Belships – Continued growth and strengthened ties to Japan
Lars Christian Skarsgard, Belships’ CEO, attributes its entrepreneurial background and long history to the success of the company today.
“Belships has been owning and chartering vessels from Japan since 40 years ago and experienced the evolution in design and efficiency.”
In 2018, the Norwegian dry bulk owner finalized its merger with Lighthouse Group, which enabled the company to grow into a fully integrated shipping company with both commercial and technical management inhouse. It has since extended an exceptional period of growth for the company, doubling the fleet and achieving more than five times its original value and market capitalization.
“Belships has made quite a shift toward larger and more economical ships, the majority of them being built in Japan. This is important in order to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.”
In the future, Belships hopes to further strengthen its relationship with Japan. “Japan plays an important role in our business. We are taking delivery of five Japanese-built ships in 2020,” said Skarsgard.
“Japanese shipbuilding and financing is an integral part of our company now more than ever,” he concluded.