The German ocean carrier’s shareholders of Friday approved all items on the agenda for the annual meeting, most notably including the approval of new authorized share capital, which will be used toward the merger with UASC.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the nation's agricultural trade surplus is also expected to increase to $19.5 billion for fiscal year 2017, up 40 percent from $13.9 billion for fiscal year 2016.
With 13 of the top 20 container lines reporting combined losses of $2.5 billion in the first half alone, industry losses will likely range from $8 billion to $10 billion for the full year, according to Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
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Officials at the Port of Virginia said they can expand barge service to help liner carriers streamline port networks, but the Port of Baltimore said it has advantages that appeal to carriers and shippers.
Meanwhile, just this Friday, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange said its Shanghai Containerized Freight Index declined 6.2 percent from last Friday’s reading of 670.29 to a reading of 628.59.
The Hong Kong-based container and bulk shipping company reported a net loss of $40.2 million in the first six months of 2016 as revenues slid 20.5 percent to $385.8 million compared with the same 2015 period.