Mapping the Maritime Software Landscape in 2020
Another year has passed since our last mapping of the maritime software landscape, and it is once again time to review the latest developments and trends in this space.Overall, 2019 was another turbulent year for most shipping markets, overshadowed by preparations for the IMO 2020 sulfur regulations, rising geopolitical tensions, the trade war between the USA and China, as well as natural disasters disrupting global supply chains. This article provides insight into the changes seen in the maritime software landscape under these turbulent conditions: On a high-level…
GOGL Profits Up in Q3
The Bermuda registered, Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) announced a net income of $36.7 million and earnings per share of $0.26 for the third quarter of 2019 compared with net loss of $33.1 million and loss per share of $0.23 for the second quarter of 2019.EBITDA stood at $81.1 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared with $21.5 million for the second quarter of 2019.Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS…
BW Offshore Completes Bond Issue
BW Offshore, a provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry, has successfully completed a NOK 900 million senior unsecured bond issue with a coupon of three months NIBOR + 4.50% and maturity in December 2023.The Oslo Stock Exchange-listed company said that the settlement of the new bond issue is scheduled for 4 December 2019.The existing NOK bonds have either been repurchased as part of the offering or will be called with settlement mid-January 2020.In combination with the USD 297.4 million convertible bond issue announced on 5 November 2019…
Borr Drilling Launches US IPO
Offshore drilling contractor Borr Drilling has launched the initial public offering (IPO) in the United States of 5 million of its common shares on July 29.The drilling company that operates 27 rigs said that the offering of common shares on the New York Stock Exchange is at prices it expects to be ‘substantially similar’ to its share price on the Oslo Bors.The IPO price will be determined based on the book-building process and the closing price of its shares on the Oslo Børs on the pricing date of the offering.
Ocean Yield Adds Another VLCC Newbuild
Norway-based shipping company Ocean Yield has taken delivery of Nissos Antiparos, a VLCC newbuild delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea, the fourth and final VLCC that has been delivered to the company in 2019.The VLCC commenced a 15 years' bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp with a 5 years' sub-charter to Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd.Okeanis Eco Tankers was established in 2018 by the Alafouzos family to take over its fleet of modern tanker vessels and tanker newbuildings.With seven tankers built 2015 to 2018 and eight VLCCs for delivery in 2019…
Ocean Yield Takes Delivery of New VLCC
Norway-based ship owning company Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of the very large crude carriers (VLCC) Nissos Despotiko.The vessel was delivered from the yard Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and is the second in a series of four VLCCs that will be delivered to the Company in 2019.Upon delivery, the vessel commenced a 15 years' bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp (Okeanis Eco Tankers) with a 5 years' sub-charter to Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd.Okeanis Eco Tankers…
DNO Completes $400mln Bond Placement
The Norwegian oil and gas operator focused on the Middle East and the North Sea, DNO ASA said it has completed the private placement of USD 400 million of new, five-year senior unsecured bonds with a coupon rate of 8.375 percent.The bond placement received strong investor demand across international markets and was oversubscribed, said a press release from Norway's oldest oil company. The bond issue is expected to be settled on or about 29 May 2019, subject to customary conditions precedent.An application will be made for the bonds to be listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Klaveness Combination Carriers to List in Oslo
Norway's Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has raised 350 million Norwegian crowns in a private share placement, valuing the shipping firm at 2.27 billion crowns ($259.57 million) ahead of an Oslo stock market listing on May 22.Following the successful private placement, KCC has declared two options for the construction of the seventh and eight CLEANBU combination carrier with Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in China.The two newbuilds are scheduled for delivery in January and February 2021. Following the declaration, the KCC fleet will grow to 17 vessels within 1st quarter of 2021.
Interview: Dan Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten
Building on its 125-year heritage, Norwegian shipowner Hurtigruten has become a leader in exploration travel offering voyages to more than 200 unique destinations in more than 30 countries ranging across the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic and including cruises in Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland, Western Europe, and the Americas. In an interview with Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, Dan Skjeldam, the company’s CEO, emphasizes the need for the cruise industry…
Ocean Yield Takes Delivery of New Ship
Norway-based ship owning company Ocean Yield ASA announced that it has taken delivery of the very large crude carrier (VLCC) "Nissos Rhenia".The tanker was delivered from the yard Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and is the first in a series of four VLCCs that will be delivered to the company in 2019.Upon delivery, the vessel commenced a 15 years' bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp with a 5 years' sub-charter to Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd.Okeanis Eco Tankers was…
Ocean Yield Adds Fifth Crude Tanker
Norwegean shipping company Ocean Yield has taken delivery of the modern suezmax crude tanker “Milos” yesterday (February 07).The vessel was built in 2016 by Sungdong Shipbuilding in Korea and is a sister vessel to “Poliegos”, another Suezmax vessel owned by Ocean Yield, the ship owning company with investments in vessels on long-term charters.The vessel commenced a 13 years’ bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp (“Okeanis Eco Tankers”) upon delivery.Okeanis Eco Tankers…
Ocean Yield Buys a Suezmax Tanker
Norwegean ship owning company Ocean Yield ASA has announced that the Company has agreed to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 million with 13-year bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp.The purchase price includes a seller's credit of USD 7.0 million, giving a net purchase price of USD 49.0 million, said the owner of vessels within oil-service and industrial shipping areas in Norway.The vessel, "Milos", was built in 2016 by Sungdong Shipbuilding in Korea and is a sister vessel to "Poliegos", another Suezmax vessel owned by Ocean Yield.
Höegh LNG Takes Delivery of Ninth FSRU
Bermuda-based floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Höegh LNG Holdings took delivery of Höegh Gannet, its ninth floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).Höegh Gannet has regasification capacity of 1 Bcf per day and storage capacity of 170 000 cbm of LNG, combined making it the largest FSRU built by capacity, said a release from the company.The unit has been constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and is equipped with a reinforced GTT Mark III membrane…
Tidewater Chooses UniSea
UniSea AS, a software developer and consultancy specializing in solutions for the shipping industry, has been selected by Tidewater Inc. as its partner in the digitalizing and standardizing of Tidewater’s business processes related to health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) and operations. The UniSea software suite will be implemented on all Tidewater vessels and in all offices in one of the largest contract’s in UniSea’s 21-year history.Tidewater Inc., headquartered in Houston…
Diana Shipping Issues USD100mln Bond
Diana Shipping announced the pricing of a US$100 million private placement of senior unsecured bonds maturing in September 2023 and callable beginning three years after issuance.In addition, the global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels may issue up to an additional US$25 million of the bonds on one or more occasions.The bond offering was priced with a U.S. dollar fixed-rate coupon of 9.50%. Interest will be payable semi-annually in arrears in March and September of each year.
Offshore Optimism is Cautiously on the Rise
Following the path of oil prices, consolidation also follows myriad financial crises. What happens next isn’t altogether clear, but the long, deep trough for offshore energy may finally be in our choppy wake.In mid 2017, financial turnaround and financial repairs specialist Alix Partners made a bold statement regarding the beleaguered Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) marketplace. In a July 2017 report, following an analysis of 44 participants in the business, the restructuring team wrote: “The industry faces grave financial pressure…
Bergen Group Merges with Endúr Fabricom
A merger agreement between Bergen Group ASA and oil service company Endúr Fabricom will create an industrial group based in western Norway with close to 400 employees and an order book exceeding NOK 1 billion. The combined company will have considerable presence in both the oil and gas markets, in maritime service and towards the aquaculture industry.Hans Petter Eikeland, Chairman of the Board at Bergen Group ASA, states that the merger agreement has full support from the company's main shareholders…
Equinor Extends Prosafe Deal
Semi-submersible firm Prosafe said that it has been offered a month extension for the Safe Boreas charter contract at the Mariner project by operator Equinor."Equinor UK Limited (formerly Statoil (UK) Limited) has exercised the first of six one-month options to extend the charter of the Safe Boreas. The total value of the option is USD 6 million," said a press statement.In early August 2017, the Safe Boreas commenced a 13 month firm operational period at Mariner in the UK sector of the North Sea.
Star Bulk Carriers Lists on the Oslo Stock Exchange
The global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector Star Bulk Carriers Corp will commence trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker “SBLK R” starting on Monday July 16, 2018. The ship manager of seaborne transportation announced on July 6 2018 that it had closed the acquisition of 15 operating dry bulk vessels from Songa Bulk for an aggregate of 13.725 million common shares of Star Bulk and $145.0 million in cash.
Aker BP Hires Prosafe Vessel
Prosafe has signed a contract with Aker BP ASA for the Safe Scandinavia to provide accommodation support at the Ula platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The firm duration of the contract commencing mid-August 2018 is seven months with eight one-month options. Total value of the contract excluding the option periods is approximately USD 25.5 million. The option periods, if exercised, have a total value of approximately USD 36.7 million. The contract will ensure employment of the Safe Scandinavia soon after expiry of her previous contract that concluded end-June 2018.
Team Tankers International Acquires Two Firms
Team Tankers International announced that the acquisitions of Laurin Shipping AB and Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Company have been completed. The Bermuda-based chemical tanker company on 28 February 2018 and 23 March 2018 regarding its agreements to acquire all of the outstanding shares in each of Laurin Shipping AB and Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Company Ltd. The preliminary purchase prices payable at closing for the shares in Laurin Shipping AB and Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Company Ltd. have been estimated to USD 10.4 million and USD 55.3 million respectively.
BW Offshore Gets FPSO Abo extension
Global provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry BW Offshore has signed an interim extension agreement for Abo FPSO with Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd, a subsidiary of ENI S.p.A., until 30 April 2018. The short term extension has been agreed to secure operational continuity while joint work is continuing to conclude the negotiations. Two weeks ago, BW Offshore received notice from Petrobras of the exercise of a one-year extension of the contracts relating to the FPSO Cidade de São Mateus.
Transocean Acquires Songa Offshore
Transocean Ltd. announced today that it completed the previously announced compulsory acquisition of the remaining outstanding shares of Songa Offshore SE. All remaining shares in Songa Offshore were transferred to Transocean in accordance with the terms and conditions of the compulsory acquisition. Transocean then settled the compulsory acquisition by delivering Consideration Shares, Exchangeable Bonds and cash consideration, as applicable, to Songa Offshore shareholders. Songa Offshore’s shares remained listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange through March 28, 2018.