U.S. gross domestic product increased 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, according to the “advance” estimate from the Department of Commerce, following a revised increase of 1.4 percent in the second quarter.
In addition to the six 13,010-TEU Hanjin Shipping vessels to be chartered to Maersk Line, a group led by HSH Nordbank could also acquire another three ships and lease them out to Maersk’s 2M Alliance partner MSC, according to multiple media reports.
The truckload transportation and logistics services provider reported a net income of $23.4 million on $280.5 million in revenues in the third quarter of 2016, year-over-year decreases of 22.9 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively.
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Various media reports have speculated the sale of South Korean liner carrier Hanjin Shipping, viewing COSCO and Maersk Line as possible buyers.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation criticized the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) saying it was told by CBP that it had concerns crew could try and jump ship due to the Hanjin situation.
The Federal Maritime Commission said Friday it concluded its review of the proposed OCEAN Alliance, allowing the new ocean carrier alliance to take effect Monday, although it is not expected to commence operations until around April 2017.