Europe's largest port, Rotterdam, is demanding full transparency in the state aid for competing ports such as Antwerp and Hamburg, after the EU Parliament recently passed a port package which has been in the works for 15 years.
The conflict between port workers and the management of APM Terminals in Gothenburg has reached a total impasse and is now at its most severe point since the conflict began close to a year ago. A crucial meeting between the parties Wednesday ended without a result.
The maritime sphere in Europe is far from in agreement when it comes to limiting CO2 emissions from shipping. While the shipowners are highly critical of the European Parliament's plan to include CO2 in a cap trading system, the ports praise the proposal. "Most unfortunate," say the shipowners.
CEO Morten Engelstoft has already kicked off the work to bring APM Terminals and Maersk Line closer together. In an interview with ShippingWatch, he outlines three concrete points on which the two companies will help each other.
15 years after the first application was submitted, the Port of Hamburg has now secured approval for an expansion of the Elbe waterway. In particular, the port hopes to attract more of the ultra-large container vessels which sail to and from China. But environmental NGOs oppose the expansion.
Two thirds of the bondholders need to vote in favor of repayment of their loans being postponed, otherwise J. Lauritzen's entire, new refinancing package, including backing from the banks and owner Lauritzen Fonden, will collapse. ShippingWatch has interviewed CEO Mads Zacho about the prospects.
While new niche banks are emerging in the maritime sector, several of the traditional banks active in shipping and offshore are reducing their exposure to the sector. DNB is one of them. The bank believes that bigger companies and lower costs represent the way out of the offshore crisis.
Hard-pressed dry bulk carrier J. Lauritzen was hit with yet another deficit in 2016, a result management deems unsatisfactory. However, the carrier's CEO Mads Zacho has been able to settle the main terms of the refinancing deal with banks that was crucial for the company's future.
Transocean received a large one-off income in October when an Indian offshore company canceled a long-term contract for a drilling vessel. The figure offsets a decline in revenue from the drilling activities in the fourth quarter.
Gridlocked negotiations between APM Terminals and dockworkers in Gothenburg, a new full-year deficit for J. Lauritzen, and a change in strategy at Damco are among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.