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Alfa Laval caused a stir with its acquisition of Norwegian Frank Mohn, Ultrabulk and Copenship were hit by a surprisingly weak bulk market, and Bo Cerup-Simonsen steps down from Maersk Maritime Technology.

The difficult Frank Mohn acquisition

Last week supplier Alfa Laval announced its acquisition of Norwegian pump manufacturer Frank Mohn. A move that subsequently developed into a family drama:

Alfa Laval acquires Frank Mohn for USD 2.16 billion

Alfa Laval acquisition creates Norwegian family feud

Struggling container carriers

The container carriers' schedule reliability reached an all-time low:

Container carriers' reliability reaches all-time low

Maersk: Bad weather affects schedule reliability

Maersk Line and CMA CGM leave competition in their wake

Huge difference in container carriers' bunker consumption

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd
Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Dry bulk ambush

Dry bulk carriers were caught off guard by absent shipments out of South America:

Platou: Poor 2014 start for Norden and Pacific Basin

Fearnley: Crisis in dry bulk

Bulk carriers: Surprisingly big drop

(Per Lange, Ultrabulk, photo: Ultrabulk)

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Mr. Triple-E leaves Maersk Maritime Technology

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