BV president of marine and offshore and deputy chief executive Philippe Donche-Gay

Classification society's president of marine and offshore and deputy chief executive Philippe Donche-Gay tells Fairplay that shipping should expect more transformative technology tie-ups.

money awash

Underwriters look to stand firm despite recent high profile casualties

Bow of moored ship

New third-party ship management venture to target small and medium-sized shipping companies

Berge Blanc, an ore carrier transporting Vale cargoes. Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch

South Korean ship finance outfit Kmarin has reportedly contracted two 325,000 dwt very large ore carriers after winning a 25-year contract of affreightment with Brazilian miner Vale SA.

The Japanese government is taking issue with South Korea's shipbuilding policies. Credit: G Paul Gunton

The Japanese government is taking issue with the South Korean government’s move to let policy lenders finance unprofitable ship orders, aimed at ensuring survival of struggling shipbuilders.

ESL Shipping vessel Kallio

ESL Shipping have showed positive results for 2017 on the back of long-term charter rates

Brexit motif

North P&I Club's deputy global girector (Claims), Mike Salthouse, said the Club needs to be able to continue to seamlessly write that business on the assumption that the UK and EU do not reach a future trade agreement.

Plata Pioneer (ex-Ocana)

The move is apparently part of a fleet renewal programme

South Korean shipping company launching an Asia-North Europe service independent of its collaboration with 2M. 

Greek ship owner orders Aframax pair from Daehan Shipbuilding on the back of a long-term time charter.

KMTC box ship

South Korean feeder has contracted four 1,800 teu container ships at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard

Volumes at Hamad port rose in 2017 despite a boycott by GCC members

A brighter outlook may prevail in shipping markets amid upbeat sentiment over the global economy but if year of the dog predictions are correct, the tailend of the year will unleash some challenges