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.
APM Terminals is inching closer to Maersk Line through exclusive deals in which, for instance, financial risk from the terminal company is transferred to the container carrier. The ties between the two formally independent companies have been subject to controversy before.
Tuesday's announcement that 160 employees will be axed at APM Terminals in Gothenburg was the only option for moving on from the conflict which has cost the terminal company customers as well as revenue. The dockworkers' union is shocked in the wake of the announcement.
Starting at 4 pm CET on Tuesday and lasting 24 hours, APM Terminal's Gothenburg facilities will be at a standstill. An attempt to trip up Swedish exports, says APM Terminals Gothenburg CEO Henrik Kristensen.
The Maersk family's brokerage firm maintains its forecast for an improved result compared to a weak 2016, CEO Anders Hald tells ShippingWatch. Though there is solid activity in buying and selling, it is still happening at very low prices, he says.
Chinese leasing companies have stormed into shipping and offshore accounting for 15 percent of new loans in 2016, according to new figures. ShippingWatch has met two of the new bankers which the maritime industry should start getting used to. "It's strictly commercial," they say.
Green Ship of the Future has now appointed its management team for the next two years, with senior executives from MAN Diesel & Turbo and DFDS filling the top positions in the network that consists of 48 stakeholders in the maritime sector.