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.
Weak markets and idled vessels hurt the offshore carrier in the first quarter, which ended with red numbers on the bottom line. The plan to land a deal with the company's lenders is taking longer than initially expected.
The Fredriksen-controlled rig unit exits the first quarter with a slide in revenue and an operating result virtually slashed in half compared to the same period last year. A new investor could be about to enter the company.
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.
"We were too slow," says DFDS' VP of Communications, Gert Jakobsen, about the case in which the Danish carrier was accused of wage dumping earlier this year. Crisis management is just one of the purposes of communication in the maritime sphere.
The major Finnish supplier has established a new digital division. New people have been hired and 400 current employees from other divisions have been transferred to the division, which will focus in particular on cyber crime.
Since the first generation of larger container vessels hit the water in 2012, things have only gone one way for the number of weekly departures on major routes. SeaIntel has reviewed how many departures the major vessels have cut from their schedules.