China to Be Self-reliant in IMO-compliant Fuel
Chinese refiners have the capacity to produce 18.1 million tonnes of low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) this year, which would make the country self-sufficient in the new shipping fuel, an official with state major PetroChina said on Monday.China has been striving to reduce its reliance on bunker fuel imports and is aiming to create its own marine fuel hub to supply northern Asia.About 20 refineries, mostly under state-run Sinopec Corp, PetroChina, CNOOC and Sinochem, installed equipment to produce 0.5% sulfur fuel that meets International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that came into force at the
APM Terminals Bahrain IPO Aims to Raise USD 30 mln
Port operator APM Terminals Bahrain plans to raise around BHD12m ($32m) through its planned initial public offering (IPO). This is the first IPO for a transport and logistics company in the Kingdom to list on the Bahrain Bourse. The listing forms part of the contractual agreement made when the port opened in 2009.APM Terminals Bahrain will offer 18 million shares, equivalent to 20 per cent of its issued share capital, at BHD0.66 per share. The net proceeds will be paid to its current shareholders pro-rata based on their shareholding.
Tiny Japan Shipping Shares Jump on North Korea Detente Hopes
Shares of small Japanese shippers jumped this week after the historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sparked hopes of news business ties with the reclusive country.Japanese retail investors are snatching up shares of the firms that may benefit from a potential thaw between Tokyo and Pyongyang, even though the Japanese government has been a staunch supporter of "maximum pressure" on North Korea.Shares of Rinko Corp, a marine transportation company…
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.
All Aboard for Hedge Funds as Trade Tide Lifts Shipping
Forced to abandon ship after mistiming their investments five years ago, hedge funds are venturing back in a bid to profit from growing global trade flows. Around 90 percent of traded goods by volume are transported by sea and global shipping sectors, including dry bulk, are on course for a recovery this year after a near-decade long crisis, ratings agency S&P said in a report last week. The IMF has forecast GDP growth at 3.9 percent for 2018 and 2019 versus 3.7 percent last year, which analysts say is boosting sentiment for shipping.
Hapag-Lloyd Continues to Prepare for its IPO
Confirming that the company is preparing its initial public offering, Hapag-Lloyd said it “expects total gross proceeds in the equivalent euro amount of US$500 million from the IPO,” says a report in Reuters. Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive of Germany’s biggest container shipper said that: "There will never be a perfect time ... one should not be too dependent on (the market). Some $400 million will be raised from institutional and retail investors, with core owners Kühne Maritime and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores placing orders of $50 million apiece…
Hapag-Lloyd in US$500 mln IPO
German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd is looking to sell shares for a total US$500 million, and will seek listings in Hamburg and Frankfurt before the end of 2015. Hapag-Lloyd has confirmed that it is preparing for a US500 million initial public offering (IPO) this year, with the expectation that it will use some of the proceeds to order ultra large containerships. "This move will give us better access to the capital markets which will enable us to further invest in our business to become more competitive," Reuter quoted Hapag-Lloyd Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen as saying.
India to sell 5% stake in Dredging Corp
India will sell 5 per cent of its stake in the country's largest dredging company, Dredging Corporation of India (DCI). The government will sell up to 1.4 million shares of face value of Rs 10 each, representing 5 percent of the total paid up equity share capital of the company, through Offer for Sale, DCI said in a filing to the BSE. This will bring up to Rs 57 crore ($ 9 million) to DCI kitty. "The offer shall take place during trading hours on a separate window of the Stock Exchanges and shall commence on August 21, 2015 at 9:15 am and shall close on the same date at 3:30 pm.
Strong Interest in Keppel DC REIT IPO
Keppel DC REIT Management Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd has received overwhelming demand from institutional and retail investors for its initial public offering of 261,138,000 Units. The Offering comprised an international placement of 207,375,000 Units1 to investors, including institutional and other investors in Singapore (the "Placement Tranche"), and an offering of 53,763,000 Units to the public in Singapore (the "Public Offer").
Institutional Part in Fincantieri IPO Still Not Fully Covered
The part reserved to institutional investors in the initial public offering of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri was still not fully covered as of Wednesday evening, two sources close to the matter said on Thursday. The company is likely to increase the percentage of shares it has reserved for retail investors which have shown big interest in the IPO so far, the sources added. "There's been very good demand from retail investors... so the part reserved to retail could be increased," one of the sources told Reuters.