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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shipping magnate John Fredriksen continues the battle to take over DHT as the move could give his tanker carrier Frontline a superior position in the VLCC market. "Size does matter," one analyst tells ShippingWatch. "Very insufficient offer," says DHT.
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.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries have both delivered large profits in the first quarter. According to local media, the improvement is largely attributed to comprehensive streamlining efforts.
2017 did not begin as well as last year for Seaspan. However, the shipowner has faith in the future and is ready to benefit from the reconstruction of the container market which is currently underway, says CEO Gerry Wang.