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Golden Ocean Group Announces Sale

Golden Ocean Group Limited has agreed to sell the vessel M/V Shinyo Brilliance. The vessel is a Panamax bulker and is one of the long-term time charter vessels previously acquired from Louis Dreyfus with an option to purchase attached to the time charter. The vessel will be delivered to the Buyers within the end of December 2007 and the agreed purchase price is $72m net. The strike price for the option is about $20m net and the transaction will thereby free up approximately $52m in cash liquidity.


Golden Ocean Agrees Late Deliveries from Chinese Shipyard

Golden Ocean Group Limited agrees with Zhoushan Jinhaiwan Shipyard Co., on amendment of three shipbuilding contracts The agreement is related to the two Kamsarmax vessels Golden Excellence and Golden Explorer, and the Capesize vessel Golden Nantong. Due to delay in the construction progress the Company has agreed to accept late delivery of the vessels. The contract price for the three vessels in aggregate is now agreed to be USD 86.65 million.


Bocimar Expands Fleet, Buys 3 Ships

CMB confirms that its subsidiary Bocimar International has acquired three capesize newbuilding vessels for a total purchase price of $188 million. The first vessel, SWS 1028 (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard) - for which Bocimar concluded a three-year time charter contract in April 2005 - is obtained from Teh Hu (Hong Kong). It concerns a 175,000 dwt newbuilding that will be delivered in the third quarter of 2006. The other two vessels, SWS 1048 and SWS 1049, have been bought from


Frontline Predicts Strong 2001

Norway's Frontline, the world's biggest tanker company, reported record net profits for 2000 compared to a 1999 loss and forecast higher earnings for 2001. Net 2000 profits leapt to $313.9 million from a $86.9 million loss in 1999, helped by a strong tanker market and a takeover of U.S. rival Golden Ocean Group. Net operating revenues surged to $599.9 million from $253.2 million in 1999. "For the full year (2001) result the board are cautiously optimistic about the opportunity to improve the


Frontline Acquires Golden Ocean

Norwegian shipping company Frontline has signed an agreement to take over U.S.-based Golden Ocean Group. Frontline has reportedly signed a term sheet with Golden Ocean, under which the parties agreed to propose a joint plan for a financial restructuring of Golden Ocean. Golden Ocean holds interests in 14 VLCCs, three VLCC newbuilding contracts and 10 bulk carriers. The company filed for a Chapter 11 restructuring in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Jan. 14.


Atlantic Marine Sets Up Marine Survey & Consultancy Arm

John Poulson: Photo credit AMA

Atlantic Marine Associates Inc. (AMA) a member of the Eagle Ocean Group appoints John S. Poulson to head the new service. Trading as AMA Consulting Services, the new entity is led by John S. Poulson, latterly president of GL Noble Denton, New York, and a leading expert in the marine engineering, survey, loss prevention and consultancy fields. AMA Consulting Services’ principal activity is carrying out independent surveys, investigations


GOGL, Knightsbridge Tankers Sells Vessel

Golden Ocean Group Limited advised that the company has entered into an agreement with Knightsbridge Tankers Limited to sell the capesize vessel Golden Zhejiang at a sales price of $65.5m. The vessel will be sold together with the existing four year charter agreement. The completion of the transaction is subject to successful financing and equity offering in Knightsbridge Tankers Limited. The deal is expected to be concluded during Q4 2010


L27/38 Power for Spanish Tugs

Spanish builder Astilleros Armón recently delivered one tug boat powered by two MAN 7L27/38 four-stroke engines and is close to delivering another powered by two similar 9L27/38 engines. The vessels are bound for separate companies of the Italian ‘Ocean Group’. The first project involved the construction of the ‘Neptun’, a Voith-Schneider Tractor Tug constructed at Astilleros Armón Navia in Asturias, Spain as construction C-701


SFL Acquires Eight Bulk Carriers from Golden Ocean

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has entered an agreement to acquire eight Capesize dry-bulk carriers from subsidiaries of Golden Ocean Group Limited, the company announced today.   The vessels are named Golden Beijing, Golden Zhoushan, Golden Magnum, Battersea, Belgravia, Golden Zheijang, Golden Future and KSL China and were built in Korea and China between 2009 and 2013. The total acquisition price will be $272 million, or $34 million on average per vessel


SFL Acquires Eight Capesize Bulkers

Photo of VANGUARD Courtesy Ship Finance International Limited

  Ship Finance International Limited today announced the agreement to acquire eight Capesize dry-bulk carriers from subsidiaries of Golden Ocean Group Limited ("Golden Ocean"). The vessels are named Golden Beijing, Golden Zhoushan, Golden Magnum, Battersea, Belgravia, Golden Zheijang, Golden Future and KSL China and were built in Korea and China between 2009 and 2013. The total acquisition price will be $272 million, or $34 million on average per vessel


Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

File Image: a containership at the berth in the Port of Savannah, GA (credit: GPA)

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address chronic overcapacity and drive further cost savings in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says


Fincantieri Orders Heat Power Systems for Cruise Newbuilds

Photo: Fincantieri

Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri has selected Climeon’s heat power system Climeon Ocean for its energy efficient solutions, purchasing six Climeon Ocean 450M systems to be installed in its upcoming new cruise ship builds. Total capacity on all ships is up to 2.7 MW.


EU Clears CMA CGM, NOL Merger, with Conditions

File image: a CMA CGM containership (Marad)

The European Commission said on Friday it had cleared French shipping group CMA CGM's $2.4 billion takeover of Neptune Orient Lines on condition that NOL pulls out from a rival shipping alliance. The announcement confirms a Reuters report on April 21 about the impending approval.


Ocean Economy Set to Double in Size by 2030

Image: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

 The world’s oceans must be managed well to ensure the potential of an “ocean economy” that was worth US $ 1.5 trillion in 2010.   "Calculations based on the OECD’s Ocean Economy Database value the ocean economy’s output (measured in terms of the


EU to Okay $2.4 bln Box Shipping Deal

File image: the CMA CGM Ben Franklin (Marad)

EU approval conditional on NOL pulling out from G6 alliance. French shipping group CMA CGM's $2.4 billion takeover of Neptune Orient Lines is set to be cleared by the European Union's competition regulators, on condition that NOL pulls out from a rival shipping alliance


Indonesia: Local Piracy could lead to 'new Somalia'

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines ministers to meet in Jakarta as up to 18 Indonesians, Malaysians held captive in Philippines. Indonesia fears piracy on a busy shipping route along its maritime border with the Philippines could hit levels seen in Somalia unless security is tightened


Piracy: Indonesia Could be the New Somalia

Image: Indonesian Navy

 Commercial ships have been told to avoid shipping routes around Indonesia and Philippines amid fears that piracy could be reaching Somalian levels, according to Reuters.    Luhut Pandjaitan, Chief Security Minister for Indonesia


NUS, MPA Conduct Joint Research in Ocean Governance

Pic: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be setting up a joint research programme to build up institutional expertise in ocean governance and to spearhead thought leadership in areas


CMA CGM to Delay Mega-Ship Move

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM Group has decided to postpone its project to deploy 18,000 TEU-capacity vessels on Transpacific market trade.   The much-anticipated launch of a weekly service with six mega-ships which was planned for the end of May has been delayed  in order to optimise the use of its


Golden Ocean Names New CEO and CFO

Photo: Golden Ocean

The board of Golden Ocean Group Ltd. announced a pair of leadership appointments, naming Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal as the new Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS and Per Heiberg as the new Chief Financial Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS.  


Ocean Rig buys Cerrado drillship

Photo: Ocean Rig

 Cyprus-based Ocean Rig has stepped in to buy the sixth generation ultra-deepwater (UDW) drillship Cerrado, which once drilled the giant Libra prospect offshore Brazil, following its owner Brazil-based Schahin Group bankruptcy declaration last April.  


Concordia Maritime Inks P-MAX Tanker Contract

Stena Polaris (Photo: Concordia Maritime)

Concordia Maritime has signed a new consecutive voyage contract for the P-MAX tanker Stena Polaris. The contract, which comes into effect in May 2016, is for one year. The contractual partner is one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies.


FMC's Doyle Acknowledges Progress on Container Weight Rules

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle has issued a statement regarding the ongoing discussion on container weight measures, welcoming a recent announcement from OCEMA: “OCEMA's statement on container weighing this evening is welcome news,” Doyle said


Cosco Pacific Appoints Zhang Wei as Vice Chairman

Photo: Cosco Pacific Ltd.

 Cosco Pacific Ltd. has appointed Zhang Wei as vice chairman and managing director, replacing Qiu Jinguang who has stepped down from the positions with immediate effect, reports Dow Jones.   "Qiu Jinguang has resigned as an Executive Director


Alliance Merry-go-round Spins Again

Photo: CMA CGM

 Four carriers have announced a new OCEAN Alliance to start next year. Where does this leave those carriers left behind?   To the surprise of many it was announced last Wednesday that four carriers – CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines






 
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