The world's largest container carrier, Maersk Line, achieved a USD 339 million profit in the second quarter. Freight rates are up 22 percent compared to last year, while impairments in other business units dragged down the group's overall result into the red.
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.
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.
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.
John Fredriksen, who actually holds a Cypriot passport, has been listed as Norway's richest person by business magazine Kapital for the 15th consecutive year. Another shipping profile is ranked a bit further down the list.