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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.


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


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 


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


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.


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


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


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


INTTRA Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Marking its 15th Anniversary in 2016, INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, looks back on the success of its innovative platform while embracing its future as the digital leader in logistics - growing rapidly and expanding its offering.  


NOIA Slams BOEM’s Denial of Offshore Seismic Permits

Randall Luthi Photo NOIA

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS. “In yet another ‘black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil


Top 10 Ship Owning Nations

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Kicking off the New Year, VesselsValue has put together a list of the top 10 ship owning nations by fleet value in 2017.     Greece - $84.079 billion Japan - $80.169 billion China - $68.333 billion Singapore - $38.052 billion


Boat Capsizes off Tanzania, Kills at Least 12

At least 12 people drowned when a boat capsized near a town on Tanzania's coast, while at least 27 others were rescued, a senior police official said on Tuesday. The boat capsized in the early hours of the morning with an unknown number of passengers onboard


Kongsberg Adds CO2 Emissions App to K-Fleet

K-Fleet (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime has developed a new Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) application for its K-Fleet suite of Marine Fleet Management Software.   K-Fleet MRV has been assessed as meeting the requirements of new EU-regulation 2015/757


Donald Joins HII Board of Directors

Kirkland H. Donald (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, U.S. Navy (Ret.), has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1, 2017.   Donald retired from the U.S. Navy in 2013 after 37 years of service. In his last assignment as the director


East-West Shippers See First Increase in Contract Rates

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes saw a reversal of trend in 4Q 2016, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of 50 multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight rates.


Reliability boost for Cutter Dredger Cassiopeia V

Wärtsilä will provide extensive technical support and advisory services for Singapore-based large cutter dredger Cassiopeia V. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä will provide extensive technical support and advisory services for Singapore-based large cutter dredger Cassiopeia V. The five-year Technical Management Agreement includes Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP) and is complemented by Advanced Technical Support to ensure the


NSC-Group Chooses Marlink VSAT

Hamburg headquartered international ship operator NSC-Group has chosen Marlink to move its fleet of about 60 vessels to high bandwidth maritime VSAT. NSC-Group has chosen a 10GB data allowance per month per ship on Marlink’s Sealink VSAT


NOIA Decries Obama Withdrawal of Offshore Areas

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the withdrawal of portions of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future oil and natural gas leasing:    “President Obama’s short sighted


Fleet Growth Squeezes Crude Oil Tanker Market

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From January 2014 - October 2016 the crude oil tanker segment composing of VLCC, suexmax and aframax ships, had a net-fleet growth of 7.3 percent, which is equal to 24.3 million (m) DWT. The VLCC segment, with 20.7m DWT or a net fleet growth rate of 11 percent took the lion’s share


Great Ships of 2016: Lindanger

(Photo: Hyundai Mipo)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Lindanger - World’s First Methanol Fueled Tanker


Busan Port May Hit by Shipping Alliance Reshuffle

Photo: Busan Port Authority

 The upcoming reorganization of global shipping alliances is likely to hit Korea’s largest port in Busan and  the harbor volume of Busan Port is expected to drop by 3.5 percent from next year, the Korea Herald reported quoting Korea Maritime Institute (KMI)’s report.  


Oman Shipping Withdraws from Navig8 Pool

Photo: Navig8

 Navig8 Group (Navig8), the world's largest provider of maritime services,  has announced that it has been advised by Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) that they have decided to internalize the commercial management of their VLCC fleet which had been hitherto in the VL8 pool.  


Obama's Arctic Ban and Aftermath

Photo courtesy: BP p.l.c.

 US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters.   Vowing that his successor won’t be able to reverse his actions, President Obama on Tuesday used executive authority to permanently ban






 
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