Damen Shipyard, the largest shipbuilding group in the Netherlands, was subjected to a dawn raid this week by the country's tax authority. According to several media reports, the raid is part of investigations into a case related to corruption and bribes.
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.
Following an internal audit, it has surfaced that Wärtsilä is dealing with a case regarding fraud with the test results of its engines. Two percent of the engines may be affected. Employees at the company are responsible.
A hacker attack has triggered a large-scale crash of Maersk Group's IT systems, the company tells ShippingWatch. It remains unknown how the group's customers will be impacted. APM Terminals has also been struck in ports in the US and Netherlands.
Just as a wave of mergers and acquisitions has consolidated container carriers in recent years, the many German tonnage owners need to join forces. One of the premier personalities in German shipping, Claus-Peter Offen, tells ShippingWatch that he is ready to spearhead the process.