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  • V.Group has over 1,000 vessels under management V.Group has over 1,000 vessels under management

DECEMBER 6, 2016 — OMERS Private Equity ("OPE"), part of OMERS Private Markets, says that it has agreed to sell ship manager V.Group to another private equity firm, Advent International OPE will reinvest in a minority stake in V.Group, working with Advent and the management team to support the continued growth and development of the business. V.Group's management team will retain a minority stake in the company. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

Operating out of 70 international offices, V.Group manages over 1,000 vessels on behalf of its customers in the commercial shipping, cruise, energy and defense sectors and provides a range of technical, personnel and advisory services. V.Group employs more than 3,000 people and supports over 47,400 personnel in marine and offshore roles.

Following Advent's investment, V.Group's growth strategy will remain focused on further geographical expansion and deepening its range of services organically and through complementary acquisitions. Advent says it will also support the management team in making significant investments in technology, systems and operations to continue to deliver world-class solutions for its clients.

Clive Richardson, CEO of V.Group, said, "We have enjoyed great support and solid growth under OPE's ownership, and our company has continued to strengthen its position in the market through our recent acquisitions of Bibby Ship Management and Selandia Holdings. V.Group has a unique offering in marine services, and as ship owners and operators increasingly consider strategic options for the management of their fleets, we are committed to delivering performance excellence alongside lower costs. We look forward to working with Advent to make this possible."

James Brocklebank, a Managing Partner at Advent International, said, "V.Group has a proven track record of delivering value for its customers alongside consistent growth, and we believe that Advent is well-placed to help the business build on this success. Advent's global presence, sector specialization and focus on business transformation make us an ideal partner for V.Group in the next phase, and we look forward to supporting its continued expansion and development."

Haris Kyriakopoulos, a Director at Advent International, added, "We are very excited to expand the business into new geographies and sectors, while broadening the scope of marine services that V.Group offers. In a market that is changing rapidly, V.Group as a market leader has an opportunity to deepen its engagement with current and prospective customers, responding to their evolving needs and offering comprehensive solutions to help manage their assets."

 

 

Izvor:  M. Log

DECEMBER 6, 2016 — A Simon Møkster Shipping AS platform supply vessel, M/V Stril Polar, is the first Norwegian vessel to comply with new IMO Polar Code, receiving the first polar ship certificate issued by DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.

The goal of the newly adopted IMO Polar Code is to ensure a minimum standard for ships entering into the Arctic waters and/or Antarctica. The code is an international set of rules that takes into account the extreme conditions and the additional challenges that vessels encounter in these areas.

After being awarded the certification, Anne Jorunn Møkster, Managing Director of Simon Møkster Shipping AS, said:

"The strategy of Møkster Shipping has for many years been to operate in cold and rough waters as opposed to targeting warmer areas such as Brazil or Australia. Now that we have implemented the Polar Code for our offshore supply vessel M/V Stril Polar, we have the opportunity to go into polar areas knowing that the safety of ship, crew and the environment is well taken care of. As a result of the good cooperation we have had with DNV GL, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate and our own insurance company we are very motivated to get more vessels certified to the Polar Code."

The M/V Polar Stril is built for operation in cold climates; therefore only minor adjustments were needed to achieve compliance with the Polar Code. The process of achieving compliance required DNV GL to undertake a risk assessment of the planned operational profile, as well as detailed review of the vessel's equipment to ensure that the requirements of the code were met.

As a result, no deviations from the code were found during DNV GL's inspection of the vessel together with the Norwegian Maritime Directorate in November, and M/V Stril Polar is now the first Norwegian ship with a Polar Code certification.

The IMO Polar Code is mandatory for all new SOLAS-registered ships that will be operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters as of January 1, 2017. For existing ships, the Polar Code certification is required after the first intermediate or renewal inspection after January 1, 2018. The polar code is a supplementary regulation to the existing IMO codes where the main requirements are related to safety (SOLAS) and the protection of the environment (MARPOL). DNV GL can, on behalf of flag states, issue Polar code certificates for ships that meet the code requirements.

 

 

Izvor : M. Log

Svim našim kolegama koji dan Sv. Nikole slave po Gregorijanskom kalendaru, kako onima na moru tako i onima koji su sa svojim porodicama kod kuće,želimo da ga provedu u miru, ljubavi i poštovanju, i da nam naš zaštitnik, svima zajedno, u burnim vremenima pred nama, donese radost, napredak i uspijeh na svim poljima.

 

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ReutersThe following statement was released by the rating agency

LONDON, November 30 (Fitch) Muted demand growth will exacerbate overcapacity for the shipping sector in 2017, putting pressure on freight rates and driving further consolidation and defaults, Fitch Ratings says.

We expect performance in all segments to be under pressure and have therefore maintained our negative sector outlook. However, tanker shipping will face slightly less stress than dry bulk and container shipping. Many container shipping and tanker shipping companies had sufficient cash to cover short-term maturities at their most recent reporting date, but they are still reliant on uninterrupted access to bank funding to cover negative free cash flow.

This funding is even more critical for companies that are not able to cover their upcoming maturities. Therefore, the filing for receivership in August by Korea-based Hanjin Shipping, the seventh-largest container shipping company in the world, may have far-reaching ramifications.

In particular, creditors’ withdrawal of support may indicate a reassessment of the financing landscape, where secured bank funding for new vessels has remained relatively accessible even as market conditions have deteriorated. We expect more M&A activity and defaults in the short and medium term. But these will only restore equilibrium and boost freight rates if they prompt capacity reduction.

In container shipping we expect consolidation to affect companies across the entire segment, with smaller operators focusing on survival through increasing scale while market leaders such as Maersk Line defend their market position through M&A. Defaults are likely to be concentrated among companies with weak liquidity and challenges with access to bank funding.

 

Izvor : Reuters

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