Maersk Oil has lost out on the tender to operate the massive Al-Shaheen field in Qatar, a field in which the Danish company currently serves as operator. Al-Shaheen is one of the world largest oil fields and has for years been a de-facto moneymaker for Maersk.
American World Fuel Services and Danish Bunker Holding have set themselves apart as the world's two biggest bunker companies. "We are in effect playing a part in the future development of the industry," says Bunker Holding CEO Keld Demant in an interview with ShippingWatch.
The drop in oil price has obliterated the foundation for numerous contracts, particularly in the offshore sector. But who will book the losses? This showdown has now begun, a Singapore-based shipping lawyer tells ShippingWatch.
The large number of idled offshore ships has brought the North Sea spot market closer to balance, where the active part of the fleet is virtually sold out, notes Westshore Shipbrokers. However Clarksons believe that sustainable rates will first emerge in 2008.
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.
APM Terminals lays off 160 in Gothenburg in a move to end the protracted port labor conflift. Shipowners look to postpone the ballast water convention by two years. Shippers worry about a shortage of reefer containers. Oil is headed for USD 40. Here are this weeks top picks.