The consolidation wave in product tanker is now reality. Robert Bugbee's Scorpio Tankers will merge with Navig8 and issue new shares for USD 200 million. The new behemoth will have a fleet of 105 vessels and will compete directly with carriers such as Torm, Ardmore, and Hafnia Tankers.
Several critical observers question US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross' continued ownership of product tanker carrier Diamond S Shipping. The carrier's ties to China in particular are being criticized by ethics experts who point to possible conflicts of interest.
Immediately following the merger of the two Frontline-companies, which has created the world's largest tanker carrier, former CEO Jens Martin Jensen has left the company. But he is not leaving the industry. "My heart beats for shipping," he tells ShippingWatch.
According to media Tradewinds, negotiations are taking place between Hafnia Tankers, headquartered north of Copenhagen, and US Diamond S Shipping, which is controlled by equity fund investor and current US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (pictured). Hafnia Tankers CEO declines to comment to ShippingWatch.
CEO Mads P. Zacho has reduced expenses at J. Lauritzen in order to prepare the carrier for a protracted downturn on the dry bulk market. There is no need for more major cost cutting, he tells ShippingWatch.
Is it possible to listen too much when collaborating? Yes, at times, says Executive VP Peder Gellert Pedersen of DFDS. For instance in the executive group. "I've been too attentive rather than forcing decisions through," he says in ShippingWatch's series on leadership.
Among the dry bulk carriers, Pacific Basin is one of the few players so confident in the market that it has performed a significant fleet expansion. And more could be underway. ShippingWatch has interviewed CEO Mats Berglund about where the optimism comes from.
The year-long conflict in the port of Gothenburg involving APM Terminals has proved expensive for Swedish industry. Swedish chamber of commerce projects that the conflict could trigger bankruptcies, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Shipyards in South Korea have surpassed China again in terms of receiving the most orders for new ships and platforms. The major South Korean yards have been in the doldrums in recent years, but 2017 has been positive so far.