Interest income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $66,000 and was $178,000 in the comparative 2009 period.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, interest income was $161,000 and was $483,000 in the comparative 2009 period.

Taxation

Taxation for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $0.6 million including $0.4 million tax relating to Marathon Acquisition Corp for the period up to August 14, 2008. Taxation was $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010 taxation was $0.6 million compared to $0.3 million in the comparative period.

Change in Fair Value of Financial Instruments The Company hedges its interest rate exposure by entering into derivatives that swap floating rate debt for fixed rate debt to provide long-term stability and predictability to cash flows. As these hedges do not qualify for hedge accounting under US GAAP, the outstanding hedges are marked to market at each period end with any change in the fair value being booked to the income and expenditure account. The Company's derivative hedging instruments gave a $13.8 million loss in the three months ended September 30, 2010, reflecting primarily movements in the forward curve for interest rates. Of this amount, $4.1 million was a realized loss for settlements of swaps in the period and $9.7 million was an unrealized loss for revaluation of the balance sheet position. This compares to a $12.0 million loss in the three months ended September 30, 2009 of which $3.9 million was realized and $8.1 million was unrealized. 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010 the total loss from derivative hedging instruments was $39.4 million of which $12.4 million was realized and $27.0 million unrealized compared to a total gain in the nine months ended September 30, 2009 of $4.1 million of which $8.7 million was a realized loss and $12.8 million was an unrealized gain.