The German ocean carrier upped the size of a five-year bond from 150 million euros to 250 million euros.
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.
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New ship orders declined in 2016, driven down by overcapacity and sluggish global trade growth, and although devastating for shipyards and their workers, the drop may be necessary if the health of the container liner industry is going to be restored.
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.
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