Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority have revoked two bunker suppliers' license to operate in the world's top bunker port. The two companies have, according to the authority, violated the terms and conditions for bunker activities in the port.
When the new executive team is settled at APM Terminals, CEO Morten Engelstoft will set aside three days to develop a new strategy for the port company. Significantly fewer people than before will perform the task after a large reduction last year.
Although APM Terminals has already paid once for Guatemala's important Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal, the Maersk-owned port operator has accepted to pay an additional sum of money in the wake of the ongoing bribery case.
APM Terminals' Managing Director in the Port of Gothenburg, Henrik Kristensen, takes stock after months of conflict: 35 percent of containers are gone, a negative result for the full-year 2017 after a triple-digit loss, and major customers have left. "Now we need to fight our way back," he tells ShippingWatch.
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.
Nordic bank Nordea is currently reviewing guidelines for shipping customers regarding hazardous vessel scrapping. Danske Bank is also evaluating the issue of carriers' scrapping in Asia, the banks tell ShippingWatch.
John Fredriksen, who actually holds a Cypriot passport, has been listed as Norway's richest person by business magazine Kapital for the 15th consecutive year. Another shipping profile is ranked a bit further down the list.