The huge consolidation wave sweeping the container industry is about to wind down with Cosco Shipping's billion-dollar acquisition of OOCL, say several analysts to ShippingWatch. Two players look set to become losers in the wake of the trend.
Following two major mergers, Hapag-Lloyd's potential talent pool has grown substantially. But so has the diversification among the candidates. With two programs, the German carrier aims to foster what could become the next CEO. Self-reflection is crucial for advancement.
Employees at the major container carriers point first and foremost to a shortage of career opportunities, and they are not necessarily pleased with senior management, according to new data from recruitment firm Glassdoor. The data bring good as well as bad news for Maersk Line and MSC.
Iceland's Samskip has acquired Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines, which competitor Eimskip tried in vain to take over earlier this year. The acquisition awaits approval by Norwegian regulators.
35 percent of the container vessels sailing between Asia and North Europe are ultra-large ships with capacities exceeding 18,000 containers – and this number will increase significantly within the next few years, shows an analysis by SeaIntel.
Analyst firm Alphaliner points to Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL) as the most obvious acquisition candidate among the four carriers currently not part of the major alliances in the container market. However, the owning family told ShippingWatch in May that a sale was not in the cards.
Dan-Bunkering has in the past year streamlined its organization and laid off people. Not there is room to strengthen the core business, and also consider new areas, the company's CEO since May this year, Christoffer Berg Lassen, tells ShippingWatch.
Teekay Corporation has entered a strategic partnership with New York-listed investment firm Brookfield, which will inject hundreds of million of dollars in Teekay Offshore. Brookfield will thus own 60 percent of the offshore unit.
That Belgian and French ports are exempted from paying taxes on their profits constitutes illegal state aid, concludes the EU's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. But the ports will not be required to repay the received aid.