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New Orleans-based OSV company Tidewater Inc. has been given just three more weeks to reach a deal with its lenders and bondholders before it will be forced to consider other options including Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The precarious news was revealed Friday when Tidewater announced it had received only limited waivers from lenders and noteholders to extend the deadline for a deal to until November 11, 2016. The deadline was extended from Oct. 21 and earlier from Sep. 18. 

With more than 300 vessels, Tidewater has one of the biggest OSV fleets in the offshore oil and gas industry. 

Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) has been in discussions with its principal lenders and noteholders to amend the company’s various debt arrangements to obtain relief from certain covenants. The company previously reported that progress was being made in those negotiations, however Tidewater now admits that due to the projected weak activity in offshore drilling, a key driver within the offshore service vessel (OSV) industry, more negotiations are needed.

“While the company will continue to work toward amendments to its various debt arrangements that will be acceptable to all parties, there is a possibility that the lenders, noteholders and the company will not be able to negotiate new debt terms that are acceptable to all parties, in which case the company will have to consider other options, including a possible reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws.”

Tidewater Inc. shares were trading down 44% by the end of the day Monday at $1.67.

 

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Galicia Spirit. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Galicia Spirit. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/CBL 04-07

ReutersBy Jonathan Saul

LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Unknown assailants attacked a gas tanker off the coast of Yemen close to the Bab al-Mandab waterway in the latest flare up in an area through which much of the world’s oil passes, shipping and security officials said on Wednesday.

The incident, the first attack on a commercial ship since July, followed missile attacks in recent weeks on military craft, including U.S. navy vessels, which were launched from Yemen that had already raised risks for merchant shipping.

Shipping group Teekay said its LNG (liquefied natural gas) tanker Galicia Spirit “experienced a suspected piracy attack whilst off the coast of Yemen” on Oct. 25.

“No third parties managed to board the vessel during the incident and all crew members are safe and have been accounted for,” Teekay said in a statement.

“As a precaution, the vessel had a Djibouti warship in attendance when heading away from the area. She has now left the high risk area without any further issues,” it added without further details.

Maritime security sources said the incident occurred near Perim Island, which is about 14 km from the southern Yemeni coast and the site of a lighthouse for ships passing through the Bab al-Mandab.

British maritime security firm MAST said a small vessel had approached the tanker and fired a rocket propelled grenade (RPG).

“MAST understands that the vessel had no armed security team on board, and that the vessel sustained small arms fire as well as the RPG,” it said. “It is unclear whether this is a terrorist attack or piracy.”

The Royal Navy’s UK Maritime Trade Operation said in a circular to mariners and seen by Reuters that the incident was still being investigated “as is the alleged use of RPG”.

The UK Maritime Component Command, responsible for Royal Navy activity in the Middle East, said in a statement on Wednesday “details are still emerging as to the exact nature of the incident event and investigations are still on-going”.

While shipping companies have yet to divert ships, the stakes are high given nearly four million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia via the Bab al-Mandab as well as other commercial goods.

Yemen’s civil war continues to escalate, pitting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, backed by troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, against the internationally recognised government of Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia.

The United States carried out cruise missile strikes on Oct. 15 against radar sites in Houthi controlled areas of Yemen after two confirmed attempts to hit U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason with coastal cruise missiles close to the Bab al-Mandab. The Houthi movement has denied firing on the USS Mason.

The Houthis have confirmed a separate earlier attack on a United Arab Emirates vessel in the area.

“While small boats were implicated in these military attacks, there is no evidence that they are connected with this latest incident,” said Michael Edey, head of operations with British security firm Dryad Maritime.

“I would suggest that this attack was by locals from southern Yemen rather than the Houthis.” (Editing by David Evans)

 

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Photo credit: Malmif Photography/CMA CGMPhoto credit: Malmif Photography/CMA CGM

ReutersCOPENHAGEN, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Other container shipping firms may join Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd in receivership before the industry emerges from its current shakeout, the vice chairman of world number three player CMA CGM said on Wednesday.

South Korea’s Hanjin filed for protection from creditors in late August, stranding $14 billion in cargo and sending shockwaves through global trade networks. (nL3N1BC18V)

Outlining his predictions for the next three to five years for an industry struggling with overcapacity and sluggish demand, CMA CGM Vice Chairman Rodolphe Saade said consolidation was “the name of the game”.

Bringing freight rates down to rock bottom was not the answer, however.

“There will be a price war but we need a ‘decent’ price war,” he said in a presentation at the Danish Maritime Forum in Copenhagen.

The French group was founded in 1978 by Rodolphe Saade’s father Jacques. (Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard Writing by John Stonestreet; Editing by Mark Potter)

 

 

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