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Daily Briefing February 11 2021

Free to read: Maersk looks to further acquisitions to boost synergies | PI clubs taking tough line in renewal say chief executives | Push to improve West Africa’s security vessels market

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What to watch


Maersk’s 2016 decision to remodel itself as an integrated container transport and logistics company raised many questions at the time, but appears to have paid off handsomely over the course of the pandemic.

P&I Clubs are taking a tough line in the current renewal round, in which most International Group affiliates are openly seeking higher premiums in the order of 5%-10%, although some could cave in before next week's deadline, a senior figures in the sector said.

BIMCO is working on a standard contract to help shipowners hire armed security escort vessels as piracy drives shipowners toward private security.


Analysis


Cyber attacks on operational technology have soared and insurance companies are not covering the higher risk, Ince’s senior partner has warned.

Maersk has called on the International Maritime Organization to begin talks on market-based measures for shipping in 2021 as it considers accelerating its own decarbonisation strategy.


Markets


Bulkers are not only benefiting from record US soyabean exports, they are also being buoyed by having a higher share of the total.

Ardmore Shipping, an Irish owner of product and chemical tankers, expects improving market conditions later this year.


In other news


Maersk has closed a volatile year with a record fourth-quarter performance that lifted full-year operating earnings 44% to $8.2bn.

Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest port, is pushing ahead with an expansion plan as it awaits clearance for a majority takeover bid by one of its main stakeholders.

Ocean carriers and terminal operators that violate supply-chain rules around congested US ports may be subject to penalties, according to at least one member of the Federal Maritime Commission.

US maritime industry representatives told a Congressional hearing of their concerns about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on workers and the supply chain, the growth of China’s sea-going prowess, and the need to maintain a strong US capability.

Samsung Heavy Industries is gearing up to test its autonomous navigation system on a large training ship, aiming to commercialise the technology in 2022.

Oslo-listed Höegh LNG has secured a new contract and extensions on charters for three vessels in its fleet.

German container port operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik, or HHLA, saw volumes drop dramatically in 2020 as the coronavirus took its toll.

Malaysia and Japan are joining forces to develop a global liquefied natural gas bunkering network.

Wan Hai Lines will extend its current offering of two Asia-California services to four independent transpacific loops in mid-March, Alphaliner reports.

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