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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. The vessels are expected to be delivered to Ship Finance within July 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.   The vessels will be chartered on a time-charter basis to a subsidiary of Golden Ocean for a period of 10 years. The daily base charter rate will be $17,600 during the first seven years, and $14,900 thereafter. In addition, there will be a 33% profit share for revenues above the base rate, calculated and paid on a quarterly basis. Golden Ocean will have a purchase option after year 10 of $112 million enbloc, and if such option is not exercised, Ship Finance will have the option to extend the charters by three years at $14,900 per day.   SFL’s charter backlog will increase by nearly $500 million and aggregate annual EBITDA contribution from the vessels, excluding profit share, is estimated to more than $30 million on average during the first seven years of the charter.  

Golden Ocean, Knightsbridge Set for Merger

Pic by Knightsbridge Shipping Limited

 Dry bulk shipping companies Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) and the listed dry bulk shipping company in John Fredriksen's business empire Knightsbridge Shipping have chosen March 26 to hold a special general meeting and finalize the merger talks.   If the shareholders approve the plan, the companies expect to conclude the merger by the end of March 2015, subject to the execution of certain definitive documents, customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  

Golden Ocean Halts Legal Action

Golden Ocean Group announced an end to its legal dispute with S.A. Marine Corp. of South Africa following a successful resolution. The announcement follows a capital injection of $41 million into S.A. Marine.

Acquisition of Four Capesize Newbuilding Contracts

Golden Ocean Group Limited has acquired two newbuilding contracts at Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., South Korea and two newbuilding contracts at Zhoushan Jinhaiwan Shipyard in China. The vessels of 170,000 dwt and 176.000 dwt respectively will be delivered between December 2008 and October 2009. The total purchase price for the four units is $296m. Given the continuous positive outlook for the global steel production and the age profile of the existing capesize fleet

Golden Ocean Announces Vessel Sales

Golden Ocean Group Limited has agreed to get released from the bare boat agreements for the two 1990 built Panamax vessels M/V Golden Glory and M/V Golden Gem against purchasing the vessels for $11m per vessel. The company has agreed to sell the two vessels for net sale proceeds of $60m in total. Delivery to the buyers is expected to take place in September 2007. This transaction will give a positive addition to net income of approximately $23m

Fredriksen's Firms See Diverging Fortunes

Rig firm Seadrill sees tough market continuing in 2016. Firms in Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen's empire saw contrasting fortunes on Tuesday, as rig firm Seadrill booked $1.8 billion in writedowns while tanker firm Frontline turned around its fortunes after years of turmoil. The shipping tycoon, nicknamed "Big Wolf" or "Big John" in the shipping industry, controls companies spanning offshore drilling, shipping of oil and dry bulk and salmon farming.

Fruit of the Orient

Through a longstanding blend of organizational discipline and an unerring drive for the highest levels of automation attainable in shipbuilding processes, the industry in Japan demonstrates resilience founded on continuing productivity advances. Untiring efforts to seek new ways of reducing man-hours and lead times is wholly characteristic of Japanese companies, as they rise to the intensified challenge posed by equally resolute South Korean yards.

Greek Shipping Company Gets Hit With Defaulted Junk Bonds

A Greek-owned shipping company said on Thursday it would seek damages from holders of its defaulted junk bonds who last week "arrested" one of the company's ships as security for a $175 million repayment claim. The 25,900 gt Ocelotmax has been held in the port of Pusan, Korea since August 4, and is unable to trade until released. Enterprises Shipholding defaulted on the bond's $7.76 million semi-annual interest coupon in July.

Golden Stena Weco Invests in Chinese Tanker

Golden Stena Weco recently invested in its first tanker within the framework of the newly established joint venture.   The 9,000 dwt tanker, called Golden Adventure, will be delivered from the Chinese shipyard Dongfang Shipbuilding in the next few days after reprofiling. “The Golden Adventure is the first tanker in our jointly owned fleet and will be employed in transporting Golden Agri’s palm oil cargoes mainly in Asia

Maritime Services Become More Globalized

Image: Menon Business Economics

 Shipping is the premise for international trade and has always been an international industry. A central driver for the global shift has been the operational and technological development of the shipping industry, which has lowered transportation costs dramatically, says a report from Menon Business Economics.   With the emergence of standardized bulk carriers, oil and other raw materials could be traded globally

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.  

Fitch Fuel Catalyst: Going Green Pays Off

Golden Alaska (Photo: Advanced Power Systems International)

The Fitch Fuel Catalyst improves fuel efficiency by 5-12 percent, reducing pollutants and paying for itself many times over.  According to the manufacturer, Advanced Power Systems Int’l, these benefits are being experienced by many hundreds of commercial ships and vessels operating

Recent Vessel Sales - July 2016

    Vessel sales for July 2016 (as of August 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 7/19 - WILSON ROUEN - 6,085 - 76 - (40) - $0.45

Extreme Boat Lifts Installed in the Panama Canal

Photo: Golden Boat Lifts

When the Republic of Panama needed lifts for a pair of its service boats, it turned to Golden Boat Lifts for the supply of two custom-designed 7,000 lb. capacity Golden Elevator Lifts for use in the Panama Canal.   According to Golden Boat Lifts

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.

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

CEO Will Not Return: Fredriksen

Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen said Jo Lunder, who has been on leave as chief executive of his Fredriksen Group since November, would not come back, business paper Dagens Naeringsliv wrote on Friday. Fredriksen Group controls rig firm Seadrill, fish farmer Marine Harvest

Radio Holland Installs NavCom Equipment on US Training Ship

Photo: Radio Holland

Radio Holland, part of the newly formed company RH Marine Group, has recently completed the installation of new radar and ECDIS equipment on the bridge of TS Golden Bear, the training ship of the California Maritime Academy. Radio Holland was awarded an initial contract from The United States

Outlook for Listed Dry Bulk Companies in 2016

Graphics: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Investors suffered massive wealth erosion in 2015, as share prices of dry bulk companies kept tumbling during the year, says Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER).   DMER’s shipping index, which is based on the market cap of leading dry bulk companies, was down ~43% in 2015

Fredriksen forms ship broker with Arctic Securities

Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen has teamed up with investment bank Arctic Securities to form a ship broking company aimed at taking on bigger rivals and betting on a recovery in the global shipping market. Many segments of the shipping industry, including dry bulk commodities

Guy Harvey to be Honored by Seafarer's House

Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey – artist, conservationist and entrepreneur – has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award. The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world

Star Bulk Enters Chartering Pool

Star Bulk Courtesy Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that  it has entered into a Capesize vessel pooling agreement (“CCL”) with BOCIMAR INTERNATIONAL NV, GOLDEN OCEAN GROUP LIMITED and C TRANSPORT HOLDING LTD

Golden Ocean Plans to Raise $200 Mln in Restructuring

Photo: Golden Ocean

Billionaire investor John Fredriksen's dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean plans to raise $200 million in fresh equity as it continues to face weak markets for its vessels, the company said on Thursday.   Fredriksen's investment vehicle Hemen Holding, which owns 43

Golden Ocean Refinance to Survive Another Tough Year

Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean plans to raise $200 million in fresh equity, backed by its main owner billionaire John Fredriksen, as it continues to face weak markets for its vessels.   The share issue is a condition for refinancing total debt obligations of around $1 billion.

Star Bulk Defers More Ship Deliveries

File photo: Star Bulk

In February 2016, Star Bulk has agreed to defer the delivery of five Newcastlemax vessels from 2016 to 2017 and 2018: three vessels were deferred from Q1 2016 to Q1 and Q3 2017, and two vessels were deferred from Q1 and Q2 2016 to Q1 2018. Consequently

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