Case Study

General Maritime Corporation: Reaching toward a milestone

7 pages
September 2008
Reference: IMD-3-1932

Started in 1997 with one tanker, General Maritime prided itself on growth and an environmentally-conscious fleet. The oil tanker industry was in for a major regulatory change in 2010, when single-hull vessels would be outlawed. General Maritime seeks to balance risk with profitability. While its ships were fully chartered through 2010, it intentionally timed its charter expirations for the time when the double-hull tankers in its fleet would likely be chartered at much higher rates. The shortage of ships meeting the new requirements meant higher revenues could be available until supply caught up with demand. Its current revenue stream consisted of a mix of spot and time charters. Operating in a business very reliant on commodity pricing, General Maritime sought to perform in a consistent manner to assure investors and maintain access to capital markets.

Learning Objective

To explore a shipping company that has chosen a strategy mixing risk (to bolster earnings) and stability (to assuage investors). General Maritime has taken this approach to keep investors satisfied and maintain an appetite for its stock. To examine participants in an industry undergoing fundamental change.

Balanced Strategy, Commodity, Risk Management, Shipping
Global, United States of America
Logistics and Supply Chain, Shipping
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© 2008
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