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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


The Emirati Crew Leads Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had the Volvo Ocean Race trophy within their grasp as the seven boats entered the final lap on Saturday heading for Gothenburg after a one-day ‘pit-stop’ in The Hague, reports the Khaleej Times.   The Emirati crew, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, has an eight-point lead in the nine-month offshore sailing marathon and would need to finish last in the leg and accrue two penalty points to lose that advantage.  


HMAS Arunta Returns Home

HMAS Aruntas crew lines the deck in Procedure Alpha as the ship returns to her home port of Fleet Base West, Rockingham after completing a nine-month deployment to Operation MANITOU. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Arunta has sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia, after completing the longest Middle Eastern deployment of an Australian Navy vessel since the first Gulf War.   Senator for Western Australia, Linda Reynolds; Commander Australian Fleet


Svitzer Bags FSRU Support Contract in Bangladesh

 Svitzer Bags FSRU Support Contract in Bangladesh   Svitzer will provide marine support services for the Excelerate Energy FSRU at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.   Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited awarded Svitzer the 15-year contract


Golden Ocean Adds Golden Keen

Photo: Golden Ocean Group

 Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has announce that it has taken delivery of the last vessel, Q Keen (to be renamed Golden Keen), hence all 16 vessels are now delivered.    Golden Ocean has issued 1,050,000 consideration shares to Quintana Shipping Ltd


SolstadFarstad Wins Australian Contract

Image: Left - Far Senator, Right - Far Statesman. Photo: SolstadFarstad ASA

 Norway’s offshore vessel provider SolstadFarstad has secured a contract with Australian energy company Cooper Energy to support drilling operations within the Bass Strait region of Australia.   The contract consists of the  two anchor handling tug and supply vessels - Far


Lundin Extends Contract for Ocean Rig

Image: Ocean Rig

 Ocean Rig UDW, contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Lundin Norway AS, has declared their third option to extend the existing contract of the Leiv Eiriksson.    In addition, Ocean Rig has granted Lundin 2 additional options to drill further wells


GOGL Adds Dry Bulk Vessel

Golden Shui. File Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

 Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) says that it has taken delivery of one dry bulk vessel, Q Deb.   "GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire 16 modern dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction where the Company will issue in aggregate 17


Inmarsat Provides Pacific Northwest, Bering Sea Coverage for Dunlap

Photo: Dunlap Towing

 Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat said it has partnered with satellite communications provider Network Innovations and maritime transportation provider Dunlap Towing to install Fleet One across its fleet of 12 vessels.   


Jeremy Nixon is CEO of ONE Ocean Network

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 The management of the new company,  Ocean Network Express Holdings (ONE) -  the joint venture between three Japanese shipowning societies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Linens), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) was unveiled.  


OOCL is 'The Perfect Bride' -Drewry

Photo: OOCL

Orient Overseas International (OOIL) and its container unit OOCL have a good track record for above-average profits in a challenging market and a reputation for being a very well-run company, earning the moniker “The Perfect Bride” by Drewry Maritime Financial Research.   


COSCO to Buy OOCL for USD 6.3 bln

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

 Chinese Shipping Major Cosco Group has agreed in principle to buy its shipping rival and  Hong Kong’s No. 1 box mover, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), in deal that could be valued around USD 6.3 billion.  The takeover will catapult Cosco the world’s


Ocean Conservancy Calls for Clean Arctic

Photo: Ocean Conservancy

 The following statement was issued by Sarah Bobbe, Arctic Program Specialist at Ocean Conservancy, at the conclusion today of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting where member states supported a proposal to identify mitigation


Maritime Drives Ireland's Blue Economy

Photo:  Irish Maritime Development Office

 Ireland’s marine economy is outperforming Ireland’s general economy according to the latest Ocean Economy Report by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) of NUI Galway, with shipping and maritime transport playing a key role in driving growth.  


USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Maiden Voyage

Photo: United States Navy

 The newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) arrived in San Diego July 5, after successfully completing her maiden voyage from Mobile, Alabama.   Following construction and acceptance trials earlier this year at the Austal USA shipyard in


Ocean Group Takes Delivery of First Damen Tug

Stan Tug 2608 (Photo: Damen)

Italian maritime service provider Ocean S.r.l. has welcomed its first Damen tug – a Stan Tug 2608 – into its fleet. The company, part of the Ocean-Team Group, will deploy the vessel in harbor towage operations in the ports of Monfalcone and Porto Nogaro in the northern reaches of the


Dryships Time Charter Contract for Newcastlemax Vessels

Image: DryShips Inc

 DryShips Inc., a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that it has entered into a time charter with a major coal and steel trader for its fourth and last of its 206,000 dwt Newcastlemax drybulk vessels.   The contract has a duration of about one year






 
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