In the latest newsletter from Alphabulk, the analyst agency has looked into how different types of dry bulk vessels have changed in size since 1990. Two vessel types in particular stand out from the crowd.
There are the optimists in dry bulk, who believe that a recovery is in progress. And then there are the ones who believe that it will likely be 2018 before the market is healthy again. And then there is Ultrabulk CEO Per Lange, who simply points to an imbalance that is hard to ignore.
J. Lauritzens' head of dry cargo, Peter Borup, has stepped down from the carrier "following mutual agreement." The carrier is currently struggling to settle a refinancing agreement. The head of Lauritzen's gas vessels will serve as interim head of dry cargo.
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.
Clarksons Platou expects more stable rates and gradually growing confidence in the dry bulk market. The firm thus says 'buy' to dry bulk shares rather than viewing the shares as candidates for selling.
The German multipurpose carrier has experienced a decline in cargo volumes in Asia by almost one third in the first months of the year. "We are preparing for a tough year," COO Henrik Pedersen tells ShippingWatch.
A higher bunker price would make ships sail slower. This could help reduce overcapacity in the dry bulk market, Pacific Basin CEO Mats Berglund tells ShippingWatch. He therefore hopes for a higher oil price in 2017.
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.
The controversial restructuring, including the separation of Western Bulk Chartering, in 2016 was "very painful and unfortunate," Jens Ismar, CEO of the Norwegian dry bulk carrier, tells ShippingWatch. He does not rule out new downturns in the market.
Capital manager Alfred Berg Kapitalforvaltning does not seem to have softened its stance following an improved offer from J. Lauritzen to its bondholders. The response at this point is another no, as the carrier has still not been in touch with the company, Alfred Berg tells ShippingWatch.
In the midst of one of the worst crises ever for the specialized carriers in the MPP sector, one of the major players in the field, Dutch Spliethoff, has contracted six large newbuildings from a Chinese shipbuilder.
After criticism from several bondholders, J. Lauritzen has decided to change the conditions of the offer which was made to them. Without an acceptance, the refinancing package cannot be approved. The meeting with bondholders in Oslo has been postponed to March 28.
Although Klaveness in Singapore is currently experiencing growth in the business along with high revenue when it comes to dry bulk, there are still three challenges luring on the horizon, explain two Klaveness executives in an interview with ShippingWatch.
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.
An review of losses across several leading bulk carriers, carried out by Alphabulk, shows that the bulk crisis struck the industry hard again last year. The research firm has also put a figure on total accumulated losses since 2010 – and it is big.
Consolidation continues among German shipowners with Hamburg-based Claus-Peter Offen and Offen Group's takeover of Munich's Conto Group. Following the transaction, Offen Group owns a fleet of 169 vessels.
Dry bulk carrier Klaveness has experienced a significant rise in interest from customers over the past year compared to the previous years in which the carrier has been present in Singapore. The bulk division at Norden in Singapore also notes a surge in activity, the carriers tell ShippingWatch.
Singapore-based operator Noble Chartering has found additional employment in Europe for its fleet of close to 120 vessels, and the new geography is part of the current development in a generally more positive dry bulk market, CEO Michael Nagler tells ShippingWatch.
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.
China's political leadership is guiding the country's economy onto a new, slower track. The goal is for domestic consumption to play a bigger part in the economy, whereas growth was previously based on export and investment.
New Dutch multipurpose joint venture Shipping Company Groningen, which includes Thorco Project, has growth ambitions in spite of the challenges currently plaguing the segment. ShippingWatch has interviewed one of the architects behind the venture, CEO Jan van der Laan.
Yet another owner of bonds in J. Lauritzen is highly critical of the carrier's proposal to push back repayment of the loan. The investors have now hired a special consultant to handle dialog with the carrier. ShippingWatch outlines why the bondholders are prepared to vote no.
A large group of displeased bondholders plan to vote no to the proposal to postpone debt for NOK 500 million as requested by J. Lauritzen on Friday last week, capital manager Alfred Berg tells ShippingWatch. The carrier's new bank package hinges on the bondholders' acceptance.
While Norden anticipates that a "gradual improvement" of the dry bulk market will continue in 2017, the average rate level in tanker will be lower than in 2016. Yet various initiatives create a basis for profit, CEO Jan Rindbo tells ShippingWatch.
Listed carrier Eagle Bulk has made a deal with a Norwegian carrier to acquire as many as nine Ultramax vessels for a combined price of USD 153 million. The money comes from the capital expansion Eagle Bulk completed last year.
The deficit grew in 2016 for Hong Kong-based dry bulk carrier Pacific Basin, which took a hit from all-time low rates. The carrier has raised fresh capital to pad itself for a 2017 which also looks set to be difficult.
Norwegian dry bulk carrier Golden Ocean benefited from the rate hike in late 2016, and the company also managed to reduce its full-year deficit compared to 2015. CEO Birgitte Vartdal eyes signs of improvement in the strained dry bulk market.
Western Bulk Chartering launched a share issue Monday intended to raise capital for the company which is built on the remains of collapsed Western Bulk. The dry bulk company expects improved rates this year compared to 2016, management writes in a comment.
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.
Two thirds of the bondholders need to vote in favor of repayment of their loans being postponed, otherwise J. Lauritzen's entire, new refinancing package, including backing from the banks and owner Lauritzen Fonden, will collapse. ShippingWatch has interviewed CEO Mads Zacho about the prospects.
Hard-pressed dry bulk carrier J. Lauritzen was hit with yet another deficit in 2016, a result management deems unsatisfactory. However, the carrier's CEO Mads Zacho has been able to settle the main terms of the refinancing deal with banks that was crucial for the company's future.
After a somewhat solid beginning of the year, dry bulk carriers now face a more uncertain period in the short term, says Maritime Strategies International. Earnings will largely depend on factors beyond the carriers' control.
Diana Shipping saw its losses grow in 2016 as the carrier ventured an investment in a sister company in the container segment. The carrier's need to raise fresh equity is less acute than previously, notes JP Morgan.
The market for heavy lift transport and multipurpose has been ailing for several years now, and 2017 looks set to be another difficult year for the industry, which will have to look to new areas in order to fill its vessels. Douglas-Westwood points to two segments with potential in a new analysis.
There are still red figures on the bottom line at Dryships, which booked a deficit of USD 200 million in 2016. However fresh capital from owner George Economou means that the carrier is now preparing to expand the fleet.
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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The interest on J. Lauritzen's Norwegian bond loan has almost doubled since it was issued in 2012. This could make it quite expensive to refinance unless this is paid with money from the owner or a new bank deal.
Australia's BHP Billiton produced more iron ore in the first half of the fiscal year 2016/2017, especially due to a record output from subsidiary WAIO. Prices for the key commodity increased during this period.
Although both parties were seemingly pleased with the results, J. Lauritzen's arrangement to handle Hafnia Management's bunker acquisitions has been canceled, effective April 1. The deal has secured Lauritzen one dollar per purchased ton of bunker oil.
Either the dry bulk rates will rise this year or the supply of vessels will decline, enabling rates to go up next year instead. Regardless of the journey to get there, the future looks bright for struggling bulk carriers, according to J.P. Morgan and Danske Bank.
The recovery seen late last year was not the beginning of a comeback for the dry bulk market, warns Maritime Strategies International. The analyst firm projects yet another year of low rates, for Capesize and Panamax in particular.
Dismissals at J. Lauritzen, new cases in the wake of OW Bunker, and the crisis in the oil and gas sector leading to fresh firings at Maersk Oil – these were among the top stories on ShippingWatch this week.
Dry bulk carrier T.K.B. is in a sticky situation after battling with OW Bunker's bankruptcy. Just like many others, the carrier has been forced to pay twice for the same fuel. The CEO has unsuccessfully tried to gather colleagues for a joint lawsuit against OW.
Norwegian bulk carrier Golden Ocean expects that the bulk market will perform slightly better than in 2016 which saw a historic downturn back in February. However the carrier does not see signs of a recovery.
Interview with Maersk Tankers' new CEO, Christian Michael Ingerslev, a new Asian container alliance, a surge in dry bulk shares, and rigs ready to be scrapped in the North Sea were some of this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.
Iron ore prices could face a setback in the year to come after registering a surprise recovery in 2016, projects RBC Capital Markets. Growing iron ore stockpiles in Chinese ports and record-high Brazilian export are contributing factors.
The prospects for struggling owners and operators of multipurpose vessels are intertwined with especially dry bulk vessels which have poor hopes of higher rates anytime before the end of 2017, according to Drewry.
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.
A large number of new vessels are headed into the dry bulk market in 2017 and 2018, which creates a major need for scrapping if the sector is to stand any chance of being profitable in 2019, warns Bimco.
Mitsui OSK Lines was blamed for a dramatic 2013 wreck, Hyundai Merchant Marine lashed out at Maersk Line, while Kristian Mørch talked about his turnaround of Odfjell this week on ShippingWatch, which also brought news about Thorco, Rickmers Maritime, and the oil sector.
The two dry bulk carriers Gearbulk and Grieg Star's new joint venture, announced back in October, now has a name: G2 Ocean. The company is expected to launch operations in the first half of 2017 and will operate a fleet of more than 130 vessels.
A Thorco-managed Dutch company combines 61 multipurpose vessels in a new joint venture with ships from, among others, bankrupt Flinter Group and Abis Shipping, Otto Torenbosch, head of Thorco Shipping in the Netherlands, tells ShippingWatch.
Brazilian miner Vale inaugurated the largest project ever in the mining industry over the weekend. The mine, Eliezer Batista, represents combined investments of more than USD 14 billion and is expected to commence operations in January 2017.
The bulk recovery which began in November is now definitively over. The Baltic Dry Index has fallen tremendously since its high point in the middle of November and has now reached the same level as when the recovery began. 2016, however, comes to a close amidst industry optimism.
Maersk finally presented its plan for what the group will look like going forward, and what will be sold off. The group also received some rare criticism from Denmark's conservative government. A new shipping bank saw the light of day, and another wants to be global. Here are this week's top picks on ShippingWatch.
US dry bulk carrier Eagle Bulk will raise USD 100 million by selling new shares. The money will primarily be spent on purchasing new vessels, informs the company, which is headed by Gary Vogel, former Clipper CEO.
The nine major New York-listed dry bulk carriers have in the first three quarters of the year lost a billion dollars in total. Not one of the carriers has made a profit in even a single quarter, according to a survey from Alphabulk.
German carrier Oldendorff and Cargill Ocean Transportation have shared the title of world's by-far largest bulk operator with fleets of approximately 500 vessels. But Oldendorff has expanded heavily in 2016 in terms of fleet size, according to new numbers.
Trading house Trafigura finished the financial year 2015/16 with a setback on the bottom line, though the low commodity prices boosted volumes. Trafigura points to continuing difficult market conditions and pressure on producers through 2017.
Norden has signed its biggest-ever contract in terms of volume. The carrier will transport coal from the Philippines over a ten-year period, and the contract is set to begin in the first quarter next year.
Western Bulk Chartering's business has been drastically reduced compared to previous years, following the parent company's bankruptcy in early 2016. But things are slowly starting to shape up for the bulk company. Investigations into the parent company's bankruptcy are now finished.
Chilean-owned but Denmark-based Ultrabulk can, unlike many of its competitors, present yet another profit in its books for 2016. Speaking to ShippingWatch, CEO Per Lange describes 2017 as a year which showed several positive trends for dry bulk.
Things are moving in the right direction for Norwegian dry bulk carrier Belships. Despite a new deficit, the loss in 2016 was significantly smaller than in 2015, according to the annual report published Thursday.