The United States Maritime Alliance, the employer group that negotiates the master contract with the International Longshoremen's Association, called the ILA’s planned work stoppage threat “disturbing.”
The terminal operator increased spending from $70 million to $200 million in preparation for ultra large containerships.
Matson President and CEO Matt Cox said the Honolulu-based shipping company had “exceptional” results for the full year of 2015, while fourth quarter 2016 results were hindered by the increase in bunker fuel prices from mid-November through December.
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The transportation and logistics industry has experienced a notable year between Hanjin’s bankruptcy, the new verified gross mass regulation and the expanded Panama Canal.
With just a few months before the new ocean carrier vessel sharing agreement THE Alliance, of which Yang Ming is a member, is set to launch, work still needs to be done to finalize port rotations and vessel deployment plans.
Marilee McInnis, director of international corporate affairs at Walmart, said although the retailer no longer does business with Hanjin due to the carrier’s bankruptcy, it is currently speaking with another Korean carrier regarding its shipping needs.