Japanese financial services company Orix bought shipping loans for USD 298 million from the Royal Bank of Scotland on Monday. The purchase will serve as a springboard to increase activities within European shipping.
A random encounter at a copper anniversary party many years ago marked a turning point in Keld R. Demant's career. He currently serves as CEO of Bunker Holding. It is crucial to find a good boss in order to make a career for yourself, he says.
Rooted in a combination of shipping and IT experience from Silicon Valley, the idea of a digital shopping platform for the maritime industry looked like an obvious business idea. Still, it would take 14 years for Paul Østergaard's company ShipServ to turn a profit.
CEO Søren Skou was unable to deliver what analysts, competitors, and undoubtedly shareholders had expected. The carrier has lost market shares at what looks like the worst possible time, observers note. Fully in line with expectations, says Skou.
The Maersk Group's product tanker carrier, Maersk Tankers, lost more than USD 483 million in the second quarter, a deficit that pulls the group into the red. Port unit APM Terminals also booked impairments related to several ports.
Ezion, another one of Singapore's offshore companies, has filed for insolvency, and trading of the company's shares has been suspended. Shipping service company Marco Polo's shares have been suspended since May, and the company's latest interim report does not bode well for the future.
Maersk Line grew, benefiting from a strengthened container freight market, while major impairments at Maersk Tankers and APM Terminals dragged the group's overall results down. And the hacker attack came at a high price.