If the industry can continue its cost adjustment initiatives, and the oil price improvements are sustained, there is reason to believe that the number of offshore projects will rise this year, says offshore and installation carrier Subsea 7.
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.
Ezion, another one of Singapore's offshore companies, has filed for insolvency, and trading of the company's shares has been suspended. Shipping service company Marco Polo's shares have been suspended since May, and the company's latest interim report does not bode well for the future.
The second quarter was historically good for DFDS which also bought new vessels during the period. CEO Niels Smedegaard tells ShippingWatch that there are two acquisitions in the pipeline, which he hopes to land this year. "It is a nice situation to be in," he says.
They have seen the highest dry bulk rates in four years but it is still not enough, Norden CEO Jan Rindbo tells ShippingWatch. The carrier's bright spot came in the form of the struggling tanker segment.
An Indian newspaper reports that APM Terminals is preparing to sell its large stake in port Gateway Terminals India. If the sale happens, it could indicate that APM Terminals is on track to leave India entirely, writes Alphaliner in an analysis.