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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The 9,742-TEU containership COSCO Shipping Panama began its historic passage through the expanded waterway, construction of which began back in 2007, Sunday morning.
The first commercial passage of a neopanamax containership through the new locks and third lane of the canal will occur on Sunday with the 9,472-TEU COSCO Shipping Panama.
German ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd reached an agreement with United Arab Shipping Company on a merger that would make Hapag-Lloyd the fifth largest container carrier in the world.