The risk of a negative outcome in the ongoing compensation case following the collapse of OW Bunker is very low, writes Altor Equity Partners in its 2016 annual report. The equity fund handled the IPO of the collapsed bunker company.
Germany's Lloyd Fonds has shelved its plans to create a listed shipping company for now, explains CEO Torsten Teichert. "We're still looking into the possibilities in shipping, but I doubt that this will be realized within the next few years," he tells ShippingWatch.
One of the world's largest dry bulk companies, Noble Chartering, is now moving its activities from Hong Kong to Singapore where the group is headquartered. The move is part of a major restructuring which has reduced the number of employees by over 70 percent in the past two years.
Following last year's merger, Norwegian-German DNV GL was able to present an annual report containing a rising revenue and an improved operating result. CEO expects that the imbalance in shipping will continue into 2015.
Newly-established container carrier MPC Container Ships plans to have 35 to 50 feeder vessels within a year. "This would be a good starting point for us," the CEO of the Oslo-based company tells ShippingWatch.
Two of Norway's biggest figures in shipping, Kjell Inge Røkke and John Fredriksen, are behind Norway's new offshore carrier Solstad Farstad which will become the country's largest carrier. "It's a tough market out there," CEO Lars Peder Solstad tells ShippingWatch.
The current methods for testing whether a dangerous cargo is at risk of liquefaction during sailing are inadequate and should be changed, says the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators, citing various samples of cargoes which have become liquefied despite passing tests.
The EU list of yards which are allowed to dismantle European vessels has led to greater interest in Spanish shipbreaker DDR Vessels, says CEO. However, there are still many carriers trying to circumvent the rules.
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