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Golden Ocean delays delivery of 19 newbuilds

Shanghai: Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean has delayed delivery of 19 newbuild vessels in order to deal with the downturn in the bulk shipping market.

The company reported a net loss of $15.3m for the first quarter of 2015 and said earnings were hit by idle vessels and vessels being delivered from yard with expensive bunker and start-up costs, in addition to the disappointing situation in the bulker sector.

“We have reached agreements with several of our yards to delay the delivery dates of 19 newbuildings by 79 months in aggregate. These changes resulted in an increase in newbuilding commitments of $1.1m such that we are committed to make newbuilding installments of $936.6m with expected payments of $330.7 m, $471.4m and $134.5m in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively,” the company said in a release.

Currently most of Golden Ocean’s newbuildings are being constructed at Chinese yards including Dalian Shipbuilding Industry, Bohai Shipbuilding Industry, New Times Shipbuilding, CSSC Chengxi Shipyard and Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.

Golden Ocean said that the lengthy arbitration process against Jinhaiwan Shipyard came to an end in April and the company has received a full refund for all of the nine contracts, including an interest amount of $40.5m.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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