The container lines were fined a total of 2.39 million Chinese yuan renminbi (U.S. $347,212) for failing to record or recording inaccurate data on their freight rates.
The French ocean carrier will buy space on a service between North Europe and the West Coast of North America, as well as on a service between Japan and California.
A spokesperson from Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) told American Shipper the loop is expected to commence April 2 from Laem Chabang, operating with seven, 6,800-TEU vessels supplied by HMM.
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Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye said the reduction from four to three major container shipping alliances should decrease rates on the transpacific trade, but the decline could be offset by upward rate pressure due to expected mergers.
Drewry’s investment research arm said it believes CMA CGM of France is best positioned among the major carriers to be a perfect suitor for Orient Overseas (International) Limited, the parent company of Hong Kong-Based OOCL.
As many as 100 more Panamax vessels - containerships with a capacity of 4,000-5,000 TEUs - need to be scrapped before owners see any significant increase in demand and charter rates, according to the latest weekly report from industry analyst Alphaliner.