COSCO may make a bid of more than $4 billion for Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line, according to various media reports.
The deployment of ultra-large containerships has not only increased average vessel size on key east west trades, but has accelerated the consolidation of carriers into vessel sharing agreements and alliances.
The container freight market is strengthening as carriers begin some 2017 negotiations, and Drewry said some shippers could see contract rates rise 20-40 percent in worst case scenarios.
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The agreement, which will infuse $26 billion into the state-run ocean shipping conglomerate over the next five years, will serve China's "One Belt, One Road" strategy, according to a statement from China COSCO Shipping.
The joint container venture between Japan’s ‘Big 3’ will have a fleet capacity of 1.38 million TEUs, making it the sixth largest in the world, and when their 23 new ships are delivered, the merged operation will become the fifth largest carrier.
The South Korean shipbuilder signed a deal with Iran’s Industrial Development and Renovation Organization to help spur Iran's shipbuilding industry.