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.
Container lines have bungled the International Maritime Organization's new container weight verification requirement, and some now realize they face high internal costs unless they offer a more flexible approach, Peter Friedmann said.
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The 2M Alliance, comprised of ocean carriers Maersk Line and MSC, will also add a call in New York to another one of its loops between Asia and the U.S. East Coast.
The proposed ocean carrier alliance will include Hapag-Lloyd of Germany; Japan's MOL, NYK and "K" Line; Taiwan-based Yang Ming; and South Korean line Hanjin, and could potentially add Dubai-based UASC and Korea's HMM down the road.
The project will enable third-party logistics provider SEKO to expedite the availability of rates, improve their accuracy since prices are coming directly from UASC in CargoSphere’s cloud-based platform, and reduce staff hours in the process.