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The shipping research and consulting firm attributed November’s year-over-year increase in idled containership capacity to the Panama Canal’s new locks, which made smaller containerships less attractive, along with Hanjin’s bankruptcy.
The Dubai-based operator will own 55 percent of a new vehicle targeting port and terminal investment opportunities outside of the United Arab Emirates, while Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec will hold the other 45 percent.
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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 deal, which involves Hanjin's Asia-U.S. assets, does not include Hanjin’s five, 6,500-TEU containerships or Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in Total Terminals International at the Port of Long Beach, according to several media reports.
Hyundai Merchant Marine of South Korea and Geneva, Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company have submitted an offer to acquire Hanjin’s interests in Total Terminals International.