Clarksons Platou and Fearnley Securities are both praising tanker carrier DHT Holdings for its purchase of BW Group's VLCC fleet. With the transaction, the company goes from being on the defense to an active player in the consolidation in the tanker market, say the analysts.
Navigare Capital Partners, a new investment company targeting the shipping industry, has made its first investment in two product tankers. "We will invest in different segments," CEO Henrik Ramskov tells ShippingWatch.
The idea that bigger companies enjoy increased interest from major investors will now be put to the test in the wake of the merger between Navig8 and Scorpio Tankers, says Mikael Skov, CEO of Hafnia Tankers, who has IPO plans of his own.
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.
There will be more mergers, acquisitions, and general consolidation in the product tanker market within the next 12-24 months, Hafnia Tankers and Jyske Bank tell ShippingWatch. Torm Executive Director Jacob Meldgaard is also open to the idea.
Shipping magnate John Fredriksen continues the battle to take over DHT as the move could give his tanker carrier Frontline a superior position in the VLCC market. "Size does matter," one analyst tells ShippingWatch. "Very insufficient offer," says DHT.
The gas carrier finished the first three months of the year with improvements across the board, a development attributed in particular to a new project in Colombia. The carrier also beat market expectations. "Balance sheet remains rock solid," notes Fearnleys.
Some of the world's biggest customers in dry bulk and tanker, including Trafigura and Shell, criticize carriers for slacking off on the quality of crews on board vessels, according to a new report. This fact could impact safety.
Shipbroker Lightship Chartering has been sentenced to pay a little over DKK 500,000 to a former partner who now works at Maersk Broker. Lightship has also been sentenced for an email sent by owner Morten Have to the management of Maersk Broker.
A 38-year-old crew member from the Philippines has been killed in an accident on board Norden vessel Nord Quebec when the ship berthed at Troi-Riviéres in Canada. The Canadian authorities are investigating the accident.