London P&I Club and two partners have issued new guidelines for sailings with dangerous cargo which can become liquefied if humidity levels are too high. Last Friday, Stellar Daisy was shipwrecked after sailing with category A cargo.
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.
Bulk carrier Scorpio Bulkers' earnings more than tripled in the first quarter, but the carrier is still sailing with losses on the bottom line. The carrier has made a USD 17 million impairment on ship values.
China is building its infrastructure and this constitutes the dominant factor in the development of the dry bulk market this year, Bimco writes in a new analysis. Brazil is playing an increasingly larger role in the transportation of iron ore.
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.
All executives have day-to-day jobs – and no one has his or her own office. At one of the world’s largest dry bulk operators, Oldendorff Carriers, things are markedly different than the shipping industry is used to.
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.