Two major Maersk-owned companies, APM Terminals and towage unit Svitzer, are hit by strikes and threats of walkouts in Rotterdam and key Australian ports, respectively. In Rotterdam, the biggest port in Europe, there is a risk that the strike could spread to other vital ports.
The EU's proposal to introduce a scrapping tariff for ships calling in EU ports, to help pay for responsible shipbreaking at approved yards, looks to be back on the table as part of the EU's maritime agenda for 2016.
The market for project cargo and heavy lift is challenging, even though early 2015 seemed to indicate that this niche shipping segment - unlike the bulk sector as a whole - was headed out of the crisis.
The crisis in the international dry bulk industry looks bottomless, with frequent crisis indicators emerging triggered by uncertainties surrounding the slowdown of economic growth in China.
Wrist Ship Supply, former affiliate company of collapsed and controversial bunker supplier OW Bunker, is betting big on increasing its volumes in Asia, most recently by hiring former APM Terminals CCO Martin Gaard Christensen to head its Asia office.