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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Golden Ocean News

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Trafigura in Fuel JV with Frontline, Golden Ocean

Trafigura Group is joining forces with shipping firms Frontline and Golden Ocean to set up a company to supply shipping fuels ahead of a shake up in regulations next year which could disrupt fuel delivery and cause prices to spike.The three companies said on Tuesday that subject to agreement on final terms, the joint venture is expected to start operating in the third quarter.From Jan. 1, International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules will bar many ships from using marine fuel, also called bunker fuel, containing more than 0.5% sulphur in order to help reduce air pollution.

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Dry Bulk Market Looks Dull

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…

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Dry Bulk Market Outlook Darkens After Vale Casualty

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…

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Golden Ocean Group Appoint Two New Board Members

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.

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Golden Ocean Group Reports Profit in Q2

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…

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GOGL Acquires New Vessel

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.

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GOGL Sells 6 Vessels

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.

Golden Ocean to Look Towards Time Charters

We are slowly starting to consider chartering opportunities at the rate levels that we see now. Except for four long-term charters, we are more or less spot exposed for next year and we'll slowly start to add some charter cover.

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Golden Ocean Adds Golden Keen

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.

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GOGL Adds Dry Bulk Vessel

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.

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Vartdal Wins WISTA LeaderShip Award

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.

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GOGL Takes Two More Vessels from Quintana

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…

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.

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.

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Golden Ocean Appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited has appointed Thomas Semino to take up the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer.   Semino will be based in Singapore and will start as CCO no later than November 1, 2016.   Semino is currently the Head of Dry Freight in Vitol S.A., and has previously been Managing Director of Ocean Freight in Bunge S.A., and also has background from Cargill S.A. and Coeclerici Spa. Semino has a law degree in Maritime Law from Universita' degli Studi di Genova.

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GOGL Appoint Semino as CCO

Following the announcement in April regarding changes to the corporate management team, Golden Ocean Group Limited announced the appointment of Mr Thomas Semino as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Mr Semino is currently the Head of Dry Freight in Vitol S.A., and has previously been Managing Director of Ocean Freight in Bunge S.A., and also has background from Cargill S.A. and Coeclerici Spa. Mr Semino has a law degree in Maritime Law from Universita' degli Studi di Genova. Mr Semino will be based in Singapore and will take on the position latest on November 1, 2016.

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Golden Ocean Names New CEO and CFO

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…

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Golden Ocean Plans to Raise $200 Mln in Restructuring

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.

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Star Bulk Enters Chartering Pool

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that  it has entered into a Capesize vessel pooling agreement (“CCL”) with BOCIMAR INTERNATIONAL NV, GOLDEN OCEAN GROUP LIMITED and C TRANSPORT HOLDING LTD. Star Bulk has agreed to market nine  of the Company’s Capesize dry bulk vessels, which had previously been operating in the spot market, as part of the CCL fleet. Together with Star Bulk’s nine vessels, CCL initially consists   of 65 modern Capesize vessels and will be managed in Singapore and in Antwerp.

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Outlook for Listed Dry Bulk Companies in 2016

Investors suffered massive wealth erosion in 2015, as share prices of dry bulk companies kept tumbling during the year, says Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER). DMER’s shipping index, which is based on the market cap of leading dry bulk companies, was down ~43% in 2015. Asset values failed to find a bottom with ship owners putting their vessels on the block in a bid to fix their balance sheets. Investors, enticed by cheap valuations, were caught on the wrong foot as stock prices breached critical support levels during the year.

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Maritime Services Become More Globalized

Shipping is the premise for international trade and has always been an international industry. A central driver for the global shift has been the operational and technological development of the shipping industry, which has lowered transportation costs dramatically, says a report from Menon Business Economics. With the emergence of standardized bulk carriers, oil and other raw materials could be traded globally. Today most shipping markets, not just raw materials carried in bulk, but also specialized segments like cruise, offshore and car carriers, are globalized.

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Golden Ocean Reshuffles Fleet, Delays Newbuilds

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.

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Knightsbridge, Golden Ocean Merger Completed

Knightsbridge Shipping Limited has completed its previously announced merger with Golden Ocean Group Limited. In connection with the closing of the merger, Knightsbridge will change its name to Golden Ocean Group Limited. Trading in the shares of the combined company will commence on the Oslo Stock Exchange on April 1, 2015. The combined company will trade on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker code "VLCCF" on April 1, 2015. Commencing on April 7, 2015, the combined company will trade on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker code "GOGL".

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Knightsbridge and Golden Ocean to Merge

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.

Q88Dry.com Adds Cargill Fleet

Q88 LLC announce that Cargill International SA has signed an agreement to use the Q88Dry.com platform. The agreement will allow Cargill to efficiently manage the certificates, vessel descriptions and forms for their time charter fleet. Fritz Heidenreich, President, said, "We are proud to have Cargill, the world's largest grain trader and the largest privately held corporation, join our service for their commercial and operational needs. The Q88Dry.com platform will allow Cargill to efficiently maintain and share all vessel documents and information…

Ice-class Panamax Vessels Bargain Deal for Golden Ocean

Golden Ocean Group agrees to buy two 'resale' ice class Panamax vessel built at India's Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company. The company will  take delivery of the vessels ex yard, the first vessel at the start of June and the second vessel during second half of 2013. In connection with the purchase the seller has provided a 30% seller's credit towards Golden Ocean for each vessel. The seller's credit will be repaid over three years in equal installments every January, but the first installment is at earliest 6 months after delivery of the vessel.