Chinese leasing companies have stormed into shipping and offshore accounting for 15 percent of new loans in 2016, according to new figures. ShippingWatch has met two of the new bankers which the maritime industry should start getting used to. "It's strictly commercial," they say.
Without providing any specific reason, Claus Hyldager has stepped down as CEO of London-based but Arabian owned Inchcape. Hyldager has served as chief executive for nine years and spearheaded a massive expansion of the company.
The Maersk family's brokerage firm maintains its forecast for an improved result compared to a weak 2016, CEO Anders Hald tells ShippingWatch. Though there is solid activity in buying and selling, it is still happening at very low prices, he says.
Robert Bugbee, CEO of Maersk Tankers' top competitor Scorpio Tankers, has great expectations for the Maersk family after its acquisition of Maersk Tankers. "I expect to see the Maersk family as a driving and consolidating force," he tells ShippingWatch.
Maersk Line has for the first time quantified its growth ambitions for Hamburg Süd, a takeover transaction the carrier is expected to complete before long. "It's a long-term ambition, but there's no doubt that our expectations are high," COO Søren Toft tells ShippingWatch.
The Maersk Group's sale of its tanker unit to the Maersk family made headlines on ShippingWatch this week. Top stories also included a bankruptcy in the ballast water market and revolt among Seadrill's bondholders.