The French ocean carrier received confirmation today for its estimated $2.4 billion acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines and its APL container shipping subsidiary by the Anti-monopoly Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
Dubai-based DP World Ltd. raised $1.2 billion from the sale of Islamic bonds and said a tender offer to buy back securities received 48 percent more bids than the target.
The third-party logistics provider has partnered with Jinbei Automotive to build a 42,000-square-meter facility in the Shenyang Tiexi district of northeast China, the DB Schenker’s second largest logistics center in the country.
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The 4,650-TEU Safmarine Meru, the first ship on the 2M Alliance's new TP18/Lone Star Express service, had only 400 containers on board, while the other ship, the Northern Jasper, was off-hire, according to Maersk Line officials.
Ocean carriers CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen Line and OOCL revealed they will form a new alliance next April.
The French ocean carrier transported 2.9 percent more containers, but saw the average freight rate tumble 17.6 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2015.