‘Shipshape 10’ News for Week Ending April 30th, 2017

‘Shipshape 10 List’, a list of news and articles published in the current week that a senior executive in shipping, shipping finance, commodities, energy, supply chain and infrastructure should had noticed; news and articles that are shaping the agenda and the course of the maritime industry.

Sometimes seemingly tangential, periodically humorous, occasionally sarcastic, sporadically artistic, inferentially erotic, but always insightful and topical.

And, this week’s ‘Shipshape 10’:

On trade and tariffs:
1a. Why Trump is starting a trade war with Canada (Politico)

1b. Why Donald Trump Decided to Back Off Nafta Threat (The Wall Street Journal)

On the Jones Act market and the current debate:
2a. Reinterpreting the Jones Act a Done Deal? Not So Fast (gCaptain)

2b. U.S. Maritime Industry Stands Behind Jones Act Ruling Letter Changes (gCaptain)

2c. Oil Trade Association API Says New Jones Act Rulings Could Cost American Jobs (gCaptain)

2d. OMSA Fires Back at ‘Erroneous’ and ‘Misguided’ Report on Jones Act Changes (gCaptain)

2e. AMP Supports Stricter Jones Act Interpretations (Maritime Executive)

Speaking of company valuations in a shifting sand of a world:
3. For Aramco Insiders, Prince’s $2 Trillion IPO Valuation Doesn’t Add Up (The Wall Street Journal)

Apparently there is such a thing as ’too much of exports’:
4. Australia curbs LNG exports amid domestic gas shortage (Financial Times)

While mining and oil majors seem to be benefiting from the current turn of commodity pricing:
5a. Big mining groups rebound to extract a profit (Financial Times)

5b. Exxon, Chevron Earnings Point to Sign of Strengthening Oil Industry (The Wall Street Journal)

John Fredriksen and Frontline on an all-out war to buy DHT, five offers and two lawsuits in less than two months:
6. Frontline Tries for DHT Takeover Again (The Maritime Executive)

While Angeliki Frangou’s Navios goes for the kill:
7. Navios moves for controlling stake in the FSL Trust (Splash 24/7)

George Economou of Dryships and Ocean Rig needs no introduction:
8. How a CEO Made Millions From a Sinking Ship (The Wall Street Journal)

Building on ports is always a good strategy especially when there are motivated sellers:
9. German-Led Consortium Named Preferred Bidder for Greek Port (The Wall Street Journal)

On an artistic expedition, a visit to the British Museum by August 13th, 2017 is a must to see ‘Under the Wave, off Kanagawa’ (Japanese: Kanagawa oki nami-ura), popularly known as ‘The Great Wave’, by the most famous of all Japanese prints, by artist Katsushika Hokusai:
10. Making waves (The British Museum blog)

And, it seems finally science is catching up with one the mot terrifying cause of shipwrecks over maritime history, the legendary shipworm:
The Loch Ness Monster of Mollusks (The New Yorker)

And, for those with travel flexibility, please join us next week at George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, for the 2nd Cayman Maritime Week; Basil Karatzas will present at the 5th Mare Forum Cayman Shipping and Yachting Summit on the implications of the Trump Administration to the shipping industry.

Products Tanker ‘Maersk Mississippi’ discharging cargo at the Grand Cayman. Image source: Karatzas Images

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‘Shipshape 10’ News for Week Ending April 8th, 2017

‘Shipshape 10 List’, a list of news and articles published in the current week that a senior executive in shipping, shipping finance, commodities, energy, supply chain and infrastructure should had noticed; news and articles that are shaping the agenda and the course of the maritime industry.

Sometimes seemingly tangential, periodically humorous, occasionally sarcastic, sporadically artistic, inferentially erotic, but always insightful and topical.

And, this week’s ‘Shipshape 10’:

Developments and news from the Jones Act market:                                                1a. $11 million Jones Act Penalty is Largest ever (MarineLog)
1b. The Jones Act Under Attack (The Maritime Executive)
1c. Born on the Bayou: NYC Ferry Fleet Builds for Summer Launch (Associated Press)

News from the German shipping banking market:
2a. HNA Group, Apollo Global Make Indicative Bids for Germany’s HSH Nordbank (The Wall Street Journal)
2b. NordLB Sufficiently Capitalised to Swallow Record 2016 Loss –CEO (Reuters)

News from the offshore drilling market are getting ever more abysmal:
3a. Ocean Rig Backer Takes Aim at Company’s Restructuring Plan (The Wall Street Journal)                                                                                                                               3b. Seadrill at Mercy of Day Traders as Biggest Funds Dump Stock
 (Bloomberg)             3c. Seadrill Warns on ‘Substantial’ Losses as Bankruptcy Fears mount (Financial Times)

News from the oil front:
4a. Information Asymmetry Bedevils the Oil Market (Financial Times)
                                 4b. Iran Struggles to Expand Oil Exports as sea Storage Cleared (Reuters)

And, news from the seaborne oil world:
5a. Homeless Gasoline Tankers Are Drifting Around the Caribbean (Bloomberg)
5b. Oil’s Seaborne Picture Suggests Opec Cuts Taking Effect (Financial Times)


And, more news on the oil trading world:
6. Oil Trader Gunvor Approached Competitors Over Possible Sale (The Wall Street Journal)

A gruesome reminder that shipping is still a dangerous business, with the apparent sinking of MV ’Stellar Daisy’ and great loss of life:
                                     7a. S Korean Cargo Ship Stellar Daisy Vanishes in South Atlantic (BBC)
                               7b. Attention Turns to Polaris’ 19 Converted Bulkers (Splash 24/7)
                                       7c. IMO Calls for Inquiry Into the Loss of Stellar Daisy (Maritime Executive)

‘One Belt, One Road’ never gets old…
8. Chinese Shipping Giants Seek Control of ‘Maritime Silk Road’
(The Wall Street Journal)

And news on a European shipyard in France; there are not many of them any more:
9. Even a Thriving French Shipyard Town Falls Under Le Pen’s Spell (Bloomberg)

Interesting legal-ese article for those who like to cruise; unfortunately not very flattering for the industry:
10. When People Die at Sea, Cruise Operators Often Get a Pass (The Wall Street Journal)

Products tanker MT ‘Arctic Bay’ under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, enter the Upper New York Harbor. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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‘Shipshape 10’ News for Week Ending March 19th, 2017

‘Shipshape 10 List’, a list of news and articles published in the current week that a senior executive in shipping, shipping finance, commodities, energy, supply chain and infrastructure should had noticed; news and articles that are shaping the agenda and the course of the maritime industry.

Sometimes seemingly tangential, periodically humorous, occasionally sarcastic, sporadically artistic, inferentially erotic, but always insightful and topical.

And, this week’s ‘Shipshape 10’:

1a. A Blind Spot Masks the Danger Signs in Finance (Financial Times)

1b. Shadow Lending Threatens China’s Economy, Officials Warn (The New York Times)

2. The Man Who Made Us See That Trade Isn’t Always Free (Bloomberg)

3. The World Economy is Picking up (The Economist)

4. Imagine a Silicon Valley of the Sea (Bloomberg)

5a. Missing from Trump’s Grand Navy Plan: Skilled Workers to Build the Fleet (Reuters)

5b. Critics warn Trump that gutting foreign aid will endanger U.S. (Politico) (probably a very bad development for the American Flag fleet and shipowners in the USA – please note, American flagged vessels are not ‘Jones Act’ vessels with same cabotage privileges; see Cargo Preference Act).

6. Port of Amsterdam to Phase Out Coal Terminal (The Maritime Executive)

7a. Blockchain: A Transitional and Transformational Technology for Shipping (Splash 24/7)

7b. Ocean Shipping Transaction Firm INTTRA Buys Container Tracking Company Avantida (The Wall Street Journal, Logistics Report)

8. The Great Barrier Reef had a Pretty Terrible Year (Popular Science)

9. Subsea Salmon Farming Project Hits Snag (The Maritime Executive)

10. Whose Sea is It Anyway? Photo Essay: Coast of Vietnam (1843 Magazine)

Where all it happens, Manhattan and the ‘Big Apple’! Image credit: Karatzas Images


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