A series of renowned shipping names, including Blystad Group, are behind the new company Maritime Asset Partners, which will offer alternative financing to shipping companies. USD 150 million are ready to be invested. "We can raise more money according to our needs," head of the company Nick Roos tells ShippingWatch.
Hanne B. Sørensen will step down as CEO of Damco and will be replaced by Klaus Rud Sejling (photo), Maersk Line's current head of the carrier's key business on the crucial East-West routes between Asia and Europe.
The downturn in the LPG market in 2016 took Avance Gas by surprise – and 2017 looks bleak as well. The company plans to remain calm in terms of consolidation and acquisitions until the market has improved, says CFO Peder C. G. Simonsen, to ShippingWatch.
Unmanned vessels from Rolls-Royce will be ready for deployment by as early as 2020, report British media. Smaller tugboats and ferries will likely be the first to start operating without crews on board.
So far, shipyards have kept the offshore crisis at bay with the help of orders placed before the oil price plunged. But the last ships are now being delivered, and the next two years thus look challenging, the CEO of Dutch Damen tells ShippingWatch.
Several container carriers have received penalties in China for failing to provide correct information about their freight rates to the Chinese ministry of transports. The carriers fined include CMA CGM and Hamburg Süd. But the size of the fine is fairly modest.
The maritime sphere in Europe is far from in agreement when it comes to limiting CO2 emissions from shipping. While the shipowners are highly critical of the European Parliament's plan to include CO2 in a cap trading system, the ports praise the proposal. "Most unfortunate," say the shipowners.
The final months of 2016 brought improvements on the routes from Asia to the east coast of South America. But there is still a long way to go in terms of the activity noted on the routes in the past, writes analyst firm Drewry, warning against excessive optimism.