Among this week's highlights were interim reports from suppliers Alfa Laval and Wärtsilä as well as an interview with Dan-Bunkering's new CEO, while DSV and the Port of Gothenburg talked about communication in relation to unique situations.
CEO of the Port of Gothenburg, Magnus Kårestedt, has spent much of his time in the last 18 months handling the port's labor conflict between APM Terminals and the dockworkers. "Many don't understand the core of the conflict," he says in the latest article in ShippingWatch's series on communication.
Rotterdam's port booked a positive first half of the year with rising freight volumes. But if this development is to continue, the Dutch state must show more support, like in neighboring countries such as Germany, the port urges.
APM Terminals has been warned several times about its inadequate IT security at the Rotterdam terminals. Most recently in 2016, the port's management asked Maersk to deal with the problem, according to Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, reports Danish media Berlingske Business.
Major internal battles in the UN IMO regarding shipping's role in terms of the climate and environment, accounts from the world's second-largest bunker group, and the Maersk Group's problems after a hacker attack and chemical discharge in the North Sea made headlines this past week.
The French carrier has agreed to sell close to its entire stake in a container terminal in Los Angeles which it took over as part of the acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines. The money from the sale will be used to repay debt, informs CMA CGM.
The large-scale cyber attack on Maersk crippled significant parts of the group and characterized a week in which future capital and ownership conditions also took center stage among the week's top picks on ShippingWatch.
The Maersk Group's key terminal in Rotterdam, Maasvlakte II, is still down following the cyber attack on Tuesday. Containers are being rerouted to other ports in and around the Dutch hub, says Maersk Line on Twitter.
A hacker attack has triggered a large-scale crash of Maersk Group's IT systems, the company tells ShippingWatch. It remains unknown how the group's customers will be impacted. APM Terminals has also been struck in ports in the US and Netherlands.
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.
Development of the container port in Lekki, Nigeria could perhaps become a new job for DP World, but it remains uncertain what exactly is going on and how great the potential is at the moment, writes Alphaliner in an analysis.
Tuesday's announcement that 160 employees will be axed at APM Terminals in Gothenburg was the only option for moving on from the conflict which has cost the terminal company customers as well as revenue. The dockworkers' union is shocked in the wake of the announcement.
MSC is taking over full ownership of one of Brazil's most important export ports in Portonave for almost USD 400 million. The container carrier thus solidifies the concentration of carriers in Latin America's largest economy.
While strikes in Spain and Sweden's largest port Gothenburg are becoming increasingly entrenched, the customers and thus the carriers are seeking out alternatives. And they will not necessarily return when the strikes are over, according to data from Maersk Line.
A bomb threat on a Maersk vessel in the US, a shortage of containers in Latin America's largest economy, and several member states urging the EU not to change national subsidy rules were among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.
The global container carrier and major customer of APM Terminals in Port of Gothenburg now says that it is considering rebooking close to 50 percent of its port calls. The announcement follows the gridlocked conflict between dockworkers in the port and APM Terminals.
Arab boycott of Qatar with the potential to create difficulties for Hapag-Lloyd, the collapse of Germany's Rickmers Group, and tanker carriers such as Torm and Hafnia in play in an expected consolidation wave, were among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.
Negotiations between Spanish dockworkers and the ports have not resulted in agreement. The unions have heralded more strikes in June and ports as well as carriers are hard hit. A spokesperson tells ShippingWatch that the EU cannot resolve this labor conflict.
The labor conflict at APM Terminals in Gothenburg, Sweden is once again in gridlock after the public mediator has called it quits. The conflict is costly for the Port of Gothenburg, APM Terminals, and the port's customers.
Another consolidation in the tanker industry. US President Donald Trump will pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. 180 years of shipping may come to a end at Rickmers Group. News from Nor Shipping. Read this week's top picks on ShippingWatch.
Terminal operator ICTSI will, with a mutual agreement, withdraw from a more than 20-year long concession arrangement in Lekki Port in Nigeria, abandoning the project entirely. The terminal project is located in the same region in Nigeria where APM Terminals is similarly struggling with a terminal venture.
One of APM Terminals' largest investments, the acquisition of Spanish Grup Maritim TCB, has yet to bring in major gains. This is evident from the annual report for the Maersk family's investment company A.P. Møller Holding, which has had to cut its dividends in half after a tough year for the Maersk Group.
Monjasa suffered massive deficit, while broker Lightship lost a dramatic court case to a former partner. And Dong found a buyer for the company's oil and gas business. Here are this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.
The Port of Gothenburg has now been hit by APM Terminals' lock-out in the intense conflict with port workers. For this reason, the port company has been forced to limit service throughout the rest of May and the month of June. Customers are leaving the port due to the conflict.
After the Spanish government successfully adopted a decree to open competition in the country's ports, a large-scale conflict now looms and could erupt on Wednesday. Meetings on Monday and Tuesday will decide what happens.
The EU Commission has introduced new rules for state subsidies to ports. This will make it easier and more simple for member countries to invest, and is expected to reduce the number of cases in need of approval from the commission.
Spain's government seems to have a majority backing for a new legislative proposal which would privatize Spanish ports after 15 years of deadlock. Unions have already retaliated and call for widespread strikes in May and June. "They cheated us," state the dockworkers.
APM Terminals has filled the position of CFO which has been covered by interim appointees since the former chief financial officer switched to a new position following a big executive reshuffle. The new CFO joins the company from Royal Dutch Shell.
APM Terminals is fed up with the strikes and other industrial actions from dockworkers in Gothenburg over the past year. A new strike warning has prompted APMT's management to herald a partial lockout. Meanwhile, a major customer is deliberating whether to leave the port.
Norden off to a weak start in dry bulk in 2017, a record-large deficit for DSV, strong results from oil majors, and increased political focus on shipping by US and EU authorities were among this week's key stories on ShippingWatch.
Several EU member states, including Denmark, are currently having their state subsidies to carriers and maritime businesses scrutinized, while John Fredriksen's efforts to take over DHT continue. And ShippingWatch was present at the major shipping conference in Singapore this week.
Shipping banks have impaired loans for USD 3.4 billion and DHT stopped an attempt by Fredriksen's Frontline to block the transaction with BW Group. These stories and more were featured this week on ShippingWatch.
The Port of Rotterdam has experienced a notably large increase in the number of containers during the first quarter of 2017. Port authority CEO Allard Castelein believes that the new alliance constellation could lead to a strong year in container for the port.
J. Lauritzen's bondholder dispute was resolved, the carrier relying on money from its owner. More details emerged about the EU approval of Maersk's takeover of Hamburg Süd. And Rickmers Maritime had to throw in the towel. Keep up with this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.
The competition to supply fuel from of Denmark's Port of Skagen is growing more intense. Monjasa no longer has a permanent bunkering vessel affiliated with the company's oil terminal at the port. However, Monjasa's COO and the port CEO both expect that the vessel will return.
Swedish ports such as Helsingborg and Norrköping have experienced an increase in volumes since the conflict between APM Terminals and port workers erupted in Gothernburg. Feeder carriers have also reported an unusual increase in eastern Sweden.
Significant resignations at J. Lauritzen, large deficits from Hapag-Lloyd and the rest of the container sector, the Maersk Group General Assembly, and massive volumes of oil left on two sunken Maersk vessels featured among this week's top stories.
Three offers have been submitted for the Port of Thessaloniki in Greece. DP World is among the bidders for the controlling stake in the port, which will be privatized as part of the Greek debt agreement.
Danish pension funds will invest big-time in shipping, a new COO at French container carrier, and a new deal between Denmark and oil majors for the North Sea are some of this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.
Hong Kong-based Hutchison Port Holdings saw its revenue drop in 2016, while cargo volumes fell due to factors such as intensifying competition in Rotterdam. The company has a cautious approach to 2017, says management in the annual report.
Shipowner Johan Wedell-Wedellsborg opened up about the sale of Stena Weco to Stena Bulk, Maersk Group CEO Søren Skou is building a new CEO Office, and the dry bulk shares have skyrocketed in 2017 so far. Here are this week's top picks on ShippingWatch.
Global Ports, which is partially owned by APM Terminals, experienced a large decline in revenue in 2016 following significantly reduced container activity in Russia. "The Russian container market remained sluggish," says CEO Vladislav Baumgertner. But there are signs of improvements ahead.
The Spanish port workers have decided to call off an announced strike today, Friday, as well as the three remaining strike days in the comprehensive protest against the government, after the Spanish congress has votes against a proposal concerning labor reforms, report several media.
Maersk plans to sue a Spanish billionaire, Torm CEO Jacob Meldgaard talks to ShippingWatch after the release of the carrier's annual report for 2016, and dry bulk may be closer to recovery. All this and more on ShippingWatch this past week.
APM Terminals has signed an addendum to the concession with the Port of Gothenburg, which means that the Maersk Group port unit will invest another SEK 250 million in the port ahead of 2024. The investment happens alongside a gridlocked labor conflict in the terminal.
The dockworkers organized in the International Dockworkers' Council (IDC) have postponed the strikes otherwise scheduled to take place in ports across the world on Friday, March 10, to instead March 23. But IDC has withdrawn from the so-called social dialog headed by the EU.
The International Dockworkers' Council is planning coordinated strikes in Europe and the rest of the world on Friday to signal solidarity with the Spanish port workers, which are currently in a conflict with the government concerning a new bill.
APM Terminals has filed a lawsuit against the Spanish businessman and former owner of Grup Maritim TCB, Ángel Pérez Maura. The company is seeking compensation after becoming entangled in a Guatemalan corruption case. Maura also sued APM Terminals.
Spanish port strikes, set to be launched today, have been temporarily called off, as Spanish port workers "seek to show goodwill" and attempt new negotiations with the Spanish ministry of labor, report media.
The conflict in the Port of Gothenburg between APM Terminals and the port workers organized in union Svenska Hamnarbetarförbundet has lasted close to a year. Read on to learn what the parties differ on, and why a labor market expert believes that the conflict could continue for a long time.
Maersk Line will reroute vessels in order to minimize the nuisances for customers when the Spanish port workers launch their announced strike in coming weeks in protest against the government's plans to liberalize the ports.
When the new executive team is settled at APM Terminals, CEO Morten Engelstoft will set aside three days to develop a new strategy for the port company. Significantly fewer people than before will perform the task after a large reduction last year.
Gridlocked negotiations between APM Terminals and dockworkers in Gothenburg, a new full-year deficit for J. Lauritzen, and a change in strategy at Damco are among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.
Slightly more cargo passed through the Port of Hamburg in 2016 compared to the year before. Container volumes increased, while the port was also able to increase volumes from China. But there is still some distance to Rotterdam and Antwerpen.
The conflict between port workers and the management of APM Terminals in Gothenburg has reached a total impasse and is now at its most severe point since the conflict began close to a year ago. A crucial meeting between the parties Wednesday ended without a result.
APM Terminals will invest USD 200 million in its terminal in Port Elizabeth on the US East Coast. The move will prepare the terminal for the ultra-large container vessels which are soon expected to call in the port.
APM Terminals has received the final approvals to operate the newly built terminal in Guatemala, which is at the center of a large-scale corruption scandal. The first ship called on Sunday, and the terminal is expected operational soon. The opening was met with local protests.
The maritime sphere in Europe is far from in agreement when it comes to limiting CO2 emissions from shipping. While the shipowners are highly critical of the European Parliament's plan to include CO2 in a cap trading system, the ports praise the proposal. "Most unfortunate," say the shipowners.
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.
CEO Morten Engelstoft has already kicked off the work to bring APM Terminals and Maersk Line closer together. In an interview with ShippingWatch, he outlines three concrete points on which the two companies will help each other.
Swedish dockworkers have announced more strikes at the Port of Gothenburg. According to Swedish industry media Dagens Industri, the managing director of APM Terminals in Gothenburg, Henrik Kristensen, calls on the Swedish government to help resolve the conflict.
Only 1.2 percent more containers went through the Port of Rotterdam in 2016, according to a review of the revenue last year at Europe's biggest port. But the combined revenue for all segments declined.