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  • Bank Gives Rickmers Maritime Deadline for Revised...

    German HSH Nordbank has provided Singapore’s containership owner and operator Rickmers Maritime with a deadline- April 15, 2017 – to present a concept that ensures a “higher level of total recoveries” than under a winding-up scenario of the firm. 

  • RCL steps up port investment, this time in Penang

    Penang Port will collaborate with Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) in a joint venture to upgrade and improve Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in Georgetown, Penang, to accommodate berthing of larger cruise ships at its facilities. The 60/40 joint venture will be jointly managed by both parties, with the majority stake held by Penang Port.

  • More than 30 dry bulk carriers are being sold...

    With the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) rebounding firmly and expectations abound that this is only the start of a new sustained recovery phase for the dry bulk market, ship owners are stocking up on new bulker acquisitions, in order to capitalize on the market’s rebound. 

  • Qatar's Milaha eyes investment in new markets

    Milaha has put in place a multi-year strategy focusing on investment in new markets, especially South East Asian, and expansion such as foraying into truck trading to achieve medium and long-term growth, according to its top official.
     

  • Seanergy Announces Proactive Covenant Deferral...

    Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (the "Company") ( NASDAQ : SHIP ), announced today that it has entered into agreements with four of its senior lenders for the proactive waiver and deferral of the application date of certain major financial covenants. Based on these agreements the Company expects to be in compliance with all major applicable covenants concerning the Company and the respective borrowers or that such covenants will be waived and postponed until the second quarter of 2018.

  • Dry bulk ships’ prices are 25% higher, but...

    Shipowners’ demand for dry bulk carriers has been steadily growing, as can be evidenced by the surge in S&P activity throughout the course of the past five months. In fact, according to shipbroker Intermodal, prices have surged by 25% over the past eight months. Meanwhile, it’s also worth noting that demand isn’t limited to just one or two ship classes, but rather has been varying from small Handies up to Newcastlemaxes.

  • BIMCO ventures into ship finance with BIMCO...

    BIMCO presents SHIPTERM as being most useful to small and medium sized shipowners and banks with limited experience of negotiating ship financing facilities. BIMCO expects that all parties involved will save time and money by using SHIPTERM.

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To pool or not to pool

While the worst might be over for the dry bulk shipping sector, a full recovery is still some way off; the future remains fragile. With shipowners reluctant to settle for low rates for a long period of time, there has been an increased interest in pools.

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Seaspan Corporation: The Bear Case From a Bull

Despite delivering steadily rising revenue, bears have mauled Seaspan Corporation's (NYSE: SSW) stock over the past few years. They've done so by focusing the market's attention on three things: the turbulent shipping market, Seaspan's massive debt load, and earnings issues on the horizon. Here's a closer look at why they believe these issues will continue to weigh on its stock in the near term. 

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LNG derivatives could set off market for all

The steep drop in the price of oil and resultant de-couupling of the link between crude and LNG prices could be the spark that the clean burning gas needs to explode in popularity and result in the development of a true Asian gas market while shipping will play an integral role in this, speakers at Marine Money's 10th Hong Kong Ship Finance Forum said.

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IMF: How an Extended Period of Low Growth Could Reshape the Financial Industry

What happens if advanced economies remain stuck in a long-lasting funk marked by tepid growth, low interest rates, aging populations and stagnant productivity? Japan offers an example of the impact on banks, and our analysis suggests that there could also be far-reaching consequences for insurance companies, pension funds, and asset-management firms.

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