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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. 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. Our 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 will have a purchase option after year 10, and if such option is not exercised, Ship Finance will have the option to extend the charters by three years.


Ship Finance Posts Third Quarter Results

Ship Finance International Limited announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, reporting preliminary 3Q 2013 results and quarterly dividend of $0.39 per share Hamilton. Highlights Declares third quarter dividend of $0.39 per share Refinanced $390 million bank debt related to an ultra-deepwater drilling rig Disposal of two older VLCCs Selected key financial data: Three Months Ended:


Drewry Report Examines Investment in Ships

Drewry research highlights a buoyant industry but aims to prevent over-optimism by pointing to previous shipping cycles “Investment in Ships” examines the crucial factors and shipping sectors but advises caution to maintain current growth rates Drewry Shipping Consultants announced that its latest report, “Investment in Ships” is now available to purchase. This independent assessment of all the shipping markets identified that most of the world’s leading shipbuilders are in possession of


Key Maritime Insights Offered at Shanghai Forum

The International Shipping Strategic Development Forum met in Shanghai for wide-ranging discusion on the shipping industry. With high profile support from the Lord Mayor of London David Wooton who opened the forum, the event was attended by 450 and brought together some of the UK’s leading maritime professionals and China’s shipowners and charterers. Key presentations from the forum included: Economic outlook: Standard Chartered China Chief Economist Shen Lan gave a modest


SFL Buys Two Car Carriers, Charters Them Out

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) acquire two car carriers & both have been chartered out. The Japan-built vessels have a capacity of approximately 6,500 car equivalent units (CEU) and were built in 2005 and 2006, respectively. The vessels will be time chartered to an investment grade logistics company, publicly listed in Asia. The charter period will be five years, adding approximately $85 million to our charter backlog


Lloyds to Sell $500m in Shipping Loans

Lloyds Banking Group has reached an agreement to sell $500 million of shipping loans from its remaining ship finance portfolio, finance and banking sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Bank of America and U.S. hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management were expected to buy the loans, one of the sources said. Lloyds, Bank of America and Davidson Kempner all declined to comment. (Reporting by Jonathan Saul and Matt Scuffham; Editing by Pravin


Frontline Ltd. Develops Heavy Lift Activity

In line with the strategy decided by the Board, Frontline Ltd. is currently in the process of establishing a separate entity to develop the company's heavy lift activity. Such a company will include up to six single hull Suezmax vessels. Five of these vessels are on long term leases from Ship Finance International Limited, and a deal is subject to reaching a mutually acceptable solution with Ship Finance International Limited for a purchase of these vessels


Background to Shipping Initiative Seminar Scheduled

Just three years after its introduction, the five-day Background to Shipping seminar from leading training provider Lloyd’s Maritime Academy is now established as a major foundation course for both experienced practitioners and industry newcomers. Enrolment is under way for the ninth seminar in the series, which takes place in central London from December 3-7 and, like its predecessors, is attracting staff from some of the world’s best-known shipowners, ship managers


Independent Online Shipping Exchange Launched

Shipping finance specialist Tufton Oceanic is reportedly launching an independent web-based shipping chartering exchange with a group of e-commerce and investment companies. The exchange, to be called ShipDesk, aims to become the definitive independent chartering exchange, benefiting all market participants, a spokesperson said. ShipDesk, which will go live later this year, has been developed in conjunction with U.S


Cyprus Financial Crisis: Effect on Shipping Interests

Cypriot Transport Minister, Tasos Mitsopoulos, states the nation's shipping registry will not be affected by turmoil in banking sector. The Minister downplayed the impact of Cyprus's banking crisis on the local shipping industry, pointing out that none of the island's banks are active in ship financing, reports Tax-News. Despite Mitsopoulos's assurances, many shipping companies' bank deposits in Cyprus are expected to be heavily impacted by the banking sector developments


Golden Ocean Reshuffles Fleet, Delays Newbuilds

Courtesy of Golden Ocean Group Limited

  Golden Ocean Group Limited has entered into several agreements concerning its fleet. Golden Ocean has agreed with Ship Finance International Ltd ("Ship Finance") a sale leaseback transaction of eight Capesize vessels currently owned by Golden Ocean.


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


Diana Shipping Signs Loan Facility with Danish Ship Finance

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$30 million, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, under a term loan facility it signed with Danish Ship Finance A/S


Hellenic Ship Finances Look Up

Photo Credit: Iolcos Hellenic Maritime Enterprises

The overall Greek loans of Hellenic maritime companies and ship owners (drawn and committed but undrawn) rose to $64.019 billion by the end of 2014, 4.1% higher than the $61.498 billion of 2013. Petrofin Research in its latest annual research says that drawn loans are up by 2


Liberia is the Flag of Choice for Greek Operators

Scott Bergeron

Liberia has become the flag of choice for Greek ship owners and operators, securing the leading position for the first time in more than forty years since the early seventies. Figures produced by the Greek publication Shipping & Finance


Ship Finance Sells Drillship to Seadrill

Ship Finance International Limited announced that Seadrill Limited has exercised a purchase option for an ultra-deepwater drilling unit.   Ship Finance acquired the West Polaris in 2008 and chartered it to a subsidiary of Seadrill on a long-term bareboat charter where Seadrill was granted


Nordbank Eyes Bad Shipping Debt Deals

Image:  HSH Nordbank AG website

The world’s largest financier of ships HSH Nordbank AG wants to move forward in 2015 with the removal of bad shipping loans that racked up during a seven-year glut in the global container fleet, reports Bloomberg.   The bank plans several transactions in which external shipping


Bank of China Signs $14b Deal With China Shipping

Bank of China Tower - Image: Bank of China

Bank of China and China Shipping Group (CSG ) signed a global strategic cooperation agreement worth $14 billion (RMB90bln) in Beijing yesterday to develop cooperation opportunities worldwide, especially in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ). 


Bulk Carrier Delivered to Uni-Asia Holdings

Uni-Asia Holdings Limited announced an update on the progress of the vessel acquisition project of Regina Bulkship S.A., a 51% owned subsidiary under Uni-Asia Shipping Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.   Regina Bulkship S.A


NewLead Holdings Company Update

  NewLead Holdings Ltd. has succeeded in growing the fleet of the Company from two to ten vessels in less than one year following its growth strategy and delivering on its commitments. NewLead's fleet has been entirely transformed to include younger, flexible in size


Shanghai’s Pudong Shipping Hub is Bullish

Pudong New Area Night View by Pudong New Area Government

 Shanghai’s Pudong New Area has made progress in building an international shipping center last year and the opening-up reforms in the city’s free trade zone (FTZ) have lured another six global ship management firms to dock there, reports Shanghai Daily. 


Greek Banks Mull Cutting Shipping Portfolios

Greece's leading banks are considering offloading part of their portfolios of shipping debt worth billions of dollars in a bid to shore up their capital, according to banking and ship financing sources. Greece has secured an extension to its bailout from its European partners


Shipping Goes to Asia: HSH Nordbank

Logo Image by HSH Nordbank Shipping Division

 Given that the Asian shipping industry is in a substantially better position than many other market participants, thanks to strong intra-Asia cargo traffic, the European shipping sector hopes that Asian investors will "come to their rescue," says HSH Nordbank’s recent survey


Shipping Confidence Hits 2.5 Year Low

Richard Greiner, Moore Stephens Partner, Shipping Industry Group (photo courtesy of Moore Stephens)

  Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell to their lowest level for two-and-a-half years in February 2015, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  


Navios Buys 14 Distressed Ships from HSH Nordbank

Image: Navios Maritime Partners

 Navios Group has agreed to acquire another 14 vessels from HSH Nordbank in the second major distressed fleet deal between the two parties in the past two years.   HSH Nordbank and the Navios Group have signed a binding letter of intent for the acquisition of 14 ships at serious risk






 
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