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Norway's Government Pension Fund Global blacklisted carriers for using beaching yards, the new ECSA chairman presented a notable new proposal, Norden raised its forecast and Maersk established a company with IBM. These were all among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.

Aker Solutions is hiring again

A few years ago, Norway's Aker Solutions fired more than 5,000 employees. The company now needs new recruits, reports Norwegian media Stavanger Aftenblad.

MAN Diesel & Turbo calls IMO its biggest frustration

There is no reason for the IMO to wait until 2023 to deliver on CO2, is the criticism from engine powerhouse MAN Diesel & Turbo, which in an interview with ShippingWatch describes the UN's maritime body as its current biggest frustration.

Norway awards record number of new oil licenses

The Norwegian Shelf will be a busy workplace over coming years if the oil companies seize the opportunity and utilize the many licenses they have just been awarded. Statoil and Aker BP were the big winners.

Bunker suppliers to pay for carriers' scrubbers

Several bunker suppliers and traders are offering an untraditional service of financing scrubbers for shipowners if they return the favor by doing business with them. An exciting development, Bimco analyst Peter Sand tells ShippingWatch.

Nor-Shipping launches first conference outside of Norway

One of the world's largest maritime conferences, Oslo-based Nor-Shipping, will hold its first event outside of Norway. In May this year, a conference will be held in Copenhagen with the goal of attracting at least 600 delegates.

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During the first week of 2018, Maersk Drilling received criticism from Norwegian authorities after a fatal accident, while Nordic Tankers sold a joint venture to a German carrier. And optimism seems to be returning to offshore, not least Norway's oil capital Stavanger.

North Korea keeps sneaking in oil with secret ship transfers

When ships transfer cargo to each other in the ocean, it makes it hard to enforce international sanctions against selling oil to North Korea. "It's very easy to black out a ship and hide it," said Rahul Kapoor, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence in Singapore.

Ramboll merges oil and gas with renewables

Oil and gas, wind and other energy divisions will sit under one entity at Danish engineering group Ramboll. The company is merging Oil & Gas with Energy and creating an entity which will make up 12 percent of revenue.

CEO foresees tough year for Hyundai Heavy Industries

2018 looks set to be a tough year for South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries, said the yard's CEO in a New Year's speech to his employees. However, South Korea's president has pledged that the government will continue to support the yards.

MAN Diesel & Turbo hit by maritime crisis

2017 has only brought a minor recovery for MAN Diesel & Turbo, which has seen its market crumple since 2014. In an interview with ShippingWatch, CSO and Executive Board member Wayne Jones reveals when the company expects a full recovery.

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