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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Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming Transport Corp. named former Evergreen Line executive Bronson Hsieh as its new chairman.
Troubled South Korean ocean carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine is disputing press reports that it might be required to merge with fellow state-run line Hanjin Shipping in order to gain entry into the new east-west vessel sharing agreement.
The agriculture shipper advocate praised container weighing methods recently outlined by the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association and G6 Alliance carriers, saying terminals nationwide should adopt similar methods.