The second quarter in 2017 brought another deficit for Concordia Maritime, which is struggling in a weak market for product tanker, just like its competitors. CEO Kim Ullman believes in a gradual recovery from 2018.
Navig8 Chemical Tankers suffered a deficit of USD 3.6 million, according to the interim report for the second quarter. The market for chemical products has stabilized, albeit at lower levels, says CEO.
CEO Christian M. Ingerslev of Maersk Tankers does not eye improvements in the product tanker market until the second half of 2018. The timing will coincide, however, with settling a solution for the carrier's independent future outside of Maersk. One option is going public.
Not long ago, observers had little interest in Robert Bugbee as the Scorpio project looked set to fail. Now he is the man who has done what everyone is talking about in product tanker, and in an interview with ShippingWatch he calls on competitors to follow his lead.
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 under way. ShippingWatch has interviewed CEO Mats Berglund about where the optimism comes from.
The second quarter was historically good for DFDS which also bought new vessels during the period. CEO Niels Smedegaard tells ShippingWatch that there are two acquisitions in the pipeline, which he hopes to land this year. "It is a nice situation to be in," he says.
They have seen the highest dry bulk rates in four years but it is still not enough, Norden CEO Jan Rindbo tells ShippingWatch. The carrier's bright spot came in the form of the struggling tanker segment.
An Indian newspaper reports that APM Terminals is preparing to sell its large stake in port Gateway Terminals India. If the sale happens, it could indicate that APM Terminals is on track to leave India entirely, writes Alphaliner in an analysis.