• 2015 July 31 09:06

    NOL reports net profit of $890M in 2Q 2015

    Net profit of NOL Group for the second quarter 2015 reached US$890 million. Excluding the US$887 million gain on the sale of its supply chain management business, NOL achieved a net profit of US$3 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of US$54 million in 2Q 2014, the Group said in a press release.

    Singapore-based NOL said that the second quarter of 2015 saw severe freight rate erosion with rates in major trade lanes falling to some of the lowest levels seen in recent years. Despite the tough operating environment, the Group posted a second quarter 2015 Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) of US$29 million, versus a loss of US$15 million in the same quarter last year. NOL’s Core EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation) in 2Q 2015 was US$119 million, up 53% from US$78 million in the same period last year.

    “The Group’s container shipping business continued to face a challenging environment characterised by over-capacity and weak market demand. Nonetheless, APL reversed a core EBIT loss in the second quarter last year to a positive position this year,” said NOL Group President and CEO Ng Yat Chung. “We remain focused on improving our cost competitiveness, yield optimization and service reliability to return the liner business to sustained profitability.”

    NOL reported US$100 million in cost savings in 2Q 2015, bringing its total cost savings for the first half of the year to US$255 million. “There is room for further cost savings with another nine vessels scheduled for expiry in the second half of this year,” added Mr Ng.

    Following the completion of the sale of APL Logistics on 29 May 2015 for a final purchase price of US$1.238 billion, and after taking into account transaction and transaction-related expenses, the NOL Group registered a gain of US$887 million. The Group saw a healthier balance sheet after repayment of debt, with the Group’s net gearing ratio reduced to 1.03x as at 26 June 2015 from 2.25x as at 26 December 2014.

    Liner strategy gaining traction

    APL, NOL’s container shipping business, recorded a 12% volume reduction in 2Q 2015 compared to the same period last year, due both to weak global demand as well as the carrier’s continued efforts to trim capacity in unprofitable trade lanes to optimise yield. Its average freight rates dipped 17% amidst pressure from over-capacity in the industry. Versus the same period last year, APL’s revenue fell 22% to US$1.3 billion in the second quarter of 2015.

    In spite of reduced revenue, APL achieved an improved 2Q 2015 Core EBIT of US$20 million, compared to a loss of US$28 million over the same period last year. This is its sixth consecutive year-on-year improvement in its quarterly Core EBIT. APL attributed its performance to stringent cost management as well as a yield-focused trade strategy that emphasises network rationalisation and better cargo selection. The carrier returned five expensive chartered ships in the second quarter. As a result, total cost of sales per forty-foot-equivalent unit (FEU) fell by 15% year-on-year. APL also kept its headhaul utilisation above 90%. These efforts mitigated the impact of lower volumes and freight rates in the quarter under review.

    APL’s schedule reliability also improved. According to the June edition of the Global Liner Performance Report published by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis, APL was the most reliable carrier in May 2015 with a global on-time performance of 85.5%, above the industry average of 78.3%


2019 January 20

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13:51 Major contract for JSS awarded to Montreal-based company
12:42 Huntington Ingalls Industries to acquire Fulcrum IT Services
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2019 January 19

16:19 Ocean Yield acquires Suezmax tanker Milos for $56.0 million
15:16 Evac expansion continues with acquisition of UK service company Transvac Systems
14:02 Deltamarin contracted to continue with Titanic II project
12:51 SGRE launches 10 MW offshore wind turbine
11:44 Algoma increases its interest in the ocean self-unloader Pool

2019 January 18

18:06 North Carolina Ports sets new record in 2018
17:47 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2018 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 3.2 million tonnes
17:25 Okskaya Sudoverf obtains patent for state-of-the-art pontoons
17:06 Hamburg prepares for ‘Hard Brexit’
16:44 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2018 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 53.48 million tonnes
16:23 GTT receives a new order from SHI to design the tanks of two LNG carriers on behalf of Gaslog
16:20 NOVATEK elects new Board of Directors
15:56 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2018 grew by 25% Y-o-Y to 1.93 million tonnes
15:33 Stena Line’s first new generation ferry ‘floats’ in China
15:21 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2018 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 49.8 million tonnes
15:03 Panama Direct service CMA CGM to resume weekly rotations
14:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2018 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 18.79 million tonnes
14:33 GranIHC appointed contractor for Equinor’s Peregrino Phase II Project
14:19 Port of Ust-Luga handled 98.72 million tonnes in 2018, down 4% Y-o-Y
14:03 Algoma Central Corporation increases its interest in ocean self-unloader Pool
13:50 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 17-18
13:35 Throughput of the Port of St. Petersburg in 2018 up 11% Y-o-Y to 59.32 million tonnes
13:18 CMA CGM unites its Containerships and MacAndrews brands
13:11 Vladimir Putin supports Government’s proposal on expanding Far East Ministry’s functions with Arctic issues
12:49 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 2018 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 49.276 million tonnes
12:26 MV Werften purchases Neptun Ship Design
12:08 Sakaide shipyard holds naming ceremony for new LNG carrier jointly owned by NYK and JERA
11:38 PGNiG SA signs agreement for oil and gas exploration and production in UAE
11:14 Remote pilotage to be allowed in Finland
10:47 Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga
10:06 Ice restrictions at the port of Ust-Luga come into effect on January 31
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09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,077 points

2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
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