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.
The container freight market is strengthening as carriers begin some 2017 negotiations, and Drewry said some shippers could see contract rates rise 20-40 percent in worst case scenarios.
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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.
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BlueWater Reporting illustrated the trade removed 32 vessels and 79,764 TEUs of total deployed capacity between December 2013 and December 2016, while weekly allocated capacity on the trade has been on the rise.