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DryShips Ocean Rig Employment Updates

DryShips Inc., an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Ocean Rig as signed definitive documentation with Total E&P Angola, following the previously announced Letter of Award, for its ultra deepwater drillship "Ocean Rig Skyros." The contract is for five wells or a minimum of 275 days for drilling offshore West Africa, with an estimated backlog of approximately $190 million, and is expected to commence upon delivery of the drillship from the shipyard, in October 2013. The company said it has also received a Letter of Award for its ultra deepwater drillship "Ocean Rig Skyros," from a major oil company for a six-year contract for drilling offshore West Africa, with an estimated backlog of approximately $1.3 billion. The Letter of Award is subject to completion of definitive documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals. The contract is expected to commence in direct continuation of the previous contract before the first quarter of 2015. As a result of this LOA, as of today, Ocean Rig's total contracted backlog (including LOAs) stands at about $6.1 billion, primarily with investment grade or strong counterparties, the company said.


Genco Shipping & Trading Time Charter

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) announced that it has reached an agreement to sign a time charter for the Genco Predator, a 2005-built Supramax vessel, with Pacific Basin Chartering Ltd. for approximately 11 to 13.5 months at a rate of $22,500 per day, less a 5% third-party brokerage commission. The time charter is expected to commence on or about May 7, 2010 and is subject to the completion of definitive documentation


Tidewater Signs Agreement Of Intent

Tidewater, Inc. has signed an agreement of intent to acquire six newbuild vessels from Hvide Marine Incorporated, for an aggregate price of $22 million. Closing, which is expected sometime during July 1999, is subject to customary due diligence matters, including executing a definitive agreement and satisfactory inspections of the vessels by Tidewater.


Ambassadors International Acquires merican West Cruises

Ambassadors International, Inc., announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC has completed its acquisition of American West Steamboat Company LLC and related entities ("American West Cruises"), one of North America's premier river and coastal cruise companies. The signing of a definitive agreement was previously announced on December 27, 2005.


Genmar Sells Hatteras Yachts to Brunswick

Genmar Holdings, Inc. announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell Hatteras Yachts, Inc. to Brunswick Corporation for approximately $80 million in cash. The agreement contains provisions allowing for an additional payment of up to $20 million based on Hatteras achieving certain financial targets over the next 20 months. Consistent with its June 27, 2001announcement, Genmar's Board of Directors considered all appropriate alternatives with respect to Hatteras and concluded a


DryShips Announces Signing of Drilling Contract

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) announced that its fully-owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW Inc has signed definitive documentation following the previously announced Letter of Award. The contract signed with Borders & Southern Petroleum plc is for a two well contract for exploration drilling offshore the Falkland Islands for a period of about 90 days, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2011, immediately after the completion of the current contract. The contract value is approximately $77m


OMI to Be Acquired by Teekay and TORM

OMI Corporation (OMI), Teekay Shipping Corporation (Teekay) (NYSE: TK) and A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM (TORM) announced that Teekay and TORM have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OMI. The agreement was unanimously approved by OMI's Board of Directors. Under the agreement, OMI shareholders will receive $29.25 in cash for each share of OMI common stock they hold. Teekay and TORM will equally split the total cost of the transaction of approximately $2


FastShip Signs With NASSCO For Construction Of Fleet

FastShip has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a subsidiary of General Dynamics, for the building of the first generation high-speed vessels comprised of the FastShip trans-Atlantic transportation fleet. Under the proposed agreement, NASSCO, designer and builder of new ships headquartered in San Diego, will construct four revolutionary vessels in the FastShip fleet


Grandunion Signs LOI for Aries

Grandunion, Inc., a company controlled by Michael Zolotas and Nicholas Fistes, announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with Aries Maritime Transport Limited (NASDAQ:RAMS) that contemplates, among other things, the acquisition of three Capesize drybulk carriers with an approximate net asset value of $36m in exchange for 15,977,778 newly issued shares of Aries, and a change of control of the company's Board of Directors.


Scorpio Sells Seven Tankers in Construction

Scorpio Tankers Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement whereby the company will sell its seven Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) under construction for cash and record a gain of approximately $50 million. The transaction is subject to the execution of definitive agreements and satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end March 2014. Subsequent to this transaction, the Company has 56 newbuilding product tanker orders with HMD, SPP


Swissco Steps Into Offshore Rig Chartering Business

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Singapore based marine service provider for the offshore oil and gas industry, Swissco Holdings Limited, informs it has entered into a definitive Sale and Purchase Agreement for the  S$285.0 million acquisition of Scott and English Energy Pte. Ltd


Obama urged for Early decision on Keystone

 Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.   The group included several lawmakers expected to face tough


Brazil's Rousseff Says Petrobras Critics Distorting Facts

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday lashed out at critics of Petroleo Brasileiro SA, saying accusations of corruption, cost-overruns and stagnation at the state-run oil company were politically-motivated. "I won't tolerate any type of wrongdoing, criminal action


Niger Could Sign Deal With Areva soon

  The government of Niger, the world's fourth largest uranium producer, is on the verge of renewing an agreement with French state-controlled nuclear group Areva, the West African nation's mines minister said on Sunday. Niger, one of the world's poorest nations


PPG to Acquire Hi-Temp Coatings Supplier

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PPG Industries announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Hi-Temp Coatings Technology Co., Inc., a privately-owned supplier of high-temperature-resistant and insulative coatings, based in Boxborough, Mass


Pivotal LNG, WesPac to Fuel TOTE’s LNG Containerships

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Pivotal LNG, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources, and WesPac Midstream LLC announced they have been selected by TOTE, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel TOTE’s two new state-of-the-art container ships in Jacksonville, Fla


Star Bulk Receives Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has taken delivery of M/V Star Vega, a Post-Panamax bulk carrier of approximately 98,000 deadweight tons carrying capacity.


Victor Technologies Sold to Colfax Corp. in Cash Transaction

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Private equity firm Irving Place Capital (IPC) and Victor Technologies (Victor) announce they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell Victor to Colfax Corporation (Colfax), a global manufacturer of gas and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products


New Baton Rouge Deepwater Dock: Genesis to Invest US$150-Million

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Genesis Energy, L.P. announce plans to invest approximately US$150-million to construct a new crude oil, intermediates and refined products import / export terminal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (the Baton Rouge Terminal). The Baton Rouge Terminal will be located on approximately 90 acres of land


Sunken Car Carrier to be Salvaged by Boskalis Partnership

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Boskalis inform that the Dutch Department of Public Works intends to award the contract for the salvage of the wreck of the car carrier 'Baltic Ace' to Boskalis and its partner Mammoet Salvage. Boskalis explain that the wreck and its cargo need to be removed because they pose a threat to the


Boskalis Expects Baltic Ace Salvage Contract

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The Dutch Department of Public Works intends to award the contract for the salvage of the wreck of the car carrier Baltic Ace to Boskalis and its partner Mammoet Salvage, Boskalis announced in a press release late last week. The wreck and its cargo need to be removed because they pose a threat


Swissco Enters Offshore Rig Charter Business

Swissco Group expanding upstream into the offshore rig chartering business with the acquisition of Scott and English Energy. Scott and English Energy is in the business of owning and leasing mobile offshore drilling units and service rigs to support major oil and gas corporations in


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Star Sirius

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that it has taken delivery of M/V Star Sirius a Post - Panamax bulk carrier of approximately 98,000 deadweight tons carrying capacity.


NewLead Buys Two Bulk Carriers

NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced that it has executed definitive agreements for the acquisition of two eco-type 31,800 dwt, Handysize bulk carriers built in 2012 for a total acquisition price of $37 million. The two eco-type vessels are expected to be delivered in NewLead by the end of June and


Paragon Shipping Gets US$120-Million Towards Ultramax Newbuildings

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Greek drybulk cargo ship owner, Paragon Shipping, informs it has entered into a firm commitment with a European bank syndicate to partly finance up to 60 % of the market value of their two new Ultamax newbuilds due to be delivered in 2015. The new $120


 
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