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This week's top stories on ShippingWatch

J. Lauritzen is challenged by excessive sulfur in new fuels, Global Risk Management opens new offices and reshuffles management, while a shipping CEO thinks the industry is unprepared for climate-related challenges. These are some of this week's most important stories on ShippingWatch.

BW Group wants to cash in on DHT shares

BW Group wants to sell off a large slice of its shares in tanker company DHT Holdings. The Singapore-based shipping group became a major shareholder of the company when DHT purchased 11 supertankers from BW.

DHT CEO takes a jab at scrubber critics

Opponents of scrubbers are divided into two camps, says one of DHT's two CEOs. Those who do not have the funds to invest in them, and those who arrived at the party too late.

DHT reports fourth quarter profit

In a generally tough year for the tanker sector, shipping company DHT Holdings finished the last quarter of the year with a positive bottom line. The start of 2019 indicates improvements in the market, says JP Morgan.

Carriers were able to avoid Norwegian tax by meeting abroad

Norwegian tax authorities now pose new requirements for companies and carriers registered abroad but headquartered in Norway. From now on, it will no longer be possible to avoid paying tax in Norway just by holding the board meeting abroad, explains Norwegian tax lawyer to ShippingWatch.

Tanker operators increasingly optimistic about next 18 months

While several tanker ship operators such as Euronav, DHT and Tsaksos Energy Navigation are generally positive about the next 18 months, future environmental regulations loom on the horizon. But the sulfur regulations are expected to create more business starting already next year.

DHT reports deficit in continuously tough tanker market

As expected, the problems seem to continue for the crude oil carriers in the second quarter. As the first major tanker carrier, DHT Holdings just published its interim report, which shows VLCC rates below analysts expectations.

Fredriksen sells DHT stake and buys container ships

Frontline was unable to acquire DHT Holdings last year, and the tanker shipping company has now sold all its shares in DHT at a profit. John Fredriksen has also bought new container ships through his investment unit.

Tanker carrier DHT beat expectations

Oslo-based DHT Holdings, which operates a fleet of 30 supertankers, seems to have achieved a significantly better result in a weak period for the tanker market.

Lower rates drag down DHT's results in Q2

Norwegian tanker carrier DHT took hits on the top and bottom lines in the second quarter this year due to lower rates during a period in which the carrier's fleet grew significantly following the acquisition of BW Group's fleet of VLCC supertankers.

DHT's two CEOs are Norway's best paid chief execs

The tanker carrier's two CEOs each earn more respectively than the top chief execs from Norway's three largest companies combined, reports Dagens Næringsliv. Competitor Frontline, which has made repeated attempts to buy DHT, has previously criticized the carrier's salary costs.

DHT's takeover of BW Group's VLCC fleet is complete

DHT Holding has completed its acquisition of BW Group's fleet of nine VLCCs together with contracts on two VLCCs. "Our fleet has been expanded by 50 percent at what we think is an opportune time in the cycle," says management.

Frontline abandons corporate acquisitions and bets on own fleet

John Fredriksen's crude oil tanker carrier Frontline has given up its efforts to buy its way to a position as the world's biggest player in its segment. For now at least. The carrier bets on the benefits from its own fleet renewal, CEO Robert Hvide Macleod tells ShippingWatch.

Marshall Islands court rejects Frontline request

According to tanker carrier DHT Holdings, the court in the Marshall Islands has rejected Fredriksen-controlled Frontline's request for a preliminary ban on the transaction DHT has made with BW Group.

Media: Fredriksen in talks with new tanker carrier

John Fredriksen is, according to the Wall Street Journal, in talks related to an acquisition of US-based tanker carrier Gener8 Maritime in a deal which would create the world's biggest VLCC fleet. As such, Frontline looks to have quit its pursuit of DHT.

Frontline hit by weak rates in first quarter

Crude carrier Frontline saw its profit slide in the first quarter 2017 due to weak rates in the tanker market. But the CEO is optimistic and maintains the strategy to grow despite the failed attempts to take over competitor DHT.

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