Dutch authorities have led an investigation of a possible cartel in the country's bunker industry. Various companies have entered illegal agreements concerning price fixing, says competitions authority ACM.
The Dutch government should help the country's crisis-stricken carriers pay for complying with environmental requirements, such as new ballast water systems, the shipowner association's chairman tells ShippingWatch. She explains that the banks have shut the coffers. A better net wage scheme is also on the table.
So far, shipyards have kept the offshore crisis at bay with the help of orders placed before the oil price plunged. But the last ships are now being delivered, and the next two years thus look challenging, the CEO of Dutch Damen tells ShippingWatch.