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Shipping Firms Look to Equities to Fill Funding Gap

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s.Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009, just as the global economy sank into crisis. Prospects have brightened in recent months as world trade picks up and the ship glut is absorbed.The industry still faces a multi-billion dollar financing hole after banks, its traditional source of funding, cut back lending to boost capital in the wake of the financial crisis.Alternative investors such as private equity firms have been snapping up shipping assets including loan portfolios from the banks. Scenting an opportunity, shipping companies are now trying to take advantage of strong equity markets to seek out funds through initial public offerings (IPOs).Avance Gas listed this week in Oslo. Germany's Hapag-Lloyd and Chilean peer Vapores agreed this week to a...

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    Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (009540.SE) said Monday that it had received a $700 million container ship order from China Shipping Container Lines Co. (2866.HK), taki...

  2. Brazil March Crude Oil Output Down 8% From February at 1.853 Mbpd-ANP

    Brazilian crude oil output slid for the third-consecutive month in March as maintenance shutdowns at several offshore platforms sapped production, the National Petro...

  3. Overcapacity, Fuel Costs Hit Shipping Industry

    The owners of the world's containerships are the people responsible for making globalization a reality. Their fleets transport 90% of world trade in manufactured goo...

  4. Maersk Oil: DUC March Oil Production at 164,700 B/D

    Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S's (MAERSK-B.KO) unit Maersk Oil Tuesday said the DUC joint venture's total oil production fell to 164,700 barrels per day ...

  5. China Shipping Container Lines to Order 5 Triple-E Mega Container Ships

    China Shipping Container Lines (2866.HK) plans to order five triple-E container ships, becoming the second operator after market leader A.P. Moller-Maesk A/S (MAERSK...

  6. European Companies Join Forces In Renewable Power-to-Gas Project

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  7. Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Sud Under Pressure To Restart Merger Talks - Sources

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  8. Bridge Energy: Pl511 Mjosa Exploration Well Spudded

    Bridge Energy ASA (BRIDGE.OS), a Norwegian registered E&P company, said Monday drilling of exploration well 6406/6-3 has started.MAIN FACTS:-Well will target the Mjo...

  9. Brazil ANP: So Far, 38 Companies Qualified for Oil Exploration License Round

    Brazil's oil regulator, the ANP, has qualified 38 companies so far for the oil exploration block licensing round to be held May 14 and 15.In a statement, the regulat...

  10. Maersk : 2013 Net Profit Expected to Be Lower Than 2012

    A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S (AMKBY) stuck to its forecast for a lower net profit in 2013 as weak economies in developed markets continue to hold back container shipping r...

  11. Inside the Billion-Dollar Fight to Foil High-Sea Hijackings

    Gone are the days of one-eyed pirates being chased by the dilapidated schooners of ancient naval fleets. The modern-day fight against piracy is more like a 21st cent...

  12. Maersk Oil: DUC JV to Invest $800 Million in Danish Field Extension

    Maersk Oil said Friday that it and its partners in the Danish Underground Consortium would invest $800 million in a new unmanned platform in the Danish North Sea.The...

  1. Container Firms Look To Gain Economies Of Scale

    Global container shipping companies have a strong appetite for new vessels, despite existing overcapacity, because they want to trade up to larger ships to benefit f...

  2. Europe Stocks Lackluster After Wall Street Stumble

    European stock markets struggled for direction on Friday on the heels of the first back-to-back triple-digit drop for Wall Street since June. The Dow industrials fin...

  3. Maersk Oil: DUC JV April Oil Production at 156,200 B/D

    Maersk Oil said Wednesday that DUC oil and condensate production in April totaled 156,200 barrels a day.MAIN FACTS:-Production totals 19.5 million barrels in the yea...

  4. Moller-Maersk Net Falls, Demand to Stay Subdued

    The world's largest container shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S (MAERSK-B.KO) Friday posted a smaller-than-expected drop in first-quarter net profit, supported...

  5. UASC Plans to Order Five Triple-E Container Ships

    Cash-rich United Arab Shipping Co. is considering buying five of the world's largest container ships for around $700 million, people with direct knowledge of the dea...

  6. BP Sells 60% Interest in Brazil's Polvo Oil Field for $135 Million

    Oil major BP PLC (BP) has agreed to sell its 60% interest in the Polvo oil field in Brazil to HRT Oil & Gas Ltda for $135 million in cash.MAIN FACTS:-Subject to regu...

  7. Brazil's HRT Buys 60% Stake in Offshore Polvo Oil Field from BP

    Brazilian oil start-up HRT Participacoes em Petroleo SA (HRTP3.BR) said Monday it would acquire a 60% stake in the offshore Polvo heavy oil field from the local unit...

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