Maritime companies face plenty of risks when they enter into a deal with a counterparty with whom they are not familiar, or whom they thought they could trust. Although a highly discreet company, InfoSpectrum Ltd grants ShippingWatch a glimpse of the most severe pitfalls.
Equity fund Altor blurred the cash trail when it via Deloitte took DKK 1.2 billion out of Denmark. Now the Danish Customs and Tax Administration wants repayment of DKK 140 million, reports Danish media DR.
It will become extremely difficult for carriers to get financing from banks going forward, and even if they manage to do so, the price will be towering, Eddy Van de Voorde, professor of maritime economy, tells ShippingWatch ahead of a proposal for new bank regulations.
Despite its indisputable role as the world's shipping center, financing for maritime companies has been lagging behind in Singapore, and the country will now work to bring carriers and investors closer together. The understanding of shipping as an investment represents one of the challenges.
Since the turn of the year alone, numerous new financing opportunities have emerged for the shipping companies as alternatives to the traditional shipping banks. ShippingWatch provides an overview below.
The Maersk family and its four partners in the investment company Navigare Capital Partners, which will manage pension funds worth over USD 300 million, have injected upwards of DKK 100 million (USD 14 million) in a new fund, which will likely be the first of several funds aimed at investing in shipping.
2017 has already been hailed by Maersk Line and several of its biggest competitors as the year in which the miserable results from last year will be replaced by a de-facto turnaround. Things have developed positively so far, Maersk Line's head of Asia and the Pacific tells ShippingWatch.
New York-listed Scorpio Tankers booked a first quarter result this year, which shrank since last year, while revenue landed in line with expectations. Second quarter looks much better, says one analyst.
Several EU nations are currently subject to comprehensive reviews of their subsidies to carriers and maritime businesses. The EU Commission is preparing a more restrictive practice, ShippingWatch is told.
That was one of the arguments cited when Hafnia Tankers CEO Mikael Skov and CEO of Teekay Corporation, Kenneth Hvid, participated in a debate in which they had to convince representatives from family-owned carriers that they belong to the past.