Gearbulk

Bergen-based shipowner and operator Gearbulk renegotiated terms for long-term charters of bulk carriers with Japanese shipowners and banks. Gearbulk suggested prolonging ships’ charter periods under reduced daily hire rates. Previously, Gearbulk‚Äôs chartered-in tonnage between 10 and 15 years from Japanese shipowners. Nevertheless, Gearbulk proposed deals 20 years at a reduced rate. Since July 2020, Gearbulk has negotiating to reduce charter rates with Japanese shipowners including Funada Kaiun, Chofuku Kisen, Shichifuku Gumi, Chiba Shipping, Misuga Shipping, Doun Kisen, and Marubeni. Gearbulk’s chartered-in bulk carriers are highly specialized ships, therefore, Japanese shipowners would have found it challenging to retake redelivery and operate or sell these specialized ships. Gearbulk operates gantry crane fitted open-hatch bulk carriers that are designed for carrying wood pulp, paper, packaged, and industrial cargoes. Gearbulk operates gantry crane fitted open-hatch bulk carriers with partner Grieg Star Group in the G2 Ocean open-hatch bulker pool. Japanese shipowner and operator Mitsui OSK Lines is a major shareholder in Gearbulk. 19-October-2020

 

Bergen-based shipowner and operator Gearbulk asked Japanese shipowners to accept performance-based charter rates as the first move in a substantial restructuring of Gearbulk’s charter commitments. Kristian Gerhard Jebsen-led Gearbulk explained the financial difficulties the company could suffer if the Japanese shipowners do not renegotiate charter contracts. Gantry-crane fitted open-hatch bulker operator Gearbulk requires Japanese shipowners to accept a new charter rate based on daily earnings in the G2 Ocean Pool. Norwegian shipowner and operator Gearbulk operates specialized open-hatch bulk carriers in G2 Ocean Pool with Grieg Shipping. Gearbulk requested Japanese shipowners to prolong the long-term contracts from 10-year to 20-year which will provide shipowners a fixed income. According to Norwegian shipowner and operator Gearbulk, it is utterly impossible to operate the ships at agreed rates under prevailing dry bulk market circumstances due to the post-coronavirus recession. Gearbulk’s specialized gantry-crane fitted open-hatch bulk carriers are also of little commercial use to Japanese shipowners outside the highly-specialized trades in which the G2 Ocean Pool operates. Previously, in 2016, Japanese shipowners had granted a temporary rate reduction to Gearbulk. Bergen-based shipowner and operator Gearbulk’s open-hatch bulk carriers are provided by Funada Kaiun, Chofuku Kisen, Shichifuku Gumi, Chiba Shipping, Doun Kisen, Misuga Shipping, and Marubeni. 23-April-2020

 

Norwegian open-hatch bulker operator Gearbulk requested Japanese tonnage suppliers to reduce ship charter rates. Funada Kaiun, Chofuku Kisen, Shichifuku Gumi, Chiba Shipping, Doun Kisen, Misuga Shipping, and Marubeni chartered-out specialized gantry-crane fitted open-hatch bulk carriers to Gearbulk for a long-term. Gearbulk’s business has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Kristian Gerhard Jebsen-led Gearbulk pronounced that previously executed agreements were based on charter rates which are no longer sustainable. According to Gearbulk, the unexpected Covid-19 pandemic added extra pressure on an already challenging global business environment. Post-coronavirus recession came on tip of a severe dry cargo market that has strived with unsustainable low freight rates for a long time. Gearbulk has performed an extensive cost reduction programme and a bank debt restructuring. Bergen-based open-hatch bulker operator Gearbulk trust that Japanese shipowners will approve this project. Currently, Gearbulk controls a mixed fleet of 70 open-hatch, other specialized and conventional bulk carriers. Gearbulk’s open-hatch bulk carriers are operated by the G2 Ocean Pool. Mitsui OSK Lines has a 49% stake in Gearbulk. 21-April-2020