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GOGL Acquires New Vessel

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Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has  taken delivery of the second vessel, Sea Monterrey (to be renamed Golden Monterrey). On October 16, 2017 GOGL announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two modern Capesize vessels from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited, a company indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family (Hemen), the Company's largest shareholder, at a purchase price of USD 43.0 million per vessel. The first vessel, Golden Behike, was delivered in November 2017.

Frontline Reaches Agreement With Golden Ocean Creditors

Frontline has reportedly secured backing from major creditors of U.S. tanker group Golden Ocean for a takeover plan. Frontline has reached an agreement with creditors holding $101.1 million of Golden Ocean's 10 percent senior notes due 2001, it said in a statement to the Oslo bourse. The entire issue of Golden Ocean Bonds totaled $291 million. Accordingly, with this agreement, Frontline has the support of more than $210 million of the Golden Ocean Bonds. It said that Golden Ocean bond holders had agreed to vote for its plan for reorganization in the Golden Ocean bankruptcy case. In return, Frontline agreed to pay Golden Ocean's unsecured creditors Frontline common shares with a value of up to 20 percent of each allowed claim or cash in the amount of 17 percent of each allowed claim.

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. Frontline has committed to pay up to $33 million in cash, or to issue up to 4.1 million shares and 1.9 million warrants in Frontline valued to $48 million to take over all unsecured debt and all upstream guarantees.

Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

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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, the Norwegian shipping magnate and owner of Golden Ocean, to keep the name of the struggling Golden Ocean Group on the market.

Another Dry Bulk Ship Delivered to Golden Ocean

Golden Ocean Group Limited has taken delivery of dry bulk vessel Q Kennedy, to be renamed Golden Kennedy.    The vessel is the third of 16 dry bulk vessels recently acquired by Golden Ocean in an all-share transaction where the company will issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares.   Golden Ocean has issued 1.7 million consideration shares to Quintana Shipping Ltd. and associated companies in exchange for Q Kennedy.   Following this transaction, Golden Ocean’s issued share capital is $5,893,649.60 divided into 117,872,992 issued shares, each with a nominal value of $0.05.  

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.

GOGL Acquires Four Capesize Newbuilding Contracts

Golden Ocean Group Limited has acquired four newbuilding contracts at Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., South Korea. The vessels of 170,000 dwt will be delivered between May 2008 and January 2009. The agreed purchase price is USD 72,25 million per unit. Given the positive outlook for global steel production and the age profile of the existing cape size fleet, the management has a bullish market view for this sector going forward. The Board of Golden Ocean finds the combination of price and time of delivery attractive, and a right step forward in its growth strategy. The Company has been granted the option for additional four vessels which can be delivered between April 2009 and January 2010.

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. The sales proceeds will be used to pay down debt on the asset and the balance, $18.5m, to acquire a number of restricted common shares in Knightsbridge. Golden Ocean will receive shares at the same price as contemplated in the public offering of shares in Knightsbridge. The investment in Knightsbridge is of long term nature.

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. 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 average per vessel.

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. Knightsbridge said the outlook for the sector in 2015 was looking weak…

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, of which 36 are newbuildings under construction.

GOGL Takes Two More Vessels from Quintana

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Golden Ocean Group (GOGL)  said it has taken delivery of additional two vessels, Q Myrtalia and Q Shea, from Quintana Shipping  in exchange for 1.95 million consideration shares. The Company is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of the first two vessels, Q Sue and Q Kaki (to be renamed Golden Sue and Golden Kaki). Golden Ocean has issued 1.6 million consideration shares to Quintana Shipping Ltd. and associated companies in exchange for the two vessels. Following this transaction…

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.

GOGL Sells 6 Vessels

Photo: Golden Ocean Group Ltd

Golden Ocean Group has  announced that it has entered into agreements to sell six Ultramax vessels built at Chengxi between 2015 and 2017 en bloc for USD 142.5 million to an unrelated third party. The net cash proceeds from the sale after the repayment of $39.2 million of associated debt will be slightly in excess of $100 million. All vessels are expected to be delivered to their new owner during the fourth quarter of 2017. Separately, the Company has agreed to take early delivery of the Golden Nimbus, a Capesize vessel under construction at New Times Shipbuilding.

VLCCF - 4Q & FY 2014 Results

Photo by Knightsbridge Shipping Limited

Knightsbridge Shipping Limited ( VLCCF ) reports net income of $5.2 million and earnings per share of $0.06 for the fourth quarter compared with a net loss of $6.2 million and a loss per share of $0.11 for the preceding quarter. Net income in the fourth quarter includes $6.4 million in respect of cash received in the fourth quarter as final settlement for a claim for damages and unpaid charter hire. The net loss in the third quarter includes dry docking costs of $2.0 million in connection with the Belgravia and the Golden Future.

Golden Ocen Group Secures Timecharter

Golden Ocean Group secured a time charter contract for its Capesize vessel Channel Navigator. The 172,000 dwt vessel was fixed out on a five-year contract beginning by the end of April 2009. The daily charter rate is $53,500 less 3.75% commission. Golden Ocean Group on Monday also announced a ten year time charter contract for a Capsize tanker currently under construction at the Zhoushan Jinhaiwan Shipyard in China.

Golden Ocean CEO: Dry Bulk Shipping Market May Rebound

Herman Billung (Photo courtesy of Golden Ocean)

Dry bulk shipping charter rates remain well below break even levels, pushing vessel scrapping to record highs, though some market improvement is expected in the second quarter, Herman Billung, the CEO of shipping firm Golden Ocean said. Dayrates have plunged as China's slowdown reduced its iron ore imports while the market is flooded with brand new vessels entering the market, sending the Baltic Dry index to an all-time-low of around 500 points in February from around 1,600 points a year ago.

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.

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 43.1 percent of Golden Ocean, will invest an amount that is at least equal to its current stake, and other leading shareholders plan to do the same, Golden Ocean added. In return, the company's banks have agreed to defer loan repayments of $165 million until September 2018.

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. Vartdal, who has held the position as Chief Financial Officer since June 2010, will replace Herman Billung, who has been the company's CEO since 2005. Vartdal holds a MSc (Siv.Ing.) in Physics and Mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a MSc in Financial Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University…

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, the management has a positive market view for this sector going forward. The Board of Golden Ocean finds the combination of price and time of delivery attractive, and an additional step in its ambitious growth strategy.

Stena Bulk To Invest In VLCCs

Sweden's Stena Bulk will reportedly invest in and manage two new VLCC tankers being built in Japan for Golden Ocean Group, and has an option on a third vessel. Stena Bulk expects to take delivery of the first two vessels in the beginning of November. The company will take a financial stake in the 300,000-dwt ships over an initial five-year period, equivalent to 30 percent stakes in the ships after five years. The deal originated from an approach by Golden Ocean's bankers to take part in the financial restructuring after the company had initially said it would charter the ships to Stena. The option on the third vessel will be decided in the next few weeks. It is possible further deals could be done with Golden Ocean, Stena Bull officials said.

Golden Ocean Acquires 16 Dry Bulk Ships

Golden Ocean Group Limited said it has entered into agreements to acquire 16 dry bulk vessels,14 of which will be acquired from subsidiaries of Quintana Shipping Ltd., and two ice class Panamax vessels will be acquired from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding Ltd., the company's largest shareholder.   The 16 vessels will be acquired in an all-share transaction where Golden Ocean will issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares and assume debt of $285.2 million.

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