The terminal operator increased spending from $70 million to $200 million in preparation for ultra large containerships.
Matson President and CEO Matt Cox said the Honolulu-based shipping company had “exceptional” results for the full year of 2015, while fourth quarter 2016 results were hindered by the increase in bunker fuel prices from mid-November through December.
Drewry research conducted on behalf of software provider CargoSphere found that forwarders spend about $500 million a year on ocean freight rate acquisition and management.
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Shares in Orient Overseas International Ltd., the parent company of ocean carrier Orient Overseas Container Line, have jumped more than 25 percent since the end of 2016, reaching a 52-week high on Wednesday.
South Korean ocean carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine is backing out of a joint bid with MSC for Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in the largest container terminal at the Port of Long Beach, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
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.