Increasingly high rents charged to chassis providers by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could hurt the port's overall competitiveness, says Dennis Daggett, executive vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association.
The maritime information provider and creator of the famed Baltic Dry Index will work closely with shipbrokers and end-users to create new freight rate benchmarks and indices to be launched later this year, according to Baltic Exchange CEO Mark Jackson.
The recently formed shipowner started by investment and asset firm MPC Capital announced the acquisition of seven initial containerships on Monday, with an additional six on the way.
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Certain provisions of the merger agreement would have "jumped the gun" by allowing NYK, MOL and "K" Line to share competitively sensitive information or prematurely combine, according to the Federal Maritime Commission.
Both the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia and the Virginia Port Authority have hosted record-size container vessels at their terminals in recent days.
In segments described as liner or containership operations, NYK, MOL and “K” Line reported a combined loss of 77 billion yen (U.S. $691 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, resulting from historically low freight rates.