Golden Ocean News

22 May 2019

Dry Bulk Fleet Utilization Falls 3.7% in Q1

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Global dry bulk fleet utilization (calculated as total demand in tonne miles transported divided by total available fleet capacity) dropped by 3.7% in the first quarter of 2019, reflecting the trend observed in the rate environment, said Golden Ocean Group (GOGL),  Bermuda registered, Norway based dry bulk shipping company.According to Maritime Analytics, global fleet utilization was 82.1% in the first quarter of 2019, down from 85.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 85.1% in the first quarter of 2018.According to the same source…

11 Apr 2019

GOGL Buys Stake in Singapore Marine

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Norway-based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has acquired a 15% ownership interest in Singapore Marine, a dry bulk freight operator sponsored by Peter Weernink, the former Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Marine SA.Singapore Marine, which has offices in Singapore, Geneva and Verbier, will initially focus on the Post Panamax to Capesize vessel segments and seek to generate returns in all market conditions by employing an asset-light business model.Thomas Semino…

20 Feb 2019

Dry Bulk Market Looks Dull

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Global dry bulk fleet utilization (calculated as total demand in tonne miles transported divided by total available fleet capacity) dropped by 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2018, reflecting the trend observed in the rate environment.According to Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group, freight rates in the fourth quarter of 2018 disappointed compared to expectations, in particular for the Capesize vessels, which declined from the previous quarter.The Panamax and Supramax markets were relatively unchanged from the previous quarter…

19 Feb 2019

Dry Bulk Market Outlook Darkens After Vale Casualty

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The prospects of dry bulk shippers carrying iron ore from mines to smelters have worsened due to the accident at Vale's Brumadinho dam in Brazil, Golden Ocean said on Tuesday as it presented forecast-beating quarterly earnings.The dam in the town of Brumadinho, which contained tailings, the mud-like byproducts of iron ore mining, burst on Jan. 25, killing at least 166 people and with almost 200 more still missing.Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron ore mining company, has…

21 Sep 2018

Golden Ocean Group Appoint Two New Board Members

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Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited IGOGL) has announced that Ulrika Laurin and James O'Shaughnessy have been elected as new board members.Ulrika Laurin has been the Executive Chairman of ship-owning company Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Co. Ltd. and the Chairman of Laurin Shipping AB, an international ship-management company.She has served as the CFO of Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Co. Ltd. and as Commercial Manager of Laurin Maritime (UK) Ltd. Prior to that, she worked with fund manager Tufton Oceanic Ltd. and with management consultant Karlöf & Partners.

19 Aug 2018

Golden Ocean Group Reports Profit in Q2

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Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) reported a net income of $9.0 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to net loss of $12.0 million for the second quarter of 2017.The Norway based dry bulk shipping company has entered into a $120 million loan facility to refinance 10 vessels on favorable terms. It delivered the Golden Eminence, a Panamax vessel, to her new owner in early August 2018.The company has also signed contracts to install exhaust gas scrubbers on 16 Capesize vessels and options for 9 additional installations.Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal…

20 Feb 2018

Golden Ocean Boosts Dividend as Q4 Financials Beat Street

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Dry bulk shipper Golden Ocean proposed a bigger than expected dividend for the fourth quarter on the back of forecast-beating results on Tuesday, and reiterated the market was getting better. The company, controlled by Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen, returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to improving market conditions and demand for renting ships. On Tuesday, Golden Ocean said it would pay a dividend of $0.10 per share against expectations for $0.02 in a Reuters poll of analysts.

15 Feb 2018

Hedge Funds Hook Shipping Stocks Grappling for Recovery

Emerging recovery for segments of global shipping industry; Nordic American Tanker and Dryships Inc among popular stocks. Shipping stocks may still be in the doldrums in the view of many investors, but hedge funds have bet at least $675 million on signs of renewed buoyancy in the industry. Hedge funds made initial forays into shipping stocks in the third quarter of 2017, but significantly stepped up their bets in the final three months of the year, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings compiled by Symmetric show. "Shipping has been in a terrible trough for a number of years," Chris Walvoord, global head of hedge fund research at investment consultant Aon Hewitt, said. "Hedge funds are starting to see opportunity ...

18 Jan 2018

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.

26 Nov 2017

Fredriksen Raises Stake in Debt Collector Axactor

Shipping and seafood billionaire John Fredriksen consolidated his position as the top shareholder in debt collector Axactor by buying more stock in the firm on Thursday, lifting the firm's share price. Through his family firm Geveran Trading, Fredriksen acquired 22.9 million shares in Axactor at a price of 2.65 crowns per share. Following the deal, Geveran will own 11.47 percent of the stock and remain the company's top shareholder, up from 9.96 percent. Fredriksen's business empire range from transporting oil with Frontline, dry bulk with Golden Ocean to salmon farming with Marine Harvest, among other interests. Shares in Axactor jumped on the news as much as much as six percent before retreating somewhat and closed up 2.6 percent at 2.75 crowns on the Oslo bourse.

20 Nov 2017

Golden Ocean Adds New Vessels

Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) announced that it has entered a deal to acquire two Capesize bulk carriers from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited at a purchase price of $43 million per vessel.   Hemen Holding is indirectly controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family (Hemen), the company's largest shareholder.   GOGL has already taken delivery of one of the vessels, the 2016-built Sea Behike, to be renamed Golden Behike.   Golden Ocean has issued 2,000,000 shares to Hemen as part of the purchase price for the vessel. Following this transaction, the company's issued share capital is $7,106,884.85 divided into 142,137,697 issued shares, each with a nominal value of $0.05.

25 Sep 2017

GOGL Sells 6 Vessels

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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.

20 Jul 2017

Golden Ocean Adds Golden Keen

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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. and associated companies in exchange for the vessel. In a stock exchange filing the reference is made to the stock exchange notice dated March 14, 2017 where  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 17.8 million consideration shares.

17 Jul 2017

GOGL Adds Dry Bulk Vessel

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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 17.8 million consideration shares," said a stock exchange filing of the company. The Company is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of one vessel, Q Deb (to be renamed Golden Deb), it added. Golden Ocean has issued 1,300,000 consideration shares to Quintana Shipping Ltd. and associated companies in exchange for the vessel.

24 May 2017

Vartdal Wins WISTA LeaderShip Award

Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal (Photo: WISTA)

Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, CEO of Golden Ocean, has been awarded the WISTA LeaderShip Award 2017 by WISTA Norway as recognition of her contribution to the maritime industry, her competency and leadership skills within the traditionally male dominated role of CEO. The award will be presented at Nor-Shipping’s Waves of Change Conference on May 30. “Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal has lived up to WISTA’s core values, and contributed to the development of the maritime industry through her capacity as CEO in an extremely challenging market.

22 May 2017

GOGL Adds Dry Bulk Vessel

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Norway-based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has taken delivery of a dry bulk which it bought in March 2017. On 14 March 2017, 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 17.8 million consideration shares. "The Company is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of additional one vessel, Q Gayle (to be renamed Golden Gayle)," said a statement from the company. Golden Ocean has issued 1.8 million consideration shares to Quintana Shipping Ltd.

16 May 2017

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…

03 May 2017

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.

14 Mar 2017

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.

28 Feb 2017

Golden Ocean CEO Takes Comfort in Dry Bulk Order Book at 15-year Low

** CEO: I think the most important factor (for an improved market) is a limit of new orders.

22 Nov 2016

GOGL Sinks into Loss

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* Reports a net loss of $26.7 million and a loss per share of $0.25 for the third quarter of 2016, an improvement of $12.5 million compared with a net loss of $39.2 million and a loss per share of $0.37 for the second quarter of 2016. * Took delivery of one Ultramax newbuilding, the Golden Leo, and paid a final installment of $15.7 million on delivery. * Acquired the Golden Lyderhorn following the vessel owner's exercise of its option to sell the vessel to the company, and subsequently sold the vessel to an unrelated third party. * Completed a one-for-five reverse share split in August 2016.

25 Apr 2016

Golden Ocean Names New CEO and CFO

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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…

01 Mar 2016

Star Bulk Defers More Ship Deliveries

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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, $188 million of CAPEX originally due in 2016 has been deferred to 2017 and 2018. During the last 12 months, the company has pushed back the delivery of 16 vessels for 124 months in aggregate, or eight months per vessel. Star Bulk has also agreed to terminate two shipbuilding contracts, reducing the newbuilding program by four vessels in total.

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