ShippingWatch learned this week that the European Commission has asked for a series of changes to the Danish proposal for state subsidies for carriers and maritime companies, based on recommendations from September 2012 by the first growth team appointed by the Danish government.

As such, Denmark and several other countries are currently having their state subsidies to carriers and maritime businesses scrutinized.

EU preparing restrictions on maritime subsidies  

Fredriksen continues his efforts to take over DHT Holdings

John Fredriksen and Frontline would become the by-far biggest player in the VLCC market if the carrier is able to take over DHT Holdings, though the latter has repeatedly rejected the takeover attempts.

Fredriksen continues his crusade to become top supertanker player  

Fredriksen makes new attempt to buy DHT  

Major shipping conference in Singapore

The Singapore Maritime Week shipping conference, held every other year, took place this week, and one of the event's focus points concerned attracting more investors to the key maritime hub as well as the effects of the US shale boom which is currently putting pressure on the sector. And industry players such as Hafnia Tankers and Teekay Corporation debated against family-owned carriers.

"The era of privately owned carriers is coming to an end"  

US shale boom puts pressure on the entire industry  

Top analyst shoots down container carrier optimism  

Kuehne+Nagel CEO: Container industry has a problem  

Singapore wants more investors to enter the field  

Maersk Line in strong in strong start to 2017...

2017 is off to a good start so far, Maersk Line's Head of Asia and the Pacific, Robbert van Trooijen, tells ShippingWatch.

Maersk Line: 2017 off to a good start  

Maersk in large digitalization venture with Microsoft  

and the carrier will pay EUR 3.7 billion for Hamburg Süd

The boards of directors at Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd have now approved the transaction, which is expected to be completed in late 2017.

Maersk Line to pay EUR 3.7 bln for Hamburg Süd  

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Norway eyes giant oil discovery in the Barents Sea  

Singapore cements its position as leading maritime hub  

Semco Maritime delivers new large deficit

Subsea 7 eyes improved supply in offshore market  

Belgium's Exmar calls off purchase of Dutch gas fleet  

English Edit: Daniel Logan Berg-Munch