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EU investigating Poland for illegal state subsidies to yards

Polish shipyards enjoy a fixed one percent tax when they build new ships or renovate them. Now, the EU Commission has launched an official investigation into a potential case of illegal state subsidies.

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Denmark criticizes South Korea's maritime state subsidies

South Korea is planning extensive state subsidies for shipbuilders and carriers, and the Danish Minister for Business describes these plans as problematic. "It tips the balance on the market. This is why we're pushing to have the OECD review state subsidies to shipbuilders," he tells ShippingWatch.

Maersk Line explores using LNG for its fleet

Even though Maersk Line has stated clearly that low-sulfur fuel is the answer to the global 2020 sulfur cap, the liner company is actively looking into LNG as a fuel alternative, COO Søren Toft tells ShippingWatch. LNG is becoming more financially attractive, he says.

Pioneer Marine aims for profit after turbulent year

Dry bulk carrier Pioneer Marine, which in September brought in former J. Lauritzen CEO as new chief executive, delivered a fourth quarter profit. The carrier is now aiming for a full-year profit in 2018, Janholt tells ShippingWatch.

Teekay Tankers expects rate recovery towards 2019

Canadian tanker carrier Teekay Tankers reduced its deficit in the fourth quarter and for the full year in a market where factors such as OPEC's output cap led to lower rates than normal. Scrapping may trigger a recovery in rates by the end of the year, says CEO.

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