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More than 100 distressed MPP vessels redistributed by banks

Unprofitable multipurpose vessels, which German banks are left holding, are being moved around big-time among shipowners. "We're basically competing against zombies these days, which exist with continuing support from the banks," says one market player.

The biggest multipurpose operators have grown by 10 percent

Germany's BBC Chartering expanded its fleet significantly over the last six months of 2016, during a time in which the multipurpose market has been historically weak. The Stadil family's Thorco ranks at third-largest in the world, according to calculations form Dynamar.

Banks prepare for next round of consolidation in multipurpose

In December, the two major Dutch banks ING and ABN Amro forced the first large-scale consolidation through in the ailing multipurpose sector. Now the market is waiting on what the banks will do next in the German hub for specialized vessels. Drewry eyes slight improvement in late 2017.

Major banks sell off multi-purpose vessels

Banks including ING and ABN Amro are demanding compulsory sales of more than 20 Dutch-controlled multi-purpose vessels after cancelling loans to the vessels. ABN Amro has now cancelled the credit to Abis Shipping's fleet of more than 12 ships.

Heavy lift industry facing large-scale consolidation

Extensive consolidation in the global heavy lift industry is underway and will presumably materialize in the coming months, several industry sources tell ShippingWatch. Heavyweights BBC Chartering and SAL Heavy Lift can play a key part in the resolution of the ailing industry's future.

BBC Chartering expects black figures again

While the competition keeps talking about the crisis, BBC Chartering projects another positive result this year, a fact the company has kept to itself so far. One of the carrier's strengths is the many offices working closely together, the Managing Director for Asia tells ShippingWatch.

BBC Chartering: The project cargo market collapsed

It looked like a huge boom for project and heavy lift vessels in the first half of 2015 but the freight volumes trickled right out of the market, says Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering, the world's largest operator in the segment.

Dansker bag ny tysk satsning i heavy lift

Danske Lars Rolner står bag det nye selskab United Heavy Lift i Hamborg. Læs hvorfor han har valgt at sætte ind under en krise, og hvilke ambitioner han har for selskabet.

Den lave oliepris kan ramme multipurpose-udsigter

Den lave oliepris får energiselskaberne til at holde igen med investeringer, hvilket er dårligt nyt for multipurpose-segmentet, der ellers ser ud til at nyde godt af en vækst i efterspørgsel på transport fra 2016, vurderer Drewry.

Clarksons: Big market for decommissioning in North Sea

The low oil price could force even more operators in the North Sea to decommission oil rigs and platforms, according to Clarksons. The winners could be the offshore carriers and the heavy-lift sector, as they could gain a whole new market.

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