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Last week's top stories on ShippingWatch

The OW Bunker legal battle is underway, Maersk Broker and Lightship parted ways again, and tires were burned in Calais in relation to the English Channel ferry dispute. These stories and many more feature among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.

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Maersk Broker and Lightship Chartering call off joint venture

There were high expectations for the planned collaboration between Maersk Broker and Lightship Chartering's dry bulk businesses, but only six months after announcing the joint venture LMB Bulk Chartering, the companies are parting ways again.

Maersk Broker and Lightship cancel planned partnership

Lightship: Unfortunate split with Maersk Broker

 

DFDS and the burning tires

Massive protests from the employees of French employee-owned SCOP SeaFrance against Eurotunnel's sale of two ferries to DFDS. Many employees will following in the transaction and will work for DFDS going forward.

Chaos and tire burning in protest against DFDS takeover

Eurotunnel: No alternative to DFDS agreement

DFDS CEO: We did not negotiate under pressure

French union warns of new protests against DFDS

 

Carriers too slow to react to new regulations

At least according to departing DNV GL CEO Henrik O. Madsen says. We could be better, European shipowners agree.

"The shipping industry is too conservative and passive"

European shipowners: "We tend to sit on the fence"

 

Good news for dry bulk

Dry bulk carrier Norden raised its forecast for 2015 - though mainly due to the tanker market. Western Bulk believes in its business model. And Capesize rates are improving nicely. All together, positive signs for the dry bulk market.

Norden projects significantly better result in 2015

New Norden CEO: Bulk will become interesting again

Jens Ismar: Western Bulk challenged on newbuildings

Rates for major bulk vessels up almost 50 pct

 

Pension fund giants launch legal battle against OW Bunker

Pension giants launch OW Bunker legal battle 

 

Further reading...

New major port in Poland and new Polish ferry operator:

New Polish ferry operator targets the Baltic Sea

Major Polish port attracts big container carriers

Tanker carrier Gener8 Maritime's disappointing New York IPO:

Tanker giant Gener8's IPO looks like a disappointment

Miserable Wall Street IPO for new tanker company

Russia's declining container market:

Russian container industry in severe decline 

NordLB's business model:

NordLB: We're successfully transforming the portfolio

NordLB looking to reduce exposure to container 

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