The independent containership owner and manager purchased the vessels for $195.6 million.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration released a report Wednesday, showing that 92 percent of more than $1.3 trillion worth of U.S. goods exported in 2015 were likely affected by foreign technical regulations.
The Arab ocean carrier's shareholders would own 28 percent of the combined company, while the existing shareholders of Hapag-Lloyd would own 72 percent of the new company.
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Despite the European Union and United States agreeing to ease economic sanctions placed on Iran in 2009, multinational companies must still ensure rigorous compliance with "secondary" U.S.-Iranian sanctions.
A combination of Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine, the two largest ocean shipping companies in South Korea, could, at least for the time being, rank as the fifth largest container carrier worldwide, but they have few ships on order.
South Korean ocean carrier Hanjin asked Seaspan and others for a reduction in existing charter rates for a period of three and a half years in exchange for securities in a restructured Hanjin.