On several occasions, Lauritzen Fonden has used a subsidiary to provide financial aid to its dry bulk carrier J. Lauritzen during 2016. ShippingWatch outlines the shipping activities in the fund's investment company LF Investment.
Transocean's acquisition of Songa Offshore is symptomatic of the acquisition wave in the sector, where many analysts view Maersk Drilling as the next major target. Transocean was allegedly also looking into Maersk Drilling, a company which even major players describe as a big mouthful.
A multiple year boom could be coming to an end for the colorful Norwegian shipping magnate John Fredriksen's crown jewel, Seadrill, as the company has turned out to be USD 14 billion in debt and at which a race against time and unsatisfied bond holders has begun.
A rig manager who was employed at Maersk Drilling, working on rig Maersk Deliverer, has been convicted of serious fraud against the Maersk company. He will now have to pay USD 3.4 million to his now former employer.
Out of 24 rigs at Maersk Drilling, eight are currently employed and in 2017 the plan is for another three to end contracts. "We are keeping the number we have now," CEO Jørn Madsen confirms to ShippingWatch.
CEO Mads P. Zacho has reduced expenses at J. Lauritzen in order to prepare the carrier for a protracted downturn on the dry bulk market. There is no need for more major cost cutting, he tells ShippingWatch.
Is it possible to listen too much when collaborating? Yes, at times, says Executive VP Peder Gellert Pedersen of DFDS. For instance in the executive group. "I've been too attentive rather than forcing decisions through," he says in ShippingWatch's series on leadership.
Among the dry bulk carriers, Pacific Basin is one of the few players so confident in the market that it has performed a significant fleet expansion. And more could be underway. ShippingWatch has interviewed CEO Mats Berglund about where the optimism comes from.
The year-long conflict in the port of Gothenburg involving APM Terminals has proved expensive for Swedish industry. Swedish chamber of commerce projects that the conflict could trigger bankruptcies, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Shipyards in South Korea have surpassed China again in terms of receiving the most orders for new ships and platforms. The major South Korean yards have been in the doldrums in recent years, but 2017 has been positive so far.