The Port of Rotterdam has experienced a notably large increase in the number of containers during the first quarter of 2017. Port authority CEO Allard Castelein believes that the new alliance constellation could lead to a strong year in container for the port.
The major ports between Asia and Europe aren't the only ones that need to be modified for billions of dollars because of the new mega ships. The smaller ports will also have to be expanded, says DP World to ShippingWatch.
That Belgian and French ports are exempted from paying taxes on their profits constitutes illegal state aid, concludes the EU's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. But the ports will not be required to repay the received aid.
APM Terminals is in the process of upgrading several ports to handle the ultra-large vessels that a growing number of container carriers are ordering. There is a strong need for upgraded infrastructure in many parts of the world, CEO Kim Fejfer tells ShippingWatch.
According to ShippingWatch's information, two precarious cases at APM Terminals in India, of which one presumably involves Maersk's regional head in India represent the backdrop for the dramatic dismissals last week that included CFO Christian Møller Laursen.
Following a USD 90 million deficit in 2016, the former Viking Supply Ships CEO Christian W. Berg will play a key part in turning developments around at Norwegian GC Rieber Shipping. ShippingWatch has interviewed Chairman Paul-Chr. Rieber about the opportunities facing the carrier.
Container carrier Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL), which is on track to be sold to Cosco, can look back on a second quarter with a significant boost in revenue. Stronger rates indicate an overall positive result for the container sector in the second quarter, says Fearnleys.