The two Maersk Supply Service vessels which sank off the coast of France last year contained a total of 192,000 liters of oil and oil residues, according to an inventory of hazardous substances in the vessel's tanks. The carrier has confirmed the figures, while an environment expert says the ships must be emptied or salvaged.
The shipping business has been particularly noted for creating massive family fortunes around the world. The Maersk family occupies the 2nd place on Alphaliner's list of the 21 richest shipping families.
The Maersk Group's sale of its tanker unit to the Maersk family made headlines on ShippingWatch this week. Top stories also included a bankruptcy in the ballast water market and revolt among Seadrill's bondholders.
J. Lauritzen will gradually phase out larger dry bulk vessels when their contracts expire. "We're strong in Handysize, and that's where we've historically been the most profitable," CEO Mads P. Zacho tells ShippingWatch.