Golden Ocean Group Limited (Nasdaq and OSE: GOGL) (“Golden Ocean” or the “Company”), one of the world’s largest listed solid bulk shipowners, today announces that it has entered into an agreement for the construction of three high-specification vessels Kamsarmax latest generation 85,000 dwt ECO type vessels, which will be built in a first-class Chinese shipyard. The ships will be fitted with the latest and most efficient propulsion system, contributing to significant improvements in fuel consumption and emissions performance. Ships are bi-fuel ready, giving the company time to assess alternatives as visibility of future regulations and optimal technology improves.
The ships are expected to deliver from Q3-2023 to Q1-2024. Golden Ocean intends to fund the acquisition with cash flow from operations and cash on hand and will establish long-term debt financing closer to delivery.
Ulrik Andersen, CEO of Golden Ocean Management AS commented:
âWith this transaction, we are continuing to implement our strategy of renewing the fleet and improving its operational performance. At the same time, it underlines our belief in the long-term fundamentals of dry bulk.
We obtained an attractive price with a very heavy payment structure, which means that Golden Ocean can absorb the transaction without affecting the Company’s dividend capacity, which remains a key priority. Ships benefit from additional cargo intake, and superior fuel economy will ensure low operating costs and a reduced carbon footprint.
September 9, 2021
Board of directors
Golden Ocean Group Ltd.
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