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Golden Ocean: Worst Bulk Market Since 1980s

Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean reported first-quarter earnings below forecasts on Thursday and said its market had gone from "bad to worse" with market conditions not seen in three decades. Golden Ocean, controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, said its made a net loss of $75.3 million in the first quarter, below expectations for a loss of $27 million, the result was weighed down by a $141 million impairment charge on its vessels. Excluding the impairments, the firm made an EBITDA loss of $3.6 million, not far from forecasts for a $1 million loss. Its shares were trading 3.13 percent lower at 32.84 Norwegian crowns at 0821 GMT. The dry bulk shipping market has suffered a deep downturn in recent months as China cut its first-quarter coal imports by 42 percent and markets expect its coal imports to stabilise at the reduced level. "The dry bulk market has remained weak so far in the second quarter; consequently the revenues of Golden Ocean are expected to remain low in the second quarter," the company said in a statement. The majority of Golden Ocean's fleet is exposed to the spot market or on time charter contracts linked to the spot market which means results will continue to correlate with spot rates. "The utilisation of the dry bulk fleet was hovering around 80 percent during the quarter and earnings were at levels not experienced since the mid 1980s," the company said.

Tank Barge Report

Currently, Marcon International, Inc., the ship sale & chartering firm, has 62 inland tank barges available for sale, down from 124 in June 1996. Most of these are typical U.S. inland river units of approximately 30 years of age (vs. an average active U.S. inland fleet age of 24 years). Marcon also has listed and available for sale a total of 41 ocean and coastwise barges compared with 50 in June 1996. Most of these are older single skin units.

Godby Shipping Rolls Out Wired Ocean Across Fleet

Wired Ocean, a solution to broadband internet at sea has been installed aboard the entire Godby Shipping fleet. The seven vessel installation of the unique system, which commenced in September 2007 was carried out by Telemar and completed when the final vessel in the fleet, Miranda, took delivery of the system in February 2008. Wired Ocean is a marine broadband system, designed to deliver shore to ship data via a vessel's satellite TV antenna

Tank Barge Report

Currently, Marcon International, Inc., the ship sale & chartering firm, has 62 inland tank barges available for sale, down from 124 in June 1996. Most of these are typical U.S. inland river units of approximately 30 years of age (vs. an average active U.S. inland fleet age of 24 years). Marcon also has listed and available for sale a total of 41 ocean and coastwise barges compared with 50 in June 1996. Most of these are older single skin units.

Northern Fleet Adds Research Vessel

The newest research ship Amber was a part of the Northern Fleet

  The latest oceanographic research vessel "Yantar" has arrived at the base of the Northern Fleet in Murmansk region. This was announced by Head of Press Service of the Federation Council Vadim Serga. "The crew has completed the transition from the Atlantic Ocean to the Kola Bay" - quoted by TASS Sergey. In May of this year, "Amber" was raised by St. Andrew's flag. This was followed by testing of the equipment and facilities the ship in the deep

NOAA's 15-Year Plan to Invest in Ships

NOAA has completed a detailed plan to modernize its marine operations  by replacing nine research ships and refurbishing a tenth in the next  15 years. “Sea-going vessels are a key source of observational data used by NOAA  scientists. A modern, more capable fleet will ensure we can meet the  ever changing demands of the science community,” said retired Navy  Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of 

Ocean Safety to Supply Complete RNLI Liferaft Fleet

Back row from L-R: Shaun Botha, Commodity Buyer, RNLI; Allen Stevens, Senior Engineer, RNLI, Mandy Boughton, Business Development Manager, Ocean Safety; Front row from L-R David Brook, Director RNLI, Charlie Mill, MD, Ocean Safety

U.K. independent marine safety equipment supplier Ocean Safety was selected by the RNLI to carry out a wide reaching replacement program for all their current liferafts in an operation that will take up to three years. The Ocean Safety ISO liferaft will become the liferaft of choice on every RNLI all weather lifeboat, following a rigorous selection program in which Ocean Safety had to produce innovative solutions to the RNLI’s requirements to exceed their own high safety standards for

Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

Image courtesy of Golden Ocean

  The merger between Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited was approved today at special meetings of both companies' shareholders.      The new company, which will be called Golden Ocean Group Limited, will be one of the largest dry bulk shippers in the world, operating a fleet of 72 vessels, 34 of which are new buildings.      The merger was first announced in October and will allow John Fredriksen

Knightsbridge and Golden Ocean to Merge

Golden Ocean’s capesize bulker, Channel Navigator. Image courtesy Golden Ocean

  Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited have today entered into an agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which the two companies have agreed to merge, with Knightsbridge as the surviving legal entity. The Combined Company will be renamed Golden Ocean Group Limited upon completion of the merger. As a result of the expected merger, the Combined Company would become one of the world's leading dry bulk companies with a modern fleet of 72 vessels

Xantic To Offer Fleet 33, Fleet 55 Services Globally

Xantic has become the first company to announce the availability of the new Fleet 33 and Fleet 55 services. Last Friday a contract was signed with Nera for upgrades of both Xantic Land Earth StationsLES’s in Holland (Burum) and Australia (Perth). The services will be available early April and will be provided in the 4 Ocean regions. At the same time Xantic’s Fleet 77 service will be enhanced by the addition of a 9.6k fax channel.

Seaspan Implements ECO Insight solution

ECO Insight

  Seaspan Ship Management Ltd. will implement the DNV GL fleet performance management solution ECO Insight to improve their fleet monitoring. ECO Insight will also enable Seaspan to increase their vessel’s performance and energy efficiency.

ESL Shipping to Enter the Renewable Energy Market

Photo: ESL Shipping Ltd

 ESL Shipping and AB Fortum Värme have signed an agreement for biofuel transport. The agreement provides ESL Shipping with access to the renewable fuels transport market. The company's transport operations to the new Värtan Energy Port in Stockholm will commence at the end of this

CMA CGM Slashes Fleet CO2 Emissions by 50%

Graphics: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, is pleased to announce a 50% improvement in its CO2 performance for its owned fleet. Thanks to an efficient environmental policy sustained by deploying innovative solutions, this success was accomplished in 10 years.  

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S

Golden Ocean CEO: No Share Issue

Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean Group said on Tuesday it did not consider an equity issue to improve its liquidity and balance sheet following challenging markets conditions. "We are not considering equity issue. We are working on other options, including sale and leaseback

Los Angeles to Host Annual 'Fleet Week'

Credit Fleet Week

  Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016. LA Fleet Week will run through Labor Day, with active military ships beginning to arrive in the days preceding the

Frontline Reports Strongest 3Q

Frontline has one of the worlds largest fleets of VLCC and Suezmax tankers Credit Frontline

  * Frontline achieved net income attributable to the Company of $17.4 million, or $0.09 per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and net income attributable to the Company of $65.9 million, or $0.42 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Warm Water Mixing up Life in Arctic

Most surprising finding is that the thermally induced changes at the ocean surface can rapidly spread to affect life in the deep seas Courtesy Alfred Wegener institute

  AWI researchers’ unique 15-year observation series reveals how sensitive marine ecosystems in polar regions are to change The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North

Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

 The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed.    Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand

NYK Orders 5,500 Reefer FEUs

Photo courtesy NYK

  NYK has placed an order for 5,500 technologically advanced 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) containers, which are more efficient and reliable than older equipment. Delivery of the new units has already commenced.   This strategic investment will ensure that NYK continues to operate one

Sea Ice Plays Pivotal Role in Arctic Methane Cycle

Sea ice forms a natural barrier on the Central Arctic Ocean, limiting gas exchange between water and atmosphere Courtesy AWI

  The ice-covered Arctic Ocean is a more important factor concerning the concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere than previously assumed. Experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) report on the newly discovered

Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Project carried out by Schmidt Ocean Institute

  Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size

Fincantieri Bags Viking Order

Courtesy Viking Cruises

  Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri have signed an agreement for the construction of two additional cruise ships. The new units, like the four sister ships which the ship owner has already ordered, will become part of Viking’s fleet respectively in mid-2018 and at the end of 2020

Maersk Orders BWTS for 7 Newbuilds

Image: DESMI Ocean Guard

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S to supply ballast water treatment systems to a series of new container vessels to be built at COSCO Zhoushan shipyard in China, for Danish shipper Maersk Line.   DESMI Ocean Guard announced that its RayClean ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has been selected for

MPA Calls for Integrated Approach to Blue Economy

Speech by Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA at 3rd Busan International Port Conference (Photo: MPA)

  In his opening address at the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2015 held in Singapore today, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Mr Andrew Tan called for an integrated approach bringing together the science, the research

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