Mohab Mamish, chairman of Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority, told the Wall Street Journal the authority is asking regular users of the canal to pay for fees as much as five years in advance in return for a 3 percent discount.
The port terminal operator arm of the recently merged China COSCO Shipping saw net profits from continuing operations tumble 37.3 percent to $43.9 million in third quarter 2016 despite a 3.3 percent increase in revenues compared with the previous year.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined the domestic industry is harmed by imports of welded stainless steel pressure pipe from India, which Commerce determined is subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.
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The total bill for bankruptcies and bailouts in South Korea’s ocean freight transportation and shipbuilding sector could also result in redundancies and layoffs of around 10,000 workers, according to a recent report from the International Monetary Fund.
Meanwhile, a judge in STX Offshore’s Korean bankruptcy proceedings has ordered the troubled shipbuilder to put its shipyard up for sale along with its profitable cruise ship subsidiary based in France, according to multiple media reports.
Investments in new projects are slowing, and Neil Davidson, senior analyst in Drewry’s ports and terminals practice, warned that a sudden rebound in demand could be a problem.