Kelleher has taken over as Chief Executive Officer for David Ellis, who has resigned for personal reasons. Ellis will be available to the company through January 31, 2020.Kelleher has held senior executive roles within Chembulk since joining the company in early 2016, initially as Chief Strategy Officer and then Chief Financial Officer in early 2019. Prior to joining Chembulk, Kelleher was the Chief Operating Officer for Principal Maritime Management and held roles in investment banking…

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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…

Seabury Maritime, BASS Partner on Fleet Solutions

Seabury Maritime LLC (“Seabury Maritime”), a global maritime and transportation investment & merchant banking and industry advisory firm, a division of Seabury Capital Group LLC, has announced its new collaboration with Norway-based BASS Software (“BASS”), a leading provider of fleet management solutions for the maritime industry.As part of the agreement, Seabury Maritime will be providing strategic advice and business development services to BASS, which are aimed to enhance the company’s continuous commitment to growth and close customer support in key markets across the globe…

Seabury Maritime Expands Executive Team

The global maritime and transportation investment bank and industry advisory Seabury Maritime PFRA (SMPFRA), a division of Seabury Capital Group, announced the appointment of Fernando Lehrer as Executive Director, Head of Marine Services, and Nikos Petrakakos as Vice President, Head of Maritime Environmental Innovation.Lehrer and Petrakakos are joining the SMPFRA’s leadership to further advance the company’s strategy to provide an integrated platform to its clients that delivers…

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Bulk Shipping: Economics 101

Supply and Demand in the bulk transport sectors will define the course line ahead. Less ships and more cargo will be the key.The drybulk sector – where iron ore, coal, grain and other raw materials dominate – is still wrestling with a decade-long hangover that began with the financial collapse of 2008. A recovery ensued in 2010 and 2011, but, following the time honored trade pattern, the brighter outlook brought about an avalanche of new build orders and another drop in rates ensued.

Socgen Joins SEA\LNG

French multinational banking and financial services company Societe Generale (Socgen) has joined SEA\LNG, the industry coalition promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The bank is the first financial institution to join SEA\LNG. Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Paul Taylor, Global Head of Shipping Finance…

Seaspan Appoints Bing Chen As Chief Executive Officer

Seaspan Corporation announced that Bing Chen will be joining the Company as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and appointed to the Board of Directors in January, 2018. Gerry Wang will be retiring as CEO and Director of Seaspan effective November 3. Upon Wang’s retirement, Peter Curtis, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will also serve as Seaspan’s interim chief executive officer until Chen’s arrival, after which he will continue in his current role. David Sokol…

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Harley Marine Hires Adlakha as CFO

Harley Marine Services is pleased to welcome Sterling Adlakha to its executive team where he will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Sterling served 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He began his career as an engineer on a 210' cutter before moving to the West Coast and becoming a double-ended marine inspector and plank owner of the country's first Sea Marshal program following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He later earned a Masters…

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Turnbull Named Senior Advisor at Seabury Capital

Seabury Capital LLC has appointed David M. Turnbull as a Senior Advisor. Turnbull will serve to facilitate Seabury Capital’s expansion of its global product and advisory service offerings in specialty finance, investment banking, technology and software applications. Seabury Capital Chairman, President & CEO John E. Luth commented, “The addition of an experienced and well-respected industry expert such as David Turnbull will advance Seabury Capital’s efforts in serving our clients’ needs.

Hyundai Merchant Marine, BlackRock in Investment Talks

South Korean shipper Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd (HMM) is in talks with BlackRock Inc about a potential investment but details have yet to be discussed, a HMM spokesman said on Monday. BlackRock is in talks with HMM to invest up to 1 trillion won ($880 million) in the nation's largest shipper, the Korea Economic Daily reported on Monday, citing unidentified investment banking and shipping industry sources. A BlackRock spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment. HMM shares were up 1.2 percent in morning trade, compared to a 0.2 percent fall for the wider market.

Dawson, Karakassis appointed Managing Directors, Hansa Heavy Lift

Steve Dawson and Alex Karakassis have been appointed Managing Directors of HANSA HEAVY LIFT GmbH, taking over from outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roger Iliffe, with immediate effect. Dawson will oversee HANSA HEAVY LIFT’s engineering, technical, and operational activities, and Karakassis, who remains Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will oversee the company’s commercial and financial activities. Both have been with HANSA HEAVY LIFT since its inception in 2011. Roger Iliffe has left in order to focus on independently pursuing other opportunities.

ISS to Launch Maritime Advisory Team

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it is expanding its maritime service portfolio with the launch of its Maritime Advisory team. The new Maritime Advisory team will serve all maritime sectors from containers, bulk, tankers and passenger shipping, matched to capability across transportation infrastructure including ports, rail, road and aviation. ISS’ Innovation group has recruited staff within the team from the ‘Big Four’ advisory firms, covering investment banking, economics, management and transportation consulting.

J.F. Lehman & Company Appoints Hanenberg to Principal

J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors, is pleased to announce the promotion of William J. Hanenberg from Vice President to Principal. Hanenberg joined the firm in 2008 as an Associate and has been promoted four times. Prior to joining J.F. Lehman, he was an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Banc of America Securities where he worked extensively in the Aerospace & Defense end-markets. Mr. Hanenberg earned a B.S. in economics from Duke University and an M.B.A.

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Proposed New Capital Rules Threaten Shipping

The global shipping industry will hit a credit crunch if proposed new bank capital rules are implemented in a sector already weighed down by toxic debt, bankers involved say. The Basel Committee of banking supervisors from nearly 30 countries met in Chile last month in an effort to complete the new rules for lenders in the world's major financial centres. It is now trying to pin down the details. While the rules do not target shipping specifically, some of the biggest rises in…

Clarksons Platou's Inaugural Seminar at DMCA’s Dubai Maritime Week

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is set to facilitate a first-of-its-kind seminar dedicated to Middle East shipping and offshore activities. The event will be conducted by Clarksons Platou, a global leader in maritime brokerage and investment banking, as part of Dubai Maritime Week 2016 – the third edition of the region’s first comprehensive maritime event organized by the Authority, which will run from October 30 to November 3. The seminar is expected to attract several…

Grosland Joins NAT as VP

Carl Fredrik Grosland has joined Nordic American Tankers as Vice President, working on analyses, projects and business development. Reporting to Chairman & CEO Herbjørn Hansson in a staff position, he will also work closely with others both in NAT and NAO (Nordic American Offshore Ltd.). Grosland has 12 years of international banking experience as an analyst and broker, focusing mainly on the energy/offshore and the shipping sector. Working from out of New York at the time, he has played a key role in a number of major equity and debt transactions.

Hardin Bethea (Photo: Blackhill Partners)

Bethea Appointed Director at Blackhill Partners

Investment bank Blackhill Partners has appointed Hardin Bethea as a Director. “We have known and worked with Hardin Bethea for nearly a decade and in 2014 closed a $500 million dry bulk financing with Hardin serving in the lead role,” said Jeff Jones, Managing Director of Blackhill Partners. With more than 18 years of experience in investment banking, investment management and corporate finance, Bethea has extensive experience in the maritime and seaborne trade industry. He has invested in and advised shipping companies for more than 14 years…

Promotions at J.F. Lehman

J.F. Lehman & Company, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the aerospace, defense and maritime sectors, has promoted Glenn M. Shor to Managing Director effective July 1, 2016. he firm also recently promoted David F. Thomas to Vice President and R. Benjamin “Ben” Hatcher to Senior Associate. Shor joined the firm in 2010 as a Senior Associate and was promoted to Vice President in 2011 and Principal in 2014. Previously, Shor was a private equity investment professional with both D.E. Shaw & Co. and Providence Equity Partners.

Financing for Dudgeon Wind Farm

London, UK, May 12, 2016: The developers of one of the world's largest offshore wind farms announced the limited recourse financing for the project today, having reached financial close in six months. The GBP1.3 billion long-term financing will fund the capital requirements of the 402-megawatt (MW) Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, currently under construction 32 kilometres out to sea from the North Norfolk coast of East England. The Mandated Lead Arrangers comprise The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ…

Spivak Appointed CFO, Seaspan

Seaspan Corporation announced today that David Spivak is joining the Company as its Chief Financial Officer, starting May 2, 2016. Mark Chu will continue to serve as interim CFO until David's arrival, whereupon Mark will continue in his current roles as Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel. David has over 20 years of corporate finance and global capital markets experience. From 1995 to 2012, he worked at Citigroup, serving in various roles, including as a…

Baksht Succeeds Swent as Ensco CFO

Ensco plc has named Jon Baksht the company’s new chief financial officer based in London, succeeding Jay Swent, who will retire at year end. Baksht was most recently vice president - finance after joining Ensco as vice president - treasurer. His professional career includes experience in investment banking and consulting. Baksht has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. Supply chain…

Oil & Gas Banker Janoskey to join JP Morgan

JP Morgan has hired James Janoskey, Credit Suisse's European Energy Group head, to lead its oil and gas team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a memo seen by Reuters. Janoskey will join the investment banking division, reporting to Laurence Hollingworth, head of industry coverage at the U.S. bank. Janoskey has over eighteen years of advisory and capital markets experience and was also Credit Suisse's global co-head of upstream. A spokeswoman for JP Morgan confirmed the memo. Reporting by Freya Berry

CFO of Genel Energy to Retire

Julian Metherell has informed the board of Directors of Genel Energy plc of his intention to retire from the Company, with effect from the close of the Annual General Meeting on 21st April 2015. Julian Metherell's successor as Chief Financial Officer will be Ben Monaghan, who is currently the Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa oil and gas investment banking at J.P. Morgan. Ben has worked in the oil and gas team at J.P. Morgan for the last twenty years and has been involved…