• World’s Biggest Container Line Scales Down Bond-...

    The world’s biggest container shipping company and Denmark’s largest issuer of corporate bonds may rely less on debt markets in the near future.

    A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S has ample liquidity and plans to cut capital expenditure, both of which reduce the need for new bond sales, according to Chief Financial Officer Jakob Stausholm. He also pointed to the century-old conglomerate’s plans to sell its energy business as a complication that makes now an awkward time to tap debt markets.


    Crude oil prices were slightly up on Saturday (May 13) compared to the previous close.

    The price of Brent oil was at $50.86 up from $50.77, and U.S. WTI crude was at $47.88 from $47.83.

  • London: the world’s most resilient maritime...

    Singapore has retained its title as the world’s top maritime centre in Menon Economics’ Leading Maritime Capitals of the World report for 2017.

    Much of the press coverage has focused on this fact, largely overlooking the fact that London has risen from sixth place overall in 2015 to fifth place this year – despite the uncertainty of Brexit. It’s fair to say that none of the other maritime cities in the top five – Singapore, Hamburg, Oslo and Shanghai – have had to deal with such a massive economic spanner being thrown in their works. And still London has strengthened its global standing.

  • Cosco reported net profit of 37.7 million USD in...

    The largest Asian container line China Cosco Holdings reported net profit of 260 million CNY (37.7 million USD) for the first quarter of 2017, against a loss of 4.4 billion CNY during the same period last year. The company explained the improvement in the finance statement with the 54% increase in volumes to 4.65 million TEU, as a result of the merger with China Shipping Group and synergies after it, as well as recovery in the container shipping market. The finance report of China Cosco Holdings indicates that the average rate of China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) for the first quarter was 825.3 points, which is 11.7% more than the same period last year, supporting the revenues of the company.

  • Lack of containers and delaying export in Europe...

    The restructuring of East-West route after establishing of container shipping alliances became more aggressive than earlier expected and many shippers suffered from lack of container units for their export. Mostly were affected the European ports in Black Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea, as well as inland ports, which have much lower quantities of free units from the feeders, due to low inbound laden containers. There is a big congestion in the ports of Istanbul, Hamburg and Rotterdam, which additionally weight on the shipping flows. In many cases even the most expensive lines are overbooked and cannot provide free units for the shipping, which seriously affect the export and trade of Europe to Asia and Africa. Now many of the lines are overbooked for 1-2 months ahead and delays caused chaos on the trade lines.

  • Owners seek secondhand refinancing but lenders...

    With less new ships being ordered amid the severe oversupplied shipping market and vessel assets changing hands in light of restructurings, owners are starting to seek refinancing for secondhand tonnages, but bankers have expressed little or no interests in entering into deals for such passed down assets.

  • EIB signs agreement of 150 million euros to...

    The European Investment Bank and Dutch bank ABN Amro will sign an agreement today to support investments for greening the European shipping fleet. This framework is the first with a financial institution in the Netherlands and is supported by the “Connecting Europe Facility” and was made possible by the ”EFSI” (European Fund for Strategic Investments), central pillar of the Juncker Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.

  • Japan and EU Protest DSME Bailout from S. Korean...

    Japan and the European Union officially raised concerns over the Korean government’s latest 2.9 trillion won ($2.5 billion) bailout plan to rescue cash-strapped Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering at a working group meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, a government official said Wednesday.


Diana Containerships Inc. Reports Net Loss of $42.3 million

Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, reported a net loss of $42.3 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $36.5 million for the same period of 2017. The loss for the second quarter of 2018 includes $15.6 million of impairment charges of one vessel and $19.0 million of aggregate loss on sale of three vessels. Net income for the second quarter of 2017 included a gain of $42.2 million, net of related expenses, from a debt write-off, arising from the settlement agreement with respect to the secured loan facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc (“RBS”), which was signed on June 30, 2017.


Businesses expect Industrial IoT to boost their revenues by $154 million finds Inmarsat study

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is set to make a sizeable contribution to the global economy by 2023. This is according to a new global study launched today by Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the world’s leading mobile satellite communications company, which found that organisations, across the global supply chain, expect IIoT to be increasing their annual revenues by 10 per cent within 5 years.


Lower Container Throughput Hits Hutchison Port Trust’s Earnings

Revenue and other income for the quarter was HK$2,789.3 million, HK$105.0 million or 3.6% below last year. Combined container throughput of HIT(a), COSCO-HIT(b) and ACT(c) (collectively “HPHT Kwai Tsing”) decreased by 7.2% as compared to the same quarter in 2017, primarily due to the decline in transshipment cargoes. The container throughput of YICT(d) decreased by 4.1% as compared to the same quarter in 2017, primarily driven by the drop in empty cargoes but partially offset by increase in the US and transshipment cargoes. Average revenue per TEU for Hong Kong was above last year, mainly attributed to write-back of agency fee provision following the finalisation of tariff negotiation. For China, the average revenue per TEU was above last year, primarily attributed to RMB appreciation but was partially offset by certain revisions to tariffs following the M&A of some liners in 2nd half of 2017 and increased transshipment mix.


Samsung Heavy shifts to Q2 net loss on costs

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., the world’s third-biggest shipbuilder by sales, swung to a net loss in the second quarter from a year earlier on increased costs and one-off losses, the shipbuilder said Monday.