Torm CEO Jacob Meldgaard has not shelved the IPO plans even though the carrier suffered a big deficit of USD 142 million for the year after a fleet impairment of USD 185 million. But the tanker rates will need to improve and oil stockpiles go down before a listing becomes relevant, he tells ShippingWatch.
DHT Holding has completed its acquisition of BW Group's fleet of nine VLCCs together with contracts on two VLCCs. "Our fleet has been expanded by 50 percent at what we think is an opportune time in the cycle," says management.
John Fredriksen's crude oil tanker carrier Frontline has given up its efforts to buy its way to a position as the world's biggest player in its segment. For now at least. The carrier bets on the benefits from its own fleet renewal, CEO Robert Hvide Macleod tells ShippingWatch.
A financial restructuring of Rickmers Group could mean that Bertram Rickmers loses his entire stake in the storied German shipping group. One of the biggest symbols of German shipping's power is about to fall.
Think again if you believed that Euronav or Frontline were the Kings of Crude. Number 1 is Iranian NITC, which after months under embargo is now negotiating pool deals, Commercial Director Nasrollah Sardashti says in an interview with ShippingWatch.
The Maersk family's brokerage firm maintains its forecast for an improved result compared to a weak 2016, CEO Anders Hald tells ShippingWatch. Though there is solid activity in buying and selling, it is still happening at very low prices, he says.
Chinese leasing companies have stormed into shipping and offshore accounting for 15 percent of new loans in 2016, according to new figures. ShippingWatch has met two of the new bankers which the maritime industry should start getting used to. "It's strictly commercial," they say.
Green Ship of the Future has now appointed its management team for the next two years, with senior executives from MAN Diesel & Turbo and DFDS filling the top positions in the network that consists of 48 stakeholders in the maritime sector.