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Fred. Olsen Energy Owners of H&W Edges Closer to Financial Restructuring

9th August 2018
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The floating production and storage offloading vessel, Searose FPSO which Afloat adds berthed at H&W's (BDD) Belfast Dry-Dock to undergo work that took place in recent years. The floating production and storage offloading vessel, Searose FPSO which Afloat adds berthed at H&W's (BDD) Belfast Dry-Dock to undergo work that took place in recent years. Photo: JEHAN ASHMORE

#BelfastLough - Fred. Olsen Energy, the Norwegian drillship,rig operator and owners of the yard that built RMS Titanic, is considering a debt and equity restructuring that would almost wipe out the value of its current shares, the company said.

With debt and liabilities of more than $840 million at the end of June, Reuters reports that Fred. Olsen last month stopped paying its creditors to preserve liquidity, making it the latest victim of a slow recovery in the oil and gas exploration sector.

The owner of seven drillships and rigs, as well as Belfast’s Harland & Wolff yard, has now received indicative, non-binding proposals from equity investors valuing its current shares and bonds at just $10 million, it said in a statement.

The company’s largest owner, Bonheur, which holds a 51.9 percent stake, separately said it had not decided whether to take part in the proposed refinancing.

Click HERE to read more on H&W.

Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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