The pirates were not very active in the first quarter of 2014, but it may still be too early to rejoice, says the International Maritime Bureau.
BY LOUISE VOGDRUP-SCHMIDT
49. That is how many pirate attacks occurred in the first quarter of 2014. The number is lower than in previous years and the lowest since 2007, according to a survey by the IMB - the International Maritime Bureau.
Logistics company SDK Freja, which delivered record financials with great advancement on top and bottom lines, takes a more gloomy view of the current fiscal year due to several ”external factors.” However, the growth target remains the same, CEO tells ShippingWatch.
With major ports mined and few exits out of Ukraine, small ships are piling up in an attempt to export grain. CEO of bulker company BPG Shipping/Kronos Bulkers Gennadiy Ivanov presents his views of the impact of the war.
The price on new LNG vessels has soared vigorously, and for Flex LNG this has meant a withdrawal from the market for new ships. Such was the statement by Flex LNG’s chief exec at Marine Money in New York, where he also announced new long-term charter agreements.
Bottlenecks at major container ports on the US east coast have entailed that Maersk vessels are affected by delays of up to three weeks. It’s a combination of congestion, many ships, and a lack of container space, Maersk says.
Despite a big, long-awaited sale, Henrik Sørensen continues at the helm of his life’s work, maritime technology provider Desmi. In an interview with ShippingWatch, the Danish owner elaborates on the decision to sell a majority stake and the next step for the pump manufacturer.