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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Danish Shipping News

DFDS Sells Two Ships to Ukrferry

KaunasSeaways. Photo: DFDS

Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS is to sell two of its older vessels to Ukraine-based ferry operator Ukrferry. "DFDS has entered into an agreement with Ukrferry to sell two combined freight and passenger ferries, Kaunas Seaways and Vilnius Seaways built in 1989 and 1987 respectively. Delivery of the ferries is expected in July," said a press statement from the company. The ferries have been on time charter to Ukrferry for several years for deployment on routes in the Black Sea. The ferries were previously deployed in DFDS' Baltic route network.

Stena RoRo Places an Order for LNG Newbuild

Photo provided by Stena RoRo

Stena RoRo places an order for a further newbuild and signs a 10-year charter contract with Brittany Ferries, said a press release from the company. The vessel now ordered, which will be built for LNG operation, is the sixth in the so-called Stena E-Flexer RoPax class with delivery set for autumn 2021. Stena RoRo has a further two options with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International. At the same time, the newbuild has been signed to a 10-year charter with the French ferry shipping company Brittany Ferries.

Maersk Cuts 2018 Guidance, Eyes Market Recovery

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Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk slashed its 2018 earnings forecast on Tuesday due to weak second-quarter freight rates and higher prices for bunker fuel, although the downgrade was smaller than feared, analysts said.The world's biggest container shipper also said spot freight rates have restored after a significant drop in the second quarter, and that its volumes are growing in line with the market.Following the unexpected announcement, Maersk's share price initially…

TORM to Feature Scrubbers in Newbuildings

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Danish shipping company TORM is installing scrubbers to its vessels, allowing them to continue running on high sulfur fuel oil after the International Maritime Organization's marine fuels sulfur limit is cut in 2020.A press release from the company said that it has decided to install scrubbers on 14 vessels including all vessels currently on order and the three LR2 vessels that were delivered earlier in 2018.These vessels have a scrubber-prepared design and there are no changes to the delivery schedule.

Maersk to Spin off Drilling, Hand Total Shares to Investors

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A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Friday it would spin off its offshore drilling operation and list it in Copenhagen next year, the latest move by the Danish shipping company to focus entirely on transport and logistics.Maersk, which cut its full-year profit outlook this month, sold Maersk Oil to French oil major Total last year in a $7.5 billion deal as part of a restructuring under Soren Skou, who became chief executive in 2016.Skou used to head Maersk's container business and is a…

Maersk to Pursue Separate Listing of Maersk Drilling

Photo: Maersk Drilling

Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk has decided to pursue a demerger with its offshore drilling operation Maersk Drilling  via a separate listing of Maersk Drilling on Nasdaq Copenhagen in 2019.Maersk Drilling will become a stand-alone company next year as its parent company continues its exit from the oil and gas business.Having evaluated the different options available for Maersk Drilling, A.P. Moller – Maersk has concluded that listing Maersk Drilling as a standalone company presents the most optimal prospects for its shareholders…

Sea Machines Moves to Larger, Waterfront Location in Germany

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U.S. based Sea Machines announced that it has moved its team in Hamburg, Germany to a larger waterfront work space in the Hammerbrook area.The company said the move supports growing in interest in its autonomous controls and advanced perception technology in European markets ahead of an upcoming product release. The new location more than triples the space Sea Machines had previously and provides dockage for the company's test vessels. The space also accommodates the locally expanding team…

DMA Expands International Cooperation on e-Navigation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) widens the international work on digitalization and e-navigation and enters into a cooperation agreement with South Korea, Sweden, Australia and China. Up until today, Denmark has had cooperation agreements (MoU) on e-navigation with South Korea and Sweden, but in order to strengthen the focus on digitalization in the maritime sector, the cooperation is now widened to include Australia and China. On the morning of June 4th, Andreas Nordseth…

DFDS Is Recruiting IT Developers

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Danish shipping and logistics firm DFDS says it is working on a campaign to attract more IT developers.“We employ 250 people in our IT department and have many digital experts, but the world may still anticipate that shipping companies are only for shipping experts and seafarers,” said Henrik Holck, the company’s EVP, People and Ships.“We need all categories of competencies and our future success very much depends on our ability to create digital and IT solutions. Creative solutions make life easier for our customers and enable us to move people and goods ever more efficiently…

DFDS Completes Acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro

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Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has completed the acquisition of Turkey’s largest operator of Ro-Ro freight ships and will be a major player in the strong and continuously growing trade between the EU and Turkey. In April, DFDS signed an agreement with the owners of  U.N. Ro-Ro to acquire the shares in the company, said a press release from the company. “All relevant authorities have now approved the transaction and I am very pleased to announce that on 7 June we completed the deal. U.N.

Thorco Projects Expanded New Dry Cago Division

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Danish shipping company Thorco Projects said that in less than two months after the establishment of its new dry cargo division,  it expands and adds more manpower to the team from its offices in both Houston and Rio de Janeiro. At the end of 2017, Thorco Projects announced its new division Thorco Projects Dry Cargo. With a wish to explore possible synergies between project and dry cargo, the company added to its line of core services and moved into the segment of 20-35,000 DWT. The newly-established division is off to a good start and expanding the team is already a necessity.

One Dead after Maersk Line Vessel Catches Fire

(Photo: Indian Coast Guard)

A crew member died and four others went missing after fire broke out on a new Maersk Line container vessel in the Arabian Sea, the company said. The vessel caught fire at around 1520 GMT on Tuesday, about 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman, the world's biggest container shipping company said in a statement. Twenty-three crew members were rescued but one of them, a Thai national, died on Wednesday, added Maersk. "His health condition drastically deteriorated ... due to the injuries sustained in connection to the fire," said Maersk, a unit of Danish shipping firm A.P.

EU Member States Ask to End Crippling Reporting Formalities for Ships

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Led by Denmark, 13 EU Member States have called on the Commission to present an ambitious proposal on revising the Reporting Formalities Directive. Danish Shipping strongly supports the ambition to sufficiently eliminate the huge administrative burdens on maritime carriers in the EU. The current directive introduced the concept of National Single Windows as a way to harmonise reporting obligations from ships to a single electronic system in each Member State but failed to harmonise data requirements or the mechanisms for sending them thus creating more burdens on maritime carriers in EU.

Maersk's Port Business Woos Customers with New Transport Services

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Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk's is betting on winning new customers for its port division by becoming a one-stop shop that can transport goods from factory to retailers' shelves. The move comes as Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper, is entering uncharted territory following its sale last year of most of its energy businesses. This marked a major shift of focus for the group towards transport and logistics. Last month, Maersk said it aimed to expand its port and transport services…

Maersk Says CFO Quits after Organizational Changes

Jakob Strausholm (Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday its chief financial officer has decided to leave the company after only 16 months in the role. The departure of Jakob Strausholm, who took the role as chief finance, strategy and transformation officer in December 2016, comes after Maersk decided to separate the finance role from its IT and digital transformation function, the company said. The change comes amid a major restructuring and digital drive which Maersk hopes will simplify the process of moving goods around the world.

Recent Casualties Highlight Importance of Cargo Insurance - iContainers

The Indian Coast Guard battles a fire aboard the Maersk Honam earlier this month (Photo: Indian Coast Guard)

The ocean freight industry has seen several major incidents over the past few weeks, including two fires on board two separate Maersk vessels, and a containership collision in Karachi Port that forced the temporary closure of the port. These incidents underscore the importance of always buying cargo insurance to protect merchandise and cushion damage, says Klaus Lysdal, Vice President of Sales and Operations at iContainers, a 100 percent online freight forwarder. The major fire…

Danish Shipping Worries on New Trade Restrictions

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Although the US has decided to exclude Europe from new tariffs on steel and aluminium, new restrictions on trade between the United States and China raise concern. There is an urgent need for new diplomatic efforts to prevent an escalation, says Danish Shipping. The United States and China are the two largest markets for the Danish shipping sector with annual total exports amounting to 38.5 billion DKK. The two countries constitute approximately 23 pct. of the Danish shipping companies' total export activity.

A.P. Moller Holding Appoints Jan T. Nielsen as CIO

Jan Nielsen. Photo:  Blackstone

Jan Thorsgaard Nielsen, Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, is appointed Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of A/S. A P Moller Holding (APMH). APMH is a privately owned holding company and is the biggest shareholder in A P Moller-Maersk (APM), the Danish shipping giant. Jan T. Nielsen holds a Cand. Oecon. from Aarhus University, Denmark, and has been with Blackstone since 2005. He started working for Blackstone in London as an associate and was subsequently promoted to principal and Managing Director. During this time, Jan T.

DFDS to Buy U.N. Ro-Ro in $1.2 Bln Deal

(File photo: U.N. Ro-Ro)

Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has agreed to buy Turkish freight shipping operator U.N. Ro-Ro from Turkish private equity firms Actera Group and Esas Holdings for 950 million euros ($1.17 billion) on a debt-free basis. It marks a change of course for the Turkish company, which had planned an initial public offering for up to 57.7 percent of the company, a draft prospectus showed last month. U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight shipping routes between Turkey, Italy and France. DFDS said U.N.

DFDS to Acquire Turkey's Largest RoRo Operator

U.N. Ro-Ro operates five major routes between Turkey and the EU Image courtesy DFDS

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has acquired Turkey’s largest operator of Ro-Ro freight ships and will be a major player in the strong and continuously growing trade between the EU and Turkey. U.N. Ro-Ro operates five routes connecting Italy and France with Turkey, 12 ships and port terminals in Trieste and in Pendik, Istanbul. U.N. Ro-Ro employs 500 people. The deal is subject to approval by the authorities. ​Today, Danish shipping group DFDS signed an agreement to acquire 98.8 % of the shares in the shipping company U.N.

Clean Arctic Hails IMO Action on HFO

Photo: HFO-Free Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance has applauded progress by International Maritime Organization member states towards banning use of the world’s dirtiest fuel – heavy fuel oil – from Arctic shipping. It also called for Member States to make every effort to adopt and rapidly implement a ban by 2021, as proposed by eight IMO Member States and supported by other countries during the meeting. Plans to develop a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping, along with an assessment of the impact of such a ban…

Maersk to Trial AI-powered Situational Awareness Technology

(Photo: Sea Machines)

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk will be the first in the world to trial artificial intelligence (AI) powered perception and situational awareness technology on a containership.Under a deal signed with Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, Maersk will install computer vision, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and perception software aboard one of its new-build Winter Palace ice-class containerships.Sea Machines said its solution uses AI to improve at-sea situational awareness…

Danish Shipping Moves Towards a Digital Future

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In January and February the Maritime Disruptors Academy premiered when both students and employees in the shipping industry actively engaged on how to make the most of new technology and ways of thinking. Given that the entire Danish maritime cluster will be part of the change the next Academy, which runs in the autumn, will be open for participants across the cluster. Many new technologies knocks on the doors of the maritime sector. To name a few: Artificial Intelligence, robotics, Internet of Things, blockchain and 3D print, and they will all affect the maritime sector in the years to come.

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