Along with Japan, the EU has filed a complaint to the OECD regarding the South Korean government's aid package for the world's largest shipyard and one of the country's biggest employers, DSME, which is constructing Maersk Line's newest series of vessels.
32-year-old Christoffer Berg Lassen grew up in the small Danish city Middelfart where Dan-Bunkering is also located. In 2004, he started a traineeship at the company, and 13 years later he has taken over the reins as CEO.
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.
Hard-pressed offshore carrier Maersk Supply Service recently signed an 18-month contract in Mexico and the carrier will soon be able to announce even longer contracts, CEO Steen S. Karstensen tells ShippingWatch. However, the tough market conditions will continue.
The share price for John Fredriksen's drilling company Seadrill is at its lowest level in five years, ahead of the publication of the company's interim report tomorrow Thursday. This year alone, the stock market value of the company has dropped more than 90 percent.
While German banks are battling to get rid of their bad shipping loans, Danske Bank is holding on to its portfolio, which is currently worth DKK 40 million. "We are not intending to reduce it," says Øivind Haraldsen, who is global head of shipping, to ShippingWatch.
In just three weeks, rates have more than tripled on the spot market for the large Capesize vessels, Golden Ocean CEO Birgitte Vartdal tells ShippingWatch. A Norwegian analyst firm estimates that rates for major bulk vessels could rise to over USD 40,000 in the second half of the year.