Germany's largest carrier has simplified its corporate structure, a move that according to Alphaliner looks like a step toward an initial public offering (IPO).
BY OLE ANDERSEN
A change of the corporate structure at Hapag-Lloyd, where Hapag-Lloyd Holding AG is merged with Hapag-Lloyd AG with retrospective effect from January 1st 2013, could clear the way for an IPO of the German container carrier, writes Alphaliner.
A shortage of modern MPP ships and an unexpected comeback for oil and gas means Hamburg-based United Heavy Lift is busy, Partner Andreas Rolner tells ShippingWatch. ”A year ago, we thought oil and gas was dead.”
Container carriers are facing a couple of difficult years, but otherwise the shipping industry looks set to do well despite dark clouds over the world economy, according to shipping analyst. ”Right now, most companies are making a lot of money.”
Almost 2,000 dock workers at Britain’s biggest container ship port plan to strike for eight days this month after failing to reach a pay deal, threatening to sever one of the UK’s most important trade routes.