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Trendsetting companies in sectors such as tanker presented financial reports, APM Terminals opened up about the future partnership with Maersk Line, and we got to know a shipping company which usually subscribes to a great degree of discretion. This week's top picks on ShippingWatch.

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Prosafe appoints new CEO

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Jesper Kragh Andresen will take over as new CEO of Prosafe, which owns the world's largest fleet of accommodation vessels for the oil sector. He previously headed Lauritzen's offshore company Axis Offshore, which was acquired by Prosafe in early January.

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Perhaps Maersk Line can expect a positive result in its interim report, set for release next Wednesday. The battle for the ballast water market has begun. John Fredriksen struggles with two separate issues. And Shipping and offshore are hurting banks. Read this week's top picks on ShippingWatch.

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Media: Seadrill's debt has reached USD 14 billion

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Rig company Seadrill's debt is far greater than the annual report seems to indicate, reports Dagens Næringsliv. The debt at John Fredriksen's company stands at USD 14 billion. If the company is unable to settle a rescue plan, it could end up as one the biggest bankruptcies in history.

Dong roars ahead after IPO

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After only six months as a listed company, the Danish utility lands its first positive bottom line in four years. As expected, the wind division was the driving force behind a profit of more than DKK 10 billion.

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Fewer companies hunting for Norwegian oil

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According to Norwegian media Sysla, the number of companies with exploration licenses granted through the TFO program has plunged by almost 40 percent since 2013. However the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is not concerned and notes that the number of extraction licenses remains stable.

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Aker BP launches comprehensive new strategy

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Newly established oil and gas giant Aker BP wants to be the biggest on the Norwegian shelf when it comes to exploring for new oil. Meanwhile, shareholders have been promised annual dividends of USD 250 million, which will be increased when Johan Sverdrup begins production.

Farstad fails to pay off bond loan in time

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Farstad Shipping will not be able to pay off a bond loan which is set to mature in February. The struggling offshore carrier also had to ask its secured creditors to defer payments on its debt to late February. Norwegian investors are still lurking in the wings.

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Costs of Norwegian oil production halved

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Since 2014, costs in the Norwegian oil sector have been more than halved according to a new report from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. While 2017 and 2018 will see a lower investment level than in 2016, the picture will change in 2019, say estimates. Read the report here.

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