Oceansaver's market disappeared after the IMO postponed the implementation deadline this summer for the ballast water requirements, CEO and Chairman Kjetil Bruun-Olsen tells ShippingWatch. The postponement hurts first movers, says association Danish Maritime.
Oceansaver, the Norwegian ballast water management systems supplier, has been declared bankrupt. The company is just one of four companies to have secured a key type approval for its systems. The development is blamed on the slow IMO process.
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.
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.
Nordic bank Nordea is currently reviewing guidelines for shipping customers regarding hazardous vessel scrapping. Danske Bank is also evaluating the issue of carriers' scrapping in Asia, the banks tell ShippingWatch.
John Fredriksen, who actually holds a Cypriot passport, has been listed as Norway's richest person by business magazine Kapital for the 15th consecutive year. Another shipping profile is ranked a bit further down the list.