Newly-established container carrier MPC Container Ships plans to have 35 to 50 feeder vessels within a year. "This would be a good starting point for us," the CEO of the Oslo-based company tells ShippingWatch.
Two of Norway's biggest figures in shipping, Kjell Inge Røkke and John Fredriksen, are behind Norway's new offshore carrier Solstad Farstad which will become the country's largest carrier. "It's a tough market out there," CEO Lars Peder Solstad tells ShippingWatch.
The current methods for testing whether a dangerous cargo is at risk of liquefaction during sailing are inadequate and should be changed, says the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators, citing various samples of cargoes which have become liquefied despite passing tests.
The EU list of yards which are allowed to dismantle European vessels has led to greater interest in Spanish shipbreaker DDR Vessels, says CEO. However, there are still many carriers trying to circumvent the rules.
Shipping magnate John Fredriksen continues the battle to take over DHT as the move could give his tanker carrier Frontline a superior position in the VLCC market. "Size does matter," one analyst tells ShippingWatch. "Very insufficient offer," says DHT.
APM Terminals lays off 160 in Gothenburg in a move to end the protracted port labor conflift. Shipowners look to postpone the ballast water convention by two years. Shippers worry about a shortage of reefer containers. Oil is headed for USD 40. Here are this weeks top picks.
What was supposed to be OPEC's manifestation of agreement and strength to push the oil price back up, has now crumpled with a whimper and a price that, after sliding for almost 30 consecutive days, is now headed for USD 40 again. Banks are lowering their estimates considerably.
The International Chamber of Shipping and three other interest groups have presented their proposal for two concrete climate requirements for shipping. The news comes ahead of a meeting of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee. NGOs point to a lack of ambition.
The dry bulk carriers, sore after several tough years, are becoming increasingly optimistic about the future. But Herman Billung, who recently established dry bulk investor Songa Bulk, praises the slowdown in the sector. "Another six months and we'll be home free," he says.
Shippers in the Global Shippers' Forum were already sounding the alarm this March about the consequences for importers and exporters of goods such as food. Their concerns surfaced in relation to the merger of Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd and have only grown in the months since.
The idea that bigger companies enjoy increased interest from major investors will now be put to the test in the wake of the merger between Navig8 and Scorpio Tankers, says Mikael Skov, CEO of Hafnia Tankers, who has IPO plans of his own.
The tone between the two tanker carriers with Norwegian roots, Frontline and DHT Holdings, has become increasingly irreconcilable and hostile – not least from Frontline's CEO, who now describes DHT's double CEO capacity as a waste of shareholder money.
Tim Wickmann steps down as CEO of Maersk Line's Asian subsidiary MCC and leaves the Maersk Group after 27 years. He will be replaced by an experienced Maersk exec who takes over as CEO of the Singapore office in August. Also, a new head of Southeast Asia has been appointed.
Chinese Cosco Shipping has ordered 14 new container vessels for USD 1.8 billion in order to boost its fleet between Asia and Europe, where carriers such as Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM currently dominate.