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Daily Briefing December 31 2019

Free to read: Mothership identified for Gulf of Guinea pirates | Japan reports suspected illegal North Korean oil transfer | Maersk close to logistics acquisitions, Skou says | The Container Outlook

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Crew on three ships have repelled armed and dangerous pirates in the waters off West Africa in the past seven days.

Another alleged illegal oil transhipment to North Korea has been spotted and reported to the United Nations by Japan, the 15th such notification since the beginning of 2018.

AP Moller-Maersk is close to clinching deals to buy several land-based logistics businesses as part of its ongoing transformation strategy, the Financial Times reported, citing an interview with chief executive Søren Skou.

The introduction of the sulphur cap from January 1 means the container sector alone faces a fuel bill hike in the region of $12bn-$20bn.

In his final column for Lloyd's List, Michael Grey looks back on his career as a shipping industry observer and what we can expect as new decade opens.

A look back at 2019 and a few predictions for 2020, courtesy of the Lloyd's List editorial team.

Japanese power companies are showing increased interest in shipping supplies of wood pellets from the US and Canada in an effort to substitute environmentally friendly biomass for coal.

Julie Lithgow, director of the UK’s Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, says it’s “strange to be singled out” after receiving an award as officer of the Order of the British Empire for her voluntary service to diversity in the maritime sector.

A liquefied natural gas carrier has been attacked in another incident in the Gulf of Guinea.

China Development Bank Financial Leasing has taken over a liquefied natural gas carrier from a unit of China Merchants Bank.

The Singapore-listed business trust of Hutchison Port is eyeing expansion of its container terminals in Huizhou, China.

Two affiliates of South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries have sealed Won340bn ($293m) worth of newbuild orders for six vessels.

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