Piracy on the agenda at the IMO
The world's most dangerous waters, the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa, are now a major topic on the agenda of the United Nations' International Maritime Organization, the IMO. The topic is to be discussed at the next meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee in May.
Maersk Tankers and Cargill team up|
Maersk Tankers and Cargill are embarking on a strategic partnership to combine their bunker volumes, offering a new bunker procurement service to tramp shipping companies and trading houses. The initial goal is to procure bunker fuel for Cargill and Maersk Tankers’ combined fleet, while aiming to attract additional customers.
Bladt Industries invests in large expansion |
The Danish industrial group Bladt Industries now invests in a large expansion of the production facilities in Denmark. With the expansion, Bladt Industries will be among the first suppliers to produce the foundations for future offshore wind turbines reaching a height of up to 250 to 300 meters
Norden celebrates 150-year anniversary|
On February 11, Norden celebrated its 150th anniversary. It has been through several transformations in response to the changing world of global trade. From a small Danish steamship owner, to a leading global player in the dry cargo and product tanker markets.
Vestas net profit of 771 million euro|
In a challenging year, Vestas revenue increased while earnings decreased in 2020, and free cash flow stayed at around the same level. For 2021, Vestas expects revenue to range between EUR 16bn and 17bn, including service revenue, which is expected to grow by approx. 15 percent.
|Denmark strengthens its arctic defence|
The Danish Government and some of the opposition parties in the Danish Parlament have entered into a framework agreement on the strengthening of the Danish Defence capabilities in the Arctic and the North Atlantic.
|Maersk delivers strong results in 2020|
2020 has been a solid year for A.P. Moller - Maersk, both in terms of financial performance and in transforming the company. Despite low volumes during most of 2020, profitability grew throughout the first nine months and ended the year with record Q4 results.
Smyril Line invests in ferry retrofit|
In collaboration with naval architects Hauschildt Marine and shipyard Fayard, Smyril Line’s ro-pax ship Norröna has been retrofitted with more luxurious facilities. The retrofit involves 50 new luxury cabins being added. Room for the luxury cabins was found by moving the crew’s cabins to a different location.
DFDS Cuxhaven-Immingham upgraded|
DFDS has started an upgraded scheduled for its Cuxhaven-Immingham. It includes an additional departure from both ports during evening hours and a reduced 19-hour sailing time. Selandia Seaways and Britannia Seaways serve the route.
Maersk Drilling awarded two-well contract|
Maersk Drilling has secured an additional two-well contract for the low-emission rig Maersk Integrator with Aker BP. The plan is that in direct continuation of the rig’s previously announced work scope with a different operator, Maersk Integrator will return to Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen field for a two-well campaign expected to commence in Q3 2021
Change at the helm of Hamburg Süd|
Hamburg Süd nhas successfully established its brand as part of A.P. Moller-Maersk. Since Hamburg Süd was acquired, the company has been gradually integrating and realising significant synergies at the same time as keeping local empowerment.
|C-bed assigned for double contract period|
In a challenging offshore market, C-bed has won a double contract to support offshore wind developments in the UK, securing full activity into 2022 for its Service Operation Vessel (SOV), Wind Innovation. C-bed is owned by the Danish company Monjasa.
|Maersk Supply Service appoints new CFO|
Michael Koefoed will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Maersk Supply Service as of 15 March 2021. Michael Koefoed, currently Head of Funding and Markets in A.P. Møller-Maersk, will replace Karl Thorngren who has decided to pursue new opportunities outside the corporate world.
New Chairman at Global Risk Management|
During 2020 A/S Global Risk Management Ltd. Fondsmaeglerselskab (GRM) has put a new leadership team in place, and the company is about to roll out a new strategy. To support this step change, Kenneth Steengaard will take on the role of Chairman of the Board bringing with him extensive experience from the financial sector.
APM Elizabeth converts to green energy|
APM Terminals Elizabeth thas taken the next step in their decarbonization journey, by starting to use green power, from a supplier that offers renewables such as wind and solar. This is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% in 2021.
Alfa Laval joins Zero Carbon Shipping|
Alfa Laval and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping has announced that they have formalized a strategic collaboration on the development of zero carbon solutions for the maritime industry by signing a Strategic Corporate Partnership Agreement by which Alfa Laval becomes an official partner to the Center.
Norden joins call to end crew change crisis|
Norden has today joined over 300 organisations across the maritime value chain – including Mærsk, BP, BW, Cargill, COSCO, DOW, Rio Tinto, Shell and Trafigura – in signing the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.
|DFDS acquires HSF Logistics|
DFDS has entered into an agreement to acquire HSF Logistics Group, one of Europe’s leading cold chain logistics providers to meat producers and other food producers that operates temperature-controlled supply chains.
|Maersk Drilling awarded two contracts|
Maersk Drilling has been awarded contracts for the deepwater rigs Maersk Valiant and Mærsk Developer from Total E&P Suriname, Suriname Branch, for Total’s exploration and appraisal project in Suriname’s Block 58.
Raising security in the Gulf of Guinea|
With the appointment of a new special representative for maritime security, the government is demonstrating that Denmark is taking the lead in securing the right to free navigation. Not least in the Gulf of Guinea, where there have been several pirate attacks on Danish ships.
DFDS Côte D’Opale well underway|
This year DFDS will welcome the Côte D’Opale into their Channel family. With her 214 metres length and the capacity for 1000 passengers, she will be the longest ferry on the Channel and will welcome both freight and leisure passengers.
Great interest in new offshore wind farm|
The Danish Energy Agency has prequalified a total of six consortia and companies to participate in the tender for Denmark's largest offshore wind farm to date: Thor Offshore Wind Farm with a capacity of minimum 800-1000 MW.
New CEO for APM Terminals Japan|
To support the expansion of the company’s business in Japan, Sakura Kuma will join APM Terminals Japan as CEO effective 1 February 2021. Prior to joining APM Terminals, Sakura Kuma held several leadership positions within marketing and sales, new business development and corporate management in NYK.
|Scandia Seaways departs from Jinling|
After three and a half years, Scandia Seaways, the sixth and final DFDS mega freight ferry from Jinling Shipyard, could finally set course towards Singapore and afterwards Europe. This marks the conclusion of an extensive project that saw the delivery of Ephesus Seaways, Troy Seaways, Hollandia Seaways, Humbria Seaways, Flandria Seaways and now Scandia Seaways.
|New CEO at Hamworthy Pumps|
Marine and offshore pump manufacturer Hamworthy Pumps has appointed Dutchman Hans Christiaan Laheij – formerly with Schottel and Wärtsilä – as CEO. The company has large ambitions for further growth in the coming years.
Maersk Supply Service steps up commitment|
A.P. Møller-Maersk has extended its partnership with The Ocean Cleanup for three years, and Maersk Supply Service will continue to provide marine sup-port to rid the ocean for plastic. At the same time, Maersk Supply Service is launching a Plastic Policy to increase its focus on how it can reduce plastic waste from its own operations and supply chain.
Blue Water acquires reefer business|
Blue Water acquires J. Lauritzen’s Eftf’s thermo activities – which mainly include road transport and rail solutions of food products between Italy, Benelux and Scandinavia. The southbound traffics are primarily seafood and meat products and the northbound are fruit and vegetables to the Scandinavian consumers.
Brian Thorsted Hansen CEO of Fjord Line|
The Board of Directors at Fjord Line - Norway's second largest shipping company in international passengers' traffic and freight transportation, that runs four ferries between Norway, Denmark and Sweden - has appointed Brian Thorsted Hansen as the new CEO .
Engine fire on Maersk Elba|
On Dec 26 at 2.50 local time the 13.600 TEU Danish containervessel Maersk Elba reported a fire in the engine room, while enroute from Colombo to Felixstowe. All crew is safe and accounted for. The vessel is now safe at anchor south of Portugal.
|DFDS continues operating Channel ferries|
Since France opened its borders for freight drivers with a negative Covid-19 testDFDS has had capacity to ship up to 4,000 trucks across the English Channel on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. However, due to the logistical issues they have only been able to transport 144 trucks out of Dover.
|Lauritzen Kosan and Epic Gas merges|
Lauritzen Kosan, the gas carrier division of J. Lauritzen, have entered into a transaction agreement with Epic Gas - a leading LPG shipping company to - combine their fleet and business activities to create BW Epic Kosan.
New APM Terminals facility in Kalundborg|
APM Terminals and Maersk announce an agreement for shifting the carrier’s feeder volumes from Copenhagen to a new facility in the Port of Kalundborg, to be operated by APM Terminals. As part of the agreement, Kalundborg will receive two weekly feeder service calls.
Maersk rig shows low emission levels|
After being converted to a hybrid, low-emission rig, the ultra-harsh environment jack-up Maersk Intrepid shows very promising emission reduction levels after entering operations for Equinor on the Martin Linge field in Norway.
Maersk in partnership with Novo Nordisk|
A.P. Moller - Maersk has signed a logistics agreement with Novo Nordisk from 2021. The three-year agreement on cold chain logistics covers transportation including ocean services and inland logistics.
Hvide Sande Shipyard orders Hull Vane|
Earlier this year, Hvide Sande Shipyard (Denmark) won a public tender for the design and construction of a new 64m Offshore Patrol Vessel. As the lifecycle costs and seakeeping characteristics are very important for this vessel, Hvide Sande Shipyard worked with Hull Vane BV during the bid phase.
|Loan extension for Nordic Shipholding|
Following successful negotiations between the major shareholder, management and the lenders, an agreement has been reached with the lenders for an extension of the Company’s loan facility by another year to 31 December 2021.
|DFDS freight up 17% in November|
November was a very busy month for DFDS Freight, especially on the UK routes. The logistics activities to the UK have likewise been very busy in November. The high growth percentages vs 2019 should however recall, that uncertainty about Brexit slowed trading down in November 2019.
Danish Candidate as Chair of IOPC Funds|
Former Deputy Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Mrs. Birgit Sølling Olsen, has been re-elected as a member of the Audit Body of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds. Birgit Sølling Olsen has also been appointed as Chair of the Joint Audit Body.
More freight shift from road to sea|
The European Commission presented a strategy for a greener transport sector which will contribute to the EU achieving the goals of the European Green Deal. When building materials, containers or animal feed need to be transported within the EU, this will increasingly take place on ships.
Semco Maritime wins comparative study|
Danish offshore company Semco Maritime has won a study to identify the break-even point of HVDC and HVAC transmission for a large-scale offshore wind farm. Large wind farms are trending up in size as well as distance from connection onshore these days.
Danish cutoff date for oil an gas extraction|
A broad majority in the Danish Parliament has reached a deal on the future of fossil extraction in the North Sea, leading to the cancellation of the ongoing 8th licensing round and all future rounds to extract oil and gas.