Last week's top stories on ShippingWatch

Equity funds make their foray into the North Sea, Maersk's lobbyists are at work in the US, several dry bulk carriers make gains, and a new investment fund from Maersk and a series of pension funds were among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.

Equity funds enter the North Sea

While the oil crisis has prompted several trend-setting oil companies such as Shell and ExxonMobil to scale down their North Sea activities, major international equity funds are increasingly setting their sights on the region, and they have in recent years invested billions of dollars in projects and acquisitions of medium-sized companies operating in the North Sea.

Equity funds enter North Sea with billion-dollar investments

Dong in a strong offshore position

OPEC boosts oil-demand outlook while its production rises

SBM Offshore: Oil companies still hesitating


Maersk lobbyists hard at work in the US

Following strong criticism in 2014, Maersk Line had its lobbyists stop work against reforms of US food aid in efforts to safeguard its own bottom line. But a review shows that Maersk is still spending money on lobbyism aimed at food aid.

Maersk still spending lobby money on controversial food aid

This is what Maersk spends its lobbying dollars on in Washington

Maersk and the US shipping lobby under pressure


Maersk figures head new investment fund

APM Holding joins forces with Danish pension funds PKA, Pension Danmark, and Lægernes Pension to establish a fund for investing in Africa totaling USD 550 million under the name Afrika Infrastruktur Fond. Well-known Maersk executives will head the project.

APM Holding behind new USD 550 million Africa fund

Fejfer back in key role for Maersk investments


Bulk carriers improving across the board

Several major dry bulk carriers documented this week that the growth in the suffering sector is real, when they released quarterly and half yearly reports with positive figures.

Star Bulk cements progress in bulk

Genco's results reflect stronger bulk market

Eagle Bulk reduced its losses in Q2

Songa Bulk continues dry bulk acquisitions

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Moody's has renewed faith in the shipping industry

Crude oil tanker rates circling three-year low

Media: LPG cargo piling up off of Singapore

Wallenius Wilhelmsen saves USD 100 million on synergies

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Torm and Ardmore: Oil peak will arrive late

The demand for oil will undoubtedly peak. The question is when and who will feel it first. ShippingWatch has interviewed the CEOs of Torm and Ardmore about the situation for product tanker carriers.

Confusion at Lavaretus after mass resignation of Copenhagen staff

It came as a complete surprise to the founders of Lavaretus when the entire Copenhagen office recently resigned to instead join a competing firm. According to ShippingWatch's sources, there is no immediate clarification about the office's future. Maersk, a key customer, remains calm.

Container market uncertainty puts pressure on share prices

A share such as Hapag-Lloyd's ought to have surged in the wake of the positive quarterly result recently published, writes Drewry. The analysts find that several factors are impeding the stock's potential, one of which affects the industry as a whole.

Deutsche Bank: Sulfur directive could change shipping

A big part of the global commercial fleet is wholly unprepared for the new environmental requirements set to come into force in 2020, and this could be a game changer in the sector, says Deutsche Bank after meetings with the sector.

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