Singapore based Ezra Holdings, with its extensive network of subsidiaries, held its first meeting with some of its lenders. The company, which is under US bankruptcy protection, is battling for survival.
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.
Shipping magnate John Fredriksen continues the battle to take over DHT as the move could give his tanker carrier Frontline a superior position in the VLCC market. "Size does matter," one analyst tells ShippingWatch. "Very insufficient offer," says DHT.
2017 has already been hailed by Maersk Line and several of its biggest competitors as the year in which the miserable results from last year will be replaced by a de-facto turnaround. Things have developed positively so far, Maersk Line's head of Asia and the Pacific tells ShippingWatch.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries have both delivered large profits in the first quarter. According to local media, the improvement is largely attributed to comprehensive streamlining efforts.
2017 did not begin as well as last year for Seaspan. However, the shipowner has faith in the future and is ready to benefit from the reconstruction of the container market which is currently underway, says CEO Gerry Wang.