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Odfjell Divests Share in Singapore Tank Terminal

Odfjell Terminals B.V. has entered into an agreement with a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to sell its 50 percent ownership in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminal Singapore Pte Ltd for a price around $300 million. This implies an enterprise value of around $330 million for Odfjell Terminals B.V.'s share in the Singapore terminal. “This divestment is in line with our strategy to focus on the terminals where we have managerial control of the assets and to further invest in growth opportunities in our core markets, such as Houston and Rotterdam," said Frank Erkelens, CEO of Odfjell Terminals B.V. The transaction will result in a net gain for Odfjell SE of approximately $135 million (Odfjell SE's share).

Norchem Buys Odfjell SE B-shares

Photo: Odfjell

Norchem AS in Denmark, in which Laurence Odfjell, Chairman of the Board in Odfjell SE, has a controlling interest, has today acquired 1,121,287 Odfjell B-shares in Odfjell at NOK 18.85 per share, the company reported.   Following this transaction, Norchem AS owns 25,966,492 A-shares and 3,536,381 B-shares in Odfjell SE, equivalent to 34% of the total outstanding stock of Odfjell SE.  

Odfjell Strategic Partnership with Lindsay Goldberg

With reference to the stock exchange announcement 13 December 2010 in which Odfjell announced a process to evaluate strategic alternatives for its Rotterdam tank terminal, the Company today informs that it has entered into a letter of intent to form a strategic partnership with affiliates of US-based private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC. The selection of Lindsay Goldberg follows a careful review and discussions with various interested parties. According to the proposed transaction…

New Appointment - SVP/CFO, Odfjell SE

Odfjell has appointed Mr. Terje Iversen as new SVP/CFO for Odfjell SE. He will start in this position not later than 1 September.   Mr. Iversen is currently employed by the maritime industrial company Bergen Group ASA as CFO.   Odfjell's present CFO, Haakon Ringdal, is appointed Executive Vice President in Odfjell SE. In this role he will act as deputy for the President/CEO.   Source: Odfjell

Norchem AS Acquires Odfjell SE Shares

Norchem AS in Denmark (in which Laurence Odfjell, Chairman of the Board in Odfjell SE, has a controlling interest) has acquired 500.000 Odfjell B-shares at NOK 33 per share.  Following this transaction, Norchem AS owns 25,966,492 A-shares and 1,591,176 B-shares in Odfjell SE, equivalent to 31,76% of the total outstanding stock of Odfjell SE.

Odfjell Charters from Nat’l Chemical Carriers

Effective 1 February, Odfjell has entered into an agreement with its Saudi-Arabian partner National Chemical Carriers Ltd. Co (NCC) to bare-boat charter their three 37,000 stainless steel parcel tankers for ten years with purchase options after three years. The three ships are NCC Jubail (1996), NCC Mekka (1995) and NCC Riyad (1995). The ships will continue to be operated by Odfjell Tankers in global trades. Odfjell Ship Management will continue to be responsible for crewing and technical management, and the ships will remain in the Norwegian International Ship Register. Furthermore, Odfjell has entered into three to six years time-charters for three ships that until recently were owned by National Chemical Carriers Ltd. Co.

Sevmash Shipyard Appeals Court Ruling

On 10 December 2010, the state commercial court in Arkhangelsk decided in favour of Odfjell and approved our application concerning the recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award filed against Sevmash shipyard. Odfjell has been informed that the Ruling of the Court has been appealed by Sevmash to the relevant court of appeal (Cassation Court in St. Petersburg). No information has been received with respect to when the case will be heard by the Cassation Court. In 2004 Odfjell placed an order at Sevmash, a large shipyard near Arkhangelsk, for up to 12 chemical tankers, each of about 45,000 tons capacity. The newbuilding contracts included an arbitration clause under Swedish law. Excessive and continuing delays of construction forced Odfjell in 2008 to cancel these contracts.

Odfjell Invest Orders $645m rig from Daewoo

Odfjell Invest has decided to exercise an option to have one drilling rig built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineerng in South Korea for $645 million, Odfjell Invest said on Friday. The semi-submersible rig, the company's second, will be delivered no later than June 30, 2010, Odfjell Invest said in a statement. The company will consider financing $100 million of the cost by issuing new equity, Odfjell Invest said. Source: Reuters

Odfjell Acquires Tank Terminal in Rotterdam

On October 22, 2007 AVR Van Gansewinkel - Bedrijven, Pernis (Holding) and Odfjell Terminals (Rotterdam) B.V. (OTR), signed a contract for the sale of AVR - Maritiem, Botlek-Rt. to Odfjell. The ownership of AVR - Maritiem will be transferred to Odfjell per January 1, 2008. The new name of the company will be Odfjell Terminals Maritiem B.V. (OTM) as from same date. The parties have agreed that the sales price will be kept confidential. Located next to OTR, one of the largest tankstorage facilities in Europe, OTM will continue to operate as a separate Business Unit within the Odfjell Group and also continue operating the Harbour Receiving Unit (HOI). The close proximity will give OTR the possibility to use and operate the extra berths.

Odfjell's Tanker Overhaul Seeks to Slash Emissions by 20%

Bow Clipper is the first of Odfjell’s tankers to be upgraded (Photo: Odfjell)

Norwegian tanker shipper Odfjell announced it is upgrading the propulsion systems aboard 19 of its chemical tanker vessels in a move that aims to reduce its fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent. The upgrades, which include the retrofit of new energy efficient propeller blades and rudder-bulbs, as well as technical improvements to the ships’ main engines, turbo chargers and shaft generators, will place Odfjell’s vessels among the most energy efficient chemical tankers in the world, the shipper said.

Odfjell Sells Its Share in Oman Tank Terminal

Odfjell SE announced that Odfjell Terminals B.V. (OTBV), the joint venture holding company that owns and operates substantially all of Odfjell's tank terminals worldwide, has entered into an agreement to sell its 29.75 percent indirect ownership in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals & Co. LLC (OOT) in Oman for around $130 million. The transaction will result in a net gain of approximately $90 million for OTBV. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval. Frank Erkelens, CEO of Odfjell Terminals B.V. commented, “We appreciate the cooperation we have had with our good partners in Oman, and wish them a successful future further developing the full potential of the terminal. Odfjell Terminals B.V.

Odfjell Terminals, Rotterdam, to Step Up Tank Storage Safety

Background: Odfjell is one of the largest terminal operators in the Port of Rotterdam. Over the past years many complaints, mostly relating to safety issues, were made against the company. This resulted in several formal warnings and penalty payments from the local government. On 20 July 2012 the company was ordered to close 5 of its storage tanks due to the lack of cooling- and fire-fighting facilities. Later they had to close another 50 storage tanks due to safety concerns. OTR informs of a meeting between the authorities DCMR Milieudienst Rijnmond (Environmental Protection Agency), Inspectie SZW and the Fire Brigade with the management of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR). Laurence Odfjell, Chairman of the Board of Odfjell, was also present.

Odfjell – Sale & Leaseback of Ship

On Nov. 6, Odfjell sold MT Bow Sky with a net gain of $32m. Odfjell has been working on ways of strengthening their equity since the Norwegian retroactive tax was imposed last year. This process has been hindered by the impact of the financial crises. Despite the difficult financial markets, Odfjell announced the sale of MT Bow Sky(40,005dwt/built 2005) with an eleven year charter back. The transaction is entered into with a subsidiary of nabCapital, the institutional banking and capital markets division of National Australia Bank Limited. The ship will be delivered to its new owner in November. The ship will continue in the Odfjell Tankers Pool and will continue to be managed by Odfjell. (www.odfjell.com)

Dow Chemical Files Suit Against Shipping Companies

Dow Chemical Company and its subsidiary Union Carbide Corporation have filed lawsuits in the US against Odfjell and three other major parcel chemical tanker carriers, Stolt-Nielsen, Tokyo Marine and JO Tankers in relation to violations of antitrust laws in the US, and claimed damages as a consequence thereof. The lawsuits have not yet been served on Odfjell. On September 29, Odfjell ASA's wholly owned subsidiary Odfjell Seachem AS entered into a voluntary plea agreement with the US Department of Justice. Odfjell Seachem AS agreed to plead guilty to a single-count violation of the US Sherman Antitrust Act for allocating customers and thereby fixing prices on certain contracts of affreightment from 1998 to 2002.

Odfjell Tankers Head Steps Down

Morten Nystad (Photo: Odfjell)

Morten Nystad will step down as senior vice president of Odfjell Tankers after 35 years with the company. His departure is effective immediately. Nystad has held various management positions during his tenure at Odfjell, serving within the company’s chartering department in Bergen and other locations. Nystad’s exit follows the departure of president and CEO Jan A. Hammer in December 2014 “due to different views on the strategic direction for the company”. Hammer was replaced by interim president and CEO Tore Jakobsen, who will be succeeded by Kristian Verner Mørch from August 1, 2015.

Ringdal Appointed CEO at Odfjell SE

In accordance with his employment contract Terje Storeng (59) has elected to resign from his position as President/CEO of Odfjell SE, effective as from the Annual General Meeting on 3 May 2009. The Board of Directors has appointed Haakon Ringdal(54) as new President/CEO as from same date. Haakon Ringdal joined Odfjell in 2001 and holds the position as Chief Financial Officer of Odfjell SE.  (www.odfjell.com)

Odfjell Finalizes Transaction with Lindsay Goldberg

Odfjell announced it has closed the transaction to form the strategic partnership with Lindsay Goldberg. Through the transaction, Lindsay Goldberg has acquired a 49% interest in each of Odfjell's tank terminals in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Houston, Texas as well as in the greenfield project in Charleston, SC. Odfjell retains the remaining 51% ownership stake. Odfjell has received a total cash consideration of $247m in connection with the transaction, and the parties will invest a total of EUR 25 million of new equity to facilitate planned upgrades and capacity expansion of the Rotterdam terminal.   

Odfjell Takes 50% Of Brazilian Shipper

Norwegian chemical tanker operator Odfjell last week acquired a 50 percent stake in Brazilian shipping company Flumar. Odfjell said the purchase would mean an investment of $10 million and would result in a strengthening of both companies' positions in the region. "Brazil has a considerable growth potential in production and handling of chemicals," Odfjell said. Flumar operates three chemical tankers and vessels for liquefied petroleum gases and sails mainly along the Brazilian coast. Odfjell operates more than 60 vessels in a global network.

Odfjell Takes 50% Of Brazilian Shipper

Norwegian chemical tanker operator Odfjell last week acquired a 50 percent stake in Brazilian shipping company Flumar. Odfjell said the purchase would mean an investment of $10 million and would result in a strengthening of both companies' positions in the region. Flumar operates three chemical tankers and vessels for liquefied petroleum gases and sails mainly along the Brazilian coast. Odfjell operates more than 60 vessels in a global network.

Wärtsilä Signs Seafarer Training Contract with Odfjell

The Norwegian shipping company Odfjell ASA has extended its existing crew training contract with Wärtsilä by five years. Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy (WLSA) will provide competence training for Odfjell's personnel at its training centre in Subic Bay, the Philippines, to ensure continuous improvement of their seafaring skills. WLSA, together with Odfjell, will build suitable training programmes for the crews working on Odfjell's vessels. For this training programme, WLSA is also investing in simulators for training in ship and cargo handling at the Subic Bay training centre. In May 2004 Wärtsilä signed a coperation agreement with AB Utbildning Sydväst (Sydväst Maritime)…

Odfjell Expands in Brazil

In 1999 Odfjell entered into a 50% ownership in Flumar Transportes de Quimicos e Gases Ltda (Flumar) in Brazil. Flumar, headquartered in Sao Paulo, is a 50/50 joint-venture between Odfjell SE and Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skibsrederi (KGJS), both in Bergen, Norway. KGJS and Odfjell have entered into an agreement whereby Odfjell acquires 100% of Flumar. The transaction comprises contracts and ownership of four ships, which are transporting chemicals primarily along the Brazilian coast, where local flag is a requirement. The agreed total price for the four ships on a 100% basis is about USD 50 million. Odfjell's shipping activities in Brazil have increased substantially over the last years…

Odfjell Terminals Appoints President for Global Activities

David Ellis

Odfjell Terminals, a leading global storage provider for chemicals, petroleum products and gases, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Ellis as President, effective immediately. Mr. Ellis will be responsible for the leadership of Odfjell Terminals' global activities. Mr. Ellis has been with Odfjell SE since 1996 and Odfjell Terminals since 2005, most recently serving as the executive in charge of North American activities. Odfjell Terminals is a joint venture between Odfjell SE and Lindsay Goldberg.

Odfjell Returns to Profit

Photo: Odfjell SE

Odfjell SE today reported preliminary full year and Q4 2016 results, showing improvement in financial performance in 2016 in spite of challenging markets. Efficiency programs continue to increase competitiveness, and the balance sheet is substantially strengthened. For the full year, Odfjell reports net results of USD 100 million, compared with net results of USD -36 million in 2015, and improved full year EBITDA to USD 238 million, from USD 190 million in 2015. The Q4 results show stable underlying operational performance…

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