The strong growth was largely due to an increase container trade between the port and Asia, which surged 19 percent year-over-year to 336,791 TEUs.
Scheduled to commence in March 2017, the new direct route between its hub at London Heathrow and New Orleans International Airport will be the first of its kind, the global airfreight carrier said in a statement.
Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Co. has confirmed it is looking to buy the now insolvent South Korean shipping company’s 54 percent stake in the Southern California container terminal.
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Cargo shipments grew 2.3 percent in August 2016 compared with the same 2015 period, following revised year-over-year increases of 3 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively, in June and July, according to industry analyst World ACD.
The port terminal operator arm of COSCO Shipping has purchased a 40 percent stake in the Vado Ligure port reefer terminal, as well as a container facility expected to open in 2018, from APM Terminals for a total consideration of 53 million euros.
Historically low ocean freight rates have caused carriers to implement cost-cutting measures that have reduced reliability, meaning shippers need to be more flexible in how they procure capacity.