There are the optimists in dry bulk, who believe that a recovery is in progress. And then there are the ones who believe that it will likely be 2018 before the market is healthy again. And then there is Ultrabulk CEO Per Lange, who simply points to an imbalance that is hard to ignore.
New Dutch multipurpose joint venture Shipping Company Groningen, which includes Thorco Project, has growth ambitions in spite of the challenges currently plaguing the segment. ShippingWatch has interviewed one of the architects behind the venture, CEO Jan van der Laan.
After a brutal start to 2016, it now seems that 2017 will be a much better year for dry bulk carriers such as Norden and Golden Ocean, which currently boast positive recommendations from Danske Bank as well as Clarksons Platou.
Pacific Basin has hired a new CFO who is joining the company from tanker carrier BW Pacific. He has a background in the finance sector and will start in his new position in August when the current CFO steps down.
Swiss-based Gearbulk, controlled by the Jebsen family, and Norway's Grieg Star, headed by sisters Camilla and Elisabeth Grieg, have a new partnership to create a dry bulk carrier with a fleet of more than 130 vessels and headquartered in Bergen. (Being updated)
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.
John Fredriksen's Frontline has sent a new offer to DHT in which the company proposes a merger of Frontline and DHT. "We are convinced that the proposed new combination of Frontline and DHT will maximize value for both sets of shareholders," writes Frontline. DHT Holdings describes the new bid as "unimproved."
A new report from Norway's Menon Economics, published Wednesday in Singapore, cements Singapore's status as the world's number one maritime hub. The analysis names Hamburg, Oslo, Rotterdam, London, and Copenhagen as the five key European maritime capitals.
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.