Maersk Line annually earmarks a double-digit million-dollar figure to roll out a digital strategy for its fleet, says Niels Bruus, the carrier's head of future solutions for fleet management and technology. All Maersk Line's vessels are expected to be digitally linked by 2018.
The powerful US dockworker union ILWU has succeeded in slowing the development towards automation in Los Angeles and Long Beach. A new law holds that environmentally-friendly vehicles in the ports must not be fully automated or remote controlled in order to secure subsidies.
There are no other interesting acquisition candidates for Maersk Line if the Hamburg Süd purchase fails, says Lars Jensen, CEO of Seaintelligence Consulting. Instead, the carrier will have to do what it should have done a long time ago, he tells ShippingWatch.
Eight vessels from North Korea, currently subject to sanctions, have this year loaded oil cargoes in Russia, with China and South Korea listed as their destination. But the course was changed at a later point, reports Reuters.
Nordic bank Nordea is currently reviewing guidelines for shipping customers regarding hazardous vessel scrapping. Danske Bank is also evaluating the issue of carriers' scrapping in Asia, the banks tell ShippingWatch.