Zeamarine has in the past week filed for insolvency for three companies in Bremen. As such, the restructuring of the company has entered a new phase after competitors have been acquiring ships from the company.
German investment company Dr. Peters Group aims to close the gaps left by banks in the hard-pressed multipurpose sector and is preparing itself for large acquisitions in MPP and two other segments. Especially larger fleets with a particular type of ownership are interesting to the firm.
Two white houses on Marcusallee in Bremen comprise a new and important axis in German shipping. Zeaborn is headquartered in number 35, far from Hamburg's iconic waterfront. The company's management duo speaks to ShippingWatch in the company's first interview ever.
Unprofitable multipurpose vessels, which German banks are left holding, are being moved around big-time among shipowners. "We're basically competing against zombies these days, which exist with continuing support from the banks," says one market player.
"We will be difficult to match," says BBC Chartering Chief Exec Svend Andersen of the partnership with Dutch Jumbo Shipping. A collaboration that was created under toxic market conditions where a consolidation seems to be developing slowly.
In the midst of one of the worst crises ever for the specialized carriers in the MPP sector, one of the major players in the field, Dutch Spliethoff, has contracted six large newbuildings from a Chinese shipbuilder.
New Dutch multipurpose joint venture Shipping Company Groningen, which includes Thorco Project, has growth ambitions in spite of the challenges currently plaguing the segment. ShippingWatch has interviewed one of the architects behind the venture, CEO Jan van der Laan.
Markedet for heavy lift-transport og multi-purpose har været underdrejet i adskillige år efterhånden, og 2017 ser også ud til at blive et svært år for branchen, der må søge mod nye områder for at fylde skibene. Douglas-Westwood peger i en analyse to på mulige lyspunkter.