Yet another large order for as many as 11 container ships to MSC is currently being negotiated and settled in South Korea, inform the country's shipyards – but the carrier has not confirmed the order, for which the tense relationship to North Korea allegedly figures as a joker.
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.