Oman’s Renaissance Is Said to Mull $1.5 Billion Topaz Energy IPO

By Ruth David and Dinesh Nair (Bloomberg) -- Oman’s Renaissance Services SAOG, a service provider to the oil and gas industry, is considering an initial public offering for its Topaz Energy & Marine unit, according to people familiar with the matter. Renaissance, which has a market capitalization of about $379 million, could seek a valuation of about $1.5 … [Read more...]

Dive Support Vessel Suffers Fire in North Sea

A dive support vessel with 23 crew was forced to issue a mayday call on Monday after a fire broke out in the vicinity of the vessel's engine room as the ship was approximately 5 nautical miles east of the Tyne piers on the east coast of England. After picking up the call distress call from the Marshall Islands-flagged Nor Da Vinci, which had just departed Blyth harbour, … [Read more...]

Norway’s Farstad, Solstad, and Deep Sea Supply to Merge, Creating Offshore Supply Vessel Giant

By Gwladys Fouche and Jonathan Saul OSLO/LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The pace of consolidation in the crisis-hit shipping industry accelerated on Monday after three of Norway's biggest offshore oil industry service vessel (OSV) operators announced plans to merge to create one of the biggest fleets in the sector. Shipping tycoon John Fredriksen and Norwegian billionaire … [Read more...]

Singapore Junk Bonds Slump as Chartering Group Swissco Seeks Restructuring

By Netty Ismail and David Yong (Bloomberg) -- Singapore’s junk-bond market is suffering its worst rout in at least four years as debt restructurings spread among shipping and oil-and-gas service companies. High-yield notes in the local currency from borrowers in Singapore slid 1.9 percent last quarter, the most in an IHS Markit Ltd. index going back to 2012. Rig and … [Read more...]