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This week's top stories on ShippingWatch

The collapse of Hamburg carrier Hansa Heavy Lift, the bunker sector in Singapore, Maersk's credit rating downgrade as well as a temperature reading of the tanker and dry bulk markets were some of ShippingWatch's big stories this week.

Torm looking for new CFO

Danish tanker carrier Torm's CFO Christian Søgaard-Christensen has expressed a wish to resign, and the carrier has thus started looking for a replacement for the position.

Trade peace tops Norwegian shipowners' wish list for 2019

Peace rather than trade war between China and the US is one of the most important issues for Norwegian shipping in 2019, CEO Harald Solberg tells ShippingWatch. A re-escalation of the trade war will have major consequences for one segment in Norwegian shipping in particular.

EU Court rejects approval of Fehmarn link financing

The EU Court of Justice has rejected the EU Commission's approval of financing for the Fehmarn Belt fixed link. The financing scheme was not examined thoroughly enough, ruled the court. Scandlines says the project has in effect been halted.

Did the tanker recovery finally begin in late 2018?

Are the surging tanker markets in recent weeks the de facto proof that the optimists were right and that the much-anticipated recovery emerged in 2018? Yes, says Scorpio Tankers, while major competitor Maersk Tankers says: No.

Norwegian offshore faces another dire year

The coming months will bring a new struggle for the Norwegian offshore shipping companies, says Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association, in an interview with ShippingWatch. "There is significant imbalance in the supply chain," he says.

Moody's: Two tough years ahead for container carriers

ShippingWatch has asked Moody's Maersk expert Maria Maslovsky to elaborate on whether the concerns about Maersk represent concerns about the entire container industry. And on why the ratings bureau is not convinced by Maersk's repeated reference to its robustness.

Hansa Heavy's collapse creates new opportunities for Zeamarine

The aftermath at Hansa Heavy Lift is underway less than a day after the company filed for insolvency. A new situation has emerged, says major competitor Zeamarine, which, according to ShippingWatch's sources, was previously interested in acquiring Hansa Heavy.

The liner companies' new bunker mechanisms differ widely

There are significant differences between the various much-discussed bunker surcharges, which liner shipping companies are working to introduce ahead of the 2020 sulfur cap, even though they appear similar at first glance. Here is a look at the most important new bunker adjustment factors.

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